70: On the secular calendar, Jerusalem is sacked by the 60,000 troops of Titus' Roman army after a six month siege. Over a million Jewish citizens perished in the siege and, following the city's capture, another 97,000 were sold into slavery. This event is commemorated on The Arch of Titus in Rome. [Date variations of one day, depend on the source.]
1100: “Antipope Clement III” “who,protested strongly when Emperor Henry IV permitted Jews who had become converted to Christianity during the anti-Jewish riots of the First Crusade to revert to Judaism” passed away today. (Jewish Virtual Library)
1140: While traveling to Palestine, Judah Halevi arrived in Alexandria (Egypt) where “he was enthusiastically greeted by friends and admirers.” He went on to Cairo where he turned down requests that he settle in the Egyptian city because he was determined to complete his journey to Jerusalem.
1157: Birthdate of King Richard I, the Lionhearted who decreed that the Jews of England should be left to live in peace. Unfortunately, he spent most of his time on Crusades or fighting in France which left the Jews to suffer at the hands of the Church and anti-Semitic nobles.
1207: Birthdate of King Sancho II of Portugal. Sancho II continued the struggle with the Church that had begun under his father Alfonso II which proved beneficial to the Jews. Sancho II ignored the Church’s prohibition against hiring Jews for positions of powers and appointed Jews as tax-farmers. “Probably it was he who appointed Don Joseph ibn Yaḥya as almoxarife; he also permitted him to build a magnificent synagogue in Lisbon.”
1264: The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by the Duke of Greater Poland Boleslaus the Pious today in Kalisz. The statute served as the basis for the legal position of Jews in Poland and led to creation of a Yiddish-speaking autonomous Jewish "nation within a nation", which lasted until the Third Partition of Poland in 1795. The statute granted exclusive jurisdiction over Jewish matters to Jewish courts and established a separate tribunal for matters involving Christians and Jews. Additionally, it guaranteed safety and personal liberties for Jews such as freedom of religion, trade, and travel. The statute was ratified by subsequent Polish Kings: Casimir III of Poland in 1334, Casimir IV of Poland in 1453, and Sigismund I of Poland in 1539.
1425: King Charles III of Navarre passed away. Under his reign, the conditions of the Jews of improved over what they had been under his predecessor Charles II., who died in 1387. Soon after Charles II came to power, “the Jews presented him with 3,000 livres. In return he granted them several privileges, influenced, doubtless, by the fact that his court physician was Chief Rabbi Joseph Orabuena, whose son Judah was also a member of the royal retinue. During the king's journey to Paris in 1397 he was accompanied by four Jews—two physicians, a surgeon, and an astrologer. The Jewish residents of Navarre were so impoverished that they could no longer pay taxes; hence the king, while continuing a rigid collection from the Jews in Pamplona, who formed the richest community in the country, exempted their coreligionists of Tudela from the obligation to furnish beds, etc., during his stay in that city.”
1486: Joseph Günzenhäuser printed Hagiographa Variorum in Naples, Italy. [This probably was one of the first annotated copies of the section of the TaNaCh known as Ketuvim or Writings.]
1498: Torquemada died. Torquemada was descended from a family of Marranos which makes his role in history all the more ironic Torquemada is popularly known as the head of the Spanish Inquisition. In fact, he was not the first one to head the Inquisition; an act of evil that had the full support and control of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. According to some, the Queen was a stronger supporter of this activity than the King. More importantly, they let the Pope know that they and not he would control the Inquisition. After all, the monarchs had empty coffers to fill as well as souls to save.
1504: Michelangelo's David is unveiled in Florence. The naked statue of Israel’s greatest king has a flaw – David is uncircumcised. So did Michelangelo sculpt the likeness of a nude Florentine boy and call it David so as not to offend the sensibilities of Christian Italians? Considering that Moses is portrayed with Horns, anatomically and or texturally correct art was not the strong point of Renaissance artists.
1628: During the Eighty Years War, the Battle of Matanzas came to an end with Dutch defeating the Spanish and seizing their treasure fleet as spoils. Among those helping the Dutch was Moses Cohen Henriques a pirate whose family had been Sephardim from Portugal. Henriques moved to Brazil from the Caribbean when the Dutch captured it from the Portuguese. When the Portuguese recaptured Brazil, Henriques continued his pirating ways hooking up with the notorious Henry Morgan.
1636: New College is established in Massachusetts. Three years later it would change its name to Harvard in honor of clergy man John Harvard, one of the school’s earliest and most generous benefactors. Harvard has had an uneven history in terms of the Jewish people. At one time Harvard and its academic community were supporters of a quotas designed to limit Jewish enrollment. At the same time, Harvard boast numerous Jewish alumnae and faculty members. Today Harvard has approximately 2000 undergraduate students out of a population of almost 7,000 undergrads. There are 2,500 graduate students among Harvard’s approximately 11,000 grad students.
1664: The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam was surrendered to the British who renamed it New York in 1669. Now you know how a handful of Dutch Jews became the first “New York Jews.”
1729: Congregation Shearith Israel laid the foundation stone of the first building specifically to be used as a synagogue on Mill Street in New York City.
1760: First official reports of Jews having settled in Canada.
1764: Birthdate of Emanuel Deutz, the native of Koblenz who married Judith Berman and served as Chief Rabbi of France from 1810 until he passed away in 1842.
1812(2nd of Tishrei, 5573): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1812: Birthdate of Rebekah Gumpert Hyneman, a Jew by choice who was a successful authoress.
1814: “The most important institution connected with” “Israel ben Solomon Wahrmann, the first officially recognize rabbi of Pest Hungary” an elementary school called the Nationalschule which “was an important factor in raising the intellectual status of the community” was dedicated today.
1831(1st of Tishrei, 5592): Rosh Hashanah
1847: In Philadelphia, PA, Rodef Shalom, one of the first German congregations organized in the United States moved to its new building on Julianna Street. Rodef Shalom had been formed in 1801 by Ashkenazic Jews who were not comfortable attending Mickvah Israel, a Sephardic congregation.
