|United People's House Building Committee in Drohitichin, Poland||Drohitchin, Poland, date of postal stamp|
Dear Esteemed Friends:
We have the great honor to you as a respected friend from Drohitchin regarding an important issue that engendered a warm and sympathetic reaction in all areas of the local population.
The issue is as follows:
You are surely aware of the social situation of the Jews in Europe.
Political and economic anti-semitism have hurt the lives of thousands of Jews and have cast the young people into arms of despair, apathy and desperation.
Therefore, a large-scale CULTURAL project has been undertaken by the intelligensia and progressive forces. In order to support the nationalist spirit of the next generation of young people, and to strengthen the feeling of self-esteem and pride as men and Jews, therefore the decision has been made by all progressive and democratic parties in young people to devote all our energies to develop cultural activities through a
|Address for contributions:||Shlomo Goldman|
|Bank Ludowy w Drohiczynie Polskim [most of rest illegible]||United Building|
|for BET-AM, Poland||P. Schiffman
[handwritten letter is illegible]
Standing, from right: Esther Mishovsky, R. Zonschein, Feigel Epstein. Seated: Ze'ev Mishovsky, Beila and Aharon Volveler and Chaytsha Epstein. Bottom: Y. Shuchman, S. Pisetsky, D. Epstein.
BEIT AM A Spiritual Center for the Youth
April 9, 1938
To all former residents of Drohitchin in Chicago:
We have the honor to contact you regarding an important issue to assist us in building the People's House-Beit Am in Drohitchin.
In our last letter we sent you a receipt and thank-you for the 50 dollars that you sent us through Gedaliah Grossman.
Most of the Jews in Drohitchin are participating in building Beit-Am. We are employing every effort, both financial and physical. Among ourselves we have been able to collect the required sum to purchase the location, and 20,000 bricks and stones for the foundation. Unfortunately, we believe we won't be able to complete our project ourselves.
We know that in the United States you are now involved in collecting money for Passover for our brethren in Poland, which is a holy endeavor to enable people to prepare Passover. However, we believe that you will also have time and the possibility to contribute money to our project.
Some say that because of the circumstances developing in Poland, when many Jews don't even have a way to put food on the table and are looking to emigrate, this is not the time to build buildings and People's Houses.
However, we believe that this is an incorrect opinion. A community of three and a half million Jews cannot begin emigrating overnight. This entails many difficulties, and we therefore believe that we are tied to this country where we live, and that there is much for us to do and accomplish.
The younger progressive person in our town is in particularly difficult circumstances, and therefore there is a great need for a People's House, a spiritual place, where the cultural education in the spirit of Jewish nationalism can be offered our children so that they will be proud Jews and men.
We are hoping that you will take an active part in our project, and assist us to create a spiritual center in our and your town, Drohitchin.
The United Building Committee- Beit Am in Drohitchin
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