The buildings housing the institutions of the National Council of Jewish Women represent an investment exceeding $1,000,000, declared Mrs. Julius Fryer of Cleveland, chairman of the Department of Social Service in describing the institutions founded by the Council. Mrs. Fryer declared that the institutions represent a wide variety including a synagogue for prisoners, homes for girls, neighborhood and community centers, Young Women’s Hebrew Associations, kindergartens, and vacation camps.
At Welfare Island, New York, a synagogue has been established for the prisoners on the island, by the New York City Section, which maintains it. The synagogue’s activities are directed by a chaplain who devotes his entire time to this institution. Several institutions and clubs for girls have also been provided, including the Council Home for Girls at Jamaica, L. I., which is maintained by the Brooklyn, Section, the Council House for Girls, maintained by the Pittsburgh. Pa. Section and the Girl’s Home Club of the New York City Section.
Community and neighborhood centers have been established in several cities. Seattle Section maintains a highly organized Educational Center, with a broad program of work. Minneapolis Section, has its South Side Neighborhood House, and Richmond. Virginia Section. has its Council Neighborhood House. The New York City Section is now building its new Community House, to replace its present Council House. Los Angeles Section constructed a new Council House, which is used by the community for various functions. A Council House is maintained by the Washington. D. C. Section. A non-Sectarian Kindergarten is promoted by the San Antonio Section: a Y. W. H. A., by the Detroit Section and a Council House by the Houston Section.
The Council also owns and maintains a number of vacation camps.