This Day, December 2, In Jewish History by Mitchell A and Deb Levin Z"L


 December 2

127 CE: In a document drawn up on this date at a government office in
Rabbatg, east of the Dead Sea, four date groves in Maoza were registered by
their owner as part of a provincial census ordered by the Roman governor. The
date grove…

 December 2

127 CE: In a document drawn up on this date at a government office in Rabbatg, east of the Dead Sea, four date groves in Maoza were registered by their owner as part of a provincial census ordered by the Roman governor. The date groves abutted the property of Tmar, daughter of Thamous (Tamar, daughter of Thomas).  Record of this ancient document from an area the Romans called Palestine is proof that women did own property in their own right.  Who was Tamar?  Who was her father Thomas?  These are questions for which, as yet, we have no answers.

499: (Kislev, 4427): Ravina II (Bar Shemuel), the nephew of Ravina passed away.  According to tradition Ravina completed the final editing of the Talmud that had been begun by Rav Ashi about one year prior to this time.  According to some authorities, Ravina committed the Oral Law (the Talmud) to writing, despite protests that only the Bible should be written down. His death marked the end of the period of the Amoraim ushered in the period of the Savoraim.

1264: In Sinsig, Germany, a convert to Judaism was arrested for preaching Judaism. Although tortured he refused to recant his belief in Judaism and is burned at the stake.

1469: Lorenzo de’Medici around whose court included Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol, “the Jewish-Italian geographer, cosmographer scribe and polemicist” began his reign today in Florence.

1523: Giles of Viterbo, who provided a safe haven for Elias Levita with whom he studied Hebrew and who studied Zohar with Baruch de Benevento was installed as Bishop of Veterbo e Tuscania.

1684: Twenty-six-year-old Samson Wertheimer, a native of Worms who became the chief rabbi of Hungary and Moravia and “a court Jew “arrived in Vienna today following which he became an associate of banker Samuel Oppenheimer.

1692(3rd of Tevet, 5453): Abraham Oppenheim, the Worms born son of Simon Wolf Oppenhim known as “Abraham zur Kanne” and “Shtadlan whose favorable with German princes did not protect him when he and his fellow Jews were forced to flee to Heidelberg which he died today.

1735: In Savannah, GA, Perla and Benjamin Sheftall gave birth to Revolutionary War veteran and co-founder of Congregation Mickve Israel Mordecai Sheftall, the husband of Amsterdam native Frances Hart and the father of Sheftall, Perla, Elias, Benjamin, Moses and Esther Sheftall. 1

1749:” The Chaplet," a musical "entertainment," the words by Moses Mendes and the score by Boyce, scored a great success today because of both its merit”

1761: New York City merchant David Jacob Levy married Richa Simson today.

1763: The Touro Synagogue opened in Newport, Rhode Island. Sephardic Jews in Jamaica, Surinam, London and Amsterdam sponsored the building of this first major center of Jewish culture in America.  It is the oldest synagogue in the United States.The new edifice introduced an important innovation in synagogue design. The women’s gallery of this traditional synagogue featured a low balustrade that offered women an open view of the rest of the sanctuary. Women’s galleries in other “new world” and “old world” synagogues generally were constructed with high or opaque barriers meant to keep women out of the sight of men within the sanctuary. The change in Newport represented less a reform of traditional practice than a reflection of colonial American expectations for female religious expression. The strong presence of women in colonial American churches was an important way in which women demonstrated the religious piety expected of them by their society. Observing the behavior of their non-Jewish neighbors, colonial American Jewish women seemed to understand that it was more important that they be seen in the space of public worship than had been the case in their previous communities. Early American synagogue records suggest that unmarried young women both attended and asserted their presence in the synagogue. The open gallery layout of the Newport synagogue demonstrates a changing consciousness of what women’s synagogue role should be. Moreover, the open plan was imitated by most of the early American synagogues that followed Newport.”

1771(25th of Kislev, 5532): First Day of Chanukah

1779(23rd of Kislev, 5540): Moses Joseph Dinis passed away today in Montreal.

1780: According to a reported published in Rivington’s Gazette, a group of Loyalist on Long Island including Isaac Hart were “inhumanely fired upon and bayonetted.”

1790(25th of Kislev, 5551): First Day of Chanukah

1790: In Hungary, “the Diet drafted a bill showing that it intended to protect” the rights of the Jews as they had requested in the petition submitted to King Leopold II.

1790: In Charleston, SC, Frances and Humphrey Mordecai Marks gave birth to Mark Elias, “the physician and educator” who in 1828 founded “the South Carolina Female Collegiate Institute, an institution for the higher education of women located outside of Columbia, SC” which “Marks called ‘Barhamville’ to honor his late wife and teacher Jane Barham.”

1792(17th of Kislev,5553): Dutch born Levi Aarons passed away today in Black Mingo, SC.

1795: In Nashville, TN, Hannah Hays and Benjamin Meyers gave birth to Sarah “Sally” Myers, the wife of Benjamin Etting Hays and the mother of David, Hannah, Michael, Benjamin, Jacob and Esther Hays.

1795: Michael Hart married Sarah Moses at the Great Synagogue today.

1795: In Savannah, GA, Sarah de la Motta and Levi Sheftall gave birth to Abraham Sheftall.

1796: Ezekiel Hart, the first Jew to be elected to public office in the British Empire, and his brothers Moses and Benjamin went into partnership to establish a brewery in Trois-Rivières, the M. and E. Hart Company. By the terms of the agreement the three agreed to hold equal shares in the firm. They had the financial backing of their father. Ezekiel Hart later withdrew from the M. and E. Hart Company. Ezekiel sold everything to Moses, apparently soon after their father's death in 1800. Subsequently Ezekiel followed in the footsteps of his father, who was in every respect his model. He went into the import and export trade, kept a general store, never let a good business deal pass, and acquired property. Besides inheriting the seigneury of Bécancour, he bought a great deal of land, mainly at Trois-Rivières and Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

1798(24th of Kislev, 5559): The first Chanukah Candle is kindled for the second time during the Presidency of John Adams.

1807: In Charleston, SC, Rabbi Jacob Suares officiated at the wedding of Hyam Moise to Cecilia Woolf, “the daughter of the late Solomon Woolf.”

1807: In Charleston, SC, Rabbi Jacob Suares officiated at the wedding of Nathan Hart, a Charleston merchant and Rachel Hart, “eldest daughter of Daniel Hart.”

1809(24th of Kislev, 5570): Parashat Vayeshev; Kindle the first Chanukah candle

1818: In the Netherlands, James Abraham Cohen-Stuart, the London born son of Abraham Benjamin Cohen and Elisabeth Gompertz and his wife Petronella Wilhelmina Stuart gave birth James Abraham Theodore Cohen Stuart.

1820: Yitzchak Alter and Feigele Lipschitz gave birth to Nechemya Alter.

1824: Birthdate of Oswald Hönigsmann, the native Rzeszow, Austrian Galicia who “was a member of both the city and communal councils of Lemberg.

1825: Birthdate of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil. An opponent of slavery and a comparatively tolerant man, he was tolerant of both Jews and Muslims. “when asked why there were no laws against” the Jews of Brazil he answered: ‘I will not attack the Jews, as the God of my religion came from their people.’”

1825: In Frankfort, literary critic Karl Ludwig Borne who had converted to Christianity delivered an address in memory of the recently deceased author John Paul Richter.

1828(26th of Kislev, 5589): Second Day of Chanukah

1828(26th of Kislev, 5589): Birthdate of Simon Illich, the husband of Celia Illich and the father of Hannah, Amson and Julius Illich who when he passed away was buried in the Beth Emeth Cemetery in Loudonville, NY.

1832: Baruch Benjamin Berliner and Franziska Berliner gave birth to Abraham Berliner, the husband of Henriette Berliner with whom he had four children – Flora, Selma, Max and Paul.

1834: In Baiersdorf, Erlangen-Hochstadt, Bayern, Germany, David Isaak Seligman and Fanny Steinhardt gave birth to Isaak Seligmann who gained fame as Isaac Seligman, the brother who was in charge of the London branch of the “Seligman banking empire” and a leader in the Anglo-Jewish community.


1834: Fifteen-year-old Jacques Offenbach’s name was struck from the roll of students at the Paris Conservatoire indicating he had “left of his own free will.”

1837: Birthdate of London native George Joseph Emanuel, “at teacher of English and Latin at Jews’ College,” “a lecturer in Hebrew at Queen’s Theological College in Birmingham,” and staring in 1864, the Rabbi of the “Birmingham Hebrew Congregation.”

1839(25th of Kislev, 5600): Chanukah

1840: Isaac Phillips married Julia Hyman at the Great Synagogue today.

1840: At Camden, SC, Dr. Lawrence L. Cohen of Charleston, SC, married Miriam Louisa De Leon, the daughter of Dr. De Leon of Camden.

1841: In Poland, Feiga and Moszko Jarmulowski gave to Alexander Sender Jarmulowsky, the husband of Rebecca Jarmulowsky

1842: In New York, Montague M. Hendricks, the son of Frances and Harmon Hendricks and his wife Rachel Seixas Nathan gave birth to Edgard Hendricks.

1844: Salomon Přzibram and Marie Przibram gave birth to Gustav Przibram the husband of Charlotte Przibram.

1846: Michael Nathan married Sarah Green at the Great Synagogue today.

1848: Franz Josef, I becomes Emperor of Austria. Born in 1830, Franz Josef reigned until his death in 1916.  Most people think of him as the Austrian Emperor who declared war on Serbia in 1914 and started World War I.  From the Jewish perspective, the last of the Hapsburg monarchs was one of the better rulers under which to live.  Despite the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Josef saw himself as the protector of his Jewish subjects.  At one point he told his ministers, “I will tolerate no Jew-baiting in my empire!”  He described anti-Semitism as “an illness” whose “excesses were awful.”  He is reliably reported to have publicly walked out of a theatre when performers began a series of anti-Semitic songs.  In 1895, he moved to block the anti-Semitic rabble-rouser Karl Lueger (one of Hitler’s early role-models) from becoming burgomeister of Vienna. In 1869, Franz Josef visited Jerusalem where he met with a group of local Jews and contributed to the building of a new synagogue.  Austrian Jews spoke highly of the Emperor during his reign and at the time of his death.  But his enemies provided the full measure of the monarch’s attitude towards his Jewish subjects.  Behind his back, they called him the “Judenkaiser.”

