Why Louis Armstrong Wore a Star of David

Nov. 23 2021

If you look carefully at pictures of the renowned jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, you will sometimes see a Star of David hanging from his neck. Greg Thomas explains that the necklace was an expression of gratitude to the Jewish family that gave him a job when he was a boy, and often welcomed him into their home. One family member even advanced him money to buy a cornet. As an adult, Armstrong explained that “it was the Jewish family who instilled in me singing from the heart. They encouraged me to carry on.”

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More about: African Americans, American Jewish History, Jazz, Jewish-Christian relations, Popular music

 

“I Had the Good Fortune to Be a Jew Born and Raised in the USA”

Nov. 26 2021

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at the age of eighty-seven. Among much else, Ginsburg was one of the most prominent Jews in American public life. Herewith, her remarks at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in 2004 on the occasion of Yom Hashoah:

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More about: American Jewry, Supreme Court, Theodor Herzl, Yom Hashoah