Alumni and Medical Board Attempt to Clear Kings County Hospital of Charge
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Alumni and Medical Board Attempt to Clear Kings County Hospital of Charge

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Attempts to clear the administration of Kings County Hospital of the charge of anti-Semitic bias resulting in mistreatment of Jewish patients and physicians were made during the week-end by the Alumni Association and the Medical Board of the hospital. The Alumni Association, at a meeting, adopted resolutions in which the mistreatment of three Jewish internes was termed “hazing” and a traditional custom. “No one escapes and it is usually accepted in the spirit in which it is given,” the Alumni Association resolution declares.

The resolution also emphatically denied that any physician, nurse or patient ever was discriminated against because of race or religion and specifically there was no discrimination against Jewish internes in the past. The Alumni particularly defended Dr. Mortimer D. Jones, superintendent of the hospital and denied that there had been anti-Semitism in the past or present.

The medical board of the hospital issued a statement denying the charges of racial or religious discrimination in the hospital with regard to patients or the appointment of the visiting staff.

The Alumni Association also went on record as requesting Commissioner Bird S. Coler to reconsider his decision of evict the six suspended internes and to permit their return to the hospital pending the disposition of the case in court.

A new feature of the situation develepode when the charge was made against two of the three Jewish internes, accusing them of misbehavior toward two nurses. The accusation that one of the internes attempted to kiss a nurse and that another interne publicly rebuked one of the nurses was ridiculed by Nathan Sweedler, attorney for the three Jewish internes. The attorney termed these charges a typical “Klan stunt” which is “always playing Catholic against Jew, one sect of Protestants against the other.” This had reference to the fact that it was emphasized that one of the nurses making the charges is a Catholic. The belief was expressed that when the matter is investigated it will be found to be a groundless rumor.


An organization to promote religious welfare work among the Jewish youth in Greater New York was formed yesterday at a meeting at the Hotel Astor of representatives of local Brotherhood organizations which are affiliated with the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods.

The organization will be known as “The Conference of Metropolitan Temple Brotherhoods.” Representatives of 18 Brotherhood groups were present. Roger W. Straus, president of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, presided.

Abraham N. Davis, president of the 8th Avenue Temple of Brooklyn, was elected Chairman of the new organization; Charles Kramer, president of the Temple Israel Brotherhood of Far Rockaway, secretary. Other officers elected were: Dr. Harold Korn, president of the Temple Israel Brotherhood, New York, chairman of the Advisory Committee; Mr. Jesse Cohen, president of the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush, chairman of the Speakers’ Committee; Mr. Aaron Jacoby, president of the Union Temple Brotherhood, Brooklyn, chairman of Committee for Discussion Group.


Jewish farm women have been invited to attend the Conference on Rural Home Life which will meet on August 1st, at the Michigan State College, East Lansing, Michigan, according to an announcement by Mrs. Elmer Eckhouse, Chairman of the Department of Farm and Rural Work of the National Council of Jewish Women. Mrs. Eckhouse stated that the Jewish farm women have been invited for the first time to participate in this conference.

A special round table on the problems of the Jewish farm women, of which Mrs. Eckhouse will act as Chairman, will be held during the conference. Representatives from Europe and America attending the International Country Life Conference and the American Country Life Association will discuss proposals for bettering the conditions of the farmer and the rural districts.

Max Stern, father of Magistrate Adolph S. Stern, died Thursday following a year’s illness. He was sixty-nine years old.

Mr. Stern was a founder of the Independent Order B’rith Abraham, and for ten successive years served as grand master of the order.

Although retired for several years, Mr. Stern had continued his active interest in East Side organizations, among them the Associated Day Nursery and Hebrew Home in East Ninth St.

Funeral services were held on Friday. Burial was in Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn.

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