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Lady Sieff, Noted British Philanthropist, Dies at Her Home in Israel

January 10, 1966
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Lady Sieff, noted British philanthropist, among whose other achievements was the establishment of the Daniel Sieff Institute at Rehovot, which later became the Weizmann Institute of Science, died at her Israeli home, at Tel Mond, yesterday. She was 75. Her husband, Lord Sieff, formerly Israel M. Sieff, who became a life baron only a week ago, was at her side when she died. She was a sister of the late Lord Marks of England.

As Mrs. Rebecca Sieff, the deceased was the co-founder with Mrs. Vera Weizmann of the Women’s International Zionist Organization, 44 years ago. In 1938, the year she established a home in Israel due to a heart ailment, Mrs. Rebecca Sieff was instrumental in bringing to refuge in England 1, 000 Jewish children who escaped from Nazi Germany. She was also a co-founder of the World Jewish Congress. In 1956, she narrowly escaped death when Fedayeen, Egyptian saboteurs, raided her estate in Tel Mond, blowing up her home and killing a member of her staff there.

The Daniel Sieff Institute which she founded at Rehovot had been established in memory of a son of the Sieffs. In 1960 she was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her welfare work.

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