Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Collections: Objects of the Month

March 2012: Youth Aliyah pledge card

Newsclipping of women basketball players, 1935 Accession No.: 1995.12
Donor: James Cafritz
Description: Youth Aliyah pledge card

Background: In Washington, a number of women lobbied and raised funds for Youth Aliyah, which was founded in 1934 and worked to rescue Jewish children from increasing danger in Europe and bring them to safety in Palestine.

Washingtonian Mildred Cafritz used her radio show and influence as chair of the local Youth Aliyah Committee to appeal for funds for refugee children. By March 1945, her committee had raised $33,000 for housing, education, and vocational training.

Please join us on Thursday, April 19, 2012 for a special Holocaust Remembrance Day program of spoken word and music at La Maison Française. Poet and writer, Davi Walders, accompanied by cellist, Douglas Wolters, present a unique collaboration of story portraits of women resisters intertwined with music by composers whose lives were interrupted tragically during the Holocaust.

Do you have material documenting local efforts to help European refugees that you'd like to donate to the Jewish Historical Society? Contact us at or (202) 789-0900.