This Day, December 7, In Jewish History by Mitchell A and Deb Levin Z"L



43 BCE: The famous orator Marcus Tullius Cicero
died.  Cicero was a Patrician, member of
the Senate and opponent of Julius Caesar. 
Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Anthony and Octavian executed
those whom they viewed as ene…


43 BCE: The famous orator Marcus Tullius Cicero died.  Cicero was a Patrician, member of the Senate and opponent of Julius Caesar.  Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Anthony and Octavian executed those whom they viewed as enemies of the state.  Cicero fell into that category.  Based on his public utterances, Cicero had no use for the Jews. "The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers."  While serving as defense counsel at the trial of Flaccus, a Roman pro-consul accused of diverting one hundred pounds of gold bound for the Temple in Jerusalem, Cicero described the Jews as a people born to slavery who had become far too intrusive in the affairs of Rome. Was Cicero an anti-Semite?  Or was he merely a member of the old order who resented the changes in society (sort of a Roman version of Henry Adams or Gore Vidal); a person who demonized Jews because they were different?  Regardless of the cause, the statements speak for themselves. 

1158: Abraham Ibn Ezra, under the influence of an inspiration or vision he had on that Shabbat day, decided to defend the traditional reckoning of the Jewish holidays and Sabbaths against the trend to begin them only at daybreak rather than the previous night. Immediately after the Sabbath he began to write his Iggeret Shabbat ("Shabbat Letter") in which he used both religious and astronomical sources to defend his position. He wrote it while visiting England, making it one of the few Hebrew works composed there prior to the expulsion of the Jews in 1290.

1237(18th Kislev, 4998): Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon the son of Maimonides aka the Rambam who followed his father as the leader of the Egyptian Jewish community passed away.

1254: Pope Innocent IV passed away. During his papacy, Innocent “denounced the Blood Libels as unfounded.”  In 1247, Innocent agreed to grant a request from the Jews by issuing a declaration stating, “that the Talmud was an absolute necessity for the Jews, if Judaism were to continue to exist as a separate religion, and that the burnings of the Talmud were to cease.” These actions certainly make him stand out from many of those who served as the Vicar of Christ in Rome.

1279(O.S.): King Boleslaus V of Poland passed away.  In 1264, Boleslaus V issued a charter that allowed for Jewish residence and protection, hoping that Jewish settlement would contribute to the development of the Polish economy. This charter was similar to one that had been granted to the Jews of Austria in 1244.  While Jews were not granted the same degree of protection as other citizens and while Jews were excluded from privileges afforded Christian merchants and burghers, the charter did include recognition of legal testimony of Jews, fines for harming Jews or Jewish property, prohibition of blood libels, and equal commercial rights.  Even though the charter was not always followed, it marked a major improvement over conditions that Jews were living under in other parts of Europe and helped encourage a major eastward migration of the Children of Israel.

1383: Wenceslaus IV who as Emperor failed to continue the Imperial protection of the Jews of Luxembourg led to their expulsion in 1391 began his reign as Duke of Luxembourg today.

1626: In Stockholm, Gustavus Adolphus and Mary Eleanor of Brandenburg gave birth to Christina Augusta, the Queen of Sweden from 1632 to 1654 who studied Hebrew literature in her youth, “welcomed eminent Hebrew scholars at her court,” favored “permitting Jews to settle in the West Indies” and who appointed Isaac Manoel Texeira to serve as her “financial agent and resident minister at Hamburg.” (As reported by Richard Gottheil and Isaac Broyde)

1655: The Whitehall Conference which had been called by Cromwell to consider allowing the Jews to return to England continued the deliberations which had begun on December 4.

1660: Today’s Order in Council read “Upon reading and debate on petition of the merchants and tradesmen of the City of London for the expulsion of the Jews, and also the petition of Maria Fernandez Carvajal, widow, and others ,merchants, Jews by birth for his Majesty’s protection to continue to reside in his dominions; His Majesty judging it a business of great importance is pleased to refer said petitions to the consideration of the Parliament desiring their advice thereon, ordered both the petitions to be delivered to one of his Majesty’s most honorable privy councilors (a member of the House of Commons) to be presented to Parliament.

