Lotta Levensohn

Lotta Levensohn helped found Hadassah and later played a pivotal role in the organization’s history as an independent organization for Zionist women. A leader of Daughters of Zion, the women’s study group that formed the basis for Hadassah’s early leadership, Levensohn joined Hadassah and served for many years as a director of the organization. She also chaired Hadassah’s Central Committee from 1920–1921. During that time, she was one of two board members who voted to merge with the Zionist Organization of America, but the remaining seven members overruled, insisting on independence. Levensohn also served as secretary to Jacob de Haas and Judah L. Magnes, the successive secretaries of the Federation of American Zionists. She then briefly became secretary of the New York Kehillah. In 1923 she made Aliyah and began writing and translating Zionist literature, including her 1942 Outline of Zionist History and her English translation of Theodor Herzl’s Das Altneuland. She returned to the US in the 1950s, settling in California.


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Syracuse, NY
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lotta Levensohn." (Viewed on October 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/levensohn-lotta>.


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