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“I can remember at the old Willard Hotel that there was a Labor Zionist dinner. Mrs. Roosevelt came to speak. I was at the elevator with the little [blue JNF] box and she had the Secret Service man put money in it.”

Shirley Cohen was a member of Habonim throughout the 1940s.

Image: Coins collected by children in Jewish National Fund "blue boxes" purchased land for Jewish settlement in Palestine. JHSGW Collections. Gift of Judith Bernhardt.

Blue Box