Rose Luria Halprin helped lead Zionist organizations through the tumultuous period of Israeli independence and helped shape international opinions of Zionism. Born to a Zionist family, Halprin served as national president of Hadassah from 1932–1934 before moving to Jerusalem, where she helped build the Hadassah Medical Organization’s new hospital. She aided Jewish settlers fleeing from Arab riots while still calling for Jewish-Arab cooperation. After returning to the US in 1939, she joined the Zionist General Council that year, became a founding member of the secretariat of the American Jewish Conference in 1943, and was elected an executive of the Jewish Agency in 1946. From 1947–1952 she served a second term as president of Hadassah, evacuating the hospital she had helped build when it became a focus of Arab violence after Israel’s declaration of statehood. She went on to help build both Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in 1949 and the Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem in 1952. As a member of the Jewish Agency Executive, Halprin continued to fundraise and speak on behalf of Israel until her retirement in 1968. When the UN denounced Zionism as racism in 1975, Halprin encouraged Hadassah to disprove the claim through their positive work.
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