1850(27th of Kislev, 5611): Third Day of Chanukah

1850: In London, Elizabeth Stevens and Benjamin Hurwitz gave birth to Charles Benjamin Hurwitz.

1851: Baron von Königswarter became deputy of the Seine department in the legislature, holding this seat until 1863 when he was defeated by Jules Simon.

1851: French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.

1851: In France, Adolphe Crémieux was arrested and was imprisoned for his opposition to Louis Napoleon. 

1852: Louis Napoleon, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Napoleon III. In one sense, he was a comic opera figure who used his name to gain power, Napoleon was not as weak as his enemies thought nor as wily a politician as he himself thought.  He did not dabble in anti-Semitism and counted Jews among his friends and supporters, especially if they were wealthy and successful.  His relations with the House of Rothschild were strained by the fact that the Jewish bankers had supported one of his opponents.  But Napoleon overlooked this since he needed their financial support.  On the other hand, Louis Napoleon was the sole supporter of reactionary Pope Leo IX who pursued a number of anti-Semitic practices.  However, this was more a case of power politics than personally held beliefs.  In the end the greatest impact Louis Napoleon had on the Jews was tangential. Louis Napoleon led France to defeat in the disastrous Franco-Prussian War in 1870.  The French desire to avenge this humiliation and regain its lost provinces was one of the contributing factors to World War I.  And of course, World I begot World War II and the Holocaust. 

1852: Today, “Wilhelm Hoffman one of the royal Prussian court preachers at the Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin, co-founded Jerusalem's Association (Jerusalemsverein), a charitable organization which helped Samuel Gobat, the second Protestant bishop of Jerusalem who did not spend time trying to convert Jews and Muslims but “spent it proselytizing among Christians of other, mostly Orthodox denominations.” (Gobat and his wife are buried on Mount Zion in Jerusalem)

1855: Articles of Incorporation for the Judah Touro Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1855: In Pittsburgh, PA, Paulina Wormser and William Frank gave birth Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute trained engineer Isaac W. Frank, the husband of Tinnie Klee who began his career as the assistant engineer at the Keystone Bridge Company and was a member of Rodef Shalom Congregation.

1856: In Vienna, Gustave and Rosa Freund gave birth to Dr. of Jurisprudence Arthur Freund

1857: The Melbourne Herald described the interment of 4 of the participants in the goldfields uprising at the Eureka Stockade including a German-born Jew, Edward (Teddy) Thoen.

1858: “The Papal Abduction” publication today described the response of the American government to the Mortara Affair.

1859: Abolitionist John Brown was hung after his unsuccessful raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry that was intended to be the first step in an uprising that would free the slaves. Three Jews – August Bondi, Jacob Benjamin and Theodore Weiner – had fought alongside Brown in his first armed attack that took place at Osawatomie, Kansas.

1859: In New York City, Isaac and Melia Oppenheim gave birth to CCNY alum Samuel Oppenheim, attorney, “railroad executive” and “writer of Jewish histories” who was the recording secretary of the American Jewish Historical Society beginning in 1914.

1861: Birthdate of Gustav Hirsch who was deported from Prague, to Terezin and finally to Treblinka where he was murdered in 1942.

1861(29th of Kislev, 5622): Seventy-seven-year-old inventor, writer and animal rights advocate Lewis Gompertz, the first son of English diamond merchant Solomon Barent Gompertz and the younger brother of the mathematician and actuary Benjamin Gompertz, and the poet Isaac Gompertz passed away today.

1861(29th of Kislev, 5622): Meïir Eisenstädter “one of the greatest Talmudists of the nineteenth century; died at Ungvár” today.

1863: Adolphus Alexander married Julia Cohen at the Great Synagogue today.

1863: In Cincinnati, OH, Moses and Sarah Waldheim gave birth to Aaron Waldheim the St. Louis furniture merchant and philanthropist who raised two children with his wife Hattie Sommers Waldheim

1864: In St. Louis, hat merchant Jonas Meyberg and Emma Kornick Meyberg gave birth to Mitchel S. Meyberg, the husband of Dora Messing Meyberg whom he married in 1888 and with whom he had two sons –James and Leornard.

1866(24th of Kislev, 5627): Kindle the first Chanukah Candle

1867(5th of Kislev, 5628): Sixty-four-year-old German poet Lesser Ludwig upon whom King Frederick William III conferred “the gold medal for art and science and who wrote One thing to Life you owe: Struggle or seek for rest. If you're an anvil, bear the blow; If a hammer, strike your best” passed away today in Berlin.

1867: Birthdate of Paul Cohnheim, the native of Labes, Pomerania who was educated at the gymnasium at Stettin and went on to become a physician in Germany.

1867: Two days after she had passed away, Maria Lyon was buried today at the “Lauriston Road Jewish Cemetery.”

1868: In New York City, Sarah Hendricks and New Orleans native Florian Hart Florance gave birth to Edwin Jacob Florance

1868: Disraeli’s first British government resigns.  Disraeli’s father may have had him baptized, but Disraeli’s enemies would never let him forget his Jewish ancestry.

1869: Birthdate of Jonas Cohen German-born, English philosopher.

1870: In Warsaw, Therese Mohr and I.H. Rosenwasser gave birth to New York public school graduate Morris Rosenwasser, the husband of Pearl Mary Cohen and President of Rosenwasser Brothers, manufacturers of boots and shoes who was a member of the Free Synagogue.

1877(26th of Kislev, 5638): Seventy-five-year-old Michelangelo Asson the Verona born “physician and medical” author passed away today in Venice

1877: Over 500 people attended the annual meeting of the Society of the Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews. Mrs. P.J. Joachimsen, the President of the society, chaired the meeting.  The unusually large turnout was precipitated by concerns over financial irregularities combined with the election of officers. In her annual report, the President expressed her concern over financial irregularities involving other officers and the home’s superintendent.  Despite request that she serve another term, Mrs. Joachimsen has decided to end her service due to the contention she has had to deal with. 

1877: It was reported today that The Board of Delegates of American Israelites and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations have met and agreed to unite their organizations.  The new organization will meet every three years. A committee with 30 members from all four sections of the country will be empowered to handle administrative matters.

1878: The New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals is scheduled to hand down a ruling today in the case of Erie v Dringer which is on appeal from Vice Chancellor Van Fleet. Erie is the Erie Railroad.  Dringer is an Austrian born Jew who came to the United States in 1867 and went from driving a junk wagon in New York to owning his own junk yard in Paterson. He invented a unique machine for cutting up old iron which made it possible for him to buy large amount of scrap and made him the largest scrap dealer in the United States.  Eventually some of his less successful competitors brought suit against him, claiming among other things that he was effectively stealing scrap metal from the Erie Railroad.  The trial court ruled in favor of Dringer and his co-defendants.  The Plaintiffs appealed and now that case has been argued, a decision is awaited by all parties.

1879: In Luxemburg, Rosalie and Joseph Kahn gave birth to University of Michigan trained civil engineer Moritz Kahn, the brother of architect Albert Kahn and the husband of Edith Jackson Kahn with whom he had two children – Lydia and Betty.

1880: Plans for Sarah Bernhardt’s final performances New York and opening performance in Boston were published today.

1881: It was reported today that the government in Belgrade will introduce a Jewish emancipation bill in Parliament in March that will conform to the Treaty of Berlin and that will place Serbian Jewish on an equal footing “with Jews who are Austrian subjects.”

1881: The fair sponsored by Temple Israel was suspended for this evening because it was erev Shabbat.

1881: “Riotous Doings In Hungary” described an attack on the Jews of Zalalövő in south-west Hungary.

1882(21st of Kislev, 5643): Seventy-two-year-old Leopold Stein, the rabbi at Frankfort-on-the-Main, a leader of the Reform movement who “composed the song "Tag des Herrn," to be sung to the music of "Kol Nidre" on the eve of the Day of Atonement” passed away today.

1883: The Young Men’s Hebrew Association of Hoboken (NJ) hosted an evening of entertainment including singing and recitation entitled “Spartacus” as the Odd Fellow’s Hall.

1883: “Herr Stocker” published today described the hostile reception Adlolph Stocker, the Jew-baiting German clergyman received on his recent visit to England. He was greeted by hostile mobs that were primarily made up German Socialist living in London who regard him “as the typical representative of that military tyranny under which they say the Fatherland is groaning.”

1883: It was reported today that the Adloph Stocker, the anti-Semitic clergyman is disliked by the younger members of the German court including the Crown Prince who has snubbed him on more than one occasion and by Chancellor Bismarck, “who has no sympathy with his Jew hating proclivities” as can be seen by his confidential relationship with Jewish banker Gerson Von Bleichroeder.

1883: “He Has No Such Prejudices” published today contains a denial by Hugo O’Neill that ever told a Jew that “We don’t want any of your people in our employ” using as proof that he employs Jews some of whom were recommended to him by Rabbi D.H. Nieto of the 19th Street Synagogue.

1883: “Riotous Doings In Hungary” published a report of a pogrom in south-west Hungary that was thwarted when police fired on a mob of thirty peasants armed with axes and guns killing two and arresting two more who gave up the name of their leaders.

1884: In New York, Jacob Asch, a formerly successful businessman, met an acquaintance, Jacob Starker, coming out of coffee house on the bowery and “complained to him of his bad luck and said he was broke.

1885: Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba) an opera in four acts by Karl Goldmark premiered in the United States at the Metropolitan Opera.

1885(24th of Kislev, 5646): In the evening, kindle the first Chanukah candle.

1885: Rabbi Kohut delivered a sermon “on the victory of the Maccabees” at the Chanukah service at Ahavath Chesed at Lexington and 55th Street.

1888: J. Harpman the Treasurer of Temple Shaari Tov in Minneapolis, was reported to have responded to questions about the distribution of money an “unknown New Yorker” sent for the benefits of destitute Jews living in Dakota by saying that “there is no longer any need for the money among the Jews” because their needs have been met but he did object to the fact that when there was need for this money it “was held by the authorities in Bismarck.”

1890: As the cloak manufacturers were reported today to be strengthening their Cloak Manufacturers’ Association, many of the cloakmakers want Joseph Barondess to resume his role as leader of their union.

1890: Birthdate of Bohemian born German-American author Hans Janowitz whose military service in WW I turned him into a pacifist and who gave up his career in movies for the oil business.

