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Social Work

Creation of New York Female Hebrew Benevolent Society

March 15, 1820

The women of Shearith Israel synagogue in New York, led by Richa Levy, established the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.

Lillian Wald celebrates 26th birthday by opening settlement house

March 10, 1893

Lillian Wald opened the Lower East Side settlement house that would become the Henry Street Settlement on her 26th birthday.

Los Angeles Council of Jewish Women opens day nursery

February 13, 1913

The Council of Jewish Women in Los Angeles, California opened a day nursery for "children of working mothers of all nationalities."

Founding of Young Women's Hebrew Association in NY

February 6, 1902

The first independent Young Women's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City.

Sidonie Wronsky

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Sidonie Wronsky.
Courtesy of Gidal-Bildarchiv/Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Bildarchiv für deutsch-jüdische Geshichte.
Sidonie Wronsky.
Courtesy of Gidal-Bildarchiv/Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Bildarchiv für deutsch-jüdische Geshichte.

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Pearl Willen

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Pearl Willen.
Courtesy of a private collection.
Pearl Willen.
Courtesy of a private collection.

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Sarah Lavanburg Straus

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With the support of philanthropist Baroness Clara de Hirsch, Sarah Lavanburg Straus helped to establish two homes for immigrant girls in New York City early in the twentieth century.

Institution: 92nd Street Y, New York

With the support of philanthropist Baroness Clara de Hirsch, Sarah Lavanburg Straus helped to establish two homes for immigrant girls in New York City early in the twentieth century.

Institution: 92nd Street Y, New York

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Sarah Lavanburg Straus, 1907

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Philanthropist Sarah Lavanburg Straus, 1907.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress

Philanthropist Sarah Lavanburg Straus, 1907.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress

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Irene Kaufman Settlement House Childcare, 1924

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For the parents of city children, supervised recreation was a major service provided by settlement houses. This 1924 photo was taken on the "roof playground" of the Irene Kaufman Settlement.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

For the parents of city children, supervised recreation was a major service provided by settlement houses. This 1924 photo was taken on the "roof playground" of the Irene Kaufman Settlement.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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Worker Helping Man at Irene Kaufman Settlement House

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Settlement houses also provided a wide range of services to adults. This worker at the Irene Kaufman Settlement is helping a man fill out his application for citizenship.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

Settlement houses also provided a wide range of services to adults. This worker at the Irene Kaufman Settlement is helping a man fill out his application for citizenship.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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