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This Week in History: Events in July

Anne Lapidus Lerner

Anne Lapidus Lerner named Vice Chancellor of JTS

July 1, 1993

Anne Lapidus Lerner was named Vice Chancellor for public affairs at the Jewish Theological Seminary, becoming the first woman to hold a Vice Chancellor post at the Seminary.

Life on the Fringes by Haviva Ner-David

"Life on the Fringes" explores Orthodox feminism

July 1, 2000

Haviva Ner-David's book "Life on the Fringes," about her commitment to an evolving feminist Orthodoxy and her quest for rabbinic ordination, was published.

Ma'yan - Dobkin and Landau

Founding of Ma’yan, Home for Young Women’s Resources

July 1, 1993

Founding of Ma’yan, Home for Young Women’s Resources

Martha Minow

Martha Minow appointed Dean of Harvard Law School

July 1, 2009

Martha Minow was appointed Dean of Harvard Law School, becoming the second Jewish woman to hold the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) begins work

July 2, 1965

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) begins its work for women's equality.

Etta on Adrienne Rich thumbnail

Adrienne Rich rejects National Medal for the Arts

July 3, 1997
Poet Adrienne Rich made headlines by refusing to accept the National Medal for the Arts.
Esther Lederer, aka Ann Landers

Birth of advice-givers Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren

July 4, 1918

Advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) were born as Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman.

Hanna Segal

Death of Hanna Segal, play therapy psychologist

July 5, 2011

"For those of us who believe in some human values, it is terribly important that we just keep this little fire burning." - Psychologist Hanna Segal

Frida Kahlo with Diego Rivera

Artist Frida Kahlo born

July 6, 1907

Birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, daughter of a German Jewish immigrant father and a Mexican Catholic mother.

Ruth Werner

Death of Soviet spy Ruth Werner

July 7, 2000

"I fought against fascism.  Whatever else, I can hold my head up high because of that." - Ruth Werner, Soviet spy

E.M. Broner

Birth of Esther Broner, co-creator of "The Women’s Haggadah"

July 8, 1927

Esther Broner "made room for us at the table by creating a whole new one—a Seder table at which women’s voices were heard.”

Franks, Phila - still image [media]

Colonial Jewish mother instructs her son to eat "bread and butter"

July 9, 1733

Abigail Levy Franks, the most noted of American Jewish colonial letter writers, wrote her son Naphtali, admonishing him to eat nothing but "bread & butter" wherever food preparation was "not done after our Strict Judiacall [kosher] method."

Jennie Tourel

Jennie Tourel sings on Mt. Scopus

July 9, 1967

Jennie Tourel, beloved opera singer and one of the first artists to teach in Israel, performed alongside Leonard Bernstein atop Mount Scopus to commemorate the end of the Six-Day War.

Hortense Calisher debuts in the New Yorker

July 10, 1948

Hortense Calisher's award-winning short story "The Middle Drawer" was published in the New Yorker magazine.

Liz Lerman dance celebrates Statue of Liberty centennial

July 11, 1986

"Still Crossing," a dance choreographed by Liz Lerman, was performed in Manhattan's Battery Park as part of the celebration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

Judith on Clara Lemlich Shavelson thumbnail

Radical activist Clara Lemlich Shavelson dies

July 12, 1982

Death of political activist and trade unionist Clara Lemlich Shavelson.

Paula on When Harry Met Sally thumbnail

"When Harry Met Sally" hits theaters

July 12, 1989

"When Harry Met Sally," with a screenplay by Nora Ephron, was released. The screenplay was later nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Tillie Lewis opens cannery for American-grown Italian tomatoes

July 13, 1935

Tillie Lewis, who introduced Italian tomatoes to America, opened the first cannery owned by a woman on her 34th birthday.

Daphni Leef

Daphni Leef inspires Occupy Israel

July 14, 2011

"I felt for a long time that I had lost my voice, and I feel that I am getting it back." - Activist Daphni Leef

Etta on Dorothy Fields thumbnail

Birth of Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields

July 15, 1904

Lyricist Dorothy Fields, who wrote the classics "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "The Way You Look Tonight," was born.

