It is characteristic of the broad-mindedness of the members of the Jewish faith that while 90 per cent. of the money required to maintain the hospital is provided by Jews and its administration is almost exclusively Jewish, 60 per cent. of its patients are non-Jewish, Mr. J. H. Thomas, the Secretary of State for the Dominions, said speaking here to-day at the foundation-stone laying of the extension to the Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital.
Mr. Arthur Greenwood, the Minister of Health, paid a tribute to the Jews in the big centres like London, Manchester, and Leeds, for the way in which they look after the health of their own people.
The foundation-stones were laid by Mr. J. H. Thomas, Sir Louis Bernhard Baron, son of the late Mr. Bernhard Baron, Sil William Cundiff, and Mr. R. Barrow-Sicree. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester, the Mayor and Mayoress of Salford, Mr. Ben Tillett, M. P., Mr. Joseph Toole, M.P., and Mr. Joseph Compton, M. P., were among those present.
Mr. Nathan Laski, the Chairman of the Hospital Board, thanked the Bernhard Baron Trust for its financial assistance to the Hospital. The new buildings would be named the Bernhard Baron Extensions, he said, because they were made possible by the Bernhard Baron Trust, which had subscribed 2,000 guineas.
Mr. Simon Marks and Mr. Israel Sieff had also contributed gifts of Â£2,000.
Mr. Albert I. Belisha, who was a friend of the late Mr. Bernhard Baron, and is a Trustee of the Bernhard Baron Trust, spoke of the great philanthropic activities of the late Mr. Bernhard Baron, who had given over two million pounds in charities during his lifetime and had established the Trust which was now assisting 274 charitable institutions.
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