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.
The "Jewish Exponent" announced that Henrietta Szold would be moving to Philadelphia from her home in Baltimore to serve as the secretary and first paid employee of the Jewish Publication Society.
Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.
Blanche Wolf Knopf, longtime leader of the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, was born.
The WAVES program, enlisting female volunteers in the U.S. Navy, was established. Miriam Miller was among the first enlistees.
Canadian Bobbie Rosenfeld won an Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter race. The 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, were the first in which women were allowed to compete in track & field events.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a triumphant return to Congress to cast her vote on the debt ceiling, seven months after being shot.
Reconstructionist rabbi Linda Joy Holtzman became the first woman to lead a U.S. Jewish congregation when she was appointed the spiritual leader of the Coatesville, PA, Beth Israel Congregation.
Lillian Copeland won an Olympic gold medal in discus. At the previous Olympics, in 1928, she had won the silver in the same event. Her 1932 toss set a new world record.
Children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, died.
The first issue of the "Saturday Review of Literature," founded and edited by Amy Loveman, appeared.
Noted fashion designer Anne Klein was born.
American Jewish journalist Ruth Gruber arrived in New York harbor with 984 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, which concluded her secret mission to escort the refugees from Italy to America.
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: July 28 – August 3." (Viewed on July 31, 2014) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.