Theresa Swartz Grotta


Bohemian Jewish immigrant. Worked tirelessly on behalf of needy families in Newark, president of Hebrew Ladies Immediate Relief Society and other relief societies. Member of the National Council for Jewish Women, first president of the Newark Council for Jewish Women. In 1893 represented Newark’s Jewish Women at the Congress of Religious in Chicago. Member of the Hebrew Ladies Sewing Society.

For her 80th birthday (March 1916) her friends founded Theresa Grotta Aid for Convalescent’s which developed into the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.


Baker, Mariana Narrative for tableaux; Newark Women of the Century.

Rechcigl, Minoslav. Notable American Women with Czechoslovak Roots

“Mrs. Grotta Dies Thousands Mourn” Jewish Chronicle Jan 27, 1922

“Theresa Grotta” Jewish Chronicle Jan 27, 1922

G-30 Grotta, Teresa, Newark News Morgue, Newark Public Library

“Mrs. Therese Grotta” Newark Evening Star, Nov 6, 1914

“Women Active in Philanthropy Are Summoned by Death’s Call” Newark News Jan 20, 1922