Gene Siskel passed away in 1999. He had been born into a Jewish family on the north side of Chicago just 53 years before.
'Hello again,' the familiar voice announced to audiences across the nation, 'this is Jack Benny.'
Andy Kaufman would have turned 66 on January 17th, had he not succumbed to a rare form of lung cancer in 1984.
When a teacher at Bronx High School of Science had students write about an interesting character they knew, one pupil, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, excelled.
Even those who do not follow classical music have heard of Leonard Bernstein.
Rachel Bluwstein went down in history as the first female poet of British Mandate Palestine, emerging as a poetess in a genre dominated at the time by men.
One of 11 children, Yossef Romano was a big, but gentle man.
Primo Levi was born into an Italian Jewish family in the northern industrial city of Turin in 1919.
When he died, Joseph Pulitzer left a vast estate and one of the most prestigious legacies in the world of English language writing.
His fate was to be a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who wrote German poetry—and the fraught tensions inherent in this defined his life and work.