Hebrew School graduate

In 1935 when nearly 16 or thereabouts, Doris graduated from a Hebrew day school she had attended for four years, mentored by an eminent and perhaps scandalous teacher who was in some circles ill-regarded as a person of poor morals; perhaps he was, or perhaps the idea of teaching girls Hebrew itself was scandalous then. At that time and place, and so it had been for centuries, Jewish girls did not commonly attend Hebrew school, and Doris’s white-bearded paternal grandfather Nathan vigorously opposed her attendance. Doris’s clean-shaved father Saul, who on other occasions could be strict and forbidding, sided with Doris and paid the tuition all that time, despite the controversy in the community and the conflict with his own father over the matter. Upon graduation the teacher told Doris there was to be no further communication between them.

Perhaps the teacher was the same Harry Aronson who, shortly before his death in 1986 or thereabouts, then known as Rabbi Iosef Tzvi Aronson wrote “In my grandfather’s family, a truly Jewish Torah education was given not only to sons but to daughters” (download this 3.6 Mbyte image of the English version of an Aronson family memorial plaque) and who was also known for the distinction of instituting an adjustment the Jewish calendar of Talmud education.

I myself cannot read a word of Doris’s Hebrew diploma but hope to post the document online at this site, and hopefully someone will translate.

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