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Ruth Bernard Fromenson

For twenty-five years, Ruth Bernard Fromenson worked with Hadassah to send supplies to Palestine, from clothes and medical supplies to toys for war orphans. Fromenson joined the Daughters of Zion in 1904, a Zionist women’s study group that became the foundation for Hadassah in 1912. Throughout WWI, Fromenson organized sewing groups to make clothing and dolls for war orphans in Palestine, and in 1917 she became chair of Hadassah’s newly formed Palestine Supplies Bureau, shipping medical supplies to field hospitals in the Jewish settlements. Fromenson considered both the physical and emotional needs of the settlers, asking volunteers to sew clothing in different designs so the settlers wouldn’t feel like they were wearing charity clothes, and sending toys along with more essential items in hopes that they would provide some comfort to the orphans. By her retirement, Fromenson had served on Hadassah’s national board longer than any other member, and had shipped over four million items to Palestine.

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Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Rochester, New York
Date of Death
January 26, 1953

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