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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Apr 28 2010

High Achievers and Other Interesting People: Elmer Winter, Co-Founder of Manpower

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.

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Apr 28 2010

Rep. Wasserman Shultz Speaks to Jewish Achievement Blog.com

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.


Apr 19 2010

Welcome to the Golden Age of Jewish Achievement Blog!

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:

The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement