beautification of the synagogue or temple. We all know the qualities that make a home beautiful and inviting. There can be a like quality in the synagogue and school rooms. And who should create this atmosphere bu the women of the congregation?
In the celebration of special holidays it is not the rabbi alone who can make these occasions of impressive observance. It is we
e women and housewives who provide the bitter herbs and the ball soup for the community Seder, the Homentaschen for the Purim party, candles and gifts for the children at Chanukah, the flowers and prayer books for confirmation. It is such things as these, small and insignificant though they be, that give color to these celebrations and make memorable to the young mind their symbolic meaning. (sweet in our memory)
In most congregations, outside of large cities, the religious schools are manned by volunteer teachers, and it generally falls to women to do the teaching. The religious schools have been called the weakest element in our Jewish life to-day. It is because we Jews - as is the case of the community at large - leave too much responsibility to the schools, abandoning the old custom of home training and home teaching. How can we teach even the high lights in our long history, the origin and meaning of our customs and ceremonials, the elements of our religious ideas, and even a little of the Hebrew language in a school that is held one hour a week for 7 or 8 months!
There are other community undertakings that we are all familiar with. Sometimes they are humanitarian (such as the support of hospitals, milk funds, free lunch funds); sometimes they are for study, for increasing our knowledge of Jewish history and Jewish thought; occasionally special needs arise, calling for special community cooperation, such as the private and general entertainment of soldiers. In