J.D.C. to Provide Loans for Jewish Victims of Earthquakes in Chile

An emergency committee met here today to study reports of Jewish families who suffered property damage, in some cases severely in Chile’s disastrous earthquakes recently.

The reports were prepared by Henry L. Levy of the Joint Distribution Committee after an on-the-spot survey of earthquake damage in Puerto Mont, Valdivia and Concepcion. Jewish property damage in the latter two cities was very serious. Mr. Levy, finding that the Concepcion Jewish center had been severely damaged, recommended that $2,500 be sent to the Concepcion Jewish community for repairs.

The emergency committee will consider providing loans through the JDC and the Jewish Colonization Association for the repair of Jewish homes and business establishments. The initial estimate was that some 14 or 15 Jewish families would need such aid. There are about 185 Jewish families in the three earthquake-hit cities. Mr. Levy presented a check for $5,000 to Dr. Sotero del Rio, Chilean Minister of the Interior, as a contribution to general relief for earthquake victims.

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