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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Vicki Lewis

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Vicki Lewis until we are able to commission a full entry.

Lieutenant Vicki Lewis struggled with anti-Semitism throughout her time as a weapons trainer in the US Army. Lewis joined the Army in 1979, after graduating college, beginning as an ambulance platoon leader and rising to become a nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons trainer. Following an active duty tour with the First Infantry Division, Lewis was interviewed by the Chicago Sentinel and discussed her experiences of anti-Semitism and religious insensitivity in what was supposed to be the most non-discriminatory military in the world. Lewis reported that clergy leading services would praise Jesus Christ without awareness that not all soldiers were Christian, pork was often the only meat available, administrative personnel would fail to grant leave for High Holidays, and fellow soldiers would make anti-Semitic remarks or jokes. Despite this, Lewis also discussed how important it had been for her to serve her country, and the camaraderie she was able to develop with her fellow soldiers.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Vicki Lewis." (Viewed on March 22, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/lewis-vicki>.


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