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Carrie Dreyfuss Davidson

Carrie Dreyfuss Davidson became an important voice for women in the Conservative Movement as a founder of United Synagogue’s Women’s League and founding editor of their journal Outlook. The wife of professor Israel Davidson of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Davidson joined a group of other women in 1918 to create the Women’s League, which served as a framework for the Conservative Movement’s various women’s groups. In 1930 she became the founding editor of Outlook, the Women’s League journal, and over the next twenty-four years wrote editorials on the importance of early childhood education, the position of Jews and of women in America, her concern for Jews in other countries, and her support for Zionism. She also served as president of the Palestine Hebrew Culture Fund and treasurer of the American Pro-Falasha Committee, which advocated for the acceptance of Ethiopian Jews into the Jewish community. After her husband’s death in 1939, Davidson spent two years writing a memoir of his life called Out of Endless Yearnings before resuming her editorial and volunteer efforts.

More on Carrie Dreyfuss Davidson
Date of Birth
February 12, 1879
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death
December 17, 1953

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Carrie Dreyfuss Davidson." (Viewed on January 17, 2018) <>.


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