A cousin of Hannah Greenebaum Solomon, Lizzie Spiegel Barbe volunteered her energies to the National Council of Jewish Women and a variety of other causes in the Chicago area. After Barbe’s father, a famed Union colonel, was killed in the Civil War, her family moved to Chicago to be close to relatives, including Barbe’s first cousin, Hannah Greenebaum Solomon, founder of NCJW. Through Solomon, Barbe became involved in the Jewish community and the social circle of ladies’ clubs that devoted themselves to charity work. Barbe was an elected officer of the auxiliary of Hebrew Union College and served as president of the Industrial School of Sinai Temple, which educated immigrant children. She also served as president of the local lodge of the United Order of True Sisters, a precursor of NCJW, from 1892–1917 and briefly served as president of the Chicago section of NCJW from 1902–1905. In 1895, she became the first president of the Conference Committee of Jewish Women’s Organizations. Through NCJW, she also oversaw Council Camp, a summer camp for Russian Jewish immigrants, for thirty years.
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