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Post-war Spiritual Aid for Jews in Europe Urged by Dr. Silver

December 17, 1942
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Post-war relief and rehabilitation in war-torn countries must be in spiritual as well as material terms, Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, rabbi of the Temple of Cleveland, last night told the annual Hanukkah dinner of the Jewish Education Committee at the Hotel Astor. Judge Samuel I. Rosenman of the New York State Supreme Court, president of the committee, presided.

Dr. Silver told the 1,000 guests that the tragedy that has overtaken the Jews of Europe at the hands of the Nazis cannot be ameliorated simply by supplying them with food and money. The faith and traditions which link American Jews to those in Europe are as important a factor in the help they can render as material aids, he declared.

At the request of Morris W. Haft, the toastmaster, the guests rose and observed a minute of silence in memory of those “who died at the hands of sadistic murderers” in Nazi-occupied Europe. Alan Stroock, a director, presented a survey of the work of the Jewish Education Committee. The Committee, Mr. Strook stated, grants financial help to 115 schools and educational organizations, most of the funds being applied for scholarships for children who are unable to pay for their tuition. The grants are also used for building repairs, for group insurance and sick benefits for teachers’ relief pensions and text books. In addition the Committee gives financial assistance to a group of demonstration or experimental schools of different types. Jewish high schools, as well as elementary schools, are the beneficiaries of these grants.

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