Occasionally, a very simple graphic makes a profound point.
That happened last Sunday when the New York Times Sunday Magazine published the following graphic and story correlating religion, education, and income. The chart illustrates the fundamental importance Reform and Conservative Jews place on education (58 to 65 percent of them have college degrees – versus 27 percent of the American population). That disparity has a dramatic impact on family income. Sixty-seven percent of Reform Jews have family incomes of more than $75,000 per year versus only 31 percent of American families. Cultures that treasure education will produce kids with significantly greater job skills – and that will qualify them for substantially higher paying jobs. As ever more of our mid-level jobs are lost to productivity gains, college and post graduate degrees are becoming ever more critical to the future of our kids.
Jewish Life Television recently featured an interview with the “Golden Age of Jewish Achievement” author Steven Ã‚Â 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.
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.
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
‘The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement‘ author Steven L. Pease recently spoke on America’s Work Force Radio (AWF Radio )about the magnitude of what has been achieved by the Jewish community and why. The lessons he believes all of us can learn about the dynamics behind high achievement are explained in the audio clip below:
Boxing sensation Yuri Foreman appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night to discuss his upcoming match. Mr. Foreman enlightened Jimmy on his illustrious background, the call he expects to receive from the President of Israel following victory and how he upholds his Jewish faith as a practicing Rabbi while arduously training for success in the ring. Below is a brief backgrounder on the stunner from the former Soviet Union.
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 members Emily Shoolin, Deborah Grausman, Joel Bernstein and Hannah DelMonte what they have learned about the character and strength of the Jewish people by playing their parts in Fiddler on the Roof.
They all spoke of their enormous respect for Jewish perserverance and thei ability to survive in spite of adversity and persecution. The following is the first in our series of interviews with the cast:
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.
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: