This Day in Jewish History
Thursday September 21st, 2023 09:04:29 PM
Roman Emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I forbid Jews from
buying or owning Christian slaves. If any such slaves are found with Jews, they
must be removed and sold to other Christians. If a Jewish master converts a
Christian to Judaism, they will be severely punished.
Switzerland gained de facto independence from the Holy Roman Empire. Jews
began settling in Switzerland in the 13th century. During the first half of the 14th
Century, the Jewish community of Basel was one of the largest in Europe. However, during the last half of the 14th
century and on 15th century, successive bans drove Jews from the
homes in various cities and cantons. The bans were primarily caused charges of
well poisoning tied the spread of the Black Death. By the time Switzerland gained her
independence only a handful of Jews remained in this mountainous state. The Jewish population would not begin to grow
again until the end of the 18th century.
Selim I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire passed away. Selim did away with the Law of No Return, the
Roman ban on Jews living in Eretz Israel.
The ban was in force until the 16th century. Limits on Jewish immigration would reappear
with the British White Paper. Like many
other members of Ottoman royalty, Selim employed a Jewish physician.
Sultan Sueliman decreed that all the Jews seized at Buda and elsewhere, more
than 2,000 in number, should be distributed among the cities of the Turkish
In Recanti, Italy, under the protection of Pope Paul IV, Joseph (Paul) Moro, a
baptized Jew, entered a synagogue on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Holding
a crucifix, he tried to preach a conversion sermon. The congregation evicted
him and a near massacre occurred. Eventually the entire Jewish population was
Birthday of New York City native Josiah Brown, the son of Saul Pardo Brown and
husband of Esther de Jacob Monsanto, who “was building inspector in New York
City in 1708.”
Birthdate of Hannah Levy, the daughter of Moses Levy and the wife of Joshua
In Cento, Italy, Isaac Israeli and his wife gave birth to Benjamin D’Israeli,
the grandfather of Benjamin Disreali, the British author and political leader
also known as the Earl of Beaconsfield.
Today, in Arnhem, “two Jews, Solomon Cohen Jacobs and Samuel Levie, on Sept.
22, 1755, petitioned the authorities for a suitable burial-place.”
of Tishrei, 5520): Nine days after the British defeated the French at the
Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Jews could openly observe Rosh Hashanah in
Canada. The French banned Jews from
living in Canada. The British took the
Coronation of King George III who had his first conversation with a Jew when he
spoke with prizefighter Daniel Mendoza.
Joseph Gompertz married Esther Moses today at St. Helens.
of Tishrei, 5531): Shabbat Shuva
of Tishrei, 5532): Erev Sukkoth observed as the bubonic plague continues to be
a cause for violence in Moscow, which would have a very small Jewish population
at this time.
Pope Clement XIV passed away. In 1759, while still known as Cardinal Giovanni
Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli, he had issued a reported condemning blood libel
accusation. “In 1758, Pope Benedict XIV ordered an investigation into the
matter and charged Lorenzo Ganganelli, councilor of the Holy Office of the
Inquisition—and later Pope Clement XIV—to prepare a report on the commission’s
work. Ganganelli’s report, presented to the congregation of the Inquisition in
March 1758, reviewed the major accusations of Jewish ritual murder since the
thirteenth century and concluded that the blood libel was indeed a calumny, of
which Jews and Judaism were innocent.”
of Tishrei, 5537): Erev Yom Kippur – one has to wonder what was going through
the mind of American Jews as they heard the words of Kol Nidre and its
references to vows following the decision to break the vows of loyalty to the
King of England as stated in the recently adopted Declaration of Independence.
George Washington wrote to John Hancock denying any knowledge as to the cause
of the great fire that burned over 25% of New York City – thus putting the lie
to British claims that the Americans had started the blaze to thwart their
occupation of the city.
of Tishrei, 5539): As the British tried to figure out what to do having lost
the “first Battle of Saratoga’ Jews observed Rosh Hashanah
David Hays wrote from Bedford to his
Michael Hays, a merchant in North Castle that he was sending a fourth of a
mutton killed on September 21 and reminder that their mothers “yorsite” was to
be observed on September 27.”
of Elul, 5545): Erev Rosh Hashanah
of Tishrei, 5548): Yom Kippur
Today, on the anniversary of the “founding of the First French Republic”
Napoleon, who was busy leading a campaign in the Middle East that would take
him to Palestine where he would show sympathy to the Jewish population,
organized a magnificent celebration in Cairo
of Tishrei, 5550): During the first year of the presidency of George
Washington, Jews in the United States observe the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
of Tishrei, 5550): Meir Salomon Maas passed away today Frankfurt am main.
of Tishrei, 5551): Erev Sukkoth observed on the 29th anniversary of
the coronation of King George III.
of Tishrei, 5732): Tzom Gedaliah observed on the same day that James Faraday
and his wife gave birth to Michael Faraday whose impact on the world of science
was so great that his was one of only three pictures that Albert Einstein kept
on the wall of his study.
of Tishrei, 5553): Parashat Vayeilech; Shabbat Shuva observed for the first
time after National Convention of France had officially announced the
abolishment of the monarchy.
of Tishrei, 5554): Second Day of Sukkoth observed for the first time during the
10 month long “Reign of Terror” in France
of Tishrei, 5556): Erev Yom Kippur; Kol Nidre observed in France for the first
time under the newly adopted “Constitution of the Year III.”
of Tishrei, 5561): Tzom Gedaliah observed for the last time during the
Presidency of John Adams and for the first time in the 19th century.
of Tishrei, 5567): A day before Lewis and Clark arrive in St. Louis, thus
competing their successful exploration that took them to the Pacific Ocean,
Jews observed Yom Kippur
of Tishrei, 5569): Rosh Hashanah
Birthdate of Prague native Gottfried S. Schmelkes who practiced medicine in
Toplitz, Bohemia from 1838 until his death in 1870.
One day after he had passed away, Nathan Raphael, the wife of the former Julia
Asher with whom he had nine children was buried today at the “Brady Street
of Tishrei, 5572): Tzom Gedaliah
In Glasgow, Scotland, a “hatter” (maker of hats) named Isaac Cohen was admitted
as a burgess of the city.
of Elul, 5576): Erev Rosh Hashanah
Birthdate of Austrian dermatologist Hermann Edler von Zeissl.
of Tishrei, 5569): First Day of Rosh Hashanah observed for the last time during
the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson
of Elul, 5576): Erev Rosh Hashanah observed on the same day that British
diplomat Sir Robert Gunning who for some inexplicable reason ordered four
copies of the Old Testament in Hebrew for Catherine the Great, the creator of
the Pale of Settlement passed away.
of Elul, 5584): Erev Rosh Hashanah observed for the last time during the
Presidency of James Monroe.
of Tishrei, 5586): Jews observe Yom
Kippur in the first year of the Presidency of John Q. Adams, the only American
President chosen by the House of Representatives.
of Tishrei, 5588): Rosh Hashanah
Birthdate of “John de Pass…the fifth son of Daniel de Pass of London.”
of Tishrei, 5592): Sukkoth
of Tishrei, 5599): Parashat Ha’Azinu; Shabbat Shuva
In Gostyn, Prussia, Samuel and Julia Naphthaly gave birth to Joseph Naphthaly,
the San Francisco lawyer, Democratic Party politician and vintner whose
property “produced 30,000 gallons of wine” who married the former Sarah
Schmitt, the daughter of Blaize L. and Pauline Schmitt with whom he had two
children, Samuel and Leon.”
Birthdate of Abdulhamid II who issued a
firman in 1889 stating “That there shall be no interference with the Jews’
places of devotional visits and of pilgrimage, that are situated in the
localities which are dependent on the Chief Rabbinate, nor with the practice of
of Tishrei, 5607): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah observed on the same that,
during the Mexican-American War, the Kearny Code was “promulgated for use in
the New Mexico Territory” whose Jewish population up until then was limited to
of Tishrei, 5608): Mortiz Bertram, the husband of Sophia Boss with whom he had
eight children passed away today after which he was buried in the Laruiston
Road Jewish Cemetery.
1850: In Detroit, Michigan, twelve Jewish families
came together at the Cozens’s home to found the “Bet El Society” (a
Michigan Historical Marker now commemorates this site). The congregation
engaged the services of Rabbi Samuel Marcus of New York.
of Tishrei, 5610): Shabbat Shuva
The city of Des Moines, Iowa is incorporated as Fort Des Moines. William Krause
was one those instrumental in the incorporation effort. He and has his wife had
arrived in the area in 1846 when it was known as Raccoon Forks, making them the
first Jewish settlers. The Krause family
which had opened the towns first store in 1848 was joined by Joseph and Isaac
Kuhn in 1849. Krause was active in civic
affairs and played a key role in having the state capital moved to Des
Moines. By 1870, there were enough Jews
in Des Moines to form a congregation called B’nai Jeshurn which built a
synagogue in 1878.
The New York Times reported that “The Kohinoor must be a rouser, to
allow a company of Hebrew artists to cut away for months upon its sides, and
yet be left the largest diamond out of the mines.” The Kohinoor is one of the largest diamonds
in the world.
On “Mansell Street, Goodmans Fields,” Julia Messeena and William Flatau gave
birth to Rebecca Flatau.
of Elul, 5614): Erev Rosh Hashanah
(10th of Tishrei, 5616): Eleven days after the fall of Sevastopol during the
Crimean War, Jews on both sides of the conflict observe Yom Kippur
Adam Mickiewicz arrived in Constantinople. He had journeyed to the capital of
the Ottoman Empire from Paris so that he could organize a Jewish legion called
the Hussars of Israel made up Jews from Russia and Palestine. The legion was to be part of the forces
fighting against the Czar during the Crimean War.
The New York Times reported on the celebration by “the Israelites of the
ceremonies marking the start of their New Year including a list of all the
synagogues in the city that are holding services on what is described as ‘a
fast day…a day of atonement.’”
One day after he had passed away, David Davidson, the Swedish born son of
Abraham and Hannah Davidson, was buried today at the “Lauriston Road Jewish
Daniele Manin an Italian patriot and statesman from Venice who was a hero of
Italian unification (Risorgimento) passed away. He was born Daniele Fonseca,
the son of a Jew in Ramo Astori, Venice. His name was changed to Manin when he
was converted to Catholicism as a child.
Two days after she had passed away, Deborah Nathan, the daughter of Isaac
Saltiel and the wife of David Nathan with whom she had seven children, was
buried today at the “Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery.”
“When the Hispano-Moroccan War broke out” today, “the Mellah of Tetuan (the
Jewish section of the city of Tetuan) was sacked” forcing many Jews to seek
refuge in Cadiz and Gibraltar.
Birthdate of Baltimore, MD native Charles H. Lauchheimer a graduate of the
United States Naval Academy and Columbia University Law School who rose to the
rank of Brigadier General and served as “the Adjutant and Inspector of the
United States Marine Corps” during World War I.
Two days after Abraham Lincoln had written letter praising the skills of his
podiatrist, Dr. Issachar Zacahrie, the President issued a preliminary draft of
the Emancipation Proclamation which would become effective January 1, 1863.
of Tishrei, 5624): Erev Yom Kippur
Lt. Colonel Samuel Tolles and nine men from the 5th Pennsylvania
Cavalry captured a Jew names Falk Odenheimer near the Pasquotank River in North
Carolina. Odenheimer claimed he was a
refugee from Goldsboro, NC. He was
carrying $12,000 in gold and “Southern State money” as well as a number of
watches when he was captured. He had
spent the night in the woods looking for a place where he could cross into the
Union lines without being detected.
Apparently Tolles did not know what to make of
story since he sent Odenheimer back to headquarters under armed guard.
In Spitafields, London, Phoebe Silver and Lipman Nathan gave birth to Mark
Isaac and Anna Stone gave birth to Milwaukee resident Nathan Stone the
president of The Boston Store in Milwaukee, WI, a member of Temple Emanuel and
the husband of Minnie Salzenstein
Three days after he had passed away, 46 year old Joseph Lewis Franklin, the son
of Eliezer Franklin, was buried today at the “West Ham Jewish Cemetery on
In Lancaster, PA Congregation Shaarai Shomayim dedicated its new synagogue
Ernst Bernheim the German historian who would lose his academic career under
the Nazis due to his Jewish ancestry and who had been attending the Johanneum
since Easter of 1862 graduated with the German academic certificate known as
Moses and Barbara Hiednheim gave birth to Selma Heidenheim who became Selma
Levy prominent New Orleanean Emanuel Levy.
The third congregational home for the West London Synagogue of British Jews
which “£20,000 and had capacity for 1,000 congregants” “was opened today.”
Birthdate of Waraw native Max Grauman who came to the United where he gained
fame as a chazan and composer.
of Tishrei, 5634): Rosh Hashanah
In New York City, Samuel and Mariana (Marcuse) Stroock gave birth to Columbia
trained attorney, a member of the law firm of Stroock and Stroock and husband
of Hilda Weil who was Presidenct of the Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New
In New York City the commercial centers and Wall Street are seemingly
depopulated because the city’s Jewish population are crowding their synagogues
“to their utmost capacity” for services “that are of the most impressive and
Birthdate of Poltava native David Cantarow, who studied in Algeria and Paris
and at Tufts after he which practiced gynecology and obstetrics.
In Jersey, Esther Simon was married today at the home of her uncle.
Henry Levi married Elizabeth Fileman today.
“Pauline,” an opera in four acts with music by the Anglo- Jewish composer
Frederic H. Cowen opened at the Lyceum Theatre in London.
In Russia, Bessie and Samuel Kramer gave birth to American actor and playwright
Louis Kramer who “played on the Jewish stage for thirty years” and who was a
member of both the Hebrew Actors Union and the Jewish Theatrical Alliance.
of Tishrei, 5638): In the first year of the Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes,
Jews observe Sukkoth
of Tishrei, 5548): Yom Kippur
It was reported today that Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform) are
moving ahead with the plans adopted last year to reorganize. According to information supplied by the
Jewish Messenger, a newly created Board of Delegates on Civil and Religious
Rights will replace the old Board of Delegates of American Israelites.
It was reported today that the police in New York do not believe the story of
Meyer Friedman, a Polish Jewish shoemaker, and his wife that their home was
broken into by thieves who made off with $90 and a gold watch. The police base their disbelief on the fact
that the glass where the break-in was supposed to have occurred was lying on
the ground outside the dwelling and not inside on the flooring indicating that
it was broken by somebody on the inside.
Nobody doubts the Friedman’s no longer have the money and nobody has
commented on the fact that the alleged burglary took place on Rosh Hashanah
of Tishrei, 5643): Erev Yom Kippur
In one of the ironies of history, Wilhelm Keitel, a German Field Marshall and
senior Nazi military leader who would be hung as war criminal at Nuremberg was
born as Jews prepared to hear the haunting tones of Kol Nidre.
In Berne, Switzerland Rosa Borchard and Jacob Block gave birth to Long Island
College Hospital trained neuropsychiatrist Siegfried who served as the
attending at several New York hospital and as an instructor at his alma mater
while also serving as a director of the United Jewish Aid Soceities.
“The Connecticut Campaign” published today described the reaction of Dr. Lewis
Kleeberg, the rabbi at Mishkahn Israel to the publication of anti-Semitic
language used by the current Republican candidate for governor in a jury
summation back in 1857. Kleeberg said
that words spoken in haste and hurry of a court room should not be taken as the
speaker’s personal opinions.
Furthermore, he dislikes “this mingling of religion and politics. The effort to use the Jews of Connecticut as
a sort of a club to wreak political revenge can do
no harm to the man it is aimed at.
New York stockbroker Henry C. Friedman eloped tonight with Sarah Scheuer, the
daughter of million merchant Solomon Scheuer.
In Vienna, “Benno Stroheim, a middle-class hat-maker, and Johanna Bondy, both
of whom were observant Jews.” gave birth to Erich Oswald Stroheim who gained
fame as actor, writer, director Erich von Stroheim,
Rabbi David Levy officiated at the wedding of J.S. Loeb of Cincinnati and Ray
Pinkussohn of Charleston, SC.
In “Spitalfields, London,” Phoebe Silver and Lipman Nathan gave birth to Mark
Louis Bols, who was Allenby’s chief of staff during his campaign in Palestine
and who served as “Chief Administrator of Palestine” after WW I, was promoted
to the rank of Lieutenant as he began his climb up the ladder of the British
It was reported today that in their annual report, the managers of House of
Refuge on Randall’s Island do not disclose figures on the religious affiliation
of any of its inmates except for those who are Jewish.
It was reported today that the new Prince of Monaco has been “betrothed to the
Dowager Duchess of Richelieu, a beautiful 31 year old widow who is the daughter
of Michel Heine, an orthodox Jew who is a nephew of Heinrich Heine.
It was reported today that Amy Levy, the 23 year old Anglo-Jewish author who
was thought to be a future “Emma Lazarus” was cremated today, per her own
request. The ashes were then placed in a
small oak chest after which they were buried in a Jewish cemetery.
It was reported today that “a few men are taking the offered course in
elementary Hebrew” being offered at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Future
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s course in American history was the most popular
elective being offered during this same fall semester.
