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 […]

Happy 101st Birthday

Happy birthday to Mrs. Devorah (Dora) Appel, who just turned 101.Born in 1919 in Mszana Dolna Poland, her teen years were unfortunately spent within the horrors of several Concentration camps.Alone in the world after WWII, she found herself in a nearby village next to Auschwitz, at the mercy of a […]

Gimmel Tammuz

Today marks the 26th yartzeit for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The Lubavitcher Rebbe is buried in Queens, New York. The gravesite is considered a place of deep spiritual sanctity. Throughout the year, hundreds of thousands of individuals frequent the site, seeking blessing, guidance and spiritual inspiration. In addition to personal […]

Jonas Falk

This is Jonas Salk (1914 – 1995) who decided not to patent his 1955 polio vaccine so that it would be affordable for millions of people who couldn’t afford it. As a result, he lost out on an estimated 7 billion dollars. In an interview with Edward R. Murrow, Salk […]

Victor “Young” Perez

Victor “Young” Perez was born in the Jewish quarter of Tunis, Tunisia in 1911. A talented boxer, Perez travelled to Paris at age 17 to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion. He became the World Flyweight Champion in both 1931 and 1932, making him the youngest world champion […]

Ted Comet Celebrates Israel

Happy 96th Birthday to Ted Comet, founder of the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. This year, instead of marching down 5th Avenue, the Parade, now run by Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, will be online, at 1pm EST TODAY! at CelebrateIsraelNY.org. Ted has been involved in Jewish communal affairs since the end […]

Baskin-Robbins

Did you know that Irvine ‘Irv’ Robbins (1917-2008), co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, opened his first ice cream store using money he saved from his #BarMitzvah! Born in Winnipeg to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Robbins grew up working in his father’s ice cream parlor in Tacoma, Washington. He always finished the day happy […]

70th Wedding Anniversary.

Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser was born in Krakow, Poland in 1928. During the war, he survived multiple ghettos, concentration camps, a death march from Auschwitz to Buchenwald, and a death train to Dachau. Shortly after making his way to the United States, Ben met the beautiful Jean Singer. The couple […]

Last Photo.

“I had sent in a photo of my grandparents [to Humans of Judaism] many years ago (2016) of my grandmother putting Teffilin on my grandfather. It had warmed my grandmothers heart when I had shown her how many people liked and appreciated what she would do for my grandfather.My grandfather […]

Julia Wallach.

Happy 95th birthday to Holocaust survivor Julia Wallach!! Julia was born in Paris, France on June 14, 1925. Nazi troops entered the city on that same day in 1940. Julia hid with her father until they were arrested in 1943 and sent to the Drancy internment camp. She survived Auschwitz-Birkenau […]

June 10.

#OnThisDay William Rosenberg, born 104 years ago today on June 10, 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American Jewish entrepreneur who we thank for the yummy donuts and coffee we can buy at almost every corner. Yes, William is the founder of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise. William, who went by Bill, was one […]

The Fridge.

Check out this incredible initiative by Jerusalem’s young residents to feed the needy and prevent food waste. Local vendors donate extra food at the end of each day which is then placed in fridges throughout Israeli cities, because no one should ever go hungry. Source: המקרר The Fridge 

June 8.

#OnThisDay June 8, 20146 years ago today was the day I had an idea and created an Instagram page called Humans of Judaism.Each year I celebrate 2 major milestones in memory of my dad. The date that he passed away and the date this page was created.His Yartzeit is the day […]

June 7.

#OnThisDay June 7, 1967. “The Israeli Defense Forces have liberated Jerusalem,” Defense Minister Moshe Dayan announced to the nation. “We have reunited the torn city, the capital of Israel. In this photo: IDF Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin (right), Defense Minister Moshe Dayan (center), and Jerusalem Commander Uzi Narkiss (left) enter […]

June 5, 1967

#OnThisDay On June 5, 1967, a war began between Israel and three neighboring countries, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, 53 years ago, became a defining moment for the young country. David Rubinger documented those crucial days. His images have become a symbol of Israel. Source: Government […]

Ella & Zeev Bendavid.

“My Grandparents Ella & Zeev Bendavid have not only survived the Holocaust, but are Covid-19 survivors as well! Ella is 90 years old & Zeev is 97. This is a miracle!! We feel beyond blessed that they are Covid free! My family has not seen them since February, and today […]