The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame was founded in March 1965 to honor the contributions of those whose efforts, in any line of endeavor, have added significantly to the heritage of the State of Rhode Island. Eligible membership may include those who are native born, those whose reputations have been made while residents of the state, and those who have adopted Rhode Island as their permanent home.

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Sylvia K. Hassenfeld
Inducted 1997

Ms. Hassenfeld, formerly of Providence, lived in both New York City and Palm Beach, FL.  She was widely recognized as an outstanding civic, cultural, and philanthropic leader of international communal services for more than 40 years.  She was President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for non-sectarian humanitarian work, and a prominent member of many Boards of Trustees, including the NYU Medical Center, Brandeis University, and the Hasbro Children’s Foundation.  more >
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