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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: January 22 - January 28

Judy Blume

Author Judy Blume received lifetime achievement award

January 22, 1996

Prolific children's author Judy Blume was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award made special mention of her controversial novel "Forever."

Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo

Jeanette Ingberman, founder of Exit Art, is born

January 23, 1952

"You never walked away from a conversation with art curator Jeanette Ingberman without having learned something.”

Vicki Baum, circa 1925

"Grand Hotel" novelist Hedwig (Vicki) Baum is born

January 24, 1888

“There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” - Grand Hotel novelist Vicki Baum

Rosa Sonneschein

Pioneers convene in St. Louis, forming early Jewish women's literary society

January 25, 1879

Rosa Sonneschein founded the Pioneers, a Jewish women's literary club in St. Louis, Missouri.

Death of Sadie Loewith, Bridgeport activist

January 26, 1956

Sadie Loewith exemplified the adage that “all politics is local.”

Bel Kaufman

Publication of Bel Kaufman's "Up the Down Staircase"

January 27, 1965

Publication of "Up the Down Staircase," a best-selling novel written by Bel Kaufman, a granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem. It was later made into a popular film.

Rabbah Sara Hurwitz

Sara Hurwitz adopts the title of Rabbah

January 27, 2010

Sara Hurwitz, originally given the title of Maharat, a term created on her behalf, took on the title “Rabbah,” the feminine form of rabbi.

Hannelore Marx

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2015

JWA features many stories of the Holocaust era, those who were lost, those who survived, and those who aided people in peril. 

Judith Resnik

Challenger space shuttle explodes with astronaut Judith Resnik on board

January 28, 1986

The Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift-off, killing the first Jewish astronaut in space, Judith Resnik, along with her six fellow crew members.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: January 22 – January 28." (Viewed on January 22, 2018) <>.


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