Bertha SingerSchoolman

Bertha Singer Schoolman believed so strongly in the importance of Youth Aliyah that she risked her life under fire to help bring convoys to and from kibbutzim. Schoolman graduated from Hunter College in 1919 and the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teachers Institute in 1921. She taught at the Central Jewish Institute of New York as well as Cejwin Camps, founded by her husband, Albert, in 1919. A committed Zionist, she headed Hadassah’s Palestine committee from 1921–1927, then served as Hadassah’s national secretary from 1940–1941 and vice president from 1941–1943. She also wrote for a number of Jewish periodicals. From 1947–1953, as co-chair of the Jewish Agency’s Youth Aliyah Management Committee, she oversaw efforts to resettle hundreds of Holocaust refugees in Israel, frequently risking her life. She evacuated the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus during the fight for independence and also helped found the Neve Hadassah Youth Village in 1949. For her bravery, the Israel Ministry of Defense honored her with the Fighter for the State Award in 1969. She was also the first American woman to chair the World Zionist Congress’s Actions Committee and Congress Commission.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bertha Singer Schoolman." (Viewed on August 26, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/schoolman-bertha>.

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