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Let’s abolish Jewish celebrities

Jonathan S. Tobin | JNS.org | Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:06 am

Like any embattled minority that needed positive role models, early- and mid-20th-century Jews living in the United States embraced celebrities with any sort of tie to the tribe. In that era, Jews were still largely excluded from many sectors of power and society, as well as subject to anti-Semitism. So American Jews were happy to treat any of their co-religionists who broke through to the big time — whether in entertainment, sports or any other endeavor — as heroes of a sort.

Though most were not Jewish heroes in the sense that they used their celebrity to stand up for their people or to promote Jewish values or faith, they were still lauded for somehow succeeding in a world where the odds seem stacked against them.

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