1848: Birthdate of German scientist Viktor Meyer. He was a German chemist who contributed greatly to knowledge of both organic and inorganic chemistry and invented an apparatus for determining vapor densities (and hence molecular weights), now named after him. In 1871, Meyer experimentally proved Avogadro's hypothesis by measuring the vapor densities of volatile substances (molecular weight, or relative molecular mass, is twice the vapor density). He went on to determine the vapor densities of inorganic substances at high temperatures. From benzene obtained from petroleum, Meyer in 1883 isolated thiophene, a heterocyclic compound containing sulfur, which much later was to become an important component of various synthetic drugs. He passed away in 1897.
1850(2nd of Tishrei, 5611): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1852: Birthdate of Henri Moissan, the Parisian who became the second Jew to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
1852: In Charleston, SC, at the Wentworth Street Synagogue, Rabbi Lyons officiated at the wedding Rachel Sampson, the only daughter of the late Samuel Sampson and Mr. Hendricks from Texas.
1852: Forty-two year old “Ernestine L. Rose” “the daughter of an Orthodox Polish rabbi who had married William Rose while living in England and who came to the United States in 1836” and “Jewish champion of women’s rights addressed the National Women’s Right Convention in Syracuse.”
1858(29th of Elul, 5618): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1861(4th of Tishrei, 5622): Because the 3rd of Tishrei fell on a Saturday, the Tzom Gedaliah is observed today.
1867: Birthdate of Russian socialist Russian Aleksandr Izrail Lazarevich Gelfand who become famous as Alexander Israel Helphand, the man who negotiated with the Germans during World War I to gain Lenin’s return to Russia from Switzerland which brought about the Communist Revolution and took Russia out of World War I.
1871: Adath Israel (Congregation of Israel) dedicated its new home, a brick structure on 57th Street between First and Second avenues in Manhattan. As part of the ceremony, Dr. Wasserman delivered a talk in German and Vidaver delivered a speech in English that explained the purpose of the various objects in the synagogue.
1872: Birthdate of Clare Castel, nee Sammer one of the last nine Jewish residents of Kleinsteinach all of whom were killed at either Theresienstadt or Isbica.
1873: The Wandering Jew is scheduled to be performed at the Grand Opera House as part of the "fall season" in NYC.
1876: Birthdate of Israel Friedlander, the Polish born rabbi, educator and biblical scholar who co-founded the Young Israel movement with Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan.
1877(1st of Tishrei, 5638): Rosh Hashanah
1877: Rabbi Gottheil and Lewis May, President of the Congregation, led services this morning at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. Services for the Reform temple began at 10 o’clock while services at the city’s orthodox synagogues “began much earlier in the day.
1877: The Jewish inmates at Sing Sing Prison will celebrate the Rosh Hashanah this evening. Services will be led by a chaplain who has been specially appointed for this purpose. Mr. Gratz Nathan of the 19th Street Synagogue and Mr. Adolph Levy of the 44th Street Synagogue will provide the funds for the service.
1879: “Beth Israel” published today described the “reconstruction of the Boerum Place Synagogue.”
1879: It was reported today that Vasile Boerescui, the Romanian Foreign Minister has been “partially successful” in getting the France and Germany to agree to a compromise that would delay the promised emancipation of the Jews living in his country. After a meeting with Count Andrassy, it appears that Austria agrees as well.
1881: It was reported today New York Jewish wholesale liquor dealer Henry Lezinskye was arraigned before Justice Brimley in Long Branch on charges of having swindled John J. Wheeler out of $775. Chances of conviction would seem to be slim since the alleged offense took place more than seven years ago.
1881: A committee that has been formed to provide relief Russian Jewish immigrants who are expected to arrive in the next few days will have its first meeting this evening at the offices of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association. Judge Myer S. Isaacs presided over the meeting
1884: “Democratic Reform Work” published today described the rebellion in New Orleans’ First Congressional District where Colonel Adolph Meyer, a Jewish wealthy cotton merchant, is seeking the nomination.
1886: Birthdate of poet and author Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon’s father was Jewish but his mother was not. Alfred Sassoon, Siegfried’s father was a member of the well-to-do Sassoon family of merchants. However, among English Jews, wealth was not an excuse of assimilation and Alfred was disinherited for marrying a Christian, even she did belong to one of England’s leading family of sculptors. Whether out of spite, or just plain insensitivity, Theresa Sassoon named her son for a leading character in a Wagner opera. His middle name was taken from that of a Christian clergyman with whom she was friendly.
1889: Rabbi Eugene Harfeld officiated at the wedding of his brother David Harfeld, and Sarah Marx. This marriage would figure in Harfeld’s later trial on charges of bigamy.
1890: During the services which “marked the opening of the new synagogue in Hammersmith declared that he had received unquestionable confirmation of recent statements in the newspapers about the persecution of the Jews in Russia.”
1890: “How The Jews Were Scattered” published today provided a detailed review of The Jews Under Roman Rule by W.D. Morrison.
1891: One hundred Russian Jews arrived in Montreal today.
1891: In Newburg, NY, Rabbi A. N. Coleman officiated at the dedication of Temple Beth Jacob
1892: “Aizenstat’s Murder A Plot” published today described the status of the police investigation into the murder of Lazarus Aizenstat, a Jewish immigrant from Odessa who was probably killed after an assailant so far only identified as Solomon and his confederates robbed him of the 35,000 rubles he was carrying which was to be used to buy a farm in Connecticut.
1893(27th of Elul, 5653): William Mordecai passed away
1893(27th of Elul, 5653): Seventy-seven year old journalist and champion of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) Aleksander Zederbaum who was the founder of Ha-Meliz the first Hebrew newspaper published in Russia, passed away today.
1893: Herman Appel announced that he was a candidate for Grand Master of the Independent Order of Ahavus Israel, a position that had been held by Bernard Weinberg, the disgraced banker
1894(7th of Elul, 5654): Mrs. Abraham Greenspahn of 117 Siegel Street, Williamsburg passed away after being hospitalized.
1896(1st of Tishrei, 5657): As Williams Jennings Bryan and William McKinley compete for the Presidency Jews observed the first day of Rosh Hashanah
1896: “The Fourth Assembly District Tammany Convention to elect delegates was not held tonight as in other districts because of” Rosh Hashanah. Most of the members of the 4th District organization are Jewish “and they would allow politics to interfere with the…observance of the occasion.”
