Portraits of Jewish-American Heroes (Paperback)
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From director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, read about twenty of the most influential Jewish Americans in history!
From its beginnings, America, founded on religious freedom, has been a land of opportunity for Jews, socially, economically, and spiritually, writes Rabbi Malka Drucker in introducing twenty compelling individuals who have enriched our country by their achievements. In areas including science, sports, filmmaking, and civil rights, we meet male and female heroes who set an example, made a positive difference, and took a risk to do it. This beautifully produced volume spans three centuries of history, beginning with Haym Solomon and ending with Daniel Pearl. Each individual's likeness, spirit, and contribution are captured in a distinctive and striking color portrait created with a variety of different media.
About the Author
Malka Drucker is a rabbi and the author of many award-winning books for children and adults. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Elizabeth Rosen is an artist and illustrator who divides her time between Manhattan and Woodstock, New York.
"This invitingly illustrated collective biography celebrates 20 Jewish American heroes in all their diversity: their lives and work, the obstacles they overcame, their strong American roots, and their pride in being Jewish. The nicely designed volume includes full-page portraits of the subjects in various media: Levi Strauss is painted on denim; Einstein is depicted in a collage; astronaut Judith Arlene Resnik is seen with a spaceship in the background . . . Drucker’s eloquent, chatty style opens up big issues about Judaism as a source of idealism and for a just, compassionate society. The bibliography and the Jewish American history time line will lead interested readers on to more information."--Booklist
"Drucker's admiration for each person comes through loud and clear, and may drive readers to seek out fuller biographies. Back matter extends the book's usefulness as a report starter. A perfect resource for Jewish American Heritage Month in May or Jewish Book Month in November."--School Library Journal