Tuesday, November 3, 2020

This Day, November 4, In Jewish History by Mitchell A and Deborah Levin Z"L

November 4

1310: King Jaime II issued a royal decree exempting Judah Bonseynor from all taxes to which the Aljama of Barcelona was usually required to pay.  “The king also ordered that neither Bonsenyor nor his children should be molested on account of unpaid taxes, and that he should be at liberty to enter or leave the "Juderia," or Jewish quarter, at will.” Bonseynor severed Alfonso II and his son Jaime as Notary General of Aragon. He was the official who provided the authoritative translation of documents from Arabic into Spanish.  Considering the makeup of the Iberian Peninsula at this time, this was a position of great importance. (As reported by Richard Gottehil and Meyer Kayserling

1380: In France, coronation of Charles VI, the monarch who issued an order in 1394 expelling all the Jews from his kingdom

1482: In Spain by this date, nearly 298 persons had been burned at the hand of the Inquisition, while 98 had been imprisoned in Inquisitional prisons.

1501: Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella (the Spanish monarchs who expelled the Jews from Spain) meets Arthur Tudor, the oldest son of English monarch Henry VII, for the first time.  One of the conditions of marriage between the two royal offspring is requirement by the Spanish monarchs that Henry VII promise that Jews would be forever banned from his kingdom.  

1541: Wolfgang Capito the German religious reformer who tried to find harmony between the followers of Zwingill and Luther while also seeking to refute claims that Jewish books contained anti-Christian references and who counted among his friends and colleagues Joseph (Josel) ben Gershom of Rosheim passed away today.

1650: Birthdate of William III who was supported by Solomon de Medina who serve as an “army contractor when the monarch went to England to lead the Glorious Revelation  

1677: The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later be known as William and Mary who took the English throne after the Glorious Revolution.  According to the historian Cecil Roth, the Glorious Revolution was financed, in part, by a Dutch Jew who lent the would-be monarchs an interest free loan of two million crowns and that “prayers were uttered in Dutch synagogues” for their success.

1762(18th of Cheshvan, 5523): Moses Levi Ulff, the son of Levi Ulff, passed away today. In 1714 Levi Ulff “had moved his ribbon factory from Wesel to Charlottenberg” and the “king appointed him as his Court Jew ordering the royal regiments to secure their ribbons from his factory. In 1720, when Moses took over from his father “the order was renewed” and Crown Prince Frederick required the younger Ulff “to supply all the royal regiments with the necessary braid.”

1722: Birthdate of Raphael Cohen, the native of Lithuania who became Chief Rabbi of Altona-Hamburg-Wandsbek.

1778: Philadelphian Leah Nathan and Bavarian born Jacob Naphtali Hart, the parents of Zipporah Hart, were married today.

1782: Today, Elias Boudinot, who was persuaded by James Adair’s History of the American Indians that the Native Americans were descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes and that the Hebrew was the origin of their language began his service as “2nd President of the Confederation of Congress.”

1785: Hannah de Jacob Dias and Aaron de Pass gave birth to Isaac de Pass.

1787: Birthdate of English actor Edmund Kean who first  played Shylock in 1814 and whose subsequent portrayals Shakespeare’s famous Jewish character “could not be surpassed” and who gives him the form not of a figure from Genesis but from Venice in the Middle Ages.

1789: Today, Elias Boudinot, who was persuaded by James Adair’s History of the American Indians that the Native Americans were descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes and that the Hebrew was the origin of their language began his service as a “Member of the U.S House of Representatives from New Jersey.”

1795: Today, Elias Boudinot, who was persuaded by James Adair’s History of the American Indians that the Native Americans were descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes and that the Hebrew was the origin of their language completed his service as a “Member of the U.S House of Representatives from New Jersey.”

1793: Birthdate of Caroline Louisa Westermyer, the wife of Samuel Mordecai and the mother of Fanin, Matilda, Abraham, James and Georgia Mordecai.

1796: “The Treaty of Tripoli, first treat between the United States and Tripoli (now Libya) to secure commercial shipping rights and protect American ships” which included Article 11 stating that "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion" was signed in Libya today six months were it was unanimously ratified by the United States Senate.

1806: M.J. Bing, one of Rothschild’s clients in Frankfurt wrote to Nathan Rothschild, head of the House of Rothschild in Great Britain, urging him to exercise caution in circumventing Napoleon’s ban on goods being shipped from England to Europe.

1807: Catherine Williams and Hugh Morse gave birth to Joseph Morse.

1808: In France Fleutrette Baruch Weil and Lyon Israel Samuel gave birth to Isaac Samuel, the husband of Fanny Heilbronner and the father of Albert, Theodore, Lyon, Rodolphe and Maurice Samuel.

1813: Birthdate of Seligman Goldschmiedt who was buried in the Trieste Jewish Cemetery after he died in 1898.

1815: In Tower Hill, London, Yetta and Solomon Levy gave birth to Sarah Levy the wife of Raphael ‘David’  Picard.

1829: Benjamin Woolf married Isabella Levy at the Western Synagogue today.

1837: Forty-four year old French politician Benoit Fould was re-elected as the representative for St. Quentin.

1841: In Warsaw, pianist and composer Aloys Tausig and his wife gave birth to pianist, arranger and composer Carl Tausig.

1842: Birthdate of Caroline Bamberger who would be buried in the Indianapolis, Indiana, Hebrew Congregation Cemetery when she passed away in 1907.

1843: In St. Louis, the United Hebrew Congregation assumed full ownership of the first Jewish cemetery which had been created in 1840. The cemetery was used until 1868. In 1867, the City of St. Louis prohibited further use of the grounds as a burial place. United Hebrew acquired land out in the county, which later became University City with the streets known as North and South Rd. and Canton Ave. Formal dedication of the new cemetery, called Mount Olive occurred in 1880. In 1880, the bodies in the original cemetery, as well as some of the stones were transferred to Mount Olive. In 1960, the name of the cemetery was changed from Mount Olive to United Hebrew.

1843(11th of Cheshvan, 5604): Parashat Lech-Lecha

1843(11th of Cheshvan, 5604): Forty-year old British welterweight champion Young Dutch Sam, the son of Samuel Elias, the British boxer known simply as Dutch Sam, passed away today.

1845: Aaron George Jones married Rachel Myers at the Great Synagogue today.

1846: Saling Schiff married Katherine Mosely at the Great Synagogue today.

1846: Two days after she had passed away, 77 year old Hannah Harris, “the wife of Henry Harris of Shadwell” was buried today at the Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.

1847: German composer Felix Mendelssohn passed away. Born in 1809, Felix was the grandson of Moses Mendelssohn, one of the leaders who provided the basis for what became the Reform Movement.  Felix’s father wanted his children to be able to fully participate in German life, so he had them Baptized in 1816. Despite the trip to the Baptismal font and Felix’s brilliance, he lost out on at least one major appointment because he was Jewish.  Also, such musical luminaries as Wagner did not accept him.  They used his works as examples of misguided attempts to Judacize (and weaken) German culture in general and German music in particular.

1848: “In Schmieheim, Germany to Leon and Fanny (Dreyfuss) Bernheim gave birth to Isaac Wolfe Bernheim who after moving to Kentucky, started “the I.W. Harper brand of premium bourbon whiskey.’

1849: The Grand Secretary of the Free Sons of Israel, the first officer of any Grand Lodge to be paid a salary, received $20 for a year beginning today.

1852: Count Cavour became Prime Minister of Piedmont. Along with Mazzini and Garibaldi, Cavour made up the trinity who unified the states of the Italian peninsula and created the modern nation of Italy. Jews were among the most active supporters of the creation of Italian nationalism. Despite Cavour’s complaints the tough banking practices of Baron James Rothschild, Rothschild supplied Cavour with financial backing for the impending war with Austria.  Parts of Italy were in the Austrian Empire.  The two disguised the expenditures as being funds for a tunnel through the Alps.  Cavour appointed Jews to several top posts in his government, something hitherto unheard.  Isaac Arton served as his confidential secretary and “faithful lieutenant.”

1856: In Charleston, at the synagogue on Hasell Street, Rabbi Mayer officiated at the marriage of M.J. Solomons of Savannah, GA and Henrietta S. Emanuel of Georgetown, SC.

1857: In Charleston, SC, Rabbi Henry S. Jacobs officiated at the marriage of Zachariah Falk and Gerogiana S. Jacobi “the youngest daughter of W.J. Jacobi.”

1860(19th of Cheshvan, 5621): In the UK, Sixty-four year old Sophia Levy, the widow of Nathaniel Levy and the mother of Maria Levy passed away today today.

1861: The University of Washington opened in Seattle, Washington as the Territorial University.. Today Washington has 2,000 Jewish undergrads and 1, 000 grad students out of student population of 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 grad students.  Washington offers approximately 20 Jewish studies courses with both a major and a minor in Jewish studies.  The university also offers year-round study programs in Israel.

1862: Levin Sternberg began his service as a member of Company I of the 151st Regiment.

1862: Corporal Jacob Kauffman began his service with Company F of the 171st Regiment.

1863: Birthdate of Joseph Mendes da Costa, a Dutch born Sephardi sculptor.

1867: Following yesterday’s defeat at the Battle of Mentana, forces under the command of Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi and included Italian Jewish patriot Enrico Guastalla “retreated to the Kingdom of Italy.”

1871: Mr. R. J. de Cordova, famed Jewish raconteur and humorist delivered an address tonight entitled "Our First Baby" to packed house at the Association Hall in New York City.