Jeanne Mandello Uruguay 1942-43

Exiled German photographer Jeanne Mandello arrives in Uruguay

July 15, 1941

Though her equipment and work was destroyed in wartime Europe, photographer Jeanne Mandello created a new life for herself in South America.

Ellen on Rose Schneiderman thumbanil

Rose Schneiderman named officer of NY State Labor Party

July 16, 1936

Rose Schneiderman was elected vice chairman of the newly-formed New York State Labor Party.

Hanukkah Lamp at the MFA

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Announces Curatorship for Judaica

July 16, 2010

When Jetskalina Phillips, a retired Kansas schoolteacher, made a generous bequest for the establishment of a Judaica curatorship at Boston’s MFA, the MFA tapped a Renaissance scholar with a hardy work ethic to build its collection.

First Johanna Löwenherz Prize awarded to Simone Veil

July 17, 1987

Simone Veil, first European Parliament president, received the first Johanna Löwenherz Award, a bequest from a 19th century feminist.

Lerner, Gerda - still image [media]

Pioneering women's history summer institute

July 18, 1979

A Summer Institute in Women's History, held at Sarah Lawrence College from July 13-29, 1979 immersed 43 female leaders in women's history and led to the creation of Women's History Month.

Anarchist-Goldman - still image [media]

Emma Goldman's "What I Believe"

July 19, 1908

The "New York World" published Emma Goldman's anarchist manifesto, "What I Believe."

JWI conference on Jewish domestic violence

July 20, 2003

Jewish Women International (JWI) sponsored the first conference on domestic abuse in the Jewish community, entitled "Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness: A Call to Action," in Baltimore, Maryland.

Turniansky, Chava - still image [media]

Birth of Yiddish historian Chava Turniansky

July 21, 1937

"Yiddish is a language rich in humor, depth and expression.” - Historian Chava Turniansky

Etta King on the birth of Theda Bara thumbnail

Birth of Theda Bara, the original "vamp"

July 22, 1890

Silent film star Theda Bara was born.

Steve on Elsa Neumann thumbnail

Death of Elsa Neumann, first female doctoral graduate of University of Berlin

July 23, 1902

Death of Elsa Neumann, first female doctoral graduate of University of Berlin

Selma Stern-Taeubler

Birth of Selma Stern-Taeubler, pioneering archivist

July 24, 1890

An avid student of history, Selma Stern-Taeubler became the founding director of the American Jewish Archives.

Blu Greenberg

Hadassah honors Orthodox feminist Blu Greenberg

July 25, 2006

Blu Greenberg was honored with Hadassah's highest honor, the Henrietta Szold award, at a convention banquet.

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Selma Jeanne Cohen's "Encyclopedia of Dance"

July 26, 1998

The International Encyclopedia of Dance, edited by dance historian Selma Jeanne Cohen, was reviewed in the New York Times.

Gertrude Stein

Death of Gertrude Stein

July 27, 1946

Artistic iconoclast and literary pioneer Gertrude Stein dies in France.

Henrietta Szold

Henrietta Szold helps to create American Jewish culture

July 28, 1893

The "Jewish Exponent" announced that Henrietta Szold would be moving to Philadelphia from her home in Baltimore to serve as the secretary and first paid employee of the Jewish Publication Society.

Broadcast of Deborah Kaufman's "Blacks and Jews"

July 29, 1997

Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.

Birth of publisher Blanche Wolf Knopf

July 30, 1894

Blanche Wolf Knopf, longtime leader of the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, was born.

Miriam Miller joins the WAVES

July 30, 1942

The WAVES program, enlisting female volunteers in the U.S. Navy, was established. Miriam Miller was among the first enlistees.

Paula on When Harry Met Sally thumbnail

Bobbie Rosenfeld goes for the gold

July 31, 1928

Canadian Bobbie Rosenfeld won an Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter race. The 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, were the first in which women were allowed to compete in track & field events.

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