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Philanthropy

Shirley Bridge, 1922 - 2008

Shirley may have only been five feet tall, but she was a giant. She was a giant as a leader; as a community activist, a generous philanthropist, a wife and mother, and a giant as a friend.

Fay Rosenthal Brachman, 1921 - 2007

There was a poignant air to the Chamber Music Society concert in Fort Worth December 1, 2007. Prior to the performance, Chairman Leon Brachman thanked the audience for extending emotional support following the death of his wife, Fay Rosenthal Brachman on November 18, 2007. Both Brachmans were among the founders of the Chamber Music Society, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the city's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The chamber music performance that December day was dedicated to Fay's memory.

Rebecca Gratz

As the founder and secretary of Philadelphia's earliest women's philanthropic organizations, Rebecca Gratz helped define a new identity for American women. She devoted her adult life to providing relief for Philadelphia's underprivileged women and children and securing religious, moral and material sustenance for all of Philadelphia's Jews.

Esther Kasle Jones, 1915 - 1994

"Mention the one thing that's most memorable about my mother?" What an impossible assignment! "Let me tell you what other people have told me about my mother instead," I said.

Rebekah Kohut honored for fifty years of communal activism

November 21, 1935

New York communal worker Rebekah Kohut was honored for 50 years of dedicated service at a gala dinner for 800, where she was presented with $50,000 to distribute to her favorite charities.

National Council of Jewish Women holds first national convention

November 15, 1896

Hundreds of women met in Tuxedo Hall in New York City for the first national convention of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Birth of entertainer Kitty Carlisle Hart

September 3, 1910

Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.

Mizrachi Women meet independently for first time

June 19, 1939

The first independent meeting of the Mizrachi Women's Organization opened.

Birth of opera singer Roberta Peters

May 4, 1930

Birth of Metropolitan opera soprano Roberta Peters.

Creation of New York Female Hebrew Benevolent Society

March 15, 1820

The women of Shearith Israel synagogue in New York, led by Richa Levy, established the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Philanthropy." (Viewed on October 2, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/philanthropy>.

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