1897: Rabbi Isaac M. Wise, the leader of the Reform movement wrote from Cincinnati on the impossibility and impracticality of a Jewish state describing the recently held Congress in Basel as “a novelty, a gathering of visionary and impracticable dreams who conceived and acted a romantic drama and applauded it all by themselves.”
1899: While visiting the New York State Fair, Governor Theodore Roosevelt delivered an address that covered several topics including the Dreyfus Case, saying that such an episode could not happen in this country because justice is applied equally to all be they Jew, Gentile, Irishman and or “those whose ancestors landed…at Plymouth Rock.”
1899: Baron Russell of Killowen, the Lord Chief Justice of England was among those who attended the trial of Captain Dreyfus which is in the fifth day of the fifth week.
1899: “Jews Appeal To The Kaiser” published today described a telegram sent by the Jews of Memphis, TN asking Kaiser Wilhelm to allow German officials with knowledge that is germane to the Dreyfus to testify at the trial now being held at Rennes.
1899: In Washington, DC, Abraham Reingold, a young Jew from New York was discharged from Georgetown University Hospital even though he is “partly paralyzed” – a condition that seems to be related to the depression he is suffering as a result of a failed love affair.
1900: The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history which killed between 6,000 and 8,000 people and caused over $20 million in damage struck Galveston, TX taking its toll on a Jewish community whose leaders included Rabbi Henry Cohen of B’nai Israel, Rabbi Leo N. Levi, a supporter of the so-called Galveston Plan and I.H. Kempner who gave “interest free loans to local churches, the library, and the local orphans home to help them get back on their feet after the storm and who became Galveston’s first finance commissioner with the goal of helping the city regain its economic footing.
1903: Yaakov Dovid Wilovsky also known as Ridvaz or Ridbaz was elected chief rabbi of the Russian-American congregations in Chicago after having been as the zekan haRabbanim (elder rabbi) of the United Orthodox Rabbis of America at their annual meeting in August of 1903
1904: As of today, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum is reported to be providing services to almost 1,000 children.
1905: “Headgear in Church: The Jewish View of Covering the Head” was published today in Judaicus.
1906: Hyman Gerson Enelow attended the second day of dedication exercises celebrating the opening of the new Temple in Louisville, KY.
1909: Jews in Aleppo telegraph the Hahambashi requesting he intervene with the government respecting taxes for exemption for military service, on account of their precarious financial situation. The Hahambashi prevailed and the Minister of Finance telegraphed the Aleppo authorities to collect only 20% of debt Jews owed, and to release prisoners from prison who could not pay.
1911: The German Emperor confers the Order of Red Eagle, Second Class, on Professor Hugo Munsterberg who has been serving as Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. “The Order of the Red Eagle was an order of chivalry that the Kingdom of Prussia awarded to both military personnel and civilians, to recognize valor in combat, excellence in military leadership, long and faithful service to the kingdom, or other achievements.” World War I flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, is probably the most famous recipient of the award. Hugo Münsterberg was an early leader in the fields of applied and industrial psychology. He died suddenly in December, 1916 while giving a lecture at Harvard.
1911: Monsieur Levy, Advocate-General at the Court of Appeals in Indo-China is appointed Procureur General and Chielf of Judicial Service in French Guiana.
1911: F.C. Hollander was re-elected Mayor of Durban, South Africa
1911: The cornerstone of the first synagogue in Alberta, Canada was laid.
1911(15th of Elul, 5671): Mrs. Chawe Mosche Chait passed away today.
1911(15th of Elul, 5671): David Rueben Hurwitz passed away today.
1912: In Malden, Massachusetts, founding of Agudas Achim.
1912: In Jersey City, NJ, founding of the Hebrew Free School.
1912: In Brooklyn, founding of the Machzikei Talmud Torah of Borough Park.
1912: In Philadelphia, founding of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue.
1914: The Turkish government cancels capitulation measures, according to which foreign nationals are subject only to their consuls and not to the governments of the country in which they live. Thousands of Jews in Palestine with foreign citizenship worry about their fate.
1915(29th of Elul, 5675): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1915: In the evening Rosh Hashanah services are held for the first time at the recently organized “The New Synagogue” a liberal congregation founded on New York’s West Side by Rabbi Ephraim Frisch.
1915: At the Free Synagogue in Carnegie Hall, Dr. Stephen Wise “delivered a Rosh Hashanah sermon in which he discussed some of the issues inspired by Germany’s attitude toward submarine warfare.
1915: “On the eve of the Jewish holidays” approximately $1,000,000 has been raised in response “to the appeal of the American Jewish Relief Committee made to Jews throughout the United States in behalf of those suffering in Europe.”
1916: Salonica government declares compulsory military service is now required and that all Jews over 21 cannot leave from its newly acquired provinces.
1916: Following the failure during the Taft administration of “a movement to have the Government establish a university as a memorial to Hyyam Solomon to be maintained by the interest on the money owed to Hyyam Solomon by the United States government, it was reported today that the heirs of Solomon, “who gave George Washington $660 to help finance the American revolution will petition to restore the money” which an earlier Congress had acknowledged was owed to him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haym_Salomon
1917(21st of Elul, 5677): Seventy-six year Talmudic scholar Israel Lewy, the author of Ueber Einige Fragmente aus der Mischna des Abba Saul passed away today.
1918(2nd of Tishrei, 5679): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1920(25th Elul, 5680): Seventy-seven year old German Jewish publisher and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse who established one of the first advertising agencies in Berlin, when that “industry” was all but unknown passed away today.
1920(25th of Elul, 5680): In Cleveland, Ohio, “communal worker” Ilennan Peskind pass away today.
1921: Birthdate of Lou Goldstein, the native of Warsaw whose career became synonymous with Borscht Belt humor (As reported by Joseph Berger)
1922: In Yonkers, NY, Max Ziser and his wife Ida (née Raphael gave birth to the youngest of their three sons Isaac Sidney Caesar who gained fame as comedian Sid Caesar whose greatest fame came in the 1950's when he starred in the weekly Sunday night, "Your Show of Shows."
1925: Outfielder Si Rosenthal made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.
