A Queen to the Rescue
The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah
Henrietta Szold took Queen Esther as a model and worked hard to save the Jewish people. In 1912, she founded the Jewish women's social justice organization, Hadassah. Henrietta started Hadassah determined to offer emergency medical care to mothers and children in Palestine. When WWII broke out, she rescued Jewish children from the Holocaust, and broadened Hadassah's mission to include education, youth development, and women's rights. Hadassah offers free help to all who need it and continues its mission to this day.
Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne and Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. She is a full-time writer located in Texas.
Yevgenia Nayberg is an illustrator, painter, and set and costume designer. She received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her illustrations for Drop by Drop. She lives in New York
This stunning picture book shows why this brave, strong, dedicated woman founded Hadassah, and the interesting story of why this organization was named for Queen Esther, aka Hadassah. Readers will see the impact of Szold's work for immigrants, orphans, Jewish publications, and healthcare in Palestine as well as find themselves in awe of how one person can change the world.--Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
“This book is a must-read for people of all ages and beautifully shows the humanitarian side of a terrific lady, Henrietta Szold. We all can learn from her goodness, kindness and charity in this warm, wonderful story.”
— Jo Reingold, VP, Greater Southwest Region of Hadassah
“Szold’s plea for celebration of our common heritage while tolerating, indeed appreciating, the differences among us concerning religious practice is captivating. I recall her words even to this day when a colleague's position betrays a certain lack of understanding.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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