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“My childhood and adolescence were defined by the deep involvement of my parents—and of my uncle and aunt, Isador and Bessie Turover—in Zionist affairs—in striving for the State and in the rescue of children from Hitler’s Europe.”

Mendelle Tourover Woodley’s parents were Zionist leaders Denise and Rafael Tourover.


Image: Youth Aliyah rescued Jewish children from danger in Europe and brought them to safety in Palestine. Denise Tourover, Hadassah’s Washington lobbyist, and Mildred Cafritz were among those raising funds for Youth Aliyah. JHSGW Collections. Gift of James Cafritz.

Youth Aliyah pledge card