As the emperor struggles to make Christianity the state religion of the Roman
Empire he promulgates a law that denies anybody who converts from Christianity
to another religion the right to make a will.
This law may have had some impact on the Jews but the real target were
the Romans who sought to become pagans or Manichaens, followers of the Persian
prophet Mani. (Sometimes Jews are just
“collateral damage” in other people’s struggles for power)
Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. This change from Christian
to Muslim rulers seems to have had little effect on the Jews of Syracuse.
Israelite traders who visited the ancient colony when it was ruled by the
Greeks were probably the first Jews to settle in Syracuse.
Jewish population grew after the destruction of the Second Temple when the
Romans brought Jewish slaves to Sicily.
Life for the Jews of Syracuse would take a negative turn in 1492 when
Sicily came under Spanish domination.
Otto III begins his reign as Holy Roman Emperor which included modern day
Germany. Records exist that show Jews
had been living in Cologne during the reign of Otto’s predecessor, Otto II and
the community grew enough so that a synagogue was constructed in the first
decade of the 11th century.
Thirty Jews were burned in Bosnia, Hungary
Portuguese Marranos were granted permission to settle in Brazil
Frederick William the Hohenzollern the Margrave of Brandenburg readmitted the
Jews to his domain including the capital at Berlin. Although they were
permitted to live and trade where they wished they had to pay a protection tax
of 8 Thalers, and a gold florin for every wedding and funeral. In addition,
Jews were not allowed to sell their houses to other Jews and were only permitted
to have prayer rooms but no Synagogues
John Sobieski was elected by the nobility to be the King of Poland. The Jews of
the Polish town of Przemysl had suffered economic reverses and had been forced
to borrow from nobles prior to John Sobieski’s coming to the throne. In 1678, there was a major fire in the Jewish
section of Premysl and the King John granted them special dispensation from
their debt re-payment so that they could rebuild their portion of the town.
King John would make further extensions for his Jewish subjects because he was
concerned that they would leave the kingdom and take their mercantile and
managerial skills with them.
Thirteen year old Sampson Gideon, the son of Sampson Eardley, 1st
Baron Eardley, “a Jewish banker” and advisor to the British government, was
“created a baronet today.
of Sivan, 5520): As England and France clash during the Seven Years War,
British Jews observe the First Day of Shavuot.
The Jews had been expelled from France so there was nobody in Paris to
observe the festival.
of Iyar, 5529): Pesach Sheni is observed a week after Charles III of Spain had
sent out Spanish missionaries, who found missions in San Diego, Santa Barbara,
San Francisco and Monterey which meant the Inquisition could come to what is
now the state of California.
of Sivan, 5539): Shavuot is observed as Benedict Arnold is beginning his
betrayal of the forces arrayed against the British in the American fight for
In London, New York native Joseph Hart Myers and the former Leah Jacobs gave
birth to Naphtali Hart Myers.
of Sivan, 5558): Two days before the Society of United Irishman, a group
including Protestants and Catholics start a rebellion against British rule,
Jews observe the First Day of Shavuot
French troops under Napoleon retreated from Acre thus ending a two months siege
of the Ottoman held city. The retreat
marked the end of Napoleon’s dream of an eastern empire which included a
promise to the local Jews that Palestine would become their home.
Benjamin Moses Van Praagh married Elizabeth Joseph Speyer today in the United
of Sivan): As the Napoleon faces the Austrians on the first day of the Battle
of Aspern-Essling, Jews observe the first day of Shavuot
of Sivan): Rabbi Aryeh Leib Berlin passed away
of Sivan, 5577): For the first time during the Presidency of the newly
inaugurated James Monroe, Jews in the United States observe Shavuot.
Sander bar Aharon’s wife Rosey Aaron who passed away yesterday was buried today
at the Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.
(NS): Birthdate of Nikolaus von Giers, who served as Foreign Minister while
Alexander III promulgated the infamous May Laws.
In Naples, Carl Mayer von Rothschild and Adelheid von Rothschild gave birth to
Adolph Carl (Karl) Rothschild
of Iyar, 5586): Pesach Sheni observed as the Turks appear to be successful in
putting down the Greek revolt against the Ottoman Empire.
Birthdate of Hermann Byk, the son of Alexander Mendel Byk.
of Iyar, 5589): Lag B’Omer
Jacob Ansell married Rachel Isaacs at the Great Synagogue today.
In Frankfurt-on-Main Solomon Michael Geiger, the eldest brother of Abraham
Geiger and his wife gave birth to philosopher and philologist Lazarus Geiger
In Charleston, SC, Abraham Moise and Caroline Moses gave birth to Edwin Warren
Moise. A Sephardic Jew whose family had made its way from Alsace to the French
Caribbean before settling in South Carolina’s major seaport, pursued a career
as a lawyer, soldier in the CSA and adjutant general in the post-Civil War
Palmetto State. (As reported by Robert N. Rosen)
Nathan Elias married Sarah Moses at the Great Synagogue in London.
of Sivan, 5607): Shavuot
of Iyar, 5608): Lag B’Omer
Lazarus Jacobs married Ann Isaacs at the Great Synagogue in London on the first
day when allowed by Jewish tradition. (See above)
Birthdate of Hermann Frenkel, the Danzig born banker who also a noted art
The New York Times reported that in Germany “the citizens of ‘Luboc’
have referred to a committee a decree of the Senate” that would place Jews on
an equal footing with other citizens.”
The New York Times reported that the Trieste Gazette had published a
letter from Jerusalem dated March 27 in which it described the outbreak of
violence between English missionaries and a group of Jews on March 24. The missionaries had gathered in front of the
Great Synagogue and while the Jews were praying inside they began giving
“speeches against the Jews and the Talmud.
A Jew threw a cat at one of the missionaries which sparked a fight
between the two groups. Eventually, the
English retreated and the Chief Rabbi went to the European consular officials
to protest the offensive behavior.
The Washington Sentinel printed an
editorial entitled “The Jews as Citizens” which said that the “the absence of
applications for relief was…not an index of Jewish affluence” but a result of
the Jewish community providing for the financial needs of their co-religionist.
After noting that Jews were absent from the jails and poorhouses, the
editorialist concluded that Jews “are among the best, most orderly well
disposed of our citizens.”
Fifty-eighty year old Culling Eardley whose support of the Jaffa to Jerusalem
railway was based on his belief that “the railway would serve Christen
missionary activity” caused Moses Montefiore to back away from the project,
passed away today.
of Iyar, 5624): Parashat Behar was read on the same day that the two week
segment of Grant’s Overland Campaign, known as the Battle of Spotsylvania came
to end with Lee’s Army still uncaptured but being forced ever further back on
Birthdate of George Moses Price, the native of Poltava who came to the NYC in
1882 where he earned a medical degree from New York University and became a
leader in the field of sanitation.
of Sivan, 5626): Second Day of Shavuot
In Baltimore, MD, Max White and Annie Lewin gave birth to Henry “Harry” White a
labor leader in the garment industry who has served as general secretary of the
United Garment Workers of America (AFL) which he help to found since 1896 and
is the Editor of The Garment Worker and
The Weekly Bulletin of the Clothing Trade.
The New York Times features a review of “Lectures on the History of the
Jewish Church Part II” by Arthur P. Stanley in which the author traces the
history of the Jews from Samuel to the Captivity.
Birthdate of Heinrich Brody (German) or Bródy Henrik (Hungarian) “a Hungarian
(after 1918 Czechoslovakian) rabbi. He was born in Ungvár, a town historically
part of Hungary, now of the Ukraine. He was a descendant of Abraham Broda.
Educated in the public schools of his native town and at the rabbinical
colleges of Tolcsva and Pressburg, Hungary, Brody also studied at the
Hildesheimer Theological Seminary and at the University of Berlin, being an
enthusiastic scholar of the Hebrew language and literature. He was for some
time secretary of the literary society Mekiẓe Nirdamim, and in 1896 founded the
"Zeitschrift für Hebräische Bibliographie", of which he was coeditor
with A. Freiman. Brody was the rabbi of the congregation of Náchod, Bohemia and
chief rabbi of Prague (both cities then part of Austria-Hungary), before moving
to Palestine. In Czechoslovakia, he was the leader of the Mizrachi movement. He
passed away in 1942.
