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Spielberg And Streisand On List Of 17 To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

11/16/2015 - 19:00

Jewish celebrities Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim and Itzhak Perlman will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States.

Clockwise from left, actress/singer Barbra Streisand, director Steven Spielberg, and President of Israel, Shimon Peres. JTA

The Schooling of Gil Scott-Heron, Dead at 62

The Fieldston School in Riverdale has many famous alumni. They include: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Roy Cohn, Stephen Sondheim, Eli Zabar and Diane Arbus.  Needless to say they're all Jewish.  But re-reading this New Yorker profile of the revered black poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, I was reminded that the prestigious prep school has done much to reach out to less affluent non-Jews. 

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