1926(29th of Elul, 5686): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1927: The funeral of Marcus Loew, will be held this morning at his estate in Glen Cove. Burial will be at Maimonides Cemetery, Cypress Hills. “No estimate was obtainable of the size of Mr. Loew's fortune, but the extent of his interests and operations indicate it is a very large one. In 1924, Mr. Loew bought "Pembroke," the late Captain Joseph R. de Lamar estate for an announced price of $1,000,000 and he is said to have spent several millions more on it since. In February of this year he was reported to be carrying life insurance of $5,000,000, being one of the nine men in the country insured for that much or more. His holdings are said to be concentrated in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation and Loew's, Inc.”
1929: Rothschild is in Yugoslavia where the London banker is believed to have discussed the possibilities of a loan with King Alexander I.
1930: Birthdate of Sanford “Sandy” C. Sigoloff, a corporate turnaround expert who called himself the Skillful Scapel. (As reported by Mary Williams Walsh)
1930: Public schools in New York City began teaching classes in Hebrew.
1931: Birthdate of Jack Morris Rosenthal CBE, an English playwright, who wrote 129 early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over 150 screenplays, including original TV plays, feature films, and adaptations
1932: After spending part of the summer in Palestine Rabbi Israel Goldstein, the spiritual leader of Congregation B’Nai Jershurun and the President of the Jewish Conciliation court report returned to the United States yesterday on board the SS Europa and reported that Jewish life was developing a sense of strength and permanence. He also noted that the major building activities have changed the complexion of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.
1933: The Second World Jewish Congress met in Geneva and votes to organize a world-wide boycott of German goods in response to the actions of the Hitler government.
1933: Following the death today of King Faisal of Iraq, Ghazi bin Faisal began his reign during which he “fell under the saw of Dr. Fritz Grobba, Hitler’s ambassador to Iraq/”
1933: “One Man’s Journey” a doctor story produced by Pandro S. Berman was released in the United States by RKO.
1936: Following a greeting sent by President Roosevelt last week to American Jews on the occasion of the celebration of their upcoming holy days, “similar messages from two other Presidential candidates were announced today by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
1936: A preliminary conference of Christian and Jews organized by the Pro-Palestine Federation of America which is trying to mobilize and encourage Christian interest in the right of the Jews to establish a national home in Palestine took place in the Hotel Pennsylvania which was presided over by Franklyn Hudgings who said “We Christians stand on the side of God if we help the Jews.”
1936: “Arab Terrorism Answered” published today which included a summary of the British response to the last five months of Arab violence and plans for future moves to quell the uprising end with the conclusion that “For peace and cooperation between Jew and Arab in the common task of rebuilding Palestine depend on Britain’s showing unmistakably its determination to maintain its obligations under the Balfour Declaration.”
1937: Nathaniel Shilkret conducted “An American Paris” during the George Gershwin Memorial Concert which was broadcast from the Hollywood Bowl.
1939: Two hundred Jews were forced into the synagogue in Bedzin, Poland. The synagogue was then set on fire.
1939: Jews in Germany were ordered to mark all businesses with a Star of David
1942: In the House of Commons, Winston Churchill referred to the deportation of French Jews. No mention was made of the fate of rest of the Jews of Europe. This silence was not for lack of information available to the Allied governments.
1942: Composer, conductor and pianist Viktor Ullman whose “list of works had reached 41 opus numbers and contained an additional three piano sonatas, song cycles on texts by various poets, operas, and the piano concerto Op. 25” was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp
1943: On the day that Eisenhower announced that Italy had surrendered unconditionally, "six battalions of German paratroopers" marched into Rome causing panic among the citizenry including a report that "The Jews are in a panic and trying to leave the city.
1943: The five thousand Jews deported from the Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia Ghetto arrive at Auschwitz.
1943: In Croatia, the German Army occupied Dubrovnik which had been home to 250 Jews before the war and which is home to what is now the “oldest Sefardic synagogue still in use today.”
1943: Italian insurance executive and university professor Piero Scaerdoti took “refuge in Switzerland with his wife Ilse, his son Giorgio and his parents” to avoid further persecution by the Nazis who were now exercising greater control following Italy’s withdrawal from the Axis cause.
1944: Jermie Adler returned to Liege after it was liberated by U.S. troops today. Adler was a Hungarian Jew who moved with his family to Liege before WW II. The Nazis would kill them all except for one of his daughters.
1944: There were more reprisals in reaction to the Slovakia Uprisings. Einsatzkommando broke into Jewish homes and deported the Jewish population of Topolcany, Slovakia
1945(1st of Tishrei, 5706): Rosh Hashanah
1945: “Thousands of Jewish immigrants only recently freed from Nazi concentration camps celebrated the Jewish New Year in the Holy Land” where “Hebrew newspapers expressed the hope that the New Year would bring aid to all Jewish survivors of the Nazi plague in Europe including the 110,000 men, women and children now in Allied caps in occupied Germany.”
1945: In Vienna, General W. Mark W. Clark’s headquarters announced that all units were issuing twenty four hour passes so they could “join with the remnants of Austria’s Jewish population in the first open observance of the Jewish holy days in Austria since the Anschluss in 1938.
1945: In Vienna “3,500 Jews remaining from a pre-war Jewish population of 180,000 gathered in the ancient Stadt Temple for Rosh Hashanah Services.
1945: In his sermon today, Rabbi William F. Rosenblum of Temple Israel called “for a gathering of the world’s religious leaders a sequel to the San Francisco Conference” that created the United Nations.
1945: Rabbi J. Howard Ralberg of Congregation Ohav Shalom told worshippers that “we were now in an era of vigilance, work and enlightenment” and called “for continuous alertness against the recurrence of another catastrophe.”
1945” Rabbi David de Sola Pool of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue delivered a sermon on “The New Era of Peace.”
1945: At Temple Rodeph Shalom, Rabbi Louis I. Newman told his congregants “that in the midst of all discussions of a new age and new ways, we must remember that it is the heart and will of man which must be reconstructed.
1945: In a sermon delivered at the West Side Institutional Synagogue Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein “said that the religious of reconversion is at least as important as the material aspect.”
1945: In his sermon Rabbi Zev Zahavy of Congregation Ohab Zedek “compared the scientific strides made during the war to the great task still ahead of moving toward a higher level in the sphere of human relations.”
