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Teaneck Rep Cosponsored Commemoration Of Hannah Solomon, NCJW's Founder

New Jersey will now commemorate the birthday of Hannah Solomon, founder of the NCJW.
New Jersey will now commemorate the birthday of Hannah Solomon, founder of the NCJW. Photo Credit: NCJW Facebook

BERGENFIELD, N.J.-- A recent New Jersey Legislature joint resolution designates January 14 of each year as “Hannah G. Solomon Day” in the state. Hannah G. Solomon founded the National Council of Jewish Women.

"Hannah Solomon played a leading role for women’s rights, strengthened her community and dedicated her life to faith and the service of others," said Assembly Deputy Speaker Gordon Johnson of Englewood (D-37th District), who cosponsored the resolution.

"Her legacy of philanthropy and stewardship of the NCJW makes it appropriate that the New Jersey Legislature commemorate and honor the anniversary of her birth."

Johnson has represented the 37th legislative district since 2002, representing Alpine, Bogota, Cresskill, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Leonia, Northvale, Palisades Park, Rockleigh, Teaneck and Tenafly. Johnson is deputy speaker and chair of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck also cosponsored the measure.

In addition to many philanthropic and educational programs given by the very active local chapter, headquartered in Bergenfield, the organization also runs a popular thrift shop at 75 S. Washington Ave. in the same community.

In 1983, Hannah Solomon and the Jewish Women’s Congress met over four days, in Chicago, to discuss multiple possibilities and goals for a national Jewish women’s organization. At the conclusion of the meetings, delegates of the Jewish Women’s Congress founded the National Council of Jewish Women and unanimously elected Solomon as its first president.

Under Solomon’s leadership, the NCJW dedicated itself to religious, philanthropic and educational endeavors. She also led the NCJW to join together with its non-Jewish counterparts in supporting the notion that women shouldered the responsibility for safeguarding religion in the home and teaching children moral values.

During the early part of the 20th century, the NCJW pioneered many arenas of Jewish philanthropy and general immigrant aid, with the NCJW assuming a leading role in aiding new arrivals at Ellis Island.

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