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Jewish-American Hall of Fame Chronology

  • 1999: 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.
  • 2000: Web site www.amuseum.org is expanded, adding Virtual Tour Through 500 Years of Jewish-American History, etc.
  • 2001: 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 Society."
  • 2002: 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.
  • National Jewish Museum
    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)

    National Jewish Museum

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