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In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia
May 3 2011


Eliyana R. Adler, Sosland Foundation Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In a New York Times interview in 2000, a European-born rabbi pronounced that, “Before 1925 most [Jewish] girls didn’t have an education. They only knew how to peel potatoes.” However, the reality was quite different. Between 1831 and 1881, over one hundred private schools for Jewish girls opened in the Pale of Jewish Settlement. Dr. Adler’s work helps us to understand not only how the schools functioned, but also how they ushered in new developments in Russian Jewish education and history.

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