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Bidgosc Decides It Has Poor Jews; Accepts Fund of $100,000 from American

February 6, 1929
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Deciding that a $100,000 gift provided for in the will of an American woman for “poor Jews” in the city is too large a sum to be frowned upon, the City Council of Bidgosc, formerly Bromberg, in the province of Posen, voted today to accept the gift.

Reversing its former decision, the City Council after a prolonged debate as to whether or not the fund left by Mrs. Leonard Cohen of Wilkes Barre, Penn, was to be accepted, agreed with the local Jewish community that there are “poor Jews” in the city for whose benefit the American endowment fund might be put into operation. In previously rejecting the fund, the Council said there were no poor Jews in the town. Leaders of the of the local Jewish community came forward with the argument that there was an old folks home which needed repair and there were other Jewish institutions to aid the sick and needy which required assistance. Because of the phraseology of the testament of Mrs. Cohen the fund had to be intrusted to City council for administration.

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