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Stella Heinsheimer Freiberg

Stella Heinsheimer Freiberg helped found the Reform Movement’s National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and pushed for the major American Reform organizations to join the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Freiberg’s father and her husband both led the Reform Movement’s Union of American Hebrew Congregations, and Freiberg served as the founding national vice president of the NFTS, the women’s agency within UAHC, from 1913–1923. She then served as NFTS president from 1923–1929, advocating for women’s greater participation in the World Union for Progressive Judaism and for the Reform Movement’s merger with the global organization. She donated a gymnasium to Hebrew Union College and helped raise money for dormitories and scholarships. Freiberg was also a supporter of the arts, cofounding the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1894 and serving as vice president of their board. In the late 1930s she also became director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. In the 1940s she opened a business called At Your Service, which provided catering for musical gatherings.

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Date of Birth
November 29, 1862
Place of Birth
Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death
January 20, 1962

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