Aliza Greenblatt’s career led her on two very different Jewish journeys, as a philanthropist who organized massive support for the State of Israel, and as a popular Yiddish poet. Greenblatt served as president of the local True Sisters chapter, the precursor for B’nai Brith Women, as well as a local Yiddish socialist charity. After the Balfour Declaration in 1917, she established a local branch of the Zionist Organization of America, began raising money for the Jewish National Fund, and became the national president of Pioneer Women. While she twice attempted to make Aliyah to Israel, she ultimately remained in America as a strong support of others’ attempts to settle the land. Later in life, she began writing Yiddish poetry which appeared in newspapers in America and Israel, some of which were turned into songs recorded by a variety of singers. In all, she published five volumes of poetry and an autobiography, Baym Fenster fun a Lebn (A window on a life).
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