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Patients at National Jewish Hospital

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In 1911, Seraphine Pisko was appointed to a position at the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives in Denver, Colorado, and went on to become its director, probably the first woman in the United States to become chief executive of a national Jewish institution. In this photo, four young female patients play with their toys on the hospital lawn.

Institution: Beck Archives, Penrose Library and Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver

In 1911, Seraphine Pisko was appointed to a position at the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives in Denver, Colorado, and went on to become its director, probably the first woman in the United States to become chief executive of a national Jewish institution. In this photo, four young female patients play with their toys on the hospital lawn.

Institution: Beck Archives, Penrose Library and Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver

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Helen Harris Perlman

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A pioneering figure in social work education, Helen Harris Perlman developed the "Chicago School" of social work theory, an approach that has influenced social work education and practice around the world. For more than seventy years, till her death at the age of ninety-nine, she remained a respected expert in the field to which she had devoted a lifetime.

Institution: University of Chicago

A pioneering figure in social work education, Helen Harris Perlman developed the "Chicago School" of social work theory, an approach that has influenced social work education and practice around the world. For more than seventy years, till her death at the age of ninety-nine, she remained a respected expert in the field to which she had devoted a lifetime.

Institution: University of Chicago

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Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society Report, 1893

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One of the oldest Jewish charitable associations in the United States, the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society prepared this special edition of its 1893 annual report in honor of the World's Columbian Exposition. In that year, the society reported that it sheltered almost 650 indigent children, with more than 2,500 individuals donating funds towards their support. Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society.
New York: Stettiner, Lambert, & Co., 1893
Institution: Hebraic Section, U.S. Library of Congress
One of the oldest Jewish charitable associations in the United States, the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society prepared this special edition of its 1893 annual report in honor of the World's Columbian Exposition. In that year, the society reported that it sheltered almost 650 indigent children, with more than 2,500 individuals donating funds towards their support. Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society.
New York: Stettiner, Lambert, & Co., 1893
Institution: Hebraic Section, U.S. Library of Congress

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Estelle Newman circa 1955

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Known for her efforts on behalf of the sight-impaired, Estelle Newman established the women's division of the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City. She appears here circa 1955.
Institution: Jewish Guild for the Blind
Known for her efforts on behalf of the sight-impaired, Estelle Newman established the women's division of the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City. She appears here circa 1955.
Institution: Jewish Guild for the Blind

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Constance Sporborg

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From her work with the National Council of Jewish Women to the United Nations, Constance Sporborg devoted her energies to bettering the lives of women throughout the world.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org and Underwood and Underwood Studios

From her work with the National Council of Jewish Women to the United Nations, Constance Sporborg devoted her energies to bettering the lives of women throughout the world.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org and Underwood and Underwood Studios

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Cecilia Razovsky

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Cecilia Razovsky (center) spent her life striving to assist immigrants in adapting to life in the United States and other countries. She was an influential member of many organizations, including the National Council of Jewish Women. Her writing on and study of immigration issues helped to define elements of United States policy.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

Cecilia Razovsky (center) spent her life striving to assist immigrants in adapting to life in the United States and other countries. She was an influential member of many organizations, including the National Council of Jewish Women. Her writing on and study of immigration issues helped to define elements of United States policy.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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Plaque Honoring Ladies' Sewing Society of Hebrew Orphan Society

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It was during the 1893 World's Fair that the National Council of Jewish Women was founded. One of the central goals of the council was to promote social activism. But, as this plaque from the fair honoring the New York City "Ladies' Sewing Society of Hebrew Orphan Society" shows, there were already local organizations dedicated to ameliorating social problems among the Jewish populations.
Institution: American Jewish Historical Society
It was during the 1893 World's Fair that the National Council of Jewish Women was founded. One of the central goals of the council was to promote social activism. But, as this plaque from the fair honoring the New York City "Ladies' Sewing Society of Hebrew Orphan Society" shows, there were already local organizations dedicated to ameliorating social problems among the Jewish populations.
Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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Sophie Loeb

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Sophie Loeb.
Photograph by Underwood & Underwood, courtesy of Hadassah.
Sophie Loeb.
Photograph by Underwood & Underwood, courtesy of Hadassah.

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Edith Altschul Lehman

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Edith Altschul Lehman.
Courtesy of Columbia University.
Edith Altschul Lehman.
Courtesy of Columbia University.

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Gisela Konopka

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Gisela Konopka holds her book Courage and Love.
Courtesy of Rhoda Lewin.
Gisela Konopka holds her book Courage and Love.
Courtesy of Rhoda Lewin.

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