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Chutzpah in Style: Hats and Deeds of Rose Halprin

#Out of the Archives By Andrey Filimonov  "Rose Halprin’s joie de vivre was reflected in her love of the arts and of people. The resplendence and distinctiveness of her hats was proverbial, but beneath that varied headgear was a Yiddisher kop—a brilliant, analytical Jewish mind—together with a warm and sensitive Jewish heart.“ – Rabbi Israel Goldstein Rose Halprin in 1948; Hadassah Archives on Long-term…

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Nibbles, Noshes, and More: Baking Historical Hadassah Recipes

By Nicole Greenhouse Hadassah chapters have a long history of fundraising for Israeli public welfare projects and the Hadassah hospitals in at Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem. As part of their fundraising efforts, chapters produced cookbooks, made up of beloved recipes of chapter members. Many of these chapter cookbooks can be found in the Hadassah Archives.  The team working on the processing of the…

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United in History, United in Destiny

By Rachel Harrison The Annual and Mid-Winter National Conventions Records in the Hadassah Archives, RG 3, currently on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society, contain numerous documents related to Hadassah’s annual conventions, the first of which was held in June 1914 in Rochester, NY, and which are still being held as of this writing (2016). At the conventions, members of the National…

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Hadassah Oral Histories—Friendship and Professionalism, Intertwined

By Janine Veazue Oral history is distinguished from other forms of interviews by its content and extent. Oral history interviews seek an in-depth account of personal experience and reflections, with sufficient time allowed for the narrators to give their story the fullness they desire. The content of oral history interviews is grounded in reflections on the past as opposed to commentary on purely contemporary…

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Photo of the day: Henrietta Szold at home, Jerusalem (circa 1922). From the Hadassah Archives, housed at American Jewish Historical Society. For more archival photographs, visit the Center for Jewish History’s Flickr photostream. 

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From the Collections: Jewish Nurses

by Susan Woodland, Senior Archivist, American Jewish Historical Society Jenna Weissman Joselit recently wrote a thoughtful column in The Jewish Daily Forward entitled, “Where Have All the Nurses Gone? Jews Flocked to Every Helping Profession But One.“ The column ruminates on nurses, why there have always been so few Jewish nurses, and the importance of Jewish nurses in the professional life of Henrietta Szold…

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