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Inventor of the mobile phone, “Father of the Internet,” inventor of the video game cosole, inventor fo the laser, inventor of the gramophone, creator of the Barbie Doll, creator of the cruise ship, “Father of Immunology,” inventor fo the modern condom (!), a prime minister of the U.K., a three-time prime minister of France, a president of Switzerland and the primary financier of the American Revolution?
We knew you could guess… all of them are (or were) Jews!
To learn about these and many more AmazingJews, watch a compilation put together by JewOfTheWeek.net in 2015 and posted on YouTube. >>
Although Jews are less than two-tenths of one percent of the world’s population, more than 20% of Nobel Prize winners have been Jewish. Source: Google
Millions and millions of people worldwide have been spared the ravages of poliomyelitis — including paralysis and even death — thanks to research conducted by Jewish scientist Dr. Jonas Salk and his team. The Salk vaccine entered widespread use in the U.S. in 1955. Source: Wikipedia
The words “…give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” on the Statue of Liberty were written by Emma Lazarus, a Jew. Source: BuzzFeed
Levi Strauss, an immigrant from Germany, invented his blue jeans in 1873. Source: BuzzFeed
Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world. It has the highest rate of entrepreneurship among women and people over 55 in the world. Source: BuzzFeed
FUN QUIZ ANSWERS
Paula Ben-Gurion was born in Russia and grew up in the U.S. before she immigrated to what was then called Palestine.
Learn more about Paula Ben-Gurion on Wikipedia. >>
Founded in 1654, Congregation Shearith Israel is the oldest Jewish congregation in the U.S. All four of the very old congregations listed as the possible answer were founded as Sephardic synagogues.
Learn more about the oldest Jewish congregations in America on Wikipedia. >>
According to Wikipedia, La Guardia’s father, “Achille La Guardia, was a lapsed Catholic from Cerignola, Italy. His mother, Irene Coen, was a Jewish woman from Trieste, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.” Therefore, Mayor La Guardia was a Jew according to Jewish religious law.
Learn more about Mayor Fiorello La Guardia on Wikipedia. >>
Gefilte fish, from the Yiddish, originally involved removing the inner flesh from a fish, deboning, grounding, seasoning and poaching it, and then stuffing it back inside the fish skin. Wikipedia notes: “This step has been commonly omitted since the 19th century, and the seasoned fish is most commonly formed into patties similar to quenelles [an egg-like shape] or fish balls.”
Learn more about gefilte fish on Wikipedia. >>