1872:  In Syracuse, NY, founding of Adat Yeshuren, whose members included Rabbi David Levine, J.B... Harrison, N.K. Packard, M.L. Wechsler, David Davis and Meyer Dembo.


1876: “New Publications” includes a review of The Conquests of the Saracens by Howard A Freeman “which meets a general demand on the part of the reading public for information on the history of religion (most notably Islam) and politics in the East. “In answer to Lord Derby’s remark that in past times Jews…have been worse treated in Western Europe than Christians are now treated” in the part of Europe controlled by the Ottomans, “Mr. Freeman says that while the condition of the Jews has been getting better and better, that of the Christians under Turkish rule has been getting worse and worse.” (Derby’s comment on the treatment of Jews in Christian Europe comes, considering when it was uttered, as a real eye-opener.)

1877: Birthdate of Chicago native Elias Mayer the Northwestern University trained lawyer who served as “secretary of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds in the United States and a director of the Jewish Charities of Chicago.

1877: It was reported today that The Alliance Israélite Universelle or Universal Israelite Alliance “has become a very active and useful association.  Among its many goals, the Alliances provides instruction for the children of destitute Jews living in “the East” with training in the Hebrew language and religious customs.  According to the Jewish Messenger, the Association is supported by a wide range of Jews including Reform minded Germans, the Anglo-Jewish Associations, the growing American Jewish community and, of course, the French Jewish community.

1878: “The Bible in the Schools” published today described the controversy in New Haven, CT concerning the reading of the sacred text in the public schools.  Opposition and concern comes from many quarters including Roman Catholics, Protestants and German immigrants but not from the Jews who were apparently of no concern to Christian board members.

1878: It was reported today the Industrial School of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum has printed copies of a pamphlet by Dr. Isaac Schwab entitled “Can Jews be Patriots.”  The pamphlet was written as a refutation of Professor Goldwin Smith’s depiction of Jews as being unpatriotic. Goldwin Smith was a British-born Canadian college professor who was a notorious anit-Semite.

1878: Birthdate of Budapest native Jean Schwartz, the songwriter who came to the United States at the age of 13 who wrote “Mr. Dooley” – a song “which was sung by the title character in The Wizard of Oz”

1878: In Hungary, “Herman and Rosalie (Klein) Stern gave birth to Columbia train physician Adolph Stern, a specialist “in the treatment of nervous and mental diseases” and husband of Mamie Hallow who studied with Professor Freud in 1920.

1879: Justice of the Peace, Nathan Colman who was also the lay religious leader for the Jewish community, officiated at the first Jewish wedding in the Black Hills, when Rebecca Reubens married David Holzman today.

1879:  It was reported today that Rabbi David Einhorn’s funeral will take place at 9 o’clock on November 6. Services will be led by two of Einhorn’s sons-in-law – Rabbi Kaufman Kohler of Temple Beth-El and Rabbi Emil Hirsch of Louisville – and Dr. Samuel Hirsch of Philadelphia who was one of Rabbi Einhorn’s closest friends.

1879:  Birthdate of humorist, social commentator and vaudeville star, Will Rogers.  Rogers owed his early fame and fortune to Flo Ziegfeld.  Ziegfeld put Rogers in his famous Follies, letting Rogers stand on stage as a he twirled his lariat and came up with political zingers that would have made John Stewart smile. In 1924, the KKK was reaching the height of its power and was planning a large parade in New York.  Using his wit to try and deflate the Klan, Rogers pointed out that the Klan’s anti-Semitism was misguided if not downright anti-American.  As Rogers explained it, the Christians were beholden to the Jews for a successful Christmas.  After all, it was the Jews (remember this is the days of Gimbals’ and Macys) who sold the Christians all of the presents which were critical to the holiday celebration. 

1882: It was reported today that “drunken rioters have plundered” the shops owned by the Jews of Presburg, Hungary. The renewal of anti-Jewish violence has resulted in the death of at least one Jewess. Apparently the sentencing of those involved in the September riots to three months in prison has not brought matters under control.

1882: Birthdate of New Jersey native and University of Pennsylvania graduate Sydney Davis, the chemist turned real estate broker and “president of the Brotherhood of Temple B’nai Jershurun of Newark who was the husband of Saide Davis with whom he had one daughter.

1883: It was reported today that the Jews in New York “are solid” in their support for ex-Sheriff James O’Brien, the anti-Tammany Hall candidate for the position of Register.

1884: Grover Cleveland was elected to first of two terms as President of the United States.  He is the only President to be defeated in his bid for re-election and then to come back and win the office on his “third try.”  During his first term, Cleveland appointed Oscar Solomon Straus, the leading American Jew of his time, as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Turkey.  Cleveland intended the appointment “as an indirect rebuke to the government of Austria Hungary, which had refused to accept an appointee as United States ministers because the minister’s wife was Jewish.  In his second term, Cleveland vetoed immigration bill aimed at keeping Jews, among others, from entering the United States.  After he had left the White House, Cleveland continued to show support for Jewish causes by appearing at protest rallies against Russia’s treatment of her Jewish citizens.

1884: In Plock Poland, “Isidore Jacob and Sarah (Goldberg) Saltzstein, gave birth University of Michigan trained Milwaukee attorney Benjamin Franklin Saltzstein, the husband of  Edna Doctor and the father of Jean, Robert and James Saltzstein who was the Director of the Jewish Welfare Fund and President of the Federated Jewish Charities.

1884: James Rubiner, a Polish Jew who owns a grocery store on Hester Street is still in jail today facing charges of having killed a youngster named Julius Silverman.  Silverman was part of a gang that started a bonfire in front Rubiner’s store as part of their election-night hijinks.

1884: The New York Times reprinted an article from the London Times entitled “Montifore and the Jews” describes the Italian town in which the great philanthropists family had its roots an describes the growth and generosity of Moses Montifore.

1887: It was reported today that Michael Simon has been elected as a magistrate in Glasgow. “He is the first Jew elected to that office in Scotland.”

1888(30th of Cheshvan, 5649): Rosh Chodesh Kislev

1888: Dr. Gustav Gottheil delivered a lecture at Temple Emanu-El this morning entitled “Government by the People and what it Owes to Judaism.

1889: Mr. Rosenthal, the leading Republican in the Fourth District and the leader of the Hebrew American Republican League who has left the Republican Party plans to endorse the Tammany ticket at a mass meeting tonight.

1890: In Germany, Fanny and Abraham Lippmann gave birth to movie producer Hanns Lippman

1892: Former Chancellor Bismarck was quoted today as saying “that only newspapers, Poles and Jews desired war between the Russians and the Germans.” (The Jew as warmonger would gain transaction as can be seen Lindbergh’s and Patrick Buchanan’s invocation of the image in the 20th and 21st centuries)

1893: Six Polish Jews were arrested in Hudson, NY for illegal registration.

1894: “Boston Hebrews Rejoice” published today described “a mock funeral” held in Boston in which a large audience that included 2,000 Jews held in response to the death of the autocratic, anti-Semitic Czar Alexander III.

1894: A cross section of editorial opinion from Jewish newspapers following the death of Czar Alexander III published today included: The Jewish Herald – “We are glad to announce that the tyrannic heart of Alexander II beats no more”; The Volksadvocat – “Hurrah for the Angel of Death!” and The Abendblatt – “The Czar is dead.  Long live the social revolution!”

1894: In Vienna, Ludo M. Hartmann, historian and Austrian Ambassador to Germany after World War and his wife gave birth to psychoanalyst and author Dr. Heinz Hartmann, the husband of fellow psychoanalyst Dora Karplus Hartmann and the fathers of doctors Ernest and Larry Hartmann.


1894: Rabbi Joseph delivered a sermon today at Temple Emanu-El on “Civil and Religious Liberty in 1894”

1894: “Russia’s Puerile Autocrat” published today provides a portrait of Russia new Czar, Nicholas II including  a report circulating in London that Mlle. Kischeneffski, “the beautiful Jewess” has been the mistress of Nicholas for the last three years and that she “has two Romanoff children.

1895: It was revealed today that Samuel Levy owned the tenement on Pelham that burned down yesterday living four Jewish dead also owned the building on Cherry Street which was destroyed by fire last year.

1895: Chancellor von Caprivi who is an opponent of the anti-Semitic parties had an audience with the Emperor today.

1895: The will of the late Julius Lipman was filed in the Surrogate’s office today.

1895: “The Halevy Singing Society” published today described a concert sponsored by the Jewish musical organization under the direction of Leon Kramer that featured soprano Catherine Hilke, baritone Karl Dufft, tenor Charles A. Kaiser and violinist Sam Franko.

1895: The quarantine at the Hebrew Sheltering Arms ordered by Superintendent Henry Bernstein beause of the outbreak of measles continued in effect today.

1897: Birthdate of New York City native Albert D. “Dolly” Stark “the first Jewish umpire in the modern Major Leagues.


1897: In Philadelphia, the Association of Jewish Immigrants which had been founded in 1884 “to protect Jewish immigrants, to facilitate their reaching their destination and their relatives and to aid them” in whatever was necessary was scheduled to hold its monthly board meeting today.

1897: Pennsylvanian George J. Newgarden was promoted to Captain and Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Army.

1897: In his address at the Teacher’s College at Morningside Heights, William T. Harris, the National Commissioner of Education said that among the threads of education is “the Hebrew thread…the religious one which we recognize in the celebration of worship one day each week and in the various holy days” which “we acknowledge” as “the most essential thread of our civilization.

1898: Dr. Maurice Harris delivered an address tonight at Temple Israel in which he replied Israel Zangwill’s criticism of Reformed Judaism.

