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The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965
Carol K. Ingall, ed.

Available only as an ebook.

HBI Series on Jewish Women

2010 • 264 pp. 11 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Jewish Studies / Women's Studies / Education History

$7.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-909-9

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The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education performs valuable service in recalling to life the central role women played in the development of American Jewish education in all its variety... [continued in Reviews below]”—H-Net

The first volume to examine the contributions of women who brought the forces of American progressivism and Jewish nationalism to formal and informal Jewish education

The conventional history of Jewish education in the United States focuses on the contributions of Samson Benderly and his male disciples. This volume tells a different story—the story of the women who either influenced or were influenced by Benderly or his closest friend, Mordecai Kaplan. Through ten portraits, the contributors illuminate the impact of these unheralded women who introduced American Jews to Hebraism and Zionism and laid the foundation for contemporary Jewish experiential education. Taken together, these ten portraits illuminate the important and hitherto unexamined contribution of women to the development of American Jewish education.

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Reviews / Endorsements

The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education performs valuable service in recalling to life the central role women played in the development of American Jewish education in all its variety. Each essay makes a compelling case for the importance of an individual woman who, regardless of obstacles, offered her skills, talents, and ideas to a field where she could achieve success both for herself and her community.”H-Net

“Ingall’s research, along with that of the seven other essayists in this book, rights an historic wrong. Eleven impressive Jewish women have been brought back to life in the pages of this important collection of essays.” —Jewish Voice and Herald

“The book stands as an important contribution to the history of Jewish education in the United States. In particular, the biographies help to render a fuller picture of Jewish education as a field by examining the major contributions of significant women who were teachers, artists, writers, community activists, and organizational leaders. To understand this vital period in American Jewish history—about which so many volumes have been devoted to the Benderly boys and their disciples—it is essential we hear the voices of the creative and productive women of these decades. Ingall’s volume has amplified those voices for all to hear.”—The American Jewish Archives Journal

“Experiences in the American hinterlands have influenced the lives of even inveterate New Yorkers; the artist and educator Temima Gezari, for example, born in Pinsk in 1905 and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, road tripped to New Mexico with a couple of friends in 1931 to attend the Taos School of Art. Upon her return to New York—and after some tutorials from Diego Rivera—she painted the murals for Mordecai Kaplan’s Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Gezari’s pedagogical interventions are the subject of one of the essays in a 2010 collection edited by the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Carol Ingall, newly available in a more affordable paperback, titled The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965 (Brandeis, March). Other influential pedagogues and pioneers profiled here include Hadassah’s Jessie Sampter, ardent Hebraist Anna G. Sherman, and Sadie Rose Weilerstein, author of the beloved K’tonton books.”—Tablet

“Readers will find themselves humbled by the lives of service and creativity so vividly described, saddened that it has taken until now for these remarkable women’s lives to be reconstructed, and excited by the potential of the accounts to inform and inspire new generations of scholars and practitioners.”—Alex Pomson, Melton Centre for Jewish Education, Hebrew University

“The stories in The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965 provide a powerful reminder that the negative stereotype of Jewish education in America tells only part of the story. Carol Ingall and her co-contributors recover the lost other half and give lie to the view that is so prevalent in literature and the popular mind. They recount how eleven women combined their love of Hebrew language and Jewish culture with their passion for the arts and progressive education to create institutions and programs that stirred the minds and touched the hearts of Jewish children and adults.”—Michael Zeldin, Director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

“These lively portraits of ten creative educators bring to life a great age of Jewish educational innovation, rightfully situate Jewish women at the center of dynamic educational change, demonstrate the power of ideologically driven Hebraic and Zionist learning, and illustrate how much we remain indebted to these visionary educators. Would that we could replicate their passion and dedication for the cause of Jewish learning and living!”—Jack Wertheimer, Professor, Jewish Theological Seminary

“Three cheers for Carol Ingall and her co-authors for introducing us to ten women who made significant contributions to the emerging field of Jewish education in the 20th century. The life histories of these amazing women, pioneers and products of their time, enlarge the story of reform in American Jewish education. As leaders in the settlement house movement, Zionist educators, Hebrew teachers, writers of textbooks and children’s books, artists and art educators, institution builders, they transformed individual lives through their modeling, instructing, writing, speaking and leadership.”—Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Director, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University

CAROL K. INGALL is the Dr. Bernard Heller Professor of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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