Anna Raginsky, a legendary figure in the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO movement, has died here at the age of 90. Her involvement in Zionism began in 1908 and in 1911 she was elected first vice president of the Toronto Zionist Council. In 1917, Mrs. Raginsky helped organize the first chapter of Canadian Hadassah and was elected its vice president in 1921.
From 1941 to 1947 she served as national president and remained active throughout her life as honorary president. One of the outstanding projects in which she was involved was encouraging Jewish families to open their homes to the Jewish war orphans of Europe.
In addition to her leadership in Hadassah-WIZO, Mrs. Raginsky was active in the Zionist Organization of Canada and was a strong supporter of Young Judaea and the hechalutz movements. She held leading positions in the Montreal Council of Women, National Council of Women, Canadian Jewish Congress, Jewish General Hospital and the Joint Distribution Committee. She was also honorary president of the Jewish National Fund of Canada.
In her honor, Hadassah-WIZO established a women’s club in Ashkelon, Israel and a building in the Hasidic youth village in Israel, both of which bear her name.
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