Birthdate of Sarah Vasen, the first Jewish woman doctor in Los Angeles and
first superintendent and resident physician of Kaspare Cohn Hospital (later
Cedars-Sinai Hospital) (As reported by Julie Beardsley)
Reverend Howard Crosby delivered an address to group interested in the
exploration of the Holy Land. During his
speech he described plans for an upcoming expedition that hoped to find “the
actual tombs of the Kings, the ark of the covenant and the tables of stone
written on by the fingers of God…”
It was reported today that the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a motion
by Mr. Cox, requesting the President to join with the Italian government in its
protest against the intolerance and cruelty practiced towards the Jews of
One day after he had passed away, 73 year old Abraham Edmon, the son of Eliaser
Abraham and Kitty Emdon, the husband of Lydia David and father of Eleanor Emdon
was buried today at the “Plymouth Hoe Burial Ground.
Mr. Benjamin J. Hart presided over tonight’s annual meeting of the Convention
of the Board of Delegates of American Israelites which was held at the
Forty-fourth-street Synagogue in New York City. The deteriorating condition of
the Jews of Romania dominated most of the evening’s discussion. A letter that Secretary of State Hamilton
Fish had sent to the United States Consul at Bucharest instructing him to intercede
with Romanian government was read to the convention. The delegates outlined a plan of action to
help bring pressure on the Romanians and created a Committee on Immigration to
help those who had been forced to flee to the United States due to the persecution
in Eastern Europe. The delegates voted
to hold the next annual convention in Washington, D.C.
The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin reported that General Henry C. Wayne who
had served the Confederacy as the Adjutant-General of Georgia during the Civil
War, was supporting Grant over Horace Greely in the upcoming Presidential
election. In explaining Southern support for the General who defeated them he
wrote, “We cannot stand being carried in the pockets of a foreign Jew banker
though Tammany finds it a profitable investment.” [The “foreign Jew banker may have been a
reference to August Belmont, who was Chairman of the Democratic Party after the
Civil War. He resigned the post
following the Presidential election of 1872.]
Charles Netter wrote a letter today describing how pupils from Mikveh Israel
who had spent Passover with their parents in Jerusalem “were subject to
persecutions and publicly vilified.”
According to Netter, the parents were urged to withdraw their children
by Rabbis who did not object to Jewish children being sent to schools run by
Protestant missionaries. The rabbinic objection to attendance at Mikveh Israel,
was based on a fear that they would get less in the way of Halukkah funds.
Halukkah refers to funds collected in the galut to support Jews living in
Palestine; a collection that dated back to the Middle Ages. Founded in 1870, Mikveh Israel was the first
agricultural school operated by the Alliance Israelite Universelle.
“The Temple At Jerusalem,” published today reported that more has been written
about The Temple in Jerusalem than any other building in history and that most
of it has been totally inaccurate. The
article included references to modern efforts to map the Temple Mount including
Frederick Catherwood’s survey in 1833 and the even more accurate work done by
Captain Charles Wilson in 1864 and 1865.
Judge P.J. Joachimsen of New York presided over today’s annual convention of
the Board of Delegates of American Israelites in Philadelphia, PA. The report of the executive committee dealt
primarily with the conditions of the Jews of Palestine and Roumania. During the
afternoon, the delegates visited a Jewish hospital and in the evening elected
officers to serve during the coming year.
In Detroit, Michigan, David W. Simons and his wife gave birth to University of
Michigan trained attorney Charles C. Simons and husband of Lillian Bernstein
who was appointed by President Harding to serve as a U.S. District Judge in
of Iyar, 5638): Lag B'Omer
Birthdate of Odessa native and Menshevik leader Lydia Dan, the sister Julius
Martov and the wife of Fyodor Dan who fell afoul of Lenin’s Bolsheviks and went
into exile in 1923, which given the purges of the 1930’s probably saved her
Birthdate of Ada Rosenthal Salus the wife of University of Pennsylvania trained
lawyer and Republican political leader Samuel Salus and the mother of Arthur S.
The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.
Washington business man Adolphus Simeon Solomons, a member of a
prominent Sephardic family, played a key role in the founding of the
humanitarian organization. In fact Clara
Barton called him her "good vice president and kind counselor."
of Sivan, 5645): 2nd day of Shavuot, Yizkor
Birthdate of Samuel E. Paulive, the native of Kalvaria, Lithuania, who came to
the United States in 1897, settled in Massachusetts and became a real estate
and insurance broker as well as a member of the Jewish Welfare Board and the
1886: Construction was begun today for a new Sephardic
synagogue to be used by the Moses Montefiore Congregation.
1886(16th of Iyar): David Gordon passed
away. Born in Vilna in 1831 he was a
supporter of Hibbat Zion and was an editor for HaMaggid, the first Hebrew
Rabbi David Levy officiated at the wedding of Walter Irving Harby of Sumter, SC
and Jacqueline Ellen Levy the daughter of Charles F. Levy at the Hasell Street
The Moses Montefiore Congregation was dedicated in Bloomington, Illinois at a
ceremony which began at four o’clock this this afternoon, erev Shabbat.
The Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorized the transfer of $30,000 from
last year’s balances to be used for the furnishing of the new school to be
opened in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum Building on 77th Street near 3rd
Today, Marcus M. Marks, president of several clothing industry trade
associations and future Manhattan Borough President married “suffragist Esther
Friedman” the mother of his son Johnny Marks, who ironically wrote “Rudolph the
The manager of a “‘Shelter,’ an institution established for the reception” of
Russian Jews arriving in England disputed claims that a large number destitute
refugees are arriving in his country.
According to him, on average, only 20 destitute Jews arrive each week
and nine-tenths of them move on to the United States “or the English colonies.”
The Shelter provides them with enough funds so that they can show they are
capable of earning a living once they arrive at their final destinations.
Among the bills that the Governor Flowers of New York allowed to die today was
one introduced by Assemblyman Stein that would have provided a tax exemption
for the Hebrew Children’s Sanitarium at Rockaway Beach.
Max Cohen has just released by the annual report of the Maimonides Library.
of Sivan, 5653): Shavuot
There were a number of Polish and Russian Jews among the three hundred steerage
passengers aboard the SS Amalfi which had sailed from Hamburg and arrived at
Ellis Island today.
It was reported today that a congregation that has been worshipping at 116
Siegel Street in Brooklyn for several years has been ordered to pay its back
rent to the landlord.
of Iyar, 5657): Eighty-two year old Solomon Solomon Nunes Carvalho, the native
of Charleston, SC and husband of Sarah Miriam Carvalho passed away today in
of Iyar, 5658): Parashat Bamidbar
In Chicago, Fred and Hattie University gave birth to Cornell University
graduate and President of the Chicago Board of Trade Richard Frederick Uhlmann,
the husband of Rosamond Goldman with whom he had three children – Audrey, Janis
William O. Cohn began his service with the U.S. Navy
Richmond residents Nathan Bernstein, Harry Bernstein, Isidore Cohen and Jack Flegenhiemer
were among those who joined the U.S. Military when federal government began the
process of mustering the 2nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry in the
service of the United States.
The will of Aaron Hershfield, which contained bequests to numerous Jewish
charities was executed today naming his son-in-law Daniel P. Hays and his sons
Levi N. and Mitchell Hershfield as executors.
In New York City, Julius and Rose (Lipshitz) Hammer gave birth to businessman
Armand Hammer the owner of Occidental Petroleum who was also an art collector
of Sivan, 5659): Forty-nine year old Leopold S. Levy, a salesman who lived with
his wife on West 26th Street
passed away today in the New York Hospital after having had his skull fractured “at his
home by a crowd of boisterous young men who struck him with a lobster and a tin
Mrs. Leopold S. Levy, the wife of the late Leopold S. Levy is in critical
condition at New York Hospital after having been brought there by a janitress
at her tenement who thwarted her attempt to commit suicide by taking laudanum..
Dr. Felix Adler is scheduled to officiate at the funeral of Julius Hirsch, a
native of Germany who was a partner in the tobacco firm of Hirsch, Victorious
The Hebrew Technical Institute was among the many organizations that endorsed
the Women’s Memorial presented to the just completed Peace Conference held in
New York City.
