Florence Dolowitz both cofounded the Women’s American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation and Training) and helped lead the organization for decades. Dolowitz began working as a seamstress shortly after her arrival in the US at age nine. As a teenager, she took classes at the Educational Alliance, where she met and married Alexander Dolowitz, a mathematics instructor. The couple became involved with World ORT, an organization that trained Jews for industrial and agricultural jobs, and they worked with friends to establish both an American branch of ORT and a separate women’s division. Dolowitz became a teacher and studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary while continuing her efforts on behalf of ORT, helping to establish the American ORT in 1922 and the Women’s American ORT in 1927. She served as national president of the Women’s American ORT from 1932–1935, as well as a board member of the World ORT Union, the American ORT Federation, and the Conference of Jewish Women’s Organizations. She was named honorary national president of the Women’s American ORT in 1974.
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