National Jewish Hospital Week Opens May 18
Menu JTA Search

National Jewish Hospital Week Opens May 18

Download PDF for this date

Workers in approximately five hundred communities will start next Sunday, May 18, and will continue till May 24 in activities to raise money during the fourth annual N. J. H. week for the support of the National Jewish Hospital at Denver.

The drive this year will be conducted in a similar manner to those of previous years. “N.J.H. Bonds” will be distributed at a minimum price of $1.00 each.

The National Chairman for N.J.H. week this year has been announced as J. L. Wolff, prominent Denver business man. The Denver committee is headed by Isadore Samuels as chairman, with J. Walter Hyer as cochairman. The forty people on the Denver committee include both Jews and non-Jews outstanding in Denver’s business life as well as the professions.

The effort to secure the money is to meet the needs of the annual budget requiring an expenditure of slightly over half a million dollars. In accordance with the institution’s slogan, “None May Enter Who Can Pay—None Can Pay Who Enter,” only free patients are admitted. The entire revenue of the hospital is thus dependent upon contributions.

The National Jewish Hospital at Denver was the first institution in America to care for the needy sufferers from tuberculosis on a national scale. It was founded in 1899 largely through the efforts of Rabbi William S. Friedman of this city, present president of the institution, and has in the last thirty years cared for more than 6,200 men, women, and children. These patients have come from all parts of the country, practically every state in the Union being represented by them.

Although the hospital was started by Jews, and is maintained largely by Jewish philanthropy, it has always been non-sectarian in its service. Today approximately 30% of its patients are non-Jewish.

Judge Samuel D. Levy of the Children’s Court is chairman of the New York committee of the National Jewish Hospital.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund