Objects of the Month

March 2012: Youth Aliyah pledge card, 1930s-1940s

Youth Aliyah pledge card, 1930s-1940s
  • Accession No.: 1995.12
  • Donor: James Cafritz
  • Description:

    Youth Aliyah pledge card

In Washington, a number of women lobbied and raised funds for Youth Aliyah, which was founded in 1934 and worked to rescue Jewish children from increasing danger in Europe and bring them to safety in Palestine.

Washingtonian Mildred Cafritz used her radio show and influence as chair of the local Youth Aliyah Committee to appeal for funds for refugee children. By March 1945, her committee had raised $33,000 for housing, education, and vocational training.

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