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Women’s World Conference Tackles Jewish Problems

May 10, 1923
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World peace, anti-Semitism, the protection of defenseless women and girl immigrants, the Jewish women’s part in the community, educational problems, the “physical” upbuilding of Palestine and the improvement of health among Jews in the war-racked countries, are among the problems being considered by the World Conference of Jewish Women here. Ninety delegates representing nineteen European countries, besides the representative delegation from the American Council of Jewish Women, are taking part in the gathering called by the American Council.

Mme. Narianna Hainisch, the 83 year old mother of the President of the Austrian Republic, was among those who welcomed the Jewish women’s gathering. She called on the American women to use their influence towards the stabilization of world peace. Herself long identified with the women’s fight for equality, she urged the women of America to use the ballot towards securing peace.

President Hainisch was also present. Chief Rabbi Chajes of Vienna delivered the principal welcoming address. He expressed his delight at the presence of the President and his mother and called on enlightened Austrians of the Christian faith to aid the Jews in their struggle against the virulent Austrian anti-Semitism. Thus far, the Rabbi said, the Jews were battling single handed.

Mrs. Alexander Kohut and Mrs. Nathaniel E. Harris replied to the greetings in behalf of the Conference, while Mrs. Harry Sternberger responded on behalf of the American Council.

The question of the preservation of Judaism was touched on by Mrs. A. Eicholtz of the Union of Jewish Women of London who warned that assimilation was exerting a “ruinous effect” on the youth.

The statement that 50% of the Jewish women whose husbands emigrate to countries overseas are virtually deserted was made by Miss Bertha Popenheim of Frankfurt, Germany, representing the Judische Frauenbund. The husbands, she declared, frequently become bigamists.

Mme. Zadok Kahan of France dwelt on the necessity of protection for defenseless women immigrants and urged an international understanding between governments with reference to white slave traffic. A resolution favoring the physical upbuilding of Palestine was adopted at one of the early sessions. Mrs. Kohut was chosen Chairman of the sessions.

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