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Female Hebrew Benevolent Society
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A Jewish charitable institution founded in 1819 in Philadelphia, which initially provided destitute women with food, clothing, and other essentials. The founder and long-time leader of the institution, Rebecca Gratz (1781–1869) had become aware that Christian charitable associations were carrying out missionary activities among the Jewish poor; she sought to protect needy women against such attempts. Beyo…

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Ashton, Dianne C., “Female Hebrew Benevolent Society”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0225>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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