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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: February 1 - February 7

Founding of labor Zionist group Pioneer Women

February 1, 1925

Sophie Udin and six other women founded Pioneer Women, a labor Zionist women's organization based in New York City. Pioneer Women exists today as Na'amat USA.

Sarah Silverman, 2007

Debut of "The Sarah Silverman Program"

February 1, 2007

“People are always introducing me as ‘Sarah Silverman, Jewish comedienne.’" 

Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” Climbs Billboard Charts

February 1, 1964
"I don’t care what age you are—whether you’re 16 or 116—there’s nothing more wonderful than standing on the stage and shaking your finger and singing, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’” - Singer Lesley Gore
Rachel Landy, Rose Kaplan, and Eva Leon, Jerusalem, 1913

Rae D. Landy arrives in Jerusalem

February 2, 1913

Born in Lithuania, Rae D. Landy graduated with the first class of nursing students in Cleveland, OH. She went on to work in Jerusalem with Hadassah and later the United States Army Nurse Corps.

Madeleine Albright circa 1997

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reveals her Jewish origins

February 3, 1997

Newly installed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright revealed the uncovering of her Jewish origins.

Naomi Adler

Naomi Adler is named as first female CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

February 3, 2014

“You have to take risks with vision in mind,” says Naomi Adler, first female CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Justine Wise Polier

Judge Justine Wise Polier retires

February 3, 1973

Judge Justine Wise Polier retired from the New York Family Court, after 38 years spent trying to use the bench to assist children and redress discrimination.

Rebecca Gratz

Rebecca Gratz founds first Jewish Sunday School

February 4, 1838

Rebecca Gratz and a dedicated group of Philadelphia Jewish women established the first Jewish Sunday School.

Ann F. Lewis in New Hampshire

Ann F. Lewis appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center

February 4, 2002

Ann F. Lewis was appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center.

Sheryl Sandberg

During IPO, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg still finds time to aim high for women

February 5, 2012

"Sheryl Sandberg is the real deal."

YWHA-Bella Unterberg - still image [media]

Founding of Young Women's Hebrew Association in NY

February 6, 1902

The first independent Young Women's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City.

Ruth Sager

Birth of Ruth Sager, innovative scientific achiever

February 7, 1918

Birth of Ruth Sager, Innovative Scientific Achiever

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: February 1 – February 7." (Viewed on February 5, 2016) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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