Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This Day, November 16, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

November 16

42 BCE: Birthdate of Tiberius, 2nd Roman emperor. The stepson of Augustus reigned from 14 to 37 C.E. A competent general with a sour disposition, Tiberius came to the thrown through the efforts of his pushy mother. Tiberius treatment of the Jews did not spring from some early form of anti-Semitism. Rather, he was a bit of a clod who made poor decisions, some of which impacted the Jews. He placed power in the hands of the power-hungry Sejanus who happened not to like Jews. He appointed Pontius Pilate Procurator in Judea, a role that was a classic mismatch between the governed and the governor. And for a period, he banned the Jews from Rome, but this had to do with some domestic spat, not religion. In the end the true measure of the man was his choice of heirs. Tiberius selected Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, better known as Caligula. Caligula’s belief in his own divinity would create another set of problems for the Jews of Judea and Alexandria.

534: Publication of the second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus or Justinian’s Code. The code reflected Justinian’s hostility towards Judaism. It contained provisions that prohibited marriage between a Christian and a Jew (the fear was that the marriage would lead to the Christian converting to Judaism) and placed restrictions on the practice of circumcision. It elevated canon law to the equal of civil law thus forcing the Jews to accept the authority of Church officials. It also forced the Jews to use a Greek translation of the Bible in their services, placed restrictions on public assembly by Jews, prohibited Jews from building new synagogues and testifying against Christians in legal matters and finally banned the celebration of Passover in years when it came before Easter.

1272: King Edward III passed away. King Edward continued the predatory taxation policies towards his Jewish subjects that had been followed by his father King John. In addition to confiscatory tax policies, the King enacted royal decrees inimical to the well-being of the Jewish people including one that stated, “And that there be no synagogue of the Jews in England save in those places in which synagogues were in the time of King John, the king’s father…and that every Jew wear his badge conspicuously on his breast.”

1380: Jews were killed in riots in Paris.

1384: Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman. Jadwiga would marry Jogaila, the Grand Duke of Lithuania who took the name of Władysław II when ascended the Polish throne. The purpose of the marriage was to unite Poland and Lithuania. For the Jews of Poland, the results were less than optimal since the first extensive persecutions of the Jews took place during the reign Wladislaus II and neither the king nor his successors acted to stop these events.

1491: Five Jews were accused of murdering a child in La Guardia (Spain). The investigation was conducted by Tomas De Torquemada, the cleric who would later lead the infamous Spanish Inquisition. Even though there were no witnesses nor was a body ever found all five were found guilty. Three of them were forcibly baptized, strangled, and then burned. The two others were just torn apart.

1497: Gershon Soncino published a copy of “Talmud Babli Sanhedrin” at Barco.

1500: In Pilsen, “Kaspar Bernášek is shown to owe 100 Meissen thalers or 50 Bohemian coppers to the Jew Mekl and his son Turek. In the event of non-repayment, they had the right to sell his possessions and hereby to avoid damages, although without having the right to any interest payments”

1694(28th of Cheshvan): Rabbi David Lida, author of Be’er Mayim Hayyim, passed away

1745: In Trier Rabbi Isaac Sinzheim and his wife gave birth to Joseph David Sinzheim, the Chief Rabbi of Strasbourg.

1756 (23rd of Cheshvan): Rabbi Isaac ben Samuel Lampronti, author of Pahad Yizhak, passed away.

1779: Sixty-three year old naturalist and explorer Pehr Kalm who on his visit to the United States in 1748 described the Jews of New York as forming “a considerable portion of the population” passed away today He also said the Jews “had stores and fine houses and ships, and a flourishing synagogues and enjoyed all the privileges of other citizens.  The young Jews, especially when away from home, made no scruple about eating pork when the opportunity offered.”

1794(23rd of Cheshvan, 5555): Saul Berlin passed away in London. Born in 1740, he “was a German Talmudist and one of the most learned Jews of the Mendelssohnian period.”

1803: Birthdate of Heinrich Ewald the German theologian and author whose works included Complete Court on the Hebrew Language, The Poetical Books of the Old Testament, History of the People of Israel and Antiquities of the People of Israel.


1819: Birthdate of Wilhelm Marr, the ner-do-well who married three Jewish women, became a leader in the modern German anti-Semitism movement and then recanted his beliefs towards the end of his life.

1821: Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail which enjoyed a Golden Era of trade that lasted until the early 1850’s. Jews were reluctant to be identified as such since New Mexico was still thought to be within the jurisdiction of the Inquisition. Apparently a Prussian Jew named Albert Speyer had no such qualms and he conducted trading operations on the Santa Fe Trail and in Mexico itself in the early 1840’s

1825: Jacob Abraham Wood married Hannah Simmons at the Hambro Synagogue today.

1827 OS(9th of Kislev, 5588): Fifty-four year old Dovber Schneuri, the second Lubavitcher Rebbe also known as the Mittler Rebbe (or Middle Rebbe) who was the son of Shneur Zalman of Liabi, the found Chabad Lubavitch  and whose daughter Chaya Mushka married her cousin Menachem Mendel Schneersohn who became the third rebbe, passed today on his birthday, according to the Hebrew calendar.

1827: Birthdate of Charles Eliot Norton, the Harvard professor, whose friendship with James Loeb was so meaningful that Loeb, the Jewish banker and philanthropist created The Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship in his honor.

1831: Elias and Sophia Solomons were married at the Hambro Synagogue today.

1833: In the United Kingdom, The Dover Telegraph reported that Fanny Nathan, the daughter of local china and fruit importer had Mr. Abrahams of Canterbury.

1841: Birthdate of Abraham Mendes Chumaceiro, the Amsterdam native who moved to Curaçao in 1856, where he became a prominent member of the bar.

1843: Samuel Strauss and his wife, the former Rosalia Drucker gave birth to Sigmund Ferdinand Strauss the brother of British MP Arthur Strauss.

1845: Israel Beer Josaphat was baptized at St. George’s German Lutheran Chapel in London where he took the new name of Paul Julius Reuter.  His name lives on today in the name of the news service he established- Reuter’s.  Reuter may have shed his religion but his enemies would mock him as a Jew when it suited their needs.

1849: Hayyim Zebi Lerner, the native of Dubno who was a follower of Wolf Adesohn, a leader of the Maskilim, “was appointed government teacher of the Jewish public school of Berdychev.”

1850(11th of Kislev, 5611): Aaron Alexandre, “a Bavarian trained rabbi” who became a leading chess player after arriving in France in 1793 passed away today in London.

1852: An article entitled Germany: Political Movements published today reported that in Berlin that newly empowered reactionaries are seeking to modify Article 12 of the Constituion, which had freed “the exercise of political rights from all ddependence on the religion of the citizen…” The change is aimed at excluding the Jews from the political process so that Prussia will be “a Christian State.”  The liberals are afraid that once the Jews are excluded, other groups will be excluded including “the free communists, German Catholics and other non-conformists.

1853: The Tenth Anniversary Dinner of the German Benevolent Society was held tonight at the Assembly Rooms in New York City. Joseph Seligman, president of the society presided over the affair which was attended by two hundred gentlemen. The attendees donated $2,000 to the society.

