Triennial Program and a Record of Council Achievements Volume 1

Triennial Program and a Record of Council Achievements Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... of the Poor in Cities" by Philip Ayres, Secretary of the Chicago Bureau of Charities, which is issued by the Council. It was the intention of the Committee to prepare a handbook on the Jewish Charities existing in the cities where the Council has been established, but to a request for data for this work, only two cities, Albany and Milwaukee, responded. To those sections that do not work on philanthropic lines we would like to say that they miss half the aim of the Council. There is a Talmudic legend of a certain Benjamin, the Just, who was at the head of some charity society whose funds had given out. A very impoverished and starving family applied to him for aid. He stated that the society had no funds. However, the family's distress appealed to him so greatly that, although a poor man himself, he assisted them out of his own meagre resources. The legend goes on to say that God prolonged Benjamin's life many years. The application 'of the legend is this--the life of the sections that work on philanthropic lines will be more vigorous and prolonged than of those sections whose members cultivate their mental faculties ad nauseam, but allow the more practical needs and requirements to lie fallow. Charity is almost synonymous with Judaism. The study of the one should lead to the practice of the other. The field of charity in no city is thoroughly and perfectly cultivated, or Utopia were discovered. In other cities where the Council is doing splendid philanthropic work, there also exist numerous benevolent societies. But we all know what work these benevolent societies, with very few exceptions, do--the doling out of food, fuel, clothing, giving transportation, etc., all in an indiscriminate way. These may serve their...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839129
  • 9781236839121