Audrey Hepburn and Anne Frank

Born on May 4, 1929, did you know that legendary actress Audrey Hepburn helped save Dutch Jews during the Holocaust? As a young girl in Nazi-occupied Holland, Hepburn staged secret dance recitals to raise money for the Dutch Resistance. Known as “zwart avonden,” or “black evenings,” these illegal performances helped […]

On This Day in Tel Aviv

Israel’s first Independence Day Parade passing between Allenby and Ben Yehuda Streets in Tel Aviv, May 4, 1949. Source: Hans Pinn, Government Press Office

Golda Meir

Born Golda Mabowitz on May 3, 1898 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Golda Meir was a Zionist advocate, an Israeli politician who was amongst the founders of the State of Israel. She later served as the State’s fourth prime minister – Israel’s first and the world’s third woman to have served in […]

Yom HaZikaron

They may not be with us, but they are always in our hearts. #YomHaZikaron is the Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. Israel Rememberance Day #WeRemember Photo: Eyal Mass Photographer

Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler was born on April 28, 1908, which falls out this year on #YomHashoah. Pictured here are survivors saved by Schindler and people from the film “Schindler’s List” standing next to his grave in Jerusalem. He was responsible for saving the lives of some 1,200 Jews and was recognized […]

Nathan Weinberg

WOW! Holocaust survivor Nathan Weinberg at the bris of his 49th grandchild. As Weinberg holds the baby on his lap, prayers are paused as sirens blast in the background and throughout Israel for a moment of silence on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Prayers resume and the bris ceremony concludes. […]

Everyone There is a Witness

“I knew I would have to bear witness,” Elie Wiesel told NPR in 1988. “Everyone who was there is a witness, …” At age 16, Elie Wiesel was one of the more than 21,000 people liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. Elie was first deported to Auschwitz with his family in […]

Grandma Yoli’s Dress

This dress was found amongst my grandmother’s belongings after her passing. When Grandma Yoli was liberated from Dachau, she had no clothing, a friend sewed her this dress out of table clothes they found in the Nazi quarters. As a free woman, she wanted to look presentable and beautiful. Every […]

Remembering Anne Frank

After Auschwitz is liberated, Otto returns to Amsterdam. On his way back, he hears of Edith’s death. Back in Amsterdam, he goes to see Miep and Jan Gies. He hopes Anne and Margot might still be alive, but then discovers that they too did not survive the war. Miep gives […]

Hannah Tessler

“As a child, I hated soldiers in uniform. They scared me very much. I never thought there would be a time that I would love soldiers. As you hold my hand, while wearing the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces, paratrooper’s wings pinned on your shirt, and a pair of […]

April 19, 1943

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began #OnThisDay, April 19, 1943. It was the largest act of resistance carried out by the Jews during the Holocaust and became a symbol of heroism in the face of desperation and death. Early that morning, German forces entered the ghetto with motorcycles, tanks, cannons, and […]

Albert Einstein

April 18, 1955, photo of Albert Einstein’s office – just as the Nobel Prize-winning physicist left it – taken mere hours after he died, Princeton, New Jersey. Source:

Happy Passover

Happy Passover from the Old City walls of Jerusalem Source: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Where You Go I Go

“I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” Isidor Straus was co-founder of the Macy’s Department Store. Ida Straus was his wife. The Jewish couple was known for their shared love; almost always together and writing daily to each other when […]

Buchenwald Liberation

77 years ago today, April 11, 1945, the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated by American forces. Pictured are survivors from Buchenwald at the Haifa Port on the way to the Atlit Detention Camp (July, 1945). The little boy holding the flag is Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of […]

Standing with Tel Aviv

The site of last night’s terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. We are strong. We will prevail. Am Yisrael Chai Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dr. Sarah Halimi

Dr. Sarah Halimi (née Lucie Attal) was born in Nogent-sur-Marne, France on November 30, 1952. She was a beloved Orthodox Jewish woman who dedicated her life to caring for others, first as a family physician and later as the director of a nursery school. Five years ago, on April 4, […]

Danny Thomas and Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski

Back in the 1950s, Danny Thomas was a major TV star who had a successful comedy series on national television (CBS) called ‘Make Room for Daddy’ (Later changed to ‘The Danny Thomas Show’). The son of Maronite immigrants from Lebanon, read that a young medical student, the son of Chassidic […]

Chance Reunion 80 Years Later

The last time Jack Waksal and Sam Ron saw each other was nearly 80 years ago. The young Jewish men were forced to shovel coal at the Pionki labor camp in German-occupied Poland. Sam and Jack were both born in small towns in Poland in the 1920s. After the German […]

This Morning in Israel

This is the Israeli motorcyclist who miraculously survived yesterday’s terror attack in Bnei Brak because the terrorist’s weapon malfunctioned. This morning, he returned to the same spot to say a special prayer of thanks. Photo: David Zar Source: StandWithUs

May Their Memories Be a Blessing

11 people were killed in terror attacks this past week in Israel. May their memories be a blessing: Laura Yitzchak, 43. Moshe Kravitzky, 50. Doris Yahbas, 49. Menachem Menuchin Yechezkel, 67. Yazan Falah, 19, Border Police Officer. Shirel Abukarat, 19, Border Police Officer. Amir Khoury, 32, Police Officer. Ya’akov Shalom, […]

Streit’s Matzos

Photo 1: A Streit’s truck outside the Rivington Street factory, circa 1935. Photo 2: Students looking at matzo coming out of the first floor oven at Streit’s, date unknown. Photo 3: Streit’s factory in New York, early 1960s at the corner of Rivington/Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side. In […]

Werner Reich and Walter Spier

Werner Reich (center) and Walter Spier (left) arrived at Auschwitz on the same day in 1944 and were tattooed 10 numbers apart. 72 years later they meet each other for the first time at the “Last Eyewitness Project”. Photo: Sandi Bachom

Tadeusz Pankiewicz

Recognized by Yad Vashem as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’, Tadeusz Pankiewicz was a pharmacist in Krakow in the fateful year of 1939 when the Nazis arrived. Unfortunately for him, the family shop, Under the Eagle, was located in the section of the city that the Nazis designated as the Jewish […]

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

Condolences: Rabbi KanievskyRabbi Chaim Kanievsky was a leading authority on Jewish law and one of the greatest Torah scholars of our generation. Born on January 8, 1928 in Pinsk, Rabbi Kanievsky was considered a child prodigy, having a photographic memory which was applied to Torah study. In 1948, Rabbi Kanievsky […]