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“MAZAL TOV! My 100+ year young grandma originally from Yemen meeting her 315th great-grandchild in Israel today!” – Joseph Waks 

Jewish History: 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?” […]

2019 at the Western Wall

Check out this video from 2019, this time last year at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.The 9th day of the Jewish month of Av is known as Tisha B’Av, the day in which both of our Holy Temples were ultimately destroyed. The […]

Incredible.

This little boy in Israel was quarantined at home for a week and almost missed out on his class picture. Instead, classmates stood outside his window so that he wouldn’t be left out of the photo.

Jewish Community of Rhodes, Greece

This week marks 76 years since the destruction of the Jewish community of Rhodes, Greece (then Italy). In July 1944, more than 1,600 Jews living on the Mediterranean island were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Only 151 of them survived. Sami Modiano is one of those survivors. Born and […]

Rachel Neiman

#MazalTov“Leaving New Jersey to fulfill my lifelong dream of Aliyah (moving to Israel). 16 hours later, as an Israeli citizen, the cab dropped me off in front of my quarantine home. 14 days to contemplate my place in Jewish history. Feeling blessed to be able to live in our homeland. […]

Gene Meisner

Happy 100th Birthday to Holocaust survivor Gene Meisner! Born in Poland on July 21, 1920, Gene Sadorkiewicz Meisner survived the Łódź Ghetto and multiple concentration camps, including Ravensbrück. After the war, she was miraculously reunited with her husband Sam and the two made their way to the United States. Gene […]

Big Brother

When your little brother comes to visit you at the Syrian border. Source: חיילים מצייצים

July 17, 1921

Hannah Szenes was born 99 years ago today 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 […]

The Dead Sea

Break of dawn at the lowest point on earth; The Dead Sea, Israel Source: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Anne Frank & Audrey Hepburn

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 to support those sheltering Jews […]

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 a […]

July 11, 1945

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 Jewish […]

Alice Adamek

Holocaust survivor Alice Adamek (née Herman) was born on February 1, 1926 in Bunkovce, Czechoslovakia. Alice and her family were taken from their home to the Uzhgorod Ghetto on the first day of Passover in 1944. They were deported to Auschwitz on Shavuot and Alice’s parents were gassed immediately upon […]

FAST DAY: 17th Day of Tammuz

The fast of the seventeenth day in the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, marks the beginning of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.The day commemorates the breach of the walls of Jerusalem, the shattering of the Tablets of […]

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 […]

CONDOLENCES: Michael Ben Zikri

CONDOLENCES: Yesterday, Jewish and Beduin mourners payed their final respects to 45 year old Michael Ben Zikri from Ashdod, who tragically drowned after rescuing a 40 year old Beduin woman and her three children from drowning on Friday. Michael and his heroic efforts will never be forgotten. May his memory be a […]

July 4, 1976, Entebbe Rescue.

Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt was a successful counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976.Michel Bacos, the captain of Air France flight 139, was awarded a medal by the Israeli government for refusing to leave his Jewish passengers behind. When […]

Emma Lazarus

Did you know that Emma Lazarus, the American poet whose famous words are inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, was Jewish? Lazarus was born in 1849 to a large Sephardic family in New York City. Her ancestors were among the first Jewish immigrants to arrive in New […]

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 time• 1956, Wiesel’s first […]

Rubino Romeo Salmoni

‘Life is Beautiful’, the beloved movie and winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, was inspired by Holocaust survivor Rubino Romeo Salmoni. Director Roberto Benigni read Rubino’s book, ‘In the End, I Beat Hitler’, based on his experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz, which inspired the magnificent […]

Carl Reiner

CONDOLENCES: Carl ReinerCarl Reiner, beloved comedian and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ creator, passed away yesterday at the age of 98. Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 to Jewish immigrants in The Bronx, NY. He began acting as a teenager and even performed on the summer Borscht Belt circuit before […]

Marcel Marceau

Did you know that world-famous mime artist Marcel Marceau was a Holocaust survivor and saved the lives of Jewish children? Marcel (né Mangel) was born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France on March 22, 1923. When the Nazis invaded France, Marcel and his family fled to Limoges. His mother […]

Häagen-Dazs

Dazs Interesting.Häagen-Dazs was invented by Jewish Polish-American immigrants Rose and Rueben Mattus in the Bronx, New York in 1961.They opened their first store on November 15, 1976 in Brooklyn. The name “Häagen-Dazs” is a made up word meant to sound Danish as a tribute to Denmark’s exemplary treatment of its Jews […]

Milton Glaser

CONDOLENCES: Milton Glaser 💔Milton Glaser was born on June 26, 1929 to Hungarian Jewish immigrants in the South Bronx, NY. He passed away this Friday on his 91st birthday. A graduate of the High School of Music & Art and Cooper Union, Glaser went on to become one of the most […]