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Sara Herzog Dead at 82

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Sara Herzog, the widow of Israel’s late former Chief Rabbi, Isaac Halevy Herzog, and the mother of former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Chaim Herzog, died Saturday night. She was 82 years old.

The founder and president of the National Religious Women’s Organization, Mrs. Herzog, who was also the mother of the late Jacob Herzog, who held various senior government posts including that of Minister to Washington between 1957 and 1960, was active in charitable organizations and a mental hospital in Jerusalem. She also was active in establishing schools and kindergartens. She received honorary doctorates in philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan: In 1966, she received the Mother of the Year Award from the Council of Women’s Organizations.

Born in Latvia, she moved to Britain in 1908 when her father, Rabbi Shmuel Hillman, was named to head a Glasgow congregation. Married in 1917, she moved with her husband to Jerusalem in 1937, the year he was elected Chief Rabbi of Israel. He died in 1959.

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