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St. Louis Jewish Light

The quintessential Jewish mother to millions of television viewers, Molly Goldberg (Gertrude Berg) is shown here in a scene from the film Molly, presumably giving out a taste of chicken soup. Photo Courtesy of JWA

Do you know this Jewish woman? She had a hit TV show in 1949

Jeffrey Shandler and Updated by Pete SmithPublished August 15, 2022

For a generation of Americans, Gertrude Berg embodied Jewish motherhood in a series of radio, television, stage, and film performances. She is best remembered as the creative force behind the Goldbergs, a fictitious Jewish family who lived in an...

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Do you know this Jew? He pioneered the infomercial

Published June 27, 2022

NEW YORK (JTA) — Philip Kives, was a Canadian marketing prodigy whose company K-tel International pioneered the business of “as-seen-on-TV” infomercials. The son of Eastern European immigrants who settled in a Jewish agricultural colony in Saskatchewan,...

Do you know this Jew? She was a silent film superstar of the 1920s

Do you know this Jew? She was a silent film superstar of the 1920s

Published June 16, 2022

(New York Jewish Week) — Hundreds of tourists and midtown office workers cross the intersection of 39th Street and Broadway every day — and most probably don’t realize they are passing a crucial site of Jewish, LGBTQ and theater history. That...

Was Monte Hall Jewish?

Was Monte Hall Jewish?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 25, 2022

Monty Hall, the friendly and engaging host of the long-running television game show “Let’s Make a Deal,”  was, a dual American and Canadian citizen who was born Monte Halparin in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba to Orthodox Jewish parents,...

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Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine visits Western Wall

Published May 10, 2022

American singer Adam Levine from pop-rock band Maroon 5 took a tour of the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday in the lead up to two concerts in Tel Aviv this week. The LA-based band will be performing at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv on Monday and an...

Do you know this Jew? An actress known for her scandalous personal life and revolutionary activism

Do you know this Jew? An actress known for her scandalous personal life and revolutionary activism

Jeanne Scheper, Special For The Jewish LightPublished April 20, 2022

(JWA) -- Libby Holman was known as much for her scandalous personal life and revolutionary activism as for her lush voice. Holman moved to New York to become an actress and singer. She performed her first major role in 1925 in The Sapphire Ring and continued...

Do you know this Jew? His yeast built the Jewish Catskills

Do you know this Jew? His yeast built the Jewish Catskills

Published April 13, 2022

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. Many home cooks this past year, in an Instagram-inspired spirit, upped their challah-baking game with new braiding patterns, interesting flavors and vibrant colors. Yet it was a more standard ingredient...

Do you know this Jew? If you dont know her face, you sure know her voice

Do you know this Jew? If you don’t know her face, you sure know her voice

Deborah Schneider, Jewish Women's ArchivePublished March 30, 2022

(JWA) -- Long before her final role as the grouchy bailiff on Night Court, Selma Diamond earned a reputation behind the scenes as a brilliant, salty comedy writer for some of the best shows on radio and television. Diamond began writing jokes...

Is Secretary of State Antony Blinken Jewish?

Is Secretary of State Antony Blinken Jewish?

TEAM JONJ, JEWORNOTJEW.COMPublished March 9, 2022

It’s a right of Jewish passage to wonder who out there in the world is Jewish too, especially famous people like actors, singers, athletes, and even social media stars and YouTubers. It’s just something we do. So, to better answer the question...

Remembering St. Louis legend Rosa Sonneschein, a woman before her time

Remembering St. Louis legend Rosa Sonneschein, a woman before her time

Jordan Palmer and Bob CohnPublished March 8, 2022

If there had been a local Jewish version of the National Enquirer in St. Louis back in the 1860s, the tabloid would no doubt have devoted oceans of ink to Rabbi Solomon Hirsch Sonneschein and his wife, Rosa Fassel Sonneschein, who can truly be described...

Do you know this Jew? His punim helped define the look of Hollywood gangsters

Do you know this Jew? His punim helped define the look of Hollywood gangsters

Published March 6, 2022

Who knew that the actor with the scarred face, who would define the onscreen tough guy stereotype of Italian mobsters was just a Jewish guy with a "Shanya Punim." Born Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund in what is now Lviv, Ukraine, Paul Muni began...

Do you know this Jew? He was a boxing champ and movie star

Do you know this Jew? He was a boxing champ and movie star

Published December 12, 2021

Maxie Rosenbloom was one tough Jew. Born September 6, 1904, in Leonard’s Bridge, Connecticut, Maxie Rosenblum grew up and leaned to box in Harlem's Union Settlement in New York. He turned pro in 1923, and slowly rose up the ranks of the sport. On...

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