Henriette Frank was born in Chicago to Michael and Sarah Spiegel Greenebaum. She was educated in Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany. She married Henry L. Frank in 1873. Frank became a member of the Chicago Woman's Club in 1877 and served as its president in 1884–1885. She was also active in the Chicago branch of the Council of Jewish Women.44
Like Ray Frank, Henriette Frank gave a paper at the Jewish Women's Congress. The excerpt given below is from her paper, "Jewish Women of Modern Days." Frank read the story of Eve as a wisdom tale. She removed sin from the story. Her reading of the Genesis text presented women very positively.
From Henriette45 G. Frank, "Jewish Women of Modern Days," in Papers
of the Jewish Women's Congress (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication
Society of America, 1894), 43.
The woman of our day, like Eve, the All-Mother, stretches out her hand for the fruit of the tree of knowledge that she may know good from evil; though she lose the paradise of ignorance, she may gain the field of honest endeavor. The serpent appears to her not as Satan, the tempter, but rather as the companion of Minerva, the symbol of wisdom and of eternity.46 If Adam had eaten more freely of the fruit tendered him by Eve, his descendants might have become too wise to deny to women capabilities equal to men's. Would Adam have given Eve of the fruit, had he been the first to taste of it? Adam now permits Eve to enjoy the fruit, while he digs about the roots of the tree, until he lands at the antipodes in his effort to reach final causes.
44 Source: Obituary in Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society 29 (1925),
45 In Papers of the Jewish Woman's Congress, Franks's name is listed as Henrietta G. Frank.
Her biographical material spells it as Henriette.
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Publication information: Book title: Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis. Contributors: Marion Ann Taylor - Editor, Heather E. Weir - Editor. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 92.
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