The results are in! The first eighteen distinguished Jewish Americans to be featured in the Museum’s Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame have been chosen.
The Gallery will include Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Mordecai Kaplan, Sandy Koufax, Estée Lauder, Emma Lazarus, Isaac Leeser, Golda Meir, Jonas Salk, Rose Schneiderman, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Henrietta Szold, and Isaac Mayer Wise.
During the summer of 2009, the public voted on the eighteen to be included in the Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame from a list of 218 possible candidates. More than 209,000 votes were cast from 56 countries on the Museum’s Only in America website. The Museum selected for inclusion in the Gallery the person who received the most votes in each category. In addition to the public’s recommendations, the Museum’s historians and curators worked to ensure that the group reflected Jews’ 350 years of history in the United States, the important achievements of American Jewish women, and the diverse fields in which Jews have been involved.
The exhibit will be located on the first floor of the Museum’s new home.