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National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Minneapolis section records

Identifier: umja0037

Scope and Content

This collection consists of administrative materials created by group members, and date between 1903 and 1999. Materials included are: correspondence, meeting minutes, by-laws, event information, brochures, programs, invitations, oral history transcripts, bulletins, newsletters, directories, newsclippings, photographs, and scrapbook pages with clippings and ephemera.


  • 1903-1999


Use of Materials

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

The year 1893 saw Susan B. Anthony asking women of the United States to participate at the world's congress of religions at Chicago's World Fair. When the congress convened, 95 leading Jewish women met in Chicago and cteated the first Jewish women's group in the United States: the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The Minneapolis chapter began that very same year as Nina Morais Cohen, a Minneapolitan who attended the national meeting, was instrumental in creating the Minneapolis Chapter, along with Bertha Weiskopf. “Service to faith and humanity” was its first motto. Study of faith was soon superceded by social amelioration programs. Religious school, immigrant aid, and work with the juvenile court were just some of the early programs NCJW Minneapolis took up. They also focused upon social service, opening a camp for mothers and children on Lake Minnetonka; this camp would later be moved to the St. Croix and open as Council Camp in 1938. The Minneapolis section can claim two national presidents—Fanny Fligelman Brin, voted to the position in 1932, and Viola Hymes, elected in 1953. NCJW was noted for the excellence of its study sessions, while its social amelioration programs won it national acclaim. During its early years its membership came from the German Jewish community, but this faded as the organization became more pro-Zionist. The organization has worked with many other liberal groups to effect social and political change, including the St. Paul section of NCJW, furthering Council goals in the Twin Cities.

The group remains active today, with the mission to turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information can be found on their website at


6.3 Cubic Feet (8 boxes -- 4 Paige boxes, 2 Hollinger boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

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This collection consists of administrative materials for the Greater Minneapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates, inspired by Jewish values, who strive for social justice.


This collection is divided into three series:

Series 1: Administrative

Series 2: Booklets

Series 3: Photos, scrapbooks, and clippings

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Minneapolis section.

Separated Materials

Further materials related to the National Council of Jewish Women, Minneapolis section can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society (Collection #P754). They have 1.25 cubic feet (3 boxes) of materials dating between 1917 and 1970. Contact the Minnesota Historical Society for further information.
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Minneapolis section records, 1903-1999
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
July 2015
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Collecting Area Details

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