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THE RIGHT HON. AND RIGHT REV. THE LORD BISHOP
THE MARQUIS OF BLANDFORD, M.P.
LORD CLAUD HAMILTON, M.P.
SIR WALTER FARQUHAR, BART.
REV. WILLIAM MARSH, D.D.
REV. FRANCIS CLOSE, A.M.
REV, WM. AYERST, A.M.
MR. ALFRED H. GOODHART.
REV. H. P. HAUGHTON, A.M.
MR. W. S. KENDALL.
CAPTAIN H. L. LAYARD. MR. THOMAS DEAN.
MR. JOHN STERRY. MR THOMAS C. DEAN.
REV. JOHN TAGG, A.M.
MR. W. TIDY.
REV. J. C. REICHARDT.
MR. WILLIAM WYNNE WILLSON.
OPERATIVE JEWISH CONVERTS' INSTITUTION,
PALESTINE PLACE, BETHNAL GREEN.
JANUARY 1, 1850. This Institution was founded in the year 1831. Its primary and immediate object was thus explained in the original advertisement announcing the establishment of the Institution :-“If God has ordained, that, 'unless a man work, neither shall he eat,' two things are clear : namely, that we are not to support Jewish Converts in idleness; and that if they are incapable of working for want of instruction, we should, if possible, provide instruction, that they may work. This appears to be the bounden duty of the Christian world, and it is the sole end of the Institution now established. Jewish Converts will be admitted into it only for a given time, sufficient for the instruction of one who is diligent; and then they will be dismissed, to make way for others, who may in succession, receive the same benefit.” Such was the intention of the honoured founders of the Institution; and the subsequent experience of the Committee has convinced them that this industrial plan is one of the most important that could have been devised, as it has proved the most successful that has been attempted, to secure the comfort, respectability, and general welfare of a numerous class of Jewish Converts. To promote this design, the Inmates are supplied with board, lodging, clothing, &c., and they are taught the trade of PRINTING, or BOOKBINDING, in its various branches.
The Committee, however, desire it may be distinctly understood that although the primary object of the Institution is to provide for the temporal well-being of Jewish believers, by supplying them with the means of obtaining their future livelihood by honest industry; and although they feel pledged to adhere to this object in all its integrity, they are most deeply sensible, as Christian men, and the managers of a Christian Institution, of the all-important duty of making it instrumental in promoting God's glory, and the eternal welfare of those committed to their care; and to this end the Inmates are required to read the Holy Scriptures daily, to unite in domestic worship, and to attend regularly the public services of the Church ; whilst, from time to time, they receive private religious instruction, and are subjected to a continued course of Christian training and discipline. These invaluable benefits have been enjoyed, more or less, by nearly three hundred members of the house of Israel. In the course of nineteen years, many of these have been lost sight of; nevertheless, more than one hundred are now known to the Committee as living consistently with their baptismal engagements.
The Committee respectfully solicit the renewed exertions of those to whom they are already so greatly indebted, and appeal most earnestly to the friends of Israel generally for such a measure of pecuniary assistance as will ensure, by God's blessing, the more effectual attainment of the highly interesting and important objects of the Institution.
Donations, Annual Subscriptions, and Contributions, will be received at the Institution, Palestine Place; at the Office of the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, 3, Chatham-place, Blackfriars; and by the Bankers, Messrs. Spooner, Attwoods, and Co., 27, Gracechurch-street; Messrs. Hatchard and Son, 187, Piccadilly ; Messrs. Nisbet and Co., Berners-street, Oxford-street, London.