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Zionism

Emma Lazarus

One of the first successful Jewish American authors, Lazarus was part of the late nineteenth century New York literary elite and was recognized in her day as an important American poet. In her later years, she wrote bold, powerful poetry and essays protesting the rise of antisemitism and arguing for Russian immigrants' rights. She called on Jews to unite and create a homeland in Palestine before the title Zionist had even been coined.

Zionists celebrate Henrietta Szold's 75th birthday

December 21, 1935

Hundreds of events around the world marked the 75th birthday of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.

Shoshana Cardin becomes first woman to lead a major national Jewish organization

November 15, 1984

The election of Shoshana Cardin as the first woman to lead the Council of Jewish Federations opened a new era for women's involvement in national Jewish institutions.

Death of author, educator, and Zionist pioneer Jessie Sampter

November 11, 1938

Author, educator, and Zionist pioneer Jesse Sampter died.

Bella Abzug elected to Congress

November 3, 1970

Elected to the U.S. Congress on this date, Bella Abzug claimed that she spent her days "figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure."

Death of Hadassah activist Alice Seligsberg

August 27, 1940

Hadassah activist Alice Seligsberg died.

Mizrachi Women meet independently for first time

June 19, 1939

The first independent meeting of the Mizrachi Women's Organization opened.

Birth of Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, editor and commentator on American Jewish life

June 17, 1908

Longtime editor of the "Jewish Spectator," Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, was born.

Birth of feminist Letty Cottin Pogrebin

June 9, 1939

Birth of writer, feminist, and peace activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

Hadassah president Irma Levy Lindheim challenges American Zionist leadership

March 30, 1928

Hadassah President Irma Levy Lindheim condemned the president of the Zionist Organization of America, accusing him of "political machinations" counter to Zionism's aims.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Zionism." (Viewed on March 6, 2015) <http://jwa.org/topics/zionism>.

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