1853: Birthdate of Victor Worms, the native of Luxembourg who was the younger brother of Emile Worms and a prominent French lawyer.

1860: Birthdate of Jesse Houghton Metcalf, the Senator from Rhode Island, who as early as June of 1933 “deplored” the racial and religious prejudice of the German government in a speech on the floor of the Senate.

1871: “Cruelties Practiced by Poultry Dealers” published today described activities at the so-called “Jews’ Washington Market” on Essex Street which is home to a large number of butchers and their coops of chicken.

1874: It was reported today that Rabbi Artom officiated at the wedding of Mr. Isaac Abecassis of Lisbon and Miss Helena Ben Sande of the Azores at the Portugese Synagogue on Bryanstone Street.  The service included all of the Jewish traditions including the breaking of the glass.  The reception was held at the Langham Hotel where Jewish traditions continued to prevail among a wedding party that included many gentiles as could be seen by wearing of hats by the Jewish men during the entire affair.

1874: It was reported today that Carl Schurz will deliver a lecture next Wednesday members of the Hebrew Young Men’s Association in New York.

1874: It was reported today that Rabbi De Sola Mendez will deliver a lecture next week at the Lyric Hall in New York City.

1874: It was reported today that the Jews of Chicago have held a service to honor the memory of Rabbi Abraham Geiger, the leader of Reform Judaism in Berlin who passed away in October of 1874.

1874: It was reported today that those who lost seats in recent Austrian elections blame their defeat on the fact that there were two Jewish members of the government.

1879: It was reported today that “Romania positively refuses to enfranchise her dirty Israelites, except on her own conditions” which are not those that she had agreed to when negotiating with the Great Powers.

1881: It was reported today that SS Silesia is expected to arrive soon in New York City with 250 Jews from Russia.  A total of 5,000 Jews are expected to come during the Winter months.  “Most of the Jews are farmers and will settle in Texas and Louisiana.”  The Hamburg Line, whose ships are bringing the Jews to America, has promised to provide Kosher food for the travelers “from the time they leave the Russian frontier until” they arrive in the United States.

1881: It was reported today that Julius J. Frank is planning on giving a lecture to the Young Men’s Hebrew Association.

1881: It was reported today that The Porte has told representatives of English and German philanthropists who are promoting the migration of Jews to Turkey that Jews will be allowed to settle “in separate communities in all parts of the empire, except Palestine.

1883: It was reported today that in England, Charles K. Salaman has used “words…in the original language of the Old Testament to compose “A Hebrew Love Song.” (Salaman is name many do not recognize today.  He was prolific 19th Anglo-Jewish composer whose career spanned 70 years)

1883: It was reported today the President of the Union Trust Company on Broadway in New York gave David Salzman a quarter when he turned in a check in the amount of $1,250 drawn on the company.  The Jewish boy who works as a bootblack “was somewhat surprised at the amount.”

1884: The leaders of the Ladies’ Auxiliary Society hosted their annual reception at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

1884: Rabbi Gustav Gottheil officiated at the wedding of Miss Leonitine Huebsch, the daughter of Rabbi Adolphus Huesbsch , of blessed memory and Mrs. Joshua Kantrowitz, associate editor of the Hebrew Standard.

1885: The National Rabbinical Convention, a meeting of Reform rabbis from across the United States, opened this morning in Concordia Hall in Allegheny City, PA.

1886: “Curious Will Suit” published today described litigation brought by the heirs of the late Moses Issacks  to try and recover $50,000 that had been left to him as a life interest by his Uncle, the late Sampson Simson, the noted philanthropist who helped to fund Mt. Sinai Hospital.  According to the will, upon Isaacks death, the principle of the life estate was to revert to an organization that would help with educational activities in Jerusalem. The executor of the estate turned the money over to the North American Relief Society for the Indigent Jews but the heirs claim they should get the money because the money did not exist at the time of Simson’s death so it was not eligible. (The court will find for the Society.)

1886: In Glasgow, KY, Caroline Morris and Joseph Korck, gave birth to Arthur B. Krock who was raised by his maternal grandparents Emmanuel and Henrietta Morris until he was six and who gained fame as a conservative political journalist working for the New York Times. According to some published reports, during the 1930’s the Jewish publisher of the Times denied Krock who would win four Pulitzer prizes  a promotion because the paper did not want to have Jews in prominent editorial positions.

1887: Over two thousand men and women attended the 9th annual charity ball hosted by the Brooklyn Orphan Asylum at the Academy of Music.

1888(12th of Kislev, 5649): Forty-two year old Arsène Darmesteter linguist and author who served as “Professor of Old French Language and Literature” at the Sorbonne who used the writings of Rashi in his study of Old French passed away today.

1889: It was reported today that shots were fired into stores and homes owned by Jews living in three towns in Louisiana’s East Carroll Parish.  At the town of Alsatia “a placard was stuck on the door” that reading “‘No Jews after the 1st of January.  If you disregard this warning fire and lead will make you leave.’”

1889: Birthdate of American playwright George S. Kaufman. Born into a family of German-Jews in Pittsburgh Kaufman moved to New York where he worked as a journalist before pursuing a career in the theatre. Kaufman almost always wrote in collaboration with somebody else, but he was always the senior collaborator, no matter how distinguished the other writer might have been. In their day, Kaufman’s works were almost all theatrical successes. But most of his works are not known to today’s public. One exception would be three plays – The Cocoanuts, A Night at the Opera and Animal Crackers – all of which were made into hit movies by the Marx Brothers. Kaufman passed way in 1961.

1890: In Philadelphia, PA, The Society Hachnasath Orechim, or Wayfarers' Lodge, was organized today.

1890: In “Alliance Colony, an agricultural community in rural southern New Jersey, Anna Saphro and pharmacist George Sergious Seldes gave birth to Henry George Seldes an “investigative reporter” who was part of a talented family that included his brother, writer Gilbert Seldes, his niece, actress Marian Seldes and his nephew, literary agent Timothy Seldes

1890: In “One of the Persecuted Jews” published today Herman Rosenstraus, a Russian Jew living in the United States provided a firsthand account of the travails that brought him to this county.

1892: The building owned by Young Men’s Hebrew Association in Memphis hosts the second day of the National Farmers’ Alliance and Industrial Union’s national convention.  The Alliance is a southern version of the Grange, which was considered to be a “radical” agrarian organization by the railroads and the banks.

1893: The Russian Jewish immigrants who arrived last week aboard the SS Roland who are still being detained at Ellis Island will be re-examined today and if they continue not to meet the required standards will be ordered back to Europe.

1893: Today, when Emmeline Obermeyer turned 20, 29 year old photographer Alfred Stieglitz succumbed to family pressure and married her in New York.

1894: Birthdate of Jacob Samuel Potofsky, the native of Radomysl, Russia who came to the United States where he rose to become President of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers

1895: Rabbi Joseph Silverman delivered a sermon at Temple Emanu-El entitled “The Charity of the Jews.”

1896: Rabbi Kahn of Rodof Sholom officiated at the funeral of 84 year old Ephraim Wolbach who was a co-founder of the congregation.

