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Only in America: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 pm

This event is now sold out. For those who were unable to get tickets or are outside the Philadelphia area, we invite you to join us for the free livestream of the event on Facebook. Click here to watch.


Join us for a special evening honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the U.S. as she receives the Only in America ® award.

The National Museum of American Jewish History is honored to present Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the Only in America Award in person, as she is inducted into our Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame, during a special evening with Justice Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent and longtime friend of the Justice.


The following guest presenters will offer remarks or performances throughout the evening in honor of Justice Ginsburg, as they help to induct her into Only in America:
  • Nina Totenberg, Correspondent, Legal Affairs, NPR (emcee)
  • Robert Ainsley, Pianist
  • Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG and Senior Correspondent at New York magazine
  • Kenneth R. Feinberg, Washington DC Attorney
  • Shana Knizhnik, Co-author of Notorious RBG & Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of NYC
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Alexandria Shiner, Soprano


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Bar Foundation from 1979-1989, on the Board of Editors of the American Bar Association Journal from 1972-1978, and on the Council of the American Law Institute from 1978-1993. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.

Held in conjunction with Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

You may also be interested in these RBG-themed events: 

Monday, October 7 – Screening of acclaimed RBG doc with the Exec Producer 
Thursday, November 7 – Living Arts Playback Theatre Performance 
Sunday, November 10 – RBG Family Day
Monday, December 2 – Work out like RBG with November Project 
Thursday, December 12 – RBG in Song 
Sunday, December 15 – Meet "Notorious RBG" Authors/Curators
Sunday, December 25 – Being ___ at Christmas Family Day

The Museum is also open most Thursdays until 7 pm through January 12, 2020. 

Return to the Events Calendar to see all NMAJH programming.

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