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January 08, 2015

Obituary: Ruth Popkin Headed Major Jewish Charities

Ruth Popkin, who spearheaded efforts to help resettle Jewish refugees to Israel as president of Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund, died last week at her Manhattan home at the age of 101, The New York Times writes.

Ms. Popkin, a native New Yorker, became involved with Hadassah in the 1940s and led the Zionist women's organization from 1984 to 1988. During her tenure, Hadassah counted 380,000 members and helped acclimate the first major wave of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel. She remained a member of the nonprofit's national board until recent years and also served as president of the Jewish National Fund from 1989 to 1992, working on Israeli refugee and environmental projects.