Edith Jacobi Baerwald devoted her energy to philanthropic organizations, but also loved connecting directly with the people she helped through her volunteer work at settlement houses. Baerwald volunteered as a dance teacher at various settlement houses on New York’s Lower East Side, continuing her friendships with the young women she met at those dance clubs despite their social and economic differences. After marrying Paul Baerwald, a founding member of the Joint Distribution Committee that raised money to help Jews overseas, Baerwald became active in both the JDC and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. She served on the Women’s Auxiliary Board of Mount Sinai Hospital for more than thirty years. She was also a founding member of the Greater New York United Jewish Appeal and honorary chair of its women’s division, as well as honorary vice president of the Girls and Boys Service League.
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