Jewish Federation’s Budget for This Year is $10,519,683; $5,078,863 Furnished by Federation, Balance
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Jewish Federation’s Budget for This Year is $10,519,683; $5,078,863 Furnished by Federation, Balance

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The budgetary needs of New York’s federated Jewish charities for the current year will total $10,519,683, to which sum the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City will contribute $5,078,863, the reminder accruing to the institutions in the form of bequests, city grants, fees from patients and other funds, according to an announcement yesterday by Samuel D. Leidesdorf, chairman of the Business Men’s Council of the Federation, in his annual report to the eecutive committee of the Council.

Last year’s budget totalled $10,132,056. The Federation’s problem this year is the raising of its deficit of $2,221,000, he said, pointing out that the remainder is already assured through annual recurring subscriptions and donations.


“The task of raising this sum so essential to philanthropic work here in New York rests with the workers of the Business Men’s Council,” Mr. Leidesdorf’s report stated. “More than 75 cents of every dollar spent for Jewish philanthropy in New York is spent by the Federation institutions and more than three-fourths of all charitable work is done by these bodies.”


Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases, according to the report, again leads all non-municipal special hospitals from the standpoint of free service given, and Mount Sinai Hospital, another affiliated institution, leads all the general hospitals in the amount of service given. The twelve medical care agencies treated 31,954 patients during the year, of whom 5,769 received free treatment, while 13,345 were treated below hospital rates. The dispensaries maintained by the institutions cared for 98,859 persons, with a total number of 517,002 visits.

The medical social service group, consisting of eight institutions, treated 27,352 persons, and followed treatment by 140,416 visits to homes or to patients while hospitalized. Of the total number of these individuals over 3,600 were sent to convalescent homes, and 7,350 were temporarily provided with material relief.


The Federation’s eighteen child-caring agencies served 11,555 children in the period reviewed. Of this number, 4,022 were admitted by the institutions and boarding homes, and 7,533 were under supervision before placement and after discharge from institutions. The clothed daily was 3,182.

Seven agencies occupied with providing material relief and service for the poor handled a total of 20,824 cases. In this number, 9,551 persons were granted free loans by the Hebrew Free Loan Society, in the sum of $1,129,850. The Jewish Social Service Association, which has been engaged for more than half a century in providing relief and social service with a view to conserving and developing normal family life, continued in its role as the major agency in this field, records showing that 4,426 families were given material aid, amounting to $631,234. Employment was secured for 1,213 individuals.


The number of children regularly attending the six Talmud Torahs or Hebrew Free Schools was 6,233. Of this group, 2,700 received instruction entirely free of charge, while the balance paid from fifty cents to two dollars a month.

Technical and manual education were furnished to 1,586 boys and girls by the Hebrew Technical Institute and the Hebrew Technical School for Girls.

Nineteen community center settlements and Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations with their various activities gave countless opportunities to neighborhood populations for benefit in the fields of education, physical training and recreation. Nine fresh air agencies, including such famous institutions as Surprise Lake Camp, enabled 5,703 individuals to have vacations at nominal rates of from two to eight dollars a week, and over 400 free of charge.

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