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Chance Reunion 80 Years Later

The last time Jack Waksal and Sam Ron saw each other was nearly 80 years ago. The young Jewish men were forced to shovel coal at the Pionki labor camp in German-occupied Poland. Sam and Jack were both born in small towns in Poland in the 1920s. After the German […]

This Morning in Israel

This is the Israeli motorcyclist who miraculously survived yesterday’s terror attack in Bnei Brak because the terrorist’s weapon malfunctioned. This morning, he returned to the same spot to say a special prayer of thanks. Photo: David Zar Source: StandWithUs

May Their Memories Be a Blessing

11 people were killed in terror attacks this past week in Israel. May their memories be a blessing: Laura Yitzchak, 43. Moshe Kravitzky, 50. Doris Yahbas, 49. Menachem Menuchin Yechezkel, 67. Yazan Falah, 19, Border Police Officer. Shirel Abukarat, 19, Border Police Officer. Amir Khoury, 32, Police Officer. Ya’akov Shalom, […]

Streit’s Matzos

Photo 1: A Streit’s truck outside the Rivington Street factory, circa 1935. Photo 2: Students looking at matzo coming out of the first floor oven at Streit’s, date unknown. Photo 3: Streit’s factory in New York, early 1960s at the corner of Rivington/Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side. In […]

Werner Reich and Walter Spier

Werner Reich (center) and Walter Spier (left) arrived at Auschwitz on the same day in 1944 and were tattooed 10 numbers apart. 72 years later they meet each other for the first time at the “Last Eyewitness Project”. Photo: Sandi Bachom

Tadeusz Pankiewicz

Recognized by Yad Vashem as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’, Tadeusz Pankiewicz was a pharmacist in Krakow in the fateful year of 1939 when the Nazis arrived. Unfortunately for him, the family shop, Under the Eagle, was located in the section of the city that the Nazis designated as the Jewish […]

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

Condolences: Rabbi KanievskyRabbi Chaim Kanievsky was a leading authority on Jewish law and one of the greatest Torah scholars of our generation. Born on January 8, 1928 in Pinsk, Rabbi Kanievsky was considered a child prodigy, having a photographic memory which was applied to Torah study. In 1948, Rabbi Kanievsky […]

Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin

Albert Einstein was born in the German Empire on March 14, 1879. When he arrived to Hollywood in 1931, it was said that the only person he wanted to meet was Charlie Chaplin. Einstein: “What I most admire about your art, is your universality. You don’t say a word, yet […]

Benjamin Ferencz

Happy 102nd Birthday to Mr. Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials. Born on March 11, 1920 to a Jewish family in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Ben Ferencz moved with his family to America when he was ten months old. After graduating Harvard Law in 1943, […]

4 Generations of Jewish Women

My inspirational 98 year-old great grandmother Lily Ebert BEM (British Empire Medal), an Auschwitz Survivor, sitting with her daughter, granddaughter & great-granddaughter. #InternationalWomensDay  Source: Dov Forman

Sylvette

Thinking of my mother Sylvette when I watch the desperate escape of so many of the children of Ukraine. My mother left Paris for England at age 11 and was the only member in her family to get out of danger as another warmongering madman planned his invasion of Europe. […]

Golda

1956: Golda Meir In 2020, TIME magazine announced its 100 Women of the Year, which is TIME’s list of the most influential women of the past century. Photo: Burt Glinn – Magnum Photos

Odessa

Mikhail Zaslavsky, pictured here by the monument for Odessa’s Jews, is one of the only known survivors of the 1941 Odessa massacre. In the early morning of October 23rd, tens of thousands of Jews were hanged, shot, and burned alive when the Romanian military and German Einsatzgruppen (SS killing squads) […]

Welcome Home Raisa

From Odessa to Israel, Raisa, a 90 year old Holocaust survivor was reunited with her granddaughters at Ben Gurion Airport yesterday. Welcome home Raisa #ShabbatShalom Source: United Hatzalah of Israel

The Chief Rabbi of Odessa, Ukraine

In a heroic act, the Chief Rabbi of Odessa, Ukraine broke his Shabbat observance in order to bring 250 orphans from his city to safety in the midst of the ongoing violence in the country. “I told them that we are here to fulfill God’s will, and on this Shabbat, […]

Harold ‘Smoky’ Simon

Harold “Smoky” Simon, one of the first “Machalniks” (volunteers from abroad) who helped lay the foundations of the Israeli Air Force, passed away yesterday at the age of 102. After serving as a navigator and bombardier in the South African Air Force during the Second World War, “Smoky” came to […]

In Memory of Zaidy, Bubby and Our Entire Family

The Nazis stole his Bar Mitzvah, now he’s finally reclaimed it! “My grandparents were from a Shtetl in Ukraine. When the pogroms began, they escaped to the Rostov region in search of safety. My grandfather – Leib – was a pious Jew. He wrapped Tefilin each morning and prayed with great vigor.When I […]

2/22/22

Today in Israel, Reut Globoff gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Tuesday, 2/22/22 at exactly 2:22am in room number 2. #MazalTov Source: StandWithUs

Jews in The Armed Forces

My grandfather’s prayer book provided by the United States for “Jews in the Armed Forces” during WWll. My father then used it during his time in the services during Vietnam. Source: @rachhatesyou

Judith Love Cohen

Judith Love Cohen, NASA engineer who helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts, went to work on the day she was in labor. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to the hospital. She called her boss, let him know she finished […]

Rachel Roth

Holocaust survivor Rachel Roth was born in 1926 in Warsaw, Poland. She was just 13 when the Nazis invaded and her family was confined to the Warsaw Ghetto. They hid in a secret bunker, but Rachel’s mother and three siblings were all caught and sent to their deaths. Rachel remained […]

Shoes on 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 […]