Rebecca Fischel Goldstein
Both as a rabbi’s wife and as a leader in her own right, Rebecca Fischel Goldstein strove to make women a significant force in Orthodox Judaism. Goldstein graduated Barnard in 1912 and continued her studies at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, marrying Herbert Goldstein in 1915. For their wedding, they chose to show their dedication to Jewish learning by translating and publishing Praise to the Righteous, written in 1743 by Moses Hayyim Luzzatto. Goldstein supported her husband’s founding of the Institutional Synagogue in 1917 by creating a sisterhood, Daughters of the Institutional Synagogue. She also served as the first president of the Women’s Branch of the Orthodox Union, where she established the Collegiate Branch to teach Torah to college students. She was vice chair of the Women’s Committee of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, and raised $250,000 to build their first dormitories in 1927. A firm believer in the importance of early religious education, she also helped found the Hebrew Teacher’s Training School for Girls, and continued her work for Jewish education and community-building until her death in 1961.
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