“The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” and our subsequent blog look to engage, entertain and inform on the dynamics and indeed the dynamic people behind the remarkable performance of the Jewish people.
From time to time we receive wonderful feedback from our readers, which we have included on our blog in a series we call ‘Comments About the Golden Age‘.
Our first came in the form of a letter from Mr. Les Adler. Les Adler has been a faculty member in the Hutchins School since 1970, serving also as Provost from 1977-1979 and from 1987-1997. Additionally, he spent a half-year teaching in England in 1983 for the American Institute for Foreign Study, and a year in Southeast Asia as Fulbright Professor of American history and foreign policy as the National University of Singapore in 1991-1992. He earned his BA degree in Russian and European history from the University of New Mexico in 1963 and his MA (1965) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in American history from the University of California at Berkeley.
Les writes – “This is a much belated response to your excellent book on Jewish achievement. I greatly apologize for having taken so long to reply, but this spring break has actually been the first chance I’ve had to give it a thorough read and the type of thought it so clearly merits.“
Elmer Winter, and his law partner madly scrambled to find emergency secretarial help. That ordeal later inspired them to start Manpower, an international temp agency, an achievement truly worthy of note in our series of ‘High Achievers and Other Interesting People‘.
The following was brought to us from Douglas Martin, of The New York Times:
In April 1948, Mr. Winter and his brother-in-law and law partner, Aaron Scheinfeld, had to file a brief on a tight deadline with the Wisconsin Supreme Court. They could find no one to type it.
They finally hunted down their former secretary and persuaded her to toil until dawn. Their problem was solved, but they thought about the experience. They recalled a legal client who supplied short-term laborers for unloading freight cars. Maybe they could do the same thing for a broader range of employers.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hopes that exhibits and events across the United States next month will demonstrate the significant part Jews have played throughout the last 350 years of America history. In an exclusive interview in her office with reporter Kandie Stroud, Wasserman Schultz, who helped create Jewish American Heritage month, said that education about Jewish contributions to US culture can help to counteract anti-semitism. She also spoke about her own childhood, how her parents encouraged her to be the best student she could be, the discrimination she faced in college, her dreams of a lifetime of service to humanity and her emphasis on the importance of education she teaches her own children.
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 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 more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously. Most recently, President Barack Obama issued aÂ proclamation on May, 12, 2009 in which he stated that “The United States would not be the country we know without the achievements of Jewish Americans.”Â
TheÂ JAHM Coalition was formed in March 2007 and convened by United Jewish Communities (now The Jewish Federations of North America), The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). The JAHM Coalition is composed of the directors of major national Jewish historical and cultural organizations including the AJA, AJHS, Jewish Women’s Archive, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum of Florida, and the Jewish Historical Society of Washington. Rep. Wasserman Schultz made a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize the contributions Jewish people have made to American History.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Rep. Wasserman Shultz only on JewishAchievementBlog.com!
The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement discusses more than just the dynamics that have equated to achievement in all walks of life from that of the Jewish people, but talks about intriguing examples of famous and not-so-famous Jews that through adversities and doubts, rose beyond their expectations and made an impact on society. Dennis Hevesi of The New York Times in January wrote a moving obituary, a tribute to a remarkable story of Jewish achievement which we would like to document here. Continue reading
In this, the second of our series of Jewish Achievement video case studies, Jewish Achievement reporter Kandie Stroud interviews celebrated international attorney Robert Amsterdam (RobertAmsterdam.com). Robert discusses his Jewish heritage, how his mother reading him letters from Auschwitz and his father encouraging world travel as an important part of education helped shape his professional career and interest in world affairs.
Here he describes his concern about growing anti-semitism worldwide, in England, across Europe and Russia.
Mindy Weisel is an internationally acclaimed artist & author. Her paintings are displayed in major collections around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of American Art, Yale University, the Israel Museum and the United States Capitol. Weisel is also an active participant in the U.S. State Department’s “Art in Embassies” program. Her art has also been featured in more than 22 one-person exhibitions, and been reviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and ART News.
In this, the first of our series of Jewish Achievement video case studies, Jewish Achievement reporter Kandie Stroud interviews internationally acclaimed artist Mindy Weisel, who discusses the ‘survival of beauty’ and how her art derives from her background as the daughter of Holocaust survivors.
Welcome to the inaugural post of JewishAchievementBlog.com, the official blog for the groundbreaking book, The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement!
Here we’ll be featuring exclusive articles, videos and podcasts on Jewish historical figures, contemporary religious affairs and through case studies, retrospectives and dialogue, look to answer the question of what dynamics found in the Jewish religion have equated to such success? This truly is a compendium of a culture, a people and their stunning performance.
The book is now out and available in hardcover, paperback and kindle versions. For more information or to order a copy as a gift or for your library, click here: