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Barbara Ochs Adler

Barbara Ochs Adler pursued her commitment to Jewish and civic causes through her leadership of organizations ranging from child services to criminal justice and prison reform associations. In 1922, Adler quit Stanford to marry Julius Ochs Adler, a major in the army reserve and vice president of the New York Times. In New York, she began an intense and varied philanthropic career as member of the executive committee of the Jewish Board of Guardians (later called Jewish Family and Child Services) and the board of trustees of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. During WWII, she chaired the New York Defense Recreation Committee, which provided free entertainment to servicemen. She also had an interest in prison management and reform, serving as vice president of the Correctional Association of New York and board member of the National Probation and Parole Association. In 1935, Governor Herbert H. Lehman appointed her to the board of visitors of Westfield State Farm, a reform school for girls, and in 1941 she was elected president of the facility, serving in that role for fifteen years.

More on Barbara Ochs Adler
Date of Birth
January 14, 1903
Place of Birth
San Francisco, California
Date of Death
June 3, 1971

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Ochs Adler." (Viewed on February 20, 2019) <>.


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