The Hebrew Free School Associated hosted the confirmation exercises today for
the 118 boys and girls who had completed the six year course of study.
of Iyar, 5660): After having irreparably damaged his health a year ago while
helping to put out a fire at Virginia Tech, 19 year old David Jacobs passed
away today at his parent’s home in Richmond.
Herzl turns to Prime Minister Ernest von Koerber to intervene for the Rumanian
Jews who have no permission to cross the border to Austria.
Anti-Semitic riots broke out in Stolp and Bütow
Herzl dictates the résumé "for the special benefit of the weak
understanding of His Imperial Majesty of the Khalifate."
In Harlem, Russian immigrant Hannah and Max Jaffe gave birth to the fourth and
youngest child, producer and agent Sam Jaffe.
of Iyar, 5662): Pesach Sheni
Birthdate of Mikhail Anatol Litvak, the native of Kiev and refugee from Nazi
German who gained as American filmmaker Anatole Litvak who directed several
films with future Oscar winner but whose finest cinematic moments may have been
the making of a series of film warning of the Nazi menace and the “Why We Fight” series.
During a conversation on this date, Dr. Cyrus Adler of the Smithsonian
Institution, Secretary of the International Jewish Association, and editor of
the Jewish Year Book, discussed the massacre of Jews in Russia,
including the official utterances on the subject by Count Cassinf, the Russian
of Sivan, 5664): Second day of Shavuot, Yizkor
Herzl returns to Vienna after an unsuccessful therapy in Franzensbad.
Birthdate of grocery store owner Arnold Kohn, the native of Dobrovac (now part
of Croatia) and Auschwitz survivor whose community work earned him the “Medal
of the Socialist Alliance of Working People”
It was reported today that the Y.M.H.A. whose employment bureau has filled 593 jobs
will be lead by Directors Dr. Louis Fischer, Simon Gottschall, Kaufman Mandel,
Julius Mayers, Rabbi F. De Sola Mendes, William Brager and Henry F. Toch for
the next three years.
The proprietors of the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel in Atlantic City apologized
to Bertha Rayner Frank for her experience with anti-Jewish discrimination at
In Amsterdam, Alexander Polak, violin builder and concertmaster of the
Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Janet Kiek, who founded the first Home Economics
Budget Bureau gave birth to Fred Polak “one of the founding fathers of future
studies…best known for theorizing the
central role of imagined alternative futures in his classic work The Image
of the Future.”
Birthdate of Guy Édouard Alphonse Paul de Rothschild the Parisian who was the
son of Baron Édouard de Rothschild, who had headed the bank before Baron Guy,
and the great-grandson of James, who founded the French branch of the
Rothschild empire in 1812 (As reported by Paul Lewis)
Birthdate of Luisa Kramer who became Luisa Abrahams when she married Sir
Charles Myer Abrahams.
of Iyar, 5671): Eighty-five year old Solomon Belais, the son of Rabbi Abraham
Belais and Naomi Belais and the husband of Jael Belais passed away in New York.
of Sivan, 5672): Erev Shavuot
David Defilipov, a chemist who was born in the Ukraine, immigrated to the
United States at the beginning of the twentieth century and Sonia née
Gerdstein, gave birth to “singer, director, producer and impresario Edis De
Philippe, who founded the Israel National Opera Company in 1947 and ran it with
an iron hand until her death.” (Jewish Women’s Archives)
of Iyar, 5673): Pesach Sheni
of Iyar, 5673): Sixty-five year old merchant Herman Shwarz passed away today in
“While the Fulton County Grand Jury was considering evidence of the murder of
14 year old Mary Phagan today, disclosures showed that the case had become
entangled in a local political fight involving the war that has been waged
against Chief of Police Beavers.”
of Iyar, 5673): Fifty-nine year old wholesale grocer Isaac Horner passed a way
today in Chicago.
In Vilna, Mina Owczyńska,a Litvak actress from Švenčionys and Arieh-Leib Kacew
a businessman from Trakai gave birth to Roman Kacew who gained fame a novelist
“The charge of ‘ritual murder’ in connection with the killing last December 9
of Yoshel Pashkoff at Fastoff, 40 miles from Kiev, was abandoned today by the
Public Prosecutior” since “after investigation authorities decided that the
murder was an ordinary crime.”
Rabbi Leventhal is scheduled to deliver a talk at the semi-annual examinations
of the Hebrew Free School in Camden, NJ.
“Judge Arthur G. Powell, a former member of the State Court of Appeals” wrote
to Govern Slaton and the Prison Commission declaring his conviction that Leo M.
Frank did not murder Mary Phagan” and “as an intimate friend of the late Judge
Roan who presided at Frank’s Trial” asserted “that Judge Roan did not believe
Frank was guilty.”
Samuel Sonnenschein who has been locked up in Ludlow Street Jail “because he
could not pay a judgment for $169” was still a prisoner tonight despite
“efforts” being “made by the United Hebrew Charities to get a surety bond for
As of today, “there are said to be several hundred petitions in circulation in
Atlanta” and hundreds of others” in the rest of the state asking Governor
Slaton to commute Leo Frank’s death sentence
of Iyar, 5676): Lag B’Omer
Birthdate of Joseph Janni, the native of Milan who immigrated to England in
1939 and after a brief internment on the Isle of Man began decades-long career
as a British movie producer.
U. of Michigan trained attorney Arthur Marowitz, the Omaha born son of Harry
and Anna Marowitz who served as the Director of the Assoc. Jewish Charities,
the Secretary of the Jewish War Victims Relief committee and the organizer and
president of the El Dorado Lodge of B’nai B’rith married Esther Epstein, the
mother of his son “Milton Harley.”
“Histadrut Ibrith,” an organization dedicated to the “revival of the Hebrew
Language and Culture” was organized today with offices in New York City
Birthdate of novelist Harold Robbins author of a series of bestsellers
including Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers and Betsy.
The Hebrew Sheltering Home was dedicated in Chicago, Illinois.
The Jewish Home for the Aged was dedicated in New Haven, CT.
The Central Jewish Institute was dedicated in New York City.
Mr. Louis Marshal had come to Chicago to “address the War Sufferers’ mass
meeting” spoke at luncheon at the Hotel La Salle sponsored by the Chicago
Branch of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America which was attended by Mrs.
Benjamin Davis, Max Schulman, Nathan D. Kaplan, S.P. Platt, Nathan Shure and
A.S. Roe among others.
In London, Solomon Kirsten, the husband of Sarah Kirsten with whom he had had
eight children was buried today at the “Plashet Jewish Cemetery.”
The Great Atlanta Fire destroyed over 300 acres and 2,000 homes in Georgia and
the South’s leading metropolis. The fire was confined primarily to the city’s
Fourth Ward, which had a significant Jewish population on its north side.
Following the fire Rich’s, the Jewish owned department store “assisted bereaved
customers financially, even providing burial clothes for many of the victims”
without regard to whom they were.
According to the Provisional Executive Committee for General Zionist Affairs,
the German People’s Party is pressuring the government to close “the old
frontiers of Germany” to any Jewish settlers coming from Poland, Courland and
Lithuania, all of which have been occupied by the German Army during the course
of the World War.
of Iyar, 5679): In Pittsburgh, Jacob Affelder, the husband of Kate Affelder and
the father of Minnie, Morris, Louis, Oscar, William and Harry Affelder passed
“Mourning Turned to Thanksgiving in Jerusalem” published today reported that “the
shofar was sounded in Jerusalem when the news of the restoration of the Jewish
National Homeland through Great Britain’s mandate over Palestine reached the
Jewish quarter of the Holy City, the first time in 2,000 years of Jewish
history that the trumpet of hope was ever heard outside of the ceremonies of
the two most sacred Jewish holidays, the Day of Atonement and the New Year.”
of Iyar): Author Akiva Fleischman passed away.
“Hundreds of Ku Klux Klansmen marched through downtown Dallas, singing “Onward
Christian Soldiers” as they passed the Majestic Theatre” during a decade when
the Jewish community feared for its physical well-being as this hood band of
rightwing bigots and racist exercised political power based on the same kind of
coercion and nativism that would wash across the streets of Germany in the
Birthdate of New York art dealer and historian Louis Pollack.
