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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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Welfare and Education Projects for Children and Teenagers

Welfare and Education Projects for Children and Teenagers

(p.207) Chapter Ten Welfare and Education Projects for Children and Teenagers

Mira Katzburg-Yungman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Hadassah's welfare and education projects. In addition to its involvement in health care, Hadassah was also engaged in a large number of projects to benefit children and teenagers, both during the Mandate period and after the State of Israel was established. These projects were consistent with the perception of appropriate realms of activity for women in the United States since the end of the nineteenth century — nursing (especially within the field of public health), social work, and education — and in this sense expressed Hadassah's identity as a women's organization more than its health and medical projects did. Hadassah's activity in this field also reflected the concerns of the time at which the organization was founded. No previous period in the history of the United States had been so focused on children as the Progressive era (1890–1920), during which many new movements emerged to benefit children and numerous new educational methods were developed. This focus on children and youth had considerable influence on the path that Hadassah took.

Keywords:   Hadassah welfare, Hadassah education, Progressive era, nursing, women's organization, health projects, medical projects, youth projects

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