Fanny BinswangerHoffman

As the chosen successor of Mathilde Schechter, Fanny Binswanger Hoffman focused the National Women’s League’s efforts on Jewish education for children and greatly expanded the organization’s membership and reach. The daughter of Rabbi Isidor Binswanger, who ran Maimonides College in Philadelphia, the first Jewish institution of higher learning in the US, Hoffman focused her own career on children’s education. She was the first principal of the Mikveh Israel Sunday school in Philadelphia and founded the Young Women’s Union of Philadelphia, later known as the Jewish Neighborhood Center. She was the founding president of the Philadelphia branch of the National Council of Jewish Women and from 1919–1928 served as the second president of the National Women’s League, later known as the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. In both organizations, she focused on Jewish education programs for children.

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Philadelphia, PA
United States

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