Rabbi Aaron Cohen delivered the sermon at today’s dedication of the new
synagogue built by Congregation Beth Hamedrash Hagodol in New York. Coroner Ferdinand Levy delivered an address
after the endstone was laid at the building which had cost $44,000.
Rabbi Moses Guedalia led the services this afternoon that marked the
consecration of the Congres of Moses Montefiore’s new synagogue on in New York
City. He was assisted by several visiting clergymen including Rabbis A.H. Nieto
and H. Pereira Mendes.
Twenty-three-year-old Danbury, CT merchant Nathan Spiro, the Polish born son of
Solomon and Rachel Spiro marred Rose Pakulski today in New York City.
“Literary Notes” published today described “a Hebrew translation of
Longfellow’s ‘Psalm of Life’” by Rabbi Isidore Meyers of Melbourne, Australia
that has just been printed in Jerusalem
of Tishrei, 5651): In the United Kingdom, 27 year old Ernest M. Lazerck, the
son of Mr. and Mrs Moritz Lazereck passed away today.
Birthdate of popular German actor Hans Albert who was the paramour of actress
Hansi Burg, who was classified as Jewish under Nazi “racial law” which led to
being forced to seek refuge in Switzerland during the war before returning to
Albert after 1945.
Russians claim that seven thousand Jews left Berdichefon for Argentina
today. This claim would appear to be
bogus since there is no railway facility at Berdichefon capable of handling
such a large number of people at one time.
In Brooklyn the only Isaac Marks listed in the city directory denied that the
Henry Marks, the young who committed suicide yesterday in suburban Chicago, is
his brother as claimed by the note found with the body that also contained a
request that he be buried “according to Jewish rites.”
Approximately two thirds of the 358 passengers who arrived in New York today
aboard the Moravia were Russian Jews.
of Tishrei, 5653): As Grover Cleveland seeks to defeat Benjamin Harrison in the
upcoming U.S. Presidential election, Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah
In Cleveland, Ohio, “the Erie Street congregation of Russian Jews” is scheduled
to hold Rosh Hashanah services in an assembly room of the new Young Men’s
Christian Association Building.
Birthdate of Friedrich Jacob Kiesler, the native of Czernowitz which was then
in the Austro-Hungarian Empire who gained fame as the American architect and
designer Frederick John Kiesler who “was chosen in 1952 as one of “the 15
leading artists at mid-century” by The Museum of Modern Art.”
Bernard Pachman and Carl Feldman were arrested tonight when police attempted to
stop a group of “Hebrew Anarchists” from throwing cobblestones at the offices
of Freie Arbeiter Stimme on Pike Street.
Birthdate of Hartford, CT native Charlotte S. Friedman Fine, the wife of George
Fine and wife of Irving Gifford Fine who
was a member of the Brookline Chapter of Hadassah and “was active in the formation of Brandeis
University where she sponsored chamber concerts.”
of Tishrei, 5656): Tzom Gedaliah observed since the 3rd was Shabbat
of Tishrei, 5656: Prominent Jewish leader Abraham B. Wasser “dropped dead this
afternoon while visiting at the home of a friend “in Elizabeth, NJ
In Jacksonville, FL, the Phoenix Club, whose members included Sol Iseman, V.E.
Jacobs, Fred Kann and Mike Sabel was formed today.
1895: Birthdate of Lemberg native Frederich
Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund who gained fame as Academy Award winning actor Paul
Muni who got his start in the Yiddish theatre and who unlike other leading men
of his day, Muni gained fame as a character actor playing figures as widely
different as Mexican revolutionary, a Chinese peasant and a French publisher.
(Some sources show his birthday at September 15)
In Detroit, Temple Bethel adopted the use of the New Union Prayer Book for
Birthdate of celebrated poet, novelist, critic, and editor, Babette Deutsch.
While still a student at Barnard College, Deutsch had her first poems published
in magazines, and her first volume of poetry, Banners, was published
only two years after she graduated. Many more volumes of poetry followed,
including 1928’s Honey Out of A
Rock, which touched on varied biblical and Jewish themes. Deutsch
also wrote a number of novels, including A Brittle Heaven (1926), In Such a Night (1927), and The Mask of Silenus (1933). In addition to her work as a
poet and novelist, Deutsch was also a noted critic, as well as a writer of
fiction and biographies for children. In 1958 she was elected to the National
Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1969 served as the organization’s
secretary. Deutsch was on the advisory board of the National Book Committee,
chancellor for the Academy of American Poets, and a consultant for the Library
of Congress. Although Deutsch led a busy professional life, she also devoted
much of her time to the Jewish community. Deutsch often worked with the Young
Men’s Hebrew Association, serving as a lecturer in their Poetry Center. Much of
her poetry reflected her Jewish heritage, and her last three books of poetry
all dealt with her anger at the horrors of the Holocaust and her efforts to
make sense of such great tragedy.
Birthdate of Uri Zvi Grinberg the Galacian born Israeli poet and author who
uniquely wrote in both Yiddish and Hebrew
In Special Sessions Court, “Nathan Straus pleaded not guilty” this morning “in
the case brought by the Board of Health charging him with selling “impure
milk.” Straus has been providing
sterilized and modified milk products through conveniently located distribution
centers to the primarily immigrant population of the Lower East Side; a program
he subsidizes which has demonstrably lowered the infant and child mortality
rate in New York.
Washington, D.C, native Franklin W. Hart was assigned to the “Celtic” today as
“paymaster with the rank of Lieutenant.”
In Johnstown, PA founding of Rodef Sholom Congregation whose members include
Isaac Rabinowit, Morris Weisberg and Philip Meyers.
“Max Regis, the former Mayor of Algiers and a notorious Jew baiter” fled from
his villa which was just outside of town in which he and his fellow
anti-Semites “had been barricaded for some days” because they feared arrest by
of Elul, 5660): Parashat Nitzavim
of Elul, 5660): Caroline Brenner, the daughter of the former Louise Blumenau
and Jacob A. Brenner, the Brooklyn attorney, Kings County judicial official and
active member of Temple Beth-Elohim passed away today, two years after her
brother Simon had passed away.
of Tishrei, 5662): Kol Nidre
The Tompkin brothers, two cantors who have just arrived in New York from Europe
are scheduled to lead services in the Grand Central Palace.
of Tishrei, 5662): Eight days after Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in
as President following the death of William McKinley, Jews prepare to hear Kol
Birthdate of Everett, MA native Abraham Theodore Alpert who earned was awarded
an A.B. from Harvard in 1922.
of Tishrei, 5662): Sixty-two year old attorney and economist Simon Sterne
passed away today in New York City.
1902: Birthdate of Bucharest native Jacques
Hasusman, to son of a Jewish father and English mother who gained fame as
Academy award winning actor John Houseman known to one generation as the law
school professor Charles Kingsfield in “The
Paper Chase” but to an earlier generation he was the producer of Orson
Well’s radio masterpiece, War of the
of Elul, 5662): Eighty year old Solomon Cohn who began served a rabbi in Berlin
from 1876 to 1894 when he retired and moved to Breslau where he passed away
of Elul, 5662): Sixty-one year old Siegmund Hinrichsen who served as member of
the Hamburg Parliament starting in 1871 passed away today.
of Tishrei, 5664): Rosh Hashanah
1903: It was reported today that “a delegation of
Jews from the Second Aldermanic District of Manhattan” has visited the
headquarters of the Citizens’ Union and urged “the officers of the Union to”
persuade “Jacob H. Schiff to accept a Fusion nomination for Alderman in that
1904: Hyman Liberman began serving as May of Cape
Town, South Africa.
Birthdate of Max Hodesblatt, the Brooklyn native whose basketball skills earned
him entrance into the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame and who went on to a
successful coaching career.
The Jewish Chronicle reported that
Aria College, in Portsmouth which had been founded by Lewis Aria has closed for
lack of funds.
Myer Jack Landa, the journalist who wrote for the Sheffield Daily Telegraph and
the Birmingham Daily Gazette where he became “the Parliamentary correspond in
the Press Gallery of the House Commons” and Annie Gertrude Landa (nee Gordon)
gave birth to Ruth Landa
of Tishrei, 5667): Shabbat Shuvah; the fast is delayed 24 hours
It was reported today that the in Siedlce, “the Governor has informed the
leaders of the Jewish community that in the event of a bomb outrage all the
remaining Jews in Siedlce will be massacred” by members of the Black Hundreds.