1655: A special Conference which had been established by Cromwell and the Council of State to consider all of the issues pertaining to the Jews and their readmission to England which had already decided “that there was no law which forbade the Jews’ return into England” today began to consider the question, if it be lawful to allow the Jews to live in England, “upon what terms it meet to receive them?”

1700: Another decree was issued today in Berlin “which revoked the poll-tax, fixed the protection-money at 1,000 ducats, and placed some restrictions upon commerce” that included at the request of the shopkeepers’ guild forbidding Jews to keep public shops and stalls.”

1701(6th of Kislev, 5462): Joshua de Fonseca, a physician in Hamburg and the son of Hakam Abraham de Fonseca passed away today.

1707(24th of Kislev, 5468): The first Chanukah Candle is kindled for the first time in Great Britain which had been created by the Act of Union joining England and Scotland.

1742: Talmudist Judah Lob Mokiach, the son of Mordecai Mokiah the father of “David Berlin (Mokiach) and Isaiah Berlin (Mokiach), known also as Isaiah Pick” passed away today in Pressburg

1765(24th of Kislev, 5526): Parashat Vayeshev; The first Chanukah Candle is kindled for the first time after the Stamp Act, one of the steps on the road to the American Revolution had gone into effect.

1771(30th of Kislev, 5532): Shabbat Shel Chanukah; Parashat Miketz; Rosh Chodesh Tevet

1771: “Jacob de Beer was employed today by the Dutch East India Company.”

1776(26th of Kislev, 5637): As Jews observe Shabbat and prepare to kindle candles for the third night of Chanukah, Washington’s Army successfully finishes crossing to the south bank of the Delaware River, thus escaping destruction by the British who chased the revolutionary army from New York down the entire state of New Jersey.

1779(28th of Kislev, 5540): Fourth Day of Chanukah observed on the day that General George Washington wrote to William Livingston expressing his appreciation for gaining Dutch support for the American Revolution

1784(24th of Kislev, 5545): The first Chanukah candle is kindled on the day that Alexander Hamilton, an aide to General Washington and future Secretary of the Treasury who was reportedly of Jewish heritage wrote to John Jay expressing his support of Baron von Steuben’s claim for compensation because of his “substantial services to the American cause.

1787: Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.  Delaware abolished religious tests for public office in 1792.  For more about the history of the Jews of the “first state” see

1789: Hannah Manuel and New York City native Gershom Mendes Seixas gave birth to Grace Seixas, the wife of Manuel Judal and the mother of Abigail, Louisa and Gershom Judah.

1790(30th of Kislev, 5551): Sixth Day of Chanukah; Rosh Chodesh Tevet observed on the same day that Counsel Samuel Shaw wrote to President Washington from Canton concerning limitations on American trade with Batavia.

1793(4th of Tevet, 5554): Herz Cerfbeer of Medelsheim the military contractor and philanthropist passed away today at Strasbourg.  Born Naphtali Ben Dov-Beer at Alsace in 1730, he was granted citizenship rights by Louis XVI in 1775. A spokesperson and supporter of the Jewish community he published rare Hebrew books including Lechem Setarim by Solomon Nissim Algazi the 17th century Talmudist who served as a rabbi by Smyrna and Jerusalem.

1795(25th of Kislev, 5556): Chanukah

1796: Elias Jacobs married Elizabeth Lazarus at the Great Synagogue today.

1797: In New York City, Leah Nathan and Jacob Naphtali Hart gave birth to Lyon Hart.

1797: In New York City, Philadelphia born Leah Nathan and Bavaria born Jacob Naphtali Hart gave birth to Nathan Hart.

1798(29th of Kislev, 5559): Fifth Day of Chanukah observed as British forces clash with French forces in the aftermath of Napoleon’s failed Egyptian campaign.

1802: Birthdate of German poet and editor Lesser Ludwig 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” and who was supporter of the Reform movement.

1809(29th of Kislev, 5570): Fifth Day of Chanukah observed for the first time during the Presidency of James Madison.

1815 Birthdate of Louis Bernheim the husband of Emma Simon and father of German historian Ernst Bernheim and father-in-law of Amalie ("Emma") Henriette Jessen.

