A collection of Jewish history and current Jewish events, in date format, updated daily in this Jewish history blog.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
This Day, January 8, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
1169: A year after Maimonides who was
living in Egypt completed competed “The Book of the Lamp” or “Sefer
Ha-Ma'or" his Commentary to the Mishnah, General Shirkuh entered Cairo
with orders from Saladin to defend the city from the Crusaders.
1198: Start of the papacy of Innocent
III who was responsible for the Fourth Lateran Council which produced an array
of anti-Jewish promulgations.
1297: Monaco gains its independence when Francesco Grimaldi and
his men captured the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco. Monaco has been
ruled by the House of Grimaldi.Any Jews
living in Monaco from the 14th century until the start of World War
II were usually Ashkenazim fleeing from France.An organized Jewish community was established in 1948.Almost half of the Jewish community is made
up of British Jews living in Monte Carlo.
1324: Venetian traveler Marco Polo, who visited China, then under
the Yuan Dynasty, in the late 13th century and described the prominence of
Jewish traders in Beijing, passed away.
1414: The Disputation of Tortosa, one of the famous disputations
between Jews and Christians of the Middle Ages, which was held in the city of
Tortosa, Spain resumed.
1455: Nicholas V issued a “Romanus Pontifex,” a Papal Bull that
expressed the Church’s approval of Portugal’s seizure of lands in the New World
and Asia.This was part of an attempt to
divide the newly discovered lands between Catholic monarchs and freeze out the
Protestant nations.Fortunately for the
Jews, the Church’s bull was not worth the paper it was written on since the
Protestant nations such as the Dutch and the English would provide a place
where Jews could practice their religion and engage in commerce.
1575: Many Marranos were among the victims of the Auto de Fe
1598: Expulsion of the Jews from Genoa, Italy.
1786: Henry Lemoine, the English author and bookseller who wrote
“He’s Gone! The Pride of Israel’s Busy Tribe” the obituary for his friend David
Levi, the Anglo-Jewish Hebraist and poet, was married today.
1790:In France, the Deputies excluded the rights of Jews
when considering the rules governing the election of municipal officers
1806: Cape Colony became a British colony as the Union Jack
replaced Dutch rule.Dutch Jews had been
living in the colony since 1652.In
1804, they had finally gained freedom of religion thanks to a proclamation
issued by the Dutch commissioner-general Jacob Abraham de Mist that instituted
religious equality for all persons (including the Jews) without any regard to
creed.One of the first acts of the
British was to repeal this proclamation.While a new wave of Jews began arriving in the 1820’s, the first
synagogue was not formed until 1841 with the establishment of the Gardens Shul
in Cape Town.
1815: American forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the
British at the Battle of New Orleans.The pirate leader, Jean Lafitte provided a large number of soldiers and
several cannon that were critical to Jackson’s
success.According to some sources,
Lafitte’s mother was a Sephardic Jew whose family had fled the
Inquisition.He was raised in a home
that observed Kashrut and his first wife was Jewish.Like so many other things about Lafitte, we
cannot be sure where fact ends and legend begins.There is no question about the Jewish
identity of another fighter at the Battle of New Orleans.Judah Touro, of the famed New England Turo
family had moved to New Orleans
and become a prominent member of the community.He volunteered and fought with Jackson’s
forces.He was severely wounded and
taken from the battlefield by Rezin Shepherd, a close friend and fellow
merchant.Touro walked with a limp as a
result of the wounds sustained in the battle.Touro Infirmary (hospital) and Touro Synagogue provide modern reminders
of this businessman-philanthropist who answered the call to defend the United
States in one of its darkest moments.
1830: The Ohio General Assembly granted Congregation B’Nai Israel
in Cincinnati a charter whereby it
was incorporated under the laws of the state.
1845: In Charleston, SC, Rabbi Rosenfeldt officiated at the
wedding of Elias C. Polock of Columbia, SC and Adeline Hayms of Charleston, SC.
1849: Following the failure of the Revolution of 1848, Prague
native Isidor Bush arrived in New York City where he briefly published Israel’s Herald before moving to St.
Louis where he found fame and fortune.
1851: In Cayuga County, New York, a jury is to be impaneled in the
case of People vs. John Baham, Jr.Baham
and his brothers were charged in the vicious murder of Nathan Adler, a Jewish
peddler from Syracuse.
1852: Jacob Lehman, the son of a Jewish peddler living in
Philadelphia is seen for the last time.His disappearance will eventually lead to a gruesome murder case.
1855: The sixth anniversary of the German Hebrew Mutual Aid and
Benevolent Society was celebrated this evening in Pythagoras Hall on Walker
Street in New York City.The dinner,
which began at 7 pm, was attended by two hundred members of the society and
their guests.Before the meal began, a
Hebrew hymn was chanted in memory of the members of the society who had passed
away.Among the speakers for the evening
were Rabbis Raphael and Isaacs. The guests gave a “liberal contribution” to the
poor before departing from the event.
1856:The New York Times published a summary of The Jew:
A Story of the South by the same author who wrote Leaves From The
Journal of a Physician's Wife
1861: In Tabor, Bohemia, Julie and Gutmann Gumpel Klemperer gave
birth to Leo Klemperer, M.D.
1862: Rabbi Arnold Fischel enclosed a copy of the bill that has
been approved which will allow Rabbis to serve as Chaplains in the Union Army
in a letter he sent to his supporters in New York.In the letter, Fischel thanked them for their
financial support.He assured them that
the money had been put to good use in getting the Congressional Committee to
approve the change in the law.He also
reported that a letter had been published in the Washington newspapers from
Reform Rabbis, including Wise, Einhorn and Adler claiming that Fishcel did not
have the authority to act for the Jewish community.
1865(10th of Tevet, 5625): As the American Civil War
enters its final years, Jews observed Asara B’Tevet.
1870: Dr. Ellinger, editor of the Jewish Times addressed
the Longfellow Literary Association at the YMCA in New York City on the outcome
of the Rabbinic Conference which was held in Philadelphia, PA.Ellinger provided an analysis of the
religious reforms proposed by the Jewish leaders.
1871: In Provincia di Asti Piemonte, Italy Giuseppe and Annetta
Luzzati Foz gave birth to Ernesto Ettore Foz, the husband of Leila Orsola Torre
1871: “The Jews In America” published today points out that “few
outside of the Jewish fold have any precise knowledge of “the difference
between Orthodox and Reform Jews and then proceeds to described the differences
“between the rigid orthodox Jew who repeats a hundred benedictions daily…and
the radical reformed Jew…who believes there is nothing supernatural about the
Bible but regards it merely as a book written by mortal hands.
