Mar 12, 2019
Speaker: Professor Pamela Nadell
Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Speaker Series
Location: JCC of Northern Virginia
Date: February 6, 2019
This lecture was also given on March 11, 2019 at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland.
In her groundbreaking new 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.