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Ida Alterman

My mother, Ida Alterman, passed over ten years ago. She was a hard-working seamstress and union organizer in the sweatshops in Manhattan. Here she is at age 21 in a photo taken in the garment business at Rosenblatt Frocks in 1938. A photographer came in and was taking a photo […]

Good morning from Greece

Good morning from Greece.“I first received my tefillin at my bar mitzvah when I turned 13 years old but it wasn’t until my year in Israel when I was 17 years old that I started to put them on consistently. Since then, I have missed only a handful of days. Whether […]

Minia Gdanski

Our Grandma Minia Gdanski celebrated her 97th birthday in Fort Lee, NJ!! Minia Gdanski was born on July 20, 1924 in Bedzin, Poland. Minia was only 14 years old when the war broke out in 1939. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939 Minia was terrified. Minia was put into […]

Baskin-Robbins

Did you know that Irvine ‘Irv’ Robbins (1917-2008), co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, opened his first ice cream store using money he saved from his #BarMitzvah! Born in Winnipeg to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Robbins grew up working in his father’s ice cream parlor in Tacoma, Washington. He always finished the day […]

Tisha B’Av

On one of his travels across Europe, the great French leader, Napoleon Bonaparte led his troops through a small Jewish town. He passed by a synagogue where everyone was sitting on the floor crying and reading little books by the light of small candles.Napoleon asked his aide, “What is this?” […]

Hanna Szenes

Hannah Szenes was born 100 years ago on July 17th, 1921, in Budapest, Hungary. Hannah was a young poet who valiantly tried to evacuate Jews from Hungary during the Holocaust. She enlisted in the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Aircraftwoman 2nd Class. In 1944, she and her colleagues […]

Curious George

Before becoming a children’s literary icon, Curious George fled Nazi Europe in the basket of a bicycle. His creators, H.A. and Margret Rey, were both German Jews living in Paris when the Nazis invaded France in 1940. With little to no escape options, the couple fled on two makeshift bikes […]

Jacob Steimetz

#MazalTov! Jacob Steinmetz makes history as the first Orthodox Jewish player to be drafted to Major League Baseball.

Tzvi and Itty Ainsworth

Tzvi and Itty Ainsworth were among those lost in the Surfside building collapse. This is from their son Dovy: “It is with deep gratitude that I share the birth and naming of our daughter, Itta (Itty) Ainsworth, named after my mother a’h. We were honored to have the IDF general […]

Happy 95th Birthday

3 sons. 16 grandchildren. 63+ GREAT grandchildren 2 GREAT GREAT grandchildren This is a woman who actually SAW Hitler when he marched down her street in Vienna. Now all she sees is Nachat. HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY, OMI!! Source: Risa Chopp

Exodus

On July 11, 1947, more than 4,500 Jewish refugees from Europe, set sail on the Exodus, from the Port of Sete near Marseilles, with the hopes of reaching the Jewish homeland. These heroes who survived the horrors of the Holocaust would live to see the revival and establishment of the […]

Surfside

“11 days ago, we departed to Miami to help locate and rescue people trapped under the wreckage of the Surfside condo. Since then, the days and nights have blurred together, with no beginning and no end. At one point, I arrived on the scene, and in front of me lay […]

U.S. Air Force

Head coverings spotted at the United States Air Force: “We are both Air Force JAGs stationed at the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. We both represent our culture and community within the military and we represent the military within our community and our cultures. We are […]

Mary Weinrib

CONDOLENCES: Mary Weinrib RUSH frontman Geddy Lee pays tribute to his mother: “Suddenly she was gone from all the lives she left her mark upon.” Mary (Manya) Weinrib July 16th 1925 – July 2nd 2021 Rest In Peace Mom

Leslie Kleinman

CONDOLENCES: Leslie KleinmanHolocaust survivor Leslie Kleinman z”l was born in 1929 in Ambud, Transylvania. When Leslie was 14, the Nazis invaded the region, arriving in his hometown on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. A German soldier cut off his father’s beard, which was a terrible insult and humiliation for a […]

5 Star Uber

I Love New York.Was just running to an appointment and I hopped into my Uber only to see this. The sign says: There is nothing but Him. In Hebrew: Ein Od Milvado. Referring to G-d. This was so different than my usual Uber experience, often drivers are from so many interesting places […]

Mazal Tov Gal Gadot

#MazalTovGal Gadot!“My sweet family I couldn’t be more grateful and happy (and tired ) we are all so excited to welcome Daniella into our family. I’m sending all of you love and health. GG ”

Lily Ebert

#MazalTov to 97-year-old Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert for reaching 1 million followers on TikTok! With her great-grandson Dov Forman by her side, Lily uses the social media platform to answer questions about the Holocaust and share her personal experience as an Auschwitz survivor.

Surfside

This morning Miami welcomed the arrival of Israeli rescue teams along with members of the IDF to aid the Surfside search and rescue efforts. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom | שבת שלום —The black leather straps I’m wearing are called Tefillin—they’re a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. You get them when you’re bar-mitzvah’d and you put them on every morning during prayer with exception of Saturday— I […]

Tibi Ram

Meet Holocaust survivor Tibi (Ze’ev) Ram, one of only two people who has fought in all of Israel’s wars! Tibi was born in 1930 in the Carpathian Mountains and grew up in Hungary. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz with his entire family. He then spent nine months at […]

Grandma Rhoda

Today is my Grandma Rhoda’s 95th birthday! Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 22, 1926. She is an incredible woman who was instrumental in the non-smoking movement and the reason that you don’t have smoking in restaurants and public places has a lot to do with her hard work […]

Gladys & Maurice Hedaya

I wanted to share a picture of my grandparents and tell their story. Pictured is Gladys & Maurice Hedaya on the beach in the summer of 2019. The two have been pillars of the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. Here is how they met. Maurice saw Gladys on the beach […]

Margaret Newman

Shabbat Shalom from Holocaust survivor Margaret Newman. Margaret was born in the small city of Satu Mare in Northern Transylvania. In 1944, the Nazis and their collaborators liquidated the Satu Mare ghetto and transported the large Jewish community to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Margaret was selected for slave labor, but the rest of […]

Louis Armstrong

Did you know that jazz legend Louis Armstrong wore a Jewish Star necklace for most of his life? Armstrong was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901. For the most part he was raised by his grandmother but was also cared for by his Lithuanian Jewish neighbors, the Karnofsky […]

Shabbat Flowers

‘I buy flowers every week for families in need, to cheer them up and bring in some happiness into their homes’ he tells me.Shabbat shalom. Source: Eli Wohl Photo

Leah Segal

This wonderful woman was buried today before Saturday. None of those present at the funeral knew her. Except me. And this is her story. Her name was Leah Segal. She lived alone. I met her last Hanukkah when I came to her house to deliver groceries. I saw her difficult […]