Judith Kaplan Eisenstein with Her Family, circa 1930s

The first American woman to celebrate a Bat Mitzvah, Judith Kaplan Eisenstein (1909 – 1996) later contributed to her culture as a successful composer and musicologist, publishing the first Jewish songbook for children. She is shown here in the early 1930s embarking on a trip with her family.

From left to right: Her sister, Naomi; her mother, Lena; her husband, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein; Judith; her father, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan; and her sisters Selma and Hadassah.

Institution: The Ira and Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Judith Kaplan Eisenstein with Her Family, circa 1930s." (Viewed on April 17, 2024) <http://jwa.org/media/eisenstein-judith-still-image>.