Deep Meaningful Conversations

In this DMC, we’re talking with Dr. Leslie Leslie Ginsparg Klein about the history of the Bais Yaakov Movement, the lessons and legacy of Sarah Schenirer, and about girls education today. Dr. Klein is the Academic Dean of Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary & College in Baltimore. She speaks on Jewish history, Tanach, leadership and communication skills across the United States and internationally. Leslie received her Ph.D. from New York University, where she researched the history of Orthodox girls’ education in America and the Bais Yaakov movement, so she has a lot of insights to share with us on this topic.

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:
  • Leslie’s background and influences in her life which formed her passion for women’s education
  • How Leslie decided to pursue a PhD on a religious topic in a secular institution
  • Her favorite takeaways in her study of the Bais Yaakov movement
  • Sarah Schenirer’s leadership legacy for us all
  • The successes in today’s girls’ education that are in line with Sarah Shenirer’s legacy; what still needs improvement

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Show Notes:
Dr. Klein’s website:


Lesle’s book recommendations:
-Sarah Builds a School by Ann Koffsky and Leslie Ginspurg-Klein 
-The Rebellion of the Daughters by Rachel Manekin
-Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America by Melissa Klapper
-Reading Jewish Women by Iris Parush
- Any of the books by Eliana Adler
-Carry Me In Your Heart by Pearl Benisch

What is Deep Meaningful Conversations?

Join Alex Fleksher and Rivki Silver as they explore the topics that impact the lives of frum women through conversations that include candid personal examples, interviews with normal frum women, input from experts in their field, and practical advice.