Dorothy LehmanBernhard

Dorothy Lehman Bernhard made great contributions to the causes that were dearest to her, including child welfare, the arts, and the Jewish community, both by overseeing more than thirty organizations and, more directly, by becoming a foster parent. In the late 1930s, Bernhard established a fund to help distant relatives relocate from Germany and resettle in America. She worked for the Child Welfare League for thirty years, serving as president from 1957–1962, and chaired the Foster Home Bureau for the Jewish Child Care Association, arguing fiercely for the deinstitutionalization of child welfare. She served on national and international councils of social work and was appointed to a number of city and state committees, including New York’s state and city boards of social welfare. She was a trustee of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropies. A noted art collector, Bernhard was a benefactor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a board member of the New York Philharmonic.

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New York, NY
United States

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