Jewish Women In Latvia


Publication Date: November 1999

Publisher: Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women

Author(s): Ruta Marjasa

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics; Social conditions

Keywords: History; Jewish Continuity; Women

Type: Brief

Coverage: Latvia


According to the 1997 statistics, 14,614 Jews live in Latvia – more than half of them women. The subject of Jewish women in Latvia has never to my knowledge been an object of research. This paper is the first attempt in this direction. It offers a brief look at Jewish history in Latvia. It then focuses on an overview of the Jewish community in Latvia today, its organizations, and challenges, including exploring the reasons for its rapidly decreasing numbers.