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Annual Report of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York.

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[Judaica]. Annual Report of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York. [New York]: n.p., 1899.
8vo.; wrappers removed; spine perished; stapled, front leaf rubbed.
First edition of the report of a large philanthropic institution-It housed 728 children in 1899, down from the usual 850 after a dysentery epidemic caused it to temporarily close. In addition to the orphanage for Jewish children, the Society also ran a small relief organization for poor Jews. Though the orphans are peculiarly called "inmates" of the asylum in the "Visiting Days" information, the multiple proud references to children enrolled at colleges reveal the true concern for their welfare. The children attended public school, but were given religious instruction within the orphanage. Some of the boys were sent to the Hebrew Technical Institute for manual training, while the girls were taught domestic skills. The Society was supported by life members, patrons, and members, listed in the report, which is illustrated with twelve photographs: ten are of the orphans of both sexes, in the dining room, gymnasium, library, etc.
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