The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Brandeis University Press
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From 1881 to 1924, when millions of east European Jews were pouring into the United States, it often seemed that the primary educational challenge to immigrants and their children was learning how to be American. However,...
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The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910– 1965, introduces the unheralded educators who planted the seeds of social reform and progressivism in the soil and soul of American Jewish education. It highlights eleven eminent women who either informed...
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Page Count: 264
Illustrations: 11 illus.
Publication Year: 2010