“Jewish men and women are going to have a tremendous place when peace comes to the world”, Carrie Chapman Catt, famous woman suffrage leader, speaking on the subject of “War and Peace” told the 460 women gathered in the Tenth Triennial Convention of the Council of Jewish Women.
“It is five years since the armistice was signed and peace has not come yet, but when it does come Jewish men and women are going to have a tremendous place in that movement”, said Mrs. Catt. “The question before the world today is how we may attain and maintain peace. The League of Nations has been engaged for sometime in gathering statistics concerning armies of the world. The world today wants peace but does not know how to get it. The fault lies neither with the Government nor with the political parties. The people must decide what they want, and then, and only then can world peace be attained.”
The Triennial report of the President, Miss Rose Brenner, was read to the delegates. Miss Breriner praised the work of the Council’s publications, notably the quarterly, The Jewish Woman. This publication, the only one in the world devoted solely to the interests of Jewish womanhood, has gone not only to our sections, but to public and college libraries everywhere, and is indeed a magazine worthy of any organization.
Miss Brenner also stated that the Council has spent over $176,000 during the last triennial period, 1920-1923, in expanding the Council’s work in its twenty-one fields of activity.
Mrs. Harry Sternberger, Executive Secretary of the Council, gave a detailed report of the work done in her office. In conclusion Mrs. Sternberger said:
“I regard this convention as a sacred temple, throughout whose daily ritual shall be expressed in new and richer symbolism and thought, the ideals of Jewish womanhood as they have been crystallized in the history and program of the Council. You have been charged, by your co-workers at home, with the sacred mission of bringing back to them the zeal, the inspiration and the burning enthusiasm that shall arouse them from their routine or lethargy and revitalize in them the strong emotion that first drew them to the Council.”
Judge Florence E. Allen of the Ohio Supreme Court spoke on “Women in the Courts”
The Convention opened with 460 women, including 27 national officers of the Council. Two Jewish women leaders from Europe were akse present, Frau sidone werner of Berlin and Frau Pomerantz Melser of Poland.
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