1871: Vice President Samuel A. Lewis, chaired today’s annual
meeting of the members of Mount Sinai Hospital. The meeting was informal since
only fifty members were in attendance the by-laws require 75 for a quorum.Emanuel B. Hart has replaced Benjamin Nathan
as President, Nathan having passed away. The hospital, which treats Jewish and
Gentile patients, treated 1,787 out-patients during the past year.The hospital admitted 677 patients during the
year or whom 609 were designed at “cured or relieved.
1871: The Hebrew Relief Association which was incorporated in 1831
held its annual meeting this morning at the 19th Street Synagogue in
New York City.Officers include,
President Hendry S. Allen, Vice President A.R.B. Moses and Treasurer E.B. Hart.
During this past year, the association distributed $2,500 among the city’s less
fortunate Jewish population.
1874: In New York City, Anna Rosenbaum Grossmann and Ignaz
Grossmann gave birth to Mary Grossman who married Louis Buxbaum and became Mary
1875: The Downtown Hebrew Ladies’ Benevolent Society met this
evening and elected a slate of officers.
1878: It was reported today that the Young Men’s Hebrew Union has
elected the following officers: President, A. Ottinger; Vice President, William
Rothschild; Secretaries, Alfred Steckler and Lewis Heyman; Treasurer, Henry
1881: Birthdate of Isaac Lowi who would be buried at Beth Israel
Cemetery in Gadsden, Alabama in 1952.
1882: Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery and
Hanna Primrose, Countess of Rosebery, “the daughter of Mayer de Rothschild and
his wife Juliana, née Cohen who uponthe
death of her father in 1874became the
richest woman in Britain” gave birth to (Albert Edward) Harry Meyer Archibald
Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery
1882: “Anti-Juif” an anti-Semitic weekly first published at Paris
in 1881 is published for the fourth and final time today.(There will be several other publications
that will appear using this name.)
1887(12th of Tevet, 5647): Forty-five year Isaac
Margolis, the husband of Hinde Bernstein passed away in New York City.
1888: Judge Nathaniel Rollins, who represented Jacob Schloss in
his suit aimed to protect his “placer patent” from the federal government, relished
the victory he had scored for his Jewish clients from Leadville, Colorado.
1888: In Lublinitz, Siegmund Courant and Martha Courant née Freund
of Oels gave birth to Richard Courant the mathematician who wrote What Is
Mathematics and was forced to flee to England and then the United States when
the Nazis came to power.
1889: In New York, Stella Corbet and Jules Levy, “perhaps the most
celebrated cornetist of the 19th century” gave birth to the third child and
only son, Jules Levy, Jr. a fine corentist in his own right who “led his own
brass quartet, and made records for Edison, Emerson and Pathé.”
1890(16th of Tevet, 5650): Sixty year old Seligmann Heller, the
Bohemian born poet who “published ‘Ahasverus,’ an epic poem on the Wandering
Jew in 1866” passed away today in Vienna.
1890: Rabbi H. Pereira Mendes of Congregation Shearith Israel
presided over the funeral services for Judge Philip J. Joachimsen, which were
held at his home on 54th Street followed by internment at Cypress
1892: It was reported today that Madame Olga Novikoff claims that
in an effort to downplay the seriousness of the famine in Russia, the Czar is
willing to accept private donations, but no government money.She reports that money has been sent from
England “to aid the distressed Jews.”(This famine was but one more reasons that so many Jews were arriving in
the U.S. and the U.K.
1892; It was reported today that stepsons of the late Bernhard
Blumenberg are contesting the will which leave half of his estate to his widow
Anna Blumenberg.They claim that she
could not have been their father’s wife since she had married Loeb Sigel who
was still alive. She claims that they had been divorced.
1893: Thirteen year old David Koblenzer delivered an address today
in which he recounted the history of the Boys’ Yorkville Charity Society, a
philanthropic organization begun Jewish youngsters in June of 1891.
1893: Hyman Blum presided over the annual meeting of the Mount
Sinai Hospital Society in New York City.
1893: It was announced today that in September Princeton
University will offer a $75.00 prize to the incoming junior who had the highest
score on the Hebrew Examination. (They may not have liked the Jews, but they
loved their language)
1894(1st of Shevat, 5654): Rosh Chodesh Shevat
1894: Funeral services for Adolph L. Sanger, the President of the
New York City Board of Education, will take place today at Temple Emanu-El
1894: As the economic downturn in the United States continue to
worsen the offices of the United Hebrew Charities on Second Avenue were so
crowded that the clerks had to work “briskly” to deal with all of the requests for
1894: In an attempt to help those suffering as a result of the
“Depression of 1893” Nathan Straus will begin selling coal at 25 per cent less
than before.This means that 25 pounds
can be bought for a nickel and 100 pounds can be bought for 20 cents. Straus
had already started selling fresh bake bread at reduced prices “at his
sterilized milk depot.”
1895: Establishment of the first "Israel Gymnastic Club"
in Constantinople (Kushta), Turkey
1895: During a strike by 200 cloakmakers in New York City, the
Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor withdrew its offer to give
$10,000 to the United Hebrew Charities. The money was going to be used “pay”
the strikers for their work as street-cleaners.
1895: It was reported today that members of the Union League are
not bothered by the fact that their last Jewish members has resigned.Proving that they are snobs, as well as
anti-Semites members of the league are opposed to admitting Henry Fricke, a
partner of the powerful Andrew Carnegie, because he lives in Pittsburgh.
1896: It was reported today that Rabbi Gottheil was one of several
clergyman who responded favorably to the creation of the United Charities, an
umbrella, inter-denominational organization meant to help the city’s destitute.
1896: Among those who were reported today to have thanked
President Theodore Roosevelt of the Police Board for services rendered was
Isidor Struass who sent a letter to TR “thanking the board for” providing a
special detail during the recent Charity Fair at Madison Square Garden.
1896: It was reported today that rising shops belong to Dutch,
German and Jewish merchants have been destroyed as a result of rising
anti-German feeling among those living in London’s east end.
1897: It was reported today that the Educational Alliance received
over $25,000 in contributions last year but spent more than $52,000.The deficit was covered by proceeds from a
charity fair.According to Isidor
Strauss, the President of the Alliance, Jewish people play a dominate role in
managing the organization but it is strictly non-sectarian when it comes to
1898: It was reported today that among those serving as directors
of the newly created Brooklyn Hebrew Hospital Society are Morris Kotlowitz,
Frank Baratt, Dora Kotlowitz and Annie Levy.
