Marion Simon Misch was doubly remarkable first as a Jewish community leader beginning in her teens and later as the first woman in New England to run a department store. Misch organized the first Jewish Sabbath school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts at age fourteen and later worked as a schoolteacher. She married and moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where her husband opened a department store, but after his death in 1921, Misch took over the store’s operations. Beyond her success in the business world, Misch devoted herself to a myriad of Jewish and secular organizations. She served on the Providence school board for fifteen years, greatly expanding their music program, and was the first Jewish president of the Rhode Island Federation of Women’s Clubs as well as director of the Providence Association for the Blind. From 1908–1913 she served as president of the National Council of Jewish Women, and also served as director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. She co–wrote a children’s service for Yom Kippur with Dr. Henry Englander and lectured internationally on topics ranging from music and education to women’s issues, traveling as far as India, China, and Australia.
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