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Jacob Schiff in a boardroom

Description: Jews of the U.S. who have distributed twelve million dollars of the relief moneys raised by American Jewry since the beginning of WWI. Jacob Schiff, philanthropist, international banker and one of the founders of the American Jewish Historical Society, appears in the lower right corner.


Seated from left to right are: Felix M. Warburg, of Kuhn Loeb & Co., Chairman of the Committee; Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, Corresponding Secretary of the Joint Distribution Committee; Albert Lucas; Mrs. F. Friedman, official stenographer; Dr. Boris D. Bogen, organizer of the branch of the Committee in Holland and a director of the National Conference of Charities; Leon Sanders, President of the Independent Order of Brith Abraham; Harry Fishcel, Treasurer of the Central Relief Committee; Sholem Asch, noted Yiddish writer and Vice Chairman of People's Relief Committee; Alexander Kahn, Chairman of the People's Relief Committee; Jacob Milch; Miss Harriet Lowenstein, woman lawyer and Comptroller of Joint Distribution Committee; Colonel Moses Schonenberg; Rabbi M.Z. Margolies, President of the Agudas Habonim; Israel Friedlander, Jewish Theological Seminary of NY; Paul Baerwald, Associate Treasurer of the Committee; Julius Levy; Peter Wiernik, Chairman of the Central Relief Committee and editor of the Jewish Morning Journal; Meyer Gillis, assistant editor of Forward; Colonel Harry Cutler, Chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board; Cyrus Adler, President of Dropsey College and the Jewish Theological Seminary; Arthur Lehman, Treausurer of the Committee and member of Lehman Bros.


Standing from left to right: Abraham Zucker, People's Relief Committee; Isadore Hershfield, who established communication between Jewish families in Europe and America; Rabbi Meyer Berlin, Vice President of the Central Relief Committee; Stanley Bero, Central Relief Committee; Louis Topkis; Morris Engelman, financial secretary of the Central Relief Committee and originator of the plan for American Relief for the Jewish War Sufferers.


Creator/Photographer: Unidentified Photographer


Medium: black and white photographic print


Date: August 16, 1918


Repository: American Jewish Historical Society, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


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