November 19, 2023

Zolonesky The zoom ceremony celebrating the induction of Solomon Carvalho into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Carvalho (1815-1897) was an explorer (with the Fremont Expedition), artist, photographer, author, and inventor. You can request a zoom link by writing

May 14, 2023

Zolonesky Purchasers of the David Ben-Gurion/75th Anniversary of Israel medal have a tree planted in their honor in Israel by the JNF. David Ben-Gurion was Israel’s first Prime Minister, and is considered as “The Father of Israel.” No more than 75 3-inch bonded bronze medals will be made by its designer Jim Licaretz. You can obtain further information and ordering instructions by contacting

November 13, 2022

Zolonesky Induction of Ruth Gruber, photojournalist, author and humanitarian, into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. The zoom ceremony includes representatives from the American Jewish Historical Society, the Virginia Holocaust Museum (home of the JAHF plaques), the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati (home of the JAHF medal collection), the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum, the Alaska Jewish Museum, the Combat Antisemitism Movement, and others. For a free invitation, send a request to

April 5, 2022

Zolonesky 100% of Profits from Sale of Zelensky Medals will be Contributed to Help Ukrainians The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has commissioned Jim Licaretz, a former sculptor-engraver at the U.S. Mint, to create a bold heroic portrait of Ukraine’s valiant President Volodymyr Zelensky for a limited edition of large 3 ˝ inch art medals - which are being offered, with 100% of the profits being contributed to aid the embattled Ukrainians in their homeland and as refugees. You can obtain further information and ordering instructions by clicking here.

November 14, 2021

Alexander-Award-Logo Induction of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame . The 2021 inductees are the creators of Superman, the first comic book super-hero. The ceremony included Sam Asher, Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum (home of the JAHF plaques), Abby Schwartz, Executive Director of the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati (home of the JAHF medal collection), and Elan Carr (Former US Special Envoy to Monitor &Combat Antisemitism). You can see the entire induction program by clicking here.

March 15, 2020

Jews Medal on Amazon Mel Wacks, founder of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, has written the definitive book: “Medals of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame 1969-2019.” Included are full color pictures of all medals, biographies of more than 50 inductees, back stories of the medals (correspondence with the medalists and preliminary art work), mintages and mints, and much more. Just as you don't have to own a Rembrandt to enjoy an art museum, you don't have to be a medal collector to appreciate this handsome and informative volume. You can order this extensively illustrated, large 8 ˝ x 11” 150 page book for $35 postpaid from amazon by clicking here.

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Medal Exhibit the power of herA medal exhibit celebrating the Power of Her will be on view throughout 2020, on the main floor of the Cincinnati Skirball Museum. The six women chosen for the display are Emma Lazarus, Ernestine Rose, Henrietta Szold, Lillian Wald, Gertrude Elion, and Rebecca Gratz. Featured are medals issued by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. If you can’t get to Cincinnati, you can see the medals and read the texts here.

March 21, 2019

Hebrew Union College A special exhibit “Striking Medals: 50 Years of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame” runs from March 21 – June 2, 2019 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Skirball Museum in Cincinnati. We will also celebrate the induction of HUC founder, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame on April 4.

May 17, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman and Dr. Judith Resnik were inducted into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame at the Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman told about his spinning dreidel floating without gravity, and Dr. Charles Resnik’s reminiscences about his sister Judith, who tragically died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, were read. Portions of their talks can be read here

Mel Wack
From left to right: Mel Wacks, Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, with Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman;
Dr. Charles Resnik; and Dr. Judith Resnik.

August 1, 2012

Jewish-American Hall of Fame Web Site to be Administered by the American Numismatic Society
The ANS indicates that “Andrew Meadows, Deputy Director of the American Numismatic Society and Mel Wacks, Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Division of the American Jewish Historical Society have signed an agreement to transfer the web site of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame,, to the auspices of the ANS ‘so that it will survive and remain relevant. Mel Wacks will oversee the web site at least through 2019, and thereafter if he is able. The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.”

June 12, 2012

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washingtonissued art medals (coordinated by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame) commemorating pioneer American Jewish aviator Arthur Welsh (1881-1912). The medals were issued in conjunction with a public reception, symposium and exhibition at the College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland—almost exactly a century after his tragic death while testing a military plane at the College Park airfield.

May 15, 2010

Jewish-American Hall of Fame Plaques Featured at the Virginia Holocaust Museum
This permanent display begs the question: What if….   What if one of the murdered millions had discovered a cure for cancer, HIV/AIDS or Alzheimer’s? Would fossil fuels have become obsolete had an alternative been discovered by one of the Jewish children exterminated by the Nazis? Such questions should come to mind in this striking, new gallery that explores the impact of Jewish intellect on humanity. The Museum, located at 2000 East Cary Street in Richmond, is open Monday – Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. There is no admission fee. Call (804) 257-5400 for further information.

October 26, 2007

In Celebration of Victor Ries' 100th Birthday

Here's the story of how Victor Ries shaped the future of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals project.

May 15, 2004

350th Anniversary of Jewish Life in America Medal

A committee has chosen the designs of Dana Krinsky for the official medal celebrating 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, which will be celebrated nationally from September 2004 through September 2005.

July 15, 2001

Jewish-American Hall of Fame Becomes Division of American Jewish Historical Society

Mel Wacks, Founding Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Historical Society has voted to accept the Jewish-American Hall of Fame as an operating division commencing July 15, 2001.

March 20, 2000

The Incredible Gerta Ries Wiener
by Mel Wacks

A tribute to a wonderful artist, a unique person, and a good friend who died in her sleep on March 1, 2000 at the age of 101. Gerta created eleven medals for the Jewish-American Hall of Fame between 1971 and 1994, and won the prestigious American Numismatic Association Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture in 1998.

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