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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.

Henrietta Szold

Henrietta Szold helps to create American Jewish culture

July 28, 1893

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.

Broadcast of Deborah Kaufman's "Blacks and Jews"

July 29, 1997

Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.

Birth of publisher Blanche Wolf Knopf

July 30, 1894

Blanche Wolf Knopf, longtime leader of the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, was born.

Miriam Miller joins the WAVES

July 30, 1942

The WAVES program, enlisting female volunteers in the U.S. Navy, was established. Miriam Miller was among the first enlistees.

Rosenfeld, Fanny - still image [media]

Bobbie Rosenfeld goes for the gold

July 31, 1928

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.

Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Congresswoman

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to Congress to cast debt ceiling vote

August 1, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a triumphant return to Congress to cast her vote on the debt ceiling, seven months after being shot.

Congregation appoints first woman to serve as senior rabbi

August 1, 1979

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.

Copeland, Lillian - still image [media]

Lillian Copeland wins Olympic gold

August 2, 1932

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.

Puppeteer and TV star Shari Lewis dies

August 2, 1998

Children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, died.

Amy Loveman helps found "Saturday Review of Literature"

August 2, 1924

The first issue of the "Saturday Review of Literature," founded and edited by Amy Loveman, appeared.

Birth of fashion designer Anne Klein

August 3, 1923

Noted fashion designer Anne Klein was born.

Ruth Gruber

Ruth Gruber finds haven for 1,000 Holocaust refugees

August 3, 1944

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>.

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