“Voluntary and Conscious Motherhood”


Tuesday, October 25    
7:00 PM

Event Type

“Voluntary and Conscious Motherhood”
How the Jewish Community Brought the Birth Control Movement to Detroit

October 25
7:00 – 8:30 pm

(in-person & virtual at tbelive.org)

RSVP ONLINE by October 21 (click here) or contact Laura Gottlieb at or 248-851-1100.

Presented by Robbie Terman
Director of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan-Detroit (partner in the Center for Michigan Jewish Heritage)

In 1927, Morris Waldman, executive director of the Jewish Welfare Federation proposed something radical: a birth control clinic. The birth control movement was still in its infancy and greatly misunderstood; yet, Waldman believed it to be an essential need in the city of Detroit. He enlisted prominent Temple Beth El member, Elsie Sulzberger, to start the Mother’s Clinic, where services would be available to all, regardless of race, religion, or wealth. This is the story of how the birth control movement came to Detroit and the Jewish leaders who made it possible.

Each year, this lecture series is generously sponsored by Dr. Robert (z”l) and Joan Jampel.