Birthdate of Harold Lane David, the son of Jewish immigrant who owned a
Brooklyn delicatessen owner, later known as Hal David the award winning
lyricist who created such musical questions as What’s it all about?,” “What’s
new, pussycat?,” “Do you know the way to San Jose?” and “What do you get when
you fall in love?,” (As reported by Rob Hoerburger)
Birthdate of Eugene Harold Ehrlich, a self-educated lexicographer who wrote 40
dictionaries, thesauruses and phrase books for the “extraordinarily literate,”
not to mention people just hoping to sound that way. (As reported by Douglas
of Sivan, 5683): Shavuot
“Aren’t We All?” a comedy featuring Leslie Howard premiered on Broadway today.
For the first time (but not the last) Stanley Baldwin becomes Prime Minister of
Great Britain following the resignation of Arthur Bonar Law. Baldwin will serve in this capacity, off and
one throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s. He
is viewed as one of those politicians who turned a blind eye to the rise of
Hitler and Mussolini and thus helped to bring on World War II with all that
that would mean for the Jewish people.
On the other hand, in 1938, a year after he left office, Baldwin “led a
major appeal to provide financial assistance for Jewish refugees from Nazi
Seventy-five year old Ferdinand Esterhazy, the French officer who was the
traitor selling secrets to the Prussians – a crime for which Dreyfus was
wrongfully convicted – died today.
University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murdered
14-year-old Bobby Franks in a "thrill killing." The two killers and their victim were all
members of wealthy Jewish families.
Lord Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer is named High Commissioner in Palestine.
Born in 1857, Plumer had a long, distinguished career in the British
Army. He actually was one of the few competent commanding officers on the
Western Front during World War I and was promoted to the rank of Field Marshall
after the Armistice. The appointment to Palestine came when he was 68 and
lasted until 1928. He proved to be a capable administrator who resisted
Arab attempts to undermine the terms of the Mandate. The economic down
turn that occurred during his tenure was not of his making. He returned to
England where he served in the House of Lords until his death in 1932.
National Jewish Book is scheduled to begin today.
On the day that Charles Lindbergh completed his trans-Atlantic flight, Jewish
businessman and airplane enthusiast Charles Levin announced that his airplane
would fly farther on a $15,000 transatlantic flight challenge from America to
Germany and carry a passenger.” Levine’s
plane had been sitting the hanger, grounded because of a court battle, when
Lindbergh had taken off for Paris.
Levine would accomplish his goal the following when he flew aboard the
Columbia, as a passenger while Clarence Chamberlin was at the controls.
In Newark, NJ, Dr. Ralph Shapiro and “the former Sylvia Smith, a reporter for
the Newark News” gave birth to Dorthea Shapiro who gained fame as “art
historian and critic” Dore Ashton. (As reported by William Grimes)
of Sivan, 5688): Sixty-seven year old British born American drama critic Alan
Dale, the husband of Carrie L Frost and father of Margaret Dale, who had
changed his name from Alfred J. Cohen passed away today while traveling on a
train headed for his native Birmingham, England
“The first Pacific Coast Jewish Social Service Conference” under the
chairmanship of Mrs. M.C. Sloss” opened this evening at Yosemite Valley, CA
marking “the first time that representatives of all Jewish social service
agencies” serving the entire Pacific coast from the border of Mexico to the
border of Canada have gathered together.
A dinner honoring Dr. H. Peretra Mendes was to have been held this
evening. The dinner was postponed until
The House of Representatives is schedule to consider the Jenkins Bill which is
designed to grant enlarged preference within the
quota to the wives and children of aliens
1929: Today the ballet Le
Fils Prodigue premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt named
“after the renowned actress Sarah Bernhardt, who produced there from 1899 for
nearly two decades.”
Racecar driver Woolf Barnato, the son of Fanny Bees
and Barney Barnato took delivery on “a streamlined fastback” known as the
“Sportsman Coup” which “became known as the Blue Train Bentley.
1932: U.S. premiere of “Attorney for the Defense” produced by
Harry Cohn with a script co-authored by Jo Swerling.
1932: “The Rich Are Always with Us” a romantic comedy produced
by Samuel Bischoff was released in the United States today.
of Sivan, 5694): Second Day of Shavuot
The New York Council of Mizrachi Youth of America is scheduled to hold a
Shavuot celebration tonight at 224 Henry Street with proceeds going toward the
Hachshara farm, a Mizrachi training camp for Palestinian pioneers.
U.S. premiere of “Murder at the Vanities” co-starring Kitty Carlisle.
Dr. I. Mortimer Bloom is scheduled to deliver a sermons today entitled
"Pilgrims of Eternity" at Temple Oheb Sholom on West 93rd
Rabbi Milton Steinberg is scheduled to deliver a sermon entitled "Time and
Religion" at the Park Avenue Synagogue.
Dr. Samuel Benjamin is scheduled to deliver a sermon entitled "Jews
Without Memory;" at Congregation Hope of Israel in the Bronx.
Rabbi Solomon Reichman is scheduled to deliver a sermon entitled "Sinai-a
Symbol of Israel" at the Bronx Y. M. and Y. W. H. A.
Rabbi Robert Gordis is scheduled to officiate at Yizkor services today at
Temple Beth-El, Rockaway Park.
Rabbi Henry Fisher is schedule to deliver a sermon entitled “Belief and
Practice” at Congregation Derech Emunoh.
“Murder at the Vanities” a musical starring Kitty Carlisle was released in the
United States today.
A crowd of Arabs fired from the hilltops on a Jewish-operated bus coming from
Tel Aviv seriously wounding a Jewish man and girl. According to officials at Jerusalem’s
Hadassah Hospital, dum-dum bullets had been used by the Arab attackers.
Two British soldiers were wounded by Arabs when the Cameron Highlanders were
attacked 12 miles outside of Jerusalem as they attempted to restore order along
It was reported today, that in the wake of Arab attacks, “only 200 Jewish
families out of a former total Jewish population of 5,000 remained in the Old
1938: In Poland, the ruling party adopted "13
articles pertaining to Jewish affairs," stating that the Jews are 'an
element which hinders the normal development of the forces of the Polish nation
In a column published in Davar the pro-labor Hebrew language newspaper,
David Ben Gurion said of the White Paper, “This document is not the final word
of the British people. This document
meanwhile is only a proposal of their government. The conscience of Britain and the whole world
still can be awakened.” [Ed. Note: This time B-G got it wrong]
1939: The British arrest the Irgun
leadership, including Commander David Raziel. In February, 1938 the
Revisionists under Jabotinsky had held a Zionist Congress in Prague. They
rejected the notion that Jews could not settle on either side of the
Jordan. More importantly, after two years of Arab violence they decided
that the Jewish Agency’s policy of restraint was not working. The
Irgun was to respond to each act of Arab violence with force and alacrity.
The increased tempo of attacks against the British and Arabs must be viewed
against the backdrop of the times: the worsening situation of the Jews in
Europe, the issuance of the White Paper that would close Palestine to the Jews
and guarantee a permanent Arab majority and the unabated violence of the
Arabs. The Irgun and the Revisionists did not reflect the majority view
of the Jewish population. Finally, in 1948, Ben Gurion took military
action to bring the Irgun under control. Ironically, Menachem Begin, the
leader of Irgun, would be the right wing politician who broke the hold of the
Labor Zionists on the Israeli government.
Chairman Willem Vogt fired all Jewish employees at AVRO, the Dutch broadcasting
Dutch Singer and Nazi collaborator Johan Heesters visited Dachau concentration
collaborationist group, Nederlandse
Arbeids Dienst (Dutch Labor Service), is established in Holland.
of Sivan, 5702): Erev Shavuot
of Sivan, 5702): In Koritz, on the eve of Shavuot, 2,200 Jews were taken
to the edge of town and shot into pre-dug pits. The dead included the wife and
13 year old daughter of Moshe Gildenman who was soon to become famous as the
partisan “Uncle (Dyadya) Misha”.
Gildenman succeeded in escaping with his son, Simcha, and a few others with one
pistol and five rounds of ammunition. His groups slowly grew in strength and
were eventually absorbed into Saburov’s brigade group. They were always known
as Uncle Misha’s Jewish groups. During the war, Gildenman received the Order of
the Red Star and finished the war with his son in Berlin. After the war, his
son returned to Koretz and upon meeting the Ukrainian who killed his mother and
sister - shot him.
