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Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month with Some Amazing Jewish Women

Ah, May–the sun is finally out, flowers are in bloom, and it’s officially Jewish American Heritage Month. Established in 2006 after a campaign led by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, JAHM is an annual tribute to the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.

Maybe it’s because the special month was originally spearheaded by a woman, or maybe it’s just our natural love for all things female, but we thought the perfect way to honor Jewish American Heritage Month on Kveller would be to highlight some of the amazing female Jewish game-changers who helped shape our culture today.

This month, we’ll be teaming up with the Jewish Women’s Archive–the world’s largest collection of materials by and about Jewish American women–to shed light on some of the lesser-known Jewish American women who have left an indelible mark on our history. From the Judo master mama who helped bring women’s Judo to the Olympics to Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, Wyatt’s Earp’s renegade Jewish wife, we’ll be highlighting the lives of these inspiring women right here on the blog throughout the month of May.

So stay tuned, and get ready to be awed by these fascinating Jewish women.

And if you find yourself inspired, tell us about an amazing woman in your own life. JWA offers these 20 conversation-sparking questions to get you started on discovering more about your own Jewish American history.



As part of our month-long series dedicated to Jewish American Heritage Month, Kveller and the Jewish Women’s Archive bring to light little-known stories of inspiring, intriguing Jewish American women whose legacies still change our lives today. To explore even more, visit jwa.org.

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