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TENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
special committee, of which he then was the treasurer,, and which had administered a fund for relieving the distress in famine-stricken districts of Asiatic Turkey and Persia. The sum of £75 was accordingly forwarded for distribution amongst the destitute Jews.
In a subsequent correspondence with the Hama-dan Jews with respect to further applications for aid, it was pointed out to them that the Anglo-Jewish Association in giving pecuniary assistance could only do so in cases where schools had to be subventioned. The Association—adopting a suggestion made by the celebrated Jewish traveller, M. Halevy—now made inquiries into the practicability of forming a Jewish school at Hamadan. In a reply, forwarded by the heads of the Hamadan congregation, it was stated that the Community had appointed a committee of twenty-three members to attend to the subject of organising a school, but they pointed out that owing to the recent famine the resources of the congregation had been completely drained, and they appealed to the Council for assistance to acquire a conveniently situated plot of ground for a school-house, which at the outset would be attended by 150 boys. They also mentioned that in consideration of the isolated and unprotected position of the Jewish Community, it would be necessary to obtain from the Government of the Shah an order to deter their fanatical Mahomedan neighbours from interfering with the management of the proposed Jewish school. The Jews were agreed that any school established under the auspices of the Anglo-Jewish Association should, afford secular as well as religious
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