National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1978
Language of Materials
Items are predominantly in English, but recordings feature some Yiddish and Hebrew.
Biographical / Historical
The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1893 by Hannah G. Solomon at the Parliament of Religions of the Chicago World's Fair. Among the other women at the World's Fair was Carrie Benjamin, who returned home to Denver, Colorado, and organized the Council's Denver Section in October, 1893. Most of the early members were from Temple Emanuel in Denver. Education was an early priority of the Denver Section, and classes were held to serve the needs of Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the West Colfax area. The Denver Section established a Settlement House in West Denver for Jewish boys, worked with disabled children, and began the Children's Traveling Theatre. The Denver Section legislative committee actively supported progressive legislation. During World War II, the Denver Section was very involved in the resettlement of Jewish refugees in the Denver area. In 1938 the Denver Section opened a Thrift Shop at Twenty-Seventh St. and Welton St. in Five Points.
From the Collection: 22.5 Linear Feet (34 containers)
Scope and Contents
RMJHS Oral Histories comprises audio and video cassettes of oral history interviews recorded by the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society. The recordings document Jewish history and culture in Colorado in the 19th and 20th century. The men and women interviewed for this collection are descendants of early Jewish pioneers in Colorado or were Jewish newcomers to the region at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the interviewees were born between 1886 and 1927 and died in the 20th century. Many of them were founders and/or leaders of Jewish organizations, religious groups, medical and social centers, schools, and businesses in Colorado.