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Gerry Faier

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LGBT activist Gerry Faier (1908-2011).

Photograph by Penny Coleman.

Courtesy of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

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LGBT activist Gerry Faier (1908-2011).

Photograph by Penny Coleman.

Courtesy of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

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Remembering Netiva Ben-Yehuda

Many years ago I was sitting in a kibbutz dining hall in the north of Israel. One of the older members, a woman, was reminiscing about the equality of the sexes that supposedly existed when the kibbutz was founded.

Vivian Finkel, 1921 - 2009

I recently learned that Vivian Finkel died last June. She wasn't a great stateswoman, famous entertainer or business mogul. She did, however, help shape the lives of countless Jewish children in Manhattan over the course of more than fifty years. And that counts for a lot, at least in my book.

Judy Frankel, 1942 - 2008

Like so many other people in the Jewish music world and beyond, I was astonished, before disbelief gave way to sadness, to read a brief note in a Ladino discussion group about the death of Judy Frankel on March 20, 2008 at age 65. She left no immediate family, but many friends who had become her family over the years. A gentle, gracious and discreet person, she had, I learned a little later, not told many people besides her close friends about her illness, cancer.

The Students of the United Hebrew Free Schools of Detroit, Michigan, circa 1930s

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The Hebrew Free School Association was established in New York City in 1865 with the opening of a day school teaching general and Jewish subjects on New York City's Lower East Side. After arguments were made against "separate education" for Jewish immigrant children, additional free schools in New York and elsewhere were established as supplementary programs for public school students. This picture shows students of the United Hebrew Free Schools of Detroit, Michigan, posing for a portrait with musical instruments and their visitor, Yiddish poet, playwright, composer, and folk singer Solomon Shmulewitz-Small (1868-1943), during the 1930s.

Institution: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Territorial Photographic Collection.

The Hebrew Free School Association was established in New York City in 1865 with the opening of a day school teaching general and Jewish subjects on New York City's Lower East Side. After arguments were made against "separate education" for Jewish immigrant children, additional free schools in New York and elsewhere were established as supplementary programs for public school students. This picture shows students of the United Hebrew Free Schools of Detroit, Michigan, posing for a portrait with musical instruments and their visitor, Yiddish poet, playwright, composer, and folk singer Solomon Shmulewitz-Small (1868-1943), during the 1930s.

Institution: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Territorial Photographic Collection.

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"The Teachers' and Parents' Assistant: Thirteen Lessons Conveying to Uninformed Minds the First Ideas of God and His Attributes" by An American Jewess, 1845

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The Teachers' and Parents' Assistant: Thirteen Lessons Conveying to Uninformed Minds the First Ideas of God and His Attributes, by An American Jewess, Philadelphia: C. Sherman, Printer. 5605 (The equivalent secular year is 1845). Written by an anonymous "American Jewess," most likely a young instructor at Rebecca Gratz's Hebrew Sunday School, The Assistant was intended to aid Jewish mothers and teachers in conveying the concept of God to their children.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

The Teachers' and Parents' Assistant: Thirteen Lessons Conveying to Uninformed Minds the First Ideas of God and His Attributes, by An American Jewess, Philadelphia: C. Sherman, Printer. 5605 (The equivalent secular year is 1845). Written by an anonymous "American Jewess," most likely a young instructor at Rebecca Gratz's Hebrew Sunday School, The Assistant was intended to aid Jewish mothers and teachers in conveying the concept of God to their children.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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Anna Sherman

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One of the unsung heroes of the Hebraist movement in the United States, Anna Sherman taught Hebrew—and used language instruction to inculcate Jewish identity—at the extension schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary Teachers Institute.

Courtesy of the Sherman family

One of the unsung heroes of the Hebraist movement in the United States, Anna Sherman taught Hebrew—and used language instruction to inculcate Jewish identity—at the extension schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary Teachers Institute.

Courtesy of the Sherman family

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Havvah Shapiro

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Havvah Shapiro entered the "Garden of Eden"—the world of Hebrew learning and literature—under the tutelage of her parents and went on to become a prolific female Hebraist, with over fifty published articles to her credit.

Institution: Jewish Public Library Archives, Montreal

Havvah Shapiro entered the "Garden of Eden"—the world of Hebrew learning and literature—under the tutelage of her parents and went on to become a prolific female Hebraist, with over fifty published articles to her credit.

Institution: Jewish Public Library Archives, Montreal

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Herzlia Hebrew Gymnasia Graduating Class, Jaffa, 1913

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Yehuda Leib and Fania Metman-Cohen arrived in Palestine in 1904, during the Second Aliyah period. Two years later they established the Herzlia Hebrew Gymnasia in Jaffa, the first Hebrew secondary school in Palestine. Pictured here in 1913 is the first graduating class. Among those shown are (1)Yehuda Leib Metman-Cohen, Principal; (2) his wife Fania Metman-Cohen; (3) Dov Hos; (4) Moshe Shertok (Sharett); (5) Eliyahu Golomb; (6) Rivka Shertok, sister of Moshe; (7) Zilla Feinberg, sister of Avshalom; (8) Moshe Menuhin, father of Hephzibah, Yehudi and Yalta.

Courtesy of Tamar Eshel

Yehuda Leib and Fania Metman-Cohen arrived in Palestine in 1904, during the Second Aliyah period. Two years later they established the Herzlia Hebrew Gymnasia in Jaffa, the first Hebrew secondary school in Palestine. Pictured here in 1913 is the first graduating class. Among those shown are (1)Yehuda Leib Metman-Cohen, Principal; (2) his wife Fania Metman-Cohen; (3) Dov Hos; (4) Moshe Shertok (Sharett); (5) Eliyahu Golomb; (6) Rivka Shertok, sister of Moshe; (7) Zilla Feinberg, sister of Avshalom; (8) Moshe Menuhin, father of Hephzibah, Yehudi and Yalta.

Courtesy of Tamar Eshel

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The Herzlia Hebrew Gymnasia Students, Ein Gedi, 1912

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Under the leadership of Fania Metman-Cohen, the Herzlia Hebrew Gymnasia was the first educational institution in Palestine to promote gender equality in education, during the Second Aliyah period. Pictured here are students of the Gymnasia on a hike through Ein Gedi, April, 1912.

Courtesy of Tamar Eshel

Under the leadership of Fania Metman-Cohen, the Herzlia Hebrew Gymnasia was the first educational institution in Palestine to promote gender equality in education, during the Second Aliyah period. Pictured here are students of the Gymnasia on a hike through Ein Gedi, April, 1912.

Courtesy of Tamar Eshel

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