Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born #OnThisDay September 21, 1934.47 years ago, at the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, the legendary Canadian musician dropped everything and flew to Israel: “I will go and stop Egypt’s bullet,” he said. He went and performed for troops on the front lines.

Guy Niv

Israeli cyclist Guy Niv has made history after becoming the first-ever Israeli to complete the Tour de France cycling race. Niv rode as part if Israel’s Team Start-Up Nation. #MazalTov! Source: StandWithUsPhoto: Noa Arnon / Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Condolences: Ruth Bader Ginsburg“I am a judge, born, raised, and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace, and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition.”– Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, accepting the Genesis Prize in Israel, 2018May her memory […]

Shana Tova

Praying for a year filled with blessings and good things for us all. Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and sweet new year! #shanatova Ksiva vchasima tova – shana tova umetuka

Shana Tova from Saul Dreier

Shana Tova from Holocaust survivor Saul Dreier! Born in Kraków, Poland, Saul was the only member of his immediate family to survive the Shoah. He survived the Kraków ghetto and several concentration camps, including Plaszów, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Linz. After the war, Saul was sent to a DP camp in […]

Shalom

Tonight the Tel Aviv municipality building lights up with the word “Peace” in English, Hebrew and Arabic #shalom Source: @stateofisrael

Rivka Kahana

Holocaust survivor Rivka Kahana z’l with her grandchildren, Gil and Roni. When Rivka (née Greenwald) arrived at Auschwitz in the spring of 1944, she was tattooed with the number A-7762. She stood in line just behind her sisters, Leah and Esther, and thus all three women were scorched with consecutive […]

Danny Lewin

At just 31, American-Israeli Danny Lewin was the 1st victim of 9/11. His Israeli Special Forces training told him that something wasn’t right aboard American Airlines flight 11. Deciding to tackle the terrorists, Danny was fatally stabbed trying to save everyone on the plane. A true hero. We will never […]

Annie Cohen

She was born as Annie Cohen, when married she became Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, but she gained fame as Annie Londonderry. Annie was a 24 year old mother of three children when in 1894 she decided to ride a bicycle across the world. Her decision was driven by a bet, as two […]

Helen Platt

“They weren’t allowed to take anything with them when the Nazis came and took them out of their homes. My grandma was first moved to a ghetto where they had her making leather gloves and boots. She managed to steal a few leather scraps and make this heart, where she […]

Hasbro

Did you know The Hasbro Inc. mega-toy brand that we know and love, was first known as ‘Hassenfeld Brothers’? Herman, Hillel, and Henry Hassenfeld, three Polish-Jewish brothers, founded Hassenfeld Brothers in 1923 in Providence, Rhode Island. They started off selling fabric and textile remnants, then expanded to pencil cases, school […]

September 2, 1945

Today is the 75th anniversary of V-J Day, which marked the official end of WWII. While Imperial Japan announced its surrender on August 14, 1945, the official document was not signed until a few weeks later on September 2nd aboard the USS Missouri. One of history’s most iconic photos, “V-J […]

Neighborhood Store

A grocery store in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood, put out a cart filled with food for local residents to take free of charge. The note on the cart reads:“Dear Neighborhood, here’s food at no cost. All we ask is for you to lift your heads up and smile a lot. […]

Pastor André Trocmé

On this day, August 30, 1942, pastor André Trocmé urged the congregants in his overflowing church to “Do the will of God, not of men”. When the deportations began in France in summer 1942, he urged his congregation to give shelter to any Jew who should ask for it. “These […]

A Hug and a Deep Breath

“This morning I got on a bus to move for the fourth time in six weeks and I was on the verge of tears. I had just absorbed what spending a shutdown in my sherut apartment will look like and that I’ll have to spend the chagim (holidays) there too. […]

Osher Lehmann

“My incredible Dad, Osher Lehmann. 87 years young and on top of his game. Dad was liberated from Bergen Belsen at the age of 10-1/2. An orphan with no parents. Daddy did it all. Taught himself his entire bar mitzva parsha because in the first and second grades the Dutch […]

Miriam Schreiber

Mazel tov to Holocaust survivor Miriam Schreiber on receiving an honorary diploma from NEJA New England Jewish Academy last Sunday! Miriam, who was only 7 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, was never able to receive a formal education because of the war. Her family fled their small village […]

Henry Orenstein

In honor of National Inventor’s Month, meet legendary toymaker Henry Orenstein. Henry was born on September, 13 1923 in Hrubieszów, Poland. During WWII, Henry first evaded the Nazis in secret hiding spots between double walls in his family’s house. He then found refuge with Yekaterina Lipinskaya, a Righteous Gentile in […]

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was considered one of the most beautiful women in Europe. Born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, by the 1930s she was a film star in Europe and not long after, in the U.S. But she didn’t stop with movies. Hedy became an inventor. Inspired to […]

Historic Israeli Flyover Germany

Today, the Israeli and German Air Forces performed a historic flyby over the Dachau concentration camp and above the Fürstenfeldbruck airport in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and the 11 victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre. This bilateral training exercise marks the first time Israeli […]

Mark Twain

A Timeless Note from Mark Twain About the Jewish People, published in the year 1899: “If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew […]

Shabbat Shalom from Masada

#ShabbatShalom from the top of Masada. Who has been here and did you climb or cable car your way up? Source: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Visitor to Resident

“March 4, 2020 my mother got off the plane in Israel and made her way to our home in Efrat. While she thought she would be home after Pesach, Hashem had other plans. Being surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, sisters, relatives and friends she realized it was time to make […]

Then and Now

That was then, this is now. From kindergarten to the IDF #thenandnow Source: חיילים מצייצים

Sail-In Theater

Tel Aviv launches Israel’s first “sail-in” movie theater, a total of 70 socially distanced boats will be available to moviegoers.  Source: Tel Aviv City 

Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard

On July 16, 1942, the French police began a mass roundup of foreign Jews living in Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Over the course of two days, more than 13,000 Jews were arrested and held in the Vélodrome d’Hiver (Winter Stadium) before being shipped off to concentration camps. Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard […]

August 9, 2001

“Today marks 19 years since God gave me a second chance at life.I was working in a summer camp in Israel for my third summer in a row (NCSY Kollel), and Thursdays were usually the day that I’d be with our cab driver from morning to night running all over […]

CONDOLENCES: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Rabbi Steinsaltz was born July 11, 1937 in Jerusalem. Best known for translating the Talmud Bavli in 1965 from Aramaic to Hebrew, English, Russian and various languages. Rabbi Steinsaltz was known as a modern day Torah scholar and commentator, often compared to Rashi. As a teenager, he joined Chabad and […]