Patients Wait in an Infirmary, Jerusalem


This photograph shows a line of patients waiting for treatment in an emergency room run by the Women’s Zionist Organization of America (better known as Hadassah). In 1918‒21, Hadassah established hospitals, a nursing school, and community health and preventive care programs in British Mandate Palestine. During those years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a humanitarian organization, provided $200,000 annually for the work of Hadassah in British Mandate Palestine. The JDC was formed in 1914 to send aid, including food, clothing, medicine, funds, and emergency supplies, to the stricken Jews of Europe during the war. The photograph is from the archives of the JDC, which contain documents, photographs, film, video, oral histories, and artifacts recording the work of the organization from World War I to the present.

Last updated: March 17, 2016