Sadie Cecilia FriedmanAnnenberg

Sadie Cecelia Friedman Annenberg gave generously to Jewish causes both in the US and Israel. In 1899, Annenberg married Moe Louis Annenberg, who pawned his wife’s jewelry to start a news distribution agency and a mail order business that made the couple millionaires. She used their wealth to support causes she cared about, endowing the Sadie Cecelia Annenberg Music School of the Williamsburg Settlement House in Brooklyn and contributing to Senator Richard M. Nixon’s campaigns. After her husband’s indictment for tax fraud in 1939 and his death in 1942, Annenberg quietly weathered both the public scandal and her private grief but continued her philanthropic work, establishing the Sadie C. Annenberg Soil and Irrigation Institute in Gilar, Israel and donating a quarter of a million dollars to develop arable land in the Negev. In 1962, her family honored her by granting a million dollars to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, and in 1965 her children pledged eight million dollars to the construction of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Philanthropist Sadie Cecilia Annenberg (1879-1956) is pictured here with Bernard Baruch, receiving the Williamsburg Settlement Award in 1956.

Institution: Private collection

Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death

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