Hannah Greenebaum Solomon
In creating the first national association for Jewish women, Hannah Greenebaum Solomon redefined the roles they could play in American society. When she created the National Council of Jewish Women, Solomon used the model of an elite Chicago women’s club that had challenged its members intellectually as well as demanded their energy for social causes. Under her leadership, the NCJW balanced a commitment to both Jewish education for women and engagement in social reform. She spearheaded study circles to fight assimilationist trends and help Jewish women become more involved in Jewish life. She also allied the NCJW with Christian and secular groups for women, working together to help children and the poor in Chicago and throughout the country. Devoted to her family, she helped recast the Jewish mother from a quiet angel of the house to a woman who could be deeply committed to her home life and still make important contributions to society.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hannah Greenebaum Solomon." (Viewed on July 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/solomon-hannah>.