Henrietta Szold on Saying Kaddish


Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah, defied Jewish tradition and asserted her right to say kaddish. This lesson plan explores a letter written by Henrietta Szold regarding her declination to a male family friend to say kaddish for her mother on her behalf, and the assertion she'll say it herself.

Lessons available for youth, family/congregational education, and adults.

Includes essays, documents, teacher resources, and three complete lesson plans:

  • For youth: Mourner's Kaddish: Honoring the Dead and Comforting Mourners
  • For family/congregational education: From Generation to Generation: Honoring Family Memory
  • For adults: Confronting Tradition & Honoring Memories: Three Jewish Women in Mourning



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