1898: Abram Nelson has filed a petition on behalf of his client Jacob H. Bibo in Surrogate’s court that will finally settle the estate of Jacob Bibo, his nephew who disappeared mysteriously in the 1860’s and his brother Isaac for whose estate he is the executor.

1900: “A Conspiracy to Drive Jewish Officers From The France” published today said that it is feared that the “anti-Semitic feeling” of some French officer “may be transmitted to the rank and file” despite the best efforts of the Minister of War and that the only way to “abolish anti-Semitism from the army” is “to dispense with the military service of all members of the Jewish religion.”

1901: It was reported today that in attempt to encourage participation in tomorrow’s election, Cyrus L. Sulzberger told a meeting of Jews at the Education Alliance that “election day should be them as Americans what Yom Kippur is to them as Hebrews

1902: “The Admirable Crichton” produced by Charles Frohman opened at the Duke of York's Theatre.

1903: “The terms of the decision reached by the arbitration committee which has been hearing testimony between the Amalgamated Street Railway Employees’ Association and the street railway companies of San Francisco” were made public today Oscar S. Straus.

1904(26th of Cheshvan, 5665): Willy Bambus passed away.  Bambus Willy Bambus was born in Berlin in 1862. Not much is known of his family and youth. Apparently he came from a modest background, had only a limited formal education and was to a large extent self-taught. Already in the mid-1880s Bambus was attracted to Zionist ideas and supported the idea of reclaiming the Land of Israel by the establishment of Jewish agricultural settlements in Palestine. He became a leading member of Verein Esra, a society founded in 1884 for the advancement of Jewish agricultural settlement in Palestine and Syria. To further their ideas and to disseminate them Bambus, with other members of Verein Esra, established the journal Serubabel in 1886. Their aim was "to raise Jewish national consciousness and assist the Yishuv in Erez Israel". Bambus edited Serubabel in the period 1887-1888. In 1891 he became the general secretary of the Komitee zur Abwehr antisemitischer Angriffe, an organization established by his life-long friend and patron Paul Nathan. At about the same time he became general secretary of Verein Esra as well, which changed its name to Esra, Verein zuer Unterstuetzung ackerbautreibender Juden in Palaestina und Syrien. In addition, in 1892 together with Heinrich Loewe he established Jung Israel, juedisch-nationaler Verein) (a pre-Herzlian Zionist organization). The first contact between Max Bodenheimer and Bambus was made in 1892. Their relationship outlasted Bambus' later rift with Herzl and his estrangement from the Zionist movement, until Bambus' death in 1904. In 1894 together with Hirsch Hildesheimer, Emile Meyerson, and Isaak Turoff, Bambus initiated the establishment of the Central Committee of Hovevei Zion in Paris. The Committee initiated the establishment of the colony Beer Tuvia in 1896. Bambus was involved in the establishment and development of a great number of Jewish associations in Berlin, some of which were quite successful, among others, the Verein fur juedische Geschichte und Literatur and the Juedische Lesehalle. He also published brochures and pamphlets, among others "Antisemitismus und Zionismus", "Palaestina in der Gegenwart - Kurzgefasster Abriss der politischen und physischen Geographie des heiligen Landes", and the article "Die Juedische Ackerbaukolonisation in Palaestina und ihre Geschichte". He also published articles in the Jewish press on Jewish and Zionist subjects. In March 1897 he participated in the conference convened by Herzl in Vienna to prepare the First Zionist Congress. Although he antagonized Herzl, he nonetheless attended the First (1897) and the Second (1898) Zionist Congress, during which he disputed some of Herzl's policies, especially Herzl's categorical rejection of small-scale settlement in Palestine. He expressed his ideas in the periodical Zion, which he edited from 1896. When Herzl dispatched Leo Motzkin to Palestine on behalf of the Zionist Organisation to investigate the state of the Jewish colonies, Bambus was deeply offended. In reaction to Motzkin's report at the Second Zionist Congress in 1898, he published a brochure entitled "Herr Motzkin und die Wahrheit ueber die Kolonisation Palaestinas" in which he sharply criticized the report. In view of the weakening of his position among the Zionists in Berlin and his refusal to accept Herzl's notion according to which settlement activities in Palestine should be delayed until legal political guarantees were obtained, he withdrew from the Zionist Organization sometime after the Second Zionist Congress. Bambus visited Palestine in 1895, 1899 and 1904. In 1896 he initiated and organized an exhibition of products from Palestine in several cities in Germany. In 1898 he established Eliada, a wholesale outlet marketing wines from Palestine in Hamburg, and in 1900 he exhibited wines and other agricultural products from Palestine at the World Fair in Paris. Even though he withdrew from the Zionist Organization, he continued until his death to advocate and assist Jewish settlement activities in Palestine and the development of manufacturing and industry. In 1900 he wrote a brochure entitled "Industrielle Kolonisation in Palaestina". In 1901, upon the creation of the Hilfsverein der deutschen Juden, he became its first general secretary. His works include Palaestina, Land und Leute (1898), Die Kriminalitaet der Juden (1896), Die Juden als Soldaten (1897), and publications on Jewish settlement in Palestine mentioned above.

1905: A production of “In New York Town,” a musical comedy based on the work of Loney Haskell” and “with music by Albert Von Tilzer” came to a close today at the Fourteenth Street Theatre.

1905: “The Earl and the Girl” with additional music and lyrics by Jerome Kern opened at the Casino Theatre in New York.

1905: In Bachmut, Bessarabia, attacks on the Jews were “temporarily stopped” this morning “through the efforts of Russian peasants, but” after “the police spread false reports which aroused the mob, there was a renewal of the plunder and massacre” which resulted in losses reaching into the millions of dollars.

1905: “Odessa Terror Unchecked” published today included a summary of the violence in the Russian city which had begun “late in the afternoon” of October 31 when “all Jews found in the streets were severely beaten and may were killed in their shops which were ruthlessly pillaged.  In the poorer’ Jews’ quarters, on the outskirts of the town, whole streets were destroyed” while “crowds of workmen, women and children laden with all kinds of loot walked openly through the streets quarreling over the spoils.”  The violence has continued unabated on a daily basis ever since.

1906: Abraham Shapiro presided over the eighth meeting of the Common Council of “the boy’s republic of the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Asylum during which all nineteen members of the council who ranged from 12 to 15 years presented resolutions for the council to consider.

1907: In Paddington, “solicitor and art collector Julian George Lousada” gave birth to Sir Anthony Baruh Lousada, a barrister and patron of the arts.



1908: In Warsaw, Zygmunt Rotblat and his wife gave birth to Jozef Rotblat who gained as Joseph, Rotblat, the Manhattan Project physicist and to participating in the anti-nuclear weapons movement in the post-WW II World.


1909: The State Branch of the America National Red Cross announced that contributions to aid the 60,000 woman and children in Galicia whose husbands were massacred in April” and who “are sorely in need of shelter and he necessaries of life” may be sent to Jacob H. Schiff, the Treasurer of the Red Cross.

1910: Attack made on the Jewish bank in Sophia, Bulgaria.

1911(13th of Cheshvan, 5672): Parashat Lech-Lecha

1911(13th of Cheshvan, 5672): “Chicago merchant” Leon Mandel passed away today.

1911: Birthdate of Jack Rose the native of Warsaw who became an American gag writer and screen playwright.

1912: Birthdate of singer Frances Faye, who died on November 8, 1991.

1913: Jacob Aaron Cantor began his first term a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

1913: Benjamin Cardozo was elected Justice of State Supreme Court of New York. In February of the following year he was made a judge on the Court of Appeals.

1913: “The Marks Nathan Orphanage” published in today’s Daily Jewish Courier provided “the entire report of Mr. Trotsky, the superintendent” of the institution.


1914(15th of Cheshvan, 5675): Twenty-four year old Isidor Schloss, the son of Leopold and Karoline Schloss and the husband of Emilie Schloss  who worked as a bank clerk was killed today during World War One.

1915: Oscar S. Straus was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of newspaper editor Herman Ridder which took place this morning and which was attended by a host of dignitaries included Abraham Jacobi.

1916: Figures were given out today showing the results accomplished since the establishment of the Joint Distribution Committee’s Remittance Bureau chaired by Felix Warburg which was established “to forward to the Jews in the war stricken countries remittances from relatives in the United States which it has been impossible to forward through any other private or governmental agency – a task made almost impossible because of “changing fortunes of war” in Russia, Rumania, Poland and Austria where territory “passes and repasses” from one country’s military to another.

1917: At the Central Jewish Institute East 85th Street, Israel Unterberg presided over the memorial service for philanthropist Samuel I. Hyman, officiated over by Rabbis Hyamson and Goldstein where the speakers included Dr. Cyrus Adler, Dr. J.L. Magnes and Louis Marshall who delivered a eulogy in which he “urged the necessity for patriotism and loyalty among the Jews in America.”

1917(19th of Cheshvan, 5678): Seventy year old Leopoldo Franchetti, a member of a family that came to Italy from Tunisia in the 18th century and who became an Italian political leader with a special interest in the problems of southern Italy passed away today.

1917(19th of Cheshvan, 5678): Eighty-seven year old Civil War veteran Solomon Stern passed away today in New Orleans.

1917: To the cheers of 12,000 inside Madison Square Garden and thousands more outside of the building Morris Hillquit, the Socialist candidate for Mayor closed his campaign “with an appeal to class feeling” and pacifism.

1918: Five days after he had passed away, 28 year old Private Sidney Finsten of the Worcestershire Regiment was buried today at the Plashet Jewish Cemetery.

