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Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson

(1920 - 1994)

Ungerleider-Mayerson received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from New York University.  She served as curator (1967-69) and director (1972-1980) of the Jewish Museum, bringing important religious and secular exhibits to the museum and raising  substantial funds from philanthropists to make the museum more successful than in had been in decades. Ungerleider-Mayerson established the Dorot Foundation in 1972 and, through the foundation, she contributed to Jewish Studies in the United States and in Israel. The broad scope of her philanthropy - from giving aid to the Dead Sea Scroll project to programs that allowed Arabs and Israeli Jews to study together - left her permanent mark on Jewish education throughout the world.

Sources: Jewish Women's Archive