The Great Synagogue of Florence is one of the largest synagogues in South-central Europe, situated in Florence, in Italy.

The synagogue of Florence was built between 1874 and 1882. During World War II Nazis soldiers occupied the synagogue and they used that as a storehouse. In August 1944 retreating German troops worked with Italian Fascists to lay explosives to destroy the synagogue. However, Italian resistance fighters managed to defuse […]

The Portuguese Synagogue is a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam, completed in 1675.

The Amsterdam Sephardic community was one of the largest and richest Jewish communities in Europe during the Dutch Golden Age, and their very large synagogue reflected this. The synagogue remains an active place of worship and is also a popular tourist attraction. The Women’s Gallery is supported by 12 stone […]

Billionaire Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, and his wife Susan promised on Friday to give $36 million to assist in the efforts of rebuilding the city he grew up in.

Michael Dell was born in 1965 in Houston, to a Jewish family whose surname reflects the translation into English of the original German/Yiddish Thal (“valley” or “dale) modern common-noun spelling Tal) upon the family’s immigration to the United States. Charity is nothing new to the Dell family. In 2014, they […]

The Split Synagogue in Croatia is one of the oldest European synagogues still in its original use.

In the 16th century, Sephardic Jews arrived from the Iberian Peninsula and created the new structure by converting the second floor of two attached medieval houses. The current appearance of the interior was formed around 1728. The most sacred part of the place of worship, the Aron Hakodesh, facing Jerusalem […]

120 Years Ago Today: The First Zionist Congress Meets in Basel.

On August 29, 1897, the First Zionist Congress, called together by Theodor Herzl, was held in Basel, Switzerland. The Zionist Organization (ZO – later renamed the World Zionist Organization) was thus formed. Theodor Herzl, the visionary behind modern Zionism, was elected the ZO’s first president and the Basel Program, a […]

“The first lone soldiers in Israel were the young holocaust survivors. Cleaning out my parents house I came across this old gem.”

“My grandfather on the right Aaron Moskowitz served in the IDF post WW2 in the war of Independence in 1948. Looking at these young men with smiles on their faces, one would never know what they endured. #survivors #עםישראלחי#lonesoldier @humansofjudaism” Source: Sara Leibowitz