1918: The German Revolution began when forty-thousand sailors took over the port in Kiel.  During the revolt, the Communist Party which included “Jewish members” would try and seize power much as their counterparts in Russia had done a year earlier.  The revolt would fail and eventually the Weimar Republic which also had Jewish leaders would come to power in the 1920’s.  Hitler would use the German fear of disorder and the presence of Jews in both of these movements to whip anti-Semitism and justify the Final Solution.

1918: In Germany, Bavaria became the first (state to become a socialist “republic” under the leadership of moderate, non-Bolshevik Jew named Kurt Eisner

1918: For the “heroism” he showed on the battlefield today, “Isadore Solomon of Chicago,” was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1921.

1919:  Birthdate of Martin Balsam one of the finest and most prolific television and movie character actors of the 20th century.  From a juror in Twelve Angry Men, to Admiral Kimmel in Tora, Tora, Tora, to an officer in the wacky comedy Catch 22, Balsam played them all with skill and aplomb. He passed away in 1996.

1920: “A ‘flying squadron’ on one hundred prominent Jewish businessmen, bankers, educators and philanthropists head by Julius Rosenwald, Mortimer Scheiff, Congressman Julius Kahn and others of international note” is scheduled to start today “on a forty-day tour of the principle cities” in the United States “to bring the message of rejuvenated Judaism to the Jews of America and to talk of the aims of the Union of Hebrew Union Congregations to revive the spirit of Judaism.”

1921: Today “there was staged in Brownsville's Liberty Theatre, through Bernard Young, Israel Rosenberg’s  adaptation and re-dramatization of Wolf Mercur's Yiddish translation of the German operetta, "Hollandweibchen," under the name, "A Bride Without a Bridegroom[?], an operetta in three acts by Israel Rosenberg (subject antnumen), music by Sholom Secunda" (with Clara Young in the title role).”

1921: Hadassah nurses and their teachers join the funeral procession which ends with the burial of the four victims of Arab violence at the Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

1922(13th of Cheshvan, 5683): Parashat Lech-Lecha

1922(13th of Cheshvan, 5683): Seventy-one year old Hungarian born Dávid Leimdörfer who served as the Rabbi for the Hamburg Temple, “the first permanent Reform synagogue” starring in 1883 passed away today.

1922: Hashomer Hatzair alpha settlers from Poland who had helped to start Kibbutz Geva in 1921 established the modern kibbutz, Beit Alpha, located in the Lower Galilee on the site of “a 6th century Jewish settlement.”

1922: Wake Forest, coached by George Leven lost again, this time to William and Mary.

1923: Rabbi Samuel Schulman at Temple Beth-el and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise at the Free Synagogue defended Israel Zangwill's recent address at Carnegie Hall in which the Jewish publicist declared that political Zionism was dead.

1924: Eighteen year old featherweight Maurice Holtzer fought and won his first bout.

1924: Republican candidate Jesse H. Metcalf was elected to the United States by the citizens of Rhode Island. In June of 1933, during a Senate debate on the treatment of Jews in Germany, Metcalf would join those who condemned the Nazi government. “We as a national can only declare the existence of racial or religious prejudice to be untenable as a national ideal.”

1924: Republican candidate Albert Ottinger was elected Attorney General for the State of New York.

1925: Birthdate of Doris May Green, the St. Louis native who was raised by her mother Ann Meltzer and her step-father Chester H. Roberts, who gained fame as Emmy award winning actress Doris Roberts best known for her role as the nagging mother on “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

1925: One day after he had passed away, 68 year old Jacob Silver, the husband of Bloomah Silver, was buried today in the Steatham Jewish Cemetery.

1926: In Brooklyn, “Aaron Fuchs, a baker and the former Rose Mintzer” gave birth to Murray Louis Fuchs who gained fame as choreographer Murray Louis. (As reported by Jack Anderson)


1926: Birthdate of Laurence Rosenthal, the Detroit native who gained fame as a composer, arranger and conductor creating the scores for  “Raisin in the Sun” and “Becket”

1926: Nineteen year old middleweight Seymour “Cy” Schindell fought his 10th bout leaving his record at 9 to 1.

1926: Rabbi Bernard Drachman and Rabbi B.A. Tinter officiated at the funeral of Harry Houdini which took place at the Machpelah Cemetery in the borough of Queens and was attended by “more than 2,000 mourners.

1927: Rabbi David Cohen and Sarah Elkin gave birth to Eliyahu Yosef She’ar Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi of Haifa known for his Torah scholarship, interfaith work and strict vegetarian lifestyle” http://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-shear-yashuv-cohen-scholar-and-warrior-dies-at-88/

1928: While speaking at Carnegie Hall this morning on “For the Honor of the Jews” Dr. Stephen S. Wise “scorned the negative and collective way in which challenges of that sort are usually responded to and advocated answers would be both positive and individual.”

1928(21st of Cheshvan, 5689): Fifty-six year old Lithuanian native Fannie Shubert Weissager, the daughter of David and Gittle Shubert and sister of Lee Shurbert, who was married to Isaac Isaacs and William H. Weissager passed away today in Syracuse, NY after which she was buried in the “Shubert Vault” in Brooklyn.

1928(21st of Cheshvan, 5689): Arnold Rothstein passed away.  Rothstein was one of New York City's most notorious gamblers.  He was a crook and a mobster; certainly not a credit to the Jewish people.  He was rumored to have been the brains behind the fixing of the 1919 World Series also known as the Black Sox Scandal.  He was shot to death over a poker game or gambling debts.


1928: “Morris J. Goldstein, the Vice President of the Yeshivath Torah Vodaath Mesifta,”  “a Jewish grammar and high school in Brooklyn” said tonight that the school which is located in a part of that is dealing with an economic depression, would need to between $50,000 and $70,000 to stay open.

1928: Six months after premiering in New York City, “The Man Who Laughs” the screen version of the novel of the same name directed by Paul Leni and produced by Paul Kohner was released in the rest of the United States.

1930: The Baltimore Jewish Times reported that Cantor Abba Yosef Weisgal’s Adolph Coblenz was his “first rabbi in Baltimore, MD.”

1931: David Lloyd George who as Prime Minister had supported the Balfour Declaration “stepped down as Leader of the Liberal Party” today was succeeded by Sir Herbert Samuel, the former cabinet officer and the first Jew to head a major political party in the United Kingdom

1932(5th of Cheshvan, 5693): Seventy Four year old Salomon Reinach, the distinguished French archaeologist passed away. The brother of author and politician Jospeh Reinach and archaeologist Theodore Reinach, he was an active member of the Jewish community serving as vice president of the Alliance Israélite Universelle 

1932:  Birthdate of actor and director Noam Pitlik who appeared in a variety of sit-coms including the Bob Newhart Show and whose directorial work included several episodes of the detective comedy series, Barney Miller.  He passed away in 1999.

1933(15th of Cheshvan, 5694): Parashat Vayera

1933: Ohio State University, led by team captain Sid Gillman defeated Indiana today.

1934: “Libels again the Jewish race were the subject of a sermon preached today by Rabbi Israel Goldstein” at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun during which he said “the trial at Berne, in which the ‘Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion’ are the main issue, has again focused the attention of the world upon a standing libel against the Jewish race.”

1934: “After an all-day session at which a wide range of congregational problems was discussed, delegates to the annual convention of the Northeast Religious Union at Temple Emanu-El adopted a resolution today expressing opposition to war and determination to support all forces acting to prevent it.”

1935: Birthday of Uri Zohar, the Tel Aviv native who went from being a successful entertainer to the life of a Haredi rabbi.

1936 Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber, the Archbishop of Munic travelled to Hitler's mountain retreat near Berchtesgaden

1936: In London, “Count Edward Raczynski, the Polish Ambassador called at the Foreign Office and intimated to Sir Robert Vansittart, the permanent Under-Secretary” that in his upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, Colonel Josef Beck, the Foreign Minister of Poland wants to discuss “the question of Jewish immigration” from Poland to Palestine with Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden” because the government in
Warsaw fears that the British authorities at Jerusalem are inclined to make concessions to the Arabs and temporarily restrict, if not block altogether, the flow of immigrants” by which Beck means Polish Jews fleeing that country’s on-going wave of anti-Semitism.

1937:, Isaac Kaplan, who was the first member of his family to go to college, and  Bessie Zwirn Kaplan gave birth to  Fred Kaplan who  grew up in the lower-middle-class environment of third-generation Jewish Ashkenazic immigrant culture, first in the Bronx and then in Brooklyn, where his family moved when he was ten. He was one of four sons, the other three of whom became lawyers. His avid reading of novels and other books at home, in the public library, in the public schools of Brooklyn, and at Brooklyn College, where he majored in classics and philosophy (B.A., 1959), led to his partial assimilation into Anglo-American culture; he then earned an M.A. Fred Kaplan's biographies of Thomas Carlyle and Charles Dickens are part of a projected biographical quartet charting the sweep of Anglo-American culture from the Romantic to the modern era. Kaplan is committed to biography as a literary form and draws upon the techniques of narrative art; he aspires to combine the power and dramatic resources of narrative prose and the rigorous intellectual requirements of historical literary scholarship and cultural analysis.

1937: The Palestine Post reported the British government’s announcement that there would be no retraction of the measures taken against members of the Arab Higher Committee and that the recent restrictions on Jewish immigration were only temporary. (The British must have had their fingers crossed on this last part of the statement since not only wouldn’t the restrictions be lifted they would actually be tightened.) It was decided, however, not to put pressure on the French authorities in Lebanon for the extradition of the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, from Beirut to Jerusalem (even though he was the architect of much of the Arab terrorism).

