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It was on this day, November 30, 1947, that civil war broke out between Jews and Palestinian Arabs in British Mandate Palestine. The war would …
Origins of Israel Palestinian Conflict
The Israeli Arab conflict is the result of interactions of superpowers in the early 20th century. British and French strategic interests in the Middle East were related to the Mediterranean trading route, which went from the Suez channel to Indian markets. But the presence of the Ottoman navy based in the Levant was a direct threat to British interests. So the British and the French decided to divide the Middle East into smaller entities and countries to make it impossible for the Ottoman Empire to control them all. A century later, the legacy of European colonization of the Arab world is reflected by its many ongoing conflicts.
Mandatory Palestine (Arabic: فلسطين Filasţīn; Hebrew: פָּלֶשְׂתִּינָה (א”י) Palestína (EY), where “EY” indicates “Eretz Yisrael” (Land of Israel)) was a geopolitical entity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. British civil administration in Palestine operated from 1920 until 1948. During its existence it was known simply as Palestine, but, in retrospect, as distinguishers, a variety of other names and descriptors including Mandatory or Mandate Palestine, also British Palestine and the British Mandate of Palestine, have been used to refer to it.
During the First World War an Arab uprising and British campaign led by General Edmund Allenby, the British Empire’s commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, drove the Turks out of the Levant, a part of which was the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. The United Kingdom had agreed in the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence that it would honour Arab independence if they revolted against the Ottomans. The two sides had different interpretations of this agreement. In the event, the UK and France divided up the area under the Sykes–Picot Agreement, an act of betrayal in the opinion of the Arabs. Further confusing the issue was the Balfour Declaration promising support for a Jewish “national home” in Palestine. After the war ended, a military administration, named Occupied Enemy Territory Administration, was established in the captured territory of the former Ottoman Syria. The British sought legitimacy for their continued control of the region and this was achieved by obtaining a mandate from the League of Nations in June 1922. The formal objective of the League of Nations Mandate system was to administer parts of the defunct Ottoman Empire, which had been in control of the Middle East since the 16th century, “until such time as they are able to stand alone.” From Wikipedia,
The civil Mandate administration was formalized with the League of Nations’ consent in 1923 under the British Mandate for Palestine, which covered two administrative areas. The land west of the Jordan River, known as Palestine, was under direct British administration until 1948, while the land east of the Jordan was a semi-autonomous region known as Transjordan, under the rule of theHashemite family from the Hijaz, and gained independence in 1946. From Wikipedia,
This Day in Jewish History / Happy birthday, Jon Stewart!
This Day in Jewish History / Happy birthday, Jon Ste
wart! 52 years ago, a comedic chosen one, formerly known as Leibowitz, was born, to the future …
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz (born November 28, 1962), widely known as Jon Stewart, is an American political satirist, writer, producer, director, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. He is the host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program that airs on Comedy Central.
Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It. He has also had several film roles as an actor, but has done few cinematic projects since becoming the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early 1999. He is also a writer and co-executive producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim, resulting in his nineteen Emmy Awards.
Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City into a well-educated middle class Jewish family. Jon’s mother, Marian (née Laskin), is an educational consultant and teacher. His father (who died on June 8, 2013), Donald Leibowitz, was a professor of physics at The College of New Jersey and Thomas Edison State College.  Stewart’s family emigrated to the U.S. from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus; one of his grandfathers was born in Manzhouli (now part of Inner Mongolia). Stewart’s parents divorced when Stewart was eleven years old, and Stewart was apparently largely estranged from his father. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, From Wikipedia
Steve Ross Holocaust Survivor Film Promotional Video
Steve Ross Film
Bubbe of Feed Me Bubbe (1926 – 2014)
Bubbe, 87, Multi Award winning author and JLTV star of Feed Me Bubbe, died on Thursday, August 7, 2014, after a short illness.
Feed Me Bubbe is a Jewish cooking show that is produced on a shoestring budget. “Bubbe” is the Yiddish word for “Grandmother.” Bubbe’s grandson Avrom introduces each show declaring that “Bubbe” is one of the three words he needs to know when he is hungry and looking for Kosher food.
The series is produced by Chalutz Productions (so called because Chalutz is Hebrew for “pioneer”). Feed Me Bubbe is part of the new trend in podcasting known as “Vodcast.”
Being mentioned in British newspapers, as well as Avrom and Bubbe being guests or highlighted on many other podcasts, has led toFeed Me Bubbe quickly gaining a wide audience and becoming noted…….. From Wikipedia
Remembering Mike Nichols
Entertainment icon and husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer dies November 19, 2014 (aged 83) at age 83.
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Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games
The Times of Israel
Born the day after WW1 broke out, Games was a child of immigrant Jewish … Games produced a huge amount of work for Jewish organizations and … and will be accompanied by wide-ranging programs and events at the museum.
BBC London News piece on an Abram Games exhibition.
BBC London’s Riz Lateef introduces a piece by Brenda Emmanus on ‘Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games’, an exhibition at the Jewish Museum – 8 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.
BBC News Magazine – Abram Games: Posters that framed the nation
Broadcast on 9th September 2014 by BBC London News (UK). (Copyright BBC.)
Abram Games OBE, RDI (29 July 1914, Whitechapel, London – 27 August 1996, London) was a British graphic designer.
Born Abraham Gamse in Whitechapel, London on 29 July, the day after World War I began in 1914, he was the son of Joseph Gamse, aLatvian photographer, and Sarah, a seamstress born on the border of Russia and Poland. His father anglicised the family name to Games when Abram was 12. Games left Hackney Downs School at the age of 16 and went to Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. Disillusioned by the teaching at Saint Martin’s and worried about the expense of studying there, Games left after two terms. However, while working as a “studio boy” in commercial design firm Askew-Young in London 1932–36, he was attending night classes in life drawing. He was fired from this position due to his jumping over four chairs as a prank. In 1934, his entry was second in the Health Council Competition and, in 1935, won a poster competition for the London City Council. 1936–40, he was on his own as a freelance poster artist. >>>> From Wikipedia
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Shadows of Shoah is a unique multidisciplinary touring Holocaust exhibition. Sheree Trotter is the researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She was invited to speak at a public rally in Auckland, NZ, on 10 August 2014.
Sarit Malca taught Jewish history and Hebrew in Room 304 at Herzliah High … “She was an exceptional teacher and when you see this outpouring of … felt,” said Linda Leiberman, principal of the Jewish day school in Snowdon.
.This Day in Jewish History / Jews in ancient Egypt plead to rebuild their temple
This Day in Jewish History / Jews in ancient Egypt plead to rebuild their … the leader of the Jewish community of Elephantine Island, in Upper Egypt, …
Dr Maurice Mizrahi – History of the Jews of Egypt (Vayyigash)
“Casablanca” is not an overtly Jewish film and none of the principal characters in it are apparently Jewish, yet most of the individuals behind the …
The only Jewish museum in the Arab world: exploring Casablanca’s unique Museum of Moroccan Judaism
The Museum of Moroccan Judaism is unique as it is the only Jewish museum in the Arab world today and JN1 has come to Casablanca to meet with the curator of this museum and to speak about its history and the very special significance it has in the region.
