Henrietta Szold Offers to Help a Visiting American to “understand Jewish Palestine, insofar as it lies in my power to interpret our aspirations and achievements.”
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Autograph Letter Signed, to Rose L. Rosenberg. Jerusalem, April 20, 1934. On personal stationery, and with Autograph Manuscript envelope. 1 p., 5⅛ x 7 in.
April 20, 1934.
Dear Miss Rosenberg:-
I hasten to assure you, that it will be a pleasure to me to aid Miss Byrne understand Jewish Palestine, insofar as it lies in my power to interpret our aspirations and achievements. The fact that she is a friend of Dr. Wilson’s is a recommendation of the first order, and that she has been introduced to me by you who call yourself a stranger does not militate against her. On the contrary, that in such circumstances you were willing to address me, I take as testimony to her worthwhileness, and for myself I regard it as a compliment. I shall try to deserve it.
Miss Byrne has not yet presented herself, and you wrote no date of he Palestinian stay. I trust I may be in town when she comes.
Henrietta Szold (1860-1945) was an American Zionist leader. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Szold taught school there until 1892, when she became interested in Zionism. In 1912 she founded Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and helped establish schools, hospitals, children’s clinics and welfare stations in Palestine. Szold moved to Palestine in 1920 and directed Hadassah medical and relief projects.
From 1933 on she directed Aliyah, which worked with young immigrants. Between 1892 and 1916 she co edited the American Jewish Yearbook. Throughout her life Szold translated French, German, and Hebrew works into English.