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The lessons were open to students even if they did not intend to participate in a confirmation ceremony. The notions expressed by the Viennese lay leadership in these documents demonstrate a shift in Jewish practice and identity. They aimed to create a feeling of community in Jewish girls, which would be carried over into their future homes. An exchange on the subject of girls’ confirmations in the Viennese Jewish newspaper, Die Wahrheit, in 1913 suggests that the debate continued. 81 He acknowledged that even the well-known historian Heinrich Graetz wrote disapprovingly of the confirmation of girls, claiming it made no sense in Judaism.
That all confessions were equal . . 57 After their parents’ death in 1896, the sisters lived together, studied on their own, and attended lectures at the University. When a new ordinance of the Ministry of Public Worship and Education allowed for women to take the matriculation exam at certain boys’ Gymnasien in 1896, Elise Richter prepared independently and made an application for the Matura, which she passed in 1897. indb 26 » Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle Vienna 6/20/08 7:31:49 AM tive Jewish identity in children.
41 She attributed her career successes in later life to her assimilation in the environment of the Beamtentöchter-Lyzeum. “That I have so strongly acquired this calm simple Aryan character that it not only remained a superficiality but became a matter of course, helped me very essentially later in life, in my career and in the workers’ movement in getting along with people . ” 42 The intense discipline of her school, her resulting activities to counter it, and her social interactions exposed her to experiences she craved, such as community, solidarity, actions, protests, and social acceptance.
A Primer on the American Jewish Community 3rd Ed. by Jerome A. Chanes.