1891: Based on information that firs appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette, Joseph Pennell the American artist and photographer attributed his deportation from Russia to his photographing of the Jewish quarter of Kiev and not “his sketching of the Jews and poking about the Jewish quarters” which the authorities didn’t like either.

1891: Thirty-one-year-old University of Cincinnati trained attorney Nathan Cohen the Nashville, TN, born son Samuel and Caroline (Schiff) Cohn, a member of the board of trustees of the Nashville Federated Jewish Charities and a “Special Chancellor of the Chancery Court” married Rose Lowenstein today.

1892: In Jaffa, Magdalena and Born Plato von Usino gave birth to their old child Jonah Freiherr von Ustinow, the British anti-Nazi agent who was the father of actor Peter Ustinov.

1893: In New York City, “Nathan and Anna (Elson) Malzberg gave birth to Dr. Benjamin Malzberg, the Columbia trained statistician and epidemiologist and husband of Rose Hershberg with whom he raised three children – Judith and the twins Ruth Ellen and Amy Susan Malzberg.

1893: Birthdate of Russian-born, American composer Leo Ornstein who was one of the leading American experimental composers and pianists of the early twentieth century and who, although he gave his last public concert around the age of forty, continued to compose through his late nineties. He passed away in 2002.

1894: Among the “New Novels” listed today are Jewish Tales by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, translated from the French by Harriet Lieber Cohen.

1894: Rabbi Joseph Silverman delivered a sermon this morning at Temple Emanu-El entitled “Why Do We Still Remain Jews?” in which he “declared that Judaism was a philosophy and not a system of creeds.”

1895: In Vienna, police dispersed an anti-Semitic mob that had gathered in the Prater to protest, in part the Emperor’s rejection of the anti-Semitic Dr Luger as Burgomaster of Vienna.

1895: Birthdate of Harriet Cohen, the native of Brixton who was the niece of Rabbi F. L. Cohen and the cousin of Irene Scharrer who also worked to help refugees from Hitler’s Germany which led to her becoming a Zionist.

1896: At today’s session of the 15th Biennial Council of the American Congregations, delegates are scheduled to elect officers, discuss the future of the Hebrew Union College and in the evening attend a banquet at the Standard Club followed by a ball.

1897: L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, runs a story on the Dreyfus Affair explaining that Dreyfus' treason is only to be expected from Jews.According to the Catholic paper:"The Jewish race, the deicide people, wandering throughout the world, bearing with it everywhere the pestiferous breath of treason....  And so, too, in the Dreyfus is hardly surprising if we again find the Jew in the front ranks, or if we find that the betrayal of one's country has been Jewishly conspired and Jewishly executed." (As reported by Austin Cline)

1897: Birthdate of Soviet economist Evsei Liberman, the husband of Regina Horowitz and the brother-in-law of pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

1900: Herzl First visit of the Turkish agent Eduard Crespi in Vienna.

1900(10th of Kislev, 5661): Thirty-two-year-old poet Ludwig Jacobowski passed away today “in Berlin from the effects of meningitis.”

Oh, our bright days

Glänzen wie wenige Sterne, Shining like a few stars,

Als Trost für künftige Klage As a consolation for future action

Glüh'n sie aus goldener Ferne. Glüh'n them golden distance.

Nicht weinen, weil sie vorüber! Do not cry because it over!

Lächeln, weil sie gewesen! Smile because they have been!

Und werden die Tage auch trüber, And also the gloomy days

Unsere Sterne erlösen! Our star redeem!

1901: “The Helmets of Navarre,” produced by Charles Frohman with Rose Eytinge in the role of “Princess De Retz” opened on Broadway.

1901: In Philadelphia, Meyer Bayuk, the Bialystok born of Moses and Feiga (Fanny) Bayuk and his wife Julia Bayuk gave birth to Harold Mann Bayuk.

1902: In order to renew the connection with Austrian Prime Minister Ernest von Koerber, Herzl sends him a copy of "Altneuland".

1902: Twenty-nine-year-old Washington and Lee University graduate and Galveston, TX banker Isaac Herbert Kempner, the Cincinnati born son of Eliza Seinsheimer and Harris Kempner and president of the Galveston Cotton Exchange and treasurer of the City of Galveston married Henrietta Blum today.

1902: The Convention of the National Council of Jewish Women is scheduled to open today at the Eutaw Place Synagogue in Baltimore, MD.

1903: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today the in Camden, Jews “are asking for contributions for the erection of a synagogue.”

1903: Today, “a non-Jewish lady” who became “interested in the Zionist movement” as a result of “a lecture” she heard “in a town in New York State” contributed “$90 for an entry in the Golden Book of the National Fund as a thanksgiving offering…”

1904(24th of Kislev, 5665): Kindle the first Chanukah Candle

1904: Today, Minister of the Interior Sviatopolk-Mirsky “received a deputation of Zionists” whom “he informed that he sympathized with the movement they represented and would withdraw the Governmental opposition hitherto existing in Russia.”

1905: “A Polish Jew” published today provide a review of a “melodramatic” novel Children of Fate: A Story of Passion by Adolph Danziger that “traces the career of a young man named Joseph, a Jew of Jobrzyn, in Poland including his love for a Christian noblewoman.

1905: “What Do the Zionists Want?” which first appeared in London advises that “if the Jews really want to found some sort of Hebrew State” they should the “very needy Sultan…a good sum down and a handsome tribute” for “a portion of Palestine under his suzerainty provided they are prepared to handsomely compensate its inhabitants for the expropriation.”

1905: Birthdate of Moses ("Moe") Asch, the founder of Folkways Records. He was the son of Yiddish language novelist and dramatist Sholem Asch and the younger brother of novelist Nathan Asch.

1905: “German Liberty” published today provided a review of Poultney Bigelow’s History of the German Struggle Liberty, a volume that includes a description of “the arrest in Munich of Saphir, a witty Austrian Jews and his subsequent expulsion from Bavarian territotry.”

1905: “Christians Urged to Contribute” published today included a statement by Samuel Goldstein, who has contributed $10 for the “poor suffering Jews of Russia, that “if every Christian” living in the United States read the recently published letters of Sherva Sandelman and Aaron Sheftshik, two Jewish children trapped in Russia “the amount sent in for the Jewish relief fund will be increased thrice the amount already received.”

1906: Mayor McClellan is scheduled to attend laying of “the cornerstone of the new building of the Uptown Talmud Torah Association at 132 East 111th Street.”

1906:  Birthdate of award-winning engineer, Peter Carl Goldmark.  Born in Hungary, Goldmark came to the United States in the 1930’s.  Goldmark is best known for his invention of the l.p. or long-playing record which revolutionized the recording industry.  He also helped to develop the first commercial color television.  He passed away in December of 1977.

1906: The Cornerstone of the new building of the Uptown Talmud Torah Association, which will be a four story edifice that can accommodate “3,000 children in 28 room” is scheduled to be laid this afternoon.

1907(26th of Kislev, 5668): Second Day of Chanukah

1907: It was reported today that Reverend R.S. MacArthur suggested “that instead of reading the Bible in the public schools, a moral textbook composed of selections from the Bible, the Koran and the Talmud” should be studied instead.

1908: Daoud Effendi Molho, First Dragoman of the Imperial Divan, Constantinople was nominated to serve as a Senator in Turkey. The functions of the First Dragoman were mainly political; he accompanied the ambassador or minister at his audiences of the sultan and usually of the ministers and was charged with the core of diplomatic negotiations.

1909: “The wedding of Miss Florence Schafer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Schafer and Alfred Wolf of New York took place” this “afternoon in the Temple Emanu-El” and was then “followed by a dinner in the ballroom of Delmonico’s.

1909(20th of Kislev, 5670): Hungarian born Herman Schonberger, the husband of Rosalie Stein Schonberger and the father of Charles, William and Herbert Schonberger passed a way today in New York after which he was buried in the Hungarian Union Field Cemetery.

1909(20th of Kislev, 5670): Forty-one-year-old Dr, Alfred David Kohn, the Chicago born son of Therese and David Abraham Kohn and the husband of Esther Loeb Kohn who was “a member of the Chicago Board of Education who was instrumental in founding the first nutrition program in the Chicago public schools and who was the namesake for the Alfred David Kohn Elementary School in Chicago passed away today in Chicago.

1910: A Jew, Jacob Effendi de Vidas, ex-Censor of the Jewish Press at Smyrna is appointed Inspector of Elementary Schools at Mitylene (Lesbos).

1911: Birthdate of Paterson, NJ native and mathematician Abraham “Abe” Gelbart who earned a doctorate from MIT and went on to be “the founding dean of the Belfer Graduate School of Science at Yeshiva University.”

1911: In the Bronx, Julius and Ethel (née Loewy) Fleischl gave birth to Harriet Fleischl who gained fame as attorney Harriet Fleischl Pilpel “the general counsel for both the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.”

1911 Big Jack Zelig, a Jewish gangster murdered Italian gangster Julie Morrell at the Stuyvesant Casino. Zelig believed Jack Sirocco and Chick Tricker had hired Morrell to kill him so he struck first.  This killing was part of the fight by the Jewish dominated Eastman gang to control the Five Points section of New York.

1912: Today, at the annual meeting of Isaiah Temple in Chicago, Dr. Joseph Stolz, who spent eight years as the rabbi of Zion Congregation and seventeen years as the rabbi at Isaiah Temple “was unanimously elected Rabbi…for life along with an increase in salary.

1912: “Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in world” and “her French company are scheduled to make their “American debut in vaudeville” at the Majestic Theatre.

1913: President Woodrow Wilson, who appointed the first Jew, Louis Brandeis, to the Supreme Court and supported the Balfour declaration “delivered his first State of the Union address” today

1914: A committee headed by Joseph Barondess of the Board of Education met Solomon Rabinowitz who uses the pen name Shalom Aleichem when he and his wife and two children arrived in New York today from Copenhagen aboard the Frederick VIII.

1914: Lt. Hugo Gutman was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class today.

1914: “Appeal For Aid For Jews” published today described the appeal by the American Jewish Relief Committee for aid their co-religionist because “the disaster, in which the whole world shares, fall with disproportionate weight upon the Jewish people more than nine million of whom live in the countries at war and over six million of these in the actual war zone in Poland, Galicia and the whole Russian frontier.

1914: It was reported today that the officers of the newly formed American Jewish Relief Committee are Chairman Louis Marshall, Secretary Cyrus L. Sulzberger and Treasurer Felix M. Warburg.

