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JEWISH AMERICANS is a big fat wonderful book filled with hundreds of photographs of native and foreign-born Jewish Americans. The book is coffee-table sized so if you want to start a conversation this is the book that will do it. You'll need an ovesized book shelf to store it. Although most American Jews were born in the U.S., many were immigrants. Jews began settling in the U.S. when it was a collection of colonies over 300 years ago, and were participants in the American Revolution, the western expansion and all the other historical events which define who is American. Some Jews came to the U.S. when Spain expelled the Jews from it's territories (convert, leave, or die). Some came to the U.S. from Europe following pogroms and other cruel efforts designed to eradicate Jews and Jewish life. Many came to the U.S. during and after WWII. Today, many Jews have fled areas where Muslim extremists make life difficult for all non-believers. Jews can be of any race and are both Hispanic and not. Jews have come from Africa, Europe, Asia, and all points on the globe. As the historian Simon Schama says, 'Jews don't have roots, they have feet.' Records of the Jewish diaspora can be found in the Christian Bible, Jewish holy books, and Latin and other sources. In the 1st Century C.E. the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, but even that awful event has not prevented return migration to the homeland. Jews in the U.S. (Freud went to London when he fled Vienna) have ranged from Louis Brandeis and Ruth Bader Ginsberg of the Supreme Court, Alan Greenspan of the Federal Reserve, Albert Einstein the physicist, and Drs. Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin who found a way to beat polio. Without Jewish performers, the U.S. would have been a sad place during the 20th Century.Read more ›
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