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Henrietta Szold asks a doctor to become a life member of Zionist Organization of America
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…Will you help?

HENRIETTA SZOLD. Autograph Letter Signed “Henrietta Szold”, one page, 5½ x 9 in., on stationary of the Hotel Alexandria, July 28, 1927, New York, NY, addressed to Elisha Friedman.

Inventory #25625       Price: $950

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                           July 28, 1927

Dear Mr. Friedman

Am I wrong in assuming that you expressed, at least indirectly, approval of the plan of discharging the deficit of the Zionist Organization of America as a first step towards making it an effective instrument for Palestinian work, when I spoke to you at the Physician’s Dinner? At all events, I venture to ask whether you will help us do what we have undertaken by becoming a life member of the Organization? The plan is to secure two thousand such life members at $100 each. That will cover the deposit of $156,000 and give us a small reserve out of the interest on which we can supplement our normal revenues. Will you help?

                                                                    Sincerely yours,

                                                                        Henrietta Szold

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.

Elisha Friedman was a member of the American Economic Committee for Palestine, on the Board of the American Friends of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and on the Finance Committee of the Palestine Endowment Funds and the Hadassah Medical Organization.



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