1898: It was reported today that Solomon Loeber has purchased a
lot on the corner of Second Avenue and 21st Street from the estate
of Dr. Aaron wise on which he plans to build a seven story office building
which he will give to the United Hebrew Charities as a headquarters.
1898: Graduation exercises were held this evening at the Baron de
Hirsch Trades Circles on East 9th Street.
Miss Julia Richman presided over the monthly meeting of the Jewish Religious
School Union which was held at Temple Beth-El in Manhattan.
The main topic for discussion was providing the proper incentives for
students. Miss Richman expressed her opposition to artificial incentives
except as expedients. She feels that natural incentives are the key to
educational success and that the use of artificial incentives will lead to the
ruin of the character of a majority of the students.
1899: It was reported today “that many officers of the French Army
have allowed their names to appear in the columns of La Libre Parole as subscribers to the fund intended for the widow
of Hubert-Joseph Henry,” the French officer who committed suicide after having
been arrested on charges of forging evidence against Alfred Dreyfus and that
“the French Minister of has issued a note addressed to commanders reminding
officer “that they are forbidden to participate in subscription having a
1899: A summary of the report issued by The Treasury Department of
the South African Republic published today listed among the “negotiable assets”
a “loan to the Netherlands Railway Company, paid out of the Rothschild loan,
President James H. Hoffman addressed the annual meeting of the “patrons and
members of the Hebrew Technical Institute”
Five hundred people attended an evening of entertainment sponsored by the Young
Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s League of the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society.One hundred new members joined the league
which provides financial support for the charity.
1900: In Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia, to George Francis
Baillieu and Agnes Sheehan gave birth to Margery Merlyn Bailliu who became
Merlyn Myer when she married Sidney Myer (Simcha Baevski) the penniless Russian
Jew who found the Myer retail company.
1902: The obituary of Adolph Moses appeared in today’s Atlanta
Constitution “One of the Most Prominent Rabbis in the United States, Dr. Moses
leaves a wife and ten children. His oldest son, Rabbi Alfred G. Moses, has the
pastorate in Mobile." Dr. Moses had one brother, Rabbi Isaac Moses, pastor
of one of the largest Jewish congregations in New York.
1902: In Berlin, Arnold Schoenberg and Mathilde Schönberg
(Zemlinsky) gave birth to Gertrude (Schonberg) Greissle, the wife of Felix
1905: In Berlin, Markus Mosheim and his wife Clara Mosheim née
Hilger gave birth to actress Margarete Emma Dorothea "Grete" Mosheim.
1906: Lord Rothschild presided over a meeting in Queen’s Hall
where the attendees which included “a very large attendance of all the
denominations of Christians in London” expressed “horror and indignation over
the massacre and outrages perpetrated upon the Jews in Russia.”
1906: U.S. Senator Isidor Rayner of Maryland “received applause
and congratulations of Senators from both sides of the Chamber” after he
“entered a plea for support of his position in favor of granting aid to the
persecuted Jews in Russia” saying “that the Jews would submit to every
indignity and wrong rather than abandon their creed” and that the U.S.
government should take the lead in demanding the Russians “grant to these
people or no longer be allowed to maintain contact or intercourse with
1906: A meeting was held in the board-room of the Hampstead
Synagogue for the purpose of inaugurating a North-West London branch of the
Jewish Territorial Organization (ITO). Mr. Lucien Wolf presided. Mr. Wolf said
the formation of this branch of the I.T.O. was a gratifying illustration of the
way in which the movement was progressing among the Jewish community. He did
not pretend that territorialism would be a panacea for all the ills Jewry was
heir to, the essence of which was the position of the Jews in Russia. During
the 20 years past attempts to solve the problem in Russia had been pursued by
means of representations and petitions, but no step had been made towards
emancipation. Meanwhile, emigration schemes had no perceptible effect in Russia
and did very little to improve the social conditions of Jews, who through the
operations of laws, formed new ghettos in the towns to which they were
transferred and entering congested labor markets created an impression of
numbers greater than they were and stimulated prejudice and Anti-Semitism. Then
the late Baron de Hirsch conceived the idea of substituting colonization for
emigration. Baron de Hirsch’s idea was to found colonies in new countries free
from ghettos and Anti-Semitism, but his scheme had not the success hoped for.
It attempted to work from above and did not enlist the enthusiasm or the
sympathy of the people for whom it worked. Dr Herzl proposed territorialism and
afterwards adopted Zionism as the only means of enlisting the almost fanatical enthusiasm
of the Russian Jews. Zionism in turn failed and the I.T.O. came forward with
the natural development of Dr Herzl’s scheme. The advantage was that they could
begin at once upon territory wherever they could get it, and they had the
opportunity of obtaining it in the British Empire. It is of great importance to
get to work at once. Within the last few days the great Revolution in Russia
had been crushed, and the emancipation of Russian Jews was more remote than
ever. He felt bound to pay tribute to the gallantry and heroism with which
their brothers and sisters in Russia had acquitted themselves in the heroic
struggle of the last few months. (Hear, hear). [Ed. Note - In 1905 the question of a future Jewish state
in Palestine split the Zionist
movement. The breakaway Jewish Territorial Organization (known as the ITO)
sought any land that was available within the British Empire as homeland for
the Jewish people. The rest of the Zionist movement clung to the idea that
Palestine was the only place for a Jewish homeland. . After the British
Government, and then the League of Nations, declared support for a Jewish
homeland in Palestine, the organization lost its appeal and by 1925 had
The Chicago Section adopted resolution to withdraw
from Council of Jewish Women.
1914(10th of Tevet, 5674): Asara B'Tevet
1914: Eugene Foss who had employed Leo Frank in 1906 and who later
public lead the fight to gain him a new trial after he was convicted of murder,
completed his service as the 45th Governor of Massachusetts.
1915: “Poles and Cossacks Massacre Jews” published today contains
a summary of an article written by Dr. Shmaryah Levin, “the noted Zionist
leader and member of the first Russian Duma that appeared in The Warheit in which he “reveals the
shocking details of massacres of Jews in Poland as a result of the treachery
and duplicity of the Poles who caused the most flagrant falsehoods to be
circulated impugning he loyalty of the Jews’
1915: Louis Marshall, President of the American Jewish Committee
received a telegram from Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan saying that
“The State Department has received a telegram from Constantinople in which it
is stated that the Sublime Porte has accorded an additional month’s time for
foreign Jews to become naturalized and has also decided to exempt the indigent
Jews from the payment of the naturalization fee.”
