Ben Bernanke, Time Mag’s 2009 ‘Person of the Year’ is Jewish.
US Federal Reserve Board Chair, Ben Shalom Bernanke, named Time Magazine’s 2009 ‘Person of the Year’ is Jewish.
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As a teenager in the 1960s in the small town of Dillon, S.C., Bernanke used to help roll the Torah scrolls in his local synagogue. Although he keeps his beliefs private, his friend Mark Gertler, chairman of New York University’s economics department, commented in 2005 that, “it is really embedded in who he (Bernanke) is”.
The Bernankes were one of the few Jewish families in the area, attending a local synagogue called Ohav Shalom; as a child, Bernanke learned Hebrew from his maternal grandfather Harold Friedman, who was a professional hazzan and Hebrew teacher. His father and uncle co-owned and managed a drugstore that they bought from his paternal grandfather, Jonas Bernanke.
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