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S. Deborah Ebin

The daughter of Mizrachi movement leader Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky, S. Deborah Ebin helped the group American Mizrachi Women rescue a staggering number of children from Europe during and after WWII. Ebin cofounded the Cleveland chapter of Hadassah with Henrietta Szold at the turn of the century and represented the women’s Zionist movement at the World Zionist Congress and the World Youth Aliyah Conferences of 1939 and 1951. In 1943, she became chair of the American Mizrachi Women’s National Youth Aliyah, running the largest relocation of Jewish children to Israel and helping these war refugees resettle in youth villages geared to their needs. She raised funds, travelled to Israel and Europe, and investigated the postwar child detention centers in Cyprus. Ebin served as national president of American Mizrachi Women from 1954–1956, organized Mizrachi Women chapters in the Netherlands and Mexico, and presented the organization’s America-Israel Friendship Award to President Harry S. Truman in 1955.

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Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Syracuse, New York
Date of Death
September 23, 1974

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Jewish Women's Archive. "S. Deborah Ebin." (Viewed on March 20, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/ebin-s>.


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