Bais Yaʿakov
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Bais Yaʿakov (also Beys Yaʿakov, Beys Yankev, or Bet Yaʿakov) is the name of a network of Orthodox girls' schools that functioned in the interwar years in Eastern Central Europe. The Bais Yaʿakov schools, which were under the patronage of Agudat Yisra'el, a political association of Orthodox Jews, institutionalized the religious education of girls. They can be seen as a reaction of the Orthodox community against the modernization of society in Eastern Central Europe, especially Poland.

The first Bais Yaʿakov school was founded in November 1917 on the initiative of the p…

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Agnieszka Oleszak, London, “Bais Yaʿakov”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 23 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0070>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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