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Catholic Sees Jewish Centers As Crime Deterrent

November 2, 1923
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Guests at the dinner last night opening the Jewish Community Center campaign received something of a jolt from Frank Hogan, one of the speakers who is a prominent Catholic lawyer. He contributed a thousand dollars towards the building fund, in addition to what was accepted by most of the guests as sound advice.

Urging the Community Center as a best means of stemming the “dangerous tendency towards crime” among Jews, Mr. Hogan asserted there was a considerable increase of crime and delinquency among Jews. Thirty or forty years ago, he declared, there was scarcely a Jewish prisoner at the bar, no gansters, delinquents or prostitutes. Today, he said, there is an alarming and ever-growing percentage of crime among Jews.

More than half of the quarter of the million dollar quota was raised at the dinner. Felix Warburg. banker and philanthropist, of New York, gave $3,000. Mabel Boardman, founder of the Red Cross contributed $500.

The emphasis placed by Mr. Hogan on the importance of a Jewish Community Center at the National Capital is believed by many to have largely assisted toward the success of the campaign.

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