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THE YEAR S WORE.
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the work of the Association. There is reason to believe that hitherto the objects and the scope of that work have not been sufficiently known by the bulk of the Jewish public. In order to spread in every quarter inhabited by Jews a knowledge of the universal character of the Association, and the vast area of its usefulness, the Council earnestly request you to oblige them by laying before every member of your Congregation the following statement with a view to gaining their permanent support.
" 1. The Anglo-Jewish Association is not of the nature of a local institution. In conjunction with the Universal Israelitish Alliance, it exists for the protection and promotion of Jewish interests throughout the world. Hence the obligation to maintain it rests equally upon all persons of the Jewish Race and Religion, irrespective of locality and condition of life.
" 2. It is believed that a large number of co-religionists in different parts of the country, who sympathize at heart with the efforts of the Anglo-Jewish Association, abstain from contributing to it because they have not the means to subscribe in large amounts. This is hardly a sufficient reason, for the minimum subscription for membership is five shillings per annum; and doubtless if the knowledge of the work were really widespread, people of limited means would, without becoming members, give their single shilling annually. Members of working men's clubs would not withhold their share from the cause of ameliorating the condition of their oppressed brethren abroad if they knew how valuable their assistance would be. The first condition of success for an institution of universal scope directed to the welfare of a whole race is, that it should rest upon the widest possible basis. The moral effect of numbers in such an undertaking has not yet been rightly estimated by the Community, for the percentage of subscribers to the Jewish population is quite inconsiderable.
" 3. At present between 8,000 and 9,000 children in the East are being educated under the auspices of the French "Alliance" and the Anglo-Jewish Association. There are already forty-nine ordinary schools and twenty-four technical schools, and although the inhabitants of the respective localities give what they can towards their maintenance, considerable amounts have to be contributed by the two parent Societies. These
figures,
large as
they seem for the limited income of the
Anglo-Jewish Association, are but a small proportion of the multitudes of Jewish children in barbarous countries who are still left without any provision for their education.
" 4 Whilst the Anglo-Jewish Association has been in con-
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