1945(1st of Tishrei,5706): Lt. Col. Louis Geffen, a judge advocate in the US Army conducted “improvised High Holiday services” on board his ship which was sailing across the Pacific from California to the Philippines.
1945: On Rosh Hashanah, 5706, Bess Myerson was the first (and only) Jew to be crowned Miss America. Miss Myerson went on to enjoy a successful modeling and television career before take an active role in New York City politics.
1947: The refugee ship Exodus is returned to Hamburg and its cargo of 4500 holocaust survivors removed by force. Some claim that this act more than any other helped force international public opinion against British policy. Others would contend that this is a slightly romanticized view of the outcome of this episode. The saga of the Exodus did supply the opening scenes, and title for, Leon Uris' epic novel Exodus
1950: In a letter to the editor published on this date in the New York Times, Alfred Wener is critical of those who think removing Dr. Bernard (Dov) Josepher as Minister of Supply and Rationing will solve Israel’s economic crisis. He reminds the readers that Israel was created a year ago as a result of a long, expensive war and that it has been absorbing tens of thousands of immigrants most of whom are indigent. Part of the solution to the crisis could be found in massive financial aid and assistance from “the world at large.”
1951: It was announced today that Israel's acceptance of the United Nation's Palestine Conciliation Commission's invitation to a conference in Paris next week to discuss possible settlement of outstanding Israeli-Arab problems will be delivered to the commission tomorrow or Monday.
1952: Israel agreed to accept reparation money from West Germany. The issue of accepting reparation money from West Germany was the cause of much acrimonious debate. Many in Israel did not want to take the money because they felt that no amount of funds could "buy" forgiveness for the Holocaust.
1952: Leonard Bernstein becomes a father with the birth of his daughter, Jamie Anne Maria.
1952: Birthdate of Israeli political leader Eli Aflalo, the native of Casablanca who made Aliyah in 1962.
1956(3rd of Tishrei, 5717): Shabbat Shuva
1956(3rd of Tishrei, 5717): Sixty-two year old historian, translator and author Jacob Levy whose works included “the translation of four of French-Jewish philosopher Henri Bergson's books into Hebrew” as well a series of history textbooks based on his belief “that studying historical dates is less important that learning the processes that led to historical events.” (Editor’s note – MY KIND OF GUY)
1956(3rd of Tishrei, 5717): Fifty-nine year old Sam Ash, the Jewish immigrant from the Austro-Hungarian Empire who founded “Sam Ash Music Corp., the largest family owned chain of musical instrument stores in the United States “ passed away today.
1962: Having gained its independence from France, Algerians voted to adopt a new constitution. “When Algeria attained independence in 1962, legislation granted Algerian citizenship only to those residents whose father or paternal grandfather were Muslims. Moreover, the Supreme Court of Justice of Algeria declared that the Jews were no longer under the protection of the Law. Most of Algeria's 140,000 Jews left the country for France together with the pied-noirs; only about 10,000 stayed, a number that would rapidly decrease.” When the issue of “Palestinian refugee” is discussed, facts like these are never mentioned.
1964: Birthdate of professional wrestler Scott Levy.
1965: Martin and Ruth Bader Ginsberg gave birth to American record producer James Steven Ginsburg
1965(11th of Elul, 5725): Joshua Lionel Cowen passed away. Born in 1880, he was the American inventor of electric model trains who founded the Lionel Corporation (1901), which became the largest U.S. toy train manufacturer. At age 18, he had invented a fuse to ignite the magnesium powder for flash photography, which the Navy Department bought from him to be a fuse to detonate submarine mines. He designed an early battery tube light, but without practical application. (His partner, Conrad Hubert, to whom he gave the rights improved it and founded the Eveready Flashlight Company.) At age 22, he created a battery-powered train engine intended only as an eye-catcher for other goods in a store window. To his surprise, many customers wanted to purchase the toy train. Thus he started a model railroad company
1965: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Martin Ginsburg gave birth to record producer James Steven Ginsburg.
1966: “Kaleidoscope” a British film produced by Elliot Kastner premiered today in London.
1969: Two Arabs recruited by Al Fatah lobbed hand grenades at the El Al office in Brussels.
1971: In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Yes, only in America would a civic opera house feature a Catholic themed musical creation written by a Jewish citizen.
1972(29th of Elul, 5732): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1972: “Chancellor Willy Brandt said today that his Government wanted a “frank” and “ruthless” inquiry into the killings touched off by an Arab terrorist raid on the Israeli Olympic team…”
1972: “Special prayers will be recited in synagogue and temples at sundown today for the slain Israeli Olympic athletes as the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year of 5773 begins” this evening.
1972: In his sermon this evening at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Rabbi Emanuel Rackmen said the Munich Massacre “was only one manifestation of the abandonment of reason by lunatics.”
1972: In his annual High Holiday message published today, “Rabbi Louis Bernstein, president of the Rabbinical Council of America asserted that Rosh Hashanah represented the ‘struggle between the spiritual and material for the possession of the hearts and minds of mankind” and “in a reference to the Munich Massacre called on all nations “to put an end to these wanton acts of murder.”
1972: In his annual High Holiday message, “Rabbi Irving Lehrman, president of the Synagogue Council of America” which “is the representative body of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Congregations” “called on the American Jewish community not to neglect its own religious and culture needs.”
1972: “Rabbi Louis Bernstein, president of the Rabbinical Council of America said at the Young Israel of Windsor Park” in Queens, “that the council’s affiliated Orthodox rabbis through the country should memorialize the victims” of the Munich Massacre.
1972: “Condemning the Arab terror in Munich” Dr. Edward E. Klein, the senior rabbi of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue said that the attack “indicated the barbaric lengths to which Arab terrorism will go.
1972: In his annual High Holiday message which comes just weeks before the Presidential elections, “Rabbi Judah Nadich, president of the Rabbinical Assembly voiced the prayer that those ‘who aspire to high office in our country will speak and act in a manner which reflects the demands of Justice for all tempered by the demands of compassion for all.”
1972: It was reported today that while some claim that Black September which considered Jordan to be one of its enemies has about 300 members, Israeli military sources say that the number is more in the thousands, that that terrorist group “has received support from leftist organization in Europe including the Bader-Meinhoff group as well as governments like Libya and that this terrorist group received the “$5 million ransom that the German government paid last winter for a hijacked Lufthansa jet.”
