Thursday 9 March 2017


SORE-LEYE LIBERT (1892-January 28, 1955)
            She was born in Kutne (Kutno), Poland.  At age ten she moved to the United States.  She later graduated from Hunter College as a teacher and received an M.A. degree from Columbia University.  She was the first female teacher in the Jewish schools in New York.  With the founding of the Sholem-Aleykhem Folk Institute, she provided for its kindergartens and chair of its women’s organization.  She was a member of the executive of the Jewish teachers’ seminary and the People’s University in New York, and she was active in creating scholarships for students at the seminary.  She helped organize Jewish schools among the Jewish farmers in the states of New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.  She published stories and dramatizations in Kinder-zhurnal (Children’s magazine) and Kinder-tsaytung (Children’s newspaper)—in New York.  She also placed work in Tog (Day)—among other items, a series of articles entitled “Froyen in der velt literatur” (Women in world literature).  In book form, she published: Vort un bild (Word and image), illustrated by Note Kozlovski (New York: Matones, 1933), 78 pp.; Mirele un ire fraynt, un andere mayses (Mirele and her friends, and other stories), a textbook for very young children (New York, 1952), 79 pp.; Stories from Hebrew Scripture: A Collection of Biblical and Talmudic Tales (New York: Bloch Publishing Company, 1929), 68 pp., with maps and illustrations.  In her last years she was employed as an overseer in the Welfare Department in New York.  She died in New York.

Sources: Tsukunft (New York) (October 1952; March 1955); Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (January 31, 1955); Kinder-zhurnal (New York) (February 1955).

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