The Amer­ica you didn’t know

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

1 There are 5.3 mil­lion US Jews — 2.2 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

2 The old­est con­gre­ga­tion is New York’s Sephardi Shearith Is­rael com­mu­nity (1654).

3 The first Amer­i­can Hag­gadah was pub­lished in 1837 by S.H. Jack­son.

4 To meet the de­mand from Jewish im­mi­grants in 1911, a kosher kitchen was built at their ar­rival point at El­lis Is­land.

5 There are no Jewish Repub­li­cans in the Se­nate or the House. The Democrats have 22 Congress mem­bers and 11 Sen­a­tors.

6 Christo­pher Columbus’s in­ter­preter on his voy­age to the New World was Yosef Halevy, a Catholic con­vert. 7 The words “…give me your tired, your poor, your hud­dled masses…” on the Statue of Lib­erty were writ­ten by a Jewish woman, Emma Lazarus.

8 The first openly Jewish se­na­tor was Ju­dah P. Ben­jamin, a slave owner rep­re­sent­ing Louisiana.

9 Ju­dith Res­nick was the first Jewish as­tro­naut in space. She died in the Chal­lenger shut­tle dis­as­ter in 1986.

10 Base­ball player Sandy Ko­ufax re­fused to play in the first game of the 1965 World Se­ries be­cause it fell on Yom Kip­pur.

11 In a 1934 bas­ket­ball game be­tween New York Univer­sity and City Col­lege of New York, nine out of the10s­tart­ing­play- ers were Jewish, Newsweek pro­claimed it a sport “at which Jews ex­cel”.

12 Im­mi­grant Julius Meyer lived with Sioux in­di­ans in Ne­braska in 1867 and be­came known as Curly-Headed White Chief with One Tongue due to his hon­esty.

13 Ever won­dered why blue dom­i­nates the Face­book colour scheme? Founder Mark Zucker­berg has is colour-blind, which means he sees blue best.

14 Yip Har­burg, born to Yid­dish-speak­ing par­ents from Minsk, wrote the lyrics to the Os­car-win­ning Over the Rain­bow .

15 The “I Love New York” logo was de­signed by Mil­ton Glaser.

16 Mel Blanc pro­vided the voice for cartoon char­ac­ters Bugs Bunny, Woody Wood­pecker, and Barney Rub­ble.

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