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The One With The COVID-19 Bar Mitzvah

Naftali, a 13 year old from London, was all set to have his ‘Friends’ themed Bar Mitzvah party, until coronavirus changed the plan. The sitcom fan was sharing his story with late night talk show host James Corden when he was surprised by a visit from a familiar ‘Friend’, Courteney Cox.

Operation Solomon

“Israel is the first country in the history of the world to bring humans from Africa not to enslave them, but to set them free.” – Colin Powell, Former United States National Security AdvisorIn May of 1991, Ethiopia was coming to the end of its long civil war and its […]

Memorial Day

#memorialdayNormandy’s largest WWII cemetery is home to 9,387 graves at Colleville-sur-Mer, 149 are marked as Jewish graves. Instead of crosses, these burial sites bear marble Stars of David ✡️ Source: @stenhankewitz

Iconic.

In 1967, the Israeli paratroopers broke through Jerusalem in the 6-day-war ending decades of oppression against Jews in the Holy City. Here in this iconic photo, the three paratroopers who were photographed standing at the Western Wall are pictured together again 50 years later.Am Yisrael Chai! Happy #JerusalemDaySource: Getty Images

Jerusalem Day

“If a land has a soul – then Jerusalem is the soul of the Land of Israel”. ~ David Ben-Gurion. Celebrating 53 years since the reunification of Jerusalem.Pictured: Israeli paratroopers putting up the national flag on the Temple Mount above the Western Wall after it’s liberation, July 6, 1967. Source: Government […]

Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton was born #OnThisDay, May 19, 1909.In 1939, a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish kids from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust by providing them safe passage to Britain.He never spoke of what he did and it remained a secret for fifty years until his wife discovered […]

Eli Cohen.

55 years ago today, Eli Cohen was executed by the Syrian regime. Expelled from Egypt in 1956, Eli Cohen moved to Israel and joined Israeli intelligence, infiltrating the highest ranks of Syria’s military & political elite.His heroic efforts saved many Israeli lives over the years.He was executed in Syria on May […]

Shari Garay

Because everyone could use a smile right now: Here is Holocaust survivor Shari Garay with her great-granddog Scooby. ❤️ Born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia in 1921, Shari survived the horrors of Auschwitz. Today, she lives in San Francisco where she will be celebrating her 99th birthday this month. Source:  @scoobysf @yadvashemusa

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 that H.A. […]

The Danube

During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below. 60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river’s bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. ‘Shoes on the Danube Promenade’ by Can Togay and Gyula […]

CONDOLENCES: Jerry Stiller

Gerald Isaac Stiller was born June 8, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY. The comedy legend was best known for his role as Frank Costanza on TV’s Seinfeld. He was 92. May his memory be a blessing, BDE

75 Years.

This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945. All armed conflict in Europe officially ceased on May 8 just before midnight. In the USSR, it was already May 9. So while the U.S. and many western European countries celebrate #VEDay(Victory in Europe Day) on […]

Salute

We salute the veteran Allied forces 75 years after the final defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe. Source: Israel Defense Forces

Modeh Ani

♡ מודה אני ♡The miracle of waking upIs often underestimated.The gift of this beautiful worldSometimes goes unappreciated.So if you opened your eyesTo welcome this new day,Take a moment to give thanksBefore you go on your way.–G Source: Power of Speech by G

Refaenu

This video is a great way to go into Shabbos, it was posted by Bnai Yeshurun, a Shul in Teaneck, NJ, one of the hardest hit areas affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To our Bnai Yeshurun family, During this challenging time, we all find ourselves seeking chizuk wherever we can […]

Martin Greenfield.

Meet Holocaust survivor and master tailor Martin Greenfield. Born in Pavlovo, Czechoslovakia in 1928, Martin was taken from his home at age 15. His family was sent to Auschwitz where his parents and siblings were all murdered. Martin was later transferred to Buchenwald where he was liberated by the U.S. Army in […]

Golda.

On this Day: Golda Meir was born May 3, 1898, 122 years ago today. In this photo, Meir was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Israel, 1969. Source: Chanania Herman, Government Press Office

Happy Birthday Saul!

Please help me wish Saul Dreier a very Happy and Healthy 95th Birthday!! ???? Saul is a 95 year old Holocaust survivor currently celebrating at home alone in Florida. He would be SO thrilled to see birthday comments and well wishes. #HappyBirthdaySaul 

Meet Pinchas.

“I lost my family. Twice. First when I was 7 and the Nazis forced us out of our home. The last time I saw my mother was when we entered Auschwitz. After the war, I was taken to Marseille and from there to Israel. In 1948, when I was 14, […]

Yom Haatzmaut

This week we celebrate Israel’s 72nd year of Independence. #YomHazikaron, Israel Memorial Day begins April 27th Monday at sundown and #YomHaatzmaut, Israel Independence Day begins April 28th, Tuesday at sundown.

“I live in Israel now so that their sacrifices weren’t for nothing.”

“I am the first generation in my family that has both freedom from anti-Semitism and the opportunity to benefit from the continuous security and hope that Israel provides. My father spent his childhood under a military dictatorship in Argentina that despised Jews. My grandparents and great-grandparents went through the Holocaust […]

Historic.

A glimpse of David Ben-Gurion moments before he declared Israel’s independence, May 1948. Source: Frank Shershel, Government Press Office

Ruth Won.

During the Holocaust, Ruth was deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. She jumped from the train car and avoided the gas chambers. She then joined the partisans and fought the Nazis. Ruth is now 97 years old. Her granddaughter Opal is an officer in the Israel Defense Forces.Ruth won. Source: Israel Defense […]

Meet Isidore.

During WWII, the Swirz partisan brigade saved the lives of more than 400 fellow Jews in Eastern Galicia by sneaking into the ghettos and convincing the inmates to escape into the woods with them. There they fought the Nazis, all while struggling to survive. The bottom picture shows Isidore Karten, […]