Valerie S. Thaler

Valerie S. Thaler is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Judaic studies program at Yale University, where she concentrates on twentieth-century American Jewish history. Her dissertation is entitled The Reshaping of American Jewish Identity, 1945–1960. She holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies and Jewish Communal Service/Education from Brandeis University, and a B.A. in American Studies from Yale. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Thaler worked in educational programming in the Department of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

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Frances Horwich

Frances Rappaport Horwich was born on July 16, 1908 in Ottawa, Ohio, and was the daughter of Samuel (b. c. 1868) and Rosa (Gratz, b. c. 1869) Rappaport. Samuel immigrated to the United States in 1884 from Austria and Rosa in 1885 from Russia. They had five children: Henry (b. c. 1895), Mary B. (b. c. 1898), Maggie F. (b. c. 1903), Joseph N. (b. c. 1905), and Frances (b. 1908). After completing high school in her hometown, Horwich earned her bachelor’s degree in 1929 from the University of Chicago. She received her M.A. from Teachers’ College at Columbia University in 1933 and her doctorate in education from Northwestern University in 1942.

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