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America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (Maryland)

  • Kol Shalom (co-sponsor) 9110 Darnestown Rd. Rockville, MD 20850 (map)

Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

With Professor Pamela Nadell
Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History, American University

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In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch, Grace Nathan, and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to union organizer, Bessie Hillman, and the eminent Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Professor Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Informed by the shared values of America’s founding and Jewish identity, America’s Jewish women – the well-known and the scores of activists, workers, wives, and mothers whose names linger on among their communities and families – left deep footprints in the history of the nation they called home.