Etta LaskerRosensohn

Etta Lasker Rosensohn devoted herself to social work from an early age, culminating in her work for Hadassah as one of the founders of Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jersusalem. Rosensohn studied at the University of Texas before moving to New York, where she and her sisters, Florina and Loula, trained at the New York School of Social Work. In 1918 they collaborated on a study for the Bureau of Philanthropic Research called Care and Treatment of the Jewish Blind in the City of New York. She and her sisters then joined the National Council of Jewish Women, where Rosensohn chaired the Department of Service to the Foreign-Born and founded the department’s newspaper, The Immigrant. In 1939 she was elected as Hadassah’s representative to the board of Hebrew University, the only female member of the board. She also served on Hadassah’s national board for two decades, chaired Hadassah’s Medical Organization Committee, and served as president of Hadassah from 1952–1953. In 1959 Hebrew University honored her many contributions to Hadassah’s medical work by establishing the Etta Lasker Rosensohn Chair of Bacteriology at their medical school.

More on Etta Lasker Rosensohn


Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
An influential philanthropist and social activist, Etta Lasker Rosensohn focused most of her energy on Jewish and Zionist affairs in New York City. Her great passion was Hadassah, where she served on the national board for more than two decades and as the national president.
Photographer: G.D. Hackett
Institution: Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
Date of Birth

Galveston, TX
United States

Date of Death

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Etta Lasker Rosensohn." (Viewed on September 24, 2020) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox