Aline Kaplan

As executive director of Hadassah, Aline Kaplan credited the organization’s success to the commitment of its volunteers, whose numbers grew to a staggering 370,000 during her tenure. Kaplan practiced estate law from 1946–1952 but left to become director of Junior Hadassah, feeling a need to participate more in the Jewish community. Beginning in 1956, she was a five-time delegate to the World Zionist Congress. She also earned a doctorate in Jewish history from Yeshiva University and wrote a number of articles for the Zionist Encyclopedia and other publications. During this time, she rose through the ranks of Hadassah leadership, becoming assistant executive director in 1970 and executive director in 1971, a post she held until her death. She grew the organization’s membership, did significant work on global issues such as aiding Soviet Jewry, and made annual trips to Israel to oversee Hadassah’s work there. She also devoted time to several other major Jewish organizations as a board member for the American Zionist Federation, the United Israel Appeal, and the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.


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New York, NY
United States

Date of Death

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