Shulamith Nardi helped shape relations between Jews and gentiles in the fledgling State of Israel through her analysis of Jewish literature and her work as advisor on Diaspora affairs to four Israeli presidents. Nardi graduated Barnard College in 1928 and began studying at Columbia University while working for Hadassah, serving as president of Junior Hadassah from 1931–1933. A year later, she and her husband made Aliyah to Tel Aviv, where she taught high school English while writing articles for the Jewish Frontier. She returned to the US on behalf of the Jewish National Fund in 1939 and served as editor of the Hadassah Newsletter until 1943. While in the US, she also joined the American Zionist Emergency Council, writing and translating materials to convince Americans to support the founding of a Jewish state. Returning to Israel in 1951, she began teaching at Hebrew University in 1953, focusing on contemporary Jewish literature in English-speaking countries, which was then a new discipline. Over the course of her career, she became known for her translations of literature, poetry, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. She worked as a translator for Zalman Shazar, third president of Israel. He appointed her as presidential advisor on Diaspora affairs, a role she continued until 1995.
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