Release date for “Tortilla Flat co-starring Hedy Lammar and John Garfield,
featuring Sheldon Leonard, with a script co-authored by Benjamin Glazer and
music by Frank Loesser and Franz Waxman.
Birthdate of CUNY philosophy professor Michael Levin, the husband of Professor
Denise Madeline Bloch, the French Jewess who would be murdered at Ravensbruck
because she an SOE agent, arrived in London after a twenty-two day trip across
of Iyar, 5703): Three thousand Jews driven from Brody, Ukraine, to a
waiting transport train revolt, killing four Ukrainians and a few Germans. Many
of the Jews break free after being put on the train, only to be machine-gunned.
The remainder is killed upon arrival at the Majdanek death camp.
of Iyar, 5703): Members of the Jewish community at Drogobych, Ukraine,
are exterminated in the Bronica Forest
The SS President Warfield, a packet
steamer built in the 1920’s to carry passengers and cargo between Norfolk and
Baltimore (sheltered waters), was returned by the British so she could serve in
the U.S. Navy. The Warfield would become famous as the SS Exodus.
of Iyar, 5704): Forty-five year old WW I Marne veteran Errold Baum Lapowski,
the Gainesville, TX born son of Nathan and Eva Lapowski, the husband of Eleanor
Lapowski and the father of Jean and Emily Lapowski passed away today after
which he was buried at the Temple Mt. Sinai Cemetery in El Paso, TX.
of Iyar, 5704): A day after her husband famed Austrian biologist Hans Leo
Przibram died at Theresienstadt, his wife Elizabeth committed suicide.
The Gestapo imprisons all 260 Jews of Canea, Crete, at Rethymnon, Crete
Members of the Jewish Brigade posed for a photo with trucks from the Beriha
Today, many liberated survivors continue to live at the Dachau concentration
camp two weeks after the end of the war.
German war criminal Heinrich Himmler was captured
Lauren Bacall (born Betty Pinsker) and Humphrey Bogart were married. (She
was Jewish; Bogy was not.)
“Flight from Folly” a British musical filmed by cinematographer Otto Heller and
with music by Benjamin Frankel was released in the United Kingdom today.
One of several post-war Hungarian pogroms took place today at Kunadaras where
peasants murdered two Jews and wounded eighteen others.
“William Gallacher, Communist member of the House of Commons, was ignored today
during a discussion of Palestine when he asked this question: "In view of
the fact that the mandate laid it down that Palestine was to be provided as a
home for the Jews how then could there be such a thing as an 'illegal
“Haganah, which has long been sitting on the sidelines merely watching
developments, sent a punitive expedition tonight against Arab brigands
operating against Jewish settlers in the Petah Tiqva area near Tel Aviv.(Editor’s
note – Brigands, what nice word for terrorists.)
For the second time in two days, the 53rd and 54th
battalions attacked the Egyptian-held fort of Iraq Suwayden which the British
had handed over to Muslim Brotherhood as they departed Palestine. The irony is that the British had built the
fort in the 1930’s to help quell the infamous Arab Revolt.
Today, “at dawn the Golani staff reported that the enemy was repelled but that
they were expecting another attack. The full report read:
forces repelled yesterday a heavy attack of tanks, armored vehicles and
infantry that lasted about 8 hours. The attack was repelled by the brave stand
of our men, who used Molotov cocktails and their hands against the tanks.
3" mortars and heavy machinery took their toll on the enemy. Field cannons
caused a panicked retreat of the enemy, who yesterday left Tzemah. This morning
our forces entered Tzemah and took a large amount of booty of French ammunition
and light artillery ammunition. We have captured 2 tanks and an armored vehicle
of the enemy. The enemy is amassing large reinforcements. We are expecting a
renewal of the attack.’”
Haganah troops returned to Tzemah today “and set up fortifications, the damaged
tanks and armored cars were gathered and taken to the rear. The settlers
returned that night to identify the bodies of their comrades in the fields and
buried them in a common grave in Degania”
Abba Eban names Arthur Louie, Jacob Robinson, Moshe Tov, Michael Comay and
Gideon Rafael as his alternates and advisers at the United Nations and names
I.L. Kene as the delegation’s spokesman.
The former American icebreaker USCGC
Northland became “the first warship of the Israeli Sea Corps” when it was
commissioned as the INS Eilat. The ship
would be renamed INS Matspen in 1957
when it began serving as a barracks.
“Egyptian dive-bombers struck at Tel Aviv four times today without, however,
causing serious damage” while other “Egyptian planes, flying high on their
regular visits throughout the day, dropped clusters of small bombs on the
“In the South, Beit Eshel was shelled by the Egyptians and Yad Mordechai was a
target for heavy infantry assaults” all of which were repulsed.
of Iyar, 5709): Parashat Behar Bechukotai
of Iyar, 5709): Forty-two year old Klaus Mann, the son of Thomas and Katia Mann
(who was Jewish) passed away today.
The National Geographic Society issued new maps of Europe and the Near East which
show “Palestine partitioned into Israel and the Arab states.”
of Sivan, 5710): Erev Shavuot
“Cairo Road,” a crime film co-starring Laurence Harvey and featuring Abraham
Sofaer was released in the United Kingdom today.
As a sign that Israel was taking its place among the family of nations, the
government announced that Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett will meet with South
African Prime Minister Daniel F. Malan during his upcoming trip to the African
Birthdate of comedian turned U.S. Senator, Al Franken
of Iyar, 5712): Actor and film star John
Garfield passed away at the age of 39. Born Jacob Julius Garfinkle in New York
City, he was sent to a school for problem children after the early death of his
mother. It was there that he was introduced to boxing and acting. He won a
scholarship to an acting school hosted by Maria Ouspenskaya, and made his
Broadway debut in 1932. The play Golden
Boy that featured a young prize fighter was written for him, but he was
passed over for the role. He decided to leave Broadway and try his success in
Hollywood. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in the 1938 film
Four Daughters. He gained further fame as the handyman drifter in the Postman
Rings Twice. He appeared in several war movies during WW II, usually playing
the part of the wisecracking enlisted man (once as the gunner on a B-17 and
once as a seaman aboard a sub) who sees the light and comes to understand why
America was in the war. Garfield’s liberal politics brought him to the
attention the McCarthyites during the Red Scare of the late 1940’s and
1950’s. He was forced to appear before the infamous House Un-American
Activities Committee; an appearance which proved detrimental to his career
1952: During a meeting of HUAC a letter from Lillian
Hellman was read that stated "I cannot and will not cute my conscience to
fit this year's fashions..."
Jerusalem Post reported that upon his return to the U.S., Mr. John Foster
Dulles, the U.S. Secretary of State, expressed satisfaction from his first,
recent visit to Israel, and recommended to his government a sizeable aid for the
country's quick development.
Jerusalem Post reported that two marauders who shot at an Israeli patrol in
Jerusalem's "Corridor" were killed in an exchange of fire.
“The President’s Lady” a biopic about President Andrew Jackson directed by
Henry Levin, produced by Sol C. Siegel and with music by Alfred Newman was
released in the United States today.
of Sivan, 5713: Second Day of Shavuot
of Iyar, 5714): Lag B'Omer
of Sivan, 5716): Eighty-one year old Johns Hopkins graduate and Columbia Law
School trained attorney Bernard M. Cone, the Baltimore born son of Herman Moses
Cone and Helen Guggenheimer Cone and the husband of Elain Wolf Cone who owned
several mills in North Carolina which in 1945 were “re-organized un Proximity
Manufacauring” and the in 1948 merged with Revlution cotton to form Cone Mills,
Corp., “the largest producer of flannel in the world” passed away todayin
Greensboro, NC after which he was buried in Cone Cemetery.”
Birthdate of New York City native Seth Andrew Klarman the Cornell and Harvard
Business School trained fund manager and billionaire and husband of Beth
Schultz Klarman who was one of a handful of Republican major donors who urged
their “comrades” to contribute to the Democrats because Donald Trump was unfit
to be President.
The Savanah Morning News published pictures of the nine hour long fire at
Adler’s Department Store which had been founded by Leopold Adler and
subsequently run by his son Sam G. Adler, the husband of Elinor Grunsfeld Adler
and his grandson Lee Adler, the husband of Emma Morel Adler and was the worst
such conflagration to strike the city since 1899
Gypsy a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a
book by Arthur Laurents opened at the Broadway Theatre for the first of 702
of Sivan, 5721): Shavuot
of Sivan, 5721): Yiddish comedian Israel Shumacher who worked with Shimon
Dzigan passed away today.
