Elise Herz, née von Lämel (1788–1868) was a Prague-born Austrian philanthropist.[1] There she was made an honorary member of the Jewish community.[1] Her father was the merchant Simon von Lämel.[2] Her home in Prague was an intellectual center; however, upon her husband's death in 1850, she moved to Vienna.[1]

Herz founded a children's asylum in Jerusalem, mainly for Jewish children, but a few Christian and Muslim children were accepted as well.[1] Ludwig August Frankl was commissioned to organize it.[1] This entry from the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia about a "children's asylum" refers to the school she founded in her father's memory[2] in the Zikhron Moshe neighbourhood of the city, better known as the Simon von Lämel School or simply Lämel School.


  1. ^ a b c d e Templer, Bernhard (1901–1906). "Herz, Elise, von Lämel". Jewish Encyclopedia. Funk & Wagnalls. p. 366. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b Kayserling, Meyer (1901–1906). "Lämel, Simon Edler von". Jewish Encyclopedia. Funk & Wagnalls. p. 597. Retrieved 7 March 2021.