Superintendent of the Poor of the Triple Congregation, Collection for the Poor at the Purim Holiday, Announcement, Hamburg, March 7, 1789

Source Description

On March 7, 1789, the authorized Superintendents of the Poor for the synagogues of the Triple Congregation issued an appeal, in which they asked for “generous gifts” for the poor on the occasion of the Purim holiday. The brief appeal is written in the German language and is held in the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem. By means of this kind of appeal for donations, the poor members of the Congregation were supposed to be supported and simultaneously hindered from individual begging. The source points to a structural change in the care of the poor in Hamburg, which was not without consequences for the Jewish congregations, requiring a break with old traditions.
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Recommended Citation

Superintendent of the Poor of the Triple Congregation, Collection for the Poor at the Purim Holiday, Announcement, Hamburg, March 7, 1789 (translated by Richard S. Levy), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-136.en.v1> [November 13, 2018].