Cedars of Lebanon: Jacob H. Schiff, Humanitarian
In our April number, and again in May, this department presented selections from the writings of Louis Marshall, a founding father of the American Jewish Committee, which is now celebrating its Fiftieth Anniversary. Jacob H. Schiff, famous of course in the annals of American finance, was another of the Committee’s founders. Profoundly religious, he acted upon a broad sense of responsibility not only to the Jewish community, but to the American people as a whole. Below we print excerpts from some of his letters; they deal with various matters of social import, expressing views strikingly in advance of his time. The selections are taken from Cyrus Adler’s two-volume biography Jacob H. Schiff: His Life and Letters (Doubleday, Doran, 1929); Adler was himself a founder of the Committee.
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