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Tamar De Sola Pool Dead at 91

June 3, 1981
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Funeral services were held here today for Tamar de Sola Pool, who died yesterday at her home at the age of 91. Mrs. Pool, a writer, educator, lecturer and past president of Hadassah, was the widow of the Rev. Dr. David de Sola Pool, the late rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York.

The eighth national president of Haddasah Mrs. Pool served in that capacity from 1939-1943 and prior to that was president of the New York chapter, from 1929-1935. At the time of her death she was one of the few surviving presidents of Hadassah who had worked with Henrietta Szold, founder of the Women’s Zionist Organization.

Descended from a long line of rabbis and Israeli pioneers, Mrs. Pool was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of Chaim and Eva Hirschenson and brought to the United States at the age of 14. She received her B.A. degree from Hunter College in 1913, attended the University of Paris as winner of the first International Fellowship and was a graduate student at Columbia University from 1914-1917. Later she taught French, Latin and Greek at Hunter College. She and Dr. Pool were married in 1917.

Mrs. Pool was co-author with Dr. Pool of “An Old Faith in a New World” and “Is There an Answer.” She was editor of the Hadassah Newsletter for 10 years. She was one of the Hadassah leaders who saw the need to rescue Jewish children from the Holocaust and in 1934, with Henrietta Szold, helped organize Youth Aliya.

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