Sukkot

“Succot is the festival of insecurity. It is the candid acknowledgment that there is no life without risk, yet we can face the future without fear when we know we are not alone. God is with us, in the rain that brings blessings to the earth, in the love that […]

Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler passed away on October 9, 1974. Pictured here, Schindler is being lifted on a chair at the 25th wedding anniversary of Murray and Louise Pantirer in 1972. Murray was one of the 1,200 Jews saved by Schindler during the Holocaust, he was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations […]

Sukkot in NYC

SPOTTED: Sukkah on Fifth Avenue in front of the New York Public Library. The Jewish holiday ‘Sukkot’ begins this Sunday at sundown. #ShabbatShalom Source: Chabad of Midtown Manhattan

Noah Schnapp

Happy 18th Birthday to Noah Schnapp! Noah was born on October 3, 2004 in New York City and raised in Scarsdale. He shares today’s milestone with his twin sister Chloe. Did you know that the ‘Stranger Things’ star celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Israel? At just 18, the young actor […]

Happy Birthday Fran

Best known for her role as ‘The Nanny’, Fran Drescher celebrated her 65th birthday this week. Drescher was born on September 30, 1957. Her personal history may sound familiar, she was born in Queens to Sylvia, a bridal consultant, and Morty Drescher, a naval systems analyst. Her maternal great-grandmother Yetta […]

Remembering Elie Wiesel

“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” – Elie Wiesel • September 30, 1928, born Eliezer Wiesel in Romania. • May 1944, 15 year old Wiesel and his family are deported to Auschwitz. • 1945, SS units evacuate Auschwitz in January. Elie is liberated […]

Condolences: Edward Mosberg

CONDOLENCES: Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg was born in 1926 in Kraków, Poland. As a teenager, he and his family were forced into the Kraków ghetto. When the ghetto was “liquidated,” Mosberg was sent to the Płaszów concentration camp, which was ruled by a notoriously sadistic camp commandant. He was later […]

Happy Birthday Anya

Three beautiful Holocaust survivors – my mom Rita Maidenbaum Lungen (top left) and my Aunt Florence Maidenbaum Siegel (top right) celebrating their long time friend, Anya Kukielka’s 100th birthday.Source: Cynthia Lungen Wiesenfeld

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal on September 21, 1934. 49 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.

Rosh Hashanah, 1909

Rosh Hashanah in 1909 on the Williamsburg Bridge, New York City. In this photo, Jews are seen reciting Tashlich by the East River. Tashlich translates to ‘cast off’, which is the act of casting off our sins by prayer next to a body of water and sometimes symbolically throwing crumbs […]

Selichot at The Western Wall 2022

Tens of thousands gather for Selichot at the Western Wall. Selichot is a prayer that is said during the month before the Jewish New Year, typically recited between midnight and dawn. Rosh Hashana begins Sunday, September 25th at sundown. #ShanaTova Video: Noam Chen – Photographer | נועם חן – צלם

Friendship

Holocaust survivor Henry Oster z’l and high-schooler Drew Principe developed a special friendship after meeting at a school assembly. Henry shared his story of being deported from his home in Cologne, Germany to the Łódź ghetto just a few weeks before he was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah. The […]

Bess Myerson

Just months after the revelations of the Holocaust’s devastation, Bess Myerson was crowned the first (and only) Jewish Miss America in September 1945. Myerson refused to adopt a suggested less-ethnic pseudonym, and her victory was seen as a symbol of America’s rejection of the crimes and prejudices that ravaged Europe […]

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. May his memory be a blessing. […]

Queen Elizabeth II

“Punctuality, said Louis XVIII of France, is the politeness of kings. Royalty arrives on time and leaves on time. So it is with Her Majesty the Queen, with one memorable exception. The day was 27 January 2005, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the place St James’s […]

Steven Spielberg

‘Schindler’s List’ premiered in 1993 and has since grossed over $320 million. But did you know that Director Steven Spielberg didn’t accept any earnings from the film and instead donated his share to Holocaust education.Photo: Universal Pictures

Munich Massacre

50 years ago, on September 5-6, 1972, 11 Israelis were killed in an attack known as the Munich Massacre. During the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, members of a Palestinian terrorist group stormed the Olympic Village, killing 2 members of the Israeli delegation, and taking 9 more hostage. One of […]

Reverend André and Magda Trocmé

80 years ago, #OnThisDay 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. […]

Babi’s Necklace

My grandmother (Babi) survived #Auschwitz as a young girl. She always said her greatest revenge against the Nazis was us, her 100+ children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. She bought this necklace right after liberation. I carry her with me every day. I love you Babi. Source: Tamar Schwarzbard