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Bess Myerson: The First Jewish Miss America

Bess Myerson passed away several weeks ago. Her death was only announced in early January. Bess was the first Jewish Miss America. My parents told me that when Bess—they always called her Bess, as if old friends—became Miss America, there was a deep sense of pride among American Jews, a feeling that we were, at […]

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