May 17 2010

Steven L. Pease Speaks to Urban Journal on Mr. Obama’s Nomination of Elena Kagan

Last year  ”The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” author Steven L. Pease spoke to Urban Journal’s Keith Murphy on the nomination of ‘High Achiever’ Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court – Click the link below to check it out!

Urban Journal 5/17 pt. 1

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May 15 2010

Golden Age of Jewish Achievement’s Steven L. Pease on Jewish Life Television

Wednesday, May 19, 8:00 pm on Jewish Life Television – Celebrating the Golden Age of Jewish Achievement, Host Brad Pomerance interviews Author Steve Pease and highlights two of thegreat Jewish achievers – Albert Einstein and Comcast’s Brian Roberts. Also featured are a Torah Repairman and another successstory from JDate.

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May 13 2010

Jewish Astronaut Bringing Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month into Space

A Jewish astronaut has been chosen to bring the presidential proclamation creating Jewish American Heritage Month into space.

The timing is perfect,” Garrett Reisman told reporters during a NASA conference call, as the commemoration is marked each May.

Reisman, 42, is a mission specialist launching on May 16 aboard the Atlantis space shuttle, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

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May 13 2010

Fiddler on the Roof Interview: Part Two – Deborah Grausman

A revival of Fiddler on the Roof, the story of a Jewish family set to music against a backdrop of early 20th Century Russian pogroms, has been playing at the National Theater in Washington for the past two weeks and has been touring the country for the past year. Monday night the cast raised money to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, performing Broadway hit songs at Town Danceboutique on 8th Street NW. Reporter Kandie Stroud asked cast member Deborah Grausman what they she has learned about the character and strength of the Jewish people by playing her part in Fiddler on the Roof.

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May 12 2010

Kagan’s Jewish Quotient

The following article has been excerpted from the Tablet, with contributor Marc Tracy depicting the nomination as “an ethnic moment”. Our book, “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” is indeed referenced again below.

This felt a little different, right? Sorta our Nominee? New York Upper West Side (probably liberal) Jewish, the socialist summer camps and the father with the Ben Shahn drawings (OK maybe not all of that).

Anyway, a quick look at how some of Kagan’s cultural cues were covered. Continue reading

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May 12 2010

Kagan Seen as Brilliant, Affable and a Mystery

In the article below, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency discusses the story of Ms. Elena Kagan, a “steady, strategic and tactical” Jewish achiever and obvious notable addition for our section of ‘High Achievers and Other Interesting People ‘. “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” author Steven L. Pease was also interviewed about Ms. Kagan, noting that “…a third Jewish justice was not remarkable. Ms. Kagan would be seen as getting the job on her merits.

In the Jewish community Saperstein, the head of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center , apparently is not alone.

Community reaction to Obama’s selection of Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, is enthusiastic until officials consider what it is, exactly, she stands for.

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May 11 2010

Celebrating May as Jewish American Heritage Month

The following was written by our own Steven L. Pease, as published originally in the Huffington Post:

We are a nation of immigrants. Little has been more fortuitous than the rich melange of tribes and cultures that arrived from foreign shores to populate and share our land.

Among them were three major waves of Jewish immigrants whose contributions are now being celebrated during May’s Jewish American Heritage Month.

The first wave — 23 Jews — arrived in 1654 from today’s Brazil. They were escaping the onslaught of the Inquisition which imperiled their lives. After being allowed to immigrate, they demanded and received the right to participate as equals in defending their adopted colony.

The second, in the early to mid 1800s, were mostly from today’s Germany. They too were escaping persecution as efforts to change the politics of that part of the world brought strife.

The third, and by far the largest group — roughly two million Jews — arrived impoverished from the Pale of Russia. Though Jews have cherished education for most of 2,000 years, the harsh circumstances of the Pale left most of these Jews illiterate. Yet within a generation, 20 percent of the student body at Harvard was Jewish, as was 40 percent at Columbia, and 80 percent at Hunter College.

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May 11 2010

Steven L. Pease: Jewish Achievement at Commonwealth Club of California on May 13, 2010

Though the Jewish people only represent 2 percent of the world’s population, they comprise 36 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize recipients in economics, 51 percent of Pulitzer Prizes for non-fiction, 21 percent of Ivy League university enrollment and 37 percent of Academy Award-winning directors. Steven L. Pease, raised a Presbyterian, asks why Jews are disproportionately high achievers and attempts to answer these questions through hundreds of fascinating case studies, ultimately making the case for the important role Jewish culture has played in this high-achieving result. As seen on the San Francisco Chronicle Event Calendar, Pease will discuss what drew him to investigate this topic, as well as the signifïcance of the Jewish emphasis on literacy and education in creating this legacy of achievement.

Location: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 networking reception, 6:00 program, 7 p.m. book signing

Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with a valid ID)

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May 11 2010

Obama to Hold Jewish Heritage Reception

From Washington, President Obama will host prominent U.S. Jews at the White House to mark Jewish American Heritage Month.

The reception serves as an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the range and depth of Jewish American heritage and contributions to American culture, with guests representing the many walks of life that have helped weave the fabric of American history,” a White House official said.

Invitees include a range of community leaders and prominent Jewish Americans, from Olympians and professional athletes to business leaders, scholars, military veterans, and astronauts.

The May 27 reception, hosted by Obama and his wife, Michelle, is the first of its kind since President Bush declared the first Jewish Heritage Month in 2007.

The Jewish American story is an essential chapter of the American narrative. It is one of refuge from persecution; of commitment to service, faith, democracy, and peace; and of tireless work to achieve success. As leaders in every facet of American life — from athletics, entertainment, and the arts to academia, business, government, and our Armed Forces – Jewish Americans have shaped our Nation and helped steer the course of our history. We are a stronger and more hopeful country because so many Jews from around the world have made America their home.

The recognition was the result of legislation initiated by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). We encourage you to check out our exclusive interview with Rep. Wasserman-Shultz here at JewishAchievementBlog.com

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May 7 2010

Jewish American Group Tzedek: Responsibly Investing Through Jewish Values

Tzedekâh meaning justice or righteousness in Hebrew seems commensurate to the very same name of a group which is dedicated to community investing in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Through education, organizing, and lending, Tzedec creates partnerships between Jewish investors and these communities.

By collecting low and even no-interest loans from Jewish philanthropic investors, the program not only encourages other Jews to give back but to create professional partnerships of trust and mutual benefit with communities in need. Tzedek reinvests those funds in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to serve individuals, businesses, and nonprofits typically neglected by mainstream banks. Tzedek credits it success on Jewish values.

By fulfilling Judaism’s tzedakah teachings, Tzedek is able to emphasize partnership and investment as the highest form of giving. In result, Tzedec’s mission of social justice energizes Jews and attracts unaffiliated Jewish activists and funders alike to Jewish life.

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