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Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States. He appointed a Jew to serve as Counsel… [More] in Zurich, in part to let the Swiss know that the United States government did not tolerate discrimination against Jews. He also countered General Ulysses S. Grant’s Order No. 11 that called for Jews in the military district of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky to be expelled. [Less]
1930: Arlen Specter
A former US Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, Specter was originally a Republican. He was born in Kansas… [More] to a Russian-immigrant father. His father’s family was the only Jewish family in the small town at the time. Specter then served in the Korean War. His legal course at UPenn on separation of state of powers between the Supreme Court and Congress was voted a must-take class by a national jurist list. [Less]
1942: Ehud Barak
Barak was Israel’s prime minister from 1999 to 2001. He serves as Israel’s defense minister in… [More] the current government after a highly distinguished career in the army. He served as Chief of General Staff in the army, for example. He was also part of Sayeret Matkal, a special forces unit, that was portrayed in Stephen Spielberg’s “Munich.” Barak was a leader in the Labor party until 2011, when he started a new party named Independence. [Less]