Tamaras Passport

“The word ‘Jew’ was written on the first page of my passport.”“People suggested I change my nationality” Tamara told me during a recent visit. “But I refused.”“My father, Moshe, was killed by the Nazis. My mother, Chaya, died shortly after from a heart attack.”“I was only four years old. And I […]

Ralph Lauren

Happy 82nd Birthday! Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz) is an iconic American fashion designer, philanthropist and best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise. Lauren was born in the Bronx, New York on October 14, 1939, to Frieda and Frank Lifshitz. His parents were Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants […]

Paddington Bear

Photograph: Felicity McCabe 63 years ago today on October 13, 1958, Paddington Bear first appeared in the children’s book: A Bear Called Paddington. Did you know that the beloved character was inspired by Jewish children who escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport? Creator Michael Bond (1926-2017) was motivated by his memories of […]


101 year old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku has passed away today. Born Abraham Jakubowicz on April 14, 1920 in Germany. After surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, Jaku later moved to Australia in the 1950’s. He was best known as the author of the inspirational book, “The Happiest Man on […]

Daniel Pearl

“My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I am a Jew.” Daniel Pearl’s final words on February 1, 2002. Born 58 years ago today on October 10, 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey, to Judea and Ruth Pearl. His father, an Israeli-American of Polish Jewish descent and his mother was an Iraqi […]

Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler passed away on October 9, 1974. 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 as Righteous Among the Nations in 1993. […]

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel. • September 30, 1928, born Eliezer Wiesel in Romania • May 1944, 15 year old Wiesel and his family deported to Auschwitz • 1945, SS units evacuate Auschwitz in January. Elie is liberated with the arrival of US troops in April • 1949, visits Jerusalem for the first […]


“Before the war, we had an old neighbor. Altman was his name,” Galina told me today.“ Each year as the weather worsened he would build a hut in our joined courtyard”. “I had no idea what the purpose was at the time. But he would get all excited once it […]

Joseph Garay

100 YEARS YOUNG. Happy Birthday to my Grandfather, Joseph Garay, on this incredible milestone. As a Holocaust Survivor, he rebuilt his life, raised a family and achieved his dreams. He is a remarkable individual and true hero to all of mankind. Many more years of great health and happiness. Source: […]

Leon Shear

Condolences: Leon Shear, 94Shear was born on February 15, 1927 in Bedzin, Poland. He was a survivor of five concentration camps during the Holocaust and liberated from Dachau. Early in life, Leon rarely spoke of the horrors he endured while imprisoned during World War II. Only after Leatrice Rabinsky convinced […]

Lilly Weiner-Bruml

98-year-old Holocaust survivor Lilly Weiner-Bruml met her great-grandniece, Anastasia Pixie, for the first time yesterday. Lilly was born in Trautenau, Czechoslovakia, and in 1942 her family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. While in the ghetto, Lilly got an infection and was terribly malnourished. As a result, she was never […]


Succot is the festival of insecurity. It is the candid acknowledgment that there is no life without risk, yet we can face the future without fear when we know we are not alone. God is with us, in the rain that brings blessings to the earth, in the love that […]


High Holidays in BrooklynTASHLICH: In the upcoming days Jews worldwide will be performing a ritual developed around the 13th century known as Tashlich “casting off”, a process of repenting and returning to G‑d.Jews traditionally proceed to a (any) body of running water, preferably one containing fish, and we symbolically throw […]

Henry Oster

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 […]

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal on September 21, 1934. 48 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.

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. A true hero. We will never […]