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April 8, 1934
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Seventeen survivors of the twenty-six men who twenty-five years ago took office as the first board of trustees of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities when it was founded as the Jewish community chest of that borough have joined Supreme Court Justice Mitchell May, president of the federation and County Judge Algeron I. Nova, chairman of its $500,000 maintenance campaign, in issuing “a statement of Brooklyn’s case” to the contributing public of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Nathan S. Jonas, founder and first president of the Brooklyn Federation, led the list of signers which also included Justice Edward Lazansky, presiding justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. Major Benjamin H. Namm, Justice Alexander Geismar, Aaron William Levy, Nathan D. Shapiro and Samuel Salzman, former presidents of the organization.

Analyzing the growth of Jewish population in Brooklyn from 361,000 in 1909 to more than a million today, the statement declares that the employer, the philanthropist and the communal leader “should realize that they owe the same measure of responsibility to the Jews of Brooklyn as to those living in other boroughs.”

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