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Gladys Rosen

Gladys Rosen created resources for educators and the wider community that changed how people approached Jewish history and culture. Rosen earned a PhD in Semitic languages and literature from Columbia University in 1948 and taught Hebrew and Judaic studies at Brooklyn College before becoming an executive associate at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s American Jewish History Center. She then became program specialist for the American Jewish Committee, where she published Guidelines to Jewish History and Social Studies Instructional Materials, which offered summaries of Jewish history and bibliographies of resources for teaching Judaic studies in secondary school. In 1975, she also created a booklet of suggestions for ways to celebrate Jewish contributions to American history and culture for the country’s bicentennial, and went on to coedit a number of books on Jewish culture and history with Steven Bayme. She served as assistant director for the Academy for Jewish Studies Without Walls and the Jewish Studies Summer Seminar series and interviewed guests on the nationally syndicated radio program, Jewish Viewpoint.

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Researcher and historian in Judaic studies, Gladys Rosen used her knowledge and experience to broaden the appeal and approach of Jewish history. She helped bring the study of Jewish history into American high schools and has also influenced the field of continuing education in Jewish studies.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

Date of Birth
August 15, 1924
Place of Birth
Queens, New York

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Gladys Rosen." (Viewed on October 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/rosen-gladys>.

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