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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Selma Berrol

Selma Berrol taught at Baruch College for twenty-seven years, serving many years as chair of the department and assistant dean of liberal arts, before becoming professor emerita in 1995. A graduate of Hunter College (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.), and the City University of New York (Ph.D.), Berrol is the author of Immigrants at School: New York, 1898–1914, East Side/East End: Easter European Jews in London and New York, and Growing Up American: Immigrant Children in the United States.

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Julia Richman

A polarizing and important social reformer, Julia Richman sought to better manage the massive influx of immigrants in New York by Americanizing the new arrivals as quickly as possible, particularly through intense training in English. An educator who eventually became district superintendent of the Lower East Side schools in 1903, she created playgrounds, improved school lunches, and enforced health examinations for students.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Selma Berrol." (Viewed on December 9, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/berrol-selma>.


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