Birthdate of Richard Appel who tried to follow in the footsteps of his parents,
Nina Appel the Dean of Loyola Law School and Alfred Appel who was a professor of literature at
Northwestern. Appel graduated from law
school before turning to a life of writing and producing comedy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Appel
In Boston, MA, Dr. Alvin Edelstein and his wife Bonnie gave birth to actress
and playwright Lisa Edelstein.
Lt. Governor Samuel Harvey Shapiro began serving as the 34th
Governor of Illinois when the incumbent “resigned to accept an appointment” as
a federal judge which made him the second Jew, after Henry Horner, to hold the
Israeli planes shot down three Egyptian Mig 21s in the Suez Canal zone during
what would become known as the War of Attrition.
A group of about 10 saboteurs was intercepted today near Nahal Argaman in the
Jordan Valley. One saboteur was killed in a clash with an Israeli unit. Another
was wounded and a third escaped and joined other members of the gang hiding in
caves. After the area was surrounded, the saboteurs were ordered to surrender.
Six gave themselves up and two who resisted were killed
Robert Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death. At the
time, the Jordanian youth said Kennedy had to die because of his support of
of Iyar, 5733): Eighty-nine year old of New York City native and attorney Edwin
Chester Vogel, a partner in the firm of Elkus, Vogel, Gleason and Proskauer, a
prominent art collector and a trustee of the Federation of Jewish
Philanthropies and Mount Sinai Hospital passed away today.
“Panel of Jewish Scholars Translating the Bible” published today described a
two-decades long project led by Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky to produce a new English
translation of the Bible sponsored by the Jewish Publication Society within the
next two years.
Elizabeth Holtzman, the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives, castigated the government for laxness in allowing Nazi war
criminals into the U.S.
of Iyar, 5734): Eighty-three year old Hungarian figure skater Lily Kronberger
passed away today.
of Sivan, 5735): Eight-four year old movie producer Samuel Bischoff whose
career spanned more than four decades from “Mixed Nuts” in 1922 to “The
Strangler” in 1964 passed away today.
While casting parts for “Network” Paddy Chayefsky wrote a “letter to Paul
Newman offering him ‘any part in this picture you want’” -- an offer Newman turned down.
"Fiddler on the Roof" closed at the Winter Garden Theatre in NYC
after 167 performances
Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli security men and French policemen
killed three gunmen who attacked the El Al desk at the Paris Orly airport. One
French policeman was killed in this Arab terror attack and three French
passengers were wounded. Most El Al passengers were employees of a French
insurance company, who later left to tour Israel.
Iran: A National Still in Torment published today described the execution of
Habib Elghanian, a plastics manufacturer and the first Jew to be condemned who
was convicted of spying for Israel, was said to have made huge investments in
Israel and to have solicited funds for the Israeli army, which the prosecution
claimed made him an accomplice "in murderous air raids against innocent
Palestinians." “The conviction of Elghanian caused concern among some
Jewish businessmen in Iran, who feared that they too could be charged with
contributing money to Israel.
of Sivan, 5740: Shavuot
Four days after premiering in Washington, D.C., “Star Wars Episode V: The
Empire Strikes Back” directed by Irvin Kershner was released in the United
ABC broadcast the final episode for season three of “Taxi” a series created by
James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger.
In “Housing Surge Alters Borough Park,” Alan Oser described the five year growth
in the Brooklyn neighborhood which he attributed to a steady expansion of
Borough Park's population of Orthodox Jews, about half of them Hasidim. They
require large apartments for large families, and accommodations near synagogues
and denominational schools.” The article
provides an interesting snapshot of the needs of this unique community.
Delia Ephron married Jerome Kass.
A week after having been summoned to “meet” with the KGB, Moscow refusenik and
Hebrew teacher Pavel Abramovich was summoned to the KGB for a second time.
of Iyar, 5742): Yom Yerushalayim
David Mark Rubenstein the co-found of The Carlyle Group married “Alice
Rubenstein (née Alice Nicole Rogoff), founder of the Alaska House New York and
the Alaska Native Arts Foundation and owner of Alaska Dispatch News.”
James Levine is scheduled to conduct the IPO as part of the orchestra’s 50th
of Sivan, 5748) Erev Shavuot
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is scheduled to address a dinner tonight
hosted by a group calling itself "Concerned Citizens for New York,"
an alliance of black businesspeople. The dinner is being held at Terrace in the
Park, a kosher catering facility owned by Allen Sherel and Stanley Lewin. The owners agreed to rent the facility before
they found out that Farrakhan was the speaker.
The two Jewish owners promised to donate every penny they make from the
dinner to Jewish charities.
of Iyar, 5750): Sixty-two year old Morris “Mo” Levy, “owner of Roulette Records
and the Birdland jazz club passed away today before he could begin serving a
prison sentence after having been convicted of “conspiring to extort” in
connection with an investigation into mob involvement in the record industry.
An exhibition, at the International Monetary Fund Art Forum featuring the works
of Fritz Ascher, came to a close today in Washington, DC.
Birthdate of Arizona native and Barry University Laura Elizabeth the right wing
writer activist who was banned from the March 2019 Conservative Political
Action Conference (CPAC).
Israeli commandos captured Shiite guerrilla leader Mustafa Dirani
CNN broadcast today’s public memorial service for Admiral Jeremy Michael
Boorda, the 25th Chief of Naval Operations live from the National
Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
CBS broadcast the final episode of “Wings” a sitcom co-starring Rebecca Schull.
Jack Lew began serving his as Director of the Office of Management and Budget
under President Clinton.
of Sivan, 5759): Shavuot
NBC broadcast the final episode of seven season of “Homicide: Life on the
Street:” which was based on David Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the
U.S. premiere of “The Love Letter” featuring Sasha Spielberg as the “Girl with
The New York Times featured reviews
of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers
including “The Advent of the Algorithm: The Idea That Rules the World” by David
of Iyar, 5760): Ninety-six year old George Marshall, civil rights advocate and
conservationist and son of Lewis Marshall passed away today. (Wiki erroneously
reported this as having happened on May 15)
of Iyar, 5761): Yom Yerushalayim
Radio broadcast of the annual Alfred Deakin Lecture; this year entitled "My Country – A Personal Journey"
in which Robert Mamre describes what it is like for the son of Jewish
immigrants to grow up in an Australia that is considered Anglo-Celtic. Author and historian
Robert Manne is the Associate Professor of Politics at La Trobe University, a
columnist for The Age, The
Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald,
and a regular commentator on ABC Radio and Television
The Houston Post reports that American Jewish Congress v. Bost would be
heard in federal district court. American Jewish Congress v. Bost was an
establishment clause lawsuit concerning the separation of church and state
based on events that took place in Brenham, Texas. The case was the first
constitutional challenge to a charitable choice contract. In the community of
Brenham, Texas, the American Jewish Congress and the Texas Civil Rights Project
filed a lawsuit against a social services program that they believed used a
tax-funded jobs program to support religious practices that violated the
separation of church and state. Other accusations include use of funds to
proselytize, purchase bibles, and coerce participants to "accept
Jesus." The lawsuit went back and
forth between state and federal courts and was twice appealed. In January of
2003, the lawsuit that is believed to be the first constitutional challenge to
a "charitable choice" contract, came to a conclusion. The case was
finally dismissed "on the ground that there was no live controversy."
“Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fired ministers from the rigorously Orthodox Shas
Party from his cabinet tonight after they voted against an emergency economic
package in Parliament.”
“New York University is using a gift of more than $3 million from the Henry and
Marilyn Taub Foundation to form a research center for the study of modern
Israel. It will be called the Taub Center for Israel Studies and will be part
of the university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.”
