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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: October 5 - October 11

Lillian Fuchs

Death of Lillian Fuchs, "one of the best string players in America"

October 5, 1995
Lillian Fuchs was "one of the best string players in America."

Aviel Barclay becomes first female Torah scribe

October 6, 2003

Aviel Barclay became the first certified female Torah scribe.

Judith Rosenbaum on Annie Nathan Meyer Founding Barnard thumbnail

Opening of Barnard College

October 7, 1889

Driven by the passionate lobbying efforts of activist Annie Nathan Meyer, Barnard College opened its doors in a rented Madison Avenue brownstone.

Julie Seltzer

Torah scribe Julie Seltzer begins work on a Sefer Torah

October 8, 2009

Julie Seltzer, a soferet (female Torah scribe), was part of a living exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, portraying the painstaking process of writing the 304,805 Hebrew Letters of the Torah.

Frances Wisebart Jacobs

Construction begins on Denver hospital inspired by Frances Wisebart Jacobs

October 9, 1892

Thanks to the work of Frances Jacobs, Colorado's "Mother of Charity," construction begins on a Denver hospital dedicated to the care of tuberculosis patients.

Hawn, Goldie - still image [media]

Opening of Goldie Hawn's "Private Benjamin"

October 10, 1980

Actress and producer Goldie Hawn had one of her biggest successes with the opening of the movie "Private Benjamin."

Judith Rosenbaum on Nina Totenberg and the Anita Hill hearings thumbnail

Nina Totenberg’s journalism ignites the Anita Hill hearings.

October 11, 1991

“The [Anita Hill] hearings ripped open the subject of sexual harassment like some sort of long-festering sore."

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: October 5 – October 11." (Viewed on October 8, 2015) <>.


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