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This Week in History: Events in September

Adrienne Cooper at KlezKanada, August 19, 2008

Birth of Adrienne Cooper, Performer and Interpreter of Yiddish Song

September 1, 1946

Adrienne Cooper was in a way the mother of the Yiddish revival.

Hannah Szenes in Uniform, 1944

Long-lost poem by war heroine Hannah Szenes is found.

September 2, 2012

A poem by WWII hero Hannah Szenes was discovered 68 years after her death.

Steve Benson on the Birth of Kitty Carlisle Hart Thumbnail

Birth of entertainer Kitty Carlisle Hart

September 3, 1910

Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.

New Amsterdam, 1671

"23 souls, big as well as little," arrive in North America

September 4, 1654

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.

Judith Rosenbaum on the 1893 Jewish Women's Congress Thumbnail

Unprecedented Jewish Women's Congress meets in Chicago

September 4, 1893

"Women elbowed, trod on each others toes" to hear the speakers at the first-ever Jewish Women's Congress that met in Chicago.

Selma Diamond

Death of writer and comedian Selma Diamond

September 5, 1985
Selma Diamond was hard to miss, in a writer’s room, on a talk show, or in situation comedy.
Jill Abramson, Alice Tully Hall, 2012

Jill Abramson begins work as first female Executive Editor of New York Times

September 6, 2011

Jill Abramson became first female Executive Editor of the New York Times.

"Memory of Love" Front Cover by Bessie Breuer

Bessie Breuer’s play “Sundown Beach” opened on Broadway.

September 7, 1948

Bessie Breuer’s play, “Sundown Beach” opens on Broadway.

Bess Myerson, 1957

Bess Myerson crowned first Jewish Miss America

September 8, 1945

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.

Steve Benson on Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein Moving in Together Thumbnail

Alice Babette Toklas moves in permanently with Gertrude Stein.

September 9, 1910
Alice Babette Toklas heard distinct chiming when she met Gertrude Stein.
Thumbnail of Rachel King on the Birth of Flora Langerman Spiegelberg, 2015

Birth of "Grand lady of the southwest frontier" in New York City

September 10, 1857

Flora Langerman Spiegelberg, the "Grand lady of the southwest frontier," was born.

National September 11 Museum, April 2012


September 11, 2001

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks touched and devastated every community in the United States.

Bella Abzug Addressing the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, September 12, 1995

Bella Abzug Addresses Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing

September 12, 1995

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."

Anzia Yezierska, July 3, 1922

"New York Times" reviews Yezierska's "Bread Givers"

September 13, 1925

The "Cinderella of the Sweatshop," Anzia Yezierska, received a glowing review in the "New York Times" for "Bread Givers," her best-known novel.

Ray Frank

Ray Frank preaches on Rosh Hashanah

September 14, 1890

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Ray Frank became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a synagogue pulpit in the United States.

Cantor Betty Robbins

First female cantor leads Rosh Hashanah services

September 15, 1955

Betty Robbins, the world's first female cantor, led Rosh Hashanah evening services at Temple Avodah of Oceanside, New York.

Thumbnail of Rachel King on Crossing Delancey, 2015

"Crossing Delancey" released

September 16, 1988

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 K. Blank, circa 1940s

Death of writer Amy K. Blank

September 17, 1990

Amy Blank's poetry expressed the gentleness, insight, and devotion for which she was known.

B'nai B'rith Women/Jewish Women International Logo

B'nai B'rith Women denounces B'nai B'rith International

September 17, 1984

B'nai B'rith Women denounced a B'nai B'rith International resolution to begin admitting women to the previously all-male organization.

"International Encyclopedia of Dance" Front Cover, Edited by Selma Jeanne Cohen

Birth of dance scholar Selma Jeanne Cohen

September 18, 1920

Selma Jeanne Cohen, who sought to make dance scholarship a respected academic discipline, was born.

Steve Benson on the Birth of "Mama" Cass Elliot Thumbnail

Birth of “Mama” Cass Elliot

September 19, 1941
"If you truly dig what you are doing, if you lay it out that way, nobody can not respond." - "Mama" Cass Elliot
Julie Rosewald

Julie Rosewald becomes the first woman to lead services in an American synagogue

September 20, 1884

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 declare "Sexism is a sin"

September 21, 2001

Jewish Women Watching published an advertisement in the "New York Times," asking Jewish women to hold their community accountable for sexism.

Louise Nevelson and Neith Nevelson

First solo show for sculptor Louise Nevelson

September 22, 1941

Sculptor Louise Nevelson's first one-woman show opened at the Nierendorf Gallery.

Birth of Babette Deutsch: poet, novelist, critic

September 22, 1895

Celebrated poet, novelist, critic, and editor Babette Deutsch was born.

Sculpture Atmosphere and Environment X, 1969

Birth of sculptor Louise Nevelson

September 23, 1899
“If an object is in the right place, it is enhanced to grandeur." - Sculptor Louise Nevelson
"I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" Book Cover, Joanne Greenberg

Birth of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" author, Joanne Greenberg

September 24, 1932

Joanne Greenberg, author of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," was born.

Eugenia Zuckerman

Birth of musician, writer, journalist, Eugenia Zukerman

September 25, 1944

Eugenia Zukerman, multitalented flutist, author, and journalist, was born.

Steve Benson on the Birth of Rebecca Solomon Thumbnail

Birth of Victorian painter Rebecca Solomon

September 26, 1832

"That Rebecca Solomon was among the first Jewish women artists, if not the first, makes her career and artwork even more important.”

Judith Rosenbaum on Emma Goldman's Arrest Thumbnail

Emma Goldman released from jail and then reimprisoned

September 27, 1919

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.

Bonnie Franklin and the "One Day at a Time" Cast, 1975

“One Day at a Time” starring Bonnie Franklin begins its second season.

September 28, 1976

"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

Honor for children's television activist Peggy Charren

September 29, 1995

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.

Steve Benson on Ruth Gruber Thumbnail

Writer Ruth Gruber born

September 30, 1911

Writer and humanitarian Ruth Gruber, who led a 1944 American mission to save 1000 WWII refugees, was born.

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