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Judith BerlinLieberman

As dean of the Shulamith School for Girls, Judith Berlin Lieberman emphasized the importance of Jewish girls getting the same rigorous education in Judaic studies as boys did. The daughter of the head of the world Mizrachi Organization, Rabbi Meier Berlin, Lieberman grew up with a deep love of Jewish learning. She spent WWI with her grandmother in Lithuania and Belarus before reuniting with her family in New York. She earned a BA from Hunter College and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Zurich before travelling with her husband, Saul Lieberman, to Palestine, where they lived from 1932–1940. There she taught history and literature at the Mizrachi Teachers Training School for Girls and created daycare for working women. After returning to New York, Saul taught Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary while Judith became principal and then dean of Shulamith, one of the first yeshivot for girls. Her pupils included Rivka Haut, who helped found Women of the Wall. Lieberman also wrote a book on Robert Browning’s Hebraic influences and a chapter for Thirteen Americans: Their Spiritual Autobiographies.

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