Gertrude Rosenblatt

Gertrude Rosenblatt earned praise for the many ways she helped build the State of Israel, from her role as one of the first directors of Hadassah to her direct service for the needy in the land itself. Rosenblatt was a founding member and early director of Hadassah, and her husband, lawyer Bernard A. Rosenblatt, helped Henrietta Szold draft the organization’s constitution. Gertrude Rosenblatt helped organize Young Judea and, after moving to Palestine with her family, helped found an orphanage in Haifa called Ruhamah. She found a myriad of ways to help, from organizing a clothing drive in Haifa in 1926 to aiding flood victims in Tiberias in 1934, for which she received a citation from the British high commissioner in Palestine. She returned to New York for several years, becoming a key member of the Hebrew-Speaking Society of New York (founded in 1949), but was buried in Israel, the country she had worked so hard to build.

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