Trouble among the students of the University of Vilna is brewing following a decision taken by the Polish students demanding the exclusion of Jewish students from the clinics. The Polish students demanded as a condition for the admission of Jewish students that eight Jewish corpses be furnished, corresponding to the proportion of Jewish students in the medical college.
CORRECTS FACTS ON JEWISH RELIEF FOR FLORIDA
I note with interest the item headed, “Appeals for Florida Jews; Charges Neglect,” which was published in the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1926.
The “Bulletin” has been very liberal in its publicity for the Jewish Relief.
My response to the unjustifiable telegram of I. Louis Seligman, is that Mr. Seligman acted without authority in making this statement.
Further, there has not been any meeting whatsoever at which this proposition was brought up, we having had full confidence in the Jewish Rehabilitation Committee of Miami to do as they agreed and as soon as possible.
I beg to advise you that I, as the local Treasurer, have received One Thousand Dollars from Isidore Cohen, the general Treasurer, a few days ago, and Five Hundred Dollars more yesterday, making a total of Fifteen Hundred Dollars, for which. I am sure, those in dire distress here are certainly grateful.
Please remember also that we deeply appreciate the similar sum that the Central Miami Jewish Rehabilitation Committee has sent to Fort Lauderdale with whom we are working on a basis of helping those in distress, with the surplus money of either place.
I take this opportunity in stating the fact, that while we are deeply appreciative of the efforts made on our behalf, you must realize that the sums we have received are hardly adequate to take care of all the distressed families we have here.
With regard to the “nervous breakdown due to financial depression,” I beg to advise you that that is absolutely erroneous, as that man was confined to the hospital for two or three days, due to a nervous breakdown from the excitement of the hurricane, and now this man is in possession of a business, which he purchased-whether with personal funds or through assistance, I am in no position to advise you–but I am sure that the case referred to is the incident above stated.
I sincerely trust that this statement will not be taken seriously as we deeply feel the ungrateful tone contained in it, and which was made under a mistaken idea, and without any authority whatsoever.
In conclusion, I wish to state that in my humble opinion it should be the duty of Rabbis to smooth matters out, and I feel that it was an unwarranted act on the part of Rabbi I. S. Ravetch, to have transmitted Mr. Seligman’s telegram to you without investigating same.
JOSEPH SEGAL, President PHILIP ADLER, Sr., Treasurer, Hollywood Jewish Relief Com.
Hollywood, Fla., Oct. 13, 1926.
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