1914: A Committee composed of Joseph Barondess, Charles J. Minikes and Joseph Fallen met Solomon Rabinowitz (Sholom Aleichem) today

1914: Birthdate of composer of Adolph Green who with his partner Betty Comden, wrote numerous hits, including "New York, New York" (the version from the musical On The Town) and the screenplay for the film Singin' in the Rain.

1915(25th of Kislev, 5676): Chanukah

1915: Second night of a “fete” featuring historical tableaux held for the benefit of the Spanish and Portuguese Sisterhood which is chaired by Mrs. Mortimer M. Meken. 

1915:  Albert Einstein published the general theory of relativity.

1915: Representative Meyer London plans on submitting his proposal for a peace resolution to Congress which will include a request for $100,000 to help the neutral nations provide mediation between the belligerents.

1915: It was reported today that of the $229,000 being sent to aid Jews suffering in the war zones, $80,000 will go to Russia, $70,000 will go to that part of Poland under German control, $50,000 will go to Galicia, $25,000 will go to Palestine and $5,000 will go to Turkey.

1916: The Central Committee for the Relief of Jews Suffering through the War whose members include “Leon Kaimaiky, editor The Jewish Daily News; Rabbi Israel Rosenberg, Rabbi Meyer Berlin, Albert Lucas and Harry Fishcel” announced in a report made public today “that it has collected to date $1,455,132.96” with the money coming “from 26,321 separate sources.”

1916: Isaiah "Jacques" Pais married Kaatje "Cato" van Kleeff.  This union of a Sephardic Jew and Ashkenazi Jew produced a son named Abraham Pais, the famed Dutch born physicist.

1917: As the Battle for Jerusalem reached its final phase the British began to replace its weary front-line forces with fresh troops including sending in the XX Corps led by the 10th (Irish) Division to replace the XXI Corps.

1917: In New York Pauline (Weiss) Blagman and Abraham Blagman gave birth to Sylvia Blagman who gained fame as Sylvia Sims “one of the most admired pop-jazz singers of her generation.” (As reported by Stephen Holden)

1917: In Baltimore, MD, two meetings were held at the Hippodrome and Palace Theatres sponsored by the Baltimore Conference for Jewish National Restoration in Palestine heard an address by Jacob De Haas, a former secretary to Theodore Herzl, after which resolutions were “unanimously and enthusiastically approved” expressing support for “the declaration of the British Government, promulgated by Mr. Balfour, favoring the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.”

1917(17th of Kislev, 5678): In Shreveport, LA, sixty-eight-year-old William Winter, a member of the legislature, city council and school board passed away today.


1917: “The campaign by which $5,000,000 is to be raised in New York City by December 16 for the Jewish War Relief Committee and the Jewish Welfare Boarding, working among soldiers and sailors was opened” tonight “with a dinner given at the Astor by Jacob H. Schiff, the Chairman of the committee” for “the Captains and members of the forty-five teams” which will be in charge of raising this sum in the next two weeks.

1917: It was reported today that “the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society, the clearing house through which thousands of Jewish refugees in the war stricken countries and in other lands have received news of their relatives in America has” recently “received hundreds of letters from those seeking word of relatives” in the United States and “in a majority of cases the society” which is led by President John L. Bernstein and Jacob R. Fain, the General Manager “has been able to find those sought.”

1918: Jacob Billikopf of the American Jewish Relief Committee, Dr. I. Edwin Goldwasser of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies and Charles S. Ward of the Y.M.C.A. were among those who attended a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Felix M. Warburg which “formally inaugurated” “the campaign to raise $5,000,000 in New York City for the relief of Jewish war sufferers.”

1919: Former Kaiser Wilhelm II wrote to Field Marshal August von Mackensen, denouncing his own abdication as the "deepest, most disgusting shame ever perpetrated by a person in history, the Germans have done to themselves... egged on and misled by the tribe of Judah ... Let no German ever forget this, nor rest until these parasites have been destroyed and exterminated from German soil!" Wilhelm advocated a "regular international all-worlds pogrom à la Russe" as "the best cure" and further believed that Jews were a "nuisance that humanity must get rid of some way or other. I believe the best thing would be gas!" (The Kaiser and His Court by John Rohl)

1920: A dispatch from Budapest today said that “the Jews of Hungary will be deprived of all rights of suffrage under an understanding reached by the political parties of that country with a view to solving the Jewish problem.” (Editor’s note – the road that led to the Hungarian Jews being sent to Auschwitz began years before the Nazis arrived)

1921(1st of Kislev, 5682): Rosh Chodesh Kislev

1921: “Compensation of $57,500 has been awarded to Abraham S. Gilbert as special master in the Consolidated Gase by United States Circuit Court Judge Julius M. Meyer.

1921(1st of Kislev, 5682): Seventy-nine-year-old Levie Jacobs, the Dutch born son of Clara Snatager and Phillip Levie Jacobs, the husband of Helena van Greens and the father of Clara Jacobs; Leonard Jacobs; Jakob Jacobs and Philip Elias Jacobs passed away today.

1921: Temple Israel, which is temporarily holding services at the Second Presbyterian Church while its new sanctuary is being built, began the celebration of its Golden Jubilee this evening.

1921: Twenty-nine-year-old “Abraham Krotoshinsky who was a member of the ‘Lost Battalion’ and the one who succeeded in notifying American headquarts of the whereabouts of his comrades in the Argonne Woods sailed” today “for Palestine” where he will remain for two months to see how he likes the country” and if he does like it and decides to remain, Nathan Straus who paid for the trip will by him “a farm in Palestine.”

1922(12th of Kislev, 5683): Parashat Vayetzei

1922” Rabbi Philip A. Langh led Shabbat morning services at Temple Anshe Emes.

1922: Rabbi Julian Gusfield led services at Temple Beth El in Chicago.

1922: Rabbi Abram Hirschberg led services at Temple Sholom in Chicago.

1922: Led by head coach George Levene, Wake Forest defeated Hampden-Sydney in its final game of the season.

1923(24th of Kislev, 5684): kindle the first Chanukah candle

1923: Arnold "Arnie" Horween “kicked a 35 yard field goal and his brother Ralph ran for a touchdown as the Chicago Cardinals beat the Oorang Indians 22 to 19.

1923:  Birthdate of Meshulam Riklis, chief executive of McCrory Corporation.  After serving in the military during World War II, Riklis majored in mathematics at Ohio State University.  He worked his way through college as a Hebrew teacher before starting out on his very successful business career.


1924(5th of Kislev, 5685): Seventy-one year old Sir Edward Elias Sassoon, 2nd Baronet, the younger son of Elias David Son and the father of Victor Sassoon passed away today.

1924: “Man Against Man” a silent drama with a script by Adolf Lantz was released today in Germany.

1924: Sigmund Romberg’s operetta “The Student Prince” opened at Jolson’s 59th Street where it ran for 608 performances, making it “the longest running Broadway show of the 1920’s.”

1925: “Judge Mayer” published today described “Judicial career of the late Julius M. Mayer” as being both distinguished in and of itself and as being “Illustrative of the conditions that prevail in our lower courts.”

1926:  Rabbi Yehuda Leib Tsirelson “who represented the Bessarabian Jewish Community in the Rumanian Senate (and he would be murdered by the Germans in 1941 after the capture of Kishinev) “resigned from the Senate following his remarkable address in which he attacked the leaders of the Rumanian anti-Semitic movement.”

1927: The appeal to the Privy Council at London of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that “the Jews of Montreal, as ‘protestants’ had no right to representation on the Protestant School Board of Montreal” began today with Jewish appellants being represented by Sir John Simon.

1928: In Berlin, world première of Arnold Schönberg’s the Variations for Orchestra, op. 31.

1928: This morning, Rabbi Samuel Schulman delivered a sermon on “Liberal Religion, American Politics and the Jew” at Temple Emanu-El in which he decried “the ‘dragging’ of Judaism into the past political campaign and scoring a ‘certain prominent rabbi’ for explaining from his pulpit why he as a rabbi would vote for a Catholic President.”

1929: Today, Irving Berlin “first published” “Puttin’ On the Ritz” a song he had written in May 1927 and made famous in the movie “Blue Skies.”

1929: In Santa Barbara, CA, Russian-Jewish immigrants “Minnie (Nitkin) and Julius Ltiwak gave birth UCA, Berkley educated, award winning historian Dr. “Leon Litwack, a leather-jacket-wearing, blues-loving historian whose pioneering books on slavery and its aftermath demonstrated how Black people thought about and shaped their own liberation, even as they were constrained by racism in American society” who was the husband of Rita Litawck.

1930: “Annie Christie” a German language film based on the play of the same name starring Salka Viertel was released today in the United States by MGM.

1930: Birthdate of economist Gary Stanley Becker, the native of Pottsville, PA who “was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

1931: In the Weimar Republic, premiere of “Emil and the Detectives,” a “German adventure film with a script by Billy Wilder.”

1931: “The Trunks of Mr. O.F.” directed and written by Alexis Granowsky and co-starring Peter Lorre and Heddy Lamar premiered today in Berlin.

1932: “If I Had a Million” an anthology film produced by Emanuel Cohen and whose directors included Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog and Lothar Mendes was released in the United States today.

1932: “Secrets of the French Police” the movie version of an unpublished novel by Samuel Ornitz, produced by David O. Selznick, co-starring Gregory Ratoff and with music by Max Steiner was released today in the United States.

1932(3rd of Kislev, 5693): Sixty-nine-year-old Philadelphia born, University of Pennsylvania trained attorney David Wallerstein, who gave speeches on behalf of FDR during the recent Presidential elections and who was the husband of Nellie Wallerstein with whom he had two sons, Edward and John Wallerstein and three daughters including Dr. Ruth C. Wallerstein, a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin.

1932: “The Triangle of Fire,” directed by Edmond T. Gréville, who was, based on genetic testing done in 2017 a member of Ashkenazic family from Russia and with music by Casimir Oberfeld was released in France today.

1933: Release of “Dancing Lady,” a musical comedy that showed the Jewish involvement in the movie industry. It featured the Three Stooges (all Jewish) in one of their first film.  Louis Silvers provided the music and David O. Selznick coproduced this film that was distributed by MGM.

