May 27 2010

Jewish American Heritage Month Celebrates the Famous and Not-So-Famous

The following article further documenting the reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House is brought to us by Fox News’ White House Blog. Here, “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” author Steven L. Pease discusses the possible political undertone behind the event but further, that with Mr. Obama hosting and for this administration, “there is no downside”.

It’s not quite a State Dinner, but an event in Washington on Thursday brings its own star power. The Obama administration is set to host the first ever reception to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month (which happens to be May) and rumors are swirling that some big names could be arriving at the White House.

There’s no confirmed guest list (yet), but there are reports that the attendees range from sports legends to writers to members of the Jewish community who contribute every day within Jewish organizations. The White House says the event won’t be like the Hanukkah reception with religious leaders as guests. Instead the administration chose to focus on Americans who contribute to the culture of the country and also happen to be Jewish.

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May 27 2010

The Disproportionate Success of Jews in America

Steven L. Pease, a venture capitalist and community activist, is the author of The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement: The Compendium of a Culture, a People, and Their Stunning Performance. He is also, not Jewish. Below, as excerpted from his most recent opinion editorial on JTA.org, is an insightful perspective on the disproportionate historical achievements of the Jewish people in light of Jewish American Heritage Month.

When I was a kid, the prospect of catching polio was terrifying. We could not dive into a public swimming pool for fear we would spend the rest of our lives in an iron lung. Two Jewish doctors vanquished that disease and removed such fears forever.

Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin are but two of the Jews we honor in celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month.

America has been blessed with many waves of immigrants from all over the world who have made our nation the most successful in history. This success has drawn these immigrants with its promise of living free and making one’s own way, and perhaps achieving and contributing great things.

During Jewish American Heritage Month in May, we honor our Jewish countrymen. Their numbers are small, roughly 5 million or 6 million in a country of more than 300 million.
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May 26 2010

CAPITAL CULTURE: White House Party To Fete Jewish Culture

In politics, as elsewhere, it’s a sport that’s almost as popular as people-watching: Guest-list watching.

And this week, it’s the Jewish community in Washington and beyond that’s buzzing over who’ll be on the list when Barack and Michelle Obama host the first-ever White House reception marking Jewish Heritage Month.

The White House won’t divulge the guest list for Thursday afternoon’s event in the East Room. But it’s clearly an eclectic and interesting one and markedly different from past Jewish-themed events like the president’s annual Hanukkah party.

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May 25 2010

Hadassah Lieberman Interview Part Two

Jewish Achievement reporter Kandie Stroud interviews Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) and Global Ambassador of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure campaign on her Jewish heritage, the importance of Jewish American Heritage Month and her pride in American citizens from all walks of life coming together in support of the Jewish people for a bevy of reasons.

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May 24 2010

Did You Know?

Every so often one will hear a ‘fast fact‘ that startles, educates and perhaps even re-shapes previous perception. These facts find their way in to dinner conversations, meetings and even internet surfing; in that light, we would like to entertain our audiences with a series we entitle ‘Did You Know‘?

Did You Know? The Roosevelt family were originally Jewish-Dutch, arriving in New York City in 1682. The family patriarch went under the original name of Claes Rosenvelt before changing it to Nicholas Roosevelt. Sarah Delano, FDR’s mother, descended from Sephardic Jews.

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May 21 2010

The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement Author Steven L. Pease on Jewish Life Television!

Jewish Life Television recently featured an interview with the Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” author Steven  L. Pease on his continued interest in Jewish achievement and indeed evaluating why Jews are disproportionately successful both historically and in contemporary society. Featured below is part one of JLTV’s series on the Golden Age of Jewish Achievement.

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May 20 2010

Hadassah Lieberman Interview Part One

Jewish Achievement reporter Kandie Stroud interviews Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) and Global Ambassador of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure campaign on her Jewish heritage, her parents struggle for survival during the Holocaust and how faith was an undying flame for the Jewish people amidst times of great persecution.

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May 19 2010

A History of Jewish Appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court

The following article was penned by “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” author Steven L. Pease and additionally published in the Huffington Post. Here, Mr. Pease discusses the history behind and remarkable rise of the Jewish community in American politics, dating back to almost a century ago.

Nothing is more important in U.S. law than the Supreme Court. It is the ultimate arbiter of decisions made in all other courts and it alone can decide if a law passed by Congress or a decision made by the administration is “unconstitutional.” Its importance is demonstrated by the constant fights in the U.S. Senate over the Senate’s role to “advise and consent” on appointments to the federal bench, including the appeals courts, and ultimately, the Supreme Court.

It took more than a century for a Jew to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Louis Brandeis became the first Jewish associate justice when he was confirmed in 1916. Continue reading

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May 18 2010

Sol Price, Founder of Price Club

Sol Price is another notable addition to our ‘High Achievers and Other Interesting People‘ category here at Jewish Achievement Blog.com – this blogger had no idea that the ‘Price Club’ was a double entendre! Mr. Price was a Jewish retail magnate who three decades ago altered both the American landscape and the American way of shopping by founding Price Club, the first nationwide members-only discount warehouse.

Mr. Price died in December 0f 2009 at 93 years old, of natural causes.

With Robert, Mr. Price started the first Price Club in 1976 in a cavernous former airplane parts factory in an unfashionable part of San Diego. The business, which offered consumer goods as varied as tires, books and household appliances at extremely low prices, proved to be the leading edge in the multibillion-dollar influx of discount big-box stores, among them Costco, Wholesale Club and Sam’s Club.

By 1990, members-only retail clubs had become the fastest-growing sector of retailing, The Associated Press reported.

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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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