My Journey from Kuwaiti Arab to Jerusalemite Jew
My Journey from Kuwaiti Arab to Jerusalemite Jew
Kislev 2, 5775 · November 24, 2014
It seems like it was only yesterday that I was a young teenager wearing a dish-dasha(white robe) in Kuwait, and now I wear a kipah and live in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is where my grandparents on my mother’s side met. My Jewish grandmother met my Palestinian Muslim grandfather when they were both in their late teens. She later converted to Islam, got married to my grandfather, and lived in Shechem for many years. Following the 1970 Black September uprising, my grandfather—who was a high-ranking officer in Jordan’s Arab Legion—was cashiered when King Hussein purged his army of Palestinians. The family relocated to Kuwait, where oil profits were fueling huge business and construction projects. In Kuwait, my mother met my father and got married.
|My grandfather, Mohammad Al-Masri (3rd from the right) with King Hussein of Jordan (3rd from the left).
My father was born in Beisan (Beit She’an in Hebrew), Israel, and owned a successful construction company in Kuwait that built some of Kuwait’s popular landmarks (which I proudly show off to my friends over Google Earth today). My father attended university in Egypt and was a staunch follower of the Nasser school of thought, Pan Arabism—the unification of the Arab World. I was brought up to believe that Israel was the only obstacle to Arab unity, a satellite presence planted by Western colonial powers to keep the Arab world divided. Therefore, Israel had to be destroyed.
Our family was as secular as a family can be in Arabia. My father was more of a deist than an atheist—he believed in a creator, but strongly rejected all religions, especially Islam. My mother wasn’t into religion either at the time, as her priorities were our home and social events. At home we were loosely traditional; we partially observed Ramadan (not the fasting part) and celebrated the two Eid holidays by hosting feasts and visiting friends, family and business partners.
The only religious influence around was my grandfather. Out of love for him, I accompanied him to mosque several times. I never really learned how to pray; I’d stand, kneel and bow in sync with everyone else, then sit on the ground and listen to the sermon. The “sermon” often consisted of the imam’s nonstop screaming and shouting about the evils of the Jews. The imam would tell many stories of the horrible things Jews did to Prophet Mohammad, and explain how Allah doomed them to the level of animals, and that fighting the Jews was the duty of every Muslim who loved his religion.
|My grandmother was born to a Jewish family in Jerusalem.
I’ll never forget how the Imam described Joseph’s brothers as “evil Jewish brothers of the prophet of Islam, who threw him down the well and then sold him into slavery.” The imam then said, “You see how Jews treat their own brothers!” That story angered me. Then, according to custom, the imam finished his sermon with a stream of supplications calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, while the crowd responded to each supplication with a thunderous “Amen!” Even then, as a ten-year-old, this was quite chilling.
After an eventful prayer session, we’d walk back together to my grandparents’ home to have lunch with everyone. The smells of my grandmother’s delicious food took my mind off of the horrible stories I heard at mosque. But as we ate, I’d think to myself, How could my sweet grandmother have belonged to an evil Jewish cult built on killing of innocent people? Is that why she left? And was she a descendant of pigs and monkeys? Or perhaps the imam was exaggerating? After all, my father told me that religious people were crazy: “Never trust people with beards! “
|With my grandfather.
When my parents went on vacation, they usually left us with our grandparents. As kids will do, I snooped around in my grandparents’ room, and once found my grandmother’s birth certificate, along with old pictures. The last name on the birth certificate was Mizrahi. It struck me as an odd name that I had never heard of. The header on the document was in Arabic, Hebrew and English. I didn’t know what Hebrew looked like, but I recognized the letters I had seen in the small book my grandmother would sometimes read from when she sat alone in the guest room, tears trickling down her face. I suspected my grandmother was reciting Jewish prayers, because on the news, I had seen Jews praying by “Ha’it al Mabka”—the Wailing Wall in Arabic.
Anti-Semitism was commonplace in Kuwait. I remember a show that the Palestinian boy scouts would put on, which ended with the burning of the Israeli flag. One year, I took part in one of the shows. In a twisted way, the organizers wanted to show their success in creating a generation of defenders of the “cause,” which helped them raise millions in donations from sympathizers.
My father was a strong supporter of the PLO himself. Since the 1960s, a portion of his monthly salary was deducted and sent to the organization founded by Yasser Arafat (also an engineer working in Kuwait at the time), which promised to finance armed groups to liberate Palestine one day. Arafat raised money from wealthy Palestinians working in Kuwait, as well as from Kuwaitis and the Kuwaiti government. Later, he’d turn against the same government that helped him become a political force, by aligning with Saddam Hussein against Kuwait. My father said that with the hundreds of millions of dollars Arafat raised, he could’ve created five-star services and infrastructure in the West Bank, but he decided to appropriate the money instead.
In the summer of 1990, when I was 12 years old, our lives changed completely. We were on vacation when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded and annexed Kuwait. My father’s business—along with much of the country—was ravaged. Our savings became worthless pieces of paper. We could not return to Kuwait, so we immigrated to Canada. My father managed to sneak back into Kuwait for a few days to retrieve important business documents that would later be useful in recovering compensation from a United Nations fund.
But life in the new world didn’t suit my family well, and they returned to the Middle East, while I stayed in Canada to attend university.
During my final year at the University of Western Ontario, while I was studying at the Weldon Library, I went down to use the pay phone and found a man sitting at a small table cutting up a green apple. From his dress, he looked Jewish, so I went up to him and asked him straightforwardly, “Hi, are you a Jew?”
He looked up with a smile and answered “No, but I like to dress this way.”
|At a Torah welcoming ceremony in Toronto (credit: Jack Beker Photo, Thornhill, Ont.).
I wondered to myself, Are Jewish people supposed to be funny? I introduced myself and told him that I wanted to do something to advance peace in the Middle East. I added that I didn’t believe in religion and didn’t completely hate Jews because my grandmother was Jewish.
He introduced himself to me as Dr. Yitzchok Block, a professor of philosophy from Harvard who taught at UWO. He invited me to sit down, and cut me a piece of his apple. He asked me, “Which side of the family is that grandmother from?”
I replied, “My mother’s side. My father’s parents died before I was born.”
Dr. Block said gently, “If that’s the case, then by Muslim law you’re Muslim, and by Jewish law you’re a Jew. A Jew can convert 10 times and he’ll still be a Jew, and by Jewish law religion is transferred by the mother, which makes your mother Jewish, and makes you a Jew. “
I was completely dumbfounded. Memories flooded into my mind—my grandmother, the “evil Jews,” mosque sermons, Israeli TV . . .
I ran home and told my roommate, who said, “So that makes you a ‘Mus-Jew.’” I was not amused.
|In Jerusalem with the Temple Mount and a model of the Holy Temple in the background (photo: Dafna Tal).
I went up to my room, called my mom, and told her what happened. She told me to stay away from Dr. Block. But I called my grandmother, and we spoke for quite some time, and she told me about her family and younger brother who died in the early days of the establishment of Israel. I finally mustered the courage to ask her, “Tata, are you Jewish?” I never heard my grandmother as distressed in all my life. She cried and told me more stories about her family and how Jews and Arabs used to be friends.
I decided not to pursue the idea that I was a Jew, as I was finishing university and this wasn’t a topic worth upsetting my family over. I did speak on the phone once with Dr. Block and met with his son-in-law, Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, who was a rabbi of a congregation close by. He recommended books to read and mentioned his synagogue.
