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MS 381 Papers of Edith "Edie" Noble

Edie Noble

Born in Hull in 1910, Edie was one of nine children born to Annie and Hyman Davidovitz. She married Charles Noble in 1938 and two of her sisters, Sophie and Min, married Charlie Noble’s two brothers, Ziggy and Bernard.

Edie Noble held many positions in Anglo-Jewish community, most notably in the League of Jewish Women, the Association of Jewish Women’s Organisations and the International Council of Jewish Women.

She joined the League of Jewish Women (LJW) in 1953. As Vice Chair, she was a founder member of the Streatham Group in 1953 and was later made Honorary Life President. She inaugurated and chaired the first League of Jewish Women Publicity Committee 1957-61; was National Honorary Secretary, 1961-5; Chairman of Executive, 1965-8; and the first Extension Officer 1968-73. During her term of office as President (1973-76), she initiated the first residential conference, which represented the League of Jewish Women on the National Council of Women.

Edie Noble was invited to join the Women’s Consultative Council set up by National Council of Women and subsequently asked to be one of only three members of the criteria and membership committee, set up in 1969 to lay the foundations of the newly formed Women’s National Commission.

She was chairman, British Vice President (1981-4) and latterly Honorary Life President of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) as well as Chairman of their Community Services Committee (1972-78). As part of this latter post she set up the magazine Links Around the World. She was Chairman of ICJW Triennial Convention in Bournemouth in 1984. Other positions held included Chairman of Association of Jewish Women’s Organisations (AJWO), 1976-8; Honorary Vice President of the Women’s Society of the South London Liberal Synagogue and as a committee member of Birchlands Jewish Hospital (formerly Jewish Home of Rest).

About the collection

The collection is split into 5 sections: personal and biographical papers and correspondence, 1960s-2005; working notebooks, 1960s-2005; papers relating to organisations, mostly Jewish Women’s organisations, in which Edie Noble was involved: the League of Jewish Women, 1954-2005; the Association of Jewish Women’s Organisations, 1960s-2005; the International Council of Jewish Women, 1970s-2004 including papers and correspondence concerning the ICJW Triennial Convention, Bournemouth, 16-20 May 1984; the National Council of Women, 1955-9; the Women’s National Commission, 1968-78; the Central Council for Jewish Social Service, 1974-7; the Women’s Society, 2002-4 and the Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue. The collection also includes a small separate section of photographs and press cuttings, c.1992-c.2005 and a series of printed and published material.

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