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APPENDIX C.—JEWISH COMMUNITY IN CONSTANTINOPLE. 79
Expenses :—
The Grand Rabbi (Caimakan), House, Rent,
and Honorarium............ £T 762
The Communal Rabbis (Beth Din) ... 474
Rent for the Oonsistorial House............60
Grants to Jewish Pupils at the School of
Medicine..............................80
Various Officials ........................420
Grants to poor Rabbis ... ... ... 570
Government Official ..................150
Grants in various suburbs... ... ... 180
Infant School in Haskeui..................240
Sundries ..............................766
:GT 3,702
_ Resides the Central Administration, there are local Administrations. Each Synagogue—and there are 42 in the several suburbs—has two treasurers (Gabbaim), who take charge of the revenue of their respective Synagogues, and manage the funds without any other control but that of their consciences. Some of the Synagogues have comparatively speaking large incomes arising from pious bequests, but the incomes are frittered away no one knows how. Besides the treasurers, there are overseers (Memunim) in the several town districts. Their authority is recognised by the Porte. They hold the seals of office in the suburbs, and may be compared to civil functionaries. They, too, are under no control; the door is therefore left open for great abuse. Poor persons when labouring under ailments are badly cared for, and suffer the severest privations.
Children of poor parentage do not receive much attention. A comparatively small number only are found in the Schools of the Alliance. Many of them are gutter children, who do not always learn how to gain an honest livelihood. Other children go to the Talmud Thora Schools. There are in Constantinople 39 of this class of institution, and they receive a total of 2/287 pupils. These School-houses—they barely deserve such a title—are of the most wretched description. Some are minus doors, others minus windows, some are without flooring, some without ceiling. The pupils crouch on the ground, and not the slightest care is taken for their health. After ten years' schooling, the Rabbi, by sheer force of screaming and gesticulating, succeeds in teaching them the weekly section of the Law and the Haphtara. This colossal city has no hos-
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