London (Jun. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Problems concerning the scope and character of the activities of Jewish women’s organizations were taken up in a wide discussion at the Conference of Jewish Women’s Organizations in England which opened here today.
The conference is attended by representatives of Jewish women’s organizations in the United States, Germany and South Africa. Mrs. Solomon of New York, Deputy Mme. Melzer of Poland, Mme. Papenheim of Germany and Mme. Basht of South Africa, were among those present.
Mrs. Model, the secretary, in her report, drew attention to the fact that the conference held in 1902 was confined merely to communal and philanthropic activities. Women of today have taken their place in public life and are no longer limited in their activities, as they were a quarter of a century ago. The Conference must consider the attitude of the Jewish women concerning representative Jewish bodies, the speaker urged. The Union includes Zionist and non-Zionist bodies, she stated.
Mrs. Spielman urged the Union to participate in political and legislative work. Miss Lucy Cohen opposed this view declaring that the Jews in England are Englishmen and it is unnecessary to undertake separate activities, except in Jewish matters. Mrs. Joseph H. Hertz, wife of the Chief Rabbi, urged that the Union help in the upbuilding of Palestine.