Dr. Joseph Krauskopf of Philadelphia the founder and President of the Hebrew
Farm School in Doylestown, PA delivered a talk today on “A Way Out of the
Ghetto” at the Free Synagogue in New York
It was reported today that during the year that ended on September 15, nearly
2,500 babies have been fed daily on the pasteurized milk that is sold or given
away at the Nathan Straus milk depots and that the daily consumption of the
pasteurized milk in the parks has averaged 16,500 glasses.”
It was reported today that next winter, Nathan Straus “will maintain in New
York seven pasteurized milk depots which is one more” than he maintained last
Birthdate of Philadelphia born, Harvard educated attorney turned sociologist
David Riesman, the author of The Lonely Crowd.
Jews were forced to leave Arabia (Yemen) to avoid being forced to convert to
Simon M. Goldsmith, the New York City born son of Tillie Hirshkind and Meyer
Goldsmith and dealer in fertilizer and chemicals who was a member of the
Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Societies marred Gertrude Levy today.
Announcement of the death of Lady Louisa de Rothschild widow of Sir Anthony de
Rothschild upon whom a barony had been conferred by Sir Robert Peel in 1847.
Sir Anthony passed away in 1876. Lady Louisa was known as “Lady Bountiful”
because of her charitable works among the less fortunate Jews. Her fame as a
gracious hostess is attested to by the fact that the Prince of Wales learned of
the death of Napoleon III while visiting her summer home, Aston Clinton, in
of Elul, 5671): Erev Rosh Hashanah
A contract was signed between Protector and Gamble, the makers of Crisco and
“Rabbi M. S. Margolies of New York and Rabbi S. Lifsitz of Cincinnati” who had
been to the factory to inspect it and determine the kashruth of Crisco.”
of Elul, 5671): Gershon David, a trustee of the State Asylum in Athens, OH,
passed away today in Jackson, OH.
In New South Wales, Bertram Jacobs was appointed lecturer on Law at University
New laws drafted for the governing of the Jewish community of Frankfort include
the innovate provision that “women who pay communal tax and the wives of
tax-payers are eligible for election to the governing council.”
The German Emperor confers the Order of Red Eagle, Third Class on Dr. Albert
Moses, the German legal scholar who helped draft Japan’s Meiji Constitution.
of Tishrei, 5673: Mrs. Chaie Schaaf passed away today.
of Tishrei, 5673): Rabbi Hyman Kalamnowitz passed away today in Chicago.
of Tishrei, 5673): Moses Jakobsohn, the son of R’Menachem Mendlel Jakobsohn,
passed away today.
of Elul, 5673): Seventy-two-year old Vilna native Eliakum Zunser the “Yiddish
language poet, songwriter and badchen who in 1889 and came to the United States
where he spent the rest of life.
A production” of “Princess Caprice, a musical theatre work described as a
“comedy with music”, in three acts, with music by Leo Fall,” the son
of Mortiz Fall opened today “at the Leeds Grand.
of Tishrei, 5675): 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah
In Chicago, as World War stretches into its third month, “it is estimated that
more than 100,000 Orthodox Jews gathered in synagogues today in observance of
the second day of Rosh Hashanah” thousands of whom were praying “for relatives
who are engaged in the battles now being waged.”
In London, Ezra Pound and T.S. Elliot, two men of letters bound together by
poetry and anti-Semitism met for the first time today.
of Tishrei, 5676): Erev Sukkoth
Birthdate of Professor Samuel Edward Finer, the son Romanian Jewish immigrants,
who became one the United Kingdom’s leading historians and political scientist.
of Elul, 5676): Fifty-five year old Simon Frug the Ukrainian born author and
Zionist passed away today in Odessa.
Rabbis in Palestine declare that all Jews should not fast on Yom Kippur, but
eat due to the epidemics which were rampant.
The funeral of Adolf Deiches is scheduled to take place this morning at Temple
Rodeph Shalom at 63rd and Lexington.
The funeral of Lena Gunther, the widow of Isaac Gunther, who was a member of
Deborah Verein No.1 and Henrietta Verein, is scheduled to be held at Mt. Nebo
Cemetery in Brooklyn.
A memoriam published today marked the 15th anniversary, on the
English calendar of Simon Sterne “In reverent memory of Simon Sterne, passed
away Sept. 22, 1901. His engaging
personality, dignity, great knowledge and modesty made contact with him a
Dr. Aaron Eiseman, who for thirteen years served as the Rabbi of Temple Beth
Israel on Lexington Avenue “returned today after spending seven weeks on the
Mexican border in the interest of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association,
establishing branches at the principle concentration points and looking after
the approximately 5,000 Jewish soldiers.”
of Tishrei, 5676) Parsahat Vayeilech and Shabbat Shuva
Jacob Billikopf, the Executive Director of the American Jewish Relief Committee
which is chaired by Louis Marshal announced tonight “that the first two weeks
in December have been selected for the campaign…to raise” four million dollars
in New York City as part of the ten million national campaign to raise funds
for Jewish War Sufferers.
The Jewish Legion, which was part of the British Army under General Allenby,
dislodged Turkish army units from their entrenched position at Umm esh-Shert
Ford on the Jordan River. This is the
same ford where Joshua crossed with the Israelites in Biblical times. As we said when we began our studies last
year, Jewish History covers an unbelievably long span of time. More importantly, when Jews tread the land of
Israel they are truly treading on the land of their ancestors.
Birthdate of Henryk Szeryng, the Polish born Mexican violinist who served as a
liaison officer and interpreter during WW II at the request of General
Sikorksi, the Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile.
“Earl Curzon, the new Secretary for Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the British
Declaration of November 2, 1917” known as the Balfour Declaration.
“The United Building Fund Campaign of the Federated Jewish Institutions was
several hundred thousand dollars nearer its $10,000,000 goal when the various
trade Chairmen had reported at today’s rally at the Hotel Biltmore.”
“The Idle Inn” is being performed at The Jewish Art Theatre.
of Tishrei, 5681): Yom Kippur
Dr. Goldstein is scheduled to deliver a sermon this morning on “What is
Israel’s Greatest Sin” at the Free Synagogue.
Rabbi Rudolph Grossman is scheduled to deliver a sermon on “Jew – Thyself” this
morning at Rodeph Sholom followed by an Afternoon Sermon on “The Balm of
At the Yizkor Service, Dr. Wise is scheduled to deliver a sermon on “The
Homecoming” this afternoon at the Free Synagogue which is hold Yom Kippur
services at Carnegie Hall.
In Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Louis Jackson, a Lithuanian born Jew and his wife
Millicent Virden gave birth to Elanor Virden Jackson whose mother told her not
to talk about her Jewish heritage and
who gained fame “as a civil rights lawyer known for handling wrongful
convictions and death row appeals.” (As reported by Margalit Fox)
Birthdate of Wolf William Eisenberg who gained fame as cartoonist William
Elder, one of those who helped created “Mad” magazine.
Gdud HaAvoda VeHaHaganah al shem Yosef Trumpeldor (the Joseph Trumpeldor Work
and Defense Battalion) known simply Gdud HaAvod established kibbutz Ein Harod
of Elul, 5682): Erev Rosh Hashanah
According to “an authoritative source” today was the day when Russian born
violinist Mischa Mischaoff arrived in the United States.
In Brooklyn, Rebecca Schwartz and David Sive gave birth to David Sive who was
one of the earliest practitioners of “Environmental Law.” (As reported by
In “Palestine Land of Promise,” published today, Dr. Maruice Harris, the Rabbi
at Temple Israel in NYC, provides an eyewitness account of how the land and
people of Palestine have benefited from Zionist programs based on his recent
visit to Eretz Israel.
In Cardiff, Wales Rudolf Abse, a Jewish solicitor and cinema owner and his wife
gave birth to Welsh poet Daniel Abse, — the brother of political reformer Leo
Abse and psychoanalyst Wilfred Abse.
Birthdate of Gerald Schoenfeld who became chairman of the powerful Shubert
Organization, the largest and most important theater owner on Broadway and in
the United States.
In the Soviet Union, Chjekists (secret police) rounded up all known Zionists.
Over thirty thousand were arrested and the Zionist organization was forced to
move underground. This determined drive to destroy the Zionist was driven by a
variety of motives. One had to do with
the Communists’ fear of competing political groups and ideologies. Another had to do with anti-Semitism some of
which one might say was endemic to Russians and some of which was a
manifestation of self-loathing on the part of Jews who had bought into the
“Rabbi J. Max Weis is making a special New Year Appeal for the Jewish Palestine
Exploration Society with a view to placing a fund at the disposal of Dr. Nahum
Slousch whose recent discoveries lead him to believe that many treasures of
value to Jewish history are buried in Palestine.”
