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This Week in History: Events in April

April 1, 1895

"The American Jewess," the first English-language publication published by and for American Jewish women, appeared.

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April 1, 1999

Merle Feld's "A Spiritual Life: A Jewish Feminist Journey" was published.

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April 2, 1962

Frieda Caplan opened her specialty produce company, Frieda's Inc., which has introduced a wide array of exotic produce to the American market.

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April 2, 2011

Naama Shafir, an Orthodox Jewish basketball star, led University of Toledo to victory in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship.

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April 3, 1979

Adele Bluthenthal Heiman was the first woman president of the Arkansas Jewish Assembly.

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April 4, 1960

Actress Shelley Winters won her first Academy Award for her performance as Mrs. Van Daan in the film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

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April 5, 1905

The announcement of the engagement of former cigar worker Rose Pastor to prominent Protestant philanthropist James Graham Phelps Stokes caused a media sensation.

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April 5, 2011

President Obama chose Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

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April 6, 1931

A brunette Jewish girl from Chicago’s south side was the voice of the boisterous curly red-headed Little Orphan Annie that Americans came to love.

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April 6, 2000

The United States Postal Service issued five stamps depicting the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson.

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April 7, 1975

Noted singer Beverly Sills made her long delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 45.

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April 7, 1915

New York's Governor Charles S. Whitman signed the state Widowed Mothers Pension Act, largely as a result of the efforts of Hannah Bachman Einstein.

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April 8, 1942

Nora Kaye's performance as Hagar, in the world premiere of "Pillar of Fire" at the Ballet Theatre, established her as one of the world's prima ballerinas.

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April 8, 1730

The first North American synagogue building was dedicated on Mill Street in New York City. A 1744 visitor noted that the congregation's women "of whom some were very pritty, stood up in the gallery like a hen coop."

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April 9, 2005

Andrea Dworkin: “I'm a radical feminist, not the fun kind.”

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April 10, 2011

Jewish veterans of 1960s women’s movement gathered in New York City.

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April 11, 2000

A British court resolved David Irving's libel case against Deborah Lipstadt in favor of Lipstadt, affirming Lipstadt's portrayal of Irving as an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier.

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April 12, 2001

Launch of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, a project dedicated to shattering the glass ceiling for Jewish women communal workers.

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April 13, 1971

Aline Milton Bernstein Saarinen was named chief of the Paris bureau of the National Broadcasting Company, becoming the first woman to head an overseas bureau in television.

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April 14, 1912

A review of Mary Antin's "The Promised Land," an autobiography recounting her life in the Russian Pale of Settlement and as an immigrant in Boston, appeared in the "New York Times."

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April 18, 2002

Judy Chicago's monumental sculpture and icon of feminist art, "The Dinner Party," was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum.

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April 18, 1987

Annette Greenfield Strauss became the first elected woman mayor of Dallas, Texas.

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April 19, 1972

Ten photographs by the late Diane Arbus were chosen for the Venice Biennale, marking the first time an American photographer was honored at this event.

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April 20, 1919

Rose Finkelstein leads 8,000 women in successful six-day strike against New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

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April 20, 1976

Paula Hyman discussed her new book, "The Jewish Woman in America," the first feminist history of Jewish women, on New York radio station WEVD.

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April 20, 2006

President G.W. Bush declares May to be Jewish American Heritage Month.

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April 21, 1993

Yiddish theatre producer and advocate Dora Wasserman received the Order of Canada.

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April 22, 1912

The Wage Earners' League for Woman Suffrage held its first major rally at New York's Cooper Union.

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April 22, 2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal connected to the most ancient Jewish women by PBS’ Finding Your Roots

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April 24, 1980

Historian Barbara Tuchman gave the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, becoming the first woman to receive the federal government's highest honor for intellectual achievement in the humanities.

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April 25, 1846

The United Order of True Sisters, the first independent national women's organization in America, held its first meeting as a female counterpart to the B'nai B'rith.

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April 26, 1978

Entrepreneur Lillian Vernon was profiled in the "New York Times" as the "first lady of mail order catalogues."

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April 27, 1944

Psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch published the first of two volumes of "The Psychology of Women."

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April 28, 1965

A 22-year-old’s first TV special: My Name is Barbra

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April 29, 1957

Jane Evans, executive director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, argued for the need to ordain women rabbis in the Reform movement.

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April 30, 2001

Cookbook author Joan Nathan received the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America award for lifetime achievement from the James Beard Foundation.

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