Note on Content:

The articles assembled here represent stories about Bais Yaakov in various publications. 

The newspapers and journals in which these stories appeared represent the wide range of the interwar press, from serious journalism to lowbrow sensationalism, and spanning from the Orthodox to secular (or anti-religious) segments of Polish Jewish society. 

While the Orthodox press ordinarily spoke of Bais Yaakov with enormous enthusiasm and respect, that is less true for the popular daily press, where Bais Yaakov was often taken as an object of curiosity and amusement. 

In at least one case, the 1933 Heyntige nayes story of Sarah Schenirer writing a movie script for Bais Yaakov production, the “report” seems to have been either a fabrication or a transparent joke. 

For a brief description of each newspaper mentioned, see the JPRESS website. We thank JPRESS for permission to present material from their searchable digitization of the historical Jewish press.

March 12, 1926

March 12, 1926

Dr. Deutschländer Visits Orthodox Schools: Brief report on Dr. Deutschländer's visit to orthodox schools, especially Havatzelet and Bais Yaakov ...
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November 16, 1927

November 16, 1927

Of Cities and Towns: Small town news about Bais Yaakov girls and teachers in Probizhna, Ukraine, hanging out with Hasidic boys in the evening, and getting in trouble with the Agudah authorities ...
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January 30, 1928

January 30, 1928

Rabbi Tobias Horowitz Here, Seeks Fund for Orthodox Girls Schools in Poland: Rabbi Horowitz is charged with raising $25,000 from American Jews for the Bais Yaakov seminary in Krakow ...
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March 10, 1928

March 10, 1928

A "College" Where Girls Learn to Kosher Meat: An article in the New York Forverts, "Letter from Warsaw," describing in humorous (or belittling) tones the Bais Yaakov seminary as a "college" where girls learn to kosher meat and have classes on how to pray "tkhines." ...
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March 23, 1928

March 23, 1928

Ongoing Construction of the Bais Yaakov Seminary Building: Rabbi Asher Shapiro's report on the eagerly awaited Kraków seminary building, which was under construction ...
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May 24, 1928

May 24, 1928

The Bais Yaakov Seminary Building in Kraków: The rapid rate of construction for the Bais Yaakov Seminary building, and a fundraising appeal for the still-needed funds. Note the list of Keren Hatorah leaders in the article above ...
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July 27, 1928

July 27, 1928

Fundraising Trip to Częstochowa: Description of a fundraising trip to Częstochowa by Alexander Zusia Friedman and Meir Heitner ...
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September 21, 1928

September 21, 1928

Proclamation: Polish Jewry must fulfill its duty to build the seminary ...
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December 21, 1928

December 21, 1928

A Hanukah Public Meeting in Bais Yaakov: Description of a public meeting about Bais Yaakov and a lecture on Hanukah in Shedlitz (Siedlce) ...
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February 1, 1929

February 1, 1929

A Tu Beshvat Celebration in Bais Yaakov: Description of a Tu Beshvat celebration in Shedletz (Siedlce), which included performances and a lecture on the meaning of the day ...
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