1915: “A German attempt to explain the expulsion of Jewish
colonists from Palestine appears in a Constantinople dispatch published in the
Frankfurter Zeitung today blamed the action on Djeal Pasha, the corps commander
of the troops in Palestine” who acted without the consents of the Central
Government which tried to countermand the order.
1916: Alvey A. Adee, the Second Assistant Secretary of State wrote
to Simon Wolf acknowledging the President’s request that the Department “use
its good offices for the purpose of obtaining permission from the allies to
ship several cargoes of whole wheat so that at the coming Passover it can be
used to make unleavened bread” and asking “how much wheat you desire to ship,
to what places, to whom it is to consigned and how it is to be distributed”
since “these questions are certain to be asked of the Department by the
Governments from whom the permission to ship the wheat is requested.”(Editor’s Note: Yes, as the World War entered
into what would prove to be its most disastrous year, the Jews are worried
about Matzah for Pesach.Think about
that when you sit down to your Seder this year.)
1916: It was reported today that Felix Warburg received “a
cablegram from the committee of German Jews engaged in relief work in Russian
Poland, saying that the distress was very great in Lithuania, particularly in
Vilna, Kovno, Grodno and Bialystok.”
1916: During World War I, Allied forces withdrew from Gallipoli
marking the end of this ill-fated attempt to break the stalemate on the Western
Front by forcing their way through the Dardanelles
and up the Balkans.Among the forces
withdrawn were the Zion Mule Corps, a Jewish military unit that was part of the
British Army.The Zion Mule Corps was
the first Jewish unit to take action since the end of the SecondCommonwealth.The Mule Corps was intended to be a supply
unit.However, the Mule Corps earned the
respect of British army officers because they had to carry supplies to the
front line under constant bombardment by Turkish forces.The Zion Mule Corps was one of the
progenitors of the modern I.D.F.
1917: “President Wilson decided today…to designate January 27 as
the date for collecting funds for the relief of suffering Jews in Europe.”
1917: Henry Morgenthau was reported today to have told his
co-religionists in New York that “One of the reasons the Turks treat the Jews
very well now is because they realize that the Zionists generally are not
seeking to establish a separate government in Turkey, but only to encourage
Jewish colonization in Palestine.”
1917: Dr. Irving Steinhardt is scheduled to deliver the first of
“Ten Sex Talks to Girls” “under the auspicies of the Free Synagogue” at 8:30
1918: US President Woodrow Wilson makes "Fourteen
Points" speech to Congress.
1918: It was reported today that “the Parliamentary committee of
the British Trade Union Congress and the Executive Committee of the Labor”
recommended “in their memorandum on war aims” “that Jews in all countries enjoy
the common elementary rights of tolerance, freedom of residence and trade and
equal citizenship and that Palestine be set free from the oppressive government
of the Turk and formed into a free state, under international guarantee, to
which such of the Jewish people as to do so may return.”
1919: In Hungary,
Bela Kuhn, a communist dictator, was disposed of with the help of Rumania and Admiral Nicholas Horthy. Since Kuhn was
a Jew, all the Jews were accused of being communists. During the "White
Terror" that followed, an estimated five thousand Jews were killed.
1923: Birthdate of Joseph
Wiezenbaum, a pioneer in the study of artificial
1923: In New York City, realtor Alfred
Storch and Sally Kupperman Storch, “a telephone operator” gave birth to
actor-comedian Larry Storch who served with Bernard Schwartz, the future Tony
Curtis, aboard the U.S. Proteus.
1924: In Hamburg, a schoolteacher, Julia
(née Cohen) and James (or Jakob) Cohn, owner of an import business gave birth
to Paul Moritz Cohn, the Astor Professor of Mathematics at University College
1924: In Tottenham, Middlesex, England
Kate (Ogus) and Bernard (Barnett) Moodnick gave birth to Ronald Moodnick who
gained fame as Golden Globe-winning actor Ron Moody.
1926: “Sid Terris” who was Jewish, won
“a 10 round decision over European lightweight champion Lucien Vinez, in New
1926: In Brooklyn Nina (Kwartin), a
coloratura, and Nathan Shulman gave birth to Evelyn Shulman who gained fame as
operatic soprano Evelyn Lear.
1926: In Franklinton, NC, Irving and
Sadie Supman gave birth to Milton Supman who gained fame as comedian Soupy
Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud becomes the King of Hejaz and renames it Saudi Arabia.The Saudis had been competing with the
Hashemites for control over the holy places in Arabia.With the ascendancy of the Saudis, the
British were forced to find a “home’ for the Hashemites.The Hashemite got two homes.One son got the throne of the British
invention known as Iraq.The other Hashemite son got the throne of
that other British invention, the Kingdom of Trans-Jordan later the Kingdom of Jordan.Trans-Jordan was carved out of the British
Mandate which was supposed to be part of the Jewish home under the terms of the
Balfour Declaration.This explains why
some people think that the Arabs already have their state.It is called Jordan
and that is the proper PalestinianState.
Birthdate of Evelyn Shulman, the granddaughter of Cantor Savel Kwartin and the
daughter of opera singer Nine Shulman, who gained fame as “Evelyn Lear, an
American soprano who became a star in Europe in the 1950s and who later won
acclaim in the United States for singing some of the most difficult roles in
contemporary opera…” (As reported by Margalit Fox)
“Violantha” the movie version of the novel with a script co-written by Hans
Wilhelm and Walter Supper who took his own life rather than divorce his Jewish
wife and co-starring Mathilde Sussin who was murdered at Theresienstadt
concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.
After premiering in New York City a month ago, “The Private Life of Helen Troy”
directed by Alexander Korda and starring his wife Maria as released in the rest
of the United States today.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Meir Dizengoff has been chosen to
serve as Mayor of Tel Aviv.Dizengoff
was one of the founders of the city and has previously held the position of
“Man with a Movie Camera” an experimental silent documentary film directed and
written by Dziga Vertov and filmed by cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman was
released today in the Soviet Union.
The jury hearing evidence “in the so-called matzoth trust trial” in which “the
question to be answered was whether or not Horowitz Brothers & Margareten,
InC. and B. Manishewitz Company of Ohio constituted a combination in restraint
of trade as charge by Rabbi Moses Weinberger, Inc.” told the judge today at
noon that they are unable to agree on verdict.
