Even at the age of nine, little Golda Meir was known for being a leader. As the president of the American Young Sisters Society, she organizes her friends to raise money to buy textbooks for immigrant classmates. A glimpse at the early life of Israel’s first female prime minister, who was born in Russia and grew up in Milwaukee, this story is based on a true episode in the early life of Golda Meir.
About the Author
Barbara Krasner publishes the popular blog, The Whole Megillah: The Writer's Resource for Jewish-Themed Story. She is the author of many articles, short stories, poems, and books. She lives in New Jersey and teaches in the English and History departments of New Jersey colleges and universities.
Kelsey Garrity-Riley grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the United States. She received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and continues to live in Savannah with her husband.
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Goldie Takes a Stand!
Golda Meir's First Crusade
By Barbara Krasner, Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Kar-Ben PublishingCopyright © 2014 Barbara Krasner
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"Will the meeting please come to order?" I announced to the girls crowded into our two-room Walnut Street apartment.
It was the first meeting of the American Young Sisters Society, a group of Jewish immigrants from Russia. I, Goldie Mabowehz, naturally appointed my self president.
In the room was my little sister Clara, my best friend Regina, my neighbor Belle and her sister Frieda, my classmate Lillian, and others.
I had called the meeting to discuss textbooks.
"The kids in our school don't have enough money to buy them," I explained. "They need our help."
"Have you seen Hymie's book?" asked Regina. "He say she's the third person in his family to use it. It's missing half its pages."
"Jennie keeps peeking over my shoulder to see my book," Frieda said. "I wish she'd get her own."
"How much money do we have to raise?" asked Belle.
"Three cents a week," I said, "from each of us." As the best math student in the whole fourth grade, naturally it was up to me to figure this out.
Lillian groaned. "Goldie, that's too much. A loaf of bread costs three cents."
"So does a quart of milk," added Sarah.
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