Activities of the American Jewish Woman in Social, Communal, Religious Aspects
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Activities of the American Jewish Woman in Social, Communal, Religious Aspects

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Junior Hadassah, outstanding young women’s Zionist organization of America, is now conducting a nation-wide membership campaign.

Today has been set aside as National Membership Day, whereby every young Jewish woman in each community will be approached to join the ranks of Junior Hadassah.

Junior Hadassah in its thirteen years of existence has been doing important Zionist work both in America and Palestine. Beginning with but a few units in 1920, the organization now has 180 units, with a membership of 10,000. There is a Junior Hadassah unit in almost every large city in the United States.

Junior Hadassah has played an important role in bringing to the consciousness of the young Jewish women of this country the meaning of the Zionist movement. Today the importance of this role has taken on an added significance. Junior Hadassah asks the young women of the country to join its ranks as a direct answer to the challenge of Hitlerite Germany.

In addition to the cultural work of the organization, Junior Hadassah supports three projects in Palestine; Meier Shfeyah, a complete children’s village; Pardess Anna, a training farm; and the Nurses’ Training School. The work of these projects is in each case a significant contribution to the upbuilding of the new Palestine.

Today it is expected that every former member will be re-enrolled and in addition many thousands of new members.


Mrs. Mary G. Schonberg, executive secretary of the National Council of Jewish Women, has just completed an extensive trip through the South, including the States of South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. Everywhere she reports an aroused interest in public and civic affairs and particularly in matters concerning Jewish life.

“Jewish women of the deep south are not only responding emotionally to German-Jewish persecution, but they stand ready to back up any definite project of relief”, said Mrs. Schonberg, speaking of the discussions held on this subject during the conference in Mobile. “Our organization is interested primarily in placing German Jewish orphans and other unfortunates in happy American homes, and as soon as plans are devised we know that we will have the whole-hearted cooperation of our southern members.”


Mrs. Sydney M. Cone, first vice president of the National Council of Jewish Women, attended the Emergency Conference for Unemployed Women held at the White House last Monday. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt presided.

The call for delegates to attend the annual conference on the Cause and Cure of War to be held in Washington, has been sent to all members of the National Council of Jewish Women which is one of the constituent agencies belonging to this peace organization.


On Monday afternoon, November 28, the West Side Division of Ivriah will hold its monthly meeting at the Rutgers Club, 314 West 91st Street at 2 o’clock.

Mrs. Rachel DuBois of Teachers’ College will speak on “The Development of Sympathetic Attitudes Toward Other Groups.” A musical program will follow with Rose Leopold as the soloist.

On Tuesday afternoon, there will be a Workers’ luncheon at the Hotel Standish Arms, 45 West 81st Street, at which all the Ivriah workers from the various groups have been invited. Plans will be formulated for activities for the year.


Dr. Caroline B. Zachry, director of the Mental Hygiene Institute of the State Teachers College at Montclair, will discuss “Mental Hygiene Problems of Childhood and Adolescence” at a reception for the Jewish Big Sisters to be held on Sunday evening, December 3, at 8:15 P.M., at 99 Park Avenue.

Mrs. Sidney C. Borg is the chairman of the Jewish Big Sisters. Mrs. George Backer and Mrs. Cecil Borg are co-chairmen of the reception committee. The other members of the reception committee. The other members of the reception committee are: Mrs. Benjamin Buttenweiser, Mrs. Samuel C. Coleman, Mrs. Arthur Schulte. Mrs. Irwin Untermyer, Mrs. Leonard Wallstein.

This reception is planned for women who are actively engaged or interested in the work of the Jewish Big Sisters. Mrs. Sidney C. Borg will outline the plans of the Jewish Big Sisters for the current season.


More than 300 persons attended a membership tea of the Junior Hadassah of Boro Park, held at Young Israel Building, 1363 – 50th Street, Brooklyn, recently. Sylvia Saperstein introduced the guest of honor, Mrs. Lillian Stemler, who discussed the work of the Junior Hadassah of which she is a member. A playlet was presented by Nora E. Schulman. Belle Chernin, Rose Richman and Bess Cohen.


Two study courses are being planned by the Jewish Big Sisters this year. Mrs. Sidney C. Borg is the chairman of the Jewish Big Sisters and Mrs. Leonard Wallstein is the chairman of the Program Committee, which has arranged the courses.

One group, which will meet monthly in the evening, began its activities Wednesday, November 22. Meetings will be held in the Federation Building. Miss Elizabeth H. Dexter, Case Work Director of the Jewish Board of Guardians, spoke on “Initial Approaches in Case Work.”

The second study group will begin on Tuesday afternoon, December 5. This group will meet twice monthly. Miss Dexter will also address the afternoon group. This course is aimed to give those interested in doing case work with Little Sisters in the Jewish Board of Guardians a knowledge of modern trends in social work techniques.

A number of studies are being made by the following members of the Jewish Big Sisters:

Mrs. George Backer, Mrs. Cecil Borg, Mrs. Benj. Buttenweiser, Mrs. Samuel C. Coleman, Mrs. Arthur Schulte, Mrs. Irwin Untermyer.

These studies include surveys of the Continuation Schools and vocational schools, resources in New York City, and surveys of various child-caring institutions.


The School of Jewish Women which holds classes at the Congregation Shearith Israel, Central Park West and 70th Street, is registering students for the February semester. More than 1,000 students will be accommodated, according to the latest report, Dr. Trude Weiss Rosemarin is the director.

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