In Austria, celebration of the 150th anniversary of the promulgation
of the Toleration Decree of 1781 issued by Emperor Josef II under which the
Jews of Austria were accorded civil and political equality.
In Brooklyn, NY, Pauline and Dr. Jacob Rosenblum gave birth to Morton Edgar
Rosenblum who gained fame as “M. Edgar Rosenblum, an arts executive who helped
steer the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven to prominence in the American theater
landscape, developing work that traveled to Broadway and elsewhere and that won
Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards along the way…” (As reported by Bruce Weber)
of Tevet, 5693): Asara B'Tevet
Birthdate of Warren Kenton, the London native who gained famed as Z’ev ben
Shimon Halevi, a leading teacher of Kabbalah who founded the Kabbalah Society
which promotes the Toledano Tradition.
A joint committee of the Federations of Yeshivoth and Talmud Torah meeting
today at the Central Jewish Institute adopted a resolution calling for “the
creation of a special education fund for the benefit of Jewish educational
institutions by a small levy on religious articles such as candles as
of Tevet, 5694): Serge Alexandre Stavisky passed away. Born in 1886 in the
Ukraine, he was a French financier and embezzler whose actions created a
political scandal that became known as the Stavisky Affair. In 1927, Stavisky
was put on trial for fraud. However, the trial was postponed again and again
and he was granted bail 19 times. Faced with exposure in December 1933,
Stavisky fled. Today the police found him in a Chamonix chalet suffering from a
gunshot wound.Officially Stavisky
committed suicide but there was a persistent speculation that police killed
him. Alexandre Stavisky was buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery.
It was reported today that “there are 10,000 adolescents between the ages of 15
and 18 years waiting in Germany to go to Palestine.”
Today, Dr. Stephen S. Wise announced that “a national conference on Palestine”
which is being supported by Dr. Israel Goldstein, Maurice Levin, Louis Lipsky,
Morris Rothenberg and Nathan Straus will be held next month at the Willard
Eugene Wigner, the Jewish Hungarian American theoretical physicist and
mathematician became a naturalized United States citizen.
It was reported today that police officers acting under orders from Quebec
Premier Maurice Duplessis, raided “the cultural section of the Canadian Labor
Circle, a Jewish fraternal organization” and removed “eight hundred books of
the 950 volume library maintained by the Jewish cultural circle” most of which,
according to the organizations officers were “standard Yiddish classics.”
“A Lucerne publishing firm, Vita Nova Verlag, announced today that its
collection of speeches and official statements by President Roosevelt and
former Premier Stanley Baldwin translated into German had been formally
forbidden in Germany” because “the German government has declared this volume unerwuenscht or undesirable a word
commonly used in many German towns to describe their attitude toward Jews.”
“As the Anglo-Italian short-wave radio war opens over the issue of Arabic
agitation in Palestine, a rumbling threat of revolt spreads over the borders of
France’s possessions in the Near East” specifically Syria and Lebanon.
“Alfred M. Cohen of Cincinnati, the international president of B’nai B’rith,
conferred with Secretary of State Cordell Hull today concerning the situation
of Jews in Rumania”
Today, in Berlin, “the Ministry of Education banned the teaching of Hebrew in
Germany’s Gymnasia (junior colleges) where the subject had been optional.”
In “Solution of Problem Must Be based on Present, Not Past,” published today Anne
O’Hare McCormick writes that the one thing that is clear “is that it is
impossible to go back twenty years to solve the present problem under the terms
of the Balfour Declaration or the promises made to Sharif Hussein in the
McMahon correspondence.”Among the
changed realities are “the 400,000 Jews now settled” in Palestine and their
“push and energy” which “are transforming the country at an astounding rate.”
She goes on to describe the modernizing impact the Zionists have had on
Jerusalem, the growth of Tel Aviv which “is one of the most extraordinary boom
towns on earth.”Finally she cites the
creation of the port at Tel Aviv by a “people without experience in seafaring
or maritime commerce” when the Arab uprising deprived the use of the port a
Jaffa.The Arab response has been one of
residents of Palestine “find not only Palestine but also the Palestinians
altered in the last five years (the period of greatest Jewish influx) than in
the preceding century.” She concludes that the “Arab guerilla war is not
independence” but for a halt to Jewish immigration even if this can only be
accomplished with a prolongation of British rule.”
The body of State Supreme Court Justice Alfred Frankenthaler, who passed away
yesterday, lay in state today at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.
In the TSN poll for the 1940 All-Star team for the American and National
Leagues, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) named Paul
Derringer of the New York Giants as the Catcher
“The Thin Man,” produced by Himan Brown, returns to the airways sponsored this
time by General Foods.
Eric Vogel petitioned the Kommandant of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp for
permission to create an amateur band, “The Ghetto Swingers.”
1943: In Philadelphia, PA, Debbie
and Joseph Levin gave birth to Judy Rosenstein (nee Levin), the sister of
Mitchell and David Levin, the wife of Larry Rosenstein and the mother of Danny,
David and Joel Rosenstein who truly was an Ashit Chayil, “A Woman of Valor.” A
devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, faithful friend as well as
daughter and sister extraordinaire, Judy is a gift to all who are fortunate
enough to be part of her life.“And her
children called her ‘Blessed’.”
1944(12th of Tevet, 5704):
Eighty year old psychologist Joseph Jastrow passed away.
1944: U.S. premiere of “What’s Cooking
Doc?” starring Bugs Bunny the cartoon figure given voice by el Blanc
1945: The Alois Mission, an
Anglo-American intelligence unit investigating the progress of the Germans in
creating an Atomic bomb departed Stasbourg today
1949: On the day following RAF
intervention in the fighting between Israel and Egypt in which several British
planes were shot down “British pilots were issued a directive to regard any
Israeli aircraft infiltrating Egyptian or Jordanian airspace as hostile and to
shoot them down, but were also ordered to avoid activity close to Israel's
1953: When Prime Minister Churchill and
President Truman dined at the British Embassy, Churchill impressed Truman with
his vocal support of Israel and his criticism of Egypt for closing the Suez
Canal to ships bound for Israel. 1953: The Jerusalem Post reported that with the last piece of rock
blasted away the new 88-km. Beersheba-Sdom road was opened. The road was
expected to revitalize the Potash Works which had been inactive since the road
north of the Dead Sea was cut during the 1948 war. Despite Israeli protests,
Washington announced that it had no objections to the British plans to sell jet
planes to the Arab states.
Lerman, the Jewish editor and writer for such glossy fashion magazines as Vogue, Mademoiselle and Vanity Fair
helped discover a new European singing sensation at the Le Fenice opera house
in Venice by the of name Maria Callas.
