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Do you believe in the Kabalistic Jewish tradition of the 36 hidden Tzadikim - saintly Jews who sustain the Jewish people with their good deeds? Do you wonder if they could really exist in our time?
In the age of Google searches, social networks and the prying eyes of mass media, would it really be possible for one person to impact the entire Jewish people and yet still remain hidden? Hard to imagine? Then try Googling the name of Zev Wolfson of Lawrence, NY, an unassuming retired businessman, who recently passed away at the age of 84. Would you ever have known that the generosity, vision and dedication of this man has impacted millions of Jews throughout the world? Even the Jewish professionals and lay leaders among us, who were fortunate
R. Peter Straus, a pioneering radio executive who turned New York-based WMCA into an innovative broadcasting outlet for both rock and roll and topical talk, died last week in Manhattan at age 89.
Strauss also stood out for his gutsy decision to use his radio station as an editorial voice for liberal opinions on social issues. Separately, several aspects of his life coincided in fascinating ways with situations of historical import.
With a grandfather – Nathan Straus – who owned the major
Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and Noel Cowardare among the names that helped establish the Great American Songbook.
More modern composers like Burt Bacharach, Randy Newman, Stephen Sondheim, and the late Henry Mancini continued that legacy by creating original music for film, stage, and television that managed to be both gloriously artistic as well as extremely popular. But no musician of the last forty years has had as much impact on all genres as Marvin