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The Jewish-American Hall of Fame was founded by Mel Wacks in 1969 at the Magnes Museum, and became a division of the American Jewish Historical Society in 2001. The award-winning Jewish-American Hall of Fame web site came under the auspices of the American Numismatic Society in 2012. The virtual tour takes you through 500 years of Jewish-American history -- from the Jews who helped Columbus (Don Abravanel, Abraham Zacuto & Luis de Santangel) to Barbra Streisand -- illustrated by limited edition art medals commissioned by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, including the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring Revolutionary War patriot Haym Salomon, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring baseball great Hank Greenberg, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring violin virtuoso Isaac Stern, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring composer George Gershwin, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring Statue of Liberty poet Emma Lazarus, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring musical genius Leonard Bernstein, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring humanitarian Elie Wiesel, the Jewish-American Hall of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal honoring the only Jewish Miss America Bess Myerson, and many more. You can find out why Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe are Jewish. Our award-winning website also features entertaining Jewish crossword puzzles and quizzes, an exhibit of Albert Einstein medals, articles about making medals, the first American Jewish medal, and much more. The exhibit of Jewish-American Hall of Fame plaques can be seen at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond.