Rosalie Cohen

A lifelong Zionist, Rosalie Cohen worked to promote Jewish culture and education both on a national level and locally in New Orleans. Cohen grew up attending Zionist meetings and for her honeymoon in 1929 she travelled with her new husband to the World Zionist Congress in Zurich and then to Palestine. Cohen served as the first female president of the Greater New Orleans Jewish Federation from 1959–1961 and cofounded the JCC Senior Citizen’s Club and the Home for the Jewish Aged. In 1960 she created the Lemann Stern Young Leadership Group to train young Jews in leadership through missions to Israel. She also established a local forum for presidents of Jewish Women’s organizations and an educational program at the New Orleans Enduring Heritage Institute that ran from 1965–1972. On a national level, she served as vice president of the American Council of Jewish Federations from 1963–1965 and was a founding member of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, which financed Jewish studies at American universities and supported Jewish scholars and artists. She also served as national vice president of the Jewish Educational Services of North America, which supports Jewish grade-school education.


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Rosalie Cohen (1910 - 2010) devoted her life to promoting Zionism, both in her hometown of New Orleans and also on the national and international scenes. She is shown here introducing Eleanor Roosevelt at the launching of New Orleans's Israel Bonds Organization in 1951.

Institution: Private collection.

Date of Birth

New Orleans, LA
United States

Date of Death

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rosalie Cohen." (Viewed on May 21, 2019) <>.


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