1896: Rose Landsberg, the President of the Rochester, NY Section of the National  Council of Jewish Women which had been “organized in the summer of 1895 with a membership of 40” submitted a report which showed the section had grown to 66 members and offered 6 study circles.

1896: An address by Mrs. Nellie L. Miller of Memphis “stirred up a lively discussion” at this afternoon’s “session of the National Council of Jewish Women.  Many of the delegates took issue with her declaration “that today the people of her race are lax in their religion, careless in the faith of their fathers “ and could learn lessons from Christian women when it comes to “strength and perseverance.

1897: In Johannesburg, South Africa, Isidore Heyman and his wife gave birth to a son

1897(21st of Cheshvan, 5658): Eighteen month old Sarah Rosetta “Rosie” Rabbinowicz, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Rabbinowicz passed away today at Whitechapel. UK.

1897: “Ferdinand Forzinetti, the commandant of the Cherche-Midi military prison, and one of the first to be convinced of Dreyfus's innocence, was relieved of his position when his views about the matter became public.

1897: In London, The Relief Committee of the Board Guardians was scheduled to meet at 3:30 this afternoon.

1898: “100,000 Given for Education” published today described how Jacob H. Schiff had contributed $25,000 towards an endowment fund for the Educational Alliance that attracted the following additional contributions: Louis Stern, $25,000; B. Altman, $20,000; William Saloon, $10,000; Isidor Straus, $10,000; Felix Warburg, $5,000 and Louis Marshall, $5,000.

1898: The staff at the Hebrew Orphan Asylum and public health authorities including Dr. Dillingham, the assistant Inspector for the Health Department “discredited” reports “of a severe outbreak of scarlet fever” at the Jewish children’s facility.

1898: It was reported today that Israel Zangwill had delivered a lecture on the history of the Jewish people in which he said that “Colonel Roosevelt had said to him that the Jews in the Rough Riders were among the bravest in his regiment.”

1899: Today’s review of the most recent revival of “The Merchant of Venice” praised Henry Irving’s portrayal of Shylock as the best since that of the late Edwin Booth because of its “expression of the Jew’s craft and malice, his implacable disposition and the bitterness of his hatred.”  (Shylock was one of Irving’s signature roles.  Portrayals of Shylock have varied over the centuries and often reflect how Jews are viewed in a given place or time.)

1899: “Answer to a Correspondent” published today provided a discussion of the etomolgy of “Mizpah” which comes from the Hebrew word “Mitzpah” which “was the name of several places in Palestine” but was first used in the story of Jacob Laban where the word is used to describe “a rude heap of stones” that served as a “witness” to the agreement they had made and served a “boundary” marker.

1900: Lissa & Kann, the family owned bank managed by Zionist leader Jacobus Henricus Kann makes £ 700,000 available for Herzl’s use. Born in 1872, Kann was an aide to Theodor Herzl and was one of the founders of the Jewish Colonial Trust in 1899. He was an active participant in the Zionist Congresses and was elected to the Zionist Organization's executive in 1905. Later he worked on various projects in Palestine. He passed away in 1945.

1900(12th of Kislev, 5649): Fifty-nine year old Moritz Rosenhaupt the cantor at Nuremberg who is the author of “Shire Ohel Ya’akob” and who wrote a concerto using the 42nd Psalm passed away today.

1903: Birthdate of Polish native Casimir Oberfeld, the French composer who was arrested in Nice and shipped to Auschwitz where he died in January, 1945.

1905: “The diary of a Jewish merchant from Odessa written in the course of those first four awful days of the month when the massacres were in progress were received at the office of The Jewish Morning Journal” today “impress the reader with the horrors of Odessa…far more graphically than of the news dispatches that have reached” the United States.

1905: Police on the East Side of New York were informed tonight “that swindlers were collecting money in the name of Russian Relief Fund Association and were giving forged receipts for payments that have been made.

1905: “At the Synagogue Beth Hamedrdash Hagadol where the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation of the United States and Canada” were meeting tonight Rabbi Pereia Mendes read cablegrams from Baron Grunsberg and Professor Mandelstam of Kiev in which it was stated that disorders in the southern provinces were still in progress.


1906: The house physician at the Hotel St. George attributed the death of Rabbi Raphael Benjamin to “acute indigestion” which was probably the result of the “bad health” he had been experiencing for an extended period of time.  At the time of his death “he was much disturbed over an incident in connection with the recent unveiling of the Washington monument at the Williamsburg Bridge plaza. He had been invited to speak on that occasion as a representative of the Hebrews, and the Rev. Father Belford pastor of the Roman Catholic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul was also to deliver an address, but before the ceremony the priest made a public denunciation of the Jews, and invitations to both speakers were cancelled.” (As reported by “Cyber Angel”)

1907: The University of Tennessee football team coached by Izzy Levene defeated Mississippi A&M today by a score of 11 to 4.

1907: Oklahoma was established as the 46th state in the Union. In 1890 the estimated Jewish population of Oklahoma Territory was one hundred and at statehood about one thousand. In Oklahoma City the time lag between the founding of the mostly German Reform congregation B'nai Israel and the mainly Eastern European Orthodox Emanuel Synagogue was only one year (1903 and 1904). By the time Oklahoma was granted statehood, the Jewish population had grown from an estimated 100 living in the territory in 1890, to around a thousand. Signs of the establishment of Jewish communities, as opposed to just individual Jewish settlers, could be seen even before statehood was granted. In Oklahoma City, Temple B’nai Israel was formed in 1903 by the Orthodox Emanuel Synagogue in 1904. In Muskogee, Temple Beth Ahabah, was formed in 1905. In the same year that statehood was granted, the 100 or so Jews who had settled in Ardmore formed a Reform congregation called Temple Emeth. Today, the small but vibrant Jewish community is centered primarily in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

1909: Turkey bans all non-Muslims from holding political meetings in houses of worship.

1909: Alma Gluck first appeared on stage with the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Sophie in Massenet's Werther. (As reported by the Jewish Women’s Archives)

1910: Birthdate of Superior, Wisconsin native Morrie “Morris” Arnonvich, nicknamed “Snooker, the life-time observer of Kashrut who was an all-star basketball player for Superior State Teachers Colleges before going on to a major league baseball career that was interrupted by a four-year wartime stint in the U.S. Army.

1912(6th of Kislev, 5673): Parashat Vayishlach

1912: Rabbi Joseph Stolz is scheduled to deliver a sermon on “Caring for the Orphan” in honor of the dedication of the Marks Nathan Orphan’s Home during Shabbat morning services at the Isaiah Temple in Chicago.

1912: Joseph Wohl and his wife gave birth to Bertha Rachel Friedman, the sister of Sam Wohl.

1912: It was reported today that “of the 20,356 Jewish immigrants who arrived at” the port of New York “during the last three months, some seven hundred came from the Balkan peninsula.”

1912: “An Epoch-Making Book” published today provided Harold Berman’s review of “a novel treating the Jewish question written by M.A. Goldschmidt, the celebrated Jewo-Danish novelist which has recently been issued in a German translation.”

