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Mathilde Schechter

Mathilde Roth Schechter was both an essential support for her husband’s work as president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a force in her own right as founder of the Women’s League. Schechter studied at the Breslau Teacher’s Seminary before travelling to study at Queens College in London, where she met and married Solomon Schechter in 1887. Throughout his career, she raised their children, hosted students and scholars, and edited the work of Jewish scholars. When he became president of the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1902, she established a vocational school for Jewish girls, organized a society for traditional Jewish music and published a hymnbook called Kol Rina. She also established the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, stressing the importance of making it independent of the male-dominated United Synagogue. Through the Women’s League, she also established a student house at Columbia University as a center for Jewish students and a place for Jewish soldiers and sailors to stay while on leave. The student house became a precursor of the modern university Hillel.

Mathilde Schechter
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Mathilde Schechter.
Courtesy of CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism.
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Guttentag, Silesia
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