The PBS program, “Broadway Musicals – A Jewish Legacy,” shows how Jewish composers and lyricists were responsible for the vast majority of Broadway show tunes.
Author Archives: Ken Rosenbaum
About Ken Rosenbaum
Ken Rosenbaum retired in 2008 after 45 years in the newspaper business as a photographer, reporter, editor, editorial writer, music reviewer and computer guru at places such as the Medina Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Press, St. Louis Globe-Democrat and Toledo Blade (for nearly 25 years). While in college, he was editor of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle in Columbus.
He is a 1960 graduate of Elyria High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Ohio State University in 1965.
Rosenbaum's connection to his Jewish faith is strong, experienced mainly through a middle-class upbringing and synagogues covering Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism. His outlook on life also was affected by summers and lean times in the low-rent tenements of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the New York neighborhood where he was born.
While not currently affiliated with a Toledo synagogue, Rosenbaum retains an active associate membership in the small Temple B'Nai Abraham in Elyria, Ohio.
You'll likely find him for a couple of hours most days solving world problems with fellow retirees over coffee in the Westfield Mall food court.
He and his wife Karen live in Sylvania Township.
Working as a busboy in the Borscht Belt in the late 1950s not only meant good tips, but it provided an education in the ways of Jewish life that was priceless.
In addition to Ohio’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, I have found another wonderful source of information about the contributions of American Jews, with emphasis on their role in the creation of this great country.
In the 1980s, a resurgence in the popularity of world and ethnic music followed Paul Simon's landmark “Graceland” album, which was infused with the sounds and rhythms of South Africa. The new popularity of world music heightened global interest in Jewish folk songs and Yiddish culture.
Let's take a plunge into Judaism on the Web with a slice of Jewish life — a nostalgic look at some of America's classic delicatessens.