By Anne Summers
This booklet bargains a wholly new contribution to the historical past of multiculturalism in Britain, 1880-1940. It exhibits how friendship and co-operation among Christian and Jewish ladies replaced lives and, because the moment global conflict approached, really stored them. The networks and relationships explored comprise the thousand-plus girls from each district in Manchester who mixed to ship a letter of sympathy to the Frenchwoman on the center of the Dreyfus Affair; the spiritual leagues for women’s suffrage who initiated the 1st interfaith campaigning stream in British heritage; the collaborations, usually problematical, on refugee aid within the Nineteen Thirties; the shut ties among the founding father of Liberal Judaism in Britain, and the spouse of the chief of the Labour celebration, among the rich chief of the Zionist women’s stream and a passionate socialist lady MP. a superb number of assets are thoughtfully interrogated, and concluding feedback handle a few of the social matters of the current century.
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192–3. 34. , Women in Council (London, Oxford University Press, 1945), p. 11. Gertrude Horton noted the differences between the Townswomen’s Guilds and the rural Women’s Institutes in the interwar period: the latter used to begin each meeting with a hymn. The former did not, because it would ‘keep people out … [The WI] expected people who were not holding their beliefs just to shut their ears’; interview, TWL 8SUF/B/139. Recently, secularists in Britain have drawn attention to the continuing custom in many local authorities of commencing formal council proceedings with Christian prayer.
42 Christianity could, of course, operate against Jewish identity in ways less direct than missionary conversion. Conditions of employment could often penalise Jewish religious observance. UJW leaders were keenly aware that fidelity to religion could entail material hardship as well as social disadvantage to their less privileged sisters. The religious sectarianism of British philanthropy to which Cohen had alluded was brought home to the UJW, for example, as it set itself the task of helping middle- and lower- middle class women to obtain professional training.
Sutcliffe and J. Karp, eds, Philosemitism in History (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011). 37. 215. 38. See Chap. 4. 39. The Life of John Wilkinson, the Jewish Missionary, by His Youngest Son Samuel Hinds Wilkinson (London, Morgan & Scott, 1908), pp. 205–6, 282. 40. Nisbet, 1882). 41. Steer, Opals from Sand: a Story of Early Days at the Bridge of Hope (London, Morgan & Scott, 1912), pp 54, 57. London Metropolitan Archive (henceforth LMA) ACC/3529/03/001, Lily Montagu to Rabbi Mattuck, 21 April 1920.