1819: In Pesaro, Italy Ricca Rosselli and Angelo Levi gave birth to Sarina Levy, the wife of Meyer Moses Nathan, a German-born Jewish stockbroker who lived in London who after the death of her husband in 1859 gained fame as Sarina Nathan, the “financier and confident of Giuseppe Mazzini the driving force behind the creation of unified, democratic Italy.

1819: Today’s “report of the Privy Council of relates that Joseph L. Friedländer came to Bautzen in March 1813 and in the year 1819 had already left his birthplace Mühlendorf in Hungary 46 years earlier.  Concerning his family, it further relates that his “child is weak and not more than 2½ years old,” and his wife is pregnant.  The Bautzen city administration found a place for the Jewish family to reside because it had work for Friedländer in translation service for 1813-1816.”

1820: Three days after he had passed away, 56-year-old Phillip Cohen, the husband of Hannah Cohen, was buried today at the “Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.”

1822(23rd of Kislev, 5583): Rabbi Yosef ben Moshe Mammon, the native of Morocco who taught at the Yeshiva in Safed before settling in Burkhara in 1793 because the people needed strong Jewish leadership, passed away today.  Among his descendants is the Dorit Moussaieff, the First Lady of Iceland.

1822: In Breslau, Amalie Kempner and Salomon Silberstein gave birth to Emma Silberstein, the future wife of Louise Loewe and the father of James Loewe.

1823: In Liegnitz, Silesia, Isidor and Johanna (née Prausnitzer) Kronecker gave birth to German mathematician Leopold Kronecker

1827: One day after he had passed away “Joseph ben Chaim Schwab” was buried today at the “Lauriston Road Jewish Cemetery.”

1828(1st of Tevet, 5589): Rosh Chodesh Tevet; Seventh Day of Chanukah

1828: Birthdate of “Herford, Germany” native Ferdinand Falk, the husband of “Jeannette Levy Falk” and father of “Arnold, Gustave, Myron and Gertrude Falk.”

1830: Birthdate of Judah Leib (Ben Asher) Gordon, the native of Vilnius also known as Leon Gordon, who became a leading Hebrew poet of the 19th century.

1831(3rd of Tevet, 5592): Eighth Day of Chanukah observed on the same day that the citizens of Fauquier County submitted a request to the General Assembly that all African Americans in Virginia be “removed to Africa.”

1833: Birthdate of Louis-Norbert Carrière the anti-Dreyfusard “government commissioner who successfully pled at Rennes for Dreyfus’s second conviction even if it meant misrepresenting evidence.

1834: Two days after she had passed away, “Kenadel Goldsmid,” the widow of Nathan Goldsmid was buried today at the “Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.”

1835(16th of Kislev, 5596): Sixty-nine-year-old Judith van Samuel Peixotto, the Amsterdam born daughter of Samuel van Isaac Lopes Salzedo and Sipora De Isaac Hisq. de La Penha, wife of Cantor Moses Levy Maduro Peixotto and mother of Dr. Daniel Moses Levy Maduro Peixotto; Raphael Peixotto; Sarah Mozes Levi Maduro Naar and Grace Peixotto passed away today in New York City.

1837: Benjamin Disraeli made his maiden speech in Parliament.

1839: Birthdate of Polish native Louis M. Falk, the husband of Hattie Goodhart Falk with whom he had three children – Morris, Estella and Harry.

1841(24th Kislev, 5602): In the evening, kindle the first Chanukah Candle

1841: Michael Solomon Alexander, a convert from Judaism was ordained as Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem at Lambeth Place.  He would arrive in Jerusalem in the first month of the following year

1842: The New York Philharmonic gave its first performance.  Numerous Jewish musicians and conductors have been involved with the Philharmonic in its 163 year history.  One of the most famous Jews connected with the Philharmonic was not a musician.  In 1909, Minnie Utermyer, wife of prominent businessman and lawyer Samuel Untermey led a group of philanthropists in guaranteeing the future financial solvency of this great American musical institution.

1844: Ein Feldlager in Schlesien (a Singspiel in three acts by German-Jewish composer Giacomo Meyerbeer was first performed today at the Hofoper, in Berlin.

