Sarah Kussy

With seemingly limitless energy, Sarah Kussy helped found and lead a variety of major Jewish organizations like Hadassah, the United Synagogue’s Women’s League, and Young Judea. In 1906 Kussy became part of the first graduating class of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teacher’s College and began her thirty-five year career teaching at Camden Street Public School, Congregation Oheb Shalom’s religious school, and a variety of other Newark institutions. In 1912 she became a founding member of Hadassah, served for many years on their executive board, and in 1926 became president of the northern New Jersey region. In 1918 she helped found the Women’s League, serving variously over the years as board member, chair of the propaganda committee and education committee, lecturer for the speaker’s bureau, and writer for Outlook, the League’s periodical. She later helped found the American Jewish Congress and Young Judea, and wrote an unpublished memoir of her parents and the immigrant community of Newark. She served as a delegate to five World Zionist Congresses between 1907 and 1939. In 1950 Hadassah honored her by planting ten thousand trees in the Sarah Kussy Forest in Israel.


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Date of Birth

Newark, NJ
United States

Date of Death

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