Dr. Maya Rosenberg was born in 1904 in Romania and died in 1970 in Israel. She immigrated to Palestine in 1911 and studied at the Reali School in Haifa. Around 1927, Maya moved to Vienna in order to study philosophy and education, returning to Palestine around 1929 to establish social institutions for Jewish children from Eastern Europe. In 1932, Maya established a vocational school for Yemenite girls in Rehovot, which was influenced by Jessy Sampter. The institution, which included a daycare nursery, kindergarten, elementary school, trade school and farm, gave academic and vocational training to 225 girls from the poor Yemenite community. This institution became part of the Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) in the 1940s. Dr. Rosenberg was especially interested in the welfare of Jews from Arab countries, and the school aimed to help the pupils and their families attain higher standards of living by providing an education that would produce skilled workers in agriculture and that would enable students to engage in native Yemenite arts and crafts, such as embroidery, weaving, basketry and jewelry making.
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