1847: Birthdate of Solomon Schechter.  “Solomon Schechter was born in Rumania in to a Chabad Chassidic family. His Chassidic upbringing did not satisfy him, however, and, in 1879 he went to study at the Berlin Hochschule fur die Wissenschaft des Judentums and at the University of Berlin. In 1882 Schechter was invited to be a tutor in Rabbinics in London. He quickly rose to prominence as a rabbinic scholar and spokesman for Jewish traditionalism. In 1890 he was appointed lecturer in Talmudics and in 1892 reader in Rabbinics at Cambridge University. In 1899 he also became professor of Hebrew at University College, London. He gained international fame as a scholar when he discovered and brought back to London more than 100,000 pages of rare manuscripts from the Cairo Geniza. Beyond sorting and filing the documents, Schechter wrote on the newly-found Ben Sirach materials, unknown until then. Schechter accepted the invitation to become president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and succeeded in attracting an outstanding group of scholars to teach. The Jewish Theological Seminary became a recognized center of Jewish learning. In 1913 Solomon Schechter was instrumental in founding the United Synagogue of America, the umbrella organization of all Conservative congregations. Though a staunch traditionalist, Schechter admitted that there could be change in modern Judaism. However, he felt that changes should not be introduced arbitrarily or deliberately. Rather, ‘the norm as well as the sanction of Judaism is the practice actually in vogue. Its consecration is the consecration of general use—or, in other words, of Catholic Israel.’ Although it may be apocryphal, my favorite quote from Solomon Schechter is, ‘Gentlemen, in order to be a success in the American rabbinate, you must be able to talk baseball.’"

1849: In Freudental, Germany, Simon and Babette Horkheimer gave birth to Morris Horkheimer, the husband of Cecilia Horkheimer with whom he had four children.

1850(2nd of Tevet, 5611): Shabbat Shel Chanukah; Parashat Miketz; 8th Day of Chanukah

1852: Reverend Edward Robinson, DD read a lengthy paper based on his recent visit to the Holy Land at the regular monthly meeting of the New York Historical Society. After Reverend Robinson finished his presentation Dr. Adams said that to some such a detailed report of such a distant place “was not the most appropriate for the New York State Historical Society.  But on reflection every man should feel that Palestine was not a strange land to us. It was our home, ‘Jerusalem is the mother of us all.’ …They therefore felt thankful to the Doctor for his laborious research.”  [This is an early manifestation of philo-Semitism that would be beneficial to the Zionist movement.]

1856: In Albany, NY, Catherine Lederer and Solomon gave birth to Cornell University trained architect Adolph Fleischman, the husband of Rosetta Mann who helped to build synagogues in Albany, Troy and Rondout.

1857: Birthdate of Sigmund Kohlman who was buried at Springhill Avenue Temple Cemetery in Mobile when he passed away.

1857: The first session of the 35th United States Congress in which Philadelphian Henry Myer Phillips served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives opened today in Washington, DC.

1857: Birthdate of Sigmund Kohlman, the secretary and treasurer of The New Orleans Foundry Company and husband of Julia H. Kohlman.

1859: Lewis Emanuel married Mary Sampson at the Great Synagogue today.

1860: Birthdate of Philadelphia native Rebecca Swope Steinhart, the wife of Bernard Steinhart whom she married in 1879 and the mother of Corinne Steinharter Frank and Harvard Medical School trained gynecologist and surgeon Edgard C. Steinharter, the WW I veteran attending gynecologist at Cincinnati General Hospital and the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.

1860: A column published today entitled “The Commercial Relations Between the North and South,” reviews the impact that Southern Secession would have on the business operations in what has been the United States of America using the ability of Jews and Christians to engage in commercial activities as its template:


“How, then, is New-York to lose its Southern trade? If at all, from political considerations alone; South Carolina says, "I do not like your political sentiments, and will have nothing to do with you." She is not as tolerant as the Jew who would buy and sell with the Christian, but not eat or drink with him. But will, or can she deliberately persist in any course in violation of her own interest? No! The thing is impossible. It has not an example in all history. If there be a law unerring in its action, and firmly engraved upon the popular mind, it is that "men will sell in the dearest market and buy in the cheapest," and will always take the shortest and most convenient method to accomplish their ends. South Carolina can no more stay away from us than matter can refuse to obey the laws of gravity, which is not a whit stronger in its way than is the law of self-interest with the individual.”

