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The Jewish History Behind the Girl Scouts.

When Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, assembled the first group of scouts in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912, she asked four of her closest friends to help out as troop leaders. Three of themLeonora Amram, Mildred Guckenheimer, and Henrietta Falkwere members of Reform temple Congregation Mickve Israel, the third-oldest synagogue in America.

"The Jewish community has been an essential part of the Girl Scout movement since its beginning," Girl Scouts spokesperson Kelly Parisi said in an email interview. "One troop leader from the organization's founding year, Leonora Amram, even served on the first Girl Scout council, and Mildred Guckenheimer later became its secretary."

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Author:Alroy, Tal Trachtman
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Mar 30, 2015
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