Irving Berlin was an all-time great American composer, whose music makes up large portions of the renowned “Great American Songbook.” Berlin is credited with writing an estimated 1,500 songs over his sixty-year career, including “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Famed composer Jerome Kern concluded “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.”
Elan Sherod Carr is an American attorney, appointed on February 5, 2019 by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to serve in the U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism. Carr is a JAG Corps officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Iraq War veteran. During his Iraq War service, he led U.S. soldiers in lighting a Chanukah menorah in Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace.
Arthur Miller was a controversial figure in 20th century American theater. Miller was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was married to Marilyn Monroe, who converted to Judaism, and famously said: “I can identify with the Jews. Everybody’s out to get them, no matter what they do, like me.” Miller was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.