Julius Rosenwald Centennial Celebrated by Chicago Federation
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Julius Rosenwald Centennial Celebrated by Chicago Federation

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Four hundred of Chicago’s outstanding business, civic and social leaders attended here tonight a dinner honoring the memory of the late Julius Rosenwald, one of America’s most outstanding philanthropists, who was born 100 years ago. Chicago Mayor James J. Daley officially proclaimed the next seven days as “Julius Rosenwald Centennial Week in Chicago. “

The dinner, conducted by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, heard speakers extol the achievements of the late Mr. Rosenwald, whose philanthropies had totaled $63,000,000. Mr. Rosenwald, who had served nine years as president of the Federation, had helped organize, support and consolidate many of the Federation’s welfare agencies.

Nearly all of Mr. Rosenwald’s children and grandchildren were present at the event. Included among them were two sons, William Rosenwald, former general chairman of the national United Jewish Appeal, and chairman of the advisory committee of the American Jewish Committee; and Lessing J. Rosenwald.

The principal address was delivered by Charles Aaron, immediate past president of the Federation, who referred to the late Mr. Rosenwald as “the architect of the unified Jewish charities that became the Federation. ” William Rosenwald spoke at the dinner on behalf of the assembled members of the Rosenwald family.

Joseph L. Gidwitz, Federation president, announced the grant of the first Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award to Frank L. Sulzberger, a past president of the Federation. The gold medallion will, hereafter, be awarded each year, as it was tonight to Mr. Sulzberger, to the “individual who has achieved most in the advancement of the Jewish Federation and the welfare of the Jewish community. ” Mr. Sulzberger, who served on the Federation’s board of directors for 25 years, was also a director of the Community Fund of Chicago. He serves now on the Federation’s executive committee. Another address was delivered at the dinner by the Federation’s executive vice-president, Samuel A. Goldsmith.

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