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Publication Date: January 1907

Publisher(s): Kohn & Pollock Inc.

Author(s): Falk Younker

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Justice (Crime and criminals)
Social conditions (Urban conditions)

Keywords: youth; social services; crime; poverty

Type: Other

Coverage: New York United States


Between 28 and 30 per cent, of all children brought to the Children's Court are Jewish children. The principal of one school with many such delinquents stated his belief that a great deal of the trouble is due to the fact that the parents of these children have a great struggle to earn a livelihood. They are at work practically all day long, and the task of preparing meals, besides taking care or the house, is usually left to one of the older children of the family. The children are on the streets nearly all day long, finding nothing to attract them in their dingy homes, and in the streets many bad habits are formed. Homes should be erected for these people, where they can live decently at a minimum cost, but should not be known as philanthropic enterprises which would wound the pride of the worthy poor.

Recreation centers must be established wherever most needed, and here our Jewish youth must find healthy amusement to offset the temptations of the street and at such centers moral and religious influence must be brought to bear upon them.

In Proceedings of the 4th National Conference of Jewish Charities, 1906, Kohn & Pollock Inc.