April 15, 2015
Announcing The 2015 Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing
on the topic of Jewish Americans in the entertainment industry, living or dead, who made a
significant impact in the field of television, film, music or theater. Writers are asked to express why
they admire this person and what is the person’s lasting legacy on the writer and/or American culture.
Co-sponsored by Fresh Ink for Teens, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.
An official program in celebration of Jewish-American
The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, plus the inscribed
silver Alexander Award medal. In addition, the winning essay will be published
on the websites of the sponsors and made available to Jewish high school
newspapers that are members of the Jewish Scholastic Press Association, a
supporting group of the Alexander Award. Essays not exceeding 500 words should be emailed by May
31 to Shira Vickar-Fox at email@example.com.
Consideration will be given to originality, creativity and writing style. All entries must include the name of the high
school and the grade of the entrant. There is a limit of one entry per student.Click here to read the winning essays of past winners: Betty Friedan by Gabi Kamran (2014), Bess Myerson by Dafna Fliegelman (2013), and Jonas Salk by Olivia Mittman (runner-up 2013).
August 1, 2012
Jewish-American Hall of Fame Web Site to be Administered by the American Numismatic Society
The ANS indicates that “Andrew Meadows, Deputy Director of the American Numismatic Society and Mel Wacks, Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Division of the American Jewish Historical Society have signed an agreement to transfer the web site of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, www.amuseum.org, to the auspices of the ANS ‘so that it will survive and remain relevant. Mel Wacks will oversee the web site at least through 2019, and thereafter if he is able. The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.”
May 15, 2010
Jewish-American Hall of Fame Plaques Featured in "The Impact of Jewish Intellect" Exhibit at the Virginia Holocaust Museum
This permanent display begs the question: What if…. What if one of the murdered millions had discovered a cure for cancer, HIV/AIDS or Alzheimer’s? Would fossil fuels have become obsolete had an alternative been discovered by one of the Jewish children exterminated by the Nazis? Such questions should come to mind in this striking, new gallery that explores the impact of Jewish intellect on humanity. The Museum, located at 2000 East Cary Street in Richmond, is open Monday – Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. There is no admission fee. Call (804) 257-5400 for further information.
October 26, 2007
In Celebration of Victor Ries' 100th Birthday
Here's the story of how Victor Ries shaped the future of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals project.
350th Anniversary of Jewish Life in America Medal
has chosen the designs of Dana Krinsky for the official medal
celebrating 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, which will be
celebrated nationally from September 2004 through September 2005.
July 15, 2001
Jewish-American Hall of Fame Becomes Division of American Jewish
Founding Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, is pleased
to announce 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 commencing July 15, 2001.
The Incredible Gerta
by Mel Wacks
to a wonderful artist, a unique person, and a good friend who
died in her sleep on March 1, 2000 at the age of 101.