Hall of Fame Chronology
The commemorative created by Alex Shagin, honoring the First
Jewish Settlers in America, makes numismatic history by featuring
four different sculptured images on one double-medal.
Arthur Miller grants permission to the Jewish-American Hall
of Fame to create a medal in his honor, to be issued in 2000.
Mel Wacks nominates Hal Reed -- creator of the Levi Strauss,
Jonas Salk, Uriah P. Levy, Hank Greenberg and Houdini Jewish-American
Hall of Fame medals -- for the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence
in Medallic Sculpture . and he wins!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Jewish-American Hall
of Fame, a major article by Mel Wacks "Magnes Museum Medals
Make Their Mark," is published by The Numismatist, official
publication of the American Numismatic Association.
Another important article, about some of the famous 20th century
Jews honored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, is published
by COINage Magazine. Mel delivers a slide lecture on
"New York Jews in the Jewish-American Hall of Fame" at the New
York International Numismatic Convention.
Jewish-American Hall of Fame web site www.amuseum.org/jahf
wins Academic Excellence Award from studyweb.com.
Web site www.amuseum.org
is expanded, adding Virtual
Tour Through 500 Years of Jewish-American History, etc.
Michael Feldberg, Ph.D., Executive Director of the American
Jewish Historical Society www.ajhs.org,
indicates that "The Board of Trustees of the American Jewish
Historical Society has voted to accept the Jewish-American Hall
of Fame as an operating division of the American Jewish Historical
The Jewish-American Hall of Fame web site averages over a million
and a half hits per year and is named "Best Non-Profit
Web Site" by the Numismatic Literary Guild.
2006: Seminar held September 17th at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to commemorate the induction of Moe Berg, Major League baseball player and U.S. spy, into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.
- 2007: Mel Wacks contributed to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution about 100 letters that he received over a 25-year period from Gerta Ries Wiener, that discuss and illustrate her creative process in producing designs for eleven Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals.
Click here to read excerpts from Gerta Ries Wiener's letters.
2008: On November 1,The Jewish-American Hall of Fame Exhibit Opens at B'nai B'rith International Headquarters (pictured is Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith)
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