This page has the educational establishments founded, and run, by the Calcutta Jews.
The Jewish Girls' School: 'The education of Jewish girls paralleled the development of girls’ education in Calcutta. Members of the Jewish community who were concerned about proselytization of their children who were attending mission schools opened the Jewish Girls’ School (JGS) in 1881. The first school was located on Pollock Street, then moved again to 8, Pollock Street when a new three storey building was constructed especially for it under the direction of E M D Cohen. In the 1950’s it shifted to its current premises on 62, Park Street. In the early twentieth century the JGS had a decidedly informal and Baghdadi character. The students did not wear uniforms – the wealthier girls wore expensive dresses and the poorer wore plain skirts and blouses to school. Teachers taught from comfortable armchairs and the school was described as having a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. When England-trained Miss Ramah Luddy became the principal in 1929, she enforced greater discipline. The armchairs were replaced by armless chairs and uniforms, physical education and gym were introduced, the latter being made mandatory.'
Read more about the girls' school in the attached essays below, and in the following published article in The Telegraph, 2016 by Jael Silliman: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150922/jsp/opinion/story_43757.jsp#.V3TxG5N96u4
A video on The Jewish Girls' School can be found in the Film Gallery on this website.
The Elias Meyer Free School and Talmud Torah: 'The mission of the school was to provide education to the community and to impart the principles of Jewish thought and practice. Jewish boys were to be educated in the Arts, but their religious heritage was to be nourished too.
As community prayers were held each evening, it was mandatory for the boys to attend synagogue each day. Some prayers, namely Selichot, a Penitence Prayer that was said thirty days before Yom Kippur, was sometimes held as early as 3:30 am in the morning. There was a standing joke that said: “God made birds to get up before man, but he made Jews to get up before the birds!”' Find Elisha Twena, old boy and current secretary's full article as attached.
Flower Silliman says about the Elias Meyer Free School and Talmud Torah, 'Under the able leadership of Elias Meyer who served as President and Mr. Arakie as principal, the school grew considerably. By 1919 the grounds were rented on a ten-year lease and finally a three storey building was constructed which houses the school to this day. When Elias Meyer died in London in 1925, his widow created a Trust Fund of Rs 576,500 and the school was named the Elias Meyer Boy’s School and Talmud Torah.' Her complete article can be found on the page.
Aaron Harazi and Cyril Cohen speak of their schooling in Calcutta in the 30’s and forties in "School Days"; and Flower Silliman, a student in the thirties, Abeda Razeq, a student and current teacher, as well as a current student speak about their experience at the school in "The Jewish Girls School Then and Now": both to be found in the Film Gallery under Exhibits, at http://www.jewishcalcutta.in/exhibits/show/film_gal/films_gal_ex