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Serial: The American Jewess
Title: Report of the Convention "Council of Jewish Women." [Volume 4, Issue 3, December, 1896, pp. 125-130]
Collection: American Jewess
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NA TIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN. 129 of the growing needs of children, and she hoped some day there would arise a mother who would say to society and to the clubs and to all that distracted her; "I am a mother; I am going home." Miss Lillian Wald, of the New York Nurses' Settlement, spoke upon the crowded districts of the great cities. She gave statistics-the statistics of misery, the cruel helpless misery of New York's poor. She told of the districts in which she lives and works-the districts where there are nearly 200oo,ooo people who cannot speak one word of English-who come here in a blind pathos of bewildered hope, and who stay here in hopeless desperation. She told of blocks where there were over 6,000 people living in one acre. She told of hideous disease and horrible deaths in plague-stricken houses. She pleaded for the poor as only one who knows and pities them can plead. She closed her address with an appeal to people in decent circumstances to help the dwellers in the tenements. She did not ask for alms-but for justice, for decent houses for the little children to live in, and for air for them to breathe. The entire day of Wednesday was devoted to business. The Badge and Motto of the Council came in for adoption; the former is plain and the latter is short"Faith and Humanity." The word "National" was dropped by common consent, and the Council is henceforth only "The Council of Jewish Women." The constitution of the association was read and in many points altered. Mrs. Flora Swab, of Cleveland, set the ball rolling by demanding that the dues sent to headquarters be reduced. Miss Sale, of St. Louis, and others, spoke ably and justly about the subject; and after a little wrangling it was carried that headquarters hereafter receive, instead of 50 cents, 33/3 cents per member. A Nominating Committee, and a Committee on Resolutions, were appointed by the President, and everyone felt relieved when the day's session came to a close. The last evening session took place at Temple Beth-El. The first speaker was Miss Elizabeth Hirshfield, of Buffalo. "Circle Study" was her subject, and she advocated its usefulness with ardor and enthusiasm. Mrs. Henrietta Frank, of Chicago, followed with a paper on "Our Opportunities," in which she said that the observance of the orthodox Jewish Sabbath cut the Jews off from the community in which they lived. This paper created considerable dissatisfaction, which was not abated by Dr. Kohler's remarks. Mrs. Henry Hahn, of Philadelphia, read a paper on "Mission Schools," and Miss Clara Block, of Cincinnati, O., on "What Can the Council Do for the Religious Schools?" With a grand hubbub the Sabbath question and its observance was again taken up on Thursday morning, when Mrs. Jacobson read the resolution against the desecration of the Sabbath Day. Finally the resolution to observe the Jewish Sabbath in its "pristine purity" was unanimously adopted. Everybody thought that the bone of contention had been dropped with the adoption of this resolution. The Nominating Committee, represented by Mrs. Flora Swab, of Cleveland, sent in the result of their deliberations. It was a foregone conclusion that the present incumbents would all be reelected; and as the society was just ready to re-elect President Mrs. Solomon, by acclamation, Mrs. Meldola De Sola, of Montreal, a highly accomplished woman, arose and said that she wished to nominate another candidate and to make a few remarks. "You are out of order," said Mrs. Solomon. "But because you are speaking for your principles. I will accord you the privilege of the floor." "Thank you," said Mrs. De Sola. "Peace at any price does not hold good when the price is the sacrifice of principle," she continued. "Hence, I will nominate another President, for if this Council stands for anything it is for Judaism, and if Judaism stands for anything it
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