1975: As the Soviets continue to work to cement their relationships with their Arab client states, President Assad began a visit to Czechoslovakia.
1976: It was reported today that Uganda’s National Defense Council warned President Amin against attacking Kenya because it would suffer the same economic dislocation it experienced after it threatened its neighbor last summer following “the Israeli raid to free the hostages at the Entebbe airport.
1977: In a case of Jew versus Jew, Roy M. Goodman defeated Barry Farber in today’s New York City Republican Mayoral Primary
1977: Edward I. Koch won a plurality of the vote in today’s New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary running against a field that included incumbent Abraham Beame and Bella Abzug.
1977: Sir Arnold Wesker”s “The Merchant” (later renamed “Shylock” had it first out of town performance in Philadelphia, PA with Zero Mostel in the role of Shylock.
1977: Seventy-seven year old Friedrich Mandl, the Austrian arms dealer who flirted with fascism and tried to deal with Goering despite the fact that his father was Jewish and who was the husband of Hedy Lamar passed away today.
1977(25th of Elul, 5737): Zero Mostel whose most famous role came as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" passed away.
1978: “I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses” a murder mystery directed and produced by Murray Markowitz who also wrote the script and featuring music by Howard Shore was released today in Canada.”
1978: “Almost Summer” a “youth” movie produced by Rob Cohen and featuring Didi Conn was released today in the United States.
1981: ''Ya'acobi and Leidental,'' a comedy by the Israeli playwright Hanoch Levine, will begin a two-week American premiere engagement tonight at the La Mama Annex, 74A East Fourth Street. The play,about three unhappy people who have let life slip by, will be performed in English by the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv, regarded as the national theater of Israel. The actors, Zaharirah Charifai, Albert Cohen and Joseph Carmon, were also featured in the original Tel Aviv production in 1972. Mr. Levine, winner of Israel's highest artistic award, the President's Prize, has directed the production, which features music by Alex Cagan.
1983(1st of Tishrei, 5744): Rosh Hashanah
1985(22nd of Elul, 5745): Joseph B. Levin, former Assistant General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney at law and the most demanding teacher I ever had at Adas Israel Religious School passed away. Husband of Deborah and father of Judy, Mitchell and David Levin amongst other things he predicted that “someday somebody will pay you to write a simple declarative sentence.” Much to my surprise, he turned out to be right in a way he never could have imagined.
1986: Dr. Arthur M. Sackler “participated in ground-breaking ceremonies for the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University and the Jill Sackler Sculpture Court and Garden.”
1987: Birthdate of Danielle Frenkel, “the Israeli high jumper who was the first Israel to clear 1.90 meters.”
1987: As employers search for qualified workers in the Northeast, the New York Times reports on the creative ways that employers are dealing with the labor shortage seeking including that of a small-business executive Brian Waxler, vice president of Bruegers Bagel Bakery, a chain of four profitable bagel-and-coffee shops in downtown Boston. For several weeks this summer, signs in the shops offered a dozen free bagels ''for any information leading to the hiring of a bookkeeper.'' A customer finally won the bagels by providing the name of a man who was hired for $21,000 a year, Mr. Waxler said. ''If he had wanted much more money, we would have gotten by without a bookkeeper,'' Mr. Waxler added.
1988: “Earth Girls Are Easy,” musical sci-fi comedy starring Jeff Goldblum premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
1993: New York State Attorney General announced his resignation today saying that it would take effect on the last day of 1993.
1994: Premiere of “Whale Music” a comedy drama starring Maury Chaykin.
1995(13th of Elul, 5755): Eighty-nine year old Israeli historian and archeologist Benjamin Mazar passed away. (As reported by Joel Greenberg)
1995: Olga Vsevolodovna Ivinskaya the long-time lover of Jewish author Boris Pasternak and the inspiration for the character “Lara” passed away today.
1996: Alfred H. Moses, the United States Ambassador to Romania, described the impact of his Jewish heritage on his career and his life.
1996: Moses Montefiore, who made a fortune in the 19th century as an associate of the banking house of Rothschild, is the subject of an exhibition at Temple Israel in New Rochelle that opens with a reception today. “Montefiore, for whom the hospital in the Bronx is named, was born in Italy in 1784, but acquired his wealth and reputation as a diplomat and international advocate for Jews in his adopted country, England, where he lived for most of his 100 years. In 1837 he was knighted by Queen Victoria for his diplomatic work on behalf of the British Government, and in ameliorating the suffering of persecuted Jews in Russia, Syria and Morocco. He attained the rank of baronet in the 1840's and continued to travel around the world on diplomatic missions until he was 93, ceasing only because he was restrained by family and doctors.”
1998: Pitcher Keith Glauber made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds.
1998: “The Rounders” a dark film about the world of high-stakes poker with a script by David Levien and Brian Koppelman and co-starring Martin Landau was featured at the Deauville Film Festival.
2002: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or about topics of Jewish interest including Longitudes and Attitudes Exploring the World After September 11 by Thomas L. Friedman, The Fall of Berlin: 1945 by Antony Beevor and Bronx Boy: A Memoir by Jerome Charyn.
2002: The first season of “The Wire” a gritty crime show set in Baltimore created by David Simon.
2003: On MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” Alan Dershowitz said "I will give $10,000 to the PLO... if you can find a historical fact in my book (The Case For Israel) that you can prove to be false."
2003(11th of Elul, 5763): Canadian actress Jaclyn Michelle Linetsky passed away at the age of 17.
