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Condolences: Edward Mosberg

CONDOLENCES: Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg was born in 1926 in Kraków, Poland. As a teenager, he and his family were forced into the Kraków ghetto. When the ghetto was “liquidated,” Mosberg was sent to the Płaszów concentration camp, which was ruled by a notoriously sadistic camp commandant. He was later […]

Happy Birthday Anya

Three beautiful Holocaust survivors – my mom Rita Maidenbaum Lungen (top left) and my Aunt Florence Maidenbaum Siegel (top right) celebrating their long time friend, Anya Kukielka’s 100th birthday.Source: Cynthia Lungen Wiesenfeld

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal on September 21, 1934. 49 years ago, at the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, the legendary Canadian musician dropped everything and flew to Israel: “I will go and stop Egypt’s bullet,” he said. He went and performed for troops on the front lines.

Rosh Hashanah, 1909

Rosh Hashanah in 1909 on the Williamsburg Bridge, New York City. In this photo, Jews are seen reciting Tashlich by the East River. Tashlich translates to ‘cast off’, which is the act of casting off our sins by prayer next to a body of water and sometimes symbolically throwing crumbs […]

Selichot at The Western Wall 2022

Tens of thousands gather for Selichot at the Western Wall. Selichot is a prayer that is said during the month before the Jewish New Year, typically recited between midnight and dawn. Rosh Hashana begins Sunday, September 25th at sundown. #ShanaTova Video: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Friendship

Holocaust survivor Henry Oster z’l and high-schooler Drew Principe developed a special friendship after meeting at a school assembly. Henry shared his story of being deported from his home in Cologne, Germany to the Łódź ghetto just a few weeks before he was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah. The […]

Bess Myerson

Just months after the revelations of the Holocaust’s devastation, Bess Myerson was crowned the first (and only) Jewish Miss America in September 1945. Myerson refused to adopt a suggested less-ethnic pseudonym, and her victory was seen as a symbol of America’s rejection of the crimes and prejudices that ravaged Europe […]

Danny Lewin

At just 31, American-Israeli Danny Lewin was the 1st victim of 9/11. His Israeli Special Forces training told him that something wasn’t right aboard American Airlines flight 11. Deciding to tackle the terrorists, Danny was fatally stabbed trying to save everyone on the plane. May his memory be a blessing. […]

Queen Elizabeth II

“Punctuality, said Louis XVIII of France, is the politeness of kings. Royalty arrives on time and leaves on time. So it is with Her Majesty the Queen, with one memorable exception. The day was 27 January 2005, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the place St James’s […]

Steven Spielberg

‘Schindler’s List’ premiered in 1993 and has since grossed over $320 million. But did you know that Director Steven Spielberg didn’t accept any earnings from the film and instead donated his share to Holocaust education.Photo: Universal Pictures

Munich Massacre

50 years ago, on September 5-6, 1972, 11 Israelis were killed in an attack known as the Munich Massacre. During the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, members of a Palestinian terrorist group stormed the Olympic Village, killing 2 members of the Israeli delegation, and taking 9 more hostage. One of […]

Reverend André and Magda Trocmé

80 years ago, #OnThisDay August 30, 1942, pastor André Trocmé urged the congregants in his overflowing church to “Do the will of God, not of men”. When the deportations began in France in summer 1942, he urged his congregation to give shelter to any Jew who should ask for it. […]

Babi’s Necklace

My grandmother (Babi) survived #Auschwitz as a young girl. She always said her greatest revenge against the Nazis was us, her 100+ children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. She bought this necklace right after liberation. I carry her with me every day. I love you Babi. Source: Tamar Schwarzbard

Grossinger’s

Who’s heard of Grossinger’s, the Catskill Resort Hotel? The New York getaway was best known as a popular Jewish family vacation spot along with inspiring the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing and episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Sadly, last week a major fire destroyed the well-known hotel, which has been […]

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was considered one of the most beautiful women in Europe. Born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, by the 1930’s she was a film star in Europe and not long after, in the U.S. Additionally, Hedy became an inventor. Inspired to help the U.S. […]

In Memory Of

At last. This is my fathers headstone. Humans of Judaism was created in memory of my dad during my year of mourning. When my parents were drawing up their wills they discussed if they should be buried in New York or Israel. New York would be convenient for us kids […]

Zinayida Segal

“The Nazis occupied our village when I was only 12 years old. At first they didn’t realize we were Jewish. We looked like our neighbors. But then someone reported us. So our home was registered as a Jewish residence. We knew our days were numbered. Time was a ticking bomb. […]

Welcome Home

That special moment.They’ve arrived! 225 people have just moved to Israel and are brand-new citizens! The new arrivals are from a variety of backgrounds – hailing from 19 US states and 1 Canadian province. They include 99 children under the age of 17, 40 future lone soldiers, 2 National Service […]

In-Flight Torah

So let’s talk about the Torah on the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. Esther Lauber and Alvin Reinstein moved to Israel today but not before their son gave them a very special gift. Both Esther and her husband Alvin are children of Holocaust survivors. Their son bought this special Torah that […]

Francine Christophe

Holocaust survivor Francine Christophe was born in Paris on August 18, 1933. While attempting to flee the Nazis in 1942, Francine and her mother Marcelle were arrested and eventually deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Marcelle kept two small pieces of chocolate for her daughter to use when […]