1914: The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens. In 1930, Eugene Meyer was the first Jew appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Fed.  Two more Jews have served as Chairman of the Fed.  Alan Greenspan was appointed in 1978.  When he retired, Ben Bernake was appointed in 2006

1914: In Germany, a small group of intellectuals whose leaders included Albert Einstein appeals for “the prompt achievement of a just peace without annexations and for the establishment of an international organization that would have as its aim the prevention of future wars.”

1915(9th of Kislev, 5676): Sixty-six year old Raphael Meldola, the Anglo-Jewish chemist who invented Mendola Blue Dye, passed away.

1916: A Reuter’s dispatch from Amsterdam received in London says: “A Warsaw telegram announces that an edict has been published recognizing Judaism as a religion in public law.”

1917(1st of Kislev, 5678): Rosh Chodesh Kislev

1917: Premiere of “When Four Do the Same” a “German silent comedy drama directed by Ernst Lubitsch” who also co-authored the script and appeared in the film.

1917: New Zealand cavalrymen entered Jaffa; next stop – Jerusalem

1917: During World War I, British forces under General Allenby entered Tel Aviv. In less than a month, the British Army, including Jewish contingents would liberate Jerusalem.

1917: In Ekaterinoslav, the militia finally restores order after anti-Semitic rioters looted Jewish shops.

1917: It was reported today that The Joint Distribution Committee has collected two thirds of the $10,000,000 it plans on collecting by December including $1,000,000 that was contributed by Julius Rosenwald.

1917: In Warsaw, “Bundist delegates on the Municipal Council demand that Jewish elementary schools applying for municipal subsidy omit Jewish religious education and study of Hebrew from the curriculum.”

1918: Isaac C. Hirsch, of Company E of the 306th Infantry was cited today for showing “great heroism, determination and courage” when acting as a stretcher bearer on August 27 he carried the wounded to safety “in an area which was swept by shell, machine gun and rifle fire.”

1918: Private Bernard Teitelbaum who was temporarily attached to the Third and Fourth Platoons, Company D, 306th Infantry was cited today for showing “extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty” when he gave first aide “to five wounded men” while under heavy fire from shrapnel and “high explosives” “until he was himself hit by shrapnel and severely wounded.”

1918: Over seven thousand dollars was collected at the Central Synagogue for the United War Work Campaign after an appeal by Dr. Nathan Krass.

1918: Today, Major Solomon Lowenstein “who was with the Palestinian Commission headed by Dr. Finley urged the need of large reconstruction work Palestine and told how utterly helpless large sections of the Jews in the Holy Land were.”

1920: In Dresden, Germany, writer and actress Salka Viertel and the writer Berthold Viertel gave birth to” Peter Viertel who moved to the United States with his parents in 1928 where he grew up with his Hans and Thomas, graduated from Dartmouth, served with the U.S. Marines and the O.S.S. during WW II before pursuing a career as an author and screenwriter. (As reported by Douglas Martin)

1920: Joseph G. Shapiro of Shelton, CT was appointed judge of the City Court today.

1920: A fund raising drive sponsored by the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of Louisville, KY is scheduled to begin today.

1920: Dr. Judah L. Magnes and Dr. Joseph Silverman, the rabbi of Temple Emanu-El officiated at the funeral of Jacob Wertheim after which he was buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Westchester, NY.

1921: Birthdate of Ben Weisman an American composer and pianist best known for having written many of the songs associated with Elvis Presley. A native of Providence, Ben Weisman was one of Elvis Presley's chief songwriters throughout the 1960s. He co-composed for Elvis' movies and stage performances nearly sixty songs that proceeded to go gold or platinum, including "First in Line", "Got a Lot of Living to Do", "Follow That Dream" and "Wooden Heart". Weisman also wrote songs recorded by Barbra Streisand ("Love in the Afternoon"), The Beatles ("Lend Me Your Comb"), Johnny Mathis ("When I Am with You"), Terry Stafford ("I'll Touch A Star"), Bobby Vee ("The Night Has A Thousand Eyes") and many others. Since Weisman's outward appearance was atypical for a "rock 'roll guy", Elvis' pet nickname for him was "the mad professor". Just before Weisman's last meeting with Elvis in 1976, Elvis proudly announced to the crowd that he had recorded more of Weisman's songs than those of any other songwriter. Weisman's most recent musical score was for the 1995 movie Crossroads at Laredo: The Lost Film of Edward D. Wood Jr.

1922(25th of Cheshvan, 5683): Forty-seven year old German physicist Max Abraham passed away today in Munich.

1922: Birthdate of Manhattan native George Neumann Spitz who played a leading role in turning the New York City Marathon from a race to a “cultural happening” (As reported by Sam Roberts)

1924: This afternoon, five thousand persons tried to get into the auditorium of the National Hebrew School in New York to attend the funeral services for Dr. Menachem Mendel Scheinkin, the noted Zionist leader who was killed in a street car accident while visiting Chicago, Illinois

1924: In Kansas City, Goodman Ace (born Asa Goodman) and Jane Sherwood (born Jane Epstein) were married – a union that their fans came to know as the witty Easy Aces.

1924: Birthdate of Haim Brotzlewsky in Vienna who made Aliyah to Palestine in 1939 where he gained fame as Haim Bar-Lev, the IDF’s Chief of General Staff from 1968 through 1971.

1927: In Brooklyn, “businessman Morris Gimbel and Lottie Gimbel” gave birth to lyricist Norman Gimbel who gave us such memorable music "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song"

1928: A resolution adopted by the Synagogue Council of America which “profoundly deplored the interference with Jewish worship took place at…the Wailing Wall…on the Day of Atonement” was made public today.

1929: In Coburg, German, Julius and Katy Wertheimer gave birth to photographer Alfred Wertheimer “who for a few fleeting days in 1956 captured strikingly intimate images of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley just as he was becoming a rock ’n’ roll sensation…”  (As reported by William Yardley)

1931: “The House of Connelly” starring Stella Adler, J. Edward Bromberg and Clifford Odets which was staged by Lee Strasberg opened at the Mansfield Theatre after having closed at the Martin Beck Theatre.

1933: The United States recognizes the government of the Soviet Union. Maxim Livtvinov, the Soviet Foreign Ministers led the effort that resulted in this major foreign policy shift, Born Max Wallach, Litvinov was one of many Jews who played a leadership role in the Bolshevik movement and the government of the Soviet Union. Litvinov saw the opening of relations with the United States as a key in the fight against fascism. Litvinov would lose his job in the late 1930’s when the Soviets negotiated a non-Aggression Pact with Nazi Germany. At that point, Stalin was prepared to do anything to ingratiate himself with Hitler.

1933: “Little Women,” a screen version of the novel by the same name, directed by George Cukor with music by Max Steiner was released today in the United States.

1934: “The White Parade” an Academy Award nominated film produced by Jesse Lasky with a script by

Jesse Lasky, Jr and Sonya Levien was released in the United States today.

1934: Designer George Salter, whose father had converted but who now found himself “Jewish” according to the Nazis arrived in New York thanks in no small part to an affidavit that had been submitted on his behalf by his brother Stefan who had come to the United States in 1928.

1935: The University of California football team led by Guard Robert Gilbert defeated the University of Pacific today.

1935: “Jumbo, a musical produced by Billy Rose, with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and a book co-authored by Ben Hecht” opened on Broadway at the Hippodrome Theatre today.