2004: Full of pride and joy, members and friends of Congregation Chasam Sopher celebrated the completed first phase of the restoration of the 150-year-old synagogue at 6 Clinton St. today and the beginning of a 12-month writing of a new Torah scroll. The gathering included government and business luminaries, rabbis of several Lower East Side Orthodox synagogues, neighborhood preservation advocates and longtime members of the congregation.mFor Eugene Weiser, president of the congregation, whose late father, Morris Weiser, was responsible for reviving a dwindling group of worshippers 35 years ago, it was especially poignant. “My father would have loved to see this,” he said, overcome for a moment with emotion. “Him and my brother are watching from upstairs.” Hank Sopher, the developer who became Congregation Chasam Sopher’s main benefactor in 1976, recalled how he was inspired by Morris Weiser’s devotion. Sopher is funding the complete restoration of the synagogue, expected to be finished by next year, and is also paying for the writing by hand of a new scroll. Sopher said he had discovered that his family is descended from the 19th-century rabbinical scholar Moshe Schreiber, for whom the congregation was named in 1891. Schreiber in German means “scribe,” which translates into Hebrew as sopher. Moshe Schrieber was popularly known as Chasam Sopher. Originally built in 1853 by a German Reform Jewish congregation that moved uptown in 1891, the Clinton St. building was then acquired by two orthodox congregations that merged to form Chasam Sopher. Hank Sopher proudly told the gathering that even during the 1970s when the congregation was struggling and the building was decaying, the synagogue was secure. “We haven’t had a break-in in 35 years,” he said, “partly because of our wonderful police, and partly because of the people who live here and watch out for the building because Chasam Sopher is such a respected part of the neighborhood.” For that reason, Sopher said, the restoration project will include an adjacent neighborhood park open to the public. Irma Lobell, a resident of Penn South in Chelsea, became involved with the congregation because she worked for Hank Sopher 35 years ago when the synagogue was struggling. “Morris Weiser used to pull them off the street for a minyan [a quorum of 10 men required for a service],” she recalled, adding that Eugene Weiser was his father’s constant companion. Rabbi Azriel Siff conducts daily prayers at the synagogue where minyans are always on hand these days. Siff introduced Rabbi Shmuel Wolfman, the sopher who will write the scroll, which will be used in services at the synagogue. Wolfman, 54, a father of seven children and grandfather of three, lives in Manhattan and is one of about 60 sophers in the U.S. and about 300 in the world. A secular Jew born in Russia, Wolfman emigrated at the age of 20 to Israel with his wife. “I didn’t know anything about religion,” he recalled. “I wanted to go to Calcutta to study yoga, but it took three years for exit visas and by that time we had a baby, so we went to Israel,” he said. In Jerusalem, he met a Russian-speaking rabbi, Yitzchak Zilber, who influenced him. To learn a trade to support his family, he apprenticed himself to a great Jewish calligrapher, Rabbi Abraham Snee. Wolfman, said he became interested in the craft of the sopher “because of its beauty — its energy.” The scroll of the first five books of the Bible is written according to rules prescribed by oral tradition. The ink is made from the outer bark of a wasp’s nest, the quill from a goose or turkey feather. “Mostly turkey because goose quills are hard to find,” said Wolfman. The velum upon which it is written is made from the skin of a calf slaughtered for food. Wolfman will do the writing in the downstairs sanctuary of the building for several hours each day except for the Sabbath and holidays. The synagogue will be open to people who want to see the scribe writing the scroll. Visitors who want one of the 304,805 letters of the Torah inked in their honor will be asked for donations, which will go towards the restoration of the 1853 building. The celebration attracted such luminaries as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, City Councilmember Alan Gerson, Assemblymember Richard Brodsky of Westchester, Judge Jerome M. Becker and Howard Rubenstein, founder of Rubenstein Associates public relations.(As reported by Albert Amateau)
2004: Terrorists from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade failed to kill or injure anybody when they launched an attack at the Baka al-Sharkiyeh checkpoint attack.
2005: Today Robert Magnus began serving as the 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
2005: New Jersey state senator Byron Baer resigns from the New Jersey State Senate for reasons of health. “Shortly before he retired from the Senate, the New Jersey Association of Jewish Federations presented Baer with the Shem Tov and Distinguished Service awards. Jeffrey Maas, then executive director of the association, said Baer was responsible for making sure Jewish community centers, nursing homes, and social service agencies received extensive state funding.”
2005: In one of the most monumentally stupid remarks ever made by a Jewish leader (or anybody else for that matter) “Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former chief rabbi and the spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas movement, said today that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for U.S. President George W. Bush's support for Israel's Gaza pullout.”
2006(15th of Elul, 5766): Hilda Bernstein passed away at the age of 91. She wan anti-apartheid activist and author whose husband was tried for treason alongside Nelson Mandela.
2007: Ruth Messinger speaks at Durham's Judea Reform Congregation on "Jews as Global Citizens." Messinger challenging Jews to increase their commitment to solving world crises
2007: In Jerusalem the sixth and the closing concert of Jewish Music Days is held at the Beit Avi Chai. This last concert, closest to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is aptly entitled Song and Prayer. The focus of this concert is a contemporary look at Spanish and Ethiopian poets of the Middle Ages combined with jazz and Jewish soul music.
2007(25th of Elul, 5767): In the evening, Selichot.
2008: The Yeshiva University Museum and the Center for Jewish History in cooperation with The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German National Tourist Office hosts a reception for a program styled, “Erfurt: Jewish Treasures from Medieval Ashkenaz
2008: The American Israeli Paper Mills Group (AIPM; Niyar Hadera) showed President Shimon Peres their newest invention, pipes made of paper fibers and plastic. They are so strong, CEO Avi Brener told Peres, they are almost as tough as steel.
2008: “Before his final game as an Astro today the team paid tribute to Brad Ausmus with a humorous video” which may have been the inspiration for the 2-run home run he it in the 3rd inning of the game.
2009: Journalist and videographer Max Blumenthal discusses and signs Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C.
2009: The Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem's Old City, hosts a nighttime concert of some of the best cantors, or hazzanim, around, singing those very songs that make the High Holiday services so long, yet special, and throwing in a few other "hits" as well.
2009: The British military announced today that it has installed its first-ever Jewish Civilian Chaplain to the armed forces. Rabbi Arnold Saunders will be responsible for the spiritual and pastoral care of serving Jewish personnel in all three services - army, navy and air force.
2010(29th of Elul, 5770): Erev Rosh Hashanah
2010: A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip this morning landed near several children’s' school buildings in a Sha'ar Hanegev regional council kibbutz, some 30 minutes prior to the students' scheduled arrival.
2010(29th of Elul, 5770): Major General Israel Tal, “who helped lay the foundations for the IDF” and played a key role in the Merkava, Israel’s premier battle tank, passed away today in Rehovet. (As reported by Ethan Bronner)
2010: Canadian actress Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig filed for divorce from Bobby Salomon today.
