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This Week in History: Events in September

September 3, 1910

Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.

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September 4, 1654

Early in September 1654, a group of Jews, described in the public records as "23 souls, big as well as little," arrived on the docks of the new world Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.

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September 4, 1893

"Women elbowed, trod on each others toes" to hear the speakers at the first-ever Jewish Women's Congress that met in Chicago.

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September 6, 2011

Jill Abramson became first female Executive Editor of the New York Times.

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September 7, 1948

September 7, 1948 Bessie Breuer’s play, “Sundown Beach” opens on Broadway.

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September 8, 1945

Just months after the shocking revelations of the Holocaust's devastation of European Jewry, Bess Myerson was crowned the first (and still only) Jewish Miss America.

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September 10, 1857

Flora Langerman Spiegelberg, the "Grand lady of the southwest frontier," was born.

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September 11, 2001

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks touched and devastated every community in the United States.

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September 12, 1995

Addressing the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Bella Abzug declared, "We are bringing women into politics to change the nature of politics, to change the vision, to change the institutions."

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September 13, 1925

The "Cinderella of the Sweatshop," Anzia Yezierska, received a glowing review in the "New York Times" for "Bread Givers," her best-known novel.

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September 14, 1890

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Ray Frank became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a synagogue pulpit in the United States.

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September 15, 1955

Betty Robbins, the world's first female cantor, led Rosh Hashanah evening services at Temple Avodah of Oceanside, New York.

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September 16, 1988

Joan Micklin Silver's "Crossing Delancey," the story of love between a professional Upper East Side woman and a pickle seller from the Lower East Side, was released in theaters.

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September 17, 1984

B'nai B'rith Women denounced a B'nai B'rith International resolution to begin admitting women to the previously all-male organization.

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September 18, 1920

Selma Jeanne Cohen, who sought to make dance scholarship a respected academic discipline, was born.

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September 20, 1884

Julie Rosewald became the first woman known to have led services at an American synagogue when she led the music, chanted portions of the worship normally reserved for a cantor, and directed the choir at San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El following the death of the congregation's cantor.

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September 21, 2001

Jewish Women Watching published an advertisement in the "New York Times," asking Jewish women to hold their community accountable for sexism.

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September 22, 1941

Sculptor Louise Nevelson's first one-woman show opened at the Nierendorf Gallery.

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September 22, 1895

Celebrated poet, novelist, critic, and editor Babette Deutsch was born.

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September 24, 1932

Joanne Greenberg, author of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," was born.

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September 25, 1944

Eugenia Zukerman, multitalented flutist, author, and journalist, was born.

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September 27, 1919

Emma Goldman, described by J. Edgar Hoover as "beyond doubt, [one] of the most dangerous anarchists in this country," was released from a two-year prison term, only to be immediately rearrested.

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September 29, 1995

Peggy Charren, education advocate and founder of Action for Children's Television, received a Presidential Medal of Freedom acknowledging her almost three decades of advocacy.

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September 30, 1911

Writer and humanitarian Ruth Gruber, who led a 1944 American mission to save 1000 WWII refugees, was born.

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