In what must have been a colossal error It was reported today that the
Religious School of Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue “will reopen next Monday at
10 A.M” which would have meant it was reopening on September 28 which was Yom
In San Francisco, “Clayton Solomon, the founder of Tower Cut Rate Drugs and the
former Annette Sockolov” gave birth to Russell Malcolm “Russ” Solomon, the
founder of Tower Records. (As reported by Robert D. McFadden)
1926(14th of Tishrei, 5687): Erev
At a conference tonight between the Governor of New York and the Chairman of
the Republican State Committed it was decided that the Republicans will accept
the proposal of Governor Smith that Associate Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo of the
Court of Appeals be nominated for Chief Judge of that tribunal on a fusion
of Elul, 5687): Sixty year old Rudolph Grossman, who had served as associate
Rabbi of Temple Beth-El until 1896 when he became rabbi at Rodef Sholom passed
of Tishrei, 5689): Shabbat Shuva
Today, in Massena, New York, two days before Yom Kippur, four-year-old Barbara
Griffiths went for a walk and did not come back home. After a long search by
townspeople and state police, a rumor began to circulate that the girl had been
kidnapped and killed by the town’s Jews for a religious ritual associated with
the impending holiday. This was the opening event in what would be called the
Massena Blood Libel.
In New York City “Lily (Abbey) and Alfred Stone” gave birth to Harvard grad and
Columbia Law School trained attorney Richard Stone who served as United States
Senator from Florida and U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Presidents Bush and
Today marks the thirtieth day since a group of Jews were killed in Jerusalem by
Arabs. The level of danger felt by the
Jewish community is so great that the Jews have “abandoned their age old ritual
for the dead” and not publicly taken note of the Shloshim.
In what can only be described as a unique form of British even-handedness, the
Mandatory government informed “Jews who protested against the erection of a
Moslem religious school at the Wailing Wall that a fully sanctioned permit had
been granted to the Arabs by the government.”
of Elul, 5690): Erev Rosh Hashanah
The army, navy and Coast Guard have granted furloughs effective today to enable
Jewish servicemen to observe Rosh Hashanah.
“An appeal by Albert Einstein, on behalf of the special campaign for funds no
being conductedby the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid society was made
Birthdate of cinematographer Isidor Mankofsky, the son of Russian-Jewish
immigrants who used the name “Bill Mann” while doing some of his filming for
the Encyclopedia Britannica “on the advice of a producer who warned him of
“Kiki” a Franco-German musical comedy filmed by cinematographer Otto Hell was
released in Europe today.
Today, the Montreal Gazette reported that “Moscow-based correspondent Rhea
Clyman had been ‘driven from Russia’ and attacked as a ‘Bourgeois
Troublemaker.’” (As reported by Jars Balan)
of Tishrei, 5694): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
of Tishrei, 5694): Sixty-year-old Simon J. “Sime” Silverman, the Cortland, NY
born son of Rachel Ganz and Louis Silverman and husband of Harriet Freeman who
was the journalist and publisher “best known as the founder of the weekly
Variety in New York in 1905 and the Hollywood-based Daily Variety in 1933
passed away today.
1933: German Jews were banned from the fields
of journalism, art, literature, music, broadcasting, and theater tod
“The Great Waltz” a musical with a book by Moss Hart and choreography by
Albertina Rasch, opened on Broadway at the Center Theatre today “where it ran
for 289 performances.
On the road to WW II, Mussolini announced his terms for ending the so-called
Abyssinia Crisis which eventually led to the Italian conquest of a nation whose
leader included the title “the Lion Of Judah.”
The fascist forces of General Francisco Franco “were sweeping southeast tonight
toward Toledo after smashing the backbone of the government forces and cutting
Madrid’s communication” thanks in no small part to the bombing and strafing by
of Tishrei, 5697): Sixty-four year old “General Roberto Segre who commanded
artillery formations at the start of” World War I and was cited for bravery at
the Battle of Gorizia” being promoted to chief of staff of the Fifth Army Corps
and becoming head of the Italian-Austrian Armistice Commission passed away
“Declaring the lives of 12,000 American Jews in Palestine were being endangered
by rioting, Senator Royal S. Copeland asked Secretary of State Cordell Hull in
a letter today to make a ‘friendly intimation’ to the British Government that
it should take ‘positive action’ to quell the disturbances.’”
“Three hundred persons attended the dinner given at the Hotel Astor’ tonight
“by the American Committee for the Settlement of Jews in Biro-Bidjan (Soviet
Union) in honor of the committee’s honorary president, Lord Marley, the British
As the cloud of fascism grew ever darker across the face of Europe, with all
that would mean for the Jews, Franco’s so-called nationalist forces defeated
the Republican Army at the Battle of El Mazuco
In a meeting with Chamberlain at Bad Godesberg, Hitler turned up the heat and
demanded immediate German occupation of the Sudetendland, a demand that the man
with the umbrella would eventually give into as he brought us peace in our
Joint victory parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest-Litovsk at the end of
the Invasion of Poland.
Per the request of Sigmund Freud, for a second day Dr. Max Schur administered
what would prove to be fatal doses of morphine to the famous but cancer ridden
In an example of “the law of unintended consequences” today the Japanese
invaded French Indo-China, a move that would lead to an embargo by the
Americans that would led to Pearl Harbor that would lead too….(and now you know
why they call it the string of history)
of Tishrei, 5702): Rosh Hashanah
1941: This day saw the beginning of a new intensity
in the murder of the Jewish people. In Vinnitsa, Ukranian militia, trained by
the SS, killed an estimated 23,000 Jews. Sweeping through town on horseback,
soldiers wielded swords to chop down innocents. The Ukrainians were willing
participants in the murder of the Jews.
The Holocaust was possible, in part, because of the willing
participation of non-Germans in the Final Solution. An additional 4,000 Jews in Ejszyszki were
1941: Nearly 500 Jews escaped from Ejszyszki,
Lithuania, after being alerted to an impending Nazi sweep
1941: All Jews of Litin, Ukraine, are murdered.
Sculptor Louise Nevelson’s first one-woman show opened at the Nierendorf
1942: The Jewish ghetto in Czestochowa, Poland,
is liquidated; 40,000 residents are transported to the Treblinka death camp and
1942: The leading French Protestant, Pastor
Marc Boegner, publicly protests the Jewish deportations. He personally attempts
to convince Vichy France Premier Pierre Laval to end the roundups of Jewish
children. After Boegner offers to have the children adopted, Laval tells him
that “not one of them must remain in France.”
“To Discuss Men’s Clothing” published today described plans for an upcoming
radio show in which “Leo Perper, head of the Roger Kent Shops” will provide
guidance on the subject of purchasing men’s clothes.
It was reported today that Max S. Perlman who is taking a leading role in
rehabilitation work among Jews in North Africa will first go to Lisbon, the
home European headquarters for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
before continuing on to Algiers where he will work with “other Jewish welfare
workers” including those working for ex-Governor Herbert H. Lehman’s Office of
Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations.”
The Germans announce through their puppet Greek press that all Jews have only
five days to register their names or face a penalty of death. Christians were
told if they hide Jews they would be shot.
1943(22nd of Elul, 5703): Forty Jews hiding
in forests near Koniecpol, Poland, are attacked by Poles. Many of the Jews are
The Baltimore Sun reported Nazi
“Slayings Near 250,000,”
1943: Wilhelm Kube, the Generalkommissar
of Belorussia, is assassinated by a bomb placed beneath his bed by a Soviet
partisan who had been assigned to work as his maid.
World War II: the Red Army enters Tallinn, Estonia. Before the war Tallin had been home to a
vibrant Jewish community of about 2,300 people. The liberation of Estonia from
the Nazis by the Soviets meant an end to the Holocaust, it was not much of any
improvement for the Jews since the Estonia became a puppet state of the
U.S.S.R. implementing the anti-Jewish policies of larger neighbor to the east.
Birthdate of Cleveland, OH, native Michael Jay Kransy the San Francisco public
radio personality and Professor at San Francisco State University who is a
member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin.
of Tishrei, 5706): First day of Sukkoth
U.S. premiere of “Rhapsody in Blue,” “a fictionalized biography of George
of Tishrei, 5706): Chief Judge Irving Lehman of the New York State Court of
Appeals passed way early this morning at the age of 69. . He had been a member of the State’s
judiciary for thirty-seven years. Lehman was the older brother of Herbert
Lehman, former Governor of New York who is currently serving as the Director of
the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Judge Lehman was
born in New York in 1876, the son of two transplanted Alabama Jews. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia
in 1896 where he also earned a Master Degree and a Law Degree. He was in
private practice until 1908 when he was first elected to the State Supreme
Court. He was elected Chief Judge of the
New York State Court of Appeals in 1939. He was respected for his ability to
make the law “a living force subject to change and development” as well as his
“ability to slash through legal verbiage and get to the heart of complex
commercial and financial problems. A philanthropist, Lehman was actively involved
with several Jewish organizations including the Young Men’s Hebrew Association
an Temple Emanu-El both of which he led as President.
of Elul, 5706): One Jew was killed and both sides suffered other casualties
when refugees on board the blockade runner Palmach battled a British naval
boarding party off the northern coast of Palestine today. Off the coast of
Haifa, the British boarding party used guns, gas and fire hoses to quell
resistance from a boat load of Jewish “displaced persons” seeking to find a
home in Eretz Israel.
