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New York and Philadelphia Hebrew School Children on Liberty Bell Pilgrimage

July 6, 1928
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Two thousand Jewish children representing the Hebrew schools of New York and Philadelphia made a pilgrimage to the Liberty Bell yesterday in celebration of Independence Day.

The pilgrimage to the Liberty Bell was undertaken under the auspices of the Jewish Education Association of New York and the Associated Talmud Torahs of Philadelphia. Before the departure for Philadelphia, a ceremony was held in the Pennsylvania Station, New York, presided over by Jonah J. Goldstein, Chairman of the New York Committee of the Jewish Education Association. The program included the presentation to the City of New York of a scroll containing a Hebrew translation of the Declaration of Independence. Arthur W. S. Hilley, Acting Corporation Counsel of New York, accepted the scroll.

The ceremonies in Philadelphia were held in Independence Square. Ben Rosen, director of the Associated Talmud Torahs, presided. Richard E. Weglein, president of the City Council of Philadelphia, accepted the Hebrew translation of the Declaration presented to the city of Philadelphia.

In his address before the gathering at the Liberty Bell, Bernard Semel, honorary secretary of the Jewish Education Association, urged “Jewish education is a paramount duty to us, not only as Jews but as Americans.”


The establishment of loan funds for Jewish immigrants in Argentine and Brazil was one of the results of the visit of the Hias-Ica-Emigdirect delegation to South America, a report received by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of America states.

The loan bank in Buenos Aires will begin activities with a fund of $10,000 and the one in Rio de Janeiro will have a starting capital of approximately $2,000. Monies will be advanced from these funds to Jewish immigrants to aid them in buying tools and implements, starting them in business and giving similar assistance. One half of the capital has been contributed by Hias-Ica-Emigdirect and the other half given by the local committees in the two countries.

The new Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Mass, will be dedicated during the week of July 25. Albert A. Ginsberg is president of the hospital association.

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