Caring for a Nation

Our History

Key dates

1935
Emunah was founded in 1935 by Tova Sanhedrai-Goldreich

1948
Emunah of America is founded.

1977
World Emunah was established in 1977 by Rebbetzen Sarah Herzog

2008
Emunah was the recipient of the Israel Prize for its social, educational, humanitarian and cultural contribution to Israeli society.

2013
Emunah is a winner of the 2013 Jerusalem Education Prize for excellence in education and care at our 5 children’s homes and 135 day care centers

Our Founding

Emunah was founded in 1935 as the Women’s Branch of Ha-Po’el ha-Mizrachi, under the leadership of Tova Sanhedrai-Goldreich, who served the public throughout her life, first as a young woman in Poland, later in Israel, and as the leader of Emunah for more than fifty years. She slso served as a member of Knesset on behalf of the National Religious Party, as well as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, from 1961 to 1974.

During the 1960s, the Women’s Branch merged with the Mizrachi Women’s Organization to form the National Religious Women’s Organization, which later assumed the name Emunah. The goal of the organization was then, and still is today, to respond to the needs of the people, and to enhance and enrich the lives of the Israeli people -- particularly the family unit -- and to assist those who are struggling and disadvantaged.

Almost since its inception, Emunah was fortunate to have had the support of sister organizations around the world. Today, Emunah is active in 30 countries under the umbrella of World Emunah, founded by Rabbanit Sarah Herzog.

Emunah of America

In 1947 Tova Sanhedrai recognized the need to form partnerships with diaspora Jewish communities. She traveled to the United States and helped found Hapoel Hamizrachi Women’s Organization – which is now known as Emunah of America.

The first meeting took place at a small tea in New York City, organized by Miriam Federbush in 1947. The organization flourished with Chapters forming throughout the country. Since forming in 1948, Emunah of America has grown to include 40 Chapters and has 40,000 members. Men are an important part of the organization, dedicated to the cause and mission of Emunah.

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