Papers of the Council for the Amelioration of the Legal Position of the Jewess

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes of council meetings, 1922-30; general committee, 1930; and executive committee, 1930-1. Correspondence with organisations and individuals, 1923-46, including the Jewish Association for the Protection of Girls and Women, 1919-27; the Board of Deputies, 1920-8; American organisations, 1919- 27; Palestinian organisations, 1922-6; Czechoslovakian organisations, 1924-5; and Balkan organisations, 1925-6; correspondence with Mrs Constance Lesser, 1921-30, and Mrs Henrietta Irwell, 1923-9. Annual reports, 1922-8; off-prints and translations of articles by Miss Hands; posters and correspondence regarding publicity, 1922-36; and newspaper cuttings relating to the Council's activities, 1924-44.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Council was founded in 1922 by Miss L.Hands. Its purpose is to press for such measures of relief as would bring practical help to Jewish women who, under existing laws, would be liable to suffer serious handicap; to consult with Jewish communal workers and organisations throughout the world respecting the legal disabilities of Jewesses; to consult with Jewish scholars regarding the best methods to employ to obtain the desired results; and to lay these considered demands ultimately before a world-wide assembly of orthodox rabbis.

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