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Elma Ehrlich Levinger

Elma Ehrlich Levinger helped strengthen the Jewish community through her leadership of Jewish women’s organizations, but her books for children and adults may have had an even greater impact on American Jews. Levinger taught in rural schools in Iowa and Illinois for two years before studying English and drama at the University of Chicago and Radcliffe College. In 1912 she became director of a junior drama league in Chicago and from 1913–1915 was director of entertainment for the Bureau of Jewish Education in New York City. After her marriage to Rabbi Lee Levinger in 1916, she turned to editing the magazine Jewish Child. She also began writing books to instill pride in Jewish children, such as 1923’s In Many Lands, which described different Jewish traditions throughout the diaspora, and Fighting Angel, her 1946 biography of Henrietta Szold. In 1924, she wrote The Tower of David, which combined short stories and suggestions on planning Jewish programming, for the National Council of Jewish Women. Beyond her writing, Levinger remained active in the Jewish community throughout her life as a member of Hadassah, NCJW’s National Committee on Religion, and other major organizations.

More on Elma Ehrlich Levinger
Date of Birth
October 6, 1887
Place of Birth
Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death
January 28, 1958

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Elma Ehrlich Levinger." (Viewed on October 16, 2018) <>.


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