One evening, while rollerblading on the street, I suddenly fell to the ground, although the street was smooth and there was no visible cause for the fall. I immediately felt that it was a “push” from up above. My right wrist was sprained and bandaged, and I couldn’t go to work for some time.
That Saturday morning, I remembered that Jews went to synagogue on Saturdays. I contemplated going to Dr. Block’s synagogue to check it out, but I was hesitant, thinking, “I look so Middle Eastern; I’ll probably scare people off.” I decided to go anyway. I looked up the address and called a cab, not knowing it would be the last time I would ride in a cab on Shabbat.
When I arrived at the shul, I thought, I’ll just go in, how bad could it be? If worst comes to worst, I won’t come back again. I opened the door, and there stood an Indian gentleman, who handed me a kipah and greeted me with “Shabbat Shalom.” Cool, I thought. I looked around for Dr. Block, and found him standing all the way in the back, with a book in his hands. He greeted me with the same reassuring, warm smile and said, “Good Shabbos.”
I asked him, “What are you reading?”
|Learning Torah (credit: Dafna Tal).
He replied, “I like to learn on Shabbos.”
“Aren’t you done studying by now?” I asked, thinking to myself that he must be retired at this age.
He answered, “Even if I would live another lifetime, I wouldn’t be done learning.” That sentence didn’t register until much later in life.
The congregation was a mix of all ages, and everyone was responding to the rabbi enthusiastically. I was handed a prayerbook, and someone was calling out the page numbers. Soon I found myself reading a song that I’d be reading every Shabbat from then on:
“Ve-shamru v’nei Yisrael et ha-Shabbat, la’asot et ha-Shabbat le-dorotam berit olam. Bei-ni u-vein b’nei Yisrael ot hi le-olam, ki shei-shet ya-mim ah-sah A-do-nai, et ha-sha-mayim ve-et ha-aretz uva-yom ha-shevi’i shavat va-yi-nafash.”
“And the Children of Israel observed the Sabbath, to make the Sabbath for their generations an eternal covenant. Between Me and the Children of Israel it is a sign forever, that in six days did G‑d make the heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”
I didn’t understand Hebrew, but between my Arabic and the English translation, I could understand the words. “Between Me and the Children of Israel it is a sign forever.” It was true. By then, my tears were streaming down.
I met a few people over Kiddush, including an African Falasha gentleman and an Egyptian couple who, when they learned of my birthplace, asked me in Arabic, “Do you speak Arabic?” I felt like saying, “Shush, the Jews are here!”
|Rabbi Gurkow is spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefilah in London, Ontario.
After the Kiddush, Dr. Block invited me to his home for lunch. I wasn’t used to accepting too much from people, so I politely declined, but he said, “We’re having several guests, and one more won’t be a bother. My wife makes delicious chicken.”
I gave him a big smile and told him it would be my pleasure.
At Dr. Block’s home, there were around 10 people at that table, a mix of students and professionals. The conversation was lively, and people were encouraged to ask challenging questions. Later, we read parts of a story about a queen named Esther and how she strived to save her people from an evil man who wanted to destroy the Jews. It reminded me of the systematic anti-Jewish indoctrination I grew up with. We didn’t finish the story of Esther, and I wondered whether the Jews were saved in the end.
Dr. Block was a great host. He walked me to the door and thanked me for coming over. I told him it felt like I’d done this before—it was weird. He said, “It’s not hard to believe. Every Jew is born with a little Torah and a little menorah inside.” He nudged me with his shoulder and said, “All it takes is for another Jew to bump into him to light it up.”
When I got home, I waited until after sunset to turn my computer on, like I was advised, and I started searching until I found “The Book of Esther.” I devoured the story until the end, sighing with relief that G‑d had saved the Jews from the plot of those who wanted their destruction. I felt a sense of ownership of my newfound Jewish identity, and decided I wanted to experience Shabbat some more. I spoke with my employer, and I started observing Shabbat regularly.
A few months later, I moved to Toronto for further university studies. I started going toshul there too, and I studied at the Lubavitch yeshivah every Tuesday to learn more about my newfound background. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. I also taught myself Hebrew, and became more observant of Shabbat laws. Life started to have more meaning for me, and I felt comfortable telling my friends and family I was a Jew.
|Harvesting lulavim in Abu Dhabi
Initially, my family was tolerant of my Jewish involvement, viewing it as a passing phase. Then my mother started to become more religious as a Muslim. I learned that she had started to cover her hair after my aunt died in a car accident. As she became more observant, she started attacking me with the same words and phrases Muslims use against Jews. My mother’s extreme religious level clashed with my father’s anti-religious beliefs, and they eventually divorced.
I didn’t fare well with my father, either. Once, while we were discussing how terrorism and crime was becoming out of control in the Middle East, I asked, “Why is the life of an Israeli soldier fighting for his people worth less than that of a terrorist civilian aiming to kill and maim others because he was told to do so by a fanatic?” My dad himself had taught me that fanatics brainwash children into becoming suicide bombers, but when the topic involved Jews, the narrative suddenly changed. He called me a Zionist and threatened to remove me from his will.
One day, a rabbi told me that since I didn’t have physical proof of my Jewish claims, and my family had been outside of Jewish life for a few generations, I’d have to convert. I had a difficult time wrapping my head around the idea of conversion. My family didn’t want to speak with me, I had shed the skin I’d worn for the past 26 years of my life to become a completely different person—and now I had to convert? I reminded myself that deep inside, the main reason I wanted to be Jewish was to marry a Jewish girl and continue the family line.
I decided to take the plunge and went to the Beit Din in Toronto. We started the process, and later I was advised to spend some time at a yeshivah in Israel. I went to Israel and fell in love with the land and the people I had been told were “animals” and “killers.” I found a genuine family of Jews from all around the world. Jews of all colors and nationalities, Jews who were creative, innovative, accepting and loving . . . just like the first Jew I encountered at UWO.
|Touching down in Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
After three years of learning Jewish law and philosophy, I was invited for an interview with the Beit Din of Rav Nissim Karelitz. I was tested thoroughly on various topics of law, and I passed flawlessly. I was officially accepted as a member of the Jewish people. My dream finally came true—I could marry and have Jewish children, as Jewish as everyone else.
On August 6, 2014—the day right after Tisha b’Av—I made my way to a Second Temple-period mikvah by the Western Wall in preparation for my wedding ceremony.
It was a beautiful summer day in Nes Harim, at the outskirts of Jerusalem, overlooking the Judean hills. Our guests included close friends from Israel, Canada, the United States, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates. My yeshivah rabbis, classmates and business associates also attended. Rabbi Israel Weisel officiated.
|Praying with tefillin on a recent trip to Abu Dhabi
My bride Linda and I came from different sides of the planet, both geographically and culturally. Linda grew up the daughter of a Lutheran priest in Finland, and I a secular Muslim in Kuwait, but after our individual journeys to Judaism, this was more than we could both have dreamed of.
Today, I live in Jerusalem with my wife, where we plan to raise a family and build a Jewish home for generations to come, continuing where my grandmother left off.
|(Photo: Yonit Schiller)
Their job: To build an ersatz ‘model town’ demonstrating that despite the rumors, the Nazis were treating the Jews well, so nothing need be done on ..
