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Ray Frank, 1861 - 1948

1861

Born Rachel Frank in San Francisco on April 10, to Leah and Bernard Frank

1879

Begins career as school teacher in Ruby Hill, Nevada

1885

Studies philosophy at University of California-Berkeley

Begins teaching Sabbath school

1890

Writes first articles as newspaper correspondent

Delivers High Holiday sermon to congregation of 1000 in Spokane Falls, Washington, becoming first Jewish woman to preach in the United States

1893

Enrolls in classes at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati

Delivers opening prayer and paper on "Woman in the Synagogue" at the Jewish Women's Congress, at the Chicago World's Fair

Invited to lead Chicago congregation; declines offer

1895

Officiates during High Holy Days at congregation in Victoria, British Columbia

Works to establish branch of National Council of Jewish Women in Oakland, California

1897

"Ray Frank Day" proclaimed at the Oregon Chautauqua, an annual festival of public lectures and entertainment

1901

Marries Simon Litman

1908

Moves to Champaign-Urbana, where Simon joins faculty at University of Illinois; becomes involved with nascent Jewish student groups, precursors to the Hillel movement

1922

Despite earlier opposition to women's suffrage, helps to found the Champaign County League of Women Voters

Helps organize and becomes first president of the Sinai Temple Sisterhood, Champaign-Urbana

1948

Dies at age 87 in Peoria, Illinois

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