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America’s Jewish Women: A History From Colonial Times to Today with Pam Nadell

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

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 great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Prof. Pamela Nadell will discuss the threads that bind the scores of activists, workers, wives, and mothers who left deep footprints in the history of the nation they call home.

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