1861: Today, at a meeting in Davenport, IA, the Jews “decided to name the congregation B’nai Israel, to conduct it upon Orthodox principles, to purchase a cemetery and engage a shochet and Hebrew teacher.”


1863(26th of Kislev,5624): As Jews observe the second day of Chanukah, “Confederate sympathizers from the Maritime Provinces capture the American steamer Chesapeake off the cost of Cape Cod.”

1865: Birthdate of Hamburg, Germany native Otto John Beit, “the younger brother of Alfred Beit” who “went to England in 1888” where he became a successful stockbroker and then went on to South Africa to play “an active role” in the diamond and gold mining industries before return to England where he became active in cultural and artistic affairs while becoming a British citizen in 1898.

1866(29th of Kislev, 5627): Fifth Day of Chanukah observed for the first time in Romania under the rule the anti-

Semitic Ion Brainau.

1867: In Germany, Abraham Elzas and Henrietta Lowenthal gave birth to Barnett Elzas, the graduate of Jews College, the University of Toronto and the Medical College of South Carolina who was the husband of the former Annie Samuel London and the Rabbi of K.K. Beth Elhoim in Charleston, SC.

1868: In San Francisco, Joseph M. Brandstein, and Jane Jeannette Brandenstein gave birth to Henry Ulysses Brandenstein

1871(24th of Kislev, 5632): Light the first Chanukah candle.

1871(24th of Kislev, 5632): Seventy-three-year-old Orthodox German rabbi Jacob Ettlinger passed away today at Altona, Prussia.

1872: In Erie, PA Hannah and Julius Schwartz gave birth to future Des Moines resident Samuel S. Schwartz, the husband of Harriet Hattie Schwartz and the father of Adele, Eleanor and Corrine Schwartz.

1873: In Cincinnati, Ohio, Rebecca and William Jacob Mack gave birth to Millard William Mack, the husband of Lydia Mack and father of William Jacob Mack – all part of the Cincinnati Mack dynasty.

1873: Birthdate of Olga Lehmann who was transported from Berlin to Terezin in 1942 and from Terezin to Auschwitz in 1944.

1874: Two days after she had passed away, “Simha Toledano” a native of Gibraltar was buried today at the “Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery.”

1875: Today’s session of the Hebrew Charity Fair raised over $12,000 for the Mount Sinai Hospital.

1875: “The Society for Providing a Home for Aged, Infirm and Destitute Israelites in the city of Albany, NY” which meets on the second Sunday of each month, was incorporated today

1875: It was reported today that the bodies of Abram and Aaron Dietz, William Meyers, Abram Kurtz and William Laser who died in the Brooklyn Theatre Fire which claimed the lives of 278 people were taken from the City Morgue by representatives of the Brooklyn Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society and taken to Temple Israel.  The bodies were so badly charred that identification of the victims has been so slow and difficult.

1876: In Curacao, Jacob Baiz, the son of “Isaac and Rachel Pereira Baiz” and his wife “Rebecca Baiz” gave birth to Angela Baiz.

1877: In Raleigh, NC, Michael and Regina (Einstadter) Grausman gave birth Columbia trained physician and surgeon Philip M. Grausman, who “was attached to the Red Cross in WW I” and who used his surgical skills at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and the Jewish Maternity Hospital” while enjoying a membership in the Harmonie Club.

1878: In Brooklyn, Harris Alexander and the former Betsy Harris gave birth to David Alexander, the husband of the former Iren Schwab and graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College who served as the rabbi of Temple Israel in Paducah, Kentucky and the Akron, OH, Hebrew Congregation.

1879: Based on information that originally appeared in an article entitled the “History of Money” by famed numismatist Sir John Lubbock, it was reported today that the ancient shekel is one of the most popular coins among collectors possibly because of its Biblical connection.  However, it is the most frequently counterfeited ancient coin and “of so-called shekels found among collectors, over three-fourths of them are forgeries.

1879: “The Prussian Press and Bismarck” published today describes the government’s control of the content of newspapers in Germany which is under the direction of a Privy Councilor named Hahn, who is a convert from Judaism. (This will not be the last time that the Jews are accused of controlling the media in Germany or elsewhere)

1879: President Abraham Oettinger chaired the 15th annual meeting of the Hebrew Free School Association. The association operates 5 schools and is planning to open a sixth.  The school employs twenty teachers, five of whom are women. The association serves 1,129 students. All of the students must attend public school during the day since the association’s schools are intended to supplement and not supplant public education offerings.  Two of the association’s schools conduct Saturday morning services which draw approximately 600 worshippers.




