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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: July 9 - July 15

Phila Franks

Colonial Jewish mother instructs her son to eat "bread and butter"

July 9, 1733

Abigail Levy Franks, the most noted of American Jewish colonial letter writers, wrote her son Naphtali, admonishing him to eat nothing but "bread & butter" wherever food preparation was "not done after our Strict Judiacall [kosher] method."

Jennie Tourel

Jennie Tourel sings on Mt. Scopus

July 9, 1967

Jennie Tourel, beloved opera singer and one of the first artists to teach in Israel, performed alongside Leonard Bernstein atop Mount Scopus to commemorate the end of the Six-Day War.

Hortense Calisher debuts in the New Yorker

July 10, 1948

Hortense Calisher's award-winning short story "The Middle Drawer" was published in the New Yorker magazine.

Liz Lerman dance celebrates Statue of Liberty centennial

July 11, 1986

"Still Crossing," a dance choreographed by Liz Lerman, was performed in Manhattan's Battery Park as part of the celebration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

Paula Sinclair on When Harry Met Sally (Image)

"When Harry Met Sally" hits theaters

July 12, 1989

"When Harry Met Sally," with a screenplay by Nora Ephron, was released. The screenplay was later nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Judith Rosenbaum on Clara Lemlich Shavelson Thumbnail

Radical activist Clara Lemlich Shavelson dies

July 12, 1982

Death of political activist and trade unionist Clara Lemlich Shavelson.

Tillie Lewis opens cannery for American-grown Italian tomatoes

July 13, 1935

Tillie Lewis, who introduced Italian tomatoes to America, opened the first cannery owned by a woman on her 34th birthday.

Daphni Leef at the Jerusalem Film Festival, July 2012.

Daphni Leef inspires Occupy Israel

July 14, 2011

"I felt for a long time that I had lost my voice, and I feel that I am getting it back." - Activist Daphni Leef

Etta King Discusses Dorothy Fields Thumbnail

Birth of Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields

July 15, 1904

Lyricist Dorothy Fields, who wrote the classics "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "The Way You Look Tonight," was born.

Jeanne Mandello, Uruguay, circa 1942-43

Exiled German photographer Jeanne Mandello arrives in Uruguay

July 15, 1941

Though her equipment and work was destroyed in wartime Europe, photographer Jeanne Mandello created a new life for herself in South America.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: July 9 – July 15." (Viewed on July 15, 2018) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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