Hadassah and the Zionist Project offers a fresh perspective on Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America and the largest women's organization in the United States, telling the fascinating story of how American Jewish women played a leading role in achieving Zionist goals and shaping the state of Israel. The book also traces Hadassah's involvement in the child rescue movement, which saved thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Europe, as well as from the beleaguered Jewish communities of the Middle East and North Africa.
Erica B. Simmons received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto. She was awarded a Hannah Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2004-2006 at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Chapter 1 Introduction: American Maternalists in Palestine and Israel Chapter 2 "The Healing of the Daughter of My People": Henrietta Szold and the Creation of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America Chapter 3 "A Joyful Mother of Children": Child Welfare in the Yishuv Chapter 4 "A New Type of Woman": The Struggle for Women's Equality in the Yishuv Chapter 5 "Persecuted, Uprooted": Youth Aliyah and the Rescue of European Jewish Children Chapter 6 "Future Builders of the State": Youth Aliyah and the Rescue of Oriental Jewish Children Chapter 7 Conclusion