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Anna Marks Allen

Anna Marks Allen

Anna Marks Allen helped found and run many of the first Jewish charities and social services in America.

Anna Marks Allen

Allen was one of a group of Philadelphia Jewish women who established and ran the first independent Jewish charitable societies in the United States. She was treasurer of the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society (founded 1819) for forty years and, for a time, its director as well. In 1838, along with Rebecca Gratz, she founded the first Hebrew Sunday school in America, and in 1855, she started the Philadelphia Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum, serving as its president until 1867.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anna Marks Allen." (Viewed on October 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/10587>.

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