American Zionist leader and philanthropist (1860–1945). Henrietta was born in Baltimore where her father Benjamin Szold served as the Rabbi of Congregation Oheb Shalom. She was educated by her father and in private schools, became a schoolteacher, and wrote articles for the Jewish Press. Under her father's influence and that of Russian refugees who had settled in Baltimore, she became a fervent Zionist. She was the co-founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist organization, served on the Executive of the Jewish Agency, and in her last years was active in Youth Aliyah, the movement engaged in saving young Jews from Nazi persecution.
From A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.