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Jewish Women Deplore Antisemitism, Numerus; Pledge Chaluzim Support

May 11, 1923
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Resolutions pledging the aid of Jewish women to the Chaluzim Movement, denouncing the regulations limiting the admission of Jewish students in European universities were passed at the Thursday session of the Jewish Women’s World Conference here.

While decrying anti-Semitism the Conference failed to adopt a resolution protesting against it. Considerable discussion is still proceeding on this point. The majority of the delegates declining to have the Conference dignify the anti-Jewish agitation by form of a resolution. Adoption of the resolution deploring the numerus clausus regulation followed the appearance of Mr. Steinig, a representative of the World Jewish Students’ Union. Mrs. Sternberger, Secretary of the Council of Jewish Women of New York, undertook to secure the passage of similar resolutions by the Inter-Collegiate Menorah Societies in the United States. Frau Margulies of Berlin moved a resolution in favor of the chaluzim and pledging also the support of the women to the up-building of Palestine, the specific priviso being added, however, that adoption of this resolution does not commit the women’s organizations to any “political party”. Miss Elinor Sachs of New York, who has been elected Secretary of the Conference and who was in charge of the preliminary arrangements for the Conference in Vienna, presented a report of the foreign work conducted by the Council of Jewish Women in various parts of Europe. The Council’s policy has been, she said, to launch a relief program and then hand it over to the local Jewish women.

Miss Cecilia Rozofsky of New York, Secretary of the Council’s Immigration Department in New York was among the delegates who discussed immigration. She spoke at length on the American immigration regulations and the treatment of immigrants in America. Adolf Held, European representative of the Hias, was another speaker on immigration. Interviews with a number of the delegates have appeared in some of the important Vienese papers. Mrs. Alexander Kohut in a statement to the Neue Freie Presse asserted that the impression prevailing abroad of the ramifications of the Hakenkreuz Organization were damaging to Austria. American law would never permit of pogrom placards being posted as they are in Vienna, Mrs. Kohut declared. She added, according to her inquirer, that reports of excesses in Austria had made one hesitate to enter the Vienna.

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