Labor Movement

Still Fighting for Bread & Roses

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It’s been two weeks since our New York Educator’s Workshop, and I am still amazed at the places we visited and all that was taught by Etta, Ellen, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, and all the participants and presenters in attendance. It occurred to me recently how connected I feel to the labor rights movement, which we discussed as we stood in the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. Of course there’s the Jewish connection: Jews made up a large percentage of the population of advocates and protesters in the fight for labor rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America. Jewish teachings and Yiddish phrases were often incorporated into the battle cries of the rioters. For me personally, there is much more to it than that.

Tragedy in Bangladesh

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The Triangle Factory on Fire

Although the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire took place in 1911, sweatshops and unsafe conditions are not a thing of the past. 

JWA Spotlights Jewish Women's Activism

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Like all large groups of people, American Jews are complex and irreducible despite some aspects of shared culture. Recently, the Jewish Women’s Archive made an interesting choice to focus a new curriculum on Jewish involvement in the labor and civil rights movements — without cheerleading or focusing solely on women’s involvement — thereby shining a probing light on that very complexity.

Dr. Judith Rosenbaum Talks Living the Legacy with Jewschool

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Don't Patronize Reds!

This fall, the Jewish Women’s Archive released its latest online curriculum in the Living the Legacy series, a Jewish social justice education

Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future

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Marilyn Sneiderman organizing with labor sign

Images and scenes etched in the minds of generations of Jewish activists--immigrant workers marching, sitting in, and striking; tear gas filling the air as riot police attack, beat and arrest union protesters; and battles with gangsters to free unions of mob domination. Freedom rides across the South, rabbis and religious leaders arrested in protests, and a generation of Jews--rank and file workers, organizers, and emerging leaders--swept up and inspired by a movement to win economic, racial, and social justice.

Interview with Mary Glickman (Part II)

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Mary Glickman is a writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser who has worked with Jewish charities and organizations.

Interview with Mary Glickman: Enthralling Author, Charming Mensch (Part I)

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Home in the Morning by M. Glickman
One More River by M. Glickman

Mary Glickman is a writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser who has worked with Jewish charities and organizations.

Labor Day and Leisure

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The Return from Toil

Labor Day. In America, this holiday is more often associated with barbeques, sales, and the farewell to summer and white linen than with the contributions of workers. By design, it’s a less overtly political holiday than the workers’ holidays in Europe—the U.S. intentionally picked a day other than the International Workers’ Day of May 1st to avoid any whiff of radicalism.

Sustenance

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Leah Wolff-Pellingra's Girls

So, it’s an educators’ conference. You can imagine, we are caught in our business casual pastel prints and scarves, pencil skirts and ballet flats.

Henrietta Szold and Emma Goldman: Star-crossed "Women of Valor"

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Szold, Henrietta 1 - still image [media]

December 21st is the winter solstice and this year it was also the date of a lunar eclipse. December 21st, however, is also a big day for two important "stars": Henrietta Szold and Emma Goldman, two very important women in JWA's online Women of Valor exhibit.

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