Jewish Americans' Contributions to Our Nation

Legacy Stories from the Americans All Heritage Honor Roll

We are pleased to host and share these legacy stories created by honorees’ family, friends and associates. They, like us, appreciate that heritage and culture are an integral part of our nation's social fabric and want to help students participate effectively in our nation's economy, workforce and democracy.

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Fay Rubenstein Jacobs Delaware (June 29, 1948 - ?) Jewish, Author, Journalist, Theater Director, Humorist, Gay Rights Activist

Fay Jacobs is a writer and humorist from NYC transplanted to Washington, DC, then Rehoboth Beach, DE. She has four published books, is a GLBT activist and is married to Bonnie Quesenberry. She has kept company with a long line of Schnauzers and lives by the motto "nothing is ever so bad if it's worth the story you can tell."

Donald "Ducky" Klein California (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Jewish, Hungary, Massage Therapist

Ducky's life spread coast to coast. Born in New York, moved to California to start his adult life, and went back east to be a Dad. 30 years later, after some life-changing events, returned to California to resume and, sadly, end his west coast existence. He touched the heart of everyone along the way. 

Donald Sandor "Duck" Klein California (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Jewish, Hungary, Massage Therapist

Don opened my heart in ways words cannot express. This writing will have to serve, or fill the (ducky) bill, as they say . . .

 

Albert "Chew" Kullen Maryland (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) Jewish, Poland, Businessman

Albert “Chew” Kullen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest of four children. His parents, Sam and Mary Kulchinsky, were Jewish immigrants from Russia and, in addition to a rich appreciation for their heritage, they afforded their children a unique distinction.

Albert "Chew" Kullen Maryland (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) יידיש, פוילן, ביזנעסמאן

אַלבערט "טשו" קולען איז געבױרן געװאָרן אין באַלטימאָר, מערילענד.  ער איז געװען דער עלטסטער פֿון פֿיר קינדער.  די עלטערן, סעם און מערי קולטשיסקי, זענען געװען ייִדישע אימיגראַנטן פֿון רוסלאַנד.  אין צוגאָב צו אַ רײַכער אָפּשאַצונג פֿון זײער ירושה האָבן זײ געשאָנקען די קינדער אַן אױסצײכענונג װאָס איז יחיד־בנימו.  כאָטש 

Allan S. Kullen Maryland (February 20, 1942 - ?) Jewish, Poland, Businessman, Inventor, Social Entrepreneur

“Her name is Ester Baumgartner. Do you know her? She's a pretty Swiss girl who sings beautifully, and I think she lives near here." Allan had posed the question in a broken mixture of Hebrew and English to whoever would listen and could understand him. Allan had met Ester while on an archaeological dig at Masada in the Negev, Israel. All he knew by the time they parted ways was her name and that she was staying in Tel Aviv.