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December 7, 2009 | by

Yahrtzeit of Sara Schneirer (1890-1935), pioneering founder of the "Bais Yaakov" girls schools. In Europe during the early 20th century, the lack of a formalized education system for girls was placing Jewish girls at risk of assimilation. Schneirer was a seamstress in Krakow, Poland, who started a school, to convey the beauty and wisdom of traditional Judaism, with emphasis on character development. She wrote: "People are such perfectionists when it comes to clothing their bodies. Are they so particular with the needs of their soul?" Schneirer trained other women to set up similar schools, and today Bais Yaakov is a worldwide network of hundreds of high schools. Sara Schneirer was not blessed with children of her own, yet it has been said that she influenced 20th century Jewry, more than any other individual.

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