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Rose Haas Alschuler

Rose Haas Alschuler founded and directed more than twenty nursery schools and early childhood education programs before turning her attention to Zionist causes and becoming a vital fundraiser for the State of Israel. Alschuler became involved with education after the birth of her children and initiated both a kindergarten program and a child study group before becoming a teacher and founding member of the Hebrew school at her synagogue in 1922. That year, she also helped start the Children’s Community School, the first nursery school in Chicago. She founded more than twenty nursery schools through private endowments and the Work Projects Administration, published four books on child development, and served as chair of the National Commission on Young Children from 1941–1943. She also worked for a number of philanthropic causes as part of the board of directors for the Federation of Jewish Charities of Chicago and the chair of the North Shore United Jewish Appeal. After WWII, she devoted her life to Zionism and was instrumental in initiating parlor meetings to sell Israel Bonds, using that personal approach to overcome anti-Zionist attitudes among Chicago’s suburban Jews.

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"Life is a mirage and life is an effort—and the fullness of life for every individual depends on the strength and beauty of his vision and the strength and beauty of his effort." These are the words of writer, lecturer, educator and Zionist Rose Haas Alschuler, who combined the role of motherhood with a career in the pioneer field of early childhood education.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org.

Date of Birth
December 17, 1887
Place of Birth
Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death
July 4, 1979

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rose Haas Alschuler." (Viewed on August 2, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/alschuler-rose>.

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