This Week in History: Events in September
Adrienne Cooper was in a way the mother of the Yiddish revival.
A poem by WWII hero Hannah Szenes was discovered 68 years after her death.
Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.
Early in September 1654, a group of Jews, described in the public records as "23 souls, big as well as little," arrived on the docks of the new world Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.
"Women elbowed, trod on each others toes" to hear the speakers at the first-ever Jewish Women's Congress that met in Chicago.
Jill Abramson became first female Executive Editor of the New York Times.
Bessie Breuer’s play, “Sundown Beach” opens on Broadway.
Just months after the shocking revelations of the Holocaust's devastation of European Jewry, Bess Myerson was crowned the first (and still only) Jewish Miss America.
Flora Langerman Spiegelberg, the "Grand lady of the southwest frontier," was born.
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks touched and devastated every community in the United States.
Addressing the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Bella Abzug declared, "We are bringing women into politics to change the nature of politics, to change the vision, to change the institutions."
The "Cinderella of the Sweatshop," Anzia Yezierska, received a glowing review in the "New York Times" for "Bread Givers," her best-known novel.
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Ray Frank became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a synagogue pulpit in the United States.
Betty Robbins, the world's first female cantor, led Rosh Hashanah evening services at Temple Avodah of Oceanside, New York.
Joan Micklin Silver's "Crossing Delancey," the story of love between a professional Upper East Side woman and a pickle seller from the Lower East Side, was released in theaters.
Amy Blank's poetry expressed the gentleness, insight, and devotion for which she was known.
B'nai B'rith Women denounced a B'nai B'rith International resolution to begin admitting women to the previously all-male organization.
Selma Jeanne Cohen, who sought to make dance scholarship a respected academic discipline, was born.
Julie Rosewald became the first woman known to have led services at an American synagogue when she led the music, chanted portions of the worship normally reserved for a cantor, and directed the choir at San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El following the death of the congregation's cantor.
Jewish Women Watching published an advertisement in the "New York Times," asking Jewish women to hold their community accountable for sexism.
Sculptor Louise Nevelson's first one-woman show opened at the Nierendorf Gallery.
Celebrated poet, novelist, critic, and editor Babette Deutsch was born.
Joanne Greenberg, author of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," was born.
Eugenia Zukerman, multitalented flutist, author, and journalist, was born.
"That Rebecca Solomon was among the first Jewish women artists, if not the first, makes her career and artwork even more important.”
Emma Goldman, described by J. Edgar Hoover as "beyond doubt, [one] of the most dangerous anarchists in this country," was released from a two-year prison term, only to be immediately rearrested.
"I just want to say, ‘C’mon guys, I’m an intelligent person, why don’t you just trust me?’ But you can’t give up.” - Actress Bonnie Franklin
Peggy Charren, education advocate and founder of Action for Children's Television, received a Presidential Medal of Freedom acknowledging her almost three decades of advocacy.
Writer and humanitarian Ruth Gruber, who led a 1944 American mission to save 1000 WWII refugees, was born.
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