Hannah Bachman Einstein

Hannah Bachman Einstein’s activism and volunteer activities bridged very different worlds, from temple sisterhood leadership to lobbying and helping draft legislation for children’s welfare. The wife of a woolens manufacturer, Einstein became involved with the new sisterhood of Temple Emanu El in New York in 1890. As sisterhood president, and later as president of the New York Federation of Sisterhoods, she visited poor immigrants and discussed social issues with other philanthropists and volunteers and decided that direct relief was not enough to help those in need. She took courses in sociology and began lobbying for a governmental pension for widowed mothers. In 1913, the state appointed her chair of the committee that drafted what became the Child Welfare Law of 1915, which became the model for all states’ laws on stipends for fatherless and orphaned children. She remained deeply involved with both Jewish and secular organizations, becoming the first female board member of the United Hebrew Charities and serving as president of the New York State Association of Child Welfare Boards.


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New York, NY
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hannah Bachman Einstein." (Viewed on March 4, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/einstein-hannah>.


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