1879: The formal incorporation of Or Chaim takes place in New York City with the adoption of its constitution and by-laws at its first meeting attended by two of its first members, Sigmund Arnstein and Marcus J. Cohen.

1880: “Modern Persecution of the Jews” published today described the outbreak of anti-Semitism sweeping across Germany.  It is based on the premise that a million and half Jews are trying to control the lives of forty million Germans. German nationalist hate Jews because they do not engage in manual labor while the Socialists hate them because they are all millionaires.  The outbreak of anti-Semitism coincided with the economic downturn that came after the bubble created the victory over France came to an end.

1880: It was reported today that German Jews do not serve in the army because they are prevented from rising above the rank of 2nd lieutenant.

1880(5th of Tevet, 5641): Seventy-nine-year-old Lob Oppenheimer, the husband of Bina Oppenheimer and the son of Rachel and Abraham Oppenheimer passed away today.

1880: It was reported that German Jews do not serve in the German navy or the merchant marine because they have no hope of ever serving as captain of a vessel.  This based on “an old German superstition that a Jewish Captain would sink his vessel.”

1881: A four-act version of “The Tales of Hoffmann an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach with recitatives was staged at the Ringtheater today.” 

1881: It was reported today when Chester A. Arthur sent his Presidential message to Congress he took note of the fact that the Senate resolutions expressing condolence at the time of the assassination of Czar Alexander II had been sent to the Russian government which he hoped would improve the treatment of American Jews visiting that empire.  The Russians, Arthur wrote, had a tendency to treat American Jews in the same manner they did Jews living under the Czar.

1882(26th of Kislev, 5643): Second Day of Chanukah

1882: During the Tiszaeszlár Affair, a Hungarian blood libel, the body found in Tisza was exhumed and reexamined by three professors of medicine from the University of Budapest.  They would conclude that

1882: Marianne Trenel and Rabbi Simon Debré gave birth to French pediatrician Robert Debré

1884: According to reports published today L’Académie française has admitted its first Jewish member, Ludovic Halévy who has agreed to focus only on writing novels from now on.

1884: The list of Holiday Books published today included Our Young Folks Josephus: The Antiquities of the Jews and Jewish Wars simplified by William Shepard which is a simplification of the works of Josephus with illustrations by Dore.

1885: In an attempt to thwart the efforts of the members of St. Bernard’s Church to stop construction of a side track on Van Rensselaer Street on Sundays, the attorney for the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company says he will hire eight Jews “to test the question whether a Jews breaks the Sabbath by working on Sunday.”

1886: According to reports published today, a society has been formed at Minden, Germany to promote marriages “between Christians and Jews.

1887: A Polish Jewish immigrant named Burkmann was pulled from the water when he attempted to kill himself by jumping off the pier at Castle Garden.

1887: Birthdate of Austrian composer Ernst Toch whose works ranged from the classical to the Hollywood musical scores, the most famous of which was for the 1937 classic Heidi.

1888: In a case of Jew versus Jew, 19-year-old Ernestine Nolfen sued Noach Soenfeld in Minneapolis, MN for “breach of promise.”

1888: Rabbi Henry S. Jacobs was reported today to have been among the clergymen who met with Mayor Hewitt today to discuss plans for the celebration of the Centenary of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States which is scheduled to take place on April 30, 1889.

1888: It was reported today that Rabbi Wolf Berger of Anshe Chesed has sued the brothertwenty-fivete Mr. Kingsburgh who owned a stationery and tobacco store near the local post office for twenty-five dollars.  Berger claims he is owed the money for teaching the decedent’s sons the appropriate prayers for mourning their father and for composing the inscription on his tombstone.

1889: Today Vanity Fair magazine published a picture of French journalist Henri Blowitz who “predicted the collapse of the French empire during the Franco-Prussian War” and whose “most famous achievement was in 1878, when he managed to obtain the text of the Treaty of Berlin and publish it at the very moment that the Congress of Berlin was finally signing it”,_Vanity_Fair,_1889-12-07.jpg


1890(25th of Kislev, 5651): Chanukah

1890: M.S. Isaacs presided over the annual meeting of The Hebrew Free School Association; an organization dedicated to “Americanizing” Jewish immigrants.

