The Need for Worldwide Jewish Assistance, The Chicago Sentinel, 1914
This newspaper article, printed on April 24, 1914 in The Chicago Sentinel, discusses the rise of women's clubs, in particular the Chicago Jewish Committee for Palestinian Welfare.
This article shows that only one year after founding Hadassah, Henrietta Szold had already inspired the founding of other organisations in support of the Yishuv (the pre-state Jewish population in Israel). It also provides insight into the motivations of the women who joined these organisations. The article also publicises the annual meeting of the Chicago Jewish Committee for Palestinian Welfare.
The Chicago Sentinel was a weekly Jewish newspaper that was active from 1911 to 1996. Most Jewish newspapers at that time were written in Yiddish, but this English-language newspaper appealed to many immigrants who were beginning to integrate into society yet still wished to maintain a traditional Jewish lifestyle.
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In order to understand why this article calls for assistance to the people of Israel, it is important to provide historical context. Teachers of Jewish History could use this article when discussing the plight of the Jews in Israel at the end of Turkish rule.
This source could also be used by teachers of Jewish Studies when discussing the relationship between the Diaspora and Israel.
Teachers of a variety of subjects could also use this resource when discussing social issues such as the founding of philanthropic organisations and the role of women in society.
Since this article is long, teachers could just highlight the passages most relevant to the topic being taught.
Read the article, give it another title, and summarise it in one short paragraph.
When was this article written?
Why, according to the article, should women at the time donate to Israel?
What were the needs of the people of Israel at that time?
What does this article add to your understanding of Henrietta Szold?
This article cites a number of reasons why women joined organisations such as Hadassah. What are they?
According to the article, how did American Jews see themselves in comparison to the Jews living in Israel? Use quotes from the article to explain your answer.
What do you think the lives of Jewish women in America were like in 1914? How were they different from today? What has changed?
One of Henrietta Szold's famous quotes was: “Dare to dream…and when you dream, dream big.”
What do you think this quote tells us about Henrietta Szold?
What is your big dream?