1934(25th of Kislev, 5695): Chanukah

1934: “English born American clergyman and newspaper writer” Samuel Parkes Cadman, who would “later called for the U.S. to boycott the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, because of the Nazis' anti-Semitic policies” today “wrote an article condemning the Nazi German government for the firing of theologian Karl Barth from a German university post as a result of the professor's outspoken opposition to the Nazi regime and adamant refusal to sign an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler.”

1934: Birthdate of Salomon Gottlob, who at the age of sevenn boarded Convoy 25 that left Drancy for Auschwitz on August 28, 1942

1935: Among the things listed as “Verboten” in the official police periodicals is “For a German girl to sit in public with a Jew” and “for ‘Aryans’ to sell real estate to Jews when such real estate is important to he German national wealth.”

1935: Louis K. Anspacher is scheduled to give a lecture on “Democracy and Irresponsibility” at the Bronxville Women’s Club.

1936: “Compliments of Mister Flow” a French mystery directed by Robert Siodmak was released today.

1936: In Berlin, “the public learned further details today of the new exchange law empowering the Exchange Control Service to seize and administer the fortune and property of any citizens suspected of an intention to go abroad permanently” – a law that did not apply to Jews because for some time now, “Jews suspected of a desire to flee the Reich were ordered to deposit a certain percentage of their fortunes with a Reichsbank subsidiary” without the benefit of any legal protection.

1936: At a dinner honoring Dr. Arthur J. Brown, Chairman of the American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise “declared that the time is come for the public opinion of mankind, expressing itself either through the league of Nations at Geneva or through its great religious organizations to speak earnestly and solemnly with respect to the lawless violation of the rights of many minority peoples in Europe and most especially of Jewish minorities.”

1937: The Palestine Post reported that out of the three Arab constables ambushed and kidnapped by an Arab terrorist gang near Shfaram, two were "tried" and murdered. The third constable was released to inform the authorities of the murder and the "trial."

1937:  The Palestinian Post reported that scores of bullets hit the Haifa-Kiryat Haim bus, but no one was wounded. 


1938: “Flirting with Fate,” a comedy produced by David Loew and music by Victor Young was released today in the United States by MGM.


1938: “The first Kindertransport arrived in Harwich, Great Britain today bringing some 200 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin which had been destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom.”


1939: Birthdate of Yael Dayan. This daughter of Moshe Dayan has made a career in her own right including that of an Israeli politician.


1939: “The Return of Doctor X” a science fiction horror film directed by Vincent Sherman and co-produced by Hal Wallis and Jack Warner was released today in the United States.


1940: Prime Minister Churchill replied to General Wavell’s concerns about letting the survivors of the Patria remain in Palestine.  Churchill wondered if even the most militant of Arabs could find fault with what Churchill described as a humanitarian gesture.  He wondered if the Arab commitment to the cause of the fight against the Nazis was so slender that such an event as this could have such disastrous consequences.  At the same time, Churchill assured Wavell that there would not be a repetition of the Patria since all future illegal Jewish immigrants would be imprisoned in Mauritius for the duration of the war.


1940(2nd of Kislev): Fifty-five-year-old Rabbi Bernard Revel passed away. Born in Lithuania, he came to the United States after the Russian Revolution of 1905, entered NYU and received an MA in 1909. In 1915, he was named the first President of Yeshiva College, a position he held at the time of his death.  This blog cannot do justice to his life and contributions to the Jewish people.  You can begin to learn more about him at

1941: Release date for “Ball of Fire,” a comedic treatment of cloistered intellectuals produced by Samuel Goldwyn written by Billie Wilder.

1941: U.S. premiere of “All Through the Night” directed by Vincent Sherman, produced by Hal Wallis and Jerry Wald and based on a story by Leo Rosten with Phil Silvers play the “Waiter” and Peter Lorre as “Pepi.”

1942: Jews in 30 countries hold a day of prayer and fasting for European Jews.

1942: After being screened for the Office of War Information's Bureau of Motion Pictures today, George Cukor’s “Keeper of the Flame” “was disapproved by the Bureau’s chief, Lowell Mellet.

1942: The first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated in Chicago, Illinois. At the University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi and his team achieved the world's first artificial nuclear chain reaction, in a makeshift lab underneath the University's football stands at Stagg Field. Work on the experimental pile had begun on 16 Nov 1942. It was a prodigious effort. Physicists and staffers, working around the clock, built a lattice of 57 layers of uranium metal and uranium oxide embedded in graphite blocks. A wooden structure supported the graphite pile. The chain reaction was part of the Manhattan Project, a secret wartime project to develop nuclear weapons, which initiated the modern nuclear age. This was a discovery that changed the world. 

1942: In Los Angeles, “television and film writer Maurice Zimring, better known by his stage name Maurice Zimm, and his wife Molly, a lawyer who passed the California Bar in 1933” gave birth to  “American criminologist, law professor, and the William G. Simon Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law,” Franklin Ester Zimring.

1943: The first RSHA transport reached Birkenau from Vienna.

1943: In Toronto, Ontario MPP Allan Grossman and his wife gave birth to Larry Grossman who would follow his father into Parliament for what would be a 32 year stint of father/son legislative service.

1943:  One hundred Jews from Vienna arrive at Auschwitz.

1944: In Budapest, three Jews were killed when gangs attacked the building in which they were living even though it was under Swiss Protection. Some Swiss diplomats, like their Swedish counterparts, used the diplomatic concept of extra-territoriality to provide safe haven for Hungarian Jews.  Unfortunately, the various forces of anti-Semitism operating in the Hungarian capital did not always respect the niceties of international law.

1944(16th of Kislev, 5705):  Russian born painter and pianist Josef Lhévinne, whose birth name was Joseph Arkadievich Levin passed away in New York City just a few days before his 70th birthday.

1945: Today No. 342 Squadron in which author Romain Gary had flown over 25 missions as a “bombardier-observer” was transferred from the RAF to the French Air Force.

1946: While meeting in Atlantic City, today, “the United Jewish Appeal's national conference adopted a quota of $170,000,000 for its 1947 campaign for relief and rehabilitation in European countries, for refugee settlement in Palestine and for refugee adjustment in the United States.

1947: First day of a three-day general strike called by the Arab Higher Committee to protest the UN vote for partition.

1947: “An Arab mob attacked the commercial center in Mamilla, and its mostly Jewish shop owners” during which the “British forces that were supposed to protect them focused mainly on pursuing the handful of Haganah defenders, while the rioters, most of them equipped with axes and knives, set fire to the shopping street and attacked the merchants. “

1947: Today, “four days after the United Nations decision to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and Arab state, Arab mobs in Syria were once again looting, burning, murdering and raping local Jews under the aegis of their, government’s anti-Zionism campaign.

1947: Birthdate of British businessman Michael Phillip Green who founded Carlton Communication with his brother David.

1947: Today “Joseph and Tilly Newman made their first trip to London their son’s MBE from the king who expressed his pleasure at being to acknowledge Isidore Newman’s gallantry in this way.”

1947: Bands of Arabs engage in violent protests and murderous attacks on the Jewish populace. Three Jews were shot dead in the Old City.  Hundreds of Arab youths marched towards Zion Square in the center of Jerusalem chanting “Death to the Jews.” Fighting broke out in Jerusalem’s Commercial Centre between marauding Arab mobs and Jews seeking to protect their property.

1947: On the second day of general strike called by the Arab Higher Committee 200 Arabs broke into the commercial center in Jerusalem, looting and burning Jewish owned shops.  The British troops made no effort to intervene.  They did prevent a platoon of Haganah troops from coming to the aid of the embattled Jews.

1948: The Iraq government “suggested” to oil companies operating in Iraq, that no Jewish employees be accepted.

1948: Funeral services are schedule to be held this morning at “The Riverside” for Martin A. Fishman, the husband of Flora Fishman and an “associate” of the General Garment Corporation.

1949: It was announced today that “The Workmen’s Circle…would work with the Norwegian Labor party in setting up a village in Israel in memory of the twenty child victims of an airplane crash near Oslo on November 21st.”

1950: NBC broadcast the last episode of “The Hank McCune Show,’ a sit-com produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, the Iowa born lawyer turned film producer.

1950: The annual Hanukkah dinner of the Hebrew Language and Culture Association is scheduled to take place at the Astor Hotel under the leadership of Louis Lipsky, chairman of the American Zionist Council

1951(3rd of Kislev, 5712): Fifty-nine-year-old lifetime Washingtonian and Georgetown University trained lawyer Lawrence Koenigsberger, “the sole member of the District of Columbia Board of Tax Appeals since 1943 who was a charter member of the new reform congregation Temple Sinai and the husband of “Dr. Irene Diner of New York.”

1951: "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater in New York City after 90 performances.  Mickey Katz and his son Joel Grey both appeared in this short-lived musical.

1952: In Casablanca, Morocco, Elie and Esther Mimran gave birth to fashion designer Joseph Mimran.

1952: The Jerusalem Post reported on the new Israeli peace initiative which urged the scrapping of all old UN resolutions and provided for negotiations based on the consideration of all security, territorial, refugee, economic and regional questions, as well as scientific, cultural and technical cooperation.

1953(25th of Kislev, 5714): Chanukah

1953: In Chicago, Annette Brenner and Mike Nussbaum gave birth to Susan Ruth Nussbaum “a playwright and novelist whose work reflected her concern for the rights of people with disabilities…” (As reported by Annabelle Williams)


1953: Eugene Ferkauf opened the first of E.J. Korvette Stores in what had been a Long Island potato field.

1954: The U.S. Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-WI) for refusing to cooperate with a Senate subcommittee that was investigating his finances. This was a backdoor way for the Senate to express its displeasure over the abusive investigative tactics of the Senator which many Jews opposed.  On the other hand, the Senator’s right-hand man was none other than Roy Cohn, the Jewish lawyer from New York.

1954: “The Other Women” with a script by Hugo Haas who also directed, produced and starred in the film with music by Ernest Gold was released in the United States today.

1956: In Havana Lillian Samson Agostini, a schoolteacher whose father was a Jewish refugee from German and Esteban Echevarria gave birth to Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson who gained fame as actor Steve Bauer.

1956: “The Bells Are Ringing,” a musical starring Judy Holliday is being performed at the Schubert Theatre.