1936: ” The Violet of Potsdamer Platz” produced by Lothar Clark a German Jew who had taken refuge from the Nazis in Denmark only to be one of those fortunate “Danish” Jews who found a final refuge in Sweden.

1936: During a discussion today “regarding enforcement of the Nuremberg decrees of 1935 against Jewish relations with non-Jewish woman, State Secretary Heydrich “stated that the number of prosecution on this charge was steadily increasing.”

1936: In Jerusalem, a rabbi and his wife gave birth Isaac “Ike” Berger the weightlifter who gold and silver medals for the United States at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.

1937: Birthdate of Doris Bonfield who will be interred in the Agudas Achim Cemetery in Iowa City.

1937: Pierre Crabites, a Law School Professor at L.S.U. and for 25 years the American Representative on the Mixed International Tribunal at Cairo of which he became the chief judge wrote a letter to the New York Times in which he advocated that the Haz Anim El Husseini, the Grand Mufti be allowed to return from his self-imposed exile from Palestine without having to fear arrest for the role he allegedly has played in the wave of Arab violence. In the letter, Crabites states his belief that the Grand Mufti is a key player in any attempt to bring to peace to Palestine while appearing to support limitations on the settlement of Jews in Eretz Israel.

1938: The fifth annual “Night of the Stars” which is seeking to raise $100,000 as an emergency fund for the settlement of oppressed Jews in Palestine” is scheduled to take place tonight at Madison Square Garden.

1938: Following a conference between Mayor La Guardia and Police Commissioner Valentine “a special squad was created today to protect German officials and German property” which it turned was “to be manned by Jews.”

1938: Birthdate of American philosopher Professor Robert Nozick. When he passed away in, he was described as “ the greatest American philosopher since William James; his influence extended far beyond the academic world, most famously with his powerful critique of the Left-liberal moral philosophy that underpinned the welfare state.

1938: Radio Stations WJZ and WABC broadcast the “Catholic Protest Against Nazi Persecution of Jews” featuring several Church leaders and former Governor Alfred E. Smith” from 9:00 to 9:30 p.m.

1939: At Lodz, the Nazis ordered all Jews to wear a Star of David

1939(4th of Kislev): Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibowitz, Rosh Yeshiva of the Kamenetz Yeshiva, passed away

1940: The Warsaw ghetto was permanently closed. Officially Jews no longer had access to anything, or business, outside of the ghetto.

1940: Leon Blum “was transferred to the Château de Bourrassol in the Massif Central near Riom, where he was to be tried.”

1940: “South of Suez,” a murder mystery co-starring George Tobias was released in the United States by Warner Bros.

1942: Today, during the darkest days of World War II, a proclamation was published  over the signatures of 1,521 outstanding Americans, declaring the moral right of the stateless Jews of Europe and of the Jews of Palestine "to fight -- as they ask to fight -- under the ancient banner of David the King, as the Jewish Army…They renewed the appeal that has been made ineffectively in the last eighteen months against Arab opposition for he separate arming of 200,00 Jews or more in the Middle East.”  The declaration read, in part “The first victims of Hitler’s aggression cannot conceive democracy denying to them participation…in this crusade against barbarism.”

1943: In Manhattan, Edith Hillman Boxill and Dr. Nathan Epstein gave birth to Dr. Paul Epstein, “a public health expert who was among the first to warn of a link between the spread of infectious disease and extreme weather events, adding a new dimension to research into the potential impact of global climate change” (As reported by Paul Vitello)

1943: Ill Jewish slave laborers at the Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland, ammunition factory, who are lured from their barracks by Ukrainian guards and SS men promising soup, are gunned down or loaded onto trucks and taken to an execution site elsewhere in the camp. The Ukrainians killed all those they thought were too weak to continue working.

1943: In an example of the law of unintended consequences a planned attempt to assassinate Hitler by a group known as the “Black Band” did not take place today because of the impact of an Allied air attack,

1943: British forces carried out a search at for arms at Ramat Hakovesh. When members of the kibbutz resisted, the situation erupted in violence. The British killed one kibbutznik wounded 35 others and arrested an additional 35 Jews.

1945: Premiere of “The Lost Weekend” the film about an alcoholic directed by Billy Wilder.

1945: A delegation representing the American League for Free Palestine, a Zionist organization, took off from New York today bound for a meeting of the UN in London.

 1945: Yeshiva University came into existence (as a university), making it the first American university under Jewish auspices.

1946: “The Chase,” a film noir produced by Seymour Nebenzal, with a screenplay by Phillip Yordan and music by Michel Michelet was released in the United States toay.

1946: At the Music Box Theatre, the curtain comes down on the final performance of “A Flag Is Born.”

1947: Speaking today on her “World Security Workshop Program” broadcast by ABC, “Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt said today the United States’ support of the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states ‘is fair and correct as you look back on history.’”

1947: The British seized the SS Kadima, one of several ships filled with Jews that tried to run the British blockade of Palestine.  The ship, which was equipped to carry 400 passengers, left Italy filled with 800 Jews desperate to get out of the European DP camps.  The British took control of the ship at Haifa and deported the Jews to the camps at Cyprus where they remained for a year and three months. Mira (Miriam) Shefer was one of the passengers on the ship.  She met her future husband Efriam while on Cyprus.

1948: The Arabs continue to insist on not recognizing Israel.

1948: The UN Security Council demands that Israel and Egypt negotiate Negev armistice directly or through UN mediator Ralph Bunche. This demand does not alter previous order calling for demilitarization of Negev.

1948(14th of Cheshvan, 5709): Former California Congresswomen Florence Prag Kahn passed away in San Francisco. Elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative-elect Julius Kahn, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (February 17, 1925-January 3, 1937), she was unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventy-fifth Congress in 1936.

1950: The last of the 500 sets of the The Survivors' Talmud (also known as the U.S. Army Talmud) was an edition of the Talmud published in the U.S. Zone of Allied-occupied Germany on behalf of Holocaust survivors housed in displaced persons (DP) camps” were printed today.

1952: Eighty-four year old Charles Maurras the French leader whose anti-Semitism stretched from Dreyfus to Leon Blum to supporting Vichy passed away today.

1954: “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” a popular song played incessantly in the United States from Thanksgiving to Christmas with lyrics by Al Stillman was recorded today.

1955(1st of Kislev, 5716): Rosh Chodesh Kislev

1958: Birthdate of actress Marg Helgenberger, the Catholic wife of the Jewish actor Alan Rosenberg who was President of the Screen Actors’ Guild. Helgenberger is credited with the following quip: “I'm Catholic, he's Jewish, and it was just easier to elope.”

1959: David Susskind produced “The Waltz of the Toreadors” on “The Play of the Week.”

1959: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ''The Sound of Music'' opened on Broadway. Two Jewish writers created a Broadway (and later cinematic) box office hit about a failed Catholic Nun who married an Austrian nobleman and then escaped the Nazis. Theodore Bikel played the lead role as Baron von Trapp. Many of you remember Bikel for his portrayal of Tevya in “Fiddler on the Roof” and for his numerous recordings of a wide variety of folk music including authentic melodies from Russia and Israel. Bikel was born in Vienna. His family moved to Palestine in the 1930’s to escape the rising tide of European anti-Semitism. So his portrayal of von Trapp struck a responsive personal chord. And all of the action in the played happened while everybody was singing a raft of very memorable tunes. Only in America!

