Cecile Lena Kantrowitz Israel, class of 1930

Cecile Lena Kantowitz Israel was born in 1910 in New Jersey, but spent her adolescence and young adulthood in Providence, Rhode Island. Educated at Classical High School, she attended Pembroke College in the late 1920s. Israel showed an interest in languages, becoming fluent in French and German, as well as Yiddish which was spoken in her home. She was a founder and board member of the Pembroke-Brown Debating Club and received a number of scholastic accolades. After graduation, Israel conducted oral language examinations for the Civil Service and was involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She married Fred Israel in 1930.