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 30, 1962

March 30, 1962

Bais Yaakov Teachers Strike: Report on teachers striking because of unpaid wages ...
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April 26, 1963

April 26, 1963

Orthodox Bobby Soxers: Girls wearing bobby sox will be expelled ...
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April 30, 1963

April 30, 1963

Internal Agudah Investigation of the Drowning of 9 Bais Yaakov Girls: Report on an internal Agudah investigation of the drowning death of nine girls, to determine whether teachers were negligent ...
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May 2, 1963

May 2, 1963

Nine Seminary Girls Drown: Nine girls drowned swimming in an isolated part of the beach ...
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September 19, 1963

September 19, 1963

Open 21 Hebrew Day Schools: Two Bais Yaakov High Schools among the 12 New Jewish Day Schools to Open ...
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March 5, 1964

March 5, 1964

Bomb Explodes at Bais Yaakov of São Paulo: A high-explosive bomb exploded before dawn, anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas on Jewish-owned industrial plant ...
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September 2, 1968

September 2, 1968

Report on Bais Yaakov in Bnai Berak: The report recounts tensions between the Bais Yaakov seminary and elementary school over space in Bnai Berak ...
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December 5, 1968

December 5, 1968

Bais Yaakov Required to Pay Unpaid Summer Wages to Four Teachers: Report on the court order that Bais Yaakov pay the unpaid summer wages of four teachers, as required ...
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December 20,1968

December 20,1968

Hanukah Performance by Bais Yaakov and Torath Emeth Youth: A celebration by a Bais Yaakov School, along with a boys' school ...
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August 31, 1969

August 31, 1969

500 Bais Yaakov Teachers Strike: Strike against Hinukh Atzmo'i by 500 teachers, in protest of the firing of 9 teachers ...
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