Conference: Bais Yaakov in Historical and Transnational Perspective

When and Where

Monday, March 20, 2023 10:00 am to Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:00 pm
Department for the Study of Religion


(Registration is closed.)

Organizer: Naomi Seidman

Chancellor Jackman Professor of the Arts in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, Naomi Seidman was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her book Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement: A Tradition in the Name of Revolution (Littman, 2019) won a National Jewish Book Award. 

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Monday, March 20: Bais Yaakov in Historical Perspective

9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks
10:30-12:00 Session One: Bais Yaakov Contexts 
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00- 2:30 Session Two: The Changing Cultures of Bais Yaakov (part one)
2:30-3:30 Session Three (special session): Digital Humanities and the Study of Bais Yaakov
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-5:30 Session Four: The Changing Cultures of Bais Yaakov (part two)
5:45-6:30 The Music of Interwar Bais Yaakov: A Concert


Tuesday, March 21: Bais Yaakov as a Transnational Phenomenon

9:30-10:30 Session Five: Bais Yaakov and the Agudah
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Session Six: Bais Yaakov in Transnational Perspective
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30- 3:00 Session Seven: Bais Yaakov, Religion, Culture
3:00-4:30 Session Eight: "Bais Yaakov: The State of the Field"
4:45-6:00 Exhibition of Bais Yaakov-related resources from the Birnbaum Family Archive, the Fischer Library Rare Book Room