Conference Panel at 4PM: "The Changing Cultures of Bais Yaakov" and Concert: "The Music of Interwar Bais Yaakov"

When and Where

Monday, March 20, 2023 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


"Bais Yaakov in Historical and Transnational Perspective"

This conference is co-sponsored by the Department for the Study of Religion.

This conference is the first devoted to Bais Yaakov, the school system founded in 1917 that provides an Orthodox Jewish education for girls throughout the world. Panels will discuss the character of the school system in interwar Poland, its two major centres of Israel and North America, and elsewhere throughout the world. Speakers will address Bais Yaakov during the Holocaust and in its immediate aftermath, analyze its place within Orthodox politics, and discuss the distinctive character of Bais Yaakov culture.

The panel, "The Changing Culture of Bais Yaakov" (4-5:30pm), will focus on the cultural aspects of Bais Yaakov from its beginnings until today, discussing its distinctive performance culture "for girls only", lesiure and travel patterns, and contemporary manifestations of Bais Yaakov in the digital era.

The panel will be followed by a concert of "The Yiddish Music of Interwar Bais Yaakov" (5:45-6:30pm), arranged and performed by Basya Schechter and accompanied by M. Miller and a choir.


Panel: "The Changing Cultures of Bais Yaakov"
Date: Monday, March 20, at 4PM
Location: **JHB100 (170 St. George Street) and online via Zoom (no registration required for this event). 
With Ula Madej-Krupitski (McGill University), Naomi Seidman (University of Toronto), and Leslie Ginsparg Klein (Women's Institute of Torah Seminary & College).
Moderated by Marcin Wodziński (University of Wrocław)
Concert: "The Music of Interwar Bais Yaakov"
Date: Monday, March 20, at 5:45PM
Location: JHB100 (170 St. George Street)
Led by Basya Schechter (Pharaoh's Daughter) with M Miller


This panel and concert will be delivered in-person at JHB100 and virtually via Zoom. To attend virtually, please click THIS LINK on Monday, March 20 at 4 PM. 


170 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5R 2M8