What if...?

gertrudeCertainly, the world without the Jews would have been a radically different place. Humanity might have eventually stumbled upon all the Jewish insights. But we cannot be sure. All the great conceptual discoveries of the human intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they had been revealed, but it requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jews had this gift. -- Paul Johnson, Historian

Might one of the murdered millions have 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 gallery. 

Newly installed in this gallery are plaques representing Jews inducted into the Jewish American Hall of Fame. Mel Wacks, founder and president of the Jewish American Hall of Fame, stresses that each of these Jewish personalities made a lasting contribution to American and world civilization. Ranging from scientists to philanthropists, entertainers to innovators, these honorary plaques beg the question: what if…?

You can find biographies of the Hall of Fame inductees through the Jewish American Hall of Fame virtual tour.