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Kate Gave Birth in a Jewish-Funded Hospital Wing

Britain’s most popular baby has a Jewish connection, sort of. Kate gave birth in a hospital wing funded by a Jew. Suppose a Jew from the “settlements’ had given the money. Would Kate have boycotted it?
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June
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When the duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was rushed to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital early Monday, anxious to avoid hundreds of paparazzi camping outside, she almost certainly missed the little plaque at the entrance.

The memorial pays tribute to the anonymous donor “who was not unmindful of his neighbors’ needs” and who paid for the wing in 1937.

In fact he wasn’t so anonymous: the wing is named after him. Frank Charles Lindo was a wealthy Jew, descended on his mother Adeline’s side from the Heilbut family, and on his father Charles’s side, it appears, from one of London’s most famous Sephardi families. While it is not clear exactly how he is related, the Lindo name is particularly associated with the silver Lindo Lamp, the earliest known English menorah, which was commissioned in 1709 on the marriage of Elias Lindo to Rachel Lopes Ferreira.

Born in 1872, Frank Lindo married Violet Portman, a member of a British aristocratic family and a member of the board of management at St Mary’s. When Lindo died in 1938, he had donated £111,500 to the hospital, including £5,000 on the morning of the opening of the Lindo Wing so that it could open free of debt. While nowadays considered state-of-the-art, at the time it was meant for  ”patients of moderate means” who could not afford private care but were too well off to be treated in a charity hospital for the “deserving poor.”

In his will, Lindo left his house at Aldeburgh to the hospital as a convalescent home for the nursing staff, with an endowment fund of £25,000 for its maintenance.

“His gifts, sympathy and understanding made possible the erection and equipment of this building for the relief of sickness and suffering,” says the memorial plaque, “and will remain for all time a monument of his outstanding generosity.”

Surely he would have shepped much nachas from the royal baby born in the birthing suite he funded.

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18 Responses to “Kate Gave Birth in a Jewish-Funded Hospital Wing”

  1. Is there ever a time for new king……it would be for this bundle of joy……HANK is an usual but strong name for the baby!

  2. In any scenario……a new king is always wanted…..this baby boy will be ""tremendous & stupendous""………be proud parents Kate & William! congratulations for this bundle of joy**********************************fortune will be his, fame coming to him who is superior!

  3. We wish the very best for this new arrival of happiness…………………………again, god bless ENGLAND!!!!!

  4. pretty lame connection.
    no way a Jew in the shtachim is going to make the kind of money to build a hospital in London.

  5. And Jr. gets a mohel too! Right?

  6. Well then, Mazel Tov to the happy couple.

  7. Eran Spiro says:

    A very strong connection to an illustrious Jewish family that originated in Toledo, moved to Venetzia, Amsterdam, Kingston and London. Charles being ignorant is not a sin, it is laziness. Go learn !!!

  8. Doesn't seem to make us loved. Maybe we should give only to Jewish charities.

  9. Mark Leaman says:

    Makes a lot of sence since Kate is Jewish and that means the baby is too.

  10. Anthony Kent says:

    http://www.wargs.com/royal/kate.html not a lot of Jews in her lineage, but maybe a brit milah next week.

  11. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    the deserving poor! could not afford the Lindo wing! today!
    kate had a very expencive private ward! may Hashem bless mother and child!

  12. David Baden says:

    "Kate is Jewish" where on earth did you get that from? If you check on her origins you will see that it simply isn't true.

  13. Yechiel Baum says:

    anyone remind them that their grandparents barred Jews from Israel and did not bomb the tracks to the death camps and yet we reward his uncles who were Nazi generals that the future king be born in a Jewish hospital. Did he pay the bill or just like Jewish doctors for their brilliance?

  14. Sara Brott says:

    Yet another proof that our people's charity goes for mending the world as well as helping our own community.

  15. what makes you think she is Jewish?

  16. Menorah Seven says:

    Pretty close to home I say!

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