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National Council of Jewish Women opens shelter

November 25, 1917

The New York Section of the National Council of Jewish Women dedicated the first shelter for “homeless and friendless” Jewish women discharged or paroled from New York City and New York state jails on November 25,1917.

Speakers at the dedication included the prominent rabbi Stephen S. Wise and Deaconess Young, who directed another home for “friendless women” in the same neighborhood. Although the home was founded to serve Jewish women, the president of the New York Council section affirmed that “no unfortunate woman of any race, creed or color would be refused aid if she needed it.”

To learn more about the National Council of Jewish Women, visit Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

See also: This Week in History for February 13, 1913 - Los Angeles Council of Jewish Women opens day nursery and November 15, 1896 - National Council of Jewish Women holds first national convention.

Source: New York Times, November 26, 1917.

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