Congregation Beth-El Synagogue was dedicated today at St. Johnsbury, Vermont
In Camden, NJ, Beth-El held a memorial service for Rabbi Amoff who was killed
in an army truck accident following his discharge at Fort Kilmer. During WW II, he served as a chaplain in the
Secretary of State George Marshall instructed the American U.N. delegation to
refrain from supporting the UNSCOP majority report that included a
recommendation for partition.
As part of an attempt to thwart Jordan’s annexation of the West Bank, Egypt and
other members of the Arab League supported the formation of a Palestine
National Council in Gaza, which would remain under Egyptian and not Palestinian
control for the next 19 years.
Birthdate of Larisa Bergen, the native of Kazakhstan who won silver medal in
volleyball at the 1976 Olympics.
Reuven Shiloah, special Israeli Government counselor left Paris for Washington
where he is scheduled discuss the latest peace proposal and other developments
in the Middle East with representatives of the U.S. State Department.
In Brooklyn, “Adele Perlman, a bookkeeper and Phillip Perlman, a manager at a
dolls parts factory gave birth to Heide Paula Perlman the winner of two Emmy Awards for her television work that
began with writing scripts for Cheers.
Unidentified authorities at the highest level of the Israeli government reveal
that Israel “is willing to compensate Arab refugees for property that they
behind when fled, and in addition, is willing to make contributions for the
resettlement of Arab refugees.” Until now, the Israeli government has refused
to take responsibility for the plight of the refugees because the Arabs caused
the problem when they invaded the Jewish state.
At the same time, Israel feels that consideration should be given for the
expense born by Israel in re-settling Jewish refugees from Arab countries,
especially the 100,000 who had left Iraq.
The Israelis want their bank accounts, which are valued at between
30,000,000 to 40,000,000 pounds, unblocked.
Isser Harel named head of Mossad.
of Tishrei, 5714): Fifty-nine year old Sgt. Myer Abelson, the Altoona, PA born
son of Abraham and Ida Abelson passed away today in Carlisle, PA after which he
was buried at the Mount Sinai Cemetery in Altoona.
“Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary” featuring Lou Jacobi was released today in
the United Kingdom.
New York Premiere of the Billy Wilder hit comedy “Sabrina”
American author and screenwriter Robert Katz, the son of Sidney and Helen Katz,
married Beverly Gerstel today. Katz wrote Death in Rome in “which he
blamed Pope Pius XII for the massacre of 335 Romans and 70 Jews at the
Ardeatine Caves in 1944.”
Today, Stella Marcus, the widow of Rufus Isaacs, the 1st Marquis of
Reading “was created a Life Peer in her own right, becoming Baroness
Swanborough after which she became “the first woman to take her seat in the
House of Lords.”
of Tishrei, 5721): As the race between Nixon and Kennedy for the White House
heats up, Jews observe the first day of Rosh Hashanah
of Tishrei, 5721): Seventy-eight year old psychoanalyst Melanie Klein passed
away in London.
“The Dark as the Top of the Stairs” a cinematic adaption by Irving Ravetch of a
play by the same name with music by Max Steiner was released in the United
States today by Warner Bros.
The final season of “You Bet Your Life” which had been re-named “The Groucho
Show” in honor of the host Groucho Marx, debuted today.
ABC broadcast the final episode of “The Law and Mr. Jones” created and produced
by Sy Gomberg which had included guest star appearances by Sam Jaffe and Martin
of Tishrei, 5724): Tzom Gedaliah is observed on the same day that Australian
cinematographer and director Arthur Higgins who was responsible for making the
1930 film “Fellers” which was set in Palestine and told the tale of Aussies
fighting in Allenby’s WW I campaign passed away.
of Tishrei, 5725): Second Day of Sukkoth
“Fiddler on the Roof” which would run for 3,242 performances, opened
of Tishrei, 5725): Pinsk native and Hebrew author Moses Feinstein, who in 1912
came to New York City where he attended Cooper Union, NYU and Columbia and
became the dean of Herzliya Hebrew Academy passed away today in Tel Aviv.
of Tishrei, 5727): Seventy-eight year old Austrian native and American Zionist
leader Julius Haber, “a founder of the Kadimah Zionist Society, author of The
Odyssey of an American Zionist and
husband of Birdie Haber with whom he had three children – Bernard, Henrietta
and Chanah – passed away today.
of Elul, 5728): Erev Rosh Hashanah
“Psych-Out” a film about the counter-culture starring Susan Strasberg was
released in the United States today.
of Tishrei, 5730): As the war in Viet Nam rages on, Jews observe Yom Kippur.
NBC broadcast the second episode of “My World…and Welcome to it” created by
Melville Shavelson, produced by Sheldon Leonard and Danny Arnold.
of Elul, 5730): Fifty-one year old Joseph Puro who had succeeded his brother
Sam a President of Down Products Corp. passed away today.
of Tishrei, 5732): Tzom Gedaliah
“Desperate Characters” with music by Lee Konitz was released today in the
Lou Halper was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame today.
While speaking at the United Nations today, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
said “that the new Israeli-Egyptian interim accord has improved the atmosphere
for further progress on all issues in the Middle East…” (JTA)
“An unofficial group of five Israelis” began a visit to the USSR “at the
invitation of the Soviet Peace Committee.”
“Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet” the non-fiction article which gave James L.
Brooks the idea for the sit-com “Taxi” starring Judd Hirsch “appeared in
today’s issue of New York magazine.
of Tishrei, 5738): In the first year of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, Jews observe
of Tishrei, 5738): Businessman Sir Eric Merton Miller who like his father had
been active in the British Labour Party reported took his own life day during
an investigation by the Fraud Squad.
Aharon Barak began his service as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Israel.
of Tishrei, 5740): Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat
After having been made a CBE in 1970, knighted in 1974, Lawrence Kadoorie, was
“created Baron Kadoorie, of Kowloon in Hong Kong and of the City of Westminster
today for his philanthropic work throughout the UK and Hong Kong.
NBC broadcast the first episode of “Family Ties,” the sitcom created by Gary
Vernon George Turner began servings as Canada’s ambassador to Israel.
of Tishrei, 5744): Sukkoth
One of the first Jewish temples in Brazos County is Temple Freda, which was
built in 1912 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places”
Israeli political leader Avraham Hirschson and his wife gave birth to their
youngest son Barak.
ABC broadcast the first episode of “Full House” starring Bob Saget and Scott
Neil Simon’s “Rumors” “premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.
(22nd of Elul, 5749): Composer Irving Berlin passed away at the age of 101.
Berlin had composed a myriad of tunes that defined America in its most
optimistic, flag-waving form. Only in America could a Russian Jewish immigrant
compose two of the most popular Christmas and Easter songs.
of Elul, 5752): Ninety-one year old Harry L Lehman, the husband Velma M.
(Keller) Lehman passed away today in Elizabethtown, PA.
of Tishrei, 5755): Third Day of Sukkoth
of Tishrei, 5755): Eighty-five-year-old Wharton graduate Irving Mitchell Felt,
the New York son of Dora Mandel and attorney Maurice Felt who was best known
for leading the drive to build “a new Madison Square Garden” passed away today.
NBC broadcast the first episode of season six of the sitcom “Seinfeld.”
NBC broadcast the first episode of the popular sitcom “Friends” co-starring
David Schimmer and Lisa Kudrow which Shan Goldberg-Meehan produced for two
Il Postino: The Postman a film
directed by Michael Radford who also co-authored he script was released in
“Showgirls” a Franco-American film with a script by Joe Eszterhas, who found
out as an adult that his father was anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator during the
war, co-starring Alan Rachins and featuring Gina Gershon was released in the
United States by United Artists.
of Tishrei, 5757): Erev Yom Kippur
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, had asked that the kickoff
tonight’s game between the Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars be changed to
avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur, which started at sundown that evening. Kraft
requested the change so Jews, including himself and his family, could see the
entire game before the start of Kol Nidre services that night.
(20th of Elul, 5757): Nedim
Yahya, a committee member of the Quincentennial Foundation passed away.
