Since the home of the German-Jew, for whose children the Y was originally intended, "was no longer enlivened by Jewish tradition," Kaufman notes, "the YMHA stood ready and willing to become the center of Jewish life" (p.
Like the YMHA, the settlement house is depicted as a religiously unaffiliated Jewish agency interested in both Americanizing and Judaizing its members at the same time.
Louis YMHA opened its new building in 1927, the large gymnasium became a popular spot, and women began to gain some use of the gym.
At the YMHA of Louisville, organized primarily for the assistance of Eastern European immigrants by well-established Jews, Isaac W.
Such effort to sustain the YWHA occurred in part because in 1923 "the YMHA has disbanded," and "Miss Rose Sugarman, executive director of the Hermine Schonthal Community House," provided space for the YWHA.
In Jewish communities where an affiliation existed between YWHA and YMHA members, and the two groups shared space, women wanted to participate in sports.
Other organizations also showed some progress in the inclusion of women in the gymnasium after limiting their presence in athletic spaces in the initial years of the YMHA In San Francisco the YMHA was formed in 1877 and held separate quarters for Jewish men.
Louis YMHA administrators to reform their athletic policy.
The Hartford, Connecticut, YWHA, for example, was founded in 1915 by a group of young Jewish women at the city's YMHA rooms.
In intramural and team competition--whether using their own gyms, time allotted at YMHA gyms, or community gyms--Jewish women participated in basketball.