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Frieda Lorber

Frieda Levin Lorber made a name for herself as a prominent lawyer and helped other women rise in the profession in New York and worldwide. Lorber’s first passion was music, studying at the Institute of Music and Art and singing with the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. But after seeing her brother, Emil Levin, become a successful lawyer, she earned her law degree from NYU in 1936 and practiced commercial and real estate law with him for many years. From 1944–1946 she served as a director for the Department of Investigation for New York City, then became an arbitrator of the small claims court in Brooklyn in 1956. She was president of the New York Women’s Bar Association from 1949–1951 and chaired their judiciary committee from 1955–1958. In 1961 she was a delegate of the International Federation of Women Lawyers to the UN, and later was a representative to the UN’s Human Rights Commission. She also chaired the house committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. Outside of her legal work, Lorber devoted herself to fundraising, co–chairing the State of Israel Bond Campaign and sponsoring an international music competition for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in 1961.

More on Frieda Lorber
Date of Birth
May 7, 1899
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
September 28, 1976

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Frieda Lorber." (Viewed on December 18, 2018) <>.


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