2010(29th of Elul, 5770): Eighty-four year old the literary magazine maven Thomas Guinzburg who founded The Paris Review, passed away today. (As reported by Bruce Weber)
2010(29th of Elul, 5770): Eighty-four year old folk music maven Irwin Silber passed away. (As reported by William Grimes)
2011: A unique concert featuring the stirring words of Holocaust survivors is scheduled to take today place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. It will be performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and soloists and choirs from Israel and the United States.
2011: “Fallen Empires,” the second solo exhibition by Shai Kremer, is scheduled to open at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City.
2011: An exhibition of new photography by Tal Shochat, “In Praise of a Dream” is scheduled to open at The Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York.2011: Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum are scheduled to appear at the 6th & I Historic Synagogue where they will promote In That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back another in a series of books by Mr. Friedman that offer the roadmap to save the world.
2011: This evening the Tel Aviv District Court issued a temporary injunction preventing the removal of the protest tents on Rothschild Boulevard, pending a response to a petition filed by protesters.
2011: A French court handed out a 6,000 euro ($8,421) suspended fine to John Galliano today after finding him guilty of anti-Semitic behavior, marking the end in a fall from grace for the former head designer of fashion house Dior.
2011: Noam Shalit told a news conference today that he came to New York to meet with diplomats from many countries and UN officials to press for his son's release ahead of expected Palestinian moves seeking UN recognition later this month.
2011: The pro-Israel organization J Street decided to reject the Palestinian statehood bid in its new position paper, aligning with the Obama administration's position to oppose the unilateral move.
2012: Kandi Abelson & David Kilimnick are scheduled to perform in Jerusalem at the Off the Wall Comey Basement
2012: An evening of Jerusalem Folk Music featuring Caanan Country and The Heeby Gee Bees is scheduled to take place Motzei Shabbat at Beit Yehudit.
2012: In the evening, Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is scheduled to observe Selichot with its annual Changing of the Torah Covers ceremony, services and study session. In the “heartland,” am yisroel chai.
2012: Iran accused Canada on Saturday of "hostile behavior" under Israeli and British influence after Ottawa cut diplomatic relations, and it raised the prospect of swift retaliation.
2012: Egypt and Israel are coordinating on Cairo's biggest security sweep in decades against militants in Sinai, in which 32 people have been killed, an army spokesman said today, the first clear statement on communication between the neighbors.
2013: The New York Times features reviews of books by Jewish writers and or of special interest to Jewish readers including Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Latham and examination of the question by Zoe Heller and Adam Kirsch “Are Novelists Too Wary of Criticizing Other Novelists?”
2013: The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is scheduled to sponsor its 4th Annual Cycle Fest.
2013: Peter Shurman “was removed from the position” of PC Caucus Finance Critic “after a heated exchange with” his party leader “in which he refused to repay a housing allowance he had received for a Toronto apartment.”
2013: The Alexandria Kleztet is scheduled to perform at the Five Star Premier Residences in Chevy Chase, MD.
2013: “Fire In My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh” is scheduled to come to an at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
2013: Israel complained to the US regarding Palestinian officials leaking classified details about ongoing peace negotiations, an Israeli government official said today. (As reported by Aaron Kalman)
2013: The Air Force set up an Iron dome missile defense battery in the Jerusalem area on Sunday, as the United States lobbied for domestic and international support for military strikes against Syria. The decision was made after situation assessments by the IDF. (As reported by Yoav Zitun)
2013: “The Jews of Egypt,” “a documentary on Egypt’s Jewish community” directed by Amir Ramses “won an award for ‘best documentary’ at the Malmo film festival in Sweden.” (Times of Israel)
2014: “The UN Permanent Mission of Palau and the Engr Aja Eze Foundation are scheduled to sponsor a conference on “Global Anti-Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security” at the United Nations Headquarters facility in New York City (As reported by Arutz Sheva)
2014: “Right-wing Israeli poltiicians came out in support of a reported Egytian-propsed deal to cede land in the Sinai to a future Palestinian state as a means of resolving the refugee issue.”
2014: “A Special Film Viewing of Rare Archival Footage from a Century of the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC” is scheduled to take place this afternoon at the Center for Jewish History
2014: Indian security officials warned that the “likelihood of attacks traveling in India Has increased” “citing al-Qaeda’s recent public announcement of expansion into the Asian sub-continent.”
2014(13th of Elul, 5774): Eighty-eight year old health economist Rashi Fein who played a key role in the creation of Medicare passed away today.
2014(13th of Elul, 5774): Ninety-four year old impresario Tibor Rudas who was shipped to Begen-Belsen because his father was Jewish passed away today. (As reported by Douglas Martin)
2015: In Falls Church, VA, Rodef Shalom is scheduled to help its congregants prepare for the holiday season by offering a 10% discount tonight when it keeps its Gift Shop open for a special evening sale.
2015: The Jewish Historical Society of England is scheduled to host a lecture by Professor Michael Spiro on “The Story of Penicillin.”
2015(24th of Elul, 5776): Eighty-five year old real estate developer and television producer Merv Adelson passed away today. (As reported by Bruce Weber)
2015: Barry Freundal, the “rabbi who went to jail for installing secret cameras in the mikvah…adjacent to his synagogue wrote a letter of apology today in which he said, “I am sorry, beyond measure, for my heinous behavior and the perverse mindset that provoked by actions.”
2015: Under the leadership of Manford Levy, Post 436 of the Jewish War Veterans are scheduled to have their luncheon meeting in Maumelle, AR.
2016: As students return to the University of Iowa, Hillel is scheduled to host an evening of Bowling with AEPi fraternity.
2016: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is scheduled to host “Holocaust Reparations and Restitutions” where attorney William R. Marks, “a nationally-recognized expert in the field of German reparations and restitution will share his experiences.”
2016: JW3, also known as Jewish Community Centre London is scheduled to host a final screening of “Rabin, The Last Day.”
2016: As part of year’s Jerusalem Season of Culture, or Mekudeshet, “a nighttime of sounds, voices and music around a bonfire” is scheduled to take place in the Jerusalem Forest.