Reina Goldstein Hartmann focused her career on improving the lives of Jewish women in her native Chicago. Hartmann married in 1902 and began her volunteerism in 1917, once her children were in school, becoming president of the Mothers Aid of the Chicago Lying-In Hospital and Dispensary, an organization her mother had helped found in 1906. Hartmann served as president from 1917–1921 and director from 1929–1931, raising funds for a new hospital annex and for a lecture series. The annex, the Mothers Aid Pavilion, is still in use as an obstetrics ward. Hartmann remained active in Mothers Aid throughout her life, but also took on leadership positions in other organizations supporting women and Jews. She worked in the civics and philanthropy department of Chicago Women’s Aid and served as president of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. She was active in a variety of local and national organizations, including the Sinai Temple Sisterhood, the Chicago Board of Jewish Education, the Chicago Hebrew Institute Women’s Auxiliary, and the Department of Synagogue and School Extension Board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (the Reform movement’s umbrella organization).
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Reina Hartmann." (Viewed on December 3, 2016) <https://jwa.org/people/hartmann-reina>.