1890: “Baron Hirsch To Send Jews To The Argentine Republic” published today described plans that Baron Hirsch has for settling some of the half million Jews expelled by Russia in the South American country; a plan for which he is ready to spend twenty million dollars and which has the support Argentine President Carlos Pellegrini who has a Jewish brother-in-law.

1890: It was reported today that Dr. George Allan Heron’s “”newly- published work on the communicability of consumption dwells on the well-ascertained  immunity from tuberculosis of carefully-conforming Jews whose meat is inspected in a manner which would require the rejection of an entire carcass if any speck of tubercle were discovered.” (In other words he is making a positive connection between the observance of Kashrut and immunity from Tuberculosis.  At the same time, opponents of immigration in the United States demonized Jews as carriers of TB.)

1891: In New York, seven Russian Jews – Hirsch Bachletsky, Susman Wilkisky, Elias Chyot, Benjamin Soldofsky, Adolph Baum, Solomon White and Jacob Schwartz – “appeared before the British Consulate on State Street and made formal charges against a foreman of the cattlemen employed on the steamship France after having tried to report their theft and abuse to the local police and the United States Commissioner.

1891: In Albany, NY, Max and Dora Ettelson Aronowitz gave birth to Dartmouth undergraduate and Albany Medical College trained surgeon Milton Aronowitz, the husband of Gretchen Aronowitz.

1892: Birthdate of Max Michaelis Ehhrlich, the multitalented Berlin born entertainer who would be murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz in 1944.

1892: As a result of a campaign led by Joseph Barondess Governor Fowler pardoned cloakmaker Frank Rheingold who had been convicted of 2nd degree burglary as a result of actions taken during the cloakmaker’s strike at Benjamin & Caspary.

1892: In Washington, DC, the convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations came to an end with a report by the financial committee that the Union has raised $26,539 with $22,804 going to support the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1892: During Hermann Ahlwardt’s trial for slandering a Jewish arms manufacturer the presiding Judge fined self-professed anti-Semite’s counsel 100 marks when he attempted to resign following rulings from the bench that he did not like

1892: In describing the changing population mix in New York, Reverend William T Elsing was quoted today as saying that the east side below Houston Street has become “a great Hebrew center.”

1892: Eighty-four-year-old Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, whose work provide one of the “earliest surviving records of the lands of the east Mediterranean including Palestine and Jerusalem passed away today.,7340,L-4486020,00.html

 1893(28th of Kislev, 5654): Fourth Day of Chanukah observed on the same day that "The Damned Thing" a horror short story written by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce first appeared in Town Topics.”

1893: Thirty-four-year-old University of Cincinnati Law School trained attorney Simeon Moses Johnson the Cincinnati born son of Frederick A. Johnson and Julia Moses, the Democratic party leader and Vice Mayor of Cincinnati married Gertrude Cohen today.

1893: Birthdate of Pensacola, FL, native Paula Herskovitz, the wife of Rabbi William Ackerman who as “Paula Ackerman was thought to be the first woman to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leading the Beth Israel congregation in Meridian, Mississippi from 1951 to 1953 (making her the first woman to assume spiritual leadership of a U.S. mainstream Jewish congregation) and the Beth-El congregation in Pensacola, Florida briefly in the 1960s.”

1894: Silver Dollar Smith, the Jewish Tammany politician and saloon keeper is scheduled to appear in court today where he must answer charges that he assaulted August J. Gloistein, the operator of another nearby saloon.

1894: Max Lissauer explained that the Jewish members of the Committee had not attended the reception at the Union Club for Mayor-elect William Strong, even though they had “worked as hard as they could for his election” because they did not feel comfortable at the Union Club which refused membership to a co-religionist, Theodore Seligman who had been blackballed because he was Jewish.


1895: Birthdate of Peretz Davidovich Markish, the Russian poet whose language of choice was Yiddish whose wife Esther and his sons, literary scholar Shimon Markish and prose writer David Markish sought to redeem his reputation after he was murdered in the Stalin purge “Night of the Murdered Poets.”

1895: