An Inventory to the Rose I. Bender Papers. 1912-1950.

Manuscript Collection No. 46

Rose I. Bender Papers.
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives Bender, Rose I., 1869-1964
Quantity: 0.40 linear feet
Quantity: (1 Hollinger box)
The Rose I. Bender (Mrs. Oscar C.) papers, 1912-1950, outline Rose Bender's involvement in Hadassah during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as her work with numerous other Zionist organizations of the time. Much of the collection deals with the organization's work to open Palestine to larger Jewish immigration. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, newsclippings, papers and miscellaneous items detailing the shared efforts of these Zionist organizations. The collection is divided into folders representing the various organizations, as well as personal correspondence, notes and miscellaneous.
Collection material in English.

Biographical Sketch

Rose I. Bender was born on 22 December 1869 to Joseph and Rachel Magin, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her parents, who were Lithuanian immigrants, were Hebrew scholars who installed in Rose a lifelong love and dedication to the Zionist cause. They also educated her in the Talmud. While still in high school, Bender founded and became president of the first Young Judea Club. She later graduated from the Graetz College of Jewish Studies.

Bender was active in numerous Zionist organizations. In 1927, she joined Hadassah. This commitment lead to a position as a chapter president and later as the national chair of fundraising and an appointment as a delegate for the 1939 World Zionist Congress. Bender also served as the executive director of the Zionist Organization of Philadelphia (the first woman to hold such a position), a board member of both the United Hebrew Schools and Yeshiva of Philadelphia, a member of the American Technion Society, a member of the Philadelphia Zionist Youth Committee and a member of the Women's Division of the Allied Jewish Appeal.

Rose Bender married lawyer Oscar C. Bender in June 1917. They had two daughters, Natalie and Harriet. Rose Bender died on 4 November 1964.

Scope and Content Note

The Rose I. Bender Papers record the Zionist activities of Rose Bender, national fundraising chairman of Hadassah. An ardent Zionist, most of Bender's papers are correspondence and reports relating to her Zionist activities, and particularly immigration to Palestine during World War II. As a local chapter president, Bender was involved with the youth aliyah movement as well as setting up meetings and other fundraising events. She also maintained an active presence in a national Zionist movement. There is one folder relating to a Jewish Palestine pavilion at the 1939 New York's World Fair.

There is one folder of personal correspondence between Bender, her husband, and daughter Natalie, who was studying to be an actress.

Span dates for the collection are 1912-1950 with the bulk of materials covering 1941-1945.


This collection is organized in one series:
Series A. Correspondence and Subject Files. 1912-1950

Property and Literary Rights

Property rights are held by the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Rose I. Bender and her heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.

Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives
copyright information webpage.

Terms of Access and Use

The Rose I. Bender Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.


American Jewish Conference
American Palestine Committee
American Zionist Council
Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds
Jewish women
Palestine -- Emigration and immigration
Palestine Emergency Committee
United Palestine Appeal
Zionist Organization of America

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Rose I. Bender Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-46. Rose I. Bender Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Donor information for the Rose I. Bender Papers is not available.

Processing Information

Processed by John Kalter,

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Box Folder Listing

Series A. Correspondence and Subject Files.

Scope and Content
Scope and Content Note: These papers are mostly correspondence filed with related reports and nearprint. The span dates for the collection are 1912-1950.

Arrangement Note: Personal correspondence is followed by an alphabetical list of organizations. Within each folder material is arranged chronologically.

Box 1 / Folder 1
Personal correspondence; notes. 1912-1941 ,

Box 1 / Folder 2
American Jewish Conference. 1943-1944. 1950-1952 ,

Box 1 / Folder 3
American Palestine Committee. 1944 ,

Box 1 / Folder 4
American Zionist Emergency Council. 1944 ,

Box 1 / Folder 5
B'rith Sholom. 1944 ,

Box 1 / Folder 6
Council of Jewish Federation and Welfare Funds. 1941-1942 ,

Box 1 / Folder 7
Hadassah. Correspondence. 1929-1943 ,

Box 1 / Folder 8
Hadassah. Nearprint. 1931-1938 ,

Box 1 / Folder 9
New York's World Fair. Jewish Palestine Pavilion . 1939 ,

Box 1 / Folder 10
Jewish Telegraph Agency. 1941-1944 ,

Box 1 / Folder 11
Palestine Emergency Committee. 1944 ,

Box 1 / Folder 12
United Jewish Appeal. 1941-1943 ,

Box 1 / Folder 13
United States Congress. 1944 ,

Box 1 / Folder 14
Zionist Organization of America. 1944-1950 ,

Box 1 / Folder 15
Miscellaneous. 1934-1945 ,