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Toni Bentley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001

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Salvation

Salvation

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(p.161) Chapter Seventeen Salvation
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Sisters of Salome
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Toni Bentley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090390.003.0018

This chapter describes how Ida Rubenstein turned to religion in her later years. As Ida entered her sixth decade, the comfort and stability of a less tangible faith gradually supplanted her need for theatrical display, and she devoted the last third of her life to God's work. In September 1936, she set off in her chauffeured motorcar to the Dominican Convent of Saulchoir in Tournai, where she was received into the Roman Catholic Church. Ida converted not from the Judaism of her birth, but from the Russian Orthodoxy of her youth. She became a tertiary sister of the order, and, despite her rich trappings, her allegiance to Catholicism was real.

Keywords:   Ida Rubenstein, theatrical display, Saulchoir, Roman Catholic

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