The Documentary – Auschwitz The Forgotten Evidence History
The Documentary – Auschwitz The Forgotten Evidence History
Sixty years ago, on January 27th, 1945, the Red Army liberated what was left of the Auschwitz extermination camp. Taylor Downing reveals extraordinary aerial photographs of the camp taken during the summer of 1944, which pose awkward questions about why the Allies did not act to stop the killing.
On August 23rd, 1944 a Mosquito aircraft of the 60th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron loaded up with camera and film to fly a long 1,200 mile mission over southern Poland. The aircraft was based at the recently captured Foggia airfield in south-east Italy and the use of this airfield enabled Allied photo-reconnaissance flights to cover much more of occupied Europe than had previously been possible. The mission of this flight was to photograph the I.G. Farben chemical plant near a town called Monowitz, near Krakow in southern Poland. Allied intelligence had picked up evidence that this chemical plant was being expanded in order to produce synthetic oil. As access to the oilfields and refineries of south-eastern Europe was being lost to the Germans, the production of synthetic oil was now crucial for the Nazi war machine. And destroying this petro-chemical industry was becoming a priority for the Allies.
Theresienstadt concentration camp, also referred to as Theresienstadt Ghetto, was established by the SS duringWorld War II in the fortress and garrison city of Terezín (German name Theresienstadt), located in what is now the Czech Republic. During World War II it served as a Nazi concentration camp staffed by German Nazi guards.
Tens of thousands of people died there, some killed outright and others dying from malnutrition and disease. More than 150,000 other persons (including tens of thousands of children) were held there for months or years, before being sent by rail transports to their deaths at Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps in occupied Poland, as well as to smaller camps ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, From Wikipedia
Thousands Attend Funerals of Har Nof Synagogue Massacre Victims
Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers, including Kopinsky, Levine and Goldberg in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city amid a surge in religious
“A Rebbe for the World” — Lecture by Joseph Telushkin
“A Rebbe for the World”
On the 20th Yahrzeit of Menachem Mendel Schneerson
This Day in Jewish History / Concentration-camp child turned ‘Most … in Communist East Germany before escaping to the West – died, two days after
Concentration Camps : Holocaust Children
Video : Anne Frank Org.
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Surviving the Shoah: Children of Holocaust Survivors and their Parents
This unit explores the experience of children of Holocaust survivors growing up in families whose foundations are rooted in trauma, loss, persecution, and forced emigration from their homelands. The unit is designed to enable viewers to understand the context of violence and conflict on parents’ relationships with their children, and finally, how children cope with these influences on their families.
This is the 2nd of 2 videos in the multimedia Life After The Holocaust curriculum by NEXT GENERATIONS. This multimedia Holocaust DVD series and curriculum is the winner of the prestigious Telly award.
NEXT GENERATIONS is a 501(c)(3) organization of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and all those who are committed to educate future generations by preserving the memories of the past, carrying forward the message into the future, and keeping the voices alive.
Army Veteran Alan Moskin Honored by Rockland County Legislature: Concentration Camp Liberator Reunited with Survivor read more…
WWII Liberator Meets Concentration Camp Survivor In Rockland County
NANUET – A war hero in Rockland got the chance to meet one of the many people he helped save from a concentration camp in Austria during World War II.
Alan Moskin, of Nanuet, was honored yesterday at a ceremony in front of the Rockland County Legislature for his role in helping liberate Gunskirchen Concentration Camp in 1945.
At the ceremony, he was introduced to Rose Farkas, who credits Moskin with helping save her life. “My whole life, I have to thank him. My whole life. Otherwise, I wouldn’t live today,” says Farkas.
“It’s quite moving every time I meet someone who survived the Gunskirchen. I was a young 18-year-old liberator, and I find it’s a miracle anyone did survive that camp. The hell and the horror I witnessed there,” says Moskin.
Farkas’s grandson, county Legislator Aron Weider, arranged the meeting.
This Day in Jewish History / The reluctant quarterback who changed … Sid Luckman was the most successful Jewish football player in NFL history.
Madden 08 HGR Tourny Chicago Bears vs Arizona Cardinals
Hall of Famers
Chicago Bears(#8 Seed)
QB #42 Sid Luckman, HB1 #34 Walter Payton, HB2 #40 Gale Sayers, HB3 #77 Harold Red Grange, HB4 #15 George McAfee, FB #33 Bronko Nagurski, TE#89 Mike Ditka, LT #67 Joe Stydahar, LG #64 Dan Fortmann, C #53 George Trafton, RG #78 Stan Jones, RT #62 George Musso, LE1 #65 Ed Healey, LE2 #56 Bill Hewitt, RE #81 Doug Atkins, DT1 #99 Dan Hampton, DT2 #75 William Lyman, Backup LOLB #71 George Connor, MLB1 #50 Mike Singletary, MLB2 #61 Bill George, MLB3 #66 Clyde BD Turner, and ROLB #51 Dick Butkus.
Arizona Cardinals(#1 Seed)
QB #1 John Paddy Driscoll, HB1 #33 Ollie Matson, HB2 #26 Charley Trippi, FB #44 Ernie Nevers, TE #85 Jackie Smith, LT #72 Dan Dierdorf, RG #50 Walt Kiesling, CB #22 Roger Wehrli, and FS #8 Larry Wilson.
All game play is CPU vs CPU on all-pro setting.
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Sidney Luckman, known as Sid Luckman, (November 21, 1916 – July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for theChicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) from 1939 to 1950. During his 12 seasons with the Bears he led them to four NFL championships.
Luckman was the first modern T-formation quarterback and is considered the greatest long range passer of his time. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1943, and Pulitzer prize winning sports writer Ira Berkow wrote that Luckman was “the first great T-formation quarterback”. Following his retirement from playing, Luckman continued his association with football by tutoring college coaches, focusing on the passing aspect of the game.
Luckman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965, and in 1988 he was declared a joint winner of the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award.
Luckman was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish immigrants from Germany. His father sparked his interest in American football at age eight, by giving him a football to play with. He and his parents lived in a residence near Prospect Park and it was here as a youngster that Sid first started throwing the football around. Readmore….From Wikipedia,
This Day in Jewish History / The man who persuaded Cromwell to let Jews return to England dies
In 1610, the family moved again, this time to Amsterdam, where Jews had recently been granted permission to live openly, and Manoel and his brother …
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Mystics and Wanderers: the Marranos’ Impact on Spanish Culture in the Golden Age (lecture in the series Caught Up in the Clash of Civilizations, Jewish Culture between East and West,organized by the Menasseh ben Israel Institute in De Balie in Amsterdam).
Manoel Dias Soeiro (1604 – November 20, 1657), better known by his Hebrew name Menasseh ben Israel (מנשה בן ישראל), also,Menasheh ben Yossef ben Yisrael, also known with the Hebrew acronym, MB”Y, was a Portuguese rabbi, kabbalist, writer, diplomat, printer and publisher, founder of the first Hebrew printing press (named Emeth Meerets Titsma`h) in Amsterdam in 1626.
Menasseh was born on Madeira Island in 1604, with the name Manoel Dias Soeiro, a year after his parents had left mainlandPortugal because of the Inquisition. The family moved to the Netherlands in 1610. The Netherlands was in the middle of a process of religious revolt against Catholic Spanish rule throughout the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648). The family’s arrival in 1610 was during the truce mediated by France and England at The Hague.
Menasseh rose to eminence not only as a rabbi and an author, but also as a printer. He established the first Hebrew press in Holland. One of his earliest works, El Conciliador, published in 1632, won immediate reputation; it was an attempt to reconcile apparent discrepancies in various parts of the Hebrew Bible. Among his correspondents were Gerhard Johann Vossius, Hugo Grotius, António Vieira and Pierre Daniel Huet. In 1638, he decided to settle in Brazil, as he still found it difficult to provide for his wife and family in Amsterdam. He may have visited the Dutch colony’s capital of Recife, but did not move there. One of the reasons his financial situation improved in Amsterdam was the arrival of two Portuguese Jewish entrepreneurs, the brothers Abraham and Isaac Pereyra. They hired Rabbi Manasseh to direct a small college or academy (a yeshibah in Spanish-Portuguese parlance of the time) they had founded in the city. <<< From Wikipedia
This Day in Jewish History / Adolf Hitler’s Jewish commander is born … on April 30, 1945 – as this was usually reserved for commissioned officers.
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American Jewish Congress parade and demonstration against Adolf Hitler in New York City, United States. Walking on trolley tracks. They march with flags and signs in hands. A sign reads: ‘Hitler Cease Barbarism’. One person carries an Israeli flag Location: New York City. Date: May 10, 1933.
George Wald, teenage dilettante turned Nobel laureate, made it to Nixon’s enemies list, attended Tehran conference on West’s evils. By David B.
(November 18, 1906 – April 12, 1997) was an American scientist who is best known for his work with pigments in theretina. He won a share of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Haldan Keffer Hartline and Ragnar Granit.
Wald was born in New York City, the son of Ernestine (Rosenmann) and Isaac Wald, Jewish immigrant parents. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Brooklyn Technical High School in New York in 1922. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from New York University in 1927 and his PhD in zoology from Columbia University in 1932. After graduating, he received a travel grant from the US National Research Council. Wald used this grant to work in Germany with Otto Heinrich Warburgwhere he identified vitamin A in the retina. Wald then went on to ,,,,,,,
American Scientist and Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: George Wald Interview
George Wald (November 18, 1906 — April 12, 1997) was an American scientist who is best known for his work with pigments in the retina. He won a share of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Haldan Keffer Hartline and Ragnar Granit.
November 17, 1930, is the birthdate of David Amram, an eclectic and multi-talented musician and composer who has connected with audiences the …
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David Amram (born November 17, 1930) is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author. As a classical composer and performer, his integration of jazz (including being one of the first noted as an improvising jazz French hornist), folkloric and world music has led him to work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes,Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Tito Puente, Mary Lou Williams, Joseph Papp, Arthur Miller,Arturo Sandoval, Stan Getz, Pete Seeger, Elia Kazan, Christopher Plummer, Ingrid Bergman, Odetta, Lord Buckley, Dustin Hoffman,Steve Allen, Machito, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Simone, Gregory Corso, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, Gerry Mulligan,Sonny Rollins, T.S. Monk, Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Levon Helm, Betty Carter and Jack Kerouac. In the early 1950s, he was encouraged to pursue his unique path by mentors Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, the New York Philharmonic’s conductorDimitri Mitropoulos, Miles Davis, Aaron Copland, Gunther Schuller, and visual artists Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Today, as he has for over 50 years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages. ……….
Amram is mentioned in the popular children’s song “Peanut Butter Sandwich” by Raffi, in the line “one for me and one for David Amram” From Wikipedia
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Mervyn Smith, president of the South African Jewish Congress and a major anti-apartheid activist in the Jewish community, has died. … This week’s #Seesaw advice column: “It’s something I have never … It’s National Pickle Day! Brush up on the surprisingly dark history of your favorite Jewish food: ..
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Mervyn Smith – President of the African Jewish Congress address ZJC reunion in Cape Town – March 2013
Five Israeli students talk about their recent visit to South Africa
The students were sent to help counter the Israel Apartheid week and spent nearly a week in Cape Town and they told the over 200 member audience at the TbT debate of their experiences.
‘The problem is that Jewish Americans don’t know Israel’
Jewish American thinker Leon Wieseltier tells Israel Hayom that he opposes ….America represents a revolution in the history of the Jewish people.
Leon Wieseltier (//; born June 14, 1952) is an American writer, critic, philosopher and magazine editor. Since 1983, he has been the literary editor of The New Republic.
A child of Holocaust survivors, Wieseltier was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Columbia University, Oxford University, and Harvard University. He was a member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows (1979-82).
Wieseltier has published several books of fiction and nonfiction. Kaddish, a National Book Award finalist in 2000, is a genre-blending meditation on the Jewish prayers of mourning. Against Identity is a collection of thoughts about the modern notion of identity.
Wieseltier also edited and introduced a volume of works by Lionel Trilling entitled The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent and wrote the foreword to Ann Weiss’s The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a collection of personal photographs that serves as a paean to pre-Shoah innocence. Wieseltier’s translations of the works of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai have appeared in The New Republic and The New Yorker.
During Wieseltier’s tenure as literary editor of The New Republic, many of his signed and unsigned writings have appeared in the magazine. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Jewish Review of Books. From Wikipedia,
The man who also created ‘The Brady Bunch’ once even compared the amity on the island with the reconciliation needed to solve the Arab-Israeli .
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Sherwood Charles Schwartz (November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011) was an American television producer. He worked on radioshows in the 1940s, and created the television series Gilligan’s Island on CBS and The Brady Bunch on ABC. On March 7, 2008, Schwartz, at the time still active in his 90s, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, Schwartz was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Schwartz’s entertainment career came “by accident”. He relocated from New York to southern California to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biology. In need of employment, he began writing jokes for Bob Hope’s radio program, for which Schwartz’s brother, Al Schwartz, worked. Schwartz recalled that Hope “liked my jokes, used them on his show and got big laughs. Then he asked me to join his writing staff. I was faced with a major decision—writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases. I made a quick career change.”
He went on to write for Ozzie Nelson’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and other radio shows. Schwartz was a writer on theArmed Forces Radio Network before he got his break in television. He went on to create and produce Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. He wrote the theme song for three of his shows: Gilligan’s Island (co-wrote), It’s About Time, and The Brady Bunch.
Syndication turned his two major successes into TV institutions with cultural relevance. He made them icons, and as a result he became a television icon. From Wikipedia <<<<<<<<
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For decades, Uganda’s local Jewish community was isolated from the larger … According to Abayudaya history, after spending days poring over the text, … Today, the Abayudaya community numbers around 2,000 people after it …
The Abayudaya (Abayudaya is Luganda for “People of Judah”, analogous to Children of Israel) are a Baganda community in eastern Uganda near the town of Mbale who practice Judaism. They are devout in their practice, keeping their version of kashrut, and observing Shabbat. There are several different villages where the Ugandan Jews live. Most of these are recognized by the Reform and Conservative movements of Judaism. However, the villagers of Putti are still seeking an Orthodox conversion and practice strict Rabbinical Judaism.
