Sister Scholars: The Emergence of Orthodox Girls’ Education in Interwar Poland
Presented by SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. SAJE is endowed by a generous gift from Cis Maisel and is supported by Carol & Ronald Fogel through the JCC’s Pillars of Light program.
Naomi Seidman will trace the revolution enacted in the name of tradition by Sarah Schenirer, a divorced seamstress with an eighth-grade education. She rescued Orthodox Jewish society at a moment of peri by creating a girls’ school system, Bais Yaakov. Bais Yaakov continues to thrive in hundreds of locations today where students consider themselves the spiritual daughters of Schenirer.Watch Live Event
About the Author:
Naomi Seidman is a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies during the 2020-21 year, and the Jackman Professor of the Arts at the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies University of Toronto. Her book on Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement: A Revolution in the Name of Tradition won a National Jewish Book Award for Women’s Studies in 2019. Her previous books include Faithful Renderings: Jewish—Christian Difference and the Politics of Difference and The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and held many prestigious teaching positions.
About the Moderator:
Moderator Jeffrey Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Veidlinger is the author of the forthcoming In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust, and the award-winning books, In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage, and Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from numerous agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.