This is a collection of the records of the Emma Lazarus Jewish Women's Clubs of Los Angeles. This organization of secular
Jewish women, most active in the 1950's through the 1970's, was dedicated to: promoting secular Jewish culture, advocating
for civil rights at the local and national level (in particular Black civil rights campaigns of the 1950's in Los Angeles),
peace actions, developing international understanding and peace through education and cultural exchange.
The Emma Lazarus Jewish Women's Clubs of Los Angeles (ELJWCLA) were founded in 1951, simultaneously with the national Emma
Lazarus Federation of Jewish Women's Clubs. Inspired by the life of the American Jewish poet Emma Lazarus, the national Federation
advanced a progressive Jewish culture to enrich the lives of its members. Activities were focused on a general program of
Jewish culture, rights for women, and civic and consumer affairs. More specifically the organization worked on projects in
the five areas of: Jewish education and child welfare, Israel, civil rights and peace, rights for women, and consumer affairs.
The Federation was committed to working cooperatively with other organizations concerned with the welfare of community, family
and the promotion of brotherhood of all through democracy and peace.
4 letter boxes, ½ legal box, 1 map box
2 linear feet
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