Jeane HerskovitsGottesman

Jeane Herskovits Gottesman helped raise essential funds for Jewish organizations ranging from Yeshiva University to Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah program, which helped save Jewish children from Europe during the Holocaust. Gottesman married into a wealthy family of philanthropists who focused their efforts on Jewish education, such as helping create and support Yeshiva University. In 1941, she and her husband established a foundation to fund Jewish education and local causes. She also served as chair of the New York Youth Aliyah Committee throughout the 1930s, rescuing Jewish children and establishing them in youth villages in Palestine. Gottesman served as spokesperson and fundraiser for the project, marshaling supporters throughout the Jewish community. Ultimately, the Youth Aliyah Committee rescued thirty thousand children. Gottesman went on to raise money for a number of important causes and organizations, including the Federation of Jewish Charities, the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service, the Jewish Education Committee, and the Women’s Zionist Organization.

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New York, NY
United States

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