Brandeis, Louis D.
Lehman, Herbert H.
Levy, Uriah P.
Magnes, Judah L.
Santangel, Luis de
Seixas, Gershom M.
Singer, Isaac B.
Straus, Isidor & Ida
Torres, Luis de
by Gerta Ries Wiener (1976), Henrietta Szold, Founder of
Szold was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1860, a little more than
a year after her parents arrived from Hungary. Her father, a prominent
rabbi, gave Henrietta the attention and education usually reserved
for an eldest son. She learned German, English, French and Hebrew.
Her high school academic record has never been surpassed. In 1899,
she took on the lion's share of producing the first American Jewish
Year Book, for which Szold was the sole editor from 1904 to 1908.
Ms. Szold first visited Palestine. During her tour she was impressed
both by the beauty of the land and the misery and disease among
the people. And so, with the support of Rabbi Judah L. Magnes,
she formed Hadassah in 1912. Within a year, the fledgling organization
had two American nurses in Jerusalem. Today, Hadassah's great
hospitals in Jerusalem are world famous, treating over 25,000
patients and handling over 1.5 million medical tests annually
... Jews and Arabs alike. The Henrietta Szold-Hadassah School
of Nursing has trained over 1,500 nurses, and the Hebrew University-Hadassah
Medical School has graduated more than 1,300 doctors.
at the age of 73, Szold embarked on a major new project ... rescuing
Jewish children from the oncoming Holocaust. Despite obstacles
in dealing with the British Mandate government in Palestine, by
1948 her Youth Aliya program brought 30,000 children from troubled
Europe to Palestine. Even at the age of 81, Henrietta Szold accepted
a new challenge ... planning the Fund for Child and Youth Care.
third of a million members and 1,350 chapters around the world
make it one of the largest philanthropic organizations and a living
tribute to the hard work and vision of its founder, Henrietta
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