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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.

Phoebe Yates Pember

Birth of Confederate nurse Phoebe Yates Levy Pember

August 18, 1823

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, who gained fame as a Richmond nurse during the Civil War, was born.

Sophie Maslow's "Folksay"

Premiere of Sophie Maslow's "The Village I Knew"

August 18, 1950

"The Village I Knew," choreographed by Sophie Maslow, was first performed.

Drisha - still image [media]

Drisha Institute graduates its first female Talmud scholars

August 18, 1996

The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education graduated its first class.

Vera Weisbord - A Radical Life

Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical

August 19, 1895

Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical

Susanne, Jacqueline - still image [media]

Birth of novelist Jacqueline Susanne

August 20, 1921

Jacqueline Susann was the first writer to have three consecutive novels hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Fanny Brooks in Later Life

Death of pioneer Fanny Brooks

August 21, 1901

Death of Pioneer Fanny Brooks

Dorothy Parker

Birth of writer Dorothy Parker

August 22, 1893

Writer Dorothy Parker is born

Dietician Frances Stern connects nutrition to social welfare

August 23, 1914

Pioneering dietician and educator Frances Stern published an article on the importance of nutrition education in the "Boston Globe."

German-language "Die Deborah" first published

August 24, 1855

The first issue of "Die Deborah," a German-language newspaper focused on serving women's interests, was published.

Eugenia Levy Phillips

Union troops arrest Confederate spy Eugenia Levy Phillips

August 24, 1861

Eugenia Levy Phillips was arrested as a Confederate spy.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: August 18 – August 24." (Viewed on August 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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