“Israeli Who Loves Israel Listens, Sees and Weeps” published today provides a
review David Grossman’s Death As A Way of Life.
of Rosh Choesh Sivan 5764): Rosh Chodesh Sivan
“The catchy show opening today at the Jewish Museum is the first big New York
retrospective of Amedeo Modigliani since 1951…” (As reported by Michael
“Arab leaders gathering today for a summit meeting on Saturday and Sunday in
this North African capital are expected to issue a collective criticism of the
United States for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and what they view as the anemic
American effort toward ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
In an article entitled “BioHazards,” New
York Books reviews “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. Krauss willingly talks about her second novel
but refuses to talk about her husband, the Jewish writer Jonathan Safran Foer.
of Iyar, 5765): Eighty-six year old actor Stephen Elliot passed away.
of Iyar, 5767): Ninety-one year old New York native Moe Frankel, the son of
Minnie and Sender Alexander Frankel passed away today in Hackensack, NJ.
The New York Times featured reviews
of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers
including the recently released paperback editions of “Any Place I Hang My Hat”
by Susan Isaacs, “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss and “Indecision” by
Haaretz reported that author A.B.
Yehoshua predicted that Diaspora Jews would move to China if it were to become
a world power. Dr. Avrum Ehrlich, a
professor at the Center for Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies at the
University of Shandong (China) says that this process is actually already under
way. ‘The Jewish community in Hong Kong is thriving,’ he explains, ‘and there
are at least 300 Jews now living permanently in Beijing alone.’”
The first Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival comes to an end.
After 109 performances, the curtain came down on a revival of Neil Simon’s
Theatre at the Cort Theatre.
The United Jewish Community/Jewish Federation of Las Vegas hosts its biggest
and best Yom Ha’Azma’ut festival at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the
Jewish Agency arranged a variety of day-long activities to celebrate Israel
Independence Day in downtown Budapest.
The JCC in Manhattan presents a program entitled “Bernstein & Robbins:
Dybbuk in Music & Dance.” Jean-Pierre Frohlich, ballet master and former
soloist with the New York City, discusses his work with Robbins in staging the
ballets and presents several dancers performing excerpts from Dybbuk. Ellen Sorrin, director of The George
Balanchine Trust and advisory council member of The Jerome Robbins Trust,
serves as moderator.
Sivan 5767): Shir-El Friedman is killed when a Hamas rocket struck vehicle near
a bakery next to shopping mall in Sderot. The35 year old woman was struck by
shrapnel and succumbed to her injuries as she was being rushed to the hospital.
Mark Helprin “was said to be shocked” by the negative response reported in
today’s New York Times to his op-ed piece “in which he argued that intellectual
property rights should be assigned to an author or artist as far as Congress
could practically extend them.”
2008: AJHS hosts the 2008 Emma Lazarus Statue of
Liberty Award Dinner, commemorating the Jewish Chaplains who led survivors of
the Holocaust from DP camps to Israel and the US. Sid Lapidus will be
honored for his deep commitment to the American Jewish Historical Society.
The finals of the European Champions League, soccer’s most prized club
competition, will have a decidedly Jewish flavor. Not on the field of the
Loujniki stadium in Moscow, where none of the 22 players of English teams
Manchester United and Chelsea will be Jewish — but on the sidelines. To wit, in
the VIP lounge, Chelsea’s owner, Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, will square
off against American billionaire Malcolm Glazer, who bought Manchester United
three years ago. In addition, Chelsea’s coach is an unheralded 52-year-old
Israeli by the name of Avram Grant. A discreet man with no reputation in the
soccer world, he has incurred a constant flow of criticism for his lack of
knowledge and for the defensive style of his team. But the mood has changed
drastically. Grant managed to bring his club to the finals for the first time
since Abramovich began spending millions in 2003 to build a contender, igniting
a buying spree of top soccer clubs in England by such likeminded moguls as
Glazer, who also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team. Grant wears his
Judaism on his sleeve — literally. In the semifinals game, he wore a yellow
armband bearing the Star of David to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. After the
victory, he took a day off to travel to Auschwitz with his two teenage children
to honor the memory of his father’s family. His father, Meir, now 80, lost his
parents and five of his six siblings while they were hiding in a Russian forest
to escape the Nazis. Now Grant is going back to Russia to become the first
Israeli coach to win on the big European stage.
2008: In Jaffa, System
Ali plays on the roof of Mishkenot Ruth Daniel. Over the past year, System
Ali has been performing in different venues throughout Jaffa, Tel Aviv and
beyond, drawing impressive crowds whose diversity reflects that of the
individuals on stage.”
The 92nd Street Y presents “The Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian
Crisis.” Moises Salinas explores the way
psychological factors impede the peace process.
Jewish Braille International dinner was held at the Harmonie Club. “Founded in
1931 as the Jewish Braille Institute by Leopold Dubov, the blind son of a
rabbi, and Rabbi Michael Aaronson, who had been blinded in World War I, today
the JBI library serves 35,000 individuals in 30 countries in eight languages —
all at no charge.”
Michael Sandel delivered the 2009 Reith Lectures on “A New Citizenship” today
at Oxford, UK.
2009: The Center for Jewish History and the Leo
Baeck Institute presented “Happy Birthday, Felix: Music of Felix
Mendelssohn and His Contemporaries” with Phoenix
Chamber Ensemble performing rare arrangements of Felix Mendelssohn's Hebriden, op.26 and Ruy Blas, Op.95 Overtures and Symphony No.1 in C minor for 1
piano-4 hands, violin and cello and Robert Schumann's 12 Four-Hand Piano Pieces for Small and Big Children, Op.85
Writer and essayist Phillip Lopate discusses “Notes On Sontag,” his reflections
on the late Susan Sontag and her role as essayist, novelist and playwright, at
Politics and Prose Bookstore, in Washington, D.C.
Fred Hochberg, the first son of Lillian Vernon and Samuel Hochberg “was sworn
in” today as Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a speech at Ammunition Hill in
memory of soldiers who fell in the Six-Day War in 1967 in which he said,
“Jerusalem was always ours, will always be ours, and will never again be
The four men arrested last night in what the authorities said was a plot to
bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes at an Air
National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y. were petty criminals who appeared to be acting
alone, not in concert with any terrorist organization, the New York City police
commissioner said today. The four men arrested are all Muslim, a law
enforcement official said. According to a police informant James Cromitie, one
of the four men who was arrested said
that he was upset about the war in Afghanistan and that that he wanted
to do “something to America.” and “the best target” — the World Trade Center —
“was hit already.” According to the same informant the four men made statements
if “Jews were killed in this attack and that would be all right.”
The 92nd St Y schedules two events to celebrate Shabbat: in the
morning a Shabbat Bakery where participants can bake their own Challah and a
Shabbat Rooftop Dinner, an intergenerational family Shabbat dinner experience
in a meaningful and welcoming environment.
Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange,
“was honored at Wagner College during the 123rd Graduation Ceremony today with
an Honorary Doctorate.”
As part of her Bat Mitzvah weekend at Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, IA, Shannon
Williams and her family will be participating in Friday night services.
“The Source” directed by Radu Mihăileanu
premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
The AJMF Festival is scheduled to host its Closing Night Party at Center Stage.
Korin Alal and Eran Zur are scheduled present a joint concert at the JCC on the
Palisades in Tenafly, NJ.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said today that the differences between Israel and
the United States on the peace process are smaller than they seem.
In “Harold Bloom: An Uncommon Reader,” Sam Tanenhaus reviewed The Anatomy as
a Way of Life, the latest literary effort by 80 year Jewish man of letters
In recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month, the DC Public Library to
present a lecture entitled “Jewish Civil Life at a Time of Civil War: American
Jewry in the Mid-19th Century” during which Dr. Lauren Strauss, assistant
professor of History and Judaic Studies at the George Washington University,
will discuss the Jewish-American experience before 1870, with a focus on the
status of the Jewish community in the decades surrounding the Civil War.http://www.dclibrary.org/node/30617
In a great example of “acts of loving kindness”, The Derfner Judaica Museum
located at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Bronx, NY is scheduled to offer
private group tours for individuals with dementia and their family members or
care partners that will focus on select highlights of this fascinating
Tefillat HaShlah - the Shlah's Prayer should be recited today before
sunset. The prayers was composed Isaiah
Horowoitz, a noted 17th century rabbi who moved to Palestine in the
1620’s, living there until his death ten years later. “Rabbi Horwitz wrote that
the eve of the first day of the Hebrew month of Sivan is the most auspicious
time to pray for the physical and spiritual welfare of one's children and
grandchildren, since Sivan was the month that the Torah was given to the Jewish
people. He composed a special prayer to be said on this day, known as the
Tefillat HaShlah - the Shlah's Prayer”
The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra under the direction of
Zeev Dorman is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall
Aaron Swartz delivered the keynote address at the F2C: Freedom to Connect 2012
event in Washington, D.C. following the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act
Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is among those scheduled to perform at the Good
Shepherd Church in New York.
