Adele BluthenthalHeiman

Adele Bluthenthal Heiman spent her life in Arkansas, helping create and lead the state’s close-knit Jewish community. An Arkansas native, Heiman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College a few months before marrying Jesse Heiman, a department store executive from Little Rock. The pair became active in Congregation B’nai Israel, the largest Reform congregation in the state, and Adele Heiman served as a temple board member and twice as sisterhood president. She also served as president of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and served on the city board for the United Service Organizations during WWII. She held simultaneous positions on the boards of the National Council of Jewish Women and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. In 1932 she became the founding vice president of the Arkansas Jewish Assembly and in 1935 became its first woman president. Under her leadership, the umbrella organization, which unified Jewish congregations throughout the state, helped resettle European Jews fleeing Nazism.


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Date of Birth

Pine Bluff, AR
United States

Date of Death

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