This Week in History: Events in May
Labor leaders Bessie Abramowitz and Sidney Hillman announced their engagement while leading the clothing workers' contingent in the Chicago May Day Parade.
The American Jewish Committee announced publication of a guidebook by Gladys Rosen suggesting ways to recognize Jewish contributions to the United States during the Bicentennial celebrations.
Lillie Steinhorn retired from the Social Security Administration as the longest-serving federal employee on record.
Soprano Roberta Peters had the longest tenure of any Metropolitan Opera soprano and has worked to popularize opera throughout her career.
Barbara Dobkin, the Founding Chair of the Jewish Women's Archive, receives an honorary degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in recognition of her visionary advocacy of women's causes.
Nacha Rivkin founded the first yeshiva for girls in the U.S. to give her daughter and other girls an educational opportunity denied to them
Rand's most famous novel launched the popular and controversial philosophy of Objectivism.
Writer Maxine Kumin won the esteemed award for poetry for her collection "Up Country: Poems of New England."
In winning an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the young poet was recognized as an important presence on the American literary scene.
An advocate for both women and traditional Jewish practice, Esther Ruskay spoke on "The Revival of Judaism" at the founding meeting of the New York section of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Jazz singer Sylvia Blagman Syms dies of a heart attack at age 74 while receiving a standing ovation after a performance.
Born in Romania, opera and concert singer Alma Gluck went on to become a major performing and recording star in the United States
Amy Eilberg became the first woman ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary's commencement exercises in New York City.
Tennis player, promoter, and women's advocate Gladys Heldman published the inaugural issue of "World Tennis Magazine." a forum calling for equal status and opportunity for women athletes.
"The Betsy Ross of Israel" sewed and flew the first Israeli flag after the state was founded
Jennifer Gorovitz was named Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation, one of the largest federations in the country.
Innovative community mikveh and education center in Newton, Massachusetts, gives new meaning to ancient ritual
Goldstein was the first female Judaica librarian and the first woman to direct a branch library in Massachusetts.
Thousands of Jewish housewives rioted on the Lower East Side, making news and inspiring other women organizers
Buchdahl became the first Asian American cantor, and just two years later, made history again by becoming the first Asian American rabbi.
The "leading lady" of American Yiddish theater sought to raise the artistic standards of the genre, emphasizing serious plays.
Trailblazing journalist Eisner breaks one more barrier, becoming the first woman editor of the country's largest Jewish newspaper.
Writer, playwright, and activist Winner was a progressive voice for immigrants and immigration reform.
Sandy Sasso became ordained as the first female Reconstructionist rabbi by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.
Comedian Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer at the age of 42.
The proprietors of the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel in Atlantic City apologized to Bertha Rayner Frank for her experience with anti-Jewish discrimination at their hotel.
The Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls, a residence and vocational training center for young women, opened its doors.
Susan Sontag's last essay, "Regarding the Torture of Others," was published in the "New York Times Magazine."
Psychologist Carol Gilligan published "In a Different Voice," the first book to argue that women's psychological development could not be understood by studying men.
Birth of opera star and arts advocate Beverly Sills.
Belle Moskowitz, who became the most important female political activist of her day, passed a bill through the New York State Assembly requiring major NY dance halls to obtain a license.
New York City women, led by activist Clara Shavelson, picketed Manhattan butcher shops to demand a reduction in the price of meat.
Birth of Lizzie Black Kander, a leading Jewish social reformer in Milwaukee and author of the still-in print "Settlement Cookbook."
The Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond celebrated Jewish American Heritage Month by unveiling the Jewish-American Hall of Fame plaque honoring Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Dr. Gertrude Elion.
Birth of influential dancer and choreographer Pearl Lang.
Adah Isaacs Menken, a racy actress whose cult of personality brought her stardom, gave her last performance.
"We should set up memorials that would make us loathe war instead of admire it.” - Sculptor Bashka Paeff
Birth in New York City of Ruth Hagy Brod, who would have a varied career in journalism, publishing, and public service.
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