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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.

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler saves Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto

October 20, 1943

Irena Sendler Saves Jewish Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

The U.S. Army Hospital Ship Frances Y. Slanger

Army nurse Frances Y. Slanger killed by German artillery

October 21, 1944

Frances Y. Slanger, R.N. became the first American nurse killed in Europe after D-Day.

Ethel Stark is first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall

October 22, 1947

Ethel Stark is first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall

Sally Priesand photo - image [media]

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand blesses U.S. Congress

October 23, 1973

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand offered the opening prayer in the United States House of Representatives, at the invitation of Congresswoman Bella Abzug.

JTS Faculty Senate votes to admit women

October 24, 1983

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) faculty senate voted to allow women admission to the JTS Rabbinical School.

Fania Mindell

Fania Mindell arrested for distributing birth control material

October 26, 1916

Fania Mindell, Margaret Sanger, and Ethel Byrne opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in Brooklyn in 1916.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: October 20 – October 26." (Viewed on October 25, 2014) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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