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Irma Levy Lindheim

Called “the grandmother” of the kibbutz for helping found and sustain multiple kibbutzim, Irma Levy Lindheim also made phenomenal contributions to fundraising and organizational efforts to create and maintain the fledgling State of Israel. Lindheim travelled to Palestine for the first time in 1925 and fell in love with the land. Upon her return to the US, she began raising money for various settlement projects. In 1926 Lindheim briefly succeeded Henrietta Szold as president of Hadassah and kept the organization from being absorbed by the Zionist Organization of America. She made Aliyah in 1933 and joined Kibbutz Mishmar ha-Emek, then travelled abroad during WWII to continue her fundraising efforts. After 1948, she returned to Israel and helped found Kibbutz Adamit and Kibbutz Ein ha-Shofet. In the mid-1960s, she came back to the US to develop programs to counteract assimilation, working with Hadassah on “Operation Jewish Survival,” a program to help Jewish mothers and grandmothers pass on a sense of Jewish identity to their children.

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In her role as Hadassah president from 1926 to 1928, Irma Levy Lindheim presented the case for Palestine in speeches throughout the U.S. Later, becoming more radical, she withdrew from Hadassah but worked with the organization repeatedly in her passionate zeal for Jewish identity.

Institution: Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America

Date of Birth
December 9, 1886
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
April 10, 1978

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Irma Levy Lindheim." (Viewed on July 28, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/lindheim-irma>.

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