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Activities of American Jewish Women in Social, Communal, Religious Aspects

“The Executive Committee of Ivriah records its complete endorsement of the boycott that has been declared against all German goods and services and calls upon all Ivriah members to join in this measure in defense of elementary human rights.” Thus Ivriah went on record at its last executive committee meeting. The women’s division of the Jewish Education Association devotes its energies toward the spread of Jewish culture and the Jewish training of children.

HADASSAH

Hadassah reports an increase in membership of 2,000 over last year. Speakers throughout the country report heightened interest in Palestine. Explaining, Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, national president, says “The response to Hitlerist bigotry is a continuous intensification of interest in Palestine as the Jewish homeland. Palestine has come closer to Jews of all shades of opinion, and the reflection of this unity is seen in the unprecedented number of persons interested in Palestine that were indifferent before.

“Another circumstance is the favorable conditions of Palestine itself. During the past year something like 30,000 Jews have entered the country, and so sound is Palestine economically that she easily has been able to absorb these and more newcomers into her industrial, commercial and agrarian enterprises.”

Hadassah’s national drive fore membership is under the direction of Mrs. Israel Goldstein.

The educational program of the New York chapter was arranged by Mrs. S. H. Hartley in cooperation with the Teacher’s institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Subjects selected relate to Zionism and aim to clarify problems that confront Hadassah workers. Courses include Hebrew, a survey of political parties in Palestine, approaches and philosophies of Zionism, Jewish history, history of Zonism and dramatic confficts in Jewish thought. Also at Shearith Israel a course on Jewish customs and ceremonies, and at Temple Rodolph Sholom, great lights in Jewish history.

COUNCIL OF JUNIORS

With the official opening of their headquarters the National Council of Jewish Juniors call this a redletter week. They are located in the same office as the senior organization, at 625 Mdison avenue. Miss Louise Meyerowitz, a graduate of Denver University, is the new executive secretary.

Principal activities of the 114 Funior sections include the maintenance of a Shelter Home for Immigrant Girls in Havana, and the Hannah G. Solomon Scholarship Fund which enables students to take graduate social service at the University of Chicago.

PIONEER WOMEN

Guila Bustabo, fourteen year old violinist, will be chief artist at the concert to be given by the Pioneer Women’s Organization at Town Hall on Saturday evening, February 24. Mrs. B. Mogil, secretary of the New York region, is in is chairman of the souvenir program committee.

NATIONAL COUNCIL

Telegrams came to Washington last week from all sections of the National Council of Jewish Women urgin their Snators to oppose the Vinson Naval Bill. The bill carries with it the largest peace-time expenditure for naval purposes that has ever been made in this country. The Council is cooperating with other peace organizations in trying to have the bill defeated.

WOMEN’S LEAGUE CONTEST

A prize contest for the best play of one or more acts on a Jewish subject for a Jewish adult group is being conducted by the Women’s League of the United Synagogue. Manuscripts will be accepted in the contest until May 1, with prizes going to the best threes.

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