This page features a collection of as many documents as we can find relating to the Bais Yaakov movement. Documents will be added as we continue to search archives and databases, and as our readers provide us with documents in personal collections. 

Access individual copies of the Bais Yaakov Journal, a usually-monthly publication that appeared from 1923 to 1939, here.

We hope to begin transcribing and translating documents as well. To maximize the educational value of the documents, our blog will showcase selected documents, examining the contents and analyzing the information we can glean from each one.

The items below come from various archives who have generously allowed us to host them on our site.
Please do not reuse these documents without permission of the respective archives.

If you have any documents that you think would be useful for this project, please contact us.

Letter from Rabbi Leo Jung to Cyrus Adler, list of Bais Yaakov schools

Letter from Rabbi Leo Jung to Cyrus Adler, list of Bais Yaakov schools

Letter from Rabbi Leo Jung to Cyrus Adler of JDC which includes a list of BY Schools with years they were founded, teachers, and address of the school committee, and budget for 1925 ...
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School Report 1926-1927

School Report 1926-1927

A German report from the Bais Yaakov Central Office, signed by Dr. Leo Deutschländer, listing 85 schools, teachers, and years of founding for 1926-27 ...
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Report Card of Yocheved Halpern

Report Card of Yocheved Halpern

This report card, showing the grades of Yocheved Halpern (unsigned by her parents), was issued by the Bais Yaakov in Rzeszów in 1935, and was brought to the United States along with the Halpern family in 1939. It is reproduced here by permission of her son Joel Rosenfeld, of Boro ...
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Letter from Cyrus Adler to Rabbi Tobias (Tuvia) Horowitz

Letter from Cyrus Adler to Rabbi Tobias (Tuvia) Horowitz

Adler resists introducing Rabbi Tobias (Tuvia) Horowitz to Louis Marshall, telling him that Marshall knows about Bais Yaakov, and that Bais Yaakov interests are sufficiently represented in the JDC leadership by Rabbi Leo Jung ...
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Postcard From the Rabka Summer Colony Home

Postcard From the Rabka Summer Colony Home

A postcard sent from the Bais Yaakov vacation home in Rabka, the Tatra mountains, 1928. Courtesy of the Joint Distribution Committee Photograph Archive, NY_01585. The back of the postcard has a printed German message that reads: ‘The fourth professionalization course of Bais Yaakov began at the end of June and ...
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Bais Yaakov Report to the Joint Distribution Committee, 1928

Bais Yaakov Report to the Joint Distribution Committee, 1928

An unsigned report from the Bais Yaakov (probably by Rabbi Leo Jung) describing the ongoing fundraising for the Kraków seminary, the summer teacher training programs, and the 15 new schools opened that year ...
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Receipt, signed by Sarah Schenirer

Receipt, signed by Sarah Schenirer

Financial certificate, detailing funds acquired through Dr. Leo Deutschländer. Signed by Sarah Schenirer and Rabbi Asher Spira, for the Teachers Seminary Building Committee ...
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Statutes and Regulations of Bais Yaakov schools

Statutes and Regulations of Bais Yaakov schools

A seven-page pamphlet detailing rules for Bais Yaakovs and school committees as well as curriculum ...
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Seminary Diploma of Devorah Epelgrad

Seminary Diploma of Devorah Epelgrad

Diploma of Devorah Epelgrad. Translation of the Hebrew: The Teachers’ Seminary in association with the Bais Yaakov Central Office (the Mercaz) in Kraków. Diploma. The student: Devorah Epelgrad, from the city of Slonim, studied in our seminary for the two-year program from Teves 3, 1933, to Teves 15, 1935 [January ...
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The Religious Renaissance of Jewish Woman: Sarah Schenirer – The Individual and Her Work, by Hilel Seidman (in Polish)

The Religious Renaissance of Jewish Woman: Sarah Schenirer – The Individual and Her Work, by Hilel Seidman (in Polish)

After Sarah Schenirer's 1935 death, the administration of the school called for a biography to be written. Although this book is not identified as this biography, it appeared the next year. It recounts the story of Schenirer's life and the history of the movement, and lists the major faculty and ...
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