|Vol. IV, No. 12
Adar 5607, March 1847
Hebra Terumot Hakodesh
Extract From The Constitution—Section 5.
“The money raised by this Society shall be remitted, at stated times, to some responsible Agent in Europe or Asia, to be distributed by him, fairly and equitably, amongst the different Congregations in the Holy Land; but in no instance whatever to be paid to any Messenger or Agent of any of the Congregations there who may be sent here to collect the same.”
The Hebrew Terumot Hakodesh has received recent intelligence that our Brethren in the Holy Land are suffering from the horrors of famine, the consequence of the continued drought for near two years. They appeal to the sympathies of their more prosperous co-religionists.
New York, 18 Kislef, 5607.
I. B. Kursheedt,
I. B. Kursheedt.
Copy Of Letter, Etc.Sir Moses Montefiore, London. Dear Sir,—We beg to hand you herewith, first of exchange of Phelps, Dodge & Co., on Phelps, James & Co., Liverpool, (60 days) for £64, being part of a collection now being made in behalf of the poor of our brethren in the Holy Land. Our reason for troubling you on this occasion is owing to reports existing here, tending to create doubts as to the ultimate disposition of the funds forwarded in aid of this noble cause. Hitherto remittances have been made to the highly respectable Committee of Messrs. Hirsch Lehren, and others, Amsterdam; but the impression prevails with some individuals that they have been appropriated in aid only of particular communities, whilst the wishes and intentions of the donors were for distribution amongst all the poor, without discrimination as to particular congregations or communities. Under these circumstances, we are induced to solicit your benevolent services in effecting the transmission of the funds now forwarded and to be forwarded to you, so that the object of the contributors may be realized. The present remittance is the result (at present rate of exchange) of the contributions of
Copy of Sir M. Montefiore’s Letter.London, January 19th, 1847. Gentlemen, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed letter of the 31st December last, enclosing a bill of exchange for the sum of £64, to be forwarded to the poor of our brethren in the Holy Land. In compliance with your wish, immediately remitted the amount to the leaders of the various congregations, furnishing them with a copy of your directions with regard to the mode of distribution; and I requested them to forward to you an acknowledgment of its receipt, and to supply you at the same time with every information relating to its distribution. I should have had much pleasure in aiding you in the accomplishment of your desire for similar information with reference to the disposal of former remittances to the Distribution Committee in Amsterdam; but I do not see any means by which your object could be so satisfactorily attained as by an application direct from you to the worthy and highly respectable members of that Committee, which I would therefore beg to suggest. With fervent prayers to the Almighty, that you may reap in his blessings the fruits of your beneficence to our brethren in the Holy Land,
With sincere respect,
Your obedient servant,
MOSES MONTEFIORE. To I. B. Kursheedt and Solomon I. Isaacs, Esqrs., New York. Note by the Editor.—In giving the above an insertion, we beg leave to state, that notwithstanding the statement of our venerable friend, Mr. Kursheedt, we deem the case of the Jews at Hebron one of peculiar hardship, as they have suffered so much in the civil wars which have raged in their unfortunate city; and we trust that the messenger, Rabbi Jechiel Cohen, may be listened to, without our giving any opinion on the administration of the Palestine fund, disputes concerning which we have long since noticed in the Orient, and other Jewish papers.