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Elsie Chomsky: A Life in Jewish Education

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Publication Date: February 1999

Publisher(s): Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Author(s): Harriet Feinberg

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Education personnel and population)

Keywords: Leadership; Generational issues; Jewish Education; Educators

Type: Other

Coverage: Pennsylvania


The author explores the life of Elsie Chomsky, a major figure for decades in Jewish education in Philadelphia and mother of Noam Chomsky, an internationally known scholar and public intellectual. She recounts Chomsky's childhood, educational history, teaching accomplishments, and family life. She contrasts Chomsky's ardent Hebrew nationalism and Zionism with her son's anti-Israel stance.