Jewish American Heritage Month


This May, in a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is highlighting the accomplishments of four prominent Jewish women of Florida.

Sadye Katz (1902-1986)

Ruby Diamond (1886-1982)

Anna Brenner Meyers

Pauline Winick

About Jewish American Heritage Month

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, its founding executive director, Marcia Jo Zerivitz and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously, first in the House of Representatives in December 2005 and later in the Senate in February 2006.

The decision to highlight female Jewish community leaders from the last century was made with the centennial of the women’s right to vote in mind. “We are celebrating both Jewish heritage and women this month by featuring women who have made substantial contributions to our community over the past 100 years,” explained Susan Gladstone, museum director.

The digital content will tell the story of influential and impactful Jewish females in Florida including Ruby Diamond, a noted philanthropist in the beginning of the 20th century and Pauline Winick, the former executive vice president of the Miami Heat, a JMOF-FIU board member and an advocate and job coach for the blind.

JMOF-FIU is proud to be one of the 50 partner organizations across the country who joined in this national effort. Visit the JAHM website for more information.