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Remembering Salaman

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-24

Nina Salaman exhibition

Nina Salaman exhibition

To mark the 130th birthday of noted Jewish women's campaigner and educationalist Nina Salaman, the Jewish Museum in Camden, north west London has added a portrait of the legendary woman painted by Solomon J Solomon.

At a special event at the Jewish Museum to mark the arrival of her portrait, which was painted in 1918, many of Salaman's ancestors including grandchildren and great grandchildren turned out.

Born Nina Davis in Derby, Salaman was actively involved in the Jewish League for Woman Suffrage and campaigned for better rights of women including getting education within the synagogue and the community.

In 1919, she was the only woman who preached in an orthodox synagogue by speaking of the weekly Torah portion at Cambridge Hebrew Congregation.

Salaman died aged 48 in 1925 but crammed much into her life. Many of her poems and English translations from Hebrew appear in the Routledge festival prayer books.

Jewish Museum curator Jennifer Marin commented that Salaman was an "important icon for all Jewish women" and that the portrait would have a special place at the new Jewish Museum when it reopens in 2009.

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