Linda Gordon Kuzmack

Linda Gordon Kuzmack is an independent Jewish historian and practicing psychotherapist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She has taught in several universities in the Washington area and teaches and lectures throughout the region. Kuzmack was formerly the Director of Oral History at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies in Rockville, Maryland. She is the author of Woman’s Cause: The Jewish Woman’s Movement in England and the United States, 1881–1933 (1990).

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Women's American ORT

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Lady Louise Rothschild

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B'nai B'rith Women

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Linda Gordon Kuzmack." (Viewed on November 13, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/kuzmack-linda-0>.

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