RBG Inducted Into Hall of Fame at Philadelphia Jewish Museum
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold as one of two Jewish women whose “humanity and bravery” inspired her as she was growing up. (The other was poet and social advocate Emma Lazarus.)
Her remarks came before a standing-room-only audience Thursday as she was inducted into the Only in America gallery/Hall of Fame at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, which is also hosting a special exhibition, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
Ginsburg admired Szold’s eloquent rejection of a male offer to say Kaddish for her mother when she died. In citing her family’s different perspective on the traditional ban on women saying Kaddish, Szold “urged celebration of our common heritage while tolerating, indeed appreciating, the differences among us concerning religious practice.” Ginsburg said she recalls Szold’s words even to this day “when a colleague’s words betray a certain lack of understanding.”
For more background on Ginsburg’s evolution as a jurist and Jewish woman, read Hadassah Magazine‘s exclusive profile of the justice.