1938: “The Great Waltz,” a biopic with a script co-authored by Gottfried Reinhardt and Vicki Baum was released in the United States today.

1938: “At a public meeting in Epping, Winston Churchill narrowly survived an attempt by fellow Conservative and constituent Sir Colin Thornton-Kemsley to remove him from Parliament” which if it had been successful would have meant that Hitler’s most outspoken foe would not have been able to serve as First Lord or Prime Minister when WW II broke out ten months later.

1939(22nd of Cheshvan, 5700): Parashat Chayei Sara

1939: It was announced today that “Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt will received a book from the children’s village of Meier Shfeyah in Palestine as a tribute to her ‘for her interest in the education of underprivileged children and the problems of all youth.”

1940: In a capacity crowded auditorium” in Cairo “before an enthusiastic audience, the Palestine Orchestra tonight ended another triumphant visit to Egypt.

1940: On the day before the national election a “pamphlet supposedly issued by the American Protestant League” appealed “to the Protestants to vote for Wendell Wilkie because the Flynn organization had given all the good political jobs to Catholics and Jews.

1941: Stanley M. Isaacs won a seat on the New York City Council as an At-Large representative from Manhattan.

1941: Franklin Mott Gunther, the U.S. minister to Romania “described in detail the massacres committed in Bessarabia and in Bukovina and the cruelties that were committed during the deportations to Transnistria.”

1941: Last of a twenty train convoy made its way from Germany to the Lodz ghetto. In all, 19,837 Jews were taken. Banishment became official as the Reich Treasury issued directives that "Jews not employed in businesses of importance to the people's economy will be banished to one of the cities in the East. The property of the Jews who are to be banished will be confiscated

1942(24th of Cheshvan, 5703): Sixty-eight  year old University of Michigan graduate and steel company executive Julius Kahn, the German born son of Joseph and Rosalie Kahn and the brother of Albert Kahn with whom “he designed the ‘Kahn bar’” and who was the husband of Margaret Kohut Kahn with whom he had three children” passed away today.


1942: Regina Jonas, the Berlin native who “became the first woman to be ordained as rabbi” was forced by the Nazis “to fill out a declaration form that listed her property, including her books.”

1942: During World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.  This would mark the end of the Axis threat to the Jewish community in Eretz Israel.  Reluctantly, the British had turned to the leaders of the Yishuv to help prepare for the defense of the Middle East if Rommel had broken through at El Alamein and seized Egypt and the Suez Canal.  Many Egyptians were prepared to welcome what they would be a victorious German army and there were reports of Nazi flags being flown in parts of Cairo.  The defeat of the Axis at El Alamein, along with the battles at Midway and Stalingrad, was considered a major turning point in the war.  The Allied victory in the spring of 1943 would free the Jews of North Africa from the threat of the Nazis and the Vichy French. 

1943: In Poland, 3,898 Jews were deported from the Szebnie labor camp to Birkenau

1943: The Jews of Florence, Italy were rounded up and deported.

1943: “North Star” a cinematic treatment of a short story by Lillian Hellman who wrote the script, directed by Lewis Milestone, produced by Samuel Goldwyn and with music by Aaron Copeland was released today in the United States.

1943: The Germans put down an inmate revolt at the slave-labor camp at Szebnie, Poland. The camp is liquidated; about 3000 Jews are deported to Auschwitz.

1944(18th of Cheshvan, 5705) Parashat Vayera

1944(18th of Cheshvan, 5705): Eighty-two year old New York native and “retired cotton-goods manufacturer William Israel Walter, the son of Israel and Henrietta Walker and husband of the former Florence Bernheimer with whom he had two children – Marjorie and Florence -- who was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at his alma mater Columbia and a supporter of such worthy causes as the “children’s clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the History Department at Bryn Mawr College” passed away today.


1944: The ‘Death March' from Bor, Hungary, makes its way to Gyor, Hungary after a six week journey. Here hundreds of survivors were beaten or shot to death. The bodies were thrown into massive graves that the prisoners had dug just before their extermination. Five thousand people would start the march and only nine would survive to the end of the war. Many other similar marches would follow. After being forced to dig their own graves, hundreds of Jews from the copper-mine labor camp at Bor, Hungary, are shot or beaten to death at Györ, Hungary. Among the victims is a noted poet named Miklós Radnóti, age 35.

1944: Weizmann and Churchill met to discuss the future of Palestine.

1944: Sixty-two year old Sir John Greer Dill  who was the first British General to serve as the head of the Palestine from 1936 to 1937 passed away today in Washington, DC following which he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

1945: Reports of of anti-Semitic “demonstrations in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt published today in Tarabaulus el Gharb, a Libyan newspaper helped “to fan the flames of existing anti-Jewish feeling” that led to an outbreak of anti-Semitic riots.

1945: Anti-Jewish riots broke out in seven cities in Libya, including Tripoli. The riots would last for four days during which ten synagogues were burned an looted and Jewish homes and businesses were broken into and looted.

1945: Drastic measures including imposing an extended curfew upon a wide strategic area southward and northward of the central harbor town of Haifa were announced by Maj. Gen. C.F. Loewen, British military commander of Northern Palestine.

1946: Nathaniel Lawrence Goldstein is re-elected New York State Attorney General, make it two wins a row for Republican leader and lawyer.

1947: In Louisville, KY, “Edna E. (née Klein) and Stanley R. Yarmuth” gave birth to Georgetown University trained attorney and publisher turned politician John Allan Yarmuth, the Congressman representing Kentucky's 3rd District.

1947: Henry A. Wallace, the editor of The New Republic who had been FDR’s Vice President during his third term arrived in New York after visiting Palestine and Europe said “that in Palestine he got the impression that the tension is not as great as it had been reported” and that “he did not believe there would be bloodshed after the withdrawal of the British from Palestine, particularly if the findings of the United Nations committee are accepted.” (Editor’s note – I cannot find a report from anybody on either side of the issue who agreed with this kind of rosy view.)

1948: The United Nations Security Council called for the withdrawal of all forces to the positions they had held on October 14, 1948.  It also called for negotiations to be conducted between the combatants.  The Israelis rejected the first part.  They were going to hold on to their gains in the Negev.  The Arabs refused to negotiate with the Israelis since they claimed that to do so would provide legitimacy to “the Zionist entity.”

1948: Birthdate of Shaul Mofaz, the native of Tehran who became the IDF’s 16th Chief of the General Staff in 1998.

1949: Elyahu Elath, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States asked George McGhee, the United States Assistant Secretary of the State for Near Eastern, South Asian and African Affairs if the United States would raise the question of the plight of Iraqi Jewry aat the United Nations, McGhee replied that he ‘strongly’ recommended not raising the issue, because ‘a debate in the Gerneral Assemly would stir up feelings and do Iraq’s Jews more harm than good.”

1949: The Jewish actor and singer Max Letter is scheduled to his first appearance on the Yiddish states “this seas in ‘Tell Me that You Love Me,” a new musical by Israel Rosenberg” opening this evening at the National with a cast that includes Florence Weis and Feivush Finkel.

1950: Billboard reported today that Arnold Eidus, a prominent radio and concert musician is one of the founders of Stradivari Record which is production chamber music featuring performance by this famed violinist.

1951: The funeral for sixty year old Philip Salsburg, the Wilkes-Barre, PA born son of Rachel and Mendel Salsburg and husband of “the former Sadie Rubinow” who was employed by Du Pont before coming the executive secretary of the Community Chest of Scranton is scheduled to take place this afternoon at the Madison Avenue Temple.

1952: “The Prisoner of Zenda” a re-make of the 1937 film produced by Pandro S. Berman with music by Alfred Newman which was filmed by cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg was released in the United States today by MGM.

1952: Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.  At the end of his first term, President Eisenhower would turn against the Israelis during the Suez Crisis.  He would side with the Soviets and save Nasser. 

1952 (16th of Cheshvan, 5713): Aaron Nusbaum passed away.  The Elgin, Illinois native was a vice president of Sears Roebuck & Co. and brother in law of Julius Rosenwald.  A noted philanthropist, he played a key role in the creation of the Adler Planetarium.

1953(26th of Cheshvan, 5714): Seventy-five year old Kanus, Lithuania native and Columbia University trained lawyer Paul Abelson who lectured in Yiddish “on history and civil rights…to help with Americanization of new immigrants and served as labor arbitrator while editing Yiddish language magazines passed away today.


1955: U.S. premiere of “The Tender Trap” the movie version of Max Shulman’s play for which he co-authored the screenplay Julius Epstein and which was produced by Lawrence Weingarten.

1956(30th of Cheshvan, 5717): Rosh Chodesh Kislev

1956(30th of Cheshvan, 5717): Fifty-one year old New Haven, CT native Beatrice Hahn, “the director of finance of the National Council of Jewish Women” and “former national president of the Council of Jewish Juniors passed away today in Manhattan.


1956: It was reported today that an Egyptian communique claimed Egyptian forces “had sunk four British naval vessels and captured three troop landing craft at Suez.

1956: During the Suez Crisis, it was reported that the British and French paratroopers would drop into the Canal Zone within the next 48 hours now that the British had neutralized the Egyptian air force.

1956:  During the Sinai Campaign, a.k.a. The Hundred Hours War, Israeli forces reached the Suez Canal.

1956: An IDF force of 180 vehicles successfully made the trek through the Sinai wilderness and took Sharm es Sheikh from the Egyptians.  After six hours of fighting, the IDF prevailed and opened the Straits of Tiran.

