5 Generations of Women

 “Five generations of women… What a gift and a blessing to have had an opportunity to pose for such a wonderful photo… With my mother and my grandmother, and with my daughter and granddaughter… We will miss my grandma terribly but we will cherish the many wonderful years and precious memories always…”Rena […]

Happy 101st Birthday Malka

Happy 101st birthday to Holocaust survivor Malka Zajc! Malka is the Hebrew word for Queen. Born on February 28, 1920 in Ciechanów, Poland, Malka survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising as well as the Majdanek, Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, and Malchow concentration camps. After the war, she made a life for herself in […]

Morris Harary

Morris Harary 86 years young enjoying his brand new Tallit from his namesake, his Grandson who brought this home from Israel and had it embroidered with their shared name. Even after surviving 2 strokes and losing mobility, Morris finds the strength each and every day to pray and count his […]

Olga Neuman

Remembering that special moment when a Holocaust survivor holds her great-grandson’s hand for the first time. Olga Neuman was born in Curtuiusul-Mare, Romania in 1929. During the war, she was forced into the Baia Mare ghetto before being deported to Auschwitz in 1944. When the camp was liberated in January […]

Bonne Maman

Incident in a NJ Supermarket – tweet yesterday by Michael Perino @ProfessorPerino“ At the supermarket today, I found a small, elderly woman standing in front of a high shelf holding Bonne Maman preserves. She was having trouble finding the flavor she wanted because the jars were set back on the […]

Shoshana Ovitz

CONDOLENCES: Shoshana Ovitz Shoshana Ovitz was born in 1915 and she miraculously survived Auschwitz. After the war, she met her husband Dov, who lost his wife & children in the concentration camps. Together, they moved to Haifa, Israel where she worked as a tailor and helped her husband in his […]

Lili and Leon Levy

“They were just teenagers when they met. Through the barbed wire. In the concentration camp. They had nothing when they married. Hardly any family left.Hardly any clothing of their own. Little food. No money. Today my grandparents celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. They often hold hands, although they claim it’s […]

Happy 95th Birthday

Happy Birthday to my beautiful grandma who is 95 years young today! When she was 18 years old she was in Auschwitz and all of her friends said, “we are going to heaven from here,” and she said, “you can go to heaven, I am going home from here.” 77 years […]

Ilan Ramon

“From space, Israel looks just like it is: very small and very beautiful” – Ilan Ramon18 years ago on 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 […]

Daniel pearl

“My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I am a Jew.” Daniel Pearl’s final words 19 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 in 2002, […]

Liam David Rochman

Just put tefilin for the first time with my youngest brother Liam David Rochman. As he turns 13 he is now considered a man and accepts the responsibility of being a Jew along with the 613 mitzvot, making him an adult amongst the Nation.Make us proud #4 the force is […]

Renewal of Life

Today is Tu Bishvat, the Jewish “New Year of the Trees.” Trees, symbolic of the renewal of life, have been planted at Yad Vashem in honor of non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. But among the thousands of trees planted in the Garden of the […]

Tu B’Shvat

#TuBishvat Did you know that Israel is 60% desert. But it has over 200 million trees. Israel is one of the only nations in the world that entered the 21st century with more trees than it had 100 years ago.Photo: Yuval Oz

70+ Years Later

Tova Friedman, Sarah Ludwig, and Mike Bornstein are three of the children pictured in an iconic photograph from the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27th, 1945. Here the three survivors are seen holding that image together over 70 years later in the United States. Source: American Society for Yad Vashem

Nat Ross

“My Poppy was born in Pultusk, Poland in 1922. He survived Nazi ghettos, forced labor camps and 2+ years in Auschwitz. He turns 99 in March. His wits and positive outlook have never faded… and neither has that number on his left arm marking him as Prisoner 143499.” – Dana […]

Steve Ross

Holocaust survivor Steve Ross (né Szmulek Rozental) was born in 1931 near Łódź, Poland. He spent five years in ten different concentration camps, including Budzyń, Auschwitz, and Dachau. He survived medical experiments, starvation, sexual abuse, and brutal beatings on a daily basis. When Ross was liberated from Dachau in April […]

Rafael

Meet my friend, Rafael.Rafael and his mother made Aliyah (moved to live in Israel) in September 2020, from Brazil. Even a global pandemic didn’t stop them from fulfilling their zionist dream of living in the world’s only Jewish state. After settling in, plus 14 days of quarantine, Rafael joined me on […]

David “Dugo” Leitner

Every year on January 18th, Holocaust survivor David “Dugo” Leitner invites everyone to eat falafel with him and hold up a sign that says “Am Yisrael Chai.” Why does he do this? It’s his private revenge. Born in Nyieregyhaza, Hungary in 1930, Dugo was just 14 when the Nazis invaded […]

Yosef Kleinman

On December 31st, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Linor Attias was given the honor of vaccinating a very special person, Yosef Kleinman. Kleinman is a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and was one of the prosecution’s witnesses in the Eichmann trial. When Kleinman arrived at the vaccinating booth, he had a lot to […]

The Bluefelds

#MazalTov to Edith and Lou Bluefeld! The Boca Raton residents and Baltimore natives, met when they were 16 years old. Lou celebrated his 100th birthday this past weekend, Edith turns 100 in August and next month the couple will mark their 80th wedding anniversary! Photo: Boca West Country Club