The Quincentennial Foundation was established in 1989 by a group of 113 Turkish
citizens, Jews and Moslems alike. Founded
in Istanbul the Quincentennial Foundation planned a three-year (1990 –
1992) cultural and academic program both within Turkey and abroad mainly in the
U.S, Canada and Mexico on the American continent; France, United Kingdom and
Italy in Europe designed to celebrate “the
five hundredth anniversary of the most gracious welcome of Sephardim to Turkish
lands” in 1492.
In “A Traveler in the realm of the Mind” published today, Jason Cowley provides
a portrait of George Steiner.
of Tishrei, 5759: Second Day Rosh Hashanah
of Elul, 5760): Seventy-six year old prize winning Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
passed away today.
Three weeks after premiering at the Venice Film Festival, “The Man Who Cried,”
a film about “young Russian Jewish girl who grows up in England” featuring an
appearance by Ukrainian born Israeli actor Mark Ivanir was released in the
United States today.
(5th of Tishrei, 5762): Violinist Isaac
Stern passed away. Born in 1920, Stern
is part of a long list of Jewish violin greats.
Today Theatre Garden presented “Lady of Cooper”
a play written by Jonathan Goldstein and his sister Dana Leslie
Goldstein that tells the story of the arrival of the Statute of Liberty in New
York including the role of Emma Lazarus who wrote the famous poem at the
2002: The New York Times included reviews of books by Jewish authors
and/or about topics of Jewish interest including Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone
Before by Tony
Horwitz, Sloan-Kettering: Poems by Abba Kovner; Translated by Eddie
Levenston, The Ideas That Conquered The World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century by Michael Mandelbaum, Bad Boy
Ballmer: The Man Who Rules Microsoft by Fredric Alan Maxwell and The Prints of Roy
Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné
1948-1997 by Mary Lee
Corlett and Ruth E. Fine
Funeral services are scheduled to be held today for Rose Katz, the widow of
Hyman Katz, at Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation.
“Peres, at 80, Is Praised by Friends and a Foe” published today described the
celebration of the 80th birthday of Israeli leader Shimon Peres that
included salutes and greetings from a wide range of celebrities and leaders
including Jerry Seinfeld, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and Ariel Sharon.
of Tishrei, 5765): Terrorists from Al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for
the bombing at French Hill, Jerusalem that claimed the lives of two people.
CBS broadcast the first episode of “CSI:NY” the thinking person’s crime
fighting show co-create by Carol Mendelsohn
2005: At the same time when the world is mourning
the death of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, the world was given a graphic
reminder of the Holocaust. The Jerusalem
Post reported that workers at a US Army airfield near Stuttgart, Germany
have uncovered a World War II-era grave believed to contain the bodies of
Jewish slave laborers used by the Nazis.
In a move that sets it apart from most, if not all Catholic colleges and
universities, Boston College launched “a program that allows student to minor
in Jewish Studies.” Go Eagles!
Feinberg won the Great Shofar Blast Off sponsored by the National Jewish
2005: The “IDF finished evacuating four settlements in the
Northern West Bank.”
2005: Square Enix announced successfully acquiring 93.7% of
all shares of Taito, “a company founded in 1953 by a Russian
Jewish businessman named Michael Kogan as Taito Trading Company.”
2005: During a meeting in
Jerusalem, Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor, along with other Jewish leaders, questioned
Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, Director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology
Center, about his position on Israel’s legitimate right to exist, citing quotations
from his book, Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of
Liberation (1989), in which he wrote, “It has taken me years to accept
the establishment of the state of Israel and its need – although not its right
– to exist.
was convicted of the Passover Massacre of 2002 and also of ordering the May
2001 bombing of a Netanya mall for which he received 35 life sentences for each
murder victim and additional time for those who were wounded.
2006(29th of Elul, 5766): Erev Rosh Hashanah
2006: As can be seen from Libby Copeland’s column in the Washington Post, entitled “For Sen.
Allen, Questions of More Than Faith,” the issue of who is a Jew and who is not
a Jew and how they respond to it is becoming a regular phenomena in American
politics. The issue is often not just
whether but when a candidate discovered the Jewish connection. Jonn Kerry discovered Jewish grandparents. Howard Dean is married to a Jew, something he
always knwed and never hid. Dennis
Kucinich and Hillary Clinton appeared to have stretched the envelope. He is dating a Jew and she has discovered a
Jewish step-grandfather. Wesley Clark discovered his Jewish lineage during his
abortive 2004 quest for the Presidency and Madeline Albright, who is not
running for anything discovered that her family was Jewish until it fled totalitarian
Europe. Post columnist Charles
Krauthammer puts things in their proper, if tragic perspective. These public figures were not told about
their Jewish heritage because the family members wanted to spare them the pain
and suffering that was all too often the reality of being Jewish whether it was
Sen. Allen’s grandfather being imprisoned in Algeria or Madeline Albright’s
family fleeing the Nazis. The question is not why did Sen. Allen react the way
he did; the question is what kind of people made being Jewish such a fearful
2006: One day after he had passed away, funeral services
were held today for 80 year old Dr. Theodore Cohen, the husband for 59 of
Barbara Cohen with whom he had three children – Mitchell, Robert and Judy.
of Tishrei, 5768): Yom Kippur
“Flyboys” a fictionalized account of the “Lafayette Escadrille” starring James
Franco and with music by Trevor Rabin was released today in the United States.
Gabe Carmi, a standout offensive guard for the University of Wisconsin football
team fasted today even though his Badgers were facing the University of Iowa in
their first Big Ten game of the season.
of Tishrei, 5768): While in Atlanta for a concert with Elvis
Costello and Amos Lee, Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman) reportedly attend the
Chabad-Lubavitch of Georgia’s Yom Kippur services where he was up to the Torah
and recited the blessings in Hebrew.
of Tishrei, 5768): Marcel Marceau, the famous mime and Holocaust survivor
passed away on Yom Kippur at the age of 84.
The last regularly scheduled service was held at the Fieldgate Street Great
Synagogue in London.
An exhibition honoring Yiddish theatre legend – and Milk and Honey star – Molly Picon being held in the Vincent
Astor Gallery of the New York Library of Performing Arts comes to an end.
As a sign of worsening economic conditions, Gottschalks closed its store in
Tacoma Highlands. This was part of the tragic end of a West Coast department
store chain that had been started by German Jewish immigrant Emil Gottschalk in
A revival of High button Shoes, a musical with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and a score
by Jule Styne produced by Goodspeed Musicals came to an end,
2008 (22 Elul): Yarthzeit of Joseph B. Levin, who among
other accomplishments was a father who raised sons who not only knew how to
recite the Kaddish, but whom he knew would rise to say Kaddish. There is real irony that his Yarthzeit comes
at the time when the American financial system is crashing in chaos. As an attorney with the S.E.C., he spent two
decades of his life enforcing the laws designed to prevent what we are experiencing
2008: After eight years, Paul Godfrey, a native of Toronto,
stepped down as President of the Toronto Blue Jays major league baseball team.
2008: Han Drogt, a Dutch policeman who joined the
resistance movement after being ordered to round up Jews posthumously receives
Israel’s highest honor for people who rescued Jews from the Holocaust.
“Irena’s Vow” a dramatization of the wartime exploits of Irena Gut Opdyke”
starring Tova Feldshuh opened today at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on
The Capitol Hill Village sponsors a reading and discussion with journalist
Ariel Sabar, author of “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish
Past in Kurdish Iraq,” at the Southeast Neighborhood Library in Washington,
In Washington, D.C., the Hadassah Attorneys’ Council hosts a Brown Bag Lunch
Conversation with Rabbi Avis Miller about “Fortune, Family and Faith”
during which Rabbi Miller explores the High Holiday liturgy to see what these
sacred texts teach us about the work/life balance.
2009: While all three are in New York to
attend sessions of the UN General Assembly Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is
scheduled to meet with President Barak Obama and Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas today in an attempt to re-open peace negotiations.
CBS broadcast the first episode of the long running dramatic series “The Good
Wife” starring Julianna Margulies.
of Tishrei, 5770): Ninety-eight year old Rose Friedman, the wife and
collaborator of Milton Friedman, who was a noted free-market economist in her
own right, passed away today. (As
reported by Bruce Weber)
of Tishrei, 5771): Erev Sukkoth
Jon Scheyer “accepted a training camp invitation with the NBA’s Los Angeles
of Tishrei, 5771): Crooner Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82.
it was reported today that Mark Zuckerberg had arranged to donate $100 million
to Newark Public Schools, the public school system of Newark, New Jersey
A daylong conference, sponsored by the Hudson Institute and Touro College and
titled “The Perils of Global Intolerance: the United Nations and Durban III” is
scheduled to be held today.
New York was the scene of an anti-Semitic triple header – Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took turns
bashing Israel at the United Nations General Assembly while representatives of
Iran, Cuba and Lebanon blasted Israel at the Durban Review Conference at the
of Tishrei, 5773): Shabbat Shuvah
of Tishrei, 5773): Ninety-nine year old Irving Adler, “a former New York City
teacher who became a prolific writer of books on math and science for young
people after being forced from the classroom during the Red Scare of the early
1950s” passed away today. (As reported by Dennis Hevesi)
The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Gen. Mohammad Ali
Jafari, said that war with Israel will “eventually happen,” and that the
Islamic Republic would “destroy the Jewish state.”
If Team Israel has won its first two games, it will be scheduled to play again
today in the World Baseball Classic.
As of today, Shelly Levitan Adler who sought election as a Democrat to the US
House of Representatives in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District “had
raised approximately $633,000 and spent $140,000, leaving $493,000 cash on
The 92nd Street Y is scheduled to “celebrate the sweetness of the
New Year” with its annual Rosh Hashanah Dance Marathon.
Daylight Saving Time ended tonight, as dozens of Meretz activists protested in
Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and in front of Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s
“Pop” Lubin’s Silent Film Empire is scheduled to open today at the National
Museum of American Jewish History.
Sally Oren is scheduled to address the open meeting of the Greater Washington
Chapter of Hadassah.
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide is schedule to
host its annual Open House, in London, UK.
The New York Times features reviews
of books by Jewish authors or of special interest to Jewish readers including The
American Way of Poverty by Sasha Abramsky, Wilson by Scott Berg, and
The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polansky by Samantha Geimer,
Lawrence Silver and Judith Newman
The semiannual mass priestly benediction service — or Birkat Kohanim — took
place this morning at the Western Wall. Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers
crowded the plaza to receive the blessing from the Kohanim, descendants of
Aaron who make up the priestly caste. Both new chief rabbis, David Lau and
Yitzhak Yosef, participated as well. (As reported by Lazar Berman)
Today, Israeli forces were helping Kenyan officials end a deadly siege at the
Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, where al-Qaeda-linked terrorists have been
holed up for a day with some 30 hostages. (As reported by Gavriel Fiske)2013(18th
of Tishrei, 5774: Twenty year old Gabriel (Gal) Kobi, an IDF soldier from Tirat
Hacarmel died of wounds he suffered when a sniper shot him in Hebron.
“Jewish student groups are planning protests against Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas at a speech” he is scheduled to give tonight in New York “hosted
by Cooper Union in cooperation with Churches for Middle East Peace.” (As
reported by Rachel Delia Benaim)
A photo exhibition, “Jewish Refugees in Cyprus En Route to Israel” is scheduled
to open at the Sam and Esther Minskoff Cultural Center in New York City.
“Nick Diorio, Republican nominee for Congress (NY-12), slammed U.S. Rep.
Carolyn Maloney’s “poor record on Israel” today and what he said was
her decision not to speak in a protest against the Metropolitan Opera’s
anti-Semitic “The Death of Klinghoffer” production. (As reported by Gil Ronen)
“The final 140 immigrants of the year 5774 arrived in Israel today from Russia
and Ukraine, and were greeted at Ben-Gurion International Airport by Minister
of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, and Jewish Agency Chairman
Natan Sharansky.” (As reported by Gil Ronen)
As The Metropolitan Opera opens its new season tonight, demonstrators are
calling for one of its productions – “The Death of Klinghoffer” which
rationalizes the murder of wheelchair bound Jew — to be canceled.
“A U.S. jury today said that the Arab Bank provided material support to Hamas,
Reuters reported. The jury said that the bank must therefore compensate the
victims of two dozen attacks the group allegedly carried out in Israel and
Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.”
(As reported by Ben Ariel)
Fiftieth anniversary of the Broadway premiere “Fiddler on the Roof.”
of Tishrei, 5778): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
2017: “Menashe,” a film set “deep in the heart of New York’s
ultra-orthodox Chasidic Jewish community” is scheduled to open at the FIlmScene
in Iowa City. (Editor’s comment – of
course the ultra-orthodox won’t be there since it is erev Shabbat.)
of Tishrei, 5778): Ninety-two year old pioneering pollster Daniel Yankelovich
passed away today. (As reported by Robert D. McFadden)
“Sarah Robinson is scheduled to give the D’var Torah at MJE West Rosh Hashanah
services led by Rabbi Mark Wildes.
“An Israeli rescue delegation was greeted with spontaneous applause in the
streets of a Mexican town today, in a show of gratitude for the team’s efforts
to aid in the search for survivors following a devastating earthquake.”
The fourth season of “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor began being
The Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts is scheduled to host a screening
of “Transit,” a film about a man fleeing “France after the Nazi invasion…”
of Tishrei, 5779): Parashat Ha’azinu
of Tishrei, 5779): Eight-nine year old Brooklyn born and Syracuse and Harvard
educated journalist Mel Elfin who worked for both Newsweek and U.S. News and
World Report passed away today. (As reported by Richard Sandomir)
In Atlanta, GA, as part of its Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours, the Breman is
scheduled to sponsor of visit to Oakland Cemetery.
Today “Jewish Workshops is scheduled to host a LIVE, full-day workshop with 7
lecturers; Rabbi Akiva Tatz, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, Rivka Malka Perlman,
Chaya Hinda Allen, Sara Yoheved Rigler, Shmuel Reichman & Dr. Miriam
Adahan” who will “address how ‘Empower Your Tomorrow.’”
In California, Chabad of Petaluma is scheduled host its “Rosh Hashanah Farmers
In Coralville, IA, Agudas Achi is scheduled to host its annual Congregation
This evening, in Little Rock Arkansas, the Chabad Women’s League is scheduled
to host “An Evening of Holiday Foods, Recipes and Friendship.”
Quarterback Josh Rosen, who had been acquired from the Cardinals, is scheduled
to make his first start for the Dolphins when they play the Cowboys today.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is scheduled to present “Nusakh Vilne
Memorial,” the annual event “commemorating the Jewish community of Vilna.”
The Illinois Holocaust Museum is scheduled to host the opening of the
exhibition “Memory Unearthed,” featuring “the Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk
of Elul, 5779): Yahrzeit of Joseph B. Levin – if it weren’t for him, in more
ways than one, none of this would exist proving that there is more than one way
“to be inscribed in the book of life.”
The New York Times features reviews
of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers
including She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite
a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Nobody’s Victim: Fighting
Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs and Trolls co-authored by Carrie Goldberg and the
recently released paperback edition of The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher
Looks at Our Political Crisis by Martha C. Nussbaum
The Center For Jewish History is scheduled to host live on Zoom a conversation
between Samuel Kassow and Natlia Aleksiun, author of the newly published Conscious
History: Polish Jewish Historians Before the Holocaust.
In New Orleans, the Jewish Community Day School is scheduled to hold its Board
Live on Zoom, the YIVO Institute is scheduled to present “May God Avenge their
Blood: A Holocaust Memoir Triptych.”
The S.F. Jewish Community Library is scheduled to present U. of Washington’s
Mika Ahuvia talking “about Biblical women, including some lesser-known figures,
and how ancient Jewish women ritualized Biblical stories and enacted Judaism.”
In response to instructions issued yesterday by Defense Minister Benny Gantz,
the IDF is scheduled to begin preparations for the opening of field hospitals
as coronavirus wards at medical centers overflow with patients.
As Israelis continue to deal with the lockdown which began erev Rosh Hashanah,
they are confronted with the realities of increased unemployment as reports are
published that over 40,000 new workers have filed for unemployment benefits
since the day before the lockdown began.
Yoshi Silverstein is scheduled to host part two of “Elevating Your Sukkah
Designs” with Yoshi Silverstein during which attended “share designs and
Maggid Eli Andrew Ramer
discussing his new book of short stories, Texting with Angels: Modern Jewish
tales of Magic and Mystery, featuring a variety of tales about an urban
demon, a witch in the suburbs, a Jewish vampire, two angels (one goofy, one
kvetchy) and a golem named Judith.
The Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre is scheduled a lecture by Lee Pollock on
“Churchill at the Front: From Parliament to Plugstreet.”
Prime Minister Lapid is scheduled to address the United Nations General
In San Francisco, at Old First Concerts Ensemble is scheduled to host “These Times (formerly
Jewish Music and Poetry Project) who will give a concert on themes of
transformation, including works by two Jewish composers whose oeuvre was banned
by the Nazis as “degenerate art.”
In Concord, MA, Kerem Shalom is scheduled to present a “Poetry Slam Shabbat
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