We’re expanding our Encyclopedia of Jewish Women and we need your help! Know an extraordinary Jewish woman whose story should be told? Nominate her to be included!
Close [x]

Show [+]


You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Blanche Cohen Nirenstein

Blanche Cohen Nirenstein found a myriad of ways to help Jewish widows and needy children, from founding a kosher summer camp to supporting Holocaust survivors. The daughter of David Cohen, founder and president of numerous Jewish schools and hospitals, Nirenstein began her own organizational work as founding president of the Ladies Educational Society of Congregation Sons of Israel in Brooklyn. In 1919 her family built Camp Tranquility, a kosher camp for immigrant children. She went on to found the Manhattan Chapter of Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America (AMIT) in 1942, which raised funds to create youth villages and vocational schools for children in Palestine. She also served as president of Yeshiva College’s Women’s Organization, raising scholarship money for students. For eighteen years, she served as president of the Rabbonim Aid Society at the Jewish Center (a noted Orthodox synagogue in New York City), where she raised and distributed finds to support rabbis and their widows, particularly Holocaust survivors.

More on Blanche Cohen Nirenstein
Date of Birth
November 24, 1885
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
September 3, 1972

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Blanche Cohen Nirenstein." (Viewed on March 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/nirenstein-blanche>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

The JWA Podcast

listen now

Sign Up for JWA eNews


Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs