This website is made possible by generous donations from users like you. $18 helps keep JWA online for one day. Please consider making a gift before our June 30 fiscal year end. Thank you!

Close [x]

Show [+]

Anna MarksAllen

Anna Marks Allen helped found and run many of the first Jewish charities and social services in America. Concerned by the evangelical tendencies of Christian and even supposedly non-religious charities, Allen joined a group of Philadelphia Jewish women in creating charities to serve the needs of the Jewish community. Allen worked as treasurer of the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society for forty years and briefly became its director. She helped Rebecca Gratz found the first Hebrew Sunday school in America in 1838 and from 1855–1867 she served as founding president of the Philadelphia Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum. Through her efforts, she both created a vital support network for the Jewish community and became a model for women’s leadership in volunteer and charity work.

More on Anna Marks Allen


Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Date of Birth

Ossining, NY
United States

Date of Death

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Anna Marks Allen." (Viewed on December 11, 2019) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox