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

Baruch HaShem

When I lived in Israel I met a girl who responded to “how are you?” with “Baruch Hashem (thank G-d)”So one day I asked her why she always responded that way. She said because whether I’m doing well or I’m doing badly, whether I’m happy or I’m sad, whether I’m […]

Zay-D Sings to Great-Grandchild

Happy 98th Birthday to Holocaust survivor and Bal Harbor, Florida’s famous Zay-D! Irving Hoine (Yitzchak Leib Ben Chai Perel) was born in Warsaw, Poland. He, along with his father and brother, escaped the Warsaw Ghetto, while his mother and sisters sadly met their fate at the concentration camps. Throughout his […]

Appliance Repairs in Vancouver

Our freezer suddenly stopped working early this morning. Thinking as to what to do, I googled “Appliance Repairs in Vancouver” and I came across a phone number of a company that outsources repair men to come out to homes to repair large appliances. After calling, they had someone who was […]

Agnes Keleti

Happy 100th Birthday to Ágnes Keleti, Holocaust survivor and world champion gymnast! Born in Budapest in 1921, Keleti (née Klein) was the Hungarian National Champion in gymnastics by age 16. But in 1941, she was expelled from her gymnastics club due to her religion and was forced to go into […]

Happy 105th Birthday!

Lt. Col. (Res.) Alex Ziloni, one of the founders of the Israeli Air Force in 1948 and the Tel-Nof Airbase’s first Commander, celebrated his 105th birthday this week. #MazalTov! 

Einstein 1930

Albert Einstein wearing a kippah; playing violin at a charity concert in the New Synagogue in Berlin, January 29, 1930.

2021

#shabbatshalom #2021 Jerusalem, Israel Source: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Yehudit Lev

“My grandma is 100 today!” #MazalTov! Please help wish Yehudit Lev née Steinberg a happy 100th birthday! Born in Jerusalem 100 years ago today on December 31, 1920, Lev currently lives in Tel Aviv and is 7th generation Israeli! “She has 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. We […]

Pola Israelski Kligerman

Mazel tov to Holocaust survivor Pola Israelski Kligerman who celebrated her 100th birthday this week! Pola (née Koper) was born on December 25, 1920 in Białobrzegi, Poland. During the war, she was interned in both the Majdanek and Auschwitz concentration camps. Against all odds, she survived the Shoah and built […]

Israel Vaccine

Almost 500,000 Israelis have been vaccinated over the last ten days. Israel now reports that the number of people vaccinated has exceeded the total number of those infected with the virus. Source: @stateofisrael Magen David Adom

Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps who served under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge as a nurse. She was discharged in February 1946. Her husband Samuel Kaplan was the first doctor to practice in Venice, Florida and later became instrumental in starting […]