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Rachel Natelson

Rachel Natelson helped found Hadassah and devoted herself to Zionist organizations, but never achieved her dream of traveling to Palestine. Natelson graduated from Adelphi College in 1907 and taught in New York City high schools from 1908–1915, when she quit to focus exclusively on her Zionist work. In 1912 she became a founding member of Hadassah, working as secretary of various local sections until 1923. She chaired the Borough Park section from 1919–1922 and was a member of the national board from 1919–1931. She also served on the executive committee of the Zionist Organization of America and was a delegate at the 1923 Zionist Congress in Czechoslovakia. In 1926 she was director of the United Palestine Appeal for Greater New York, and in 1928 she chaired Hadassah’s Jewish National Fund Council. In 1933 she helped found MAILAMM, the American Palestine Music Association, and served as their national secretary until her death.

Topics: Palestine, Zionism

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Brooklyn, NY
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rachel Natelson." (Viewed on December 10, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/natelson-rachel>.


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