Einstein Appeals to U.S. Jews to Continue Relief Work of Joint Distribution Committee
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Einstein Appeals to U.S. Jews to Continue Relief Work of Joint Distribution Committee

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A warm appeal to the Jews of the United States to continue the relief work of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Europe was made, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, by Prof. Albert Einstein at a gathering of the leading members of the Jewish community at the residence of James N. Rosenberg, 27 West 67th Street, Sunday afternoon.


“The Jewish people,” the famous savant declared, “stand as a group who are always keenly responsive to the suffering in any portion of their people. Such suffering in any one portion of the group affects the entire body of Jews. At least half of the Jewish people in eastern Europe are in a socially and economically unhealthy condition. This is partly due to the present day conditions, partly to circumstances as they have been shaped by historical processes. The Joint Distribution Committee has done valiant work in ameliorating these unhappy conditions. I am happy to greet here Dr. Bernhard Kahn. Under his leadership the Joint Distribution Committee has been instrumental in effecting considerable improvement in Jewish conditions of eastern Europe.

“I sincerely trust that the Jews of the United States will continue this work, for with comparatively small sums of money important reconstructive results can be obtained. I am confident that you will continue your vigorous interest. Only when the Jewish people retain their feeling of brotherliness, can we achieve self-respect and pride in our community,” Professor Einstein concluded.


The meeting was attended by the members of the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and executive committee of the American Jewish Committee as well as a number of distinguished Jewish philanthropists. The reception was held in honor of Dr. Bernhard Kahn, European director of the Joint Distribution Committee, who in a stirring address reviewed the Jewish situation in Europe and emphasized the urgent need for the continuation of the work of the Joint Distribution Committee. Dr. Kahn has supervised the spending of $60,000,000 collected by the Joint Distribution Committee during the past fifteen years for the aid of European Jews. He leaves today for Europe to resume his work.

Other speakers were Felix M. Warburg, Lieut. Governor Herbert H. Lehman and James N. Rosenberg. The following were present:

Felix M. Warburg, Otto H. Kahn, Dr. Cyrus Adler, Lieut. Governor Herbert H. Lehman, Dr. Lee K. Frankel, Louis Wiley, Paul Baerwald, Judge Irving Lehman, Judge Horace Stern, Dr. Henry Moskowitz, Israel Unterberg, I. D. Morrison, S. C. Lamport, Ralph F. Colin, Alexander Landesco, Dr. Sidney Haas, Dr. and Mrs. Michaelis, David M. Bressler, Cyrus L. Sulzberger, Judge Edward Lazansky, Rabbi Jonah B. Wise, William Goldman, Mrs. Rebekah Kohut, Bernard S. Deutsch, Henry Ittelson, Rabbi Nathan Krass, Harold Riegelman, Walter N. Rothschild, Louis J. Vorhaus, Abraham Liebovitz, Howard S. Gans, Dr. Joseph Rosen, Joseph C. Hyman, Dudley D. Sicher, Alex Kahn.

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