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HERZOG, BERTHA BEITMAN - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

HERZOG, BERTHA BEITMAN (21 Jan. 1874-9 July 1958), the first woman president of the Jewish Welfare Federation (1927-30, later the JEWISH COMMUNITY FEDERATION), received the Charles Eisenmann Award for outstanding community service in 1941. She helped founded several local organizations, including the Cleveland Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations, the Jewish Big Sister Association, the CLEVELAND COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS, and the Council for the Prevention of War (1923). Herzog was born in Washington, Indiana, to Emanuel and Molly Beitman. She moved to Cleveland Heights after marrying Siegmund Herzog on 1 Mar. 1900. He died in 1943.

A member of Suburban Temple, Herzog served as president of the Cleveland Council of Jewish Women (1920-24, later the NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN (NCJW), CLEVELAND SECTION) and as Women's Co-Chair for the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In addition to her religious activities, she chaired the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS (LWV) OF CLEVELAND international relations committee, served on the board of the Maternal Health Association (later Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland) from its founding until 1941. She was one of the earliest members of the Women's Committee of the CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA. She also helped organize the WOMEN'S CITY CLUB and belonged to the women's board of Western Reserve University. Herzog died at her home and was cremated, her remains are located at the Cleveland Temple Memorial.

Last Modified: 17 Jul 1997 04:27:21 PM

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