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Organizations and Institutions

Lillian Wald celebrates 26th birthday by opening settlement house

March 10, 1893

Lillian Wald opened the Lower East Side settlement house that would become the Henry Street Settlement on her 26th birthday.

Creation of New York Female Hebrew Benevolent Society

March 15, 1820

The women of Shearith Israel synagogue in New York, led by Richa Levy, established the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.

Founding of Hadassah: The Women's Zionist Organization of America

February 24, 1912

Founding of Hadassah, the organization which brought American Jewish women into the ranks of Zionism's most influential activists.

Death of Texan Jeanette Miriam Goldberg, organizer of Texas NJCW chapter & Jewish Chautauqua Society

February 28, 1935

Death of Texan Jeanette Miriam Goldberg, a leading figure in the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Chautauqua Society.

Naomi Bronheim Levine appointed director of American Jewish Congress

March 1, 1972

Naomi Bronheim Levine became the first woman to hold the post of executive director of the American Jewish Congress.

Ann F. Lewis appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center

February 4, 2002

Ann F. Lewis was appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center.

Founding of Young Women's Hebrew Association in NY

February 6, 1902

The first independent Young Women's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City.

Creation of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

January 21, 1913

156 women from 52 congregations around the United States met in Cincinnati to create the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.

Creation of Women's League of the United Synagogue

January 21, 1918

Conservative Jewish women united their sisterhood organizations, creating the Women's League of the United Synagogue under the leadership of Mathilde Schechter.

Pioneers convene in St. Louis, forming early Jewish women's literary society

January 25, 1879

Rosa Sonneschein founded the Pioneers, a Jewish women's literary club in St. Louis, Missouri.

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