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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art.

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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art.

1/6, 1/13, 1/20, & 1/27
3:00 PM/ CH

Instructor: Stuart Liss 

1/6 Jack Benny – Benjamin Kubelsky is one of the most famous comedians of American vaudeville, radio and television in the 20th century. His radio and television programs lasted from 1934 to 1974, and he is one of the most influential forces on the modern sitcom today – his humor is still as funny now as it was 70 years ago. He is most fondly remembered for his violin, penny-pinching and never aging beyond 39 years of age.

1/13 Jonas Salk – Most famous for developing one of the most successful vaccines for polio, Dr Salk’s medicine reached over 90 countries. Less than 25 years after the release of his vaccine, polio was virtually eradicated in the U.S. In his later years, he was instrumental in the search for medicines for HIV. He has been a major proponent for mandatory vaccination for disease prevention.

1/20 Groucho Marx – Julius Marx, was undoubtedly one of America’s greatest comedians. Groucho is best known for his comedy with his three brothers, Chico, Zeppo and Harpo, but he had a long and successful solo career as a comedian on radio and television, and had his own game show – “You Bet Your Life,” for many years.

1/27 Rosalind Franklin – Was an English chemist and scientist whose work was instrumental in the understanding of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite. Her work was largely unrecognized during her lifetime, and she is often known as the “wonged heroine,” “the dark lady of DNA,” and the “Sylvia Plath of Molecular Biology.” She died an untimely death at the age of 37, but she is generally recognized today as the deserving recipient of a posthumous Nobel Prize for chemistry.