“He was raised in a family without any built-in advantages: His father was a stranger, but with the help of a close family and an emphasis on education and hard work, he succeeded. It’s the Jewish story in America." - Alan Solow, Chicago attorney, leader of the Jewish community and veteran Obama supporterYes, Jewish people are practically Lost Boys from Sudan. That's what I always say. No built-in advantages whatsoever.
The first is its annual list of what it calls The New Establishment, the 100 most powerful, most influential people in American society. What is absolutely amazing, stunning about the list is how many Jews there are on it. Jews make up about 2.5 percent of the U.S. population so there should be two or three Jews on the list. Guess again, bubeleh. The list of the Vanity Fair 100 includes, get ready, 51, yes 51 Jews. Minimum.So much more. Go finish your lunch.
I say 51 because that's how many I'm sure are Jewish. There may be others on the list who are Jewish but who I don't know are Jewish and whose names are not obviously Jewish. But let's say I got them all. That means that more than half the names on the list of the 100 people who are the most vital to this society are Jewish. And this is a list that includes Apple's Steve Jobs and Oprah and Bill Clinton and Warren Buffett, to name a few of the few non-Jews on the list. That is absolutely nothing short of astounding.
Talk about us being accepted into this society, talk about us having power in this society, talk about anti-Semitism being a thing of the past, talk about Jews no longer needing to be afraid to be visible and influential. And it doesn't stop there. The magazine also has a separate list of what it calls The Next Establishment, younger people it believes destined to make the big list some year soon. Of the 26 names on that list, 15 are Jews. That I'm sure of. 15 of 26. More than half.