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 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 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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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

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 9 2010

Leading With Two Minds

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, ours, The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement, and several recent columns by David Brooks speak to the notion that culture matters. All three authors also support the notion that cultures can change – sometimes very quickly.

Gladwell writes of the cabin crews at Korean Airlines that dramatically improved airline safety after David Greenberg was brought in from Delta Airlines to change the cockpit culture. The Golden Age describes how Jewish culture was permanently altered when the Diaspora caused rabbinical Judaism to make literacy mandatory for all Jews.

David Brooks’ May 7, 2010 New York Times column (below) speaks to how quickly the culture of the U.S. Army has changed – in part because of the work of General David Petraeus.

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Apr 29 2010

Comments About the Golden Age’ – Dr. Les Adler

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.

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