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Rose Sommerfield


Rose Sommerfield taught in the public schools of Baltimore from 1889 to 1899. Actively interested in the First Grade Teachers' Association, helping to shape its policy. Inaugurated the first Mothers' Meetings held in public school of Baltimore. Interested in Jewish and non-Jewish philanthropic and educational institutions as a volunteer worker. Helped to organize the Daughters of Israel and the Baltimore Section of the Council of Jewish Women, being the first secretary of both organizations. Also a Day Nursery, First Jewish Working Girls Club and the Maccabeans, an association of men who interested themselves in work among Jewish boys. Organized a free Sabbath school for Jewish children. Principal of the elementary school of the Kitchen Garden Association, also of the evening school for adult immigrants. A director and assisted in organizing the Young Men's Hebrew Association of Baltimore. Taught Jewish Sabbath school. Helped to organize first home for Jewish working girls in the United States. Gave model lessons in Hebrew at the Summer Assembly Jewish Chautauqut. Also appointed critic of lessons given at first Summer Assembly.

Wrote articles on "Truancy in Public Schools" for Maryland State Conference of Charities, "Charity Organization" for first Triennial of Council of Jewish Women, in which Federation of Charities was urged and a school of philanthropy advocated, "Homes for Working Girls" for National Conference of Jewish Charities meeting in Philadelphia and many articles on educational and philanthropic subjects.

In 1899 went to New York and organized the Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls and its Trade Classes, also organized the Clara de Hirsch Home for Immigrant Girls, the Welcome House Settlement, the Model Employment Bureau, and helped to reorganize the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society and the Virginia, a non-sectarian Working Girls Hotel. Was on the first committee of the Lakeview Home for Girls, chairman of the committee on philanthropy of the National Council of Jewish Women, secretary of the Monday Club of New York, vice-president of the Jewish Social Workers of New York, and secretary of the Jewish Social Workers, Section of the National Jewish Conference of Charities. Assisted' in organizing the Wage Earner's Theatre League, and a member of its executive committee.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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