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Roosevelt Lauds U.J.A. Gift to Christian Refugees

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President Roosevelt, in a letter to Chairmen Abba Hillel Silver and Jonah B. Wise of the United Jewish Appeal, made public today, hailed the U.J.A’s $250,000 allocation for Christian refugees as “an example in good will which could be widely copied with happy results.” The President’s letter, dated Jan. 8, follows:

“Dear Friends: I desire to extend hearty congratulations upon the spirit of brotherhood and universal good will which prompted allocation from the funds of the United Jewish Appeal for Refugees of generous sums for use through other agencies in relieving suffering among non-Jewish refugees.

“I heard with peculiar satisfaction of the gift of $125,000 to the Catholic Church for its refugee work, as a memorial to George Cardinal Mundelein, and of the allocation of a like amount to the Protestant Churches, through Rev. Dr. George A. Buttrick, President, Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, for their refugee relief work.

“This action bears eloquent witness to the spirit of tolerance and true charity and affords an example in good will which could be widely copied with happy results.”

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