1961: “Summer and Smoke” a film adaptation of the play by the same name produced by Hal Wallis, starring Laurence Harvey with music by Elmer Bernstein was released in the United States today.

1965(21st of Cheshvan, 5726): Fifty-year old chess master Albert Charles Simonson who “was part of the American team which won the gold medals at the 1933 Chess Olympiad” passed away today.

1968: “The Legend of Lylah Clare” featuring Milton Selzer as “Bart Langer” was released in the United States today by MGM.

1969: The New York Times features a review of the novel, “Phoenix Over the Galilee” by Ka-tzetnik 134633; translated from the Hebrew by Nina de-Nur. “Ka-tzetnik was the slang used to designate a prisoner in a Nazi death camp.  Ka-tzetnik 135633 was an inmate of Auschwitz.” (As reported by John Reed)

1970: At a board meeting of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim of Montreal Dr. Solomon reported on meeting with Lazarus Phillips and Jack Shacter as the congregation grappled with a financial shortfall.

1972: “Applause,” a musical with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and a score by Charles Strouse opened in the West End at Her Majesty's Theatre today and ran for 382 performances with Lauren Bacall in the lead role.

1972: “I and Albert” a musical based on the lives of Victoria and Albert by Charles Strouse “debuted in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre” today.

1977: U.S. premiere of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of a Third Kind” produced by Julia Phillips co-starring Richard Dreyfus.

1977: Menachem Begin met with his cabinet to discuss developments since the dramatic announcement in the Egyptian parliament the week before by President Anwar Sadat that he was to speak before the Knesset to achieve peace. General Ephraim Poran, and aide to Begin told Colonel Menachem Milson that he had been chosen to serve as aide-de-camp to Sadat should he actually make the trip to Israel.

1977: Arnold Wesker’s “The Merchant” with Joseph Leon playing Shylock and Marian Seldes as Shylock’s sister opened at New York’s Plymouth Theatre.  Zero Mostel had originally been casted in the role but he passed away before the Broadway production opened.

1978: Jacob Landau delivered the convocation address at Colby College entitled “The State of the First Amendment.”

1980(8th of Kislev, 5741): Eighty-two year old six-time Tony Award winning scenic designer Boris Aronson passed away today.

1980(8th of Kislev, 5741): Sixty-seven year old Philadelphia native and Harvard and U of Pennsylvania alum Morris Pfaelzer, a WW II veteran and California lawyer passed away today.

1982(30th of Cheshvan, 5743) Rosh Chodesh Kislev

1984(21st of Cheshvan, 5745): Seventy-nine year old Croatian Zionist Arnold Kohn, “the longtime President of the Jewish community of Osijek who was the only member of his immediate family to survive Auschwitz passed away today.

1984(21st of Cheshvan, 5745) Sixty-six year old Washington, DC born cellist Leonard Rose passed away today. (As reported by Tim Page)

1985: “My Beautiful Launderette” a comedy starring Daniel Day-Lewis with music by Hans Zimmer was released today in the United Kingdom.

1988: ABC broadcast the third episode of “War and Remembrance,” “an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name written by Herman Wouk”

1996: “Jingle All the Way” a Christmas comedy featuring Laraine Newman and Harvey Korman with music by David Newman premiered today at the Mall of America.

1997: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or about topics of Jewish interest including The Illustrated History of the Jewish People, edited by Nicholas de Lange and A Director Calls by Wendy Lesser

1999: Martin Indyk was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

1999: The meeting of the General Assembly Of United Jewish Communities opens today in Atlanta, GA.

2000: It was reported today that during Senator-elect Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Knesset she could hear Palestinian gunman firing into the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilonow.

2001: Ronald Lauder opened the Neue Galerie in New York, an art museum a few blocks away from the Metropolitan Museum, dedicated to art from Germany and Austria from the early 20th century.

2003: The New York Times book section features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or on topics of special Jewish interest including Desire and Delusion: Three Novellas by Arthur Schnitzler, selected and translated by Margret Schaefer

2005: The Jerusalem Post reported that “in a move meant to pave the way for its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), Saudi Arabia cancelled its economic embargo against Israel. Israel is a member of the WTO. Under the bylaws of the WTO charter, no member nation may impose an economic embargo on another member state. As a member of the Arab League, Saudi Arabia participated in a joint embargo on Israel for many years, despite its desire to enter the organization. During 12 years of negotiations with the WTO, the Arab nation had refused to lift its embargo against Israel.” The Director General of the WTO described Saudi Arabia’s decision as being an historic event that will pave the way for Saudi entrance into the trade organization next month.

2005: In “A shy wunderkind, Stephen Feinberg” Eytan Avriel described the business workings of the CEO of Cerberus.

2006: Nathan Cooper auditions for Chair Placement at the 60th annual All-State Music Festival Nathan Cooper of Cedar Rapids Jefferson and a stalwart member of the Cedar Rapids Jewish community, is one of a thousand outstanding high school musicians who have been chosen to participate in this major cultural event at Iowa State University

2006: Ross Posnock appeared at the Columbia University Bookstore for a discussion and signing of his new book, Philip Roth's Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity

2006: British religious and architectural charities appealed for help saving the country’s struggling synagogues as they marked the 350th anniversary of the resettlement of Jews in England after they were expelled by King Edward I.

2006(25th of Cheshvan, 5767): Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman passed away at the age of 94.(As reported by Holcomb Noble)

2006: National Jewish Book Month begins.

2007(6th of Kislev, 5768): Ninety-six year old Victor Rabinowitz, “a leftist lawyer whose causes and clients over nearly three-quarters of a century ranged from labor unions to Black Panthers to Cuba to Dashiell Hammett to Dr. Benjamin Spock to his own daughter” passed away today.(As reported by Douglas Martin)

2007: Guest Conductor Roni Porat leads the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra an all-Mozart program, including Abduction from the Seraglio Overture, Symphony No. 35 in D Major (Haffner), Serenade no. 6 in D Major and Serenata Notturna.

2007: After premiering at the Telluride Film Festival, “Margot at the Wedding” written and directed by Noah Baumbach and co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black was released today in the United States.

2007: Adi Shamir, a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and one of the world’s most prominent cryptographers issued a warning about a hypothetical scenario in which a math error in a widely used computing chip places the security of the global electronic commerce system at risk.

2007(16th of Kislev, 5768): Maine native Harold Alfond, philanthropist and Dexter Shoe founder passes away at the age of 93.

2007: It is time for another round of Dueling Jewish Economists. While on a trip to London, Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist said the U.S. economy risks tumbling into recession because of the “mess” left by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Greenspan defended his record and said that Stiglitz’s criticisms are “inaccurate or incomplete.”

2007: The Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign affairs announced that Reb Nachman’s grave in Uman is a cultural site and cannot be sold. The announcement provides comfort to the followers of Breslov Chasidism that the grave site would sold to private parties for commercial exploitation.