1953: René Mayer becomes Prime Minister of France.
1954 In Los Angeles, premier of “The Great Diamond Robbery”
directed by Robert Z. Leonard and filmed by cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg.
1958: “Music World Corporation, an American music production and
music publishing company” founded by “Academy Award-winning songwriter Robert
Sherman” was incorporated today in the State of California.
1959: Today, the day after Meyer Lanksy had fled from Cuba to the
Bahamas, “Fidel Castro marched into Havana” taking over the country which among
other thing put an end to the gambling empire Lansky had put together on the
island for “the mob.”
1959(28th of Tevet, 5719): New York State Supreme Court
Justice Albert C. Cohn passed away.Unfortunately, for Judge Cohn, despite a distinguished career, he will
be best remembered as the father of Roy Cohn.
1961: “Howie Carl scores 24 points to lead DePaul past Dayton
75-64” (As reported by Bob Wechsler)
1962(3rd of Shevat, 5722): Fifty year old English professor and
poet Hyam Plutzik whose work made him a finalist for the Pulitzer prize passed
1966: Birthdate of Label Katz Award winner Brent Howard
Novoselsky, the Skokie, Illinois, native who played tight end for the
University of Pennsylvania before playing in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and
1969: “Mr. Freedom” a satire directed and written by William Klein
was released in France today.
1971: Today’s Bulletin described the annual meeting of
Congregation Shaar Hasyomyim of Montreal where Dr. Charles Solomon, the
President of the Congregation described the shaky financial situation followed
by the approval by the Board of Trustees of a special assessment to be paid by
each member which would raise $350,000 to be applied against the structural
1975(25th of Tevet, 5735): Richard
Tucker passed away at the age of 61.Born Reuben Ticker, he gained fame as a Cantor and as an operatic
1978(29th of Tevet, 5738):Rose Luria Halprin
one of the foremost American Zionist leaders of the twentieth century who
served twice as the national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist
Organization of America, held key posts within the Jewish Agency at critical
periods in the history of the Yishuv and the subsequent State of Israel passed
1978: The Jerusalem Post
reported from Washington the announcement made by US President Jimmy Carter
that he was still opposed to the creation of an independent Palestinian state,
as it could be used as a base for subversion against Israel.
1978: Terrorists injured three people in a grenade attack at a bus
station in Jerusalem.
1978: Harvey Milk began serving as a Member of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors from District 5.
1978: Isaiah Sheffer “wrote down his idea for a place he had
decided to call Symphony Space, in part because that was the name of the
theater and in part because its first event was a symphony concert.
After tens of millions of dollars raised and a decade of
litigation, it became a complex of two theaters with a cafe, offices and a
board directors.” (As reported by Douglas Martin)
1980:Park East Synagogue designated as a New York City
Landmark. The structure was built on New York’s Upper East Side in the last
decade of the 19th century for a congregation led by Rabbi Bernard
1982:As part of the breakup of AT&T, AT&T agreed
to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions. Judge Harold Greene, a Jew who
fled Hitler’s German with his parents, presided over United States v. AT&T,
the antitrust suit that broke up the AT&T vertical market monopoly on the
telecommunications industry in the United States.
1982: Birthdate of actress Gabby Hoffmann.
1983(23rd of Tevet, 5743): Susanna, the daughter of Miklós
Nyiszli who described his concentration camp experiences in Auschwitz: A
Doctor’s Eyewitness Account, passed away today
1984 (4th of Shevat, 5744):In Netivot (southern
Israel), Reb Yisroel Abuchatzeira, the Baba Sali passed away.Rabbi Israel Abuchatzera known as "Baba
Sali," was born in Tafillalt, Morocco in 1890, to the illustrious
Abuchatzera family. From a young age he was renowned as a sage, miracle maker
and master Kabbalist. In 1964 he moved to the Holy Land, eventually settling in
the southern development town he made famous, Netivot. His graveside in Netivot
will become a holy site visited by thousands annually.
New York City teachers elected long-time teacher advocate Sandra Feldman
president of the city's United Federation of Teachers (UFT). “She was the first
woman to head the UFT. After a decade heading the UFT, Feldman was elected
president of the American Federation of Teachers in May 1997, a position she
held until her retirement in 2004. She was the first woman to head the union
since 1930, and only the second in the organization's history. A recognized
authority on urban education and a former teacher herself, Feldman also served
on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. A passionate advocate for children with an
intense commitment to social justice, Feldman continues to be involved in
numerous community organizations. She co-chairs the Child Labor Coalition and
heads the AFL-CIO Committee on Social Policy. In addition, she
serves on the board of the Jewish Labor Committee, the Coalition of Labor Union
Women, and the United States Committee for UNICEF. To mark her retirement,
Congress passed a resolution in 2004 honoring Feldman for "her tireless
efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning."
Sulayman Khatir, an Egyptian soldier who hadmachine-gunned a group of Israelis,
killing three adults and four young children, on the dunes of Ras Burqa in1985,
“was found dead in his prison hospital room hanging by a strip torn from a
sheet of plastic”
Four soldiers were injured when terrorists began throwing grenades at bus
crossing from Jordan into Israel.
of Tevet, 5751): Harold J. Mason, a seller of rare books and a publishing
company executive passed away today at the age of 64.Dr. Mason, a native of
Brooklyn, held bachelor's and master's degrees from Emory University and a
doctorate in library science form Columbia. He was with the Kraus Reprint
Company before co-founding the Greenwood Press in Westport, Conn., in 1966. In
1973 he established a company in his own name in Norwalk, Conn., selling
antiquarian journals and magazines. He is survived by his wife, the fomer Selma
Werner; two daughters, Lori Reisman of Ventura and Dione Katz of Tel Aviv; a
brother, Robert, of Washington and three grandchildren.
Israel deported four Palestinians to Lebanon today, less than 24 hours after
they had dropped their final legal appeals. The four, suspected of being leaders
of an Islamic fundamentalist group in the Gaza Strip, were flown handcuffed and
blindfolded to southern Lebanon, dropped off at the edge of Israel's
self-declared security zone and then ordered to march north toward a Lebanese
Army checkpoint. There they offered angry, threatening statements to waiting
Lebanese journalists and then made their way to Beirut.
Israel and China are expected to establish diplomatic relations for the first
time during a trip by Foreign Minister David Levy to Beijing toward the end of
the month, senior officials here said today..
