Activities of the American Jewish Woman in Social, Communal, Religious Aspects
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Activities of the American Jewish Woman in Social, Communal, Religious Aspects

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A joint campaign of the Hadassah, Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and the American Physicians’ Committee, to raise $200,000 for the erection of the Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem, will be launched today. The institution will serve as Hadassah’s chief hospital in Palestine and as a postgraduate medical research institute for the Hebrew University.

Mrs. Edward Jacobs of this city, who recently returned after a year’s residence in Palestine; Mrs. Alexander Lamport, of Mt. Vernon, and Dr. Emanuel Libman, of the American Physicians’ Committee, are joint chairmen of the campaign.

Sub-committees have been organized in all of the 256 Hadassah chapters throughout the country. The funds raised in this drive will be distinct from the Hadassah annual health work budget of £42,000.

The exact location of the hospital has not yet been determined. Whether the building will be erected on Mt. Scopus, near the Hebrew University, or in Jerusalem proper, is under consideration. The site for the hospital will be provided by the Jewish National Fund.

“When completed the Hadassah-University Hospital Building will serve Palestine and the Near East in a similar capacity proportionately to that of the Rockefeller Institute here,” Mrs. Jacobs declared. “It is hoped that outstanding German scientists, whom Hadassah is now placing in the various departments of its existing institutions, will eventually be appointed as heads of departments in the hospital. The Hebrew University will control the academic aspects of the institution.

“The new project represents the culminating efforts of twenty years of work in the field of public health in Palestine on the part of Hadassah. In the past few years Hadassah has been able through the development of community organization, to transfer gradually some of its curative health work to the communities themselves, thus releasing funds and activities for expanding preventive medical work. The Hadassah-University Hospital will be a high point in the emphasis on prevention and health education. It will make possible the synchronous advancement of two of the major features in the development of modern Palestine—health and education.”


The initial copy of the current issue of “News Letter”, published by the National Council of Jewish Women, was circulated among members, throughout the nation this week from headquarters of the organization, 625 Madison Avenue.

In a leading editorial entitled “A Greeting from the President” over the signature of Mrs. Fanny Brin, president, the writer pleads for cooperation in fighting the “world depression and the major tragedy in the history of the American people.”

Mrs. Brin writes:

“We are living in the shadow of the great tragedy that is taking place in Germany. Again equality before the law, and fundamental human rights are being violated. We have though of ourselves in recent years as a tree whose fruit and shade might be a blessing to ourselves and others; now we are threatened at our very roots again. It has been a great shock to our generation but the far-reaching consequences may be felt even more by generations that will follow.”

Announcement is made on another page of News Letter that the ninth annual conference of the N.C.J.W. will be held in Washington on January 16 to 19.

The organization is cooperating with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in raising funds for the relief of Jews in Germany.

Under the title of “Appointments”, the News Letter enumerates members who have been working on organizations outside of the sphere of the N.C.J.W. They include Mrs. Sydney M. Cone, first vice-president, who is cooperating with Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins on a child recovery program; Mrs. Harry Gershon, of Atlanta, Ga., president of the Southern Interstate Conference, is a director of the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching; Mrs. Sanford Marcus, who was elected president of the Montgomery (Ala.) Federation of Women’s Clubs and Mrs. Leo Shon-field, of Pittsburgh, who has been elected to the Board of the Pittsburgh League for the Hard of Hearing.


Two thousand women heard Colonel Daniel W. MacCormack, Commissioner General of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Washington, D. C., Congressman Samuel Dickstein, and Miss Cecilia Razovsky, field counsellor of the National Council of Jewish Women, discuss the problems of naturalization at a meeting on November 28th, held under the auspices of the Brooklyn Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. Fifteen other women’s organizations sent representatives to this meeting.


The National Council of Jewish Women is urging the Legislative Chairmen of the various Sections to advocate the Child Labor Amendment which is now pending in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Missouri and Iowa.


The Indianapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women cooperated in a city-wide Peace meeting held under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Clubs.

The Civic Chairman of the Indianapolis Section, Mrs. Wolf Suss-man, was recently appointed General Chairman of the American Red Cross for the city.


The New York Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is arranging a benefit theatre party on December 25th for the opening of “The Lake”, starring Katherine Hepburn, in order to raise funds for their activities which have greatly increased because of the present German Jewish situation. Tickets may be obtained from Mrs. Bernard Sinn, 8 East 81st Street, New York.


Last Tuesday, Mrs. Laura J. Lie-bow, Chairman of the Infant Welfare Fund of Brooklyn Chapter of Hadassah, was guest speaker at the home of Mrs. Joseph Horowitz, 225 Eastern Parkway. Her subject was “Child Population in Palestine.”

On Tuesday night, December 12th, a Chanukah Celebration and Musicale will be given at the Brooklyn Jewish Center, 667 Eastern Parkway. Every effort is being made to make this evening an outstanding one. Prominent speakers will attend. Proceeds will be given to the Infant Welfare Fund.

The Bedford Group will hold a Linen shower and bridge at the home of Mrs. J. D. Booth, 1338 President Street, on Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Chas. Werbelowsky, head of the Palestine Linen Supply Bureau, is chairman of the arrangements.

“Three Wise Men of Chelem” will be performed Tuesday night, December 5th, by the Bay Ridge Group of Hadassah.


Tomorrow afternoon the Eastern Parkway Division of Ivriah will meet at the home of Mrs. Abraham Shapiro, 725 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, when Mrs. Bert Danziger will give a resume of “Yoshe Kalb”, which will be followed with a musical program.

On the same afternoon, the West Bronx, Bensonhurst and West Side Divisions will meet in executive session to discuss plans for a large tea to be given on Tuesday afternoon, January 16th, at the Hotel Waldorf Astoria, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Sa#l Steiner.

All the Brooklyn sections, under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Jacob Friedman, will hold a tea at the Hotel St. George on Tuesday, January 23rd, for the benefit of the Ivriah Scholarship and Kindergarten Fund.

Tuesday afternoon the North Queens Division of Ivriah will meet at the Queensboro Chamber of Commerce. They will spend “An Afternoon in Palestine.” Rabbi Jacob Grossman of the Temple Gates of Prayer of Flushing, will be guest speaker, and Miriam Sigler Rabinowitz will sing a number of Palestinian songs.


The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Yeshivah of Flatbush, Brooklyn, is proud of the efforts of its chairlady, Mrs. M. L. Katz, and her committee, in making the annual theatre party at the Empire Theatre, November 22nd, a success. The play, “The School for Husbands”, a very entertaining musical comedy, was apparently enjoyed by everyone.

The Yeshivah is constantly adding friends and workers to its cause. This was indicated by the large attendance at their last meeting in the home of Mrs. A. E. Freedman.

It was then voted to have the next affair, an evening card party, on December 2nd, at the home of Mrs. H. Gliksman, 4008 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.

All our friends are looking forward to our annual banquet which is planned in the near future.


In honor of the founder of the Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America, Mrs. Solomon Schechter, constituent groups of the League throughout the country will celebrate what has come to be known as Women’s League Day, which is scheduled the week of Chanukah.

Women’s League Day will be celebrated by the New York City Branch by a Chanukah musicale-tea to be held at the Hotel Commodore on Wednesday, December 20th, at 2.30 P.M. Mrs. Henry S. Hendricks is honorary chairman. Reservations can be made at the office of the Women’s League, Broadway and 122nd Street.

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