Excerpt from Proceedings of the Convention of the National Council of Jewish Women: Held at New York, Nov; 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 1896 The First Convention of the National Council Of Jewish Women was called to order at 8 P. M. By Mrs. Sophie Beer, Chairman Committee Of Arrangements Of New York, who said, The Rev. Dr. Kohler will lead us in prayer. You will kindly rise. Rev. Dr. Kohler: O Lord, Source Of all wisdom and strength, Fountain Of truth and of tenderness, We invoke Thy grace and Thy blessing upon this Council Of Jewish Women convened to-night in Thy Name to improve and elevate the condition of mankind, to enlarge the scope and the sym pathics of women, and to advance the cause Of Israel. Mighty are the powers that Thou, O God, hast implanted in the soul of woman; many the privileges and tasks Thou hast allotted to her from the beginning. With her per suasive lips, with her more delicate and sympathetic nature, with her greater intuition, and her deeper sense for the beautiful and the pure, Thy benign Providence has ap pointed her to guard and fashion the home, to train, to mould, and refine the soul from infancy up, to cheer and to charm mankind into loyalty and duty, into virtue and love of Thee. Yet, though she ever felt the great responsibilities Thou hast imposed upon her, she bore the burdens and braved the hardships Of her lot in submissive silence and in patient seclusion, and she dared not raise her voice, not even in praise of Thee, 0 Father, nor in loud protest against the desecration of Thy glory in man. We thank Thee, O God, that Thou hast endowed the woman of to-day with new vigor and courage, and called her out of her long reserve, that she may retain her heritage from Eden, and spell forth her holy message with a new and fiery tongue. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.