1957(9th of Kislev, 5718): Fifty-seven-year-old Dr. Manfred J. Sakel passed away.  Born in 1900, Manfred Joshua Sakel was a Polish born neurophysiologist and psychiatrist who introduced insulin-shock therapy for schizophrenics and other mental patients in 1927, while a young doctor in Vienna. Insulin-induced coma and convulsions, due to the low level of glucose attained in the blood (hypoglicemic crisis) improved the mental state of drug addicts and psychotics, sometimes dramatically. His findings indicated that up to 88% of his patients improved with insulin shock therapy. His method became widely applied for many years in mental institutions worldwide. He immigrated to the U.S. ahead of WW II. in 1936. "Sakel's Therapy" is still used in Europe, but in the U.S. it has been superseded by electroconvulsive therapy and other means of treatment.

1958: “The Night Circus,” for which Karl Bernstein served as press representative on
Broadway at the John Golden Theatre.

1958(20th of Kislev, 5719): Seventy-nine-year-old Harvard grad and Johns Hopkins trained neurosurgeon Ernest Sachs, the New York City born son of Julius Sachs and Rosa Goldman, and husband of “playwright and poet” Mary Parmly Koues with whom he had three children passed away today.

1959: “Five Finger Exercise,” a play by Sir Peter Levin Shaffer, opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.

1961(24th of Kislev, 5722): Parashat Vayeshev’; Kindle for the first Chanukah Candle

1961(24th of Kislev, 5722): Seventy-one-year-old Oxford educated historian and WW I veteran of the Tank Corps Sir Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques, the British philanthropist who spent much of his life working with the underprivileged of the East End and who in 1916 married Rose Loewe, the author as Lady Rose Henriques published Years in Stepney, a biography of her husband.

1962: Birthdate of David Levi, the native of Tel Aviv who played soccer for Hapoel Ramat Gan before becoming a professional poker player who “has won over $2.6 million in live tournaments.”

1962: Police estimated that a crowd of 25,000 mourners attended the funeral service for Rabbi Aaron Kotler held the synagogue of Congregation Sons Of Israel Kalwarier on Pike Street between East Broadway and Henry Streets.

1963: ”Have I Got A Girl,” produced in association with David Kaufman and for which Karl Bernstein servd as press representative opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre.

1965(8th of Kislev, 5726): Seventy-one-year-old German born Siegried Ullman, the “husband of Irma Ullman” passed away today in Palm Beach, FL.

1968: A funeral is scheduled to held today at Temple Beth Israel in Hartford, CT for eighty-one year successful businesswoman and philanthropist Beatrice Fox Auerbach,  the  Hartford, CT born daughter of Moses and Theresa Fox and wife of George Auberach who turned the family owned G. Fox and Company into New England’s largest department and who established the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation through which “she became a leading philanthropist, particularly in helping college students

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1968: President Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor.  Kissinger was a surprise choice for the job for two reasons. He had supported Nelson Rockefeller and strongly questioned Nixon’s fitness for the job. And, as we have found out from the Nixon Tapes, Richard Nixon had an anti-Semitic streak that bordered on the paranoid. 

1968: In Arcadia, CA, Susan (née Franzblau), a psychology professor, and Martin Sofer, a Conservative Jewish rabbi gave birth to actress Rena Sofer who appears on the soap “General Hospital” and is “a descendant of Baal Shem Tov and of the Chasam Sofer through her father's family.”

1968: Madison Square Garden is scheduled to host one of the events marking the 125th anniversary of the found of B’nai B’rith

1970: Birthdate of comedic actress Sarah Silverman.

1970(5th of Kislev, 5731): Seventy-three-year-old Russian native and St. Lawrence University trained attorney Sidney Gondelman, “the president and chairman of the Central Foundry Company” and the husband of “the former Rae Schonfeld,” with whom he had two sons, Herbert and George, passed away today.

1971: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.

1972(26th of Kislev, 5733): Shabbat Shel Chanukah and Parashat Vayeshev

1972(26th of Kislev, 5733): Sixty-four year old Max Leonard Rosenheim, the British physician was honored by being named Baron Rosenheim passed away today.


1973: King Hussein of Jordan said that there could no peace in the area until Israeli forces had completely withdrawn from all lands taken in 1967 including all of Jerusalem

1973: French authorities forestalled a terrorist attack when they arrested 2 Palestinians, 1 Algerian and 1 Turk carrying weapons and explosive which had been brought into the country “for unknown purposes

1973: Yonatan Netanyahu wrote to his brother Benjamin: "We're preparing for war, and it's hard to know what to expect. What I'm positive of is that there will be a next round, and others after that. But I would rather opt for living here in continual battle than for becoming part of the wandering Jewish people. Any compromise will simply hasten the end. As I don't intend to tell my grandchildren about the Jewish State in the twentieth century as a mere brief and transient episode in thousands of years of wandering, I intend to hold on here with all my might.”

1974: As the Soviets crackdown on dissidents, including refusniks, author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was arrested in Moscow in the first step to his being deported and stripped of his citizenship.

1976(10th of Kislev, 5737): Sixty-five-year-old William Tannen who followed in the footsteps of his father Julius Tannen and pursued an acting career most notable for his reoccurring appearance in the Wyatt Earp television show passed away today.

1977:  In the aftermath of Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem, Moshe Dayan and Hassan Tuhami, the Egyptian Deputy Prime minister held a second secret meeting in Morocco.  Dayan provided a proposal for the restoration of Egyptian sovereignty over the Sinai. Much to Dayan’s chagrin, Tuhami is less than thrilled with the offer.  It is obvious that there is big gap between Sadat’s spectacular flight to Jerusalem and his claims to want piece and the achievement of that stated outcome.

1977: Castle Hill, with a 59-room mansion designed by Chicago architect David Adler was placed on the National Register of Historic Places today.

1978: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" featuring Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand makes it to the top spot on the charts.

1979: Painter and sculptor Rodney Ripps, the Brooklyn born son of Anne Jacobie and Sol Michael Ripps married Helene Verin today with whom he had two sons Ezra and Ryder before they divorced,

1979(12th of Kislev, 5740): Ninety-year-old Russian born, Columbia educated Louis Ludwig, a secretary of the Israel Mineral Development Corporation and a member of the board of the United Jewish Appeal passed away today.

1981(6th of Kislev, 5742): Hershey Kay, American born composer and arranger, passed away

1981: In what “was seen as a rebuff to the Reagan administration, today Howard “Metzenbaum was one of four senators to vote against an amendment to President Reagan's MX missiles proposal that would divert the silo system by $334 million as well as earmark further research for other methods that would allow giant missiles to be based.

1981: Birthdate of Jaffa, Israel native and Tel Aviv University trained actor Shredy Jabarin whose film credits include “For My Father” and “The Savior,” “where he played Jesus.”

1982(16th of Kislev, 5743): Marty Feldman, the comedic actor featured in the film Young Frankenstein, passed away.

1983: Michael Jackson's Thriller, an American 13-minute music video for the song of the same name with music by Elmer Bernstein was released today,

1983: Birthdate of Flushing, New York native Arian Asllani the American rapper known as Action Bronson

1983: Dr. Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah and Catarina Lia Azancot Korn gave birth to Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah a Portuguese-American Jewish actress best known for playing NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles.

1984: Him With His Foot In His Mouth and Other Stories by Saul Bellow and Lives of the Poets: Six Stories and a Novella by E. L. Doctorow are among the twelve books chosen by the New York Times Book Review as the best books published in the country during the preceding year.

1985: Jean Herly, who was the French Ambassador to Israel from 1973 to 1977 completed his service as the 15th Minister of State to Monaco

1987(11th of Kislev, 5748): Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, a Soviet scientist who played a key role in the development of nuclear weapons in the U.S.S.R. passed away.

1988: Bank Leumi, Tel Aviv, named Moshe Zanbar chairman and David Friedman managing director.

1988: A man carrying the passport of a former Israeli official linked to the Iran-contra scandal was killed in a plane crash, Government officials said today. The man was tentatively identified by a passport found on his body as Amiram Nir, said a statement from the Attorney General's office in the state of Michoacan.

1988: “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” a police comedy directed by David Zucker, who wrote the script along with Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams was released in the United States today.

1990: The New York Times reported that Israel has undertaken an investment initiative designed to lure high-tech American and European companies to invest in its economy. The program was developed by Moshe Nissim, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade.

1990(15th of Kislev, 5751): Ninety-year-old composer Aaron Copland some of whose best known works include Rodeo, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring passed away today.,+Aaron

1990(15th of Kislev, 5751): Terrorist conducted a deadly attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

1991(25th of Kislev, 5752): Chanukah

1991(25th of Kislev, 5752): Seventy-year-old English biochemist Anne Beloff-Chain passed away today.

1993: “Slaughter of the Innocents” directed and written by American investment professional James Glickenhaus was released in the United States today by Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment.

1994: Jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring

1994: Tonight, “with a rousing encore of Johann Strauss Sr.'s "Radetzky March" that had a stadium audience of 14,000 people chanting for more, Zubin Mehta put the finishing touch to a long-standing ambition: bringing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to India, and better still to Bombay, the hometown Mr. Mehta left 40 years ago to begin his musical career.

1996: Adam Schiff began serving as a “member of the California State Senate from the 21st District.

1997: MCI Center opens in Washington, DC, as the Wizards played the Seattle SuperSonics.  The Wizards are owned by Abe Pollin and the MCI Center, which helped to rejuvenate downtown Washington, was the product of this forty year fixture of the basketball and Jewish community.

1998: In Israel, one person was injured in a stabbing attack.

1999(24th of Kislev, 5760): In the evening, Kindle the first Light of Chanukah

1999(24th of Kislev, 5760): Eight-eight year old Joey Adams, the Brooklyn born comedian named Joseph Abramowitz and husband of gossip columnist Cindy Adams passed away today.

2000: As a result of the “Palestinian-Israeli violence that broke out in late September” it was reported today that Egypt’s “tourism boom is on the verge of going bust.”

2001: The New York Times list of the Best Books of 2001 contains the following works about Jewish related subjects or by Jewish authors including Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald and Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks a physician and author raised as an Orthodox Jew.