2008: Today’s issue of Makor Rishon contains Ya'akov Bar-On's interview with former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau who recently became Chairman of the Board of Yad Vashem. In this informative interview, Rabbi Lau spoke about the meeting in March 1946 between Chief Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog and Pope Pius XII.At this audience, Rabbi Herzog entreated the Pope to make a public declaration to churches, monasteries and Catholic families which had rescued Jewish children to return them to their people. "To this day," Rabbi Lau stated, "no such declaration has been made."It is clear that the conversation went badly and that for Rabbi Herzog the encounter must have been distasteful. Lau related that, at the conclusion of his audience, the Chief Rabbi asked to be taken directly to the mikve teharah, the ritual immersion bath. A member of his entourage told that "he felt a need to immerse himself in purifying water." Meeting a clergyman of another faith is definitely not a reason for ritual immersion, so Herzog's request was original and extraordinary. Through this silent and symbolic deed, the Chief Rabbi revealed his feelings after being in the presence of Pope Pius XII. Separately, we have an additional piece of fragmentary information indicating that Rabbi Herzog was profoundly shaken by this failure. During a lecture at the Darkhei No'am yeshiva in Jerusalem, Rabbi Beryl Wein, recounted that, shortly after his visit to Rome, Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog came to Chicago. There, Rabbi Herzog publicly wept because he had failed to recover the Jewish children in Catholic institutions. Rabbi Herzog's efforts have not been generally known. One of the challenges for historians of this generation will be to discover more pieces of the larger story and asses their significance. Hopefully, new information will come to light so that we may learn more about the fateful struggle to recover the Jewish war orphans in Europe after the Holocaust. This was a contest which seems to have been lost.

2008: The Jewish Reconstructionist (JRF) Biennial Convention comes to a close in Boston, Mass.

2008: Final performance by the Inbal Dance Company of “Shaker.” This collaboration between Inbal Pinto and Avshalam Pollak looks and feels like an eerily beautiful winter day. It is a dance-theater piece rich in poetic imagination, interspersed with unique humor and covered with snowflakes. This magical work is intended to make you feel as though you have entered the enchanted world inside a snow globe.

2008: The 32nd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show which featured 23 Israeli artists comes to an end.

2008: Congregation Beth Judea’s Family Education Weekend comes to a close in Long Grove, Il.

2008: In Chicago, the Spertus presents a lecture entitled “What Is Literary Archaeology?”

during which Yair Zakovitch, Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University, discusses “how biblical narratives are designed to deliver messages” and explores “how these accounts may reflect only one version of a complex and multifaceted story.” Zakovitch’s most recent book is entitled That’s Not What the Good Book Says written with Avigdor Shinan.

2008: The New York Times book section features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or on topics concerning Jews or Judaism including Friendly Fire: A Duet by A. B. Yehoshua; translated by Stuart Schoffman and Chagall: A Biography by Jackie Wullschlager.

2008(18th of Cheshvan, 5769): The emotional legal battle over whether to keep a 12-year-old New York boy on life support at Children's National Medical Center ended early today after the boy's heart stopped beating, a lawyer for the boy's family said today. Motl Brody, who had been hospitalized in Northwest Washington with brain cancer since June 1, was buried near his Brooklyn home today after a private funeral, said the family's lawyer, Jeffrey I. Zuckerman

2008: Ami Ayalon announced he would be leaving the Labor Party for the left-wing religious Meimad party

2009: Columbia University's Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies and American Studies Program together with The Library of America present an evening with Meir Shalev Israeli Novelist, Essayist and Columnist who will discuss “The State of Israeli Literature.”

2009: Letters of Conscience: Raphael Lemkin and the Quest to End Genocide opens at Yeshiva University Museum.

2009: Noralee Frankel discusses and signs Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C.

2009: Journalist Ariel Sabar discusses and signs his memoir, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq as part of the Schapiro Lecture Series held at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Baltimore, Md.,

2009: After the revival of his play “Brighton Beach Memoirs” closed a week after it opened, Time magazine quotes Neil Simon as saying “After all these years, I still don’t get how Broadway Works.”

2009(29th of Cheshvan, 5770): Sixty-eight year old “Bobby Frankel, one of the most successful American thoroughbred trainers of the last 40 years, whose horses included the champions Bertrando, Ghostzapper and Empire Maker, the winner of the 2003 Belmont Stakes, died today. (As reported by William Grimes)

2009: Excerpts of the diaries kept by Claretta petacci, Benito Mussolini's mistress, were published today that showed the Italian dictator to be "a fierce anti-Semite who proudly said that his hatred for Jews preceded Adolf Hitler's and vowed to 'destroy them all.'"

2010: Dr. Laurie Ann Levin author of God, The Universe: Where I Fit and Rebecca Rosen author of Spirited are scheduled to speak at the 19th Annual Book Festival of the MJCAA in Atlanta, GA

2010: The New York Times featured a review of Cynthia Ozick sixth novel, Foreign Bodies.

2010(9th of Kislev, 5771): Ronni Chasen was murdered today.  Born in 1946 she was called "Hollywood's ultimate old-school publicist" by Los Angeles Times film critic Patrick Goldstein in an article posted about Ms. Chasen's murder.

2010: Montclair philanthropist Josh Weston was named an honorary fellow of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo as part of today’s ceremony dedicating the institution’s Josh and Judy Weston School of Management and Economics Building.

2011: Martin Fletcher, author of “The List” and David Javerbaum, author of “The Last Testament” are scheduled to appear at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.

2011: David Amram was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and given their Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award for his sixty year career as one of the first jazz French hornists, a multi-instrumentalist, a pioneer of world music, a scat singer, the creator with author Jack Kerouac of Jazz Poetry in 1957, and one of the first conductors to bring the worlds of jazz and classical music together during the past fifty years.

2011: “Max Schmeling,” a film about the German boxer that includes tales of how he worked to save Jews, is scheduled to be shown at the Jewish Eye World Jewish Film Festival.

2011: The meeting of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors is scheduled to come to an end in Argentina.

2011: Joshua Maroof  the rabbi at Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Rockville, Maryland is scheduled to  give the first in a series of lectures entitled “Ezekiel: Prophet of Majesty, Mystery, and Hope.”

2011: A trio featuring Liza Stepanova – piano; Michael Katz – cello; Balazs Rumy – Clarinet is scheduled to perform this evening at Agudas Achim in Iowa City, Iowa.

2011: Iran today denied press speculation that Israel was behind the explosion at a military base near Tehran which killed 17 members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). occupying regime," Firouzabadi was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA.

2011: Thousands of aging Holocaust survivors in the U.S. ¬want Congress to clear a path for them to sue European insurance companies they contend illegally confiscated Jewish life insurance policies during the Nazi era and have refused to pay an estimated $20 billion still owed. A hearing is scheduled today in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a bill that would provide the survivors with access to U.S. ¬courts and also force companies such as Germany's Allianz SE and Italy's Assicurazioni Generali to disclose lists of policies held by Jews before World War II.

2011: For the fourth time in the past month, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the UN Security Council condemning the continuing rocket fire emanating from the Gaza Strip.

