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.

October 31, 1969

October 31, 1969

Banquet Hails Bais Yaakov President: The Bais Yaakov of Los Angeles banquet honors Jacob Kasirer, its first president ...
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September 18, 1970

September 18, 1970

Two Appointments at Bais Yaakov School: David Neuwohner and Jan Elbaum appointed principal and head of general studies program ...
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March 16, 1973

March 16, 1973

$20,500 Donated by Bais Yaakov of Bronx to United Jewish Appeals for Israel: The article reports that the Bais Yaakov of the Bronx liquidated its assets after shutting its door (because the neighborhood had changed) and donated the money to Israel through the United Jewish Appeals ...
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May 9, 1973

May 9, 1973

Vichna Kaplan to speak at Hebrew Academy: Report on the visit of Rebbetzin Boruch Kaplan to the Hebrew Academy in Cleveland ...
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December 28,1973

December 28,1973

Bais Yaakov Girls Ready Presentation: Peggy Sheridan Directs "The Sound of Music" Bais Yaakov Play ...
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February 22, 1974

February 22, 1974

City, Bais Yaakov Join to Salute Mrs. Pfefferman: The mayor of Los Angeles and the Bais Yaakov school honor the philanthropist Mrs. Piroska Pearl Pfefferman ...
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December 22, 1974

December 22, 1974

Bais Yaakov Teacher Fired for Attending University: Detailed (and critical) report on the results of a rabbinical court judgment in favor of a strictly observant Bais Yaakov seminary teacher fired for enrolling at Hebrew University ...
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January 16, 1976

January 16, 1976

Bais Yaakov Spotlights its History: A dinner that included a retelling of Bais Yaakov history, including the story of the 93 martyrs ...
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December 12, 1976

December 12, 1976

Former Bais Yaakov Teacher Elected Mayor of Antwerp ...
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February 18, 1977

February 18, 1977

Original Cantata Highlight of Bais Yaakov Dinner: A cantata written by Mrs. Jan Elbaum depicting Jewish hope through the ages is performed by Bais Yaakov girls at their dinner, accompanied by the Jerry Rosen Orchestra ...
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