This website is made possible by generous donations from users just like you. $18 helps keep JWA online for one day. Please consider making a gift to JWA today!
Close [x]

You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Ellen Phillips

Ellen Phillips helped shape generations of Jewish children as a founder of the Hebrew Sunday School Society, the first to offer lessons on Jewish religion and culture in English to both boys and girls. Phillips, who came from a wealthy and influential Jewish family, joined Rebecca Gratz, Louis B. Hart, and Sim’ha Peixotto in establishing the Hebrew Sunday School Society in 1838 in Philadelphia. She taught classes and served as school superintendent from 1871–1886, and served as manager and vice president of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, the parent organization of the Sunday school. She also made generous contributions to other Jewish charities, including the Jewish Maternity Association, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Young Women’s Union, and helped build Touro Hall, permanent home of the Sunday school, in 1891. In her will, she left bequests of over $110,000 to various charities and donated an art collection to the Fairmount Park Art Gallery.

More on Ellen Phillips
0 Comments
Date of Birth
October 30, 1821
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death
August 2, 1891

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Ellen Phillips." (Viewed on December 12, 2017) <https://jwa.org/people/phillips-ellen>.

Donate

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