2001(17th of Kislev, 5762): A suicide bombing on an Egged bus #16 in Haifa shortly after 12:00 kills 15 people. The victims: Tatiana Borovik, 23, of Haifa; Mara Fishman, 51, of Haifa; Ina Frenkel, 60, of Haifa; Riki Hadad, 30, of Yokne’am; Ronen Kahalon, 30, of Haifa; Samion Kalik, 64, of Haifa; Mark Khotimliansky, 75, of Haifa; Cecilia Kozamin, 76, of Haifa; Yelena Lomakin, 62, of Haifa; Rosaria Reyes, 42, of the Philippines; Yitzhak Ringel, 41, of Haifa; Rassim Safulin, 78, of Haifa; Leah Strick, 73, of Haifa; Faina Zabiogailu, 64, of Haifa; Mikhail Zaraisky, 71, of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

2001(17th of Kislev, 5762): One person was killed when terrorist fired on a car “near Elei Sinai.”

2002(27th of Kislev, 5763): Seventy-eight-year-old Edgar Sherick the movie and television producer whose most lasting contribution to American culture was his role in the creation of “ABC’s Wide World of Sports, passed away today. (As reported by Bill Carter)

2003: It was reported today that Israel’s President Moshe Katsav has said “that Syria must stop supporting armed factions that attack Israel if it is serious about restarting negotiations with Israel over the Golan Heights” while “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, urged the United States to use its muscle to renew talks on the Golan.”.

2004: A Broadway revival of “Pacific Overtures,” a musical written by Stephen Sondheim, opened at Studio 54.

2004: “The Syrian Bride” directed by Eran Riklis, who also co-authored the screenplay, was released today in Israel.

2005(1st of Kislev, 5766): Rosh Chodesh Kislev

2005(1st of Kislev, 5766): American painter Nat Mayer Shapiro passed away at the age of 86.

2005: On this date Haaretz reported that thousands of Ethiopian immigrants gathered along the Sherover-Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem's Old City to celebrate Sigad - the Ethiopian Jewish holiday that for 2,500 years in exile marked the yearning for Zion.

2005: Nicholas F Taubman began serving as United States Ambassador to Romania.

2005: “60 years later, Task Force Baum succeeds” published today reminds of the events surrounding the attempt to rescue Lt. Col. John K. Waters, the son-in-law of General George Patton led by its namesake, Major Abe Baum.  (Baum was Jewish which was part of the risk for a mission that was going to work behind the Nazi lines)

2006: After 11 months, Kaddish is recited for the last time by the family of Judy Rosenstein, of blessed memory. 

2006: The Economist Magazine of this date reviewed Jonathan I. Israel’s Enlightenment Contested in which he contends that the Dutch led by Spinoza were the real “torchbearers of the enlightenment” and not the English of the time whom he describes as apologists for colonialism and enemies of equality.

20016: Jules Feiffer completed his academic residency “at the Arizona State University Barret Honors College” today.

2007: Jewish Book Month comes to an end.

2007: After 20 years of renovation work that cost US$20 million, and that was overseen by the non-profit Museum at Eldridge Street the Eldridge Street Synagogue reopened today to the public. It continues to serve as an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, with regular weekly services on the Sabbath and Holidays, and is also the Museum at Eldridge Street offering informative tours that relate to American Jewish history, the history of the Lower East Side and immigration.

2007: In Kensington, MD, children's author and illustrator Sallie Lowenstein, author of Waiting for Eugene and The Festival of Lights, discusses the evolving state of children's books. Lowenstein, also a keen book collector, will have a number of her treasures on display to help enliven the discussion.

2007: The Sunday New York Times book section features reviews of books on Jewish topics and/or by Jewish authors including A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman by veteran underground cartoonist Sharon Rudahl, Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan one of the founders of the Actus Tragicus collective of Israeli cartoonists and I Killed Adolf Hitler by the Norwegian cartoonist known simply as Jason

2007: The Sunday Washington Post book section lists the Books of 2007 including the following books on Jewish topics and/or by Jewish authors including Lost Genius, by Kevin Bazzana, The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, by Martin Duberman, Einstein, by Jurgen Neffe, Calvin Coolidge, by David Greenberg, Ike, by Michael Korda, Opening Day by Jonathan Eig, Reality Show by Howard Kurtz, The Art of Political Murder, by Francisco Goldman, Power, Faith, and Fantasy, by Michael B. Oren, The Grand Surprise, edited by Stephen Pascal, Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks, A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories, by Primo Levi, Away, by Amy Bloom, Imposture, by Benjamin Markovits and The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon.

2008: As part of the Oud Festival sponsored by Confederation House, Violet Salameh will perform a program of works dedicated to the three great divas of the classical Arabic music world - Layla Morad, Asmahan and Oum Koulthoum at the Jerusalem Theater

2008: In New York, AFHUS Einstein Award Gala Honoring Bill Gates. Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson is the guest speaker. Proceeds will benefit pioneering research at The Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, developing innovative solutions to feeding the world through sustainable agriculture.

2008: Hours after voting began this morning, the Labor party postponed the primary elections after computerized voting systems malfunctioned in several locales around the country. Initially party leader Ehud Barak wanted to postpone the primary by eight days, to December 10, but on Tuesday afternoon, the party's secretary general, MK Eitan Cabel, announced that the primary will be held on Thursday, December 4th.

2008: Throngs of mourners packed the funerals of the six Jews killed in last week's terror attack in India. The six died after gunmen struck the Chabad House, the Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitch movement, last Wednesday. After a two-day standoff, four Israelis, an American Jew and a Mexican woman were dead. The dead included Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, his 28-year-old wife, Rivka, 38-year-old Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum, 28-year-old Bentzion Kruman and 50-year-old Norma Shvarzblat-Rabinovich.

2009: The trial of Heinrich Boere, a man accused of murdering Dutch civilians as a member of a Waffen SS hit squad and has said that he was proud about being chosen to fight for the Nazis is scheduled to resume today.

2009(15th of Kislev, 5770): Sixty-four year old Eric Wolfson the multi-talented musician who “was born into a Jewish family, in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow and raised in the Pollokshields area” passed away today.

2009(15th of Kislev, 5770): Eighty-one-year-old “Harold A. Ackerman, a federal judge in New Jersey for three decades whose hundreds of cases included trials of crooked politicians, corrupt union officials and reputed organized crime chieftains, died today at his home in West Orange, N.J. (As reported by Douglas Martin)

2009(15th of Kislev, 5770) Eight-six year old Samuel Hirsch, the co-founder of the Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition and a life-long champion of civil rights and the rights of American workers passed away today.



2009: David Wessel, the economics editor at the Wall Street Journal and author of the Capital column, discusses and signs his new book, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic, at the Arlington Central Library in Arlington, VA.

2009: Chabad and JCCNV present “Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition” featuring Laibl Wolf, noted Australian Mystic, author of “Practical Kabala” and originator of Mind-Yoga.

2010: Lynda Barry and Maira Kalman are scheduled to “show slides of their work, compare notes and talk about their experiences as creators in many genres” in a program entitled “Words and Pictures” at the 92nd Street Y.

2010: Jewish children's author Jacqueline Jules is scheduled to read from her book, The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle at the Historic 6th & I Synagogue in Washington, DC.

2010: A huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa this afternoon, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.

2010: Two Palestinian terrorists were killed on the Gaza border this morning, when IDF troops opened fire on a number of suspects on the northern end of the Strip. The terrorists were apparently trying to infiltrate a kibbutz on the Gaza border. 

2010: In Gainesville, FL, The Lubavitch Chabbad Jewish Center celebrated the second of the eight day Hanukah holiday with a twelve foot Menorah filled with toys for hospitalized children

2010: Today marked the 30th anniversary the death of French-Jewish novelist Romain Gary,

2010: As Irving Picard sought to get control of funds related to the Madoff Ponzi Scheme non-profits targeted by clawback suits yesterday and today include the Joseph Persky Foundation, the Miles and Shirley Fitterman Charitable Foundation, and the Melvin B. Nessel Foundation. In all, over 20 charities and foundations were sued.

2011: The Heist Project is scheduled to perform works by Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi

2011: David Skorton, the President of Cornell accompanied Billy Joel on flute, during Joel's rendition of "She's Always a Woman" at a concert at Cornell University's Bailey Hall

2011: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on Israel today to take diplomatic steps to address what he described as its growing isolation in the Middle East.

2011: Roni Fuchs and Zeev Frenkiel, the two Israeli businessmen sentenced to imprisonment in Georgia earlier this year for allegedly offering seven-million-dollars-worth of bribes to the Georgian deputy finance minister, returned to Israel today after being pardoned.

2012: The New York Times features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including  A Kosher Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jewish by Joshua Eli Plaut, Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy, A Ship Without a Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart by Gary Marmorstein, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs by Michael Feinstein and Ian Jackman and We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy by Yael Cohen

2012: Those attending the ECLC Barnes and Noble Book Fair scheduled to take place in Fairfax, VA, will have a chance to have their picture taken “with a special Chanukah Dreidel.”

2012: In Minneapolis, MN, the Sabes Jewish Community Center is scheduled to sponsor, How Do You Spell Chanukah?? This is “a unique evening of comedy, fun, music and dreidel spinning and a FUNdraiser for the 2013 Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival.”

2012: Ambassador Richard Schifter is scheduled to “speak about his childhood in Vienna, escape after the Nazi takeover, and his return to Europe as a Ritchie Boy” at today annual meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington  

2012: AFIPO is scheduled its annual Family Music Day!

2012: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz decided today to confiscate the tax revenues that Israel collected for the Palestinian Authority during the month of November,and use it to offset the PA's debt to Israel's Electric Corporation.

2012: “In a game against the Miami Dolphins” Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots “broke his right foot and was placed on injured reserve.”

2012: Holocaust survivors gathered in front of the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem this morning to protest the Treasury’s handling of the budget allocated to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, which reimburses survivors’ annual medical expenses.

2013: “Jerusalem on a Plate” is scheduled to be shown at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.


2013: The Center for Jewish Culture is scheduled to present “Welcome to America: Memories of a Bintel Brief.

2013: The Syrian war continues to spill over into Israel: IDF forces on the Golan Heights near the Syria border were shot at from a Syrian army outpost today. The IDF returned fire and identified a direct hit on a Syrian soldier. No IDF soldiers were injured. (As reported by Ari Yashar)

2013: “Seventy-five years after fleeing Nazi Germany for Britain the children of Kindertransport recall how they were saved from Hitler’s murder machine.”

2013: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this morning with Pope Francis at the Vatican and presented the pontiff with a copy of his late father’s book about the Spanish Inquisition. (As reported by Lazar Berman)

2014(10th of Kislev): Yarhrzeit for the first mass of Jews who were murdered during the Rumbula Massacre near Riga, Latvia that would ultimately claim the lives of more than 25,000 Jews.

