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Hamburg Conference Decides to Form World Federation of Jewish Women

June 7, 1929
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A decision to establish a World Federation of Jewish Women to be comprised of local Jewish women’s organizations and societies was adopted at the world conference of Jewish women which closed its sessions here today. Mrs. Rebekah Kohut of New York was chosen president of the new organization. The purpose of the Federation as described in the program adopted is “to give consideration to the problems of Jewish women throughout the world and to further the unity of the Jewish communities.”

The program of the new organization and its manifold interests were given expression in a varity of resolutions adopted: to work for the strengthening of the ideal of world peace, to support Jewish religious and cultural institutions and schools, to cooperate with the recently established Society for the Observance of the Sabbath, to which Society the new Federation is to send three representatives; to work for the introduction of Hebrew as the language of instruction in Jewish schools, to champion the cause of (Continued on Page 2)

Some discussion developed when the question of the Jewish Agency was taken up. Mrs. Kohut and Mrs. Lindheim spoke in favor of the Agency, while some of the European delegates voiced objections to participation in the body. Madame Anita Mueller-Cohen of Vienna read a paper on the influence of Palestine cultural work on Jewish women. Madame Paula Ollendorf reported on the role of the Jewish woman in social service fields in various countries. She presented a number of recommendations. Frances Pollack of the National Council of Jewish Women in the United States reported on the results of a recent survey made by the Council concerning the difficulties encountered by Jewish women in search of employment. In smaller communities prejudice is non-existent, whereas in the large industrial centers Jewish girls and women find it difficult to secure jobs, she said.

Mrs. Max Warburg of Hamburg was the hostess at a tea given by her in honor of the delegates.

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