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Copyright © Diana Mara Henry

This Week in History

This Week in History offers a unique calendar of American Jewish experience—connecting specific dates throughout the year to an array of compelling historic events related to American Jewish women.

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First female cantor leads Rosh Hashanah services

September 15, 1955

Betty Robbins, the world's first female cantor, led Rosh Hashanah evening services at Temple Avodah of Oceanside, New York.

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"Crossing Delancey" released

September 16, 1988

Joan Micklin Silver's "Crossing Delancey," the story of love between a professional Upper East Side woman and a pickle seller from the Lower East Side, was released in theaters.

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B'nai B'rith Women denounces B'nai B'rith International

September 17, 1984

B'nai B'rith Women denounced a B'nai B'rith International resolution to begin admitting women to the previously all-male organization.

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Death of writer Amy K. Blank

September 17, 1990

Amy Blank's poetry expressed the gentleness, insight, and devotion for which she was known.

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Birth of dance scholar Selma Jeanne Cohen

September 18, 1920

Selma Jeanne Cohen, who sought to make dance scholarship a respected academic discipline, was born.

Julie Rosewald

Julie Rosewald becomes the first woman to lead services in an American synagogue

September 20, 1884

Julie Rosewald became the first woman known to have led services at an American synagogue when she led the music, chanted portions of the worship normally reserved for a cantor, and directed the choir at San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El following the death of the congregation's cantor.

Jewish Women Watching declare "Sexism is a sin"

September 21, 2001

Jewish Women Watching published an advertisement in the "New York Times," asking Jewish women to hold their community accountable for sexism.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: September 15 – September 21." (Viewed on September 18, 2014) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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