1781 - 1869 REBECCA GRATZ (USA)
Educator and philanthropist. Born to religious parents she remained an observant Jew all of her life. She became active in philanthropic affairs at an early age. Gratz founded or help found such institutions as the Female Association for the Relief of Women and Children of Reduced Circumstances in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orphan Asylum, The Female Hebrew Benevolent Society and a Hebrew Sunday school for which she didnít charge a fee. She is purported to be the prototype of Sir Walter Scott's Rebecca in Ivanhoe.