Audrey Abade is the Jewish History Department Chair at Magen David Yeshivah High School. Her research has focused on Sephardic Jewry, particularly the role of women within Syrian and Egyptian Jewish communities. Her study of Egyptian Jewish women and their immigration to the United States was published in, “A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America.” Her lesson focuses on Syrian Jewish Americans during World War II and looks at the process of identity formation through the lens of young first and second generation women.
Victory Bulletin- Syrian Jewish Women During World War II
Explore the role of Syrian Jewish women in Brooklyn during World War II and consider the ways in which their voices, and other marginalized voices, enrich the historical narrative and empower those whose voices are still not heard.
- As immigrant communities develop communal identities they confront competing forces- a desire to Americanize and a desire to maintain a separate communal identity
- Women, and other marginalized groups, are often left out of historical/communal narratives
- Expanding the narrative to include marginalized voices enriches communal histories and empowers those whose voices are not often heard
- The unique response of the Syrian Jewish Community of Brooklyn to World War II was a product of their desire to be patriotic American citizens and their insistence on maintaining a separate communal identity
- In the Victory Bulletin, a monthly newsletter published by the Girls Junior League, a club for young Syrian Jewish women aged sixteen to twenty-five, the editors were consciously pushing boundaries while maintaining their loyalty to their community and their country
- Why did the Girl’s Junior League publish the Victory Bulletin? What was their goal?
- Were they successful? Why or why not?
- What is unique about the Syrian Jewish response to World War II? What drove their response?
- How did the Girls Junior League contribute to the creation of a communal identity for the Syrian Jewish community of Brooklyn?
- Why does the Girls Junior League dedicate so much attention to the fight against the creation of Parochial School and the fight to build a community center? How do these debates relate to War Effort?
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Audrey Abade." (Viewed on December 2, 2020) <https://jwa.org/twersky/abade-audrey>.