Their population is estimated at approximately 2,000 having once been as large as 3,000 (prior to the persecutions of the Idi Aminregime, during which their numbers dwindled to around 300); like their neighbors, they are subsistence farmers. Most Abayudaya are of Bagwere origin, except for those from Namutumba who are Basoga. They speak Luganda, Lusoga or Lugwere, although some have learned Hebrew as well
The sect owes its origin to Muganda military leader Semei Kakungulu. Originally, Kakungulu was converted to Christianity by British missionaries around 1880. He believed that the British would allow him to be king of the territories, Bukedi and Bugisu, that he had conquered in battle for them. However, when the British limited his territory to a significantly smaller size and refused to recognize him as king as they had promised, Kakungulu began to distance himself from them. In 1913, he became a member of the Bamalaki sect following a belief system that combined elements of Christianity, Judaism and, most notably, a refusal to use western medicine (based on a few sentences taken from the Old Testament). This led to conflict with the British when the Bamalaki refused to vaccinate their cattle. However, upon further study of the Bible, Kakungulu came to believe that the customs and laws described in the first 5 books of Moses (Torah) were really true. When, in 1919, Kakungulu insisted on circumcision as is prescribed in the Old Testament,the Bamalaki refused and told him that, if he practised circumcision, he would be like the Jews. Kakungulu responded, “Then, I am a Jew!” He circumcised his sons and himself and declared that his community was Jewish. According to Henry Lubega, “he fled to the foot of Mt. Elgon and settled in a place called Gangama where he started a separatist sect known as Kibina Kya Bayudaya Absesiga Katonda (the Community of Jews who trust in the Lord).” The British were infuriated by this action and they effectively severed all ties with him and his followers. <<<<<<<<< From Wikipedia
This Day in Jewish History / A rebellious artist who would become the … His father, Abraham Gabriel Pizarro, was the son of converso Jews who had …
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Camille Pissarro (French: [kamij pisaʁo]; 10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies). His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54 ………..
Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro was born on 10 July 1830 on the island of St. Thomas to Frederick and Rachel Manzano de Pissarro. His father, who was of Portuguese Jewish descent, held French nationality and his mother was native Creole. His father was a merchant who came to the island from France to deal with the business affairs of a deceased uncle, and married his widow. The marriage, however, caused a stir within St. Thomas’ small Jewish community, either because Rachel was outside the faith or because she was previously married to Frederick’s uncle, and in subsequent years his four children were forced to attend the all-black primary school. Upon his death, his will specified that his estate be split equally between the synagogue and St. Thomas’ Protestant church. ………..From Wikipedia
The Importance Of A Global Day Of Jewish Learning
Today, for reasons historical and otherwise, we are living at a time when this label applies to too many people. It is therefore our duty to enable thos
tikkun chatzot and learn Torah while Midnight in kollel chatzos
Every night– yes, every single night – dozens of Torah scholars learn Torah for your benefit.
Every night, from midnight until morning, dozens of Torah scholars study Torah the sake of Am Yisrael. They’re tired; they’ve worked hard all day. But they courageously fight off sleep to avail themselves of these special hours.
King David studied Torah at midnight because he understood that then, when light and darkness are intertwined, the Gates of Heaven are flung open to accept our prayers. “Blessed is the portion of those who, at that special time, arise from their sleep to engage in Torah.” It’s an “et ratzon” (an opportune moment), when Hashem’s attribute of mercy rules the world. And it’s then, when Hashem is longing for our prayers and midnight learning, that over sixty Torah scholars leave the comfort of their homes to mourn the destruction, learn Torah and pray for their learning partners and for the entire Jewish nation.
“Whoever arises at Chatzos, Hashem Himself heeds that person’s prayers, and all his requests and blessings are fulfilled” (Zohar).
Their prayers are answered!We have seen yeshuos! People ask these Torah scholars to pray for them – for children, for health, for parnassah, to find a mate, and their prayers are fulfilled, a living testimony to the blessing that is drawn from Torah learning at midnight.
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“He who cannot rise at midnight should support one who does rise, and he will have a share in the Torah learning”
A kolel or kollel (Hebrew: כולל, pl. כוללים, kollelim, a “gathering” or “collection” [of scholars]) is an institute for full-time, advancedstudy of the Talmud and rabbinic literature. Like a yeshiva, a kolel features shiurim (lectures) and learning sedarim (learning sessions); unlike a yeshiva, the student body of a kolel are all married men. Kolels generally pay a regular monthly stipend to their members.
Beginning in the last third of the 20th century, the kolel concept expanded with the introduction of community kolels. Community kolels are a kiruv (Jewish outreach) tool which aims to increase Jewish knowledge and identity as a hedge against assimilation.Community kolels are typically composed of a minyan of students who engage in advanced Torah study with their own rabbis andshiurim for part of the day, and then conduct one-on-one learning sessions, free classes, and holiday activities for the Jewish community at large during the other part of the day.
Originally, the word was used in the sense of “community”. Each new group of Jews, who came from various European countries to settle in Palestine, established their own separate community with their own support system. Each community was referred to as the kolel of … to identify the specific community of the Old Yishuv. The overwhelming majority of these Jews were scholars, who left their homelands to devote themselves to study Torah and serve God for the rest of their lives. The kolel was the umbrella organization for all their needs.
The first examples were Kolel Perushim who were the students of the Vilna Gaon, and who established the first Ashkenasi Jewish settlement in Jerusalem, Colel Chabad for the Russian Hasidim. The Polish Jews were divided into many Kollelim; Kollel Polen(Poland) headed by Rabbi Chaim Elozor Wax; Kollel Vilna Zamutch was under different leadership; and the Galicians were incorporated under Kolel Chibas Yerushalayim. The last initially included the entire Austro-Hungarian Kingdom, but as each subparty looking for more courteous distribution, the Hungarians separated into Kolel Shomrei HaChomos. <<<<<<<<<< From Wikipedia
… Tuesday at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. … sought to publicize a talk on this Veterans Day by a Jewish author of a new …
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Honoring America’s Jewish military veterans at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington DC
It’s Veteran’s Day here in the United States and across the country Americans are taking the time to remember those who’ve served and sacrificed in the US military. And here at Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, DC, Jewish war veterans are taking the spotlight, as military men hold a discussion of how their Jewish faith has informed their many years of service in the US forces.
… the workings of a criminal organization that came to be known as Murder, Inc., to go down in history as “the canary who could sing, but couldn’t fly.”.
Abe Reles Midnight Rose’s
Midnight Rose’s Saratoga Ave in Brownsville Brooklyn. Abe Reles would meet here with Lepke, Anastasia and many others to discuss future crimes. The building remains very much the same as it did back in the days of murder inc. My THANKS to Frankie for taking me to visit this historic old site. Interested in the old mob? Then buy thne book Brooklyn Gangsters 70 Square Miles of Blood and Balls, By Frankie Dimatteo, from mobcandymag.com Tell Frankie you got to him via my you tube videos. Thanks..
Abe “Kid Twist” Reles (May 10, 1906 – November 12, 1941) was a New York mobster who was widely considered the most fearedhit man for Murder, Inc., the enforcement contractor for the National Crime Syndicate. Reles later turned government witness and sent several members of Murder, Inc. to the electric chair.
Abraham Reles, the son of Austrian Jewish immigrants, was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, on May 10, 1906. His father worked in one of the garment trades until sometime during the Great Depression. His father’s last known occupation was peddling knishes on the streets of Brownsville. His full formal Hebrew name was Elkanah ben Shimon.
