You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share
This Week in History

This Week in History

Choose a date

This Week: August 14 - August 20

Kohenet Ordainees

Kohenet: the Hebrew Priestess Institute, launches its first training institute in Accord, NY

August 14, 2006

Reclaiming Jewish ceremonies and holidays for feminists, training Hebrew Priestesses of all stripes, and publishing a Siddur (prayer book) that includes earth-based rituals, the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute is a new women’s movement in Judaism.

Gloria Steinem, 1972

Documentary "Gloria: In Her Own Words" premieres on HBO

August 15, 2011

The documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, telling the story of the women’s movement as seen through the eyes of Gloria Steinem, premiered on HBO.

Tillie Olsen

"Tell Me a Riddle" reissued in paperback

August 15, 1971

A new paperback version of Tillie Olsen's classic short story collection "Tell Me a Riddle" was issued.

Wanda Landowska

Death of early music pioneer Wanda Landowska

August 16, 1959

Harpsichordist and composer Wanda Landowska, who was credited with the 20th-century revival of harpsichord music, died.

Judith Rosenbaum on the Death of Carolyn Goodman Thumbnail

Death of Carolyn Goodman, not just a Jewish mother

August 17, 2007

“I'm not looking for revenge, but I am looking for justice." - Carolyn Goodman

Sophie Maslow's Folksay, 2008

Premiere of Sophie Maslow's "The Village I Knew"

August 18, 1950

"The Village I Knew," choreographed by Sophie Maslow, was first performed.

Drisha Institute Student and Instructor

Drisha Institute graduates its first female Talmud scholars

August 18, 1996

The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education graduated its first class.

Phoebe Yates Pember

Birth of Confederate nurse Phoebe Yates Levy Pember

August 18, 1823

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, who gained fame as a Richmond nurse during the Civil War, was born.

Vera Weisbord's "A Radical Life"

Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical

August 19, 1895

Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical

Jacqueline Susanne

Birth of novelist Jacqueline Susanne

August 20, 1921

Jacqueline Susann was the first writer to have three consecutive novels hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: August 14 – August 20." (Viewed on August 19, 2017) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

The JWA Podcast

listen now

Sign Up for JWA eNews


Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs