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To compete with Sisterhood, the YMHA must take up girl work: "We dare not separate the YMHA and YWHA in the minds of the people whose influence is needed.
In February 1917 Sisterhood went to the YWHA and urged a break with the YMHA.
The women proposed a facility large enough to house all the city's Jewish organizations, from the YWHA and YMHA to the Talmud Torah.
Finally the YMHA was acting on Brenner's advice: the men asked Sisterhood to sever its ties to the YWHA and allow the young women to return to the YMHA.
When YWHA members learned their fate, 90 percent of them quit rather than return to the YMHA.
26, 1914,7; [Brenner], "Report of Survey"; YWHA, Board of Directors Minutes (YWHA, Minutes hereafter), 1914-1917, July 17,1914, JCC collection, box 2, folder 21,20.
The YWHA was an autonomous organization distinct from the YMHA of New York City and female directors of the YWHA maintained their policy of providing a Jewish environment where Jewish young women and girls could enjoy sport and physical culture activities.
The gymnasium activities popular with the YWHA girls could be better housed in the new larger building opened in 1914.
The New York City YWHA offered a wide range of sporting pursuits for women and girls.
The staff of the YWHA and Jewish female residents commended the sports facilities.
For Jewish girls the YWHA boasted that swimming promoted "Health-Sport-Safety.
The Young Women's Hebrew Athletic League hosted its swimming meets at this YWHA pool.
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