At the Mark Beck Theater, after 1,143, the curtain came down on the Broadway
revival of “Guys and Dolls” a Frank Loesser musical with a book by Abe Burrows.
of Shevat, 5760): Rosh Chodesh Shevat
of Shevat, 5760): Eighty-year old Martin Konigsberg the father of Allan Stewart
Konigsberg, better known as Woody Allen, passed away today.
Anthony Lewis “received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill
Jack Abramoff left Preston Gates to join the Government Relations division of
the Washington, D.C. law firm Greenberg Traurig.
Today, Israeli forces killed a gunman in the Golan Heights, Israel Radio
reported. The Israeli military said the man was killed and another was captured
during a clash with armed men who were crossing into Israeli-controlled
territory near the Syrian and Jordanian borders.
Judith Steinberg Dean, who earned her MD from Albert Einstein College of
Medicine of Yeshiva University completed her service as the “First Lady of
Vermont” when her husband Howard Dean completed his service as Governor.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind, author of The Price of Loyalty: George W.
Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill, was the special
guest speaker at the United Jewish Community of Broward County's annual Major
Gifts Event in Fort Lauderdale.
The New York Times featured reviews
of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers
including The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster, The Reason I Wont Be
Coming: Stories by Eliot Perlman,Busting Vega$: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees by Ben Mezrich and newly released paperback
editions of Seven Types of Ambiguity by Ellot Perlman, The
Speakeasies of 1932 and Hirschfeld's Harlem by Al Hirschfeld, Pragmatism, and Democracy by Richard A. Posner andAmos Oz’s Tale of Love and Darkness a
“richly layered memoir that chronicles the life of one of Israel's most
acclaimed novelists. Tracing his ancestors back to 19th-century Ukraine, Oz weaves his family's history into the
broader story of World War II, the rise of the Israeli state and the death of
the socialist-Zionist dream. Oz returns often to his mother's suicide in 1952,
when he was 12: the wound shapes his self-discovery and the story of how he
became a writer.”
“Mall Menorah Smackdown” published
today told the tale about “dueling rabbis struggling over who gets to spread
the faith to newcomers in the gentrifying area around Atlantic Yards.” “A turf
war has erupted between two Lubavitch rabbis claiming dibs on the rapidly
gentrifying brownstone neighborhoods that surround it. In one corner is Rabbi
Ari Kirschenbaum, who showed up in ProspectHeights
three years ago to revive a decrepit Orthodox synagogue in the neighborhood,
and recently opened what he has dubbed the Brooklyn Jewish Community Center in
a donated space over a former laundromat. His rival is Rabbi Tali Frankel, who
is backed by his wife’s powerful uncle, Rabbi Shimon Hecht of Park Slope.”
2008: “A scaled down London revival” of the Jerry
Herman musica., “La Cage aux Folles, opened at the Menier Chocolate, in London.
2008(1st of Shevat, 5768):.According to tradition 1
Shevat, 2488 marked the start of Moshe’s dissertations that compose the Devarim
(Book of Deuteronomy).
2008(1st of Shevat, 5768): Lieutenant
General Moshe Levy, the 12th Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
passed away.Born in Tel Aviv in 1936,
he was person of Misrahi origin to serve as Chief of Staff.
2009: As part of the Spiritual Journeys series, at
the 92nd Street Y Rabbi Joyce Reinitz, the spiritual leader of the
Society of Jewish Science in Manhattan and psychotherapist facilitates a noon time presentation styled“Feminine Reflections on the Rhythms of Our
Lives: Tevet—Illuminating the Miraculous.”
2009 (12th of Tevet, 5769):Two IDF officers and a soldier were killed today as the IDF penetrated
deeper into urban centers in the northern Gaza Strip. Maj. Ro'i Rosner of the
Kfir Brigade's Haruv Battalion was killed and another soldier was lightly
wounded, when a Hamas man fired an anti-tank missile at them as they conducted
searches near the Kissufim crossing into the Strip.Capt. Omer Rabinovitch, 23,
of Arad, was killed in the
close-quarter firefights in Zeitoun. Sgt. Amit Robinson, 21, a tank crewman
from Kibbutz Magal, south of Baka al-Gharbiya, was killed by a sniper, also in
northern Gaza. His parents made
aliya from Argentina.
militants in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of at least 30 rockets at southern Israel today, just hours after the United Nations
passed a resolution calling for an immediate truce between Israel and Hamas.
Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon struck Nahariya, one of which slammed into
a retirement home. Two people were lightly wounded.
2009: The comrades of Private David Sher, the 8th
Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan while fighting the Taliban, hung a
Star of David above his casket as it was prepared to be sent to Melbourne for
2010: Brit of Nathan Zachary Silber son of David and
Rebecca Silber and grandson of Dr. Robert “Bob” and Laurie Silber, pillars of
the Cedar Rapids Jewish community and all around great guys.
2010: An exhibition is scheduled to open at Ben Uri
Gallery: The London Jewish Museum of Art that includes “Apocalypse,” the “a
previously unknown 1945 gouache by Mac Chagall.”Painted in New York, “Apocalypse shows a
naked Christ screaming a Nazi storm trooper below the cross who has a backwards
swastika on his arm, a Hitler-like mustache and serpentine tail.”This is one more example of Chagall using “an
image of a crucified Jesus…as a metaphor for persecuted Jewry
has taken the upper hand in a new kind of Mideast conflict, one in which
bullets are replaced by chickpeas. Using a satellite dish on loan from a nearby
broadcast station, chefs in Abu Ghosh today whipped up more than 4,000 kg. of humus,
adding a Guinness world record to the Arab town's reputation for hospitality
2011: The 10th Red Sea Classical Festival
in Eilat comes to a close.
Kohen is scheduled to be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at Agudas Achim
in Iowa City, IA.
Tamar Elad-Appelbaum who “fears that without pluralism, Israel will become ‘a
state alienated from itself’” is scheduled to give two talks at Congregation
Agudath Israel of West Essex, Caldwell, NJ, entitled “Israeli Female Rabbis and
the Challenges of 5771” and “Feminine Voices: Halacha and The Public Square.
2011:Representative Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords,
Arizona’s first Jewish congresswoman,was in critical condition after being shot in the
Shevat, 5711):Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, was
killed in the mass shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's Congress on the Corner
event. Zimmerman, a former social worker, was Giffords's director of community
outreach and the organizer of the meet-and-greet event.
