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Estelle Newman

Estelle Reiss Newman innovated new programs for aiding the blind, from providing retirement homes for the aged blind to helping younger disabled people navigate independent lives in their communities. Newman graduated from Adelphi College before marrying Jerome Newman, a pioneer in the securities industry, in 1920. In the 1930s she helped found Youth Aliyah to aid Jewish children fleeing Nazi Europe for Palestine, and she served as the local South Shore head of the United Jewish Appeal and the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. She also served on the board of the New York Shakespeare Festival. But her life’s work was with the blind. She founded the women’s division of the Jewish Guild for the Blind in 1950, which did fundraising, outreach and development for both research and direct service for the disabled. She also established medical, psychiatric, and recreational programs at the Guild’s Home for the Aged Blind in Yonkers. The Home’s medical wing was named for her and her husband, and the Guild’s City Center was named for her in recognition of her work.

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Estelle Newman circa 1955
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Known for her efforts on behalf of the sight-impaired, Estelle Newman established the women's division of the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City. She appears here circa 1955.
Institution: Jewish Guild for the Blind
Date of Birth
November 24, 1896
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
July 10, 1964

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Estelle Newman." (Viewed on December 15, 2018) <>.


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