2014: On “Giving Tuesday” the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is scheduled to seek support for the Opportunity Scholarships program which “helps to ensure that all students, regardless of school means, have the opportunity to learn the Museum’s message of universal tolerance.”

2014: The YIVO is scheduled to present a lecture-concert “Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music.

2014: The House of Representatives passed the No Social Security Act for Nazis today which ” closed a loophole that had allowed ex-Nazis who lied about their past when immigrating to the United States — and been identified and deported by the Justice Department — to continue receiving Social Security and other benefits.”

2014: “France voted to recognize Palestine as a state, which the Israeli embassy in Paris says sends “the wrong message to leaders and people in the region.”

2014: After overcoming a series of political hurdles, the Senate voted to confirm Noah Mamet as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina.

2014: “The ruling Likud faction has formally decided to vote in favor of opposition-proposed bills on the Knesset docket that would dissolve the Knesset and bring about early elections, party sources told The Times of Israel today.” (As reported by Haviv Rettig Gur and Ricky Ben-David)

2014: In Chicago, the Spertus Book Meetup is scheduled to discuss The Family by David Laskin.

2015: “Singer-musician Judith Berkson is scheduled to present arrangements of cantorial music from YIVO’s sound archives” at the Center for Jewish History.

2015: The Consulate General of Israel in New York and the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue are scheduled to host a reception and panel discussion commemorating “The Exodus of Jews from Arab Countries.”

2015: In Florida, Boca Raton Synagogue is scheduled to host Jeffrey Goldberg, the National Correspondent for The Atlantic speaking on “Battleground for Truth: Confronting Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.”

2015(20th of Kislev): Day two of the Rosh HaShanah of Chassidus

2015(20th of Kislev): Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yitzhak Hutner, the dean of the Chaim Berlin yeshiva in New York.

2016: “Hannah and the moonlit Dress” is scheduled to open at the 14th Street Y.

2016: “A Basel Appeals Court” “overturned the hate incitement conviction of” David Klein, “a Jewish musician who on Facebook described Muslims as ‘the Nazis of today’” after considering “his apology for words that he wrote about a video showing Arabs assaulting Jews in Jerusalem and the fact that he is the descendant of Holocaust survivors.”

2016: The 10th Annual Other Israel Film Festival is scheduled to continue this morning at the JCC Manhattan followed this evening by the New Israel Fund’s New Generations and JCC 20s + 30s Shabbat dinner featuring conversations with guest filmmakers.

2016: Marina Rustow, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University, is scheduled to deliver a lecture on “Fatimid State Documents,

Serial Recyclers and the Cairo Geniza” at the Iowa Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

2017(14th of Kislev, 5778): Parashat Va-yishlach

2017: Rabbi David Lerner delivered a sermon “Rabbi   Neil   Gillman,  z”l ,  and   What   Do   We   Believe?” following the death of “one of the premiere theologians of the Conservative Movement.”

2017: In Atlanta, the second day of the USCJ Convention is scheduled to begin with Barry Mael leading a study session on Leadership Lessons from Pirke Avot.

2017: The Oxford University Jewish Society is scheduled to host a Pirke Avot study session followed by Ma’ariv and Havdallah.

2017: The Maccabeats are scheduled to perform in London today.

2017: Jewish Book Month, an annual event that provides us with a chance to contemplate Jewish books and the lives of authors such as Sholem Asch whose works included the New Testament based trilogy The Nazarene, The Apostle and Mary continues today

2018(24th of Kislev, 5779): In the evening kindle the first light of Chanukah

2018: The Jewish Museum of London is scheduled to host a “Hanukah Family Day” where Lydia Hardwick will help attendees create their own clay lamp and the Yiddish Choir will perform “traditional holiday songs followed by a candle lighting ceremony.

2018: JW3 is scheduled to host two screenings of “Disobedience” in London.

2018: In Atlanta, “Conductor Juan Ramirez and Cantor Lauren Adesnik as members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Emanu-El Youth Choir” are scheduled to perform a very special Hanukkah concert, From Darkness to Light” which includes “highlights inspiring music from the Holocaust, melodic Sephardic tunes and uplifting Hanukkah favorites.”

2018: “The Israeli police recommended today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery, fraud and other charges, accusing him of trading regulatory favors for fawning news coverage, in what is potentially the most damaging of a series of corruption cases against him.”

2018: The Yiddish Book Center is scheduled to host a screening of the Prince and the Dybbuk.

2018: The Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center, under the leadership of Rosh Yeshiva Joshua Kulp is scheduled to “start a new tractate of Talmud--Kiddushin, which is mostly concerned with the laws of betrothal.”

2018: The New York Times features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson, Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz and The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy.

2019: The National Council of Jewish Women Executive Committee Meeting is scheduled to take place this evening in New Orleans.

2019: The ASF Institute of Jewish Experience and Dahan Center are scheduled to present the International Conference on “The End of Jewish Communal Life in the Arab Lands.”

2019: The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players including violinist Itmar Zoran as scheduled to perform the music of “The Great Danes” at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.

2019: The National Museum of American Jewish History Museum Store is prepared to accept on-line orders today as part of its Cyber Monday Sale.

2019: San Francisco State University is scheduled present “Juda, Judaism and Vampirism” during which “Jewish studies lecturer Vered Weiss tells on how Israeli TV uses horror and fantasy to analyze social boundaries and convey social critique.”

2019: “Hip NY rabbi stitches together Hasidic lifestyle with bespoke tailoring business” published today described how “after training on London’s famed Savile Row, Chabad Rabbi Yosel Tiefenbrun has set up shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he fits clients for their $4,500 suits.” (As reported by Renee Ghert-Zand)

2020: The Book Festival of the MJCCA and the National JCC Literary Consortium’s “In Your Living Room” is scheduled to host an online presentation this evening with Ina Garten, author of Modern Comfort Food

2020: The Breman Museum is scheduled to present a book talk featuring Bruce Feiler, author of The New York Times bestseller Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, at 7 PM

2020: Hadassah Northeast is scheduled to present online “Zionism From Herzl to the Present” with Karen Bar-Or, national activism director of Israeli American Council.


2020: In Iowa, The Jewish Federation of the Corridor steering group is scheduled to meet this evening,

2020: The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is scheduled present on ZOOM “Jewish Women in American Film: From Femme Fatale to Superhero” with John Kenrick.

2020: The ASF Institute of Jewish Experience is scheduled to present Aviva Ben-Ur discussing her new book, Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825.

2020: In Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Temple Judea is scheduled to host Rabbi Yaron Kapitulnik talking about "The untold stories of the Maccabees – What can we learn from a direct reading of the Book of Maccabees."

2020: Today the Knesset is scheduled t”o vote on a motion of no confidence proposed by the opposition, normally a formality that is voted down virtually automatically by the government” which might not be the case this time since Blue & White Chairman and Defense Minisiter Benny Gantz said his party will vote in favor of a bill, calling to disperse the Knesset and hold another election.”(As reported by Itay Blumenthal)

2020: The JDC is scheduled to host “the screening of two rare historic archival films: “A Tale of Two Worlds” and “A Day of Deliverance.”

2020: The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is scheduled to host Dr. Israel Finkelstein lecturing on “Reconstructing the History of Ancient Israel: The Bible versus Archaeology.”

2020: Historian Fred Rosenbaum is scheduled to talk “about the history of Argentina’s Jewish community and provides context for the film “Anita,” which the East Bay Int’l Jewish Film Festival is offering free online…”

2020: In Columbus, OH, Congregation Tifereth Israel is scheduled to host via ZOOM “Asking Deeper Questions: Judaism 201 Jewish Ethics Case Study on Crime and Incarceration which is part of a monthly “series focused on exploring some deeper questions about Jewish thought and practice, while also providing practical skills and advice for those looking to add more Jewish ritual to their lives.”

2021(28th of Kislev, 5782): Fifth Day of Chanukah

2021: In London, the Jewish Museum is scheduled to present a “Virtual Teachers CPD that explores what it really means to be Jewish and how best to teach an authentic and inclusive Judaism in your classrooms.”

2021: In New Hampshire, the Manchester Community Players are scheduled to present “Hershel and the Hanukah Goblins.”

2021: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is scheduled to host, online Award-winning author and board member of the Yale University Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies Joshua M. Green, the author of Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend, which is a compelling, well-researched biography of Auschwitz Survivor Siggi Wilzig.

2021: The American Jewish Committee (AJC) San Francisco is scheduled to host its 2021 Virtual Diplomats Hanukkah Candle Lighting Celebration this evening

2021: The Museum of the Jewish People is scheduled to present Frank Oz & The Jewish Jazz Show “THE JEWISH SPIRIT” which is “an original musical performance, that brings together several music genres of Yiddish, Hazanut, Ladino, Mediterranean, Pop and Jazz music

2021: JWA CEO Dr. Judith Rosenbaum is scheduled to lecture, online, on the fight for birth control in New York City's immigrant community in the 1910s.

2022: In Metairie, LA, Chabad is scheduled host its Shabbat Dinner

2022: The Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Center is scheduled present a discussion of Churchill and America by Martin Gilbert hosted by Allen Packwood OBE.

2022: Based on previous published reports, as of today, Tel Aviv is no longer the most expensive city in the world in which to live having fallen to number three. (As reported by Sharon Wrobel)

2023: As December 2 begins in Israel, all decent human beings mourn the  loss of Aryeh Zalmanovich, Maya Goren, Ronen Engel, Eliyahu Margalit; and 85 year-old Margalit Zalmanovich whose death while in Hamas captivity has been confirmed by the IDF, the  IDF braces for more combat since the truce was shattered yesterday rocket attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah  while the rest of the Hamas held hostages begin day 57 in captivity.  (Editor’s note: this situation is too fluid for this blog to cover so we are just providing a snapshot as of the posting at midnight Israeli time)

2023: Jewish National Fund-USA global conference which has evolved in a weekend of solidarity with Israel is scheduled to continue today.

2023: The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is scheduled to host a “Cabaret Night Fundraiser.”

2023: “Evolve Hadassah Cincinnati Kick-Off Event” is scheduled to take place at MadTree Brewing


2023(19th of Kislev): “Chasidic Rosh Chodesh” commemorating the release from Russian captivity of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the Alter Rebbe.

2023(19th of Kislev, 5784): Parashat Va-yishlach (lit. “And he sent”)

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