Selina Greenbaum

Seeing a need for young women to experience some freedom from the oppressive conditions of factory work, Selina Greenbaum created country resorts where women could take a much–needed vacation. Greenbaum studied at Hunter College before marrying Samuel Greenbaum, who would later become a State Supreme Court justice, in 1888. She began involving herself in Jewish organizations as a board member of the National Council of Jewish Women and president of the downtown auxiliary of the YWHA. After an urgent plea from the Board of Jewish Ministers in 1898 for educational and recreational activities to enrich the lives of factory workers, Greenbaum became the founding president of the Jewish Working Girl’s Vacation Society in 1890. The society created a number of vacation homes on Long Island and in the Adirondacks where Jewish women of working age could pay a nominal fee for a two-week vacation. By 1917, the society hosted over 800 women per year and also began providing midweek vacations for young mothers. The society moved their work to Connecticut in 1956 as Camp Isabella Freedman, where it continues its work as a Jewish retreat center.


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New York, NY
United States

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