Rose Brenner

As president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Rose Brenner focused on inclusion of people who were often marginalized—the deaf, the blind, and those isolated in rural areas. Brenner began chairing the local Brooklyn section of NCJW in 1908 and was made president of the section in 1912, expanding membership, sponsoring a home for Jewish girls, and designating an annual “Council Sabbath” to offer women the chance to participate in prayer services in their home congregations—an initiative that was adopted nationally in 1920. Brenner served as national president of NCJW from 1920–1926, doubling membership, creating a National Speakers Bureau and a Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and publishing the first Jewish prayer book in Braille. She also created a Department of Farm and Rural Work separate from the regular Immigrant Aid department, helping Jewish families on 3,000 farms through preventative health care programs, religious schools for children and adults, and food donations. Brenner’s focus on networking and local initiatives also led to the publication of the quarterly Jewish Woman and the monthly Immigrant, and the rise of state and regional NCJW conferences.


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President of the National Council of Jewish Women from 1920 to 1926, Rose Brenner (1884-1926) provided strong leadership, almost doubling the size of the organization. The NCJW has always championed both public service and the role of traditional motherhood; indeed, Brenner is the only unmarried woman ever to be president.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, and Bachrach.

Date of Birth

Brooklyn, NY
United States

Date of Death
Organizational Leader

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rose Brenner." (Viewed on February 27, 2021) <>.


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