San Francisco: The Federation, 1910-1915. Item #41874
1st editions. Original boards. 8vo. 42, 61, 87, 163, 175, 22 cm. In English. “Over 150 years ago, Jews were among the settlers heeding the proverbial call of the 19th century to "Go West." Following the lure of the Gold Rush, they came to California and helped establish the community that eventually would grow to be San Francisco. Because of the hardships endured during that westward migration, however, these early pioneers were driven to establish a communal fund — eventually called the Eureka Benevolent Society — to help aid the sick and needy, assist in the resettlement of Jewish immigrants, provide widows and children with food and shelter, and pay burial costs when their husbands and fathers succumbed to the hardships of dangerous work and difficult living conditions. With the Society as a starting point, San Francisco's growing Jewish community established a large number of social service agencies and, in 1910, the Federation of Jewish Charities was formed to direct a unified fundraising effort and to distribute the proceeds among programs serving the community. Eventually, the leaders of these agencies decided to centralize fundraising by combining agencies under one roof, and the Jewish Welfare Fund (JWF) was born” (JewishFed.org, 2019). SUBJECTS: Jews -- California -- San Francisco -- Charities -- Periodicals. OCLC lists 10 holdings worldwide, though many are incomplete (OCLC: 21014748). Ex-library with usual markings. Some light damp stains. Good+ condition. (AMR-56-45-LX).