The Yellow Ticket with Alicia Svigals is scheduled to be the final performance
at the 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival.
The 7th independent conference for the Hannah Arendt Circle
sponsored by The Institute of Jewish Studies and the Centre for Philosophy of
Culture at the University of Antwerp in Belgium is scheduled to come to an end.
The IPO annual Young Leadership concert is scheduled to take place in Manhattan
Dudu Fisher is scheduled to perform at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.
of Sivan, 5773): Eighty-year old Leonard Marsh the founder of the Snapple
Beverage Corporation passed away today.
(As reported by Margalit Fox)
Eric Garcetti was elected Mayor of Los Angeles making him the first Jewish
person to hold this position.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and the IDF said today that Israel has destroyed
an unspecified Syrian target after fire from the Syrian side of the Golan
Heights border damaged an IDF vehicle
As the debate over the operating hours of the capital’s largest and newest
(yet-toopen) movie complex Cinema City continues, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat –
who launched his reelection campaign last week – said today he supports its
forced Shabbat closure.
Today, at the 4th International Writers’ Festival, S.Y. Agnon is
scheduled to be honored with “a series of events, including a visit to his home
and library in the neighborhood of Talpiot. The day’s events also include a
writing jam with Eshkol Nevo and Orit Gidali, and one of the Writing Here,
Writing There conversations, this time between A. B. Yehoshua and Nicole
Krauss.” (As reported by Jessica Steinberg)
The opening reception for “The Hidden Passengers” organized by Avi Lubin is
scheduled to begin this evening.
“Pope Francis will adhere to a policy of “total balance” regarding the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his close friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka said today
in Jerusalem, though he noted that Francis’s scheduled laying of a wreath at
the grave of Theodor Herzl would be “a meaningful act.” (As reported by Raphael Ahren)
“Australian energy giant Woodside Petroleum pulled out of the massive Leviathan
gas joint venture off the coast of Israel — one of the largest deposits found
in the world.”
Today, “the commander of the Israeli Air Force described a top-to-bottom change
that has led to a 400 percent increase in the IAF’s firepower over the past two
years, drastically shortening the time it would take Israel to win a future
war.” (As reported by Mitch Ginsburg)
A court hearing is scheduled today for Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, associate director
at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago whose failure to disclose her
conviction for killing two people with a bomb in Jerusalem in 1969 should lead
to her deportation under U.S. Immigration law.
2015: The Jewish Historical Society of England is
scheduled to host a lecture on Do Jews Believe in Saints? A Medieval Rabbi and
his Posthumous Travels by Lucia Raspe.
2015: Professor David Rechter is scheduled to deliver a
lecture on “Trauma on the Eastern Front: European Jews and the First World War:
at the University of London
2015: The Anti-Defamation League announced today that Lady
Gaga had accepted its Making a Difference award for “work championing positive
social change” through her Born This Way Foundation.
2015: In “One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments
sees the light of day” published today William Booth described the importance
of “4Q41” and its rare public appearance
the Israel Museum.
2016: The Eden-Tamir Music Center is scheduled to present
“Sounds of the Flute in Ein Kerem – The French Connection featuring Noam
Buchman on the flute and pianist Pazit Gal.
2016(13th of Iyar, 5776): Shabbat Emor;
2017: The New York
Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special
interest to Jewish readers including Hourglass:
Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro and an interview
with actor Michael Tambor.
2017(25th of Iyar, 5777): In Cincinnati, graduation
ceremonies are scheduled to take place a the Hebrew Union College Jewish
Institute of Religion
2017(25th of Iyar, 5777): “Shulamit “Shula”
Cohen-Kishik, a spy for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency who worked
undercover in Lebanon for 14 years” passed away today.
2017: Gilia Almagor is scheduled to perform her one-woman
show “The Summer of Aviya” at the Streicker Center.
2017: Andres Roemer, “the Mexican diplomat who was from
his ambassador position for walking out an anti-Israel vote by a United Nations
agency” is scheduled to “be awarded the International Sephardic Leadership
Awards at a ceremony at the Center for Jewish History in New York.
2017: Chief Rabbi
Ephraim Mirvis and Dayan Menachem Gelley, Rosh of the London Beth Din, walked
the grounds of a new United Synagogue cemetery in Bushy and buried a Torah
scroll as part of the consecration of the £8 million site. (As reported by
2017: The Jewish Federation of Houston is scheduled to
present “The Big Gig” with Seth Meyers.
2017: “Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the nation’s
largest aerospace and defense company, said today it has received an additional
$630 million contract to supply long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM)
defense systems for four ships of the Indian navy.” (As reported by Shoshanna
2017: Cantor Aaron Shifman, along with Joshua Nelson and
Pey Dalid are scheduled to host “Joyful Sounds” the annual concert spring at
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
The Cleveland History Center is scheduled to celebrate the completion of “the
Soviet Jewish Oral History Collection, an archive at the Cleveland History
Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.”
of Sivan, 5778): Second Day of Shavuot;
of Sivan, 5778): Eighty-seven year old Elaine Markson, the Brooklyn born
daughter of Catskill hotel owners Leon and Lilyan Kretchmar and the wife of
“experimental novelist David Markson” who was one of “the first women to own a
literary agency” which she used “to further the careers of fledgling feminist
authors” passed away today (As reported by Sam Roberts)
2018: Susan “Herbst announced that she would step down from her
role as president of the University of Connecticut when her contract expired on
July 1, 2019, but would remain on the faculty, teaching political science at
the Stamford campus.
In Little Rock, the Arkansas Jewish Center under the leadership of Rabbi
Pinchas Ciment is scheduled to offer a full day of holiday observance including
Shacharis, Yizkor, Mussfa and a Kiddush followed by Mincha.
JB and Yeshiva University Museum are scheduled to host “Child Separation and
Refugee Crises From the Kindertransport to Today,” during which “Mark Hetfield, CEO of the Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society, and Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the New School’s
Zolberg Institute on Migration & Mobility and the former UN Deputy High
Commissioner for Refugees, discuss the history of popular opposition to
refugees and especially how it has impacted children, from the Kindertransport
to the Trump Administration’s child separation policy.”
In London, “the friends of the Rambam Medical Centre” are scheduled to present
“the world pre-premier of ‘Rocketman’.”
The Queen” The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin iss
scheduled to go on sale to the general public today.
Rabbi Raphael Zarum, the holder of a PhD in theoretical physics and the Dean of
the London School of Jewish Studies is scheduled to lecture this afternoon on
“Neo-Assyrian Empire and Northern Kingdom of Israel.”
Despite the fact that the Global Nação conference has been postponed The ASF Institute of Jewish Experience is
scheduled to present “a glimpse into
the world of Western Sephardim through an academic perspective”
United with Israel is scheduled to host a “special webinar program today in
honor of Jerusalem Day.”
The Oxford University Jewish Society is scheduled to host via zoom the only
Varsity match that actually matters, as Oxford and Cambridge JSocs battle it
out to be crowned the winner of Jewniversity Challenge!
The AJHS is scheduled to host “Photographs of the Depression: a Jewish Angle” a
Virtual Program Exploring The AJHS Photograph Collections.
The Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia is scheduled to host and Les Bergen is
scheduled to host on line “Jewish Washington: A Scrapbook of an American
Community” which provides a chronicle of the people, places, and events that
shaped the history of the Washington area's Jewish community from 1795 to the
Millions of lovers of Sabra, “the official dip sponsor of the National Football
League” can celebrate Hummus Day which is not to be confused with “National
Hummus Day” by chowing on this marvelous culinary creation
Yom Yershualayim Day is scheduled to begin at sundown.
In a unique response to the Pandemic, Congregation Or Atid is scheduled to host
via Zoom Rabbi Louis Polisson for bedtime songs and stories to help youngsters
have a Lilah tov.
Stanford Text Technologies, Stanford University Libraries is scheduled to host
“The Cairo Geniza in the Digital Age: A Webinar with Marina Rustow”