Hide and Seek
(Find the Children on Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medals)
See if you can find the hidden children on Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medals

The Talmud teaches that “The world is kept alive by the breath of children.” And so it is not surprising that children have appeared on many Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals.

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

Many children came to the United States as immigrants, as immortalized in the poem “The New Colossus,” dedicated to the Statue of Liberty:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teaming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp besides the golden door.

This was written by New Yorker Emma Lazarus when she was 34 years old. Unfortunately she did not live long enough to see her poem attached to the Statue of Liberty in 1903, since Emma Lazarus died in 1887 at the age of 38.

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Henrietta Szold (1860-1945)

Henrietta Szold was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Following her first visit to Palestine, she formed Hadassah in 1912. Today, Hadassah’s great hospitals in Jerusalem are world famous, treating over 25,000 patients including many children ... Jews and Arabs alike. In 1933, at the age of 73, Szold embarked on a major new project ... rescuing Jewish children from the oncoming Holocaust. Despite obstacles in dealing with the British Mandate government in Palestine, by 1948 her Youth Aliya program brought 30,000 children from troubled Europe to Palestine. Even at the age of 81, Henrietta Szold accepted a new challenge ... planning the Fund for Child and Youth Care.

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Houdini (1874-1926)

Houdini was born Ehrich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. His family emigrated to the United States while he was an infant, and his father became the first rabbi in Appleton, Wisconsin. They later moved to Milwaukee, and eventually settled in New York. At the age of 17, he changed his name to Harry Houdini and began performing in medicine shows, circuses, theaters, etc. and eventually became one of the most famous magicians in history. His medal shows children celebrating Halloween because he died on October 31, 1926 after a fan unexpectedly punched Houdini in the stomach (and ruptured his appendix).

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Dr. Bela Schick (1877-1967)

Young Bela Schick quoted the Talmud: “The world is kept alive by the breath of children,” to help persuade his father to allow him to pursue continued education in pediatrics, rather than to join the family grain merchant business in Graz, Austria. Schick became assistant at the Children’s Clinic in Vienna, and later he emigrated to the United States, and in 1923 became pediatrician-in-chief at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Schick made important studies on scarlet fever, tuberculosis, and the nutrition for infants ... but gained international renown for the Schick Test. This test determined susceptibility to diphtheria, and eventually led to the eradication of the childhood disease that attacked 100,000 American children in 1927, leading to about 10,000 deaths.

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Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995)

Jonas Edward Salk was born in New York City on October 28, 1914 and graduated from the City College of New York. At the University of Pittsburgh, Salk did research into poliomyelitis, where he developed a vaccine prepared by inactivating the virus. Massive field trials conducted by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 1954 confirmed the effectiveness of the vaccine, which became the first weapon against the polio scourge which attacked mainly children. In the years immediately before mass inoculations with the Salk vaccine began, there was an average of 25,000 cases a year in the United States; in 1969 not a single death from polio was reported in the nation, and the disease has virtually been eradicated worldwide.


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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on August 25, 1918. When his aunt sent her upright piano to the Bernstein home, 10 year old Lenny looked at it, hit the key, cried “Ma, I want lessons,” ... and the rest is history. At the age of 25, Bernstein burst on the national music scene when he substituted at the last minute for an ailing conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his conducting duties, Bernstein wrote classical music and Broadway shows like Wonderful Town, Candide and West Side Story. In 1958, he inaugurated the New York Philharmonic’s award-winning “Young People’s Concerts.”

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