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HadassahAmerican Women Zionists and the Rebirth of Israel$
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Mira Katxzburg-Yungman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774839.001.0001

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Hadassah, 1912–1933: Finding a Role

Hadassah, 1912–1933: Finding a Role

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(p.11) Chapter One Hadassah, 1912–1933: Finding a Role
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Hadassah
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Mira Katzburg-Yungman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774839.003.0001

This chapter details the founding of Hadassah within the context of its American setting as well as the growing need for organizations dedicated to providing health services. It shows how Szold and six other women published a flyer calling upon the Jewish women of America to found a large Zionist organization, with the twin aims of disseminating Zionism in the United States and setting up health and welfare services for women and children in Palestine. In response to this appeal, thirty-eight women gathered at Temple Emanuel in New York in 1912. The new organization adopted the name Hadassah Chapter of the Daughters of Zion, after the study group that formed its core; and the women agreed, following Szold, that it should be devoted to meeting the pressing need for better health services in Palestine. The main field of activity that Hadassah chose to enter was one already considered suitable for women in the United States, professionals and volunteers alike.

Keywords:   Hadassah, Henrietta Szold, health services, welfare services, United States, Palestine, Zionism, Zionist organizations, women's organizations, feminism

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