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Florence Perlman

In her almost forty years on Hadassah’s board, Florence Bierman Perlman helped bring the organization to national prominence. After marrying Nathan D. Perlman in 1917, Florence Perlman graduated Barnard the following year. She became a political wife, managing her husband’s campaigns for Congress, New York Supreme Court, and attorney general of New York. She joined Hadassah’s national board in 1938, serving until her death, and took on a wide range of responsibilities for the organization as chair of both their Israel Education Services and of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. She also chaired the building commission for the Hadassah House in New York, was convention chair and delegate to the World Zionist Congress, and became national membership chair in 1962. She also served as Hadassah’s national vice president. Beyond her work for Hadassah, Perlman served as president for the New York chapter of the Council of National Jewish Women’s Organizations and first chair of national American affairs, as well as chair of the Jewish National Fund. A lifelong New Yorker, she served on the New York City Council and the New York Prison Committee.

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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Florence Perlman." (Viewed on November 29, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/perlman-florence>.


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