Document Title: Professionalization course in Rabka
Document Date: 1928
Summary: The professionalization course in Rabka, 1928. Photographed by Janina. This widely-circulated photo first appeared, with captions that allow the identifications of these figures, in the Bais Yaakov Journal 46 (1929), 16.
Geographic Location: Rabka
Document Location: Ghetto Fighters House Archive, Item #29872.
The professionalization course in Rabka, 1928. Photographed by Janina. Courtesy of The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum Photo Archive, Israel. Tsila Neugroschel (Orlean, Sorotzkin), who was a student that year, is teaching at the left. Three teachers are seated on the grass in the front row: In front of the chair, with a white collar, is Lotka Szczarańska. Judith Grunfeld-Rosenbaum is fourth from the right in the first row, also with a white collar. Standing on the far right is Linke Schreiber from Vienna. This widely-circulated photo first appeared, with captions that allow the identifications of these figures, in the Bais Yaakov Journal 46 (1929), 16. The accompanying story describes Rabka as the most beautiful and popular spa and resort town in Poland, with healing mineral springs, fresh mountain breezes, magnificent vistas, thick woods with hiking trails, promenades, carriage rides, and a park in which a military orchestra held concerts twice a day. Jews were prominent in the town’s tourism industry, and the town had a synagogue and mikva. Bais Yaakov occupied two large buildings just outside town, on a wooded mountaintop. See Eliezer Gershon Friedenson, ‘Pictures and Notes from My Visit to Rabka’ (Yid.), Bais Yaakov Journal, 46 (1929), 16-17.