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Straus was a Jewish-American merchant and philanthropist who co-owned two of New York City’s biggest… [More] department stores – R.H. Macy & Company (Macy’s) and Abraham & Straus – before giving away most of his fortune to the Zionist cause. [Less]
1892: Eddie Cantor
Born Edward Israel Iskowitz, Cantor was a Jewish-American “illustrated song”… [More] performer, comedian, dancer, singer,actor and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie and early television audiences, this “Apostle of Pep” was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Some of his hits include “Makin’ Whoopee,” “Ida,” “If You Knew Susie,” “Ma! He’s Makin’ Eyes at Me,” “Margie” and “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)” He also wrote a few songs, including “Merrily We Roll Along,” the Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon theme. [Less]
1969: Dov Charney
Charney is the Jewish-American founder and CEO of American Apparel, a clothing manufacturer, wholesaler,… [More] and retailer which he started at age 20. At American Apparel, Charney pioneered the Made in USA, sweatshop free model of fair wages and a refusal to outsource manufacturing. His retro-styled ad campaigns are noted for being authentic and lacking airbrushing. The Los Angeles Times named him as one of the Top 100 powerful people in Southern California. [Less]