Question about education for Jews in the late 1800s #general

Martha Forsyth

Possibly a dumb question: my paternal grandfather came >from essentially Gomel,
b. around 1875. The family story sometimes says that he was "studying to be a
rabbi" - a friend asked me the other day what the educational opportunities
**were** for Jews at that time and place? Was there secular education? or was
"studying" essential religious?

Thanks -
Martha Schecter Forsyth, Boston, MA

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