Tamar De SolaPool

Lifelong Zionist Tamar de Sola Pool found a myriad of ways to serve during WWII, from running Hadassah to rescuing Jewish children. Pool’s family came from Israel to America when she was a teenager, but retained their Zionist spirit, speaking Hebrew at home. After graduating from Hunter College in 1913, Pool taught comparative literature at Hunter from 1914–1917. She married Rabbi David de Sola Pool in 1917 and began volunteering for Jewish and humanitarian causes alongside her husband. She served as president of the New York chapter of Hadassah from 1929–1935 and national president from 1939–1943. Beginning in 1934 she worked with Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah program to rescue Jewish children from Europe and resettle them in Palestine. After WWII she regularly visited children in displaced persons camps in Cyprus, celebrating Passover with them and organizing teachers and textbooks for them. She had long considered Passover a touchstone for hope—during the war, she edited a haggadah that was distributed to American servicemen. She also collaborated with her husband on two books, Is There an Answer? about Jewish faith after the Holocaust, and An Old Faith in the New World, about their congregation’s 300-year history.

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