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Yaakov Weksler: At 35 He Discovered He is Jewish, Today He Celebrates His Bar Mitzvah

Last week, Yaakov Weksler (b. 1943) had his Bar Mitzvah in the Yad Vashem Synagogue. A former Polish Catholic priest, Yaakov (formerly Romuald Waszkinel) discovered at age 35 that he was in fact the son of Jews killed in the Holocaust. In the hopes of saving their infant son’s life, […]

Meet Ralph Lauren.

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 City) on October 14, 1939, to Frieda and Frank Lifshitz. His parents were Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Pinsk, […]

“From space, Israel looks just like it is: very small and very beautiful” – Ilan Ramon

“From space, Israel looks just like it is: very small and very beautiful” – Ilan Ramon 16 years ago, February 1st 2003, we lost Col. Ilan Ramon, an Israeli Air Force fighter pilot & Israel’s 1st astronaut for NASA. Ramon was the space shuttle payload specialist of STS-107, the fatal […]

“My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I am a Jew.” Daniel Pearl’s final words 17 years ago, February 1, 2002.

#WeRemember “My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I am a Jew.” Daniel Pearl’s final words 17 years ago, February 1, 2002. The world has come to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter with American and Israeli citizenship who was kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists and murdered in Pakistan […]

The Central Synagogue of Bondi Junction

The Central Synagogue of Bondi Junction, Sydney, is the largest synagogue in the Southern hemisphere and has the largest Jewish congregation in Australasia. In November 1913, on the corner of Dowling and Napier Streets in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, the first Central Synagogue was founded with 150 members. In […]