Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1993

Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1993

Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1993

Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1993

Synopsis

The first comprehensive history of the oldest religious Jewish women's organization in the U.S., Gone to Another Meeting charts the development of the National Council of Jewish Women and its impact on both the Jewish community in the United States and American society in general.

Excerpt

Rejected by the Jewish men's groups of the day, threatened by the missionary aspects of predominantly Christian social reform groups, and attacked by some Jewish religious leaders as well as the Jewish press, the fledgling National Council of Jewish Women emerged from its nest of home and family at the turn of the century. As ncjw grew to its present-day stature, it fulfilled its founders' vision of a vast national Jewish women's organization addressing human needs.

As Faith Rogow has detailed in these pages, however, the organization experienced several awkward periods. ncjw sought to address social welfare problems in the Jewish and general communities. Serving both populations was a massive undertaking. Even today, it is rare to find a Jewish organization that bridges both worlds.

Early ncjw leaders also were faced with accommodating differences of opinion within the membership. That the organization survived secessions and other crises is due in no small part to the skillful abilities of its founders and their judicious use of compromise. Stretching resources to the limit, the young ncjw met the demands of other organizations to coalesce around important projects, responded to the requests of the federal and local govern-

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