Reles attended school through the 8th grade. After leaving school, he began hanging out at pool rooms and candy stores in and around Brownsville. He soon teamed up with two of his childhood friends, Martin Goldstein and Harry Strauss, who eventually rose to power with him in the group conventionally known as Murder Inc. His first arrest came in 1921 for stealing $2 worth of gum from a vending machine, and he was sent to the children’s village at Dobbs Ferry, New York, for four months.<<<<<< From Wikipedia
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Jewish Museum and Synagogues in Venice to Undergo $12 Million Restoration … To this day, the ghetto, which is about the size of a city block, remains the … history of the Venetian and Jewish communities, today is about the future.
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This Day in Jewish History / Communist U.S. author of Spartacus is born. Howard Fast’s political bent didn’t stop him from serving in the U.S. army, but …
Profile: Howard Fast
“Howard had a tremendous interest in America—and a tremendous love for this country,” says Mimi Fast, wife of the late novelist Howard Fast.
Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951).
Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style. For the first time, sixty-three of his works will be available as ebooks. Watch Mimi Fast, son and author Jonathan Fast, and author and daughter-in-law Erica Jong speak about his legacy.
Howard Melvin Fast (November 11, 1914 – March 12, 2003) was an American novelist and television writer. Fast also wrote under the pen names E. V. Cunningham and Walter Ericson.
Fast was born in New York City. His mother, Ida (née Miller), was a British immigrant, and his father, Barney Fast, was a Ukrainian immigrant whose name was shortened from Fastovsky upon his arrival in America. When his mother died in 1923 and his father became unemployed, Howard’s youngest brother, Julius, went to live with relatives, while he and his older brother Jerome worked by selling newspapers. He credited his early voracious reading to his part-time job in the New York Public Library.
Fast began writing at an early age. While hitchhiking and riding railroads around the country to find odd jobs, he wrote his first novel,Two Valleys, published in 1933 when he was 18. His first popular work was Citizen Tom Paine, a fictional account of the life ofThomas Paine. Always interested in American history, he also wrote The Last Frontier, about an attempt by Cheyennes to return to their native land; and Freedom Road, about the lives of former slaves during Reconstruction………………… From Wikipedia
… in Austria-Hungary (today in Romania). His parents, Ignatz and Julia Berger, wereJewish, and the prosperous owners of an inn in nearby Letschau.
Victor Luitpold Berger (February 28, 1860 – August 7, 1929) was a founding member of the Social Democratic Party of Americaand its successor, the Socialist Party of America. Berger was an important and influential socialist journalist who helped establish the so-called Sewer Socialist movement. In 1910, he became the first Socialist elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1919, he was convicted of violating the Espionage Act for his anti-militarist views and as a result was denied the seat to which he had been twice elected in the House of Representatives. The verdict was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court, and he was elected to three successive terms in the 1920s.
Victor Berger was born to a Jewish family in Nieder-Rehbach, Austria-Hungary (today in Romania) on February 28, 1860, He attended the Gymnasium at Leutschau (today in Slovakia) and the universities at Budapest and Vienna. He emigrated to theUnited States in 1878 with his parents, settling near Bridgeport, Connecticut. Berger’s wife, Meta Schlichting, later claimed that Berger had left Austria-Hungary to avoid conscription into the military.
After arriving in the United States, Berger settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1881, which was home to a large population of German-Americans and had a very active labor movement. Berger joined the Socialist Labor Party (then headed by Daniel de Leon), and became the editor of two newspapers – the Social Democratic Herald and the Milwaukee Leader. Berger taught German in the public school system, where his father-in-law was the school commissioner. His wife, Meta, was an active socialist organizer in Milwaukee, and was for many years a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. ………….. From Wikipedia,
In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known …
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On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious pogroms—state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots—against the Jewish community of Germany. These came to be known as Kristallnacht (now commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”), a reference to the untold numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed during the pogroms. Encouraged by the Nazi regime, the rioters burned or destroyed 267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside. Kristallnacht was a turning point in history. The pogroms marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust—the systematic, state-sponsored murder of Jews.
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Die Kristallnacht, also known as die Reichskristallnacht (literally Imperial Crystal Night), die Pogromnacht and inEnglish known as the Night of Broken Glass, was a massive nationwide pogrom in Germany and Austria on the night of November 9 1938, (and into the early hours of the following day). It was directed at Jewish citizens throughout the country and was the beginning of the Holocaust.
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Anti-semitism is becoming an issue in Germany. Young people in Berlin give their views.
Experiences from Berlin’s Jewish Community with Sergey
AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman sits down with Sergey Lagodinsky to discuss the Jewish Community in Berlin. As a member of the Assembly of Representatives in this community, Lagodinsky shares his experience with the challenges in building a unified community across many Jewish denominations and identities. Moreover, he elaborates on Berlin’s history of integrating Russian, post-Soviet, Jewish immigrants and handling the widely held societal misperceptions of Jewish communities.
At A Landmark Berlin Rally, Merkel Vows To Fight Anti-Semitism
Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.
Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a rise in anti-Semitism that authorities and Jewish leaders blame mainly on Muslim extremists and young immigrants, saying anyone who attacks Jews is attacking all of Germany.
Merkel said “That people in Germany are threatened and abused because of their Jewish appearance or their support for Israel is an outrageous scandal that we won’t accept,” “It’s our national and civic duty to fight anti-Semitism.”
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His parents, Otto Caplin and the former Matilda Davidson, were both American-born, but their parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.
The Kattowitz Conference reflected the desperation of Jews who were … (Rishon Letzion,today a city south of Tel Aviv, was settled by members of .
The Katowice Conference (also known as the Kattowitz Conference) was a convention of Hovevei Zion groups from various countries held in Katowice, Germany in November, 1884. It was assembled to address the need of a Jewish state and to develop a plan for the creation of a Jewish state.
The Hovevei Zion movement began in Russia and Romania and slowly spread out to the rest of the Jewish world. Important early members were: Chaim Weizmann, Ahad Ha’am, Menachem Ussishkin, Israel Zangwill, and Leo Motzin. The Hovevei Zion organizations were usually small and independent. In 1882, Leon (Yehuda Leib) Pinsker, influenced by a string of pogroms in his town of Odessa, anonymously published “Auto-Emanzipation. Ein Mahnruf an seine Stammesgenossen. Von einem russischen Juden” (Self-Emancipation. A Warning Addressed to His Brethren. By a Russian Jew) Pinsker outlined his belief that the root cause of anti-Semitism was that the Jews were a people without a nation of their own. He called on Jews to organize themselves for the establishment of a Jewish homeland. From Wikipedia
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Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel KBE (/ /; born September 30, 1928) is a Romanian-born Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, andBuchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel is also the Advisory Board chairman of the newspaper Algemeiner Journal.
When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a “messenger to mankind,” stating that through his struggle to come to terms with “his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps,” as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace,” Wiesel had delivered a powerful message “of peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity.
