Menorah Map

Happy #Hanukkah from the New York Transit Museum! In this clever holiday card, created by local Brooklynite Cheryl Berkowitz, the heart of Downtown Brooklyn is transformed into the menorah.

Chanukah 1932

Chanukah 1932“It was on a Friday afternoon right before Shabbat that this photo was taken. My grandmother realized that this was a historic photo, and she wrote on the back of the photo that ‘their flag wishes to see the death of Judah, but Judah will always survive, and our […]

A Rare Find

New Discovery. An 11-year-old Girl Found a Rare Silver 2000-Year-Old Coin Minted in the Temple as part of the Jewish Revolt Against the Romans.The rare coin was discovered by a girl who was touring with her family at the “archeological experience” operated by the City of David together with the […]

Hole-iest Menorah

That’s a latke bagels! Check out this one-of-a-kind ‘bagel-norah’ from 2016, standing 10 feet tall with over 400 bagels, featured prominently at Bethesda Row’s outdoor mall. The bagels weren’t just for show, the builders of the menorah wore gloves with consideration that no food goes to waste and the menorah […]

Savta Mazal

Miracle pic! Born in Yemen, now living in Israel. My 100+ years young Savta Mazal, grandma to hundreds and hundreds of us, all smiles and amazing energy with my oldest sibling Shlomit as she recovers back at home in Kfar Saba from her 4th stroke…We love you Savta!!! – Joseph Waks

Mira Rosenblatt

Holocaust survivor Mira Rosenblatt was born in 1923 in Sosnowiec, Poland. Growing up, Mira was a precocious young girl with a thirst for adventure and a natural sense of leadership. When the Nazis came to power, she always did everything she could to help those around her, even when she […]

November 11, 1918

On this day, 103 years ago, WW1 ended. Here is a photo of a street in Antwerp, Belgium, where the citizens have gathered a few hours after the surrender of Germany, November, 11, 1918. Source: History Cool Kids

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was considered one of the most beautiful women in Europe. Born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 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 […]

NYC Marathon Founder Fred Lebow

Did you know that the founder of the New York City Marathon was a Holocaust survivor?! Born in Arad, Romania in 1932, Fred Lebow (né Fischel Efraim Lebowitz) survived the war and immigrated to the United States in 1949. Fred is best remembered as the co-founder of the world-renowned New […]

November 9, 1938

“We fled Germany on November 9th, 1938. It was called the Crystal Night, because there were demonstrations against Jews all over Germany, and many windows were being broken. We were living on the outskirts of Hanover. When my father came home from work that night, he told us that the […]

Mama Diali

Happy Mizrachi Heritage Month! Morrocan Arabic: “Mama Diali” – Eng: “My Mother” – Savta Rabba Simi, our great grandmother, dancing with my mother and grandmother at my cousins wedding. Living history of proud Jewish women. Savta Simi remembers Baba Yosef her father being taken by the nazis, the re-establishment of […]

Holocaust Survivors Celebrate 75th Wedding Anniversary

#MazalTov to Holocaust survivors Abe Sloma and Chava Felner Sloma, who are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary today! Both Abe and Chava were born in Poland and survived the war after fleeing to Siberia. When the war broke out, Abe was smuggled across the Russian border and sent to the […]

Harry Houdini

Did you know that Harry Houdini, the great escape artist and world-famous magician, was Jewish? Houdini (né Erik Weisz) was born to a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary in 1874. His father, Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weisz, moved the family to the United States when Houdini was four years old. They […]

Dead Sea

Break of dawn at the lowest point on earth; The Dead Sea, Israel  Source: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Shabbat Shalom

A Yemenite Jewish woman lights Shabbat candles, 1950s. Photographer unknown. #shabbatshalomSource: @youdontlookjewish

We Remember Pittsburgh

3 years ago today. October 27, 2018 a gunman opened fire during Shabbat morning prayer service at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, three years later we remember those we lost: Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland Richard Godfried, 65, of Ross Township Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill Jerry Robinowitz, 66, […]

Henry Orenstein

Happy 98th Birthday to legendary toymaker Henry Orenstein. Henry was born on October, 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 the town of […]

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

We Remember: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks passed away one year ago today. “To be a Jew, now as in the days of Moses, is to hear the call of those who came before us and know that we are the guardians of their story.” “To be a Jew [is to] […]

Odessa Massacre: 80 Years Later

The Odessa massacre took place 80 years ago on October 23, 1941. Mikhail Zaslavsky, who is pictured here by the monument for Odessa’s Jews, is one of the only known survivors. One week after Romanian and German troops took over the Ukrainian city, the Soviets blew up the Romanian army […]

CONDOLENCES: Miriam Patipa

CONDOLENCES: Miriam Patipa My Mima was a survivor that shared her story with whoever she could! From presentations at local schools, synagogues, and the shoah foundation, she took every opportunity to share! My Pop-Pop, Miriam’s husband was also a survivor of the death camps, Mauthausen to be specific. One story […]