2011:Today four mortar shells fired by Palestinian
terrorists in Gaza landed in a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council,
wounding three foreign agricultural workers – one of them seriously. The armed
wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds Brigades, took
responsibility for mortar fire that injured three agricultural workers
Shevat, 5771): Eighty-two year old “Alexis Weissenberg, a charismatic
Bulgarian-born pianist known for his thundering aggressiveness and rational
detachment at the keyboard, and for his unapologetic defense of those traits in
interviews” passed away today. (As reported by Margalit Fox)
2012: “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg is scheduled to be
shown at the Salisbury Film Festival at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.
2012: “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray” is
scheduled to be shown at the Mobile Jewish Film Festival in Mobile, Alabama.
2012: A display of Chanukah menorahs designed by
Bronx-based silversmith Bernard Bernstein which has been part of the New York
Historical Society’s Chanukah celebration is scheduled to come to an end.
2012: The New York Times features reviews of
books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including
“Breakdown” by Sara Paretsky, “Henrich Himmler” by Peter Longerich, “Hitler’s
Hangman: The Life of Heydrich” by Robert Gerwarth, “A More Perfect Heavan: How
Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos” by Dava Sobel and “Kayak Morning:
Reflections on Love, Grief and Small Boats” by Roger Rosenblatt.
soldiers captured close to a dozen pipe bombs at the Salem Crossing near Jenin
in the northern West Bank today, thwarting what appears to have been a major
terrorist attack, possibly against a nearby military court.
2012: The Jerusalem District Court today indicted
five right-wing activists suspected of involvement in the so-called 'price tag'
attack on the IDF's Ephraim Division military base last month.
Chernoff is scheduled to have a discussion and signing of his new book Manual
For Living: Connection, A User’s guide to the Meaning of Life at American
Jewish University in Los Angeles.
2013: Three shorts – Reality Check, Martha Must Fly
and Shalom – are scheduled to be shown at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.
2013: Seventieth anniversary of the birth of Judy
2013: The Associated Press
reported today that "the consensus now among some U.S. officials involved
in the case is that despite years of denials, Iran's intelligence service was
almost certainly behind the 54-second video and five photographs of Robert
Levinson that were emailed anonymously to his family.
2013: Rabbis from the Rabbis for Human Rights-North
America board are scheduled to deliver a copy of a letter,expressing concerns about settlement
expansion in the E-1 Corridor to the Israeli Embassy in Washington today.The letter contains the signatures of 720
Rabbis and rabbinical students.
2013: Traffic resumed in both directions of Tel Aviv’s
main highway, the Ayalon freeway, this afternoon, hours after the road was
closed along with other major arteries due to heavy rains that caused waters to
rise near road-level.
Israeli Navy was sent into the coastal city of Hadera late tonight to help
rescue residents stranded by massive flooding.
Professor Steven Kennedy is scheduled to deliver a second lecture on “Leonard
Bernstein: From Jewish Roots To Broadway” which looks at the legacy of the
multi-talented musician whose Jewish identity was such that he conducted the
symphony in Tel Aviv while Israel was fighting for its independence.
“Wild West Hebron” and “Pulse” are scheduled to be shown at the Jerusalem
Jewish Film Festival.
“Protests by African migrants in Israel, unprecedented in their scope,
continued for a fourth straight day today as about 10,000 people, many of whom
came by bus from Tel Aviv, gathered at the Rose Garden in Jerusalem across from
the Knesset.” (As reported by Spencer Ho)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon “vehemently condemned extremist Jewish violence”
known as price tag attackes of “terror.” (As reported by Stuart Winer)
In a statement released to the Times of Israel today, Karen Lawrence, the President
of Sarah Lawrence University spoke out against the American Studies Association
boycott of Israel writing, “I oppose this boycott. Academic boycotts have the
effect of stifling dialogue vital to academic freedom; indeed, Israeli
academics themselves are crucial voices in debating the policies of their
government. To declare their institutions barred from academic exchange
unfairly curtails their academic freedom and limits the possibilities for
dialogue to contribute to understanding, affect policy, and even change minds.”
(As reported by Debra Kamin)
2014: Vivian Bercovici began serving as Canada’s
ambassador to Israel.
2015: The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism
is scheduled to host the second of day “Beyond Camps and Forced Labour.”
In the UK, a conference hosted by the University of Kent that “seeks to examine
the significance of topography of the Nazi concentration camps” which is part
of the schools way to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz is scheduled to come to an end.
School was canceled in the Golan Heights, West Bank, and around Jerusalem today
due to inclement weather
“Schools in Jerusalem were set to open at 10 a.m. today amid a much-heralded
winter storm that saw the capital receive a mere five centimeters of snow”
California Senator Barbara Boxner announced today that she will not run for a
sixth term in 2016.
“Authorities in Uruguay detonated what turned out to be a fake bomb found near
Israel’s embassy in Montevideo, officials said today.”
of Tevet, 5775): Sixty-five year old Bella Ostrovksy who operated the Ostrovsky
Fine Art Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband Mossad agent and
bestselling author Victor Ostrovsky passed away today.
“A short-lived but powerful winter storm struck Israel on today, bringing with
it torrential rain and tragic consequences after two people were swept away by
the floods and killed.
“Our Little Sister” and “Bridge of Spies” is scheduled to be shown at the
The week long Yiddish Language and Culture School at Florida Atlantic
University in Boca Raton is scheduled to end today.
The Texas Jewish Historical Society Winter Board Meeting is scheduled to open
in Galveston Texas this evening with a Shabbat dinner at Temple B’nai Israel
followed by services.
Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, AZ is scheduled to host “Mishpachti
of Tevet, 5776): On the Jewish calendar Yahrzeit of Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch.
of Tevet, 5777):Calendar Quirk – The
anniversary of the birth of Judy Rosenstein (nee Levin) on the English calendar
coincides with her Yahrzeit on the Jewish Calendar providing family and friends
a prolonged chance to remember this ayshish chayil of the first order.
The New York Times features books by
Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Final
Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 by David Cesarani, Why?:
Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes, Steven Spielberg: A Life in
Films by Molly Haskell, War Against War: The American Fight for Peace,
1914-1918 by Michael Kazin and Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life by Robert
In Atlanta, GA, Helen Weingarten who along with four of her five sisters survived
Auschwitz, is scheduled to tell her story as part of The Breman’s Bearing
The exhibition — Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven — is scheduled
to come to a close at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
of Tevet 5777): Today, “four IDF soldiers—three women and a man in their
20s—were murdered and 13 wounded when a Palestinian truck driver deliberately
rammed into pedestrians on a popular promenade overlooking the walled Old City