2011(19th of Cheshvan, 5772): Eighty-eight year old “Irwin Schneiderman, a lawyer and a philanthropic leader who guided the New York City Opera through a decade of ups and downs” passed away today. (As reported by Douglas Martin)

2012: Dr. Jenny Carson of the University of Manchester is scheduled to a lecture entitled “Quaker Service: The Friends Relief Service in Post-War Europe” at the Weiner Library in London.  “Friends Relief Service (FRSO ‘Team 100’ was one of the first relief teams to enter the newly liberated “Camp of Bergen Belsen.”

 2012(2nd of Kislev): On the Hebrew calendar in ancient Israel today would be proclaimed as a fast day if the rains had not begun to fall

2012: As Operation Pillar of Defense continues, Israeli officials have placed limitations on those who can attend services at the mosque on the Temple Mount as a pro-active measure to avoid outbreaks of violence. 

2012: Kathe & Gary Goldstein, pillars of the Cedar Rapids Jewish Community celebrate the birth of their second grandchild, the daughter of Chava and Stephen Rosenbaum.

2012: As Jews around the world prepare to observe Shabbat, their hopes and prayers are with their co-religionists in Israel who have been subjected to rockets attacks for several weeks by Hamas which is dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state and have been forced to take military measures to defend themselves.

2012: Councilors selected Michael Mark Applebaum to serve as interim Mayor of Montreal.

2012: “An Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system” was “placed in the Dan region” today.

2012: Two rockets landed outside of Jerusalem this evening as sirens rang out, causing no injuries or damage. Police reported there was "no indication" that rockets landed in the city, stating that "most likely, the rockets landed in an open area outside of Jerusalem."

2012: Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the IDF's request this evening to increase the maximum number of reservists it could enlist, seeking cabinet approval to mobilize up to 75,000 troops ahead of a possible Gaza ground operation.

2013: In Olney, MD, Shaare Tefila is scheduled to host is annual Chanukah Celebration and Talent Show.

2013: In Herndon, VA, Congregation Beth Emeth hosts an evening with Stacey Beyer, “one of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Starts of New Jewish Music.

2013: “Arabani” and “Dancing In Jaffa” are scheduled to be shown at the 7th annual Other Israel Film Festival.

2013: Provincial governor Hilario David III visited the the hospital in Bogo where he thanked “Israel for sending the medical team to the Philippines which was hammered by Typhoon Heiyan last week.” (As reported by Tova Dvorin)

2013: Members of the IDF met with Phillipine officials to determine the best way to get aid to the devasted resident of Cebu in the wake Typhoon Heiyan.

2013(13th of Kislev, 5774): Ninety year old Yehiel Kadishai, a confidant and ally of Menachem Begin, passed away today.

2013(13th of Kislev, 5774: Eighty-nine year old Louis D. Rubin, Jr. “a champion of Southern Literature” passed away today.

2014: The New York Times features books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including William Wells Brown: An African American Life by Ezra Greenspan and the recently released paperback edition of The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen with Paul Reitter and Daniel Kehlmann.

2014: The Skirball is scheduled to present “The People vs. Abraham” where prosecutor Eliot Spitzer will charge the patriarch defended by Alan Dershowitz with “attempted murder and child endangerment.”

2014: In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Center for Jewish History is scheduled to present “Jews and the Berlin Wall.”

2014: Global Day of Jewish Learning, a project of the Aleph Society is scheduled to take place today.

2014: The Beth El Women of Reform Judaism (BE-WRJ) and the Brandeis National Committee Northern Virginia Chapter are scheduled to host an afternoon with Rabbi Roger Herst author of Rabbi Gabrielle’s Scandal, Dr. Stanton Samenow author of Inside the Criminal Mind, Chervis Isom author of The Newspaper Boy, Leslie Maitland author of Crossing the Borders of Time and Beyhan Cargi author of The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl.

2014: A thirty-two year old member of the Breslov Hassidic sect was stabbed in the back by an Arab man wielding a screw driver as he walked along a street in Jerusalem this evening.

2014: Israel defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 tonight in the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying group B soccer match.

2014(23rd of Cheshvan): Sixty-two year old Charley J. Levine, founder and CEO of Lone Star Communications who traded in the Lone Star State for living under the Star of David  passed away today.

2015(4t of Kislev, 5776): Eight-eight year old Seymour Lipkin, whose breakthrough came when at the age of 20, “he won first prize in the Rachmaninoff Fund Piano Contest” passed away today. (As reported by Margalit Fox)

2015: “Labyrinth of Lies” and “To Life!” are scheduled to be shown in Sydney during the Jewish International Film Festival.

2015: “Director Steven Spielberg, Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman, singer Barbra Streisand, and playwright Stephen Sondheim were among the 17 recipients of the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom announced” today.

2015: “HAGIGA – The Story of Israeli Cinema” is scheduled to be shown in Los Angeles at the 29th Israel Film Festival.

2015: “Poland’s last Yiddish feature film, Our Children” is scheduled to be shown today as part of the program “First Response: Postwar Cinema and the Holocaust”

2016: The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is scheduled to present “Out of the Ghetto: Struggle, Resistance, and the Human Spirit, The Ringelblum Archive Publication Project” during which “historian Eleonora Bergman (Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw) will discuss the monumental project to publish the entire Oyneg-Shabes Archive, secretly gathered in the Warsaw Ghetto by Emanuel Ringelblum and colleagues.”

2016: The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center is scheduled to “what Is Israel’s Story Really About?” – a conversation with Dr. Daniel Gordis and Jonathan Greenblatt.

2016” Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels is scheduled to lead a tour Yeshiva University Museum’s newest exhibition – “Uncommon Threads: Clothing and Textiles.”

2016: Historic Congregation Or VeShalom is the scheduled destination for today’s Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours.

2016: “A delegation led by US Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, is in Israel through this evening to witness latest local developments in emergency responsiveness.

2016: “The world’s earliest-know complete stone inscription of the Ten Commandments, described as a ‘national treasure’ of Israel sold at auction today in Beverly Hills for $850,000.”

2016: Leonard Cohen’s manager, Robert B. Kory “offered more details about his client’s death today saying that he “died during this sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7” and that “the death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful.”

2016: “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Fever At Dawn” are scheduled to be shown at Melbourne as part of the Jewish International Film Festival.

2016: Neshama Carlbach is scheduled to host a concert in commemoration of the 22nd Yahrzeit of her Father, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, ZT”L featuring the singing of Abbie Strauss

2017: The Oxford University Jewish Society is scheduled to host an “in-depth text-based Gemara learning” session today “before the weekday meal.”

2017: Ashe Salah is scheduled to lecture on the 18th century travels of two Jews who left the Roman Ghetto – Amadio Abbina and Sabato Isacco Ambron at the Center for Jewish History.

2017: “Remember Baghdad” and “My Mother’s Lost Children” are scheduled to be shown at the 21st UK International Jewish Film Festival today.

2017: After the resounding success of last season’s concerts, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is scheduled to come back to Temple Emanu-El in New York this evening.

2017: Jewish Book Month, an annual event that provides us with a chance to contemplate the lives of Jewish authors such as Chaim Potok, whose works included The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev,  and Jewish books for the next thirty days is scheduled to continue for a fifth day.











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