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Kremer is famous for possibly being the first woman to perform Yiddish song on the concert stage. She was a… [More] soprano of Russian-Jewish descent who at various times of her life held citizenship in Russia, the United States, and Argentina. She first drew notice as a teenager for her revolutionary poetry which was published in an Odessa (Ukrainian) newspaper. She began her professional singing career as an opera singer in Europe during the early 20th century. By the time of her relocation to the United States in 1924, she had abandoned her opera career in favor of performing as a concert soloist and recitalist. As a recitalist, Kremer not only sang works from the classical repertoire, but also performed folk music from a variety of countries and in many languages — including Yiddish. [Less]
1942: Judith Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy
Sheindlin is a Jewish-American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Since 1996,… [More] Sheindlin has presided over her own syndicated courtroom show, Judge Judy. Sheindlin passed the New York Bar examination in 1965, and became a prosecutor in the family court system. In 1982 NYC Mayor Ed Koch appointed her a judge, first in criminal court, then later as Manhattan’s supervising family court judge in 1986. It was reported in the summer of 2012 that Sheindlin was the highest paid television personality, earning $45 million a year. [Less]
1949: Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, is a right-wing politician. He was also the premier of Israel… [More] during the 1990s. He heads the Likud party. He has also served as Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, as well as foreign and finance minister. When he was younger, he became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. His brother, Yonatan, was the only soldier to have died during Operation Entebbe. His father was a noted Jewish revisionist historian. [Less]