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Sir Sassoon Jacob David, Merchant-philanthropist, Dies in Bombay, Aged 77

September 29, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Sir Sassoon Jacob David, leading cotton merchant and founder of the Bank of India, died here yesterday at the age of seventy-seven.

Sir Sassoon David was born in Bombay in December 1849. He was the son of J. David, prominent member of the Jewish community and one of the first to come to Bombay. He married Hannah Sassoon, niece of the late Sir Albert Sassoon.

He joined the firm of E. D. Sassoon and Company doing business in China and Bombay. In 1885 he started his own firm and became agent of the David and Standard Mills. He was the founder of the firm of Sassoon J. David & Co., Ltd. of which he was the head.

Among the various public offices he held were, sheriff of Bombay, 1905; for several years government nominee on the Bombay Municipal Corporation and director of several public companies. He was at one time chairman of the Mill Owners’ Association.

Sir Sassoon was noted for his charitable and other benefactions.

Sir Sassoon David donated a statue of King George to the city of Bombay. When the king and queen visited Bombay in 1911, Sir Sassoon donated £ 53,000 as a fund for educational and other purposes.

Funeral services for the late Jacob Rosenthal of Woodmere, L. I., who was killed by bandits near Cuernavaca, Mexico, on Sept 1, were held Sunday at the Masonic Temple in Far Rockaway, L. I. More than 1,000 persons passed the coffin; about 2,500 were unable to enter the Temple.

The services were conducted by Dr. Moses J. Abels of Temple Beth-El, of which Mr. Rosenthal was trustee.

Masonic services were also held. They were conducted by Past Master I. De Grott and Master Sidney Nordlinger of Alympia, 808, and Island City, 586, F. and A. M.

After the services at the Masonic Temple the body was borne to Temple Beth-El, where the funeral procession stopped a few minutes. Five motorcycle policemen under Sergeant Bert Douglass and extra details of patrolmen under Captain Thomas Myers held back the crowds.

The pallbearers included Magistrate Leon Saunders, Edward Spector, President of Temple Beth-El; Charles Schildkraut, Arthur Kalinsky, Irving Ussiker, Moses Berlin, A. R. Saron, Joseph M. Kalmanoff, Charles A. Fulcher and James J. Lott. Interment was in Salem Fields Cemetery, Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, N. Y.


Plans for merging 42 Cleveland Jewish organizations, affecting a membership of 20,000, were made at a recent meeting.

A committee named to formulate a program for the merger includes A. Simon, Cleveland Chapter Zionists; B. Leiken, president Cleveland Hebrew Beneficial Association; Dr. H. E. Ginsberg, Jewish Progressive League; Samuel Firestein, Brith Sholam; Joseph Shapiro, Jewish World, and Myer Atkin.

The proposed combination is said to be the result of 20 years of effort to unite Jewish organizations in Cleveland. According to A. Simon, chairman of the committee, one of the early aims of the unified group will be erection of a large Jewish theater.

Frederick Brown, general chairman of the campaign to be conducted by the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies in behalf of its ninety-one constituent institutions, will be the guest of honor at the first fall luncheon of the Business Men’s Council, at the Hotel Pennsylvania today.

Mr. Brown issued a statement outlining the work of the fifteen agencies for the care of children which will benefit through the campaign.

Final services for the Congregation Rodel Sholom to be held in its temple building at Sixty-third Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, which had stood for fifty-five years, will be given there next Saturday.

The building is to be razed to make way for a modern structure and the congregation is planning a new temple and community center to cost about $2,000,000 for another site. Pending construction the congregation will worship in Mecca Temple on West Fifty-sixth Street.

The B’Nois Israel Hospital and Home for the Aged of Passaic, N. J., was officially opened at the dedication of the new edifice last Monday.

More than $7,500 was donated for the maintenance of the institution at the ceremonies.

Commissioner of Public Safety Abram Preiskel acted as master of ceremonies.

Rabbi Joseph Rosen delivered the invocation.

Other addresses were delivered by Dr. Samuel Hirsch, president of the medical staff of the hospital, Dr. Maurice Korshet and Rabbi Max Zucker.

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