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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) was founded in 1893 as a result of the Jewish Women's Congress held at the Chicago World's Fair. Early leaders included Hannah G. Solomon, Rebekah Kohut, and Sadie American. The group dedicated itself to promoting Judaism, philanthropy, and education through aid to Jewish immigrants and educational programs for Americans. During both world wars, it provided assistance to Jews overseas and to refugees. Throughout its history the group has supported many issues, including civil and reproductive rights, children's education and welfare, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Early in the twentieth century the NCJW was the largest Jewish women's organization. Today, the group has sections in over five hundred American communities.


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