Jewish contributions to the American way of life

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Northside Pub. Inc., 1995 - Religion - 218 pages
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JEWISH CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE adds to current awareness of 20th Century Jewish-Americans in all fields & professions who have advanced the well-being of fellow citizens. Co-authors Asher B. Etkes & Saul Stadtmauer hold that freedom, education & opportunity were catalysts for unlocking the talents of an energetic minority -- only 2-3% of the U.S. population -- rescued from a repressive past. The collection of biographies salutes notable Jews in more than thirty areas of achievement including entertainment, communications, government, music, literature, science, business, sports & the arts. Among more than 1,200 men & women cited are major figures in their various fields such as Saul Bellow, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, The Marx Brothers & Leonard Bernstein. Other less familiar pioneers, leaders & celebrities are introduced. For example, Emile Berliner, inventor of a practical phonograph & spawned the recording industry, & Edward Land, creator of Polaroid instant photography. The lively page-turner clusters prominent Jews by vocations & describes how each discipline evolved through Jewish history. A chapter summarizes the 4,000 year chronicle of Jewish society. Another presents a large glossary of Yiddish words that have entered English, like chutzpa, shtick & mavin. Jewish organizations, foundations & institutions donating billions annually to worthy causes, without preference, are also represented. To order contact: Northside Publishing Inc., 41-04 35th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. 718-392-3680.

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