1956: Soviet Army units unleashed a massive attack on Budapest as part of their move to suppress the Hungarian Revolution.  Jewish students had been prominent participants in the uprising.  Seeing that the revolt had failed and fearing a Stalinist style reprisal approximately 40,000 Jews joined the 170,000 Hungarians who fled to Austria.

1956: Sid Gillman’s Los Angeles Rams continued their losing ways dropping a game to the Chicago Bears – their fifth loss in a row after winning the opening game of the season.

1960: Marilyn Monroe finishes her last film, The Misfits.

1960: “Butterfield 8” a cinematic treatment of the 1934 novel directed by Daniel Mann, produced by Pandro S. Berman and starring Elizabeth Taylor (who won an Oscar), Laurence Harvey and Eddie Fisher was released today in the United States.

1961: Birthdate of Annabelle Gurwitch, the Alabama born, Miami Beach High School graduate who pursued a career as an actress and author/


1961:  In Los Angeles Edward Baitz, “an executive of the Carnation Company” and his wife gave birth to Jon Robin Baitz who after a career in the California entertainment industry became “a professor at Stony Brook Southampton and The New School where he served Artistic Director of the BFA theatre program.”

1964: Comedian Lenny Bruch and club owner Howard Solomon were both found guilty of obscenity.

1965: Birthdate of French concert violinist Anne Gravoin.

1966: In Florence, hundreds of rare Jewish books, documents, archives and Judaica items, some of them centuries old, which were damaged when the Arno River continued to overflow its banks today.


1968: Seventy-nine year old Joseph Lewis, the Montgomery, Alabama born Jew turned atheist who as President of The Freethinkers of America” called on Jews to “renounce their ‘antiquated creed’” and denounced “Yom Kippur as the ‘most degrading and humiliating day in all the superstitious annals of religion’” passed away today.

1970: “Song of Norway” a movie version of the “operetta of the same name” co-starring Edward G. Robinson was released today in the United States.

1970: U.S. premiere of “A.k.a. Cassius Clay” which was filmed by cinematographer Isidore Mankofsky.

1971(16th of Cheshvan, 5732): Eighty-three year old Dr. Leon Banov, Sr. , the son of Alexander and Sonia Banov, the husband of Minnie Banov with whom he had two children – Leon and Morton --  was buried in the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Cemetery after having passed away today in Charleston, SC.


1973(9th of Cheshvan, 5734): Sixty-one year old Tulane Medical School graduate Dr. Leon Taubenhuas, “the director of community of health services at Beekman Downtown Hospital and a specialist in emergency medicine” who with his wife Barbara raised two daughters passed away today.


1973: Birthdate of Holon, Israel native and award winning screen writer and director Eran Kolirin

1973(9th of Cheshvan, 5734): Fifty-one year old Tel Aviv native and Columbia graduate Dr. Haim Ginott, the child psychologist and author of Between Parent and Child passed away today in New York.


1974: “Lowly Bagel Transformed By An Artist” published today described how Judy Blau, the University of Rochester Fine Arts degree holder transformed the delicatessen delight into an artistic ornament.


1974: New Yorker Richard Ottinger was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

1974: “In a letter to Senator Henry Jackson, one hundred Soviet Jews accused Soviet authorities of using the military draft as punitive measure against young Jewish applicants for emigration to Israel.”

1975: As the Soviet Union continued to play power politics in the Middle East, Hungary, a member of the Eastern Bloc signed an agreement with Syria “on military co-operation” today.

1977: The Vatican appealed to Israel to release Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who had just completed three years of his 12-year prison sentence for smuggling arms for Arab terrorists from Beirut to Jerusalem. An undertaking was given that Capucci, if released, would no longer engage in any anti-Israeli activity and would be posted to a monastery outside the Middle East. (The statement speaks for itself in terms of analyzing Vatican-Israeli relations).

1977: Three people were injured when a bomb exploded as it was being removed from a bus in Jerusalem.

1977: “Heroes,” a post-Vietnam drama starring Henry Winkler was released today in the United States.

1979(14th of Cheshvan, 5740): Sixty eight year old Rabbi Samuel Sandmel, the Dayton, OH born son of Morris and Rebecca Sandmel, the University of Missouri Phi Bea Kappa graduate and the recipient of an M.H.L. degree from Hebrew College in 1937 who was a prolific author and the husband of Philadelphian Frances Langsdorf Fox with whom he had three children passed away today. 




1979: A group of Iranian “students” stormed the U.S. Embassy in Teheran and seized 52 Americans whom they held hostage for 444 days.  The prolonged crisis was instrumental in Regan’s defeat of Carter which marked a fundamental change in the American political landscape.  It is also part of the Mosaic of Moslem attacks on Western Civilization of which the demand for the destruction of the state of Israel is another part.

1980:  More than 300 Soviet Jews sign an open letter to President Brezhnev accusing the Soviet government of paying lip service to the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and failing to honor the commitments on emigration.

1980(25th of Cheshvan, 5741): A suicide operation carried out by the Shiite Muslims and supported by Syria killed thirty six Israeli soldiers in Lebanon. The attack came after both sides had agreed to a cease-fire.

1982(18th of Cheshvan, 5743): Just days before his 93rd birthday day “German textile merchant and manufacturer Karl Amson Joel who fled the Nazis via Switzerland and Cuba and was the “grandfather of conductor Alexander Joel and musician Billy Joel passed away today.


1983: “Tramps” starring Elliott Gould was released in Austria today.

1984(9th of Cheshvan, 5745): Eighty-one year old George Friedrich Wolfgang Honigman, the song of Doctor Georg Honigman and journalist, the thrice married Holocaust survivor who survived the Holocaust and returned to work in East Berlin passed away today after which he was buried in Berlin’s Jewish Cemetery.


1986(2nd of Cheshvan, 5747): Eight year old German born British mathematician passed away today.


1987(12th of Cheshvan, 5748): Eighty-seven year old American painter, Raphael Soyer whose brother Moses and Isaac were also painters passed away today in New York. For more see Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art by Samantha Baskind  http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/page/203



1988: Birthdate of New York native and Harvard educated attorney Avrahm “Avi” Berkowitz a close advior to Jared Kushner and “the Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations.”

1989: “As the Communist regime in East Germany began to topple, Stefan Heym joined other prominent would-be reformers at Marx Engels Square in the center of East Berlin where he spoke to a crowd of 100,000, saying that ''socialism, the right kind, not the Stalinist kind, is what we want to build for our benefit and the benefit of all Germany.'' (As reported by David Binder)

1990(16th of Cheshvan, 5751): Shalom-Avraham Shaki passed away.  Born in Yemen in 1906, he made Aliyah in 1914.  He worked as teacher before pursuing a career in politics that included service in the Knesset from 1962 until 1965.

1990(16th of Cheshvan, 5751): Eighty-two year old Harry Weinberg, the Galician born son of Joseph Weinberg, “a metal worker who operated a body and fender repair business after he came to Baltimore” and homemaker Sarah Weinberg” and successful businessman who was the husband of the former Jeanette Gutman with whom he had one child, Morton and created the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, just one of his many charitable entities passed away today.



1991: Mid East peace conference ends in Madrid Spain.

1991: In Ashdod, French born Israeli Maggie and “Avi Day the owner of a geological-engineering company involved in mineral drilling gave birth to Alon Day, “an Israeli professional stock racing driver” who was “the first Israeli drive to compete in an IndCar-sanctioned series.

1992: In “Faith, Reason and the Holocaust” published today Stephen Holden reviews “The Quarrel,” the cinematic adaption of Chaim Grade’s short story in which Eli Cohen grapples with the questions of “reason versus faith” in the shadow of the Holocaust.


1993: The BBC broadcast the final episode of “Scarlet and Black” co-starring Rachel Weisz.

1993(20th of Cheshvan, 5754): Seventh-three year old Peabody award winning producer Ely A. Landau passed away. (As reported by Eric Pace)


1994(1st of Kislev, 5755): Rosh Chodesh Kislev.

1994: Unveiling of a sculpture of Fred Lebow created by Jesus Ygnacio Dominguez designed to honor the Holocaust survivor who founded the NYC Marathon. The sculpture depicts Lebow timing runners with his watch. In 2001, the statue was moved to its permanent location on the East Side Central Park Drive at 90th Street.  Every year, however, the statue is moved to a spot in view of the finish line of the Marathon

1994: “Oleanna” a “film written and directed by David Mamet based on his play Oleanna” was released today in the United States.

1995: Aviv Geffen was scheduled to perform at tonight’s peace rally where chose to sing “Cry for You” (Livkot Lekha)

199511th of Cheshvan, 5756): Seventy-eight year old Brandeis University Professor of Sociology who was the subject of Mitch Albom’s Tuesday’s with Morrie passed away today.


1995 (11th of Cheshvan, 5756): Yitzchak Rabin, Prime Minster of Israel, was assassinated by a right wing fanatic who was opposed to Rabin’s efforts to bring peace to Israel and its Arab neighbors.  Rabin was born in Jerusalem in 1922, making him Israel’s first sabra Prime Minister.  Rabin’s distinguished career in the IDF included serving as Chief of Staff during the Six Day in 1967.  Rabin’s first stint as Prime Minister during the during the 1970’s ended with him being forced to leave office do to a personal financial scandal.  His defeat opened the way for Begin and the Likud to come to power for the first time in Israel.  Rabin did not have any illusions about the PLO and Arafat.  We will never know if Rabin’s vision would have borne fruit.  Instead a killer took it upon himself to end the life of man who had spent his life risking his life in defense of Israel and the Jewish people.



1995: Shimon Peres began serving as Minister of Defense in Israel.

