6,000 Children to Participate in ‘mass Lesson’ in Charities
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6,000 Children to Participate in ‘mass Lesson’ in Charities

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An elaborate pageant and mass lesson in philanthropy, in which 6,000 children of Jewish religious schools will participate, will be held at the Roxy Theatre at 10 o’clock this Sunday morning under auspices of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies and the Jewish Education Association.

The pageant will depict the history of Jewish charity in the United States from the times of Peter Stuyvesant to the present day.

Scenes will show the birth of Jewish philanthropy in America, Jewish charity in the Civil War period and the origin of the Federation.


Individual sponsors include Governor Lehman, Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, Judge Otto A. Rosalsky and a committee of thirty-three rabbis.

Children of the religious schools of the Central Jewish Institute, Institutional Synagogue, Shearith Israel, Free Synagogue, Rodeph Sholom, Concourse Center of Israel, Bronx Y.M.H.A. and Temple Emanu-El, will take part in the tableaux. Dr. David de Sola Pool will be the narrator.

“The purpose of the mass lesson,” said Judge Proskauer Friday, “is to focus the attention and interest of the children in social and philanthropic problems.

“Our children are growing up in a world in which organized social welfare plays an increasingly important part. This is a lesson they cannot learn too early.”


The children of more than fifty Jewish religious schools, orthodox, conservative and reform, will participate in the mass lesson, which will take the form of a dialogue between a teacher on the platform and the audience.

At the conclusion of the program, representatives of the children will make contributions to the Federation in multiples of eleven cents. It costs $11 a minute to operate the Federation’s ninety-one affiliated agencies.

Miss Edna L. Bernstein and Irving Berkelhammer, president of the Federation’s Young Men’s and Women’s Division, are co-chairmen of the event, with the cooperation of Israel S. Chipkin, educational director of the Jewish Education Association.

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