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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.

Death of Sadie Loewith, Bridgeport activist

January 26, 1956

Sadie Loewith exemplified the adage that “all politics is local.”

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Publication of Bel Kaufman's "Up the Down Staircase"

January 27, 1965

Publication of "Up the Down Staircase," a best-selling novel written by Bel Kaufman, a granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem. It was later made into a popular film.

Sara Hurwitz

Sara Hurwitz adopts the title of Rabbah

January 27, 2010

Sara Hurwitz, originally given the title of Maharat, a term created on her behalf, took on the title “Rabbah,” the feminine form of rabbi.

Hannelore Marx

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2015

JWA features many stories of the Holocaust era, those who were lost, those who survived, and those who aided people in peril. 

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Challenger space shuttle explodes with astronaut Judith Resnik on board

January 28, 1986

The Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift-off, killing the first Jewish astronaut in space, Judith Resnik, along with her six fellow crew members.

Ernestine L. Rose

Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addresses annual Thomas Paine dinner

January 29, 1848

Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addressed the annual Thomas Paine dinner, declaring, "superstition keeps women ignorant, dependent, and enslaved beings. Knowledge will make them free."

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Birth of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman

January 30, 1912

Birth of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman

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Muriel Rukeyser publishes second book of poems

January 31, 1938

Muriel Rukeyser established herself as a poet of enduring impact with the publication of "U.S. 1," her second book of poems.

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.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: January 26 – February 1." (Viewed on January 31, 2015) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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