Mathilde Roth Schechter

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Mathilde Roth Schechter (also Matilda; December 16, 1859 – August 27, 1924) was the American founder of the U.S. National Women's League of Conservative Judaism in 1918.[1]

Schechter was born in Breslau, Prussia (now Wrocław, Poland),[2] she was married to Dr. Solomon Schechter, a prominent rabbi who was chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA), they lived in Cambridge, England before immigrating to the United States in 1902.[3]

She founded and taught at the Columbia Religious and Industrial School for Jewish Girls. After assisting Henrietta Szold in creating Hadassah, Schechter later served as its national chairwoman of education; the Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall formerly contained undergraduate housing for students of the JTSA's List College.

She died in Manhattan in 1924.[4]


  1. ^ Skinner Keller, Rosemary; Radford Ruether, Rosemary; Cantlon, Marie (2006). Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America, Volume 2. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 545–549. ISBN 0-253-34688-6.
  2. ^ 1901 England Census
  3. ^ 1910 United States Federal Census
  4. ^ New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948

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