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This record group contains materials related to the local units of Hadassah—groups, chapters, regions, and co-ops—as well as Junior Hadassah, a youth organization that functioned as a group within the Hadassah Chapter structure. The record group documents over one hundred years of Hadassah’s growth, and illuminates a century of American Jewish communal life, particularly that of Jewish women, across the United States. The record group reflects the formation, administration and activities of the individual groups, chapters, co-ops and regions, and contains information on local events and programs organized around fundraising, Zionism, Jewish heritage, religion and holidays celebration, the study of Hebrew and Yiddish, women's issues, fashion, health, technology and many other topics.
This record group includes documents created and maintained by the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Director and the Chair of the Division Coordinators/Directors Committee. Prominent is the Henrietta Szold series, containing correspondence by and to Szold as well as printed materials written by and about her. The files in this record group were created by a national president or executive director, or for their use, or maintained in their office during their years in office. Included are correspondence, minutes, memos, publications, reports and subject files on topics with which these individuals were involved.
Personal Papers and Special Collections of Influential Executives, Volunteers, and Individuals Associated with Hadassah in the Hadassah Archives
This record group contains personal papers and special collections documenting individuals, both Hadassah members and non-Hadassah members, who were important to Hadassah. Much of the material forming the collections in this record group came from the administrative files of the national office of Hadassah, though some of the material was donated to Hadassah. Key individuals represented within this record group include Hadassah national board members Anna Tulin Elyachar, Bertha S. Schoolman, and Denise Tourover Ezekiel, as well as Jesse Zel Lurie who served as the first professional editor of Hadassah Magazine (originally Hadassah Newsletter) from 1947 to 1980.
Young Judaea is the oldest Zionist youth organization in the United States, established as a national organization in 1909 by the Federation of American Zionists. It was supported by Hadassah, including direct financial sponsorship from 1967-2011. The major aims of Young Judaea throughout its history have been to advance the cause of Zionism, to further the mental, moral, and physical development of Jewish youth, and to promote Jewish culture and ideals in accordance with Jewish traditions. Young Judaea has remained non-partisan and non-denominational, embracing and recruiting Jewish youth from all backgrounds.
The Youth Aliyah Records in the Hadassah Archives document Hadassah's work with multiple international organizations to rescue Jewish children from continental Europe to Palestine from 1933-1945. The collection also documents Hadassah's involvement with Youth Aliyah since 1946 in providing residential, educational, vocational, rehabilitative and therapeutic care for displaced and at-risk youth from around the world.
- Administrative records 4
- Jerusalem 4
- Jewish children 4
- Jews -- Education 4
- Pamphlets 4
- Press releases 4
- Vocational education 4
- Zionism 4
- Children -- Institutional care 3
- Financial records 3
- Israel -- Emigration and immigration 3 + ∧ less
- Hebrew 4
- German 3
- French 1
- Meir, Golda, 1898-1978 3
- Szold, Henrietta, 1860-1945 3
- Ben-Shemen (Youth village: Ben-Shemen, Israel) 2
- Freier, Recha 2
- Freund, Miriam K. (Miriam Kottler), 1906-1999 2
- Jacobs, Rose G., 1888- 2
- Jacobson, Charlotte, 1914- 2010 2
- Jewish Agency for Israel. Youth Aliyah Department 2
- Jewish Agency for Palestine. Child and Youth Immigration Bureau 2
- Junior Hadassah (Organization : U.S.) 2
- Kol, Moshe, 1911-1989 2
- Pool, Tamar de Sola, 1893-1981 2
- Rinott, Chanoch, 1911- 2
- Schoolman, Bertha S. 2
- Shulman, Rebecca Beldner, 1896-1997 2
- Zionist Organization of America 2
- American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service 1
- American Israel Public Affairs Committee 1
- American Relief Administration 1 + ∧ less