May 17 2011

Correlating Religion, Education, and Family Income

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.

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Jun 3 2010

Welcome to Obama’s Jewish America

The following article on the Jewish American Heritage Month celebration held on May 27th has been brought to us from the Jewish Chronicles Ron Kampeas:

The athletes, the astronauts, the alternative music, the black rabbi, the white dress uniforms and, above all, the left-handed baseball immortal: Welcome to Barack Obama’s Jewish America.

The inaugural Jewish America Heritage Month celebration at the White House underscored the Obama administration’s determination not to be locked into Washington’s conventional notions of Jewish leadership.

President Obama did not exactly snub the usual suspects who have peopled similar events for decades. Lee Rosenberg, the president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and Alan Solow, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, were on hand. Both also happen to have been major fund-raisers for Obama’s campaign, as were several others among the 250 or so in attendance.
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Jun 1 2010

Susie Turnbull Speaks to Jewish Achievement Blog.com!

Jewish Achievement reporter Kandie Stroud recently interviewed Susie Turnbull, former Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and a life-long community activist who has worked in numerous campaigns and Democratic Party leadership positions. Ms. Turnbull is also chair of Jewish Women International. In this video, Ms. Turnbull discusses Jewish American Heritage Month, the inaugural event in its honor held at the White House, of which she was an esteemed attendee and indeed the current geopolitical situation emanating from the Middle East, certainly an unavoidable topic of discussion in contemporary society. Part one of our interview also showcases Ms. Turnbull discussing the great Sandy Koufax and the importance of President Obama moving forward with JAHM.

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Jun 1 2010

My Son, The Doctor

A few years ago, Sherwin B. Nuland  published an insightful and intriguing article in the The New Republic entitled “My Son, The Doctor”, discussing the topic of Jews and medicine from a unique historical perspective. We feel Mr. Nuland makes a compelling case for culture as a driver of Jewish involvement in medicine, including referring to the biblical link between physical and moral purity while emphasizing that maintenance of health is maintenance of life. We wish to share this distinct perspective with you today.

‘though the medieval Muslims called both Jews and Christians the people of the book, Jews are in effect the people of the body as well.’ – Sherwin B. Nuland

Why is it, in fact, that so many Jews have become doctors? Here follows a twice-told tale that bears telling once again.

Imprisoned in a tower in Madrid, disabled by syphilis and further weakened by an abscess in his scalp, the French king Francis I asked of his captor, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, that he send his finest Jewish physician to attempt a cure. At some point after the doctor arrived, Francis, in an attempt at light conversation, asked him if he was not yet tired of waiting for the messiah to come. To his chagrin, he was told that his healer was not actually Jewish, but a converso who had long been a baptized Christian. Francis dismissed him, and arranged to be treated by a genuine Jew, brought all the way from Constantinople.

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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 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 17 2010

Paul A. Samuelson, Economist

Paul A. Samuelson, the first American Nobel laureate in economics and the foremost academic economist of the 20th century is another notable addition to our ‘High Achievers and Other Interesting People‘ category here at Jewish Achievement Blog.com.

His death in 2009 was announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which Mr. Samuelson helped build into one of the world’s great centers of graduate education in economics.

In receiving the Nobel Prize in 1970, Mr. Samuelson was credited with transforming his discipline from one that ruminates about economic issues to one that solves problems, answering questions about cause and effect with mathematical rigor and clarity.

When economists “sit down with a piece of paper to calculate or analyze something, you would have to say that no one was more important in providing the tools they use and the ideas that they employ than Paul Samuelson,” said Robert M. Solow, a fellow Nobel laureate and colleague of Mr. Samuelson’s at M.I.T.

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May 14 2010

Steven L. Pease Speaks to America’s Work Force Radio

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:

Steven L. Pease on AWF Radio

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