Today in labor history: Jewish labor leaders stamps issued

Just in time to celebrate the upcoming Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown Sept. 24), the progressive secular Jewish Currents magazine has issued a set of decorative peelable stamps (not to be used as U.S. postage!) commemorating ten Jewish leaders of the American labor movement. On the back side of the sheet are short biographies of the ten figures. Notable among them are four women, and a range of ideological orientations, from the craft unionism of Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of Labor, to the anarchism of Rose Pesotta and the syndicalism of Mathilda Robbins, to the Bundist and Socialist Sidney Hillman, to the Communist Party membership or affinity of Ben Gold and others. We wish our readers a productive and peaceful year 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

Photo: via Jewish Currents




Eric A. Gordon
Eric A. Gordon

Eric A. Gordon is the author of a biography of radical American composer Marc Blitzstein, co-author of composer Earl Robinson’s autobiography, and the translator (from Portuguese) of a memoir by Brazilian author Hadasa Cytrynowicz. He holds a doctorate in history from Tulane University. He chaired the Southern California chapter of the National Writers Union, Local 1981 UAW (AFL-CIO) for two terms and is director emeritus of The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring Southern California District. In 2015 he produced “City of the Future,” a CD of Soviet Yiddish songs by Samuel Polonski. He received the Better Lemons "Up Late" Critic Award for 2019, awarded to the most prolific critic. His latest project is translating the fiction of Manuel Tiago (pseudonym for Álvaro Cunhal) from Portuguese. The first two books, "Five Days, Five Nights" and "The Six-Pointed Star," are available from International Publishers NY.