Wiesel was born in Sighet (now Sighetu Marmației), Maramureș, Romania, in the Carpathian Mountains. His parents were Sarah Feig and Shlomo Wiesel. At home Wiesel’s family spoke Yiddish most of the time, but also German, Hungarian, and Romanian.Wiesel’s mother, Sarah, was the daughter of Dodye Feig, a celebrated Vizhnitz Hasid and farmer from a nearby village. Dodye was active and trusted within the community. In the early years of his life Dodye had spent a few months in jail for having helped Polish Jewswho escaped and were hungry. From Wikipedia
Rabbi Yehuda Amital fought for the establishment of Israel but was shattered by his yeshiva’s losses in war and began to question the settlement
Kathy Ambrose accepts United Way’s highest honor, the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award at Women United
Frances Wisebart Jacobs (March 29, 1843 – November 3, 1892) was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, to Bavarian immigrants and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married her brother Jacob Wisebart’s partner, Abraham Jacobs, and came west with him to Colorado where Wisebart and Jacob’s had established businesses in Denver and Central City. In Denver Frances Jacobs became a driving force for the city’s charitable organizations and activities, with national exposure. Among the philanthropical organizations she founded, she is best remembered as a founder of the United Way and the Denver’s Jewish Hospital Association.
Frances Wisebart was born March 29, 1843 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Leon Wisebart, a tailor, and his wife. In addition to Frances, they had a son, Jacob (also called Benjamin), and five more girls, all of whom attended public school. Frances was a school teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio before she married Abraham Jacobs on February 18, 1863. After their marriage, the newlywed couple traveled by wagon to Colorado where Abraham Jacobs and Frances’ brother, Jacob Wisebart had established stores in Denver and Central City. Frances and Abraham had two sons, one named Benjamin, and a daughter, named Evelyn.From Wikipedia
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Shabtai Kalmanovich (Hebrew: שבתאי קלמנוביץ’, Lithuanian: Šabtajus Kalmanovičius, Russian: Шабтай Генрихович Калманович; 18 December 1947 – November 2, 2009), alternatively spelled Shabtai Kalmanovic, was a KGB spy, who later became known in Russia as a successful businessman, concert promoter and basketball sponsor.
Kalmanovich was born in Kaunas, Soviet Lithuania to an impoverished Jewish family in 1947. His mother was a Holocaust survivor who had been sheltered by a Lithuanian family after escaping Nazi captivity in the Ninth Fort. He studied chemical engineering, and joined the Soviet Army soon after his studies. When his commanders learned that his family was planning to emigrate to Israel, he was summoned to the Jewish administration of the KGB, and was recruited as a spy in exchange for expediting the emigration procedures for himself and his family. In 1971, he emigrated to Israel with his family after they received exit permits.
In Israel, Kalmanovich became active in the Israeli Labor Party, worked in the Government Press Office, and as a parliamentary aide in the Knesset. His government positions gave him access to information about Nativ, an Israeli liaison organization that maintained contact with Jews in the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc countries. Kalmanovich had been instructed to infiltrate Nativ by his KGB case officer and pass intelligence on its activities. According to his indictment, Kalmanovich handed over information to the Soviets over a period of 17 years. Kalmanovich became a businessman after the KGB funded investments for him in Israel. He became wealthy by exploiting cheap labor in South African bantustan of Bophuthatswana, in conjunction with other Israeli, South African and Taiwanese businessmen. He lived and worked for a time in Sierra Leone, where he made a fortune in the diamond trade and worked as a representative for Israel.From Wikipedia
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From Wikipedia Joseph Pulitzer (i// puul-it-sər, [ˈpulitzɛr] in original Hungarian; April 10, 1847 – October 29, 1911), born Pulitzer József, was a Hungarian-American Jewish newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World. Pulitzer introduced the techniques of “new journalism” to the newspapers he acquired in the 1880s. He became a leading national figure in the Democratic Party and was elected Congressman from New York. He crusaded against big business and corruption, and helped keep the Statue of Liberty in New York.
In the 1890s the fierce competition between his World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal caused both to use yellow journalism for wider appeal; it opened the way to mass-circulation newspapers that depended on advertising revenue and appealed to readers with multiple forms of news, entertainment and advertising.
Today, he is best known for the Pulitzer Prizes, which were established in 1917 by money he bequeathed to Columbia University to recognize artistic and journalistic achievements. The prizes are given annually to award achievements in journalism and photography, as well as literature and history, poetry, music and drama. Pulitzer founded the Columbia School of Journalism by his philanthropic bequest; it opened in 1912. From Wikipedia
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Benny was known for comic timing, and the ability to create laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated “Well!” His radio and television programs, popular from the 1930s to the 1970s, were a major influence on the sitcom genre.
Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky February 14, 1894, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in neighboring Waukegan, Illinois.He was the son of Meyer Kubelsky and Emma Sachs Kubelsky. Meyer was a Jewish saloon owner, later, a haberdasher, who had emigrated to America from Poland. Emma had emigrated from Lithuania. Benny began studying violin, an instrument that became his trademark, at the age of six, his parents hoping for him to become a professional violinist. He loved the instrument, but hated practice. His teacher was Otto Graham Sr., a neighbor and father of Otto Graham of NFL fame. At 14, Benny was playing in dance bands and his high school orchestra. He was a dreamer and poor at his studies, and was ultimately expelled from high school. He did poorly in business school later, as well as attempts to join his father’s business. At age 17, he began playing the violin in local vaudeville theaters for $7.50 a week. He was joined by Ned Miller, a young composer and singer, on the circuit. From Wikipedia
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Other than Marie Curie, little is known about women scientists. Ruth Lewin Sime, author of Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics, discusses the life of Meitner, a pioneer in nuclear physics and the epic story behind her co-discovery of nuclear fission.
Lise Meitner (7 November 1878 – 27 October 1968) was an Austrian physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics.Meitner was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, an achievement for which her colleague Otto Hahn was awarded theNobel Prize. Meitner is often mentioned as one of the most glaring examples of women’s scientific achievement overlooked by the Nobel committee. A 1997 Physics Today study concluded that Meitner’s omission was “a rare instance in which personal negative opinions apparently led to the exclusion of a deserving scientist” from the Nobel. Element 109, meitnerium, is named in her honour.Meitner was born into a Jewish family as the third of eight children in Vienna, 2nd district (Leopoldstadt). Her father, Philipp Meitner, was one of the first Jewish lawyers in Austria. She was born on 7 November 1878. She shortened her name from Elise to Lise. The birth register ofVienna’s Jewish community lists Meitner as being born on 17 November 1878, but all other documents list it as 7 November, which is what she used. As an adult, she converted to Christianity, following Lutheranism, and was baptized in 1908.
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David Fyodorovich Oistrakh[nb 1] (September 30 [O.S. September 17] 1908 – October 24, 1974) was a renowned Soviet classicalviolinist.
Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, and the United States, and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works, including both of Dmitri Shostakovich’s violin concerti, and the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian. He is considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century.
He was born in the cosmopolitan city of Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) into a Jewish family of merchants of the second guild. His father was David Kolker and his mother was Isabella Beyle (née Stepanovsky), who later on married Fishl Oistrakh. At the age of five, young Oistrakh began his studies of violin and viola as a pupil of Pyotr Stolyarsky. In his studies with Stolyarsky he made very good friends with Daniel Shindarov, with whom he performed numerous times around the world, even after becoming famous, for students at Stolyarsky School of Music. He would eventually come to predominantly perform on violin. From Wikipedia
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