1996: In “A Man Who Makes Us Worry” published today in The Information Bulletin of the Library of Congress, Harry Katz reports on the decision by Jules Feiffer to donate his papers to the library and describes the importance of the collection.

1996(22nd of Cheshvan, 5757): Ninety-one year old Irma Ullman who had carried on the philanthropic work of her husband Siegfried Ullman through the Ullmann Family Foundation, passed away today.


1996(22nd of Cheshvan, 5757): Seventy-nine year old Salomon Sebag passed away today in the Bronx,

2000: The BBC broadcast “Burning Convictions” the 6th episode of “A History of Britain is a documentary series written and presented by Simon Schama.”

2001: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or about topics of Jewish interest including Old Men At Midnight by Chaim Potok and Where The Stress Falls by Susan Sontag

2001(18th of Cheshvan, 5762): Shoshana Ben Ishai, 16, of Betar Illit and Menashe (Meni) Regev, 14, of Jerusalem were killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a sub-machine gun shortly before 16:00 at a No. 25 Egged bus at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem. 45 people were injured in the attack.

2002: On his 54th birthday, Shaul Mofaz began serving as Israel’s Minister of Defense

2002(29th of Cheshvan, 5763):  Security guard Julio Pedro Magram, 51, of Kfar Sava, and Gastón Perpiñal, 15, of Ra'anana, both recent immigrants from Argentina, were killed and about 70 people were wounded in a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in Kfar Sava. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

2003:  A ketubbah (Jewish marriage contract) printed in Utica, New York in 1863, is showcased as a "Second Guest of Honor" at the Louis Marshall Award Dinner at the Pierre Hotel. The "Second Guest of Honor" program is another effort to further expose the treasures of The JTS Library that the Board instituted in which a rare piece from The Library's collection will appear at an event outside JTS.

2004: After both the Israeli media and the prime minister of Luxembourg declared that Mr. Arafat had died, the head of communications for French military health services felt compelled to issue a formal denial” because he was in fact “in serious condition in the intensive care unit of a French military hospital.”

2005(2nd of Cheshvan, 5766): Earl Leslie Krugel the West Coast coordinator of the Jewish Defense League was murdered by a fellow inmate, who struck him in the head with a block of concrete.

2005: The Center for Tel Aviv History organized a special tour to mark the anniversary of the assassination of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

2005(2nd of Cheshvan, 5766): Ninety-year old David Wilfred Abse, the native of Cardin who became “an eminent psychoanalyst” and “professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia” passed away today.

2005: In Cedar Rapids, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) began hosting "The Tragedy of Slovak Jews," a special, temporary exhibition from the Museum of the National Uprising in Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic. The exhibition addresses the tragic demise of the Jewish communities in Slovakia. Prior to World War II, Jews held an important and significant position in Slovak culture. The exhibit focuses on Slovak society and the solution of the Jewish question in the years 1938 – 1945, the first wave of deportations (March – October 1942), the origination of working and prison camps, the second wave of deportations in 1944, and the fascist reprisals in Slovakia.

2005: As further proof of the changing face of Reform Judaism in Israel, the four new Reform rabbis ordained at Jerusalem’s Hebrew Union College half are women and include three native Israelis and one of Iraqi heritage.

2006: Opening of the 10th Annual UK Jewish Film Festival

2007: Publication of Flotsam, by David Wiesner.

2007: Author E.L. Doctorow, the son of parents “of Russian-Jewish origin,” received the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize.

2007: The Sunday New York Times features reviews of the following books by Jewish authors and/or that featured Jewish topics including The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York by Joseph Berger and Proust Was a Neuroscientist in which author Jonah Lehrer the son of former Los Angeles ADL chief David Lehrer argues that artists predict the scientific future.

2007: The Sunday Washington Post features reviews of the following books by Jewish authors and/or that featured Jewish topics including Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon and Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

2007: At the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington 38th annual Book Festival, Pulitzer Prize winning David Vise discusses The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success.

2007: In a festive ceremony at the Weizmann Institute of Science, 11 young women scientists, who had completed their PhD studies with honors at several Israeli universities and academic institutions, each received an award of about $20,000 per year for two years.

2007: The New York city Marathon Minyan celebrates its 25th year of enabling runners to a join a minyan, lay tefillin and shout out the blessing ‘hanoten layaef koakh – He who gives strength to the weary’ prior to setting out on the 26.2 mile course through the city’s five boroughs. 

2007: National Jewish Book Month begins.

2007: During the worst economic crisis in United States history Robert Rubin began serving as acting Chairman of Citigroup.

2008: In the Presidential election Senator Barak Obama who received 78% of the Jewish vote and who was the first major presidential candidate whose closest political advisor – David Axelrod – is Jewish and who has a rabbi - Capers Funnye – as a family member defeated Senator John McCain who received 22% of the Jewish vote.

2008:   Agriprocessors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

2008: A record number of Jews were elected to Congress. The next session of Congress will include 45 Jewish lawmakers, a new record, after Democrats Alan Grayson of Florida and John Adler of New Jersey took two House seats from the Republican column. Jared Polis, also a Democrat, was widely expected to win his Colorado House seat to match the previous record, set in the 2006 elections. The House will have 32 Jewish members. Only the class of 1990 had more Jewish members - 34 - but there were fewer Jewish senators at the time. The next Senate will have 13 Jewish members, the same as the previous session, despite a toss-up race in Minnesota, where both Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and his Democratic challenger, comedian Al Franken, are Jewish.

The following is a list of the 45 Jewish members —13 senators and 32 representatives — who will serve in the 111th U.S. Congress that convenes in January:


Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)

Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)**

Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)

Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)**

Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)

Carl Levin (D-Mich.)**

Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)

Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)


Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)

John Adler (D-N.J.)*

Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)

Howard Berman (D-Calif.)

Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.)

Susan Davis (D-Calif.)

Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.)

Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)

Bob Filner (D-Calif.)

Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)

Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)

Jane Harman (D-Calif.)

Paul Hodes (D-N.H.)

Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.)

Ron Klein (D-Fla.)

Sander Levin (D-Mich.)

Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)

Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Jared Polis (D-Colo.)*

Steve Rothman (D-N.J.)

Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.)

Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)

Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)

Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)

Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)

John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

* Elected to Congress for the first time

** Senators who were re-elected (Coleman defeated Democratic challenger Al Franken in Minnesota by fewer than 700 votes, triggering a state-mandated recount. Franken also is Jewish, leaving 13 Jewish senators regardless of who emerges as the winner.)

2009: Opening session of Union for Reform Judaism's 70th Biennial Convention in Toronto, Canada.

2009: Nancy Lieberman broke yet another barrier when she became the first woman head coach of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate team, a male professional basketball team.

2009: Israeli navy commandos seized the M.V. Francop a cargo ship early today in the Mediterranean Sea that was carrying rockets and ammunition bound for militants from Hezbollah in what was known as Operation Four Species.

2009: French premiere of “Le Concert” directed by Romanian born French (Jewish) Radu Mihăileanu

2009: Today “Nancy Lieberman broke yet another barrier when she became the first woman head coach of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate team.”


2010: Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Constitutional Law at The George Washington University, is scheduled to speak on Religious Freedom and the Right to Worship, Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly, and how the Supreme Court impacted the First Amendment of the Constitution, at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, in Reston, VA.

2010: The Center for Jewish History, Centro Primo Levi and PEN World Voices Festival in collaboration with the Consulate General of Slovenia are scheduled to present: “Boris Pahor's Necropolis: A Slovenian Story of Culture, Conflict, and Persecution on the Northeastern Border of Italy.”

2010: Germany's burgeoning Jewish community ordained its first female rabbi since the Holocaust today, a major step for a religious group that until recently imported its leaders from abroad - most of them men. The ordination of Alina Treiger, a Ukrainian-born 31-year-old, is a sign of the growing diversity of Germany's largely conservative Jewish community, observers say, though some warned she will face an uphill battle among worshippers used to being led by male rabbis.

2011: George Schindler, the dean of the Society of American Magicians, other magicians and members of the general public are scheduled to visit Harry Houdini’s grave at the Machpelah Cemetery in the Queens borough of New York City on the 85th anniversary of his funeral. The visit used to take place on Halloween, Houdini’s Yahrtzeit

2011: The Phoenix Ensemble is scheduled to perform at Studio Hecht in Haifa.

2011: The “Excellence Concert Series” is scheduled to present “Young Piano Masters” at the Aldwell Institute of the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance

2011: Lilli Hornig was interviewed today as part of the Voices of the Manhattan Project.



2011: “The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936 to 1951” opened today in at the Jewish Museum.


2011: This afternoon the Israel Navy intercepted two boats that approached the coast of the Gaza Strip with the intent to violate Israel's naval blockade of the territory.

2011: Immediately following his return from Cyprus today, President Shimon Peres joined the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the monument erected on the site of Rabin's assassination. Peres, who had been at a huge peace rally in Tel Aviv with Rabin on the fateful night of November 4, 1995, laid a wreath at the monument, as did Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

2012: The New York Times features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including the recently released paperback editions of  The Puppy Diaries by Jill Abramson and The Convert by Deborah Baker.

2012: A day after three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights to attack Syrian rebels, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the border region today, and warned army forces that “the Syrian affair could turn into our affair.” Gantz instructed the IDF to be on alert in the area, and to prevent any spillover of the Syrian conflict onto Israeli territory.


2012: The Jerusalem Foundation honors Sir Winston Churchill today.


2012: “Letters of Light” New Works by Anna Gil, “a solo show of new works inspired by Jewish Mysticism” is scheduled to open at the Gallery Orange on Royal Street in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans.

2012: In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, The Hadassah Donor Dinner celebrating 100 years of Hadassah is scheduled to take place at Temple Judah.

2012: As part of its Turkish-Jewish Festival, in Rockville, MD, Tikvat Israel is scheduled to sponsor a performance by “renowned Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda.

2012: “A Kid For Two Farthings” is scheduled to be shown at the UK Jewish Film Festival.

2013: “Disaster!, a musical comedy starring Seth Rudetsky and written by both Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, opened Off-Broadway at the St. Luke's Theatre.”

2013: The Annual International Shluchim Convention (Kinus Hashluchim) in Brooklyn, NY is scheduled to come to an end.

2013: B’nai Jeshurun is scheduled to host a Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Service this evening co-sponsored by the Israeli Consulate and Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement

2013: Jonathan Kirsch is scheduled to deliver a talk on “the truth behind Kristallnacht” in which he examines “the tragic life…of Herschel Grynszpagn” at the San Diego Jewish Book Fair.

2013: As we mark the centenary of the trial of Melvin Beilis, the Center for Jewish History is scheduled to present a roundtable discussion “Reflecting on the Beilis Trial.”

2013: The Knesset raised the legal marriage age from 17 to 18 today. The bill, initiated by a group of Knesset members from across the political spectrum, was meant to fight the early betrothal customary in certain sectors, where minors are wed under familiar and community pressures. (As reported by Moran Azulay)

2013: Women of the Wall held a peaceful prayer service under police protection at the Western Wall to mark the group’s 25th anniversary.


2013(1st of Kislev, 5774): Ninety-one year Eleanor Mlotek, “the Queen of Yiddish Musicology” passed away today. (As reported by Joseph Berger)


2014: In Sydney, “Zero Motivation” and “The Farewell Party” are scheduled to be shown at the Jewish International Film Festival.

2014: “Sotheby’s I selling a 1917 gouache and crayon work ‘Seated Woman With Bent Left Leg’” which “once belonged to Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese cabaret performer whose large art collection was inventoried by Nazi agents after he was sent to the Dachau concentration camp, where he died” but for which the family will receive no compensation because “United States federal courts have found that the family waited too long to file its claim and that there was insufficient evidence to conclude “Seated Woman” had been stolen.”

2014: The Tulane Jewish Studies Department under the leadership of Dr. Brian Horowitz is scheduled to present a lecture by Michael Stanislawski entitled “The Jewish and Muslim Enlightenments in Imperial Russia: A Comparison.”

2014: Elfriede Starer, a Kindertransportee, is scheduled to tell her story at the Wiener Library in London.

2014: “Jewish Voices,” a reading by prominent Jewish poets and writers is scheduled to take place for the fifteenth year at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

2014: The Five Boroughs Food Talk is scheduled to feature “Jewish Food”


2014(11th of Chesvan): Yarhrzeit of Rachel who passed away while giving birth to her second son Benjamin, the 12th son of Jacob and his 13th child.


2014: As Americans go to the polls Republicans Adam Kwasman, Lee Zeldin, Bruce Blakeman, Elon Carr and Micah Edmond each of whom are running for Congress hope to fill the shoes left empty by the defeat of Eric Cantor who was the on Jewish Republican serving in the House of Representatives.

2014: “Dozens of rival fans from Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv brawled in the street outside the city Magistrate's Court today, as rioters who invaded the pitch during Monday night's derby were brought to face a judge. Among those arrested after the fight was the son of MK Dov Khenin.” (As reported by Gilad Morag)

2014: “Israel and the United States used the inauguration of a joint warplane project today to stress it was business as usual in an alliance hit by acrimony over Israeli settlement building and strategy against Iran.”

2014: “Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz warned Tuesday that Israel was prepared to completely eviscerate Lebanon in response to any cross-border missile attack by Hezbollah.”

2015: Hindy Najman the first woman and the first Jew to serve as the Oriel Laing Professor for the Interpretation of Holy Scripture is scheduled to speak at the Lunch and Learn sponsored by the Oxford University Jewish Society.

2015: In Cedar Rapids, IA, “Lenka Lichtenberg, one of Toronto’s best-loved world fusion musicians with Czech and Jewish roots, is scheduled to perform traditional Jewish liturgical songs and poems” at CSPS Hall.

2015: The Skirball Center is scheduled to host “Remember Rabin” a memorial marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yithak Rabin.

2015: The Consulate General of Israel in New York in partnership with IAC, JNF, WZO, StandWithUS and AZM a scheduled to showcase a panoply of educational programs focused on Israel and the Israeli experience.

2015: As part of Holocaust Education Week Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto is scheduled to host “a panel of individuals born post-Holocaust in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp will address issues of intergenerational trauma; social, emotional and physical implications of their shared circumstances of birth; and how their parents’ Holocaust experiences informed their lives.”

2015: The biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism is scheduled to open today in Orlando, Florida.

2016: Eighteen year old Mahin Khan, “an Arizona teenage who has pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on government buildings and the Tucson Jewish Community Center is scheduled to be sentenced today.

2016: In Toronto, as part of Holocaust Education Week, Ron Levi is scheduled to speak at a Lunch ‘N Learn on “The Swiss banks Holocaust litigation and settlement: What can we learn from the proposals to allocate residual Funds?”

2016 At the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El, the opening of the exhibition “All About Golda” is scheduled to take places following Friday evening services.

2017(15th of Cheshvan, 5778): Parashat Va-yayra –

2017: “Some 85,000 people turned out at the annual rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square this evening marking the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which this year tried to emphasize national unity rather than its traditional focus on peace.” (As reported Jacob Magid)

2017:  In Cedar Rapids, Harrison Ginsberg is scheduled to be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah

2017: Jonah Cowen is scheduled to lead a Pirke Avot learning session followed by Ma’ariv and Havdalah all of are sponsored by The Oxford University Jewish University.

2017: In Memphis, TN, Rabbi Noam Katz is scheduled to lead the Musical Shabbat morning service at Temple Israel.

2017: Today, “tweets surfaced of Editor in Chief of the Saint, Scotland's largest student newspaper and based at the University of St Andrews, Joseph Cassidy, calling into question Israel's right to exist - which have been criticized as blatantly Anti-Semitic.”

2017: In New Orleans, LA, “the Touro Foundation Gala honoring Dr. Tom Oelsner is scheduled to take place this evening.

2017: In the United Kingdom, as part of Balfour Shabbat, Orthodox synagogues are scheduled to recite “a special prayer” composed by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis “to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

2018: In London, the Jewish Museum is scheduled to host “Fiona Sampson, the author of, ‘In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein’ and the artist Maya Attoun as they discuss the allure and fascination of Frankenstein and his monster.”

2018: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is scheduled to host a screening of “The Good Nazi” “a 50 minute television documentary that chronicles the scientific work of a joint US-Canadian-Israeli-Lithuanian research team in July, 2017 on a site, HKP 562, a Nazi labor camp on the outskirts of Vilnius where the largest number of Vilna Ghetto Jews survived thanks to the efforts of a compassionate Nazi Officer, Major Karl Plagge.”

2018: In Haverhill, MA, Temple Emanu-El is scheduled to host “photographer Udi Goren” as he takes attendees “on a journey along the Israel National Trail.”

2018(26th of Cheshvan, 5779): Eighty-nine year old corporate gadfly Evelyn Y Davis, the Amsterdam born daughter of neurologist “Herman H. DeJong” and psychologist “Marianna (Witteboon) De Jong whose “Jewish roots made them targets of the Nazis” passed away today. (As reported by Emily Flitter)


2018: In Memphis, Abbie and Feivel Strauss gave birth to Elijah Meir Straus, the grandson of Dr. Bob and Laurie Silver, the brother of Joseph and Eden Strauss and the nephew of Fred Goldblatt and Jeff Silber.

2018: "New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison," a conference “co-organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, and presented in cooperation with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin, Germany” is scheduled to begin today.

2018: In Iowa City, IA, Prairie Lights Bookshop is scheduled to host a book signing for Barbara Feller, the Hebrew teacher par excellence, author of the newly released Road to Waubeek: Discovering Jay G. Sigmund.

2018: The New York Times features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy by Jill Soloway, The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right by Max Boot and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron De Hart.

2019: At sundown start of Yom HaAliya.

2019: In New Orleans, the Tulane Hillel is scheduled to host its Shop for Good Art Market this evening.

2019: In Atlanta, GA, the Breman Museum and the Simon Wiesenthal Center are scheduled to host a “Panel Discussion on the Threats of Modern Antisemitism.”

2019: “Jewish and Asian business leaders” are scheduled to meet “on Lord’s Cricket Ground for the inaugural meeting of a new initiative bring together the two communities.”

2019: The Temple Emanu-El Streicker is scheduled to host George Will and Dan Abrams as they discuss Will’s new book The Conservative Sensibility and the “Betraying of the Founding Fathers.”

2019: The UC Berkley School of Law is scheduled to host CUNY professor Mikahl Dekel, the author

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey as she discusses “the unlikely refuge found in Central Asian countries and Iran during World War II.



2020: In New Orleans, Hadassah is scheduled to hold its board meeting.

2020: CWRU’s Maltz Performing Arts Center is scheduled to present a live-streaming concert by the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

2020: The ASF Institute of Jewish Experience is scheduled to present Shalva Weil discussing her new book The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity.

2020: In Columbus, OH, Chabad is scheduled to host the first session of a six-week “Secrets of the Bible JLI Zoom Course”

2020: Two days after he had passed away, funeral were held today in Cedar Rapids, IA for Gary Goldstein, the has husband of Kathe Goldstein Z”L