Home page The Occident and American Jewish Advocate Jews in the Civil War Jews in the Wild West History of Palestine The Occident Virtual Library


Hebrew Benevolent Society of Cincinnati.

(Concluded from Vol. V. p. 608.)

The Hebrew Benevolent Society, whose fifth anniversary we celebrate this evening, is sustained by regular subscriptions, and voluntary contributions. Its necessity, as well as its efficiency, have been amply proved during the time of its existence. Many a poor stranger hailing from the banks of the Vistula, the Danube, the Rhine, the Seine, the Thames, and from other over-populated districts of Europe, who arrived here destitute of every resource but his active and energetic spirit, commenced his first enterprise to gain an honest living, with the pecuniary aid furnished him by this Society, prospered by dint of industry and perseverance, and found thus a comfortable hone on the banks of the “beautiful river” in the far West. Many an unfortunate brother and sister stricken with poverty and disease, were relieved from their burden of sorrow, and cheered up in their gloomy condition by the timely intercession of this institution. In contemplating, therefore, the good thus effected, in dwelling with inward satisfaction on the anxieties that were removed, the hearts that were gladdened, and the tears that were dried up by means of this Society, we must become aware, that it is our sacred duty, so to endow it, that it will be able to adequately meet the calls that may be made on its funds, and fully to carry out the benevolent purposes for which it was established.

<<49>>It would be improper to tax your patience by a heart-rending appeal in behalf of those who are destined to reap the benefit of your bounty,—or to depict in glowing colours the happy results of your munificence; when once the generous impulses of our nature are awakened, words become superfluous. We eagerly seize the opportunity to testify by deed the noble emotions of our soul. And this opportunity will be presently afforded. Permit me then to repeat once more the toast that has given rise to these remarks:

Charity, its quality is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, upon the place beneath; it is twice blessed: it blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

6. The City of Cincinnati. All hail, fair queen. Be peace thy diadem, righteousness thy sceptre, prosperity thy throne; thy sons and daughters worthy of their royal descent.

Responded to by Mr. M. E. Moerhing.

7. Woman. Our solace in affliction, our joy in prosperity.

Responded to by Mr. Peter Zinn.

After the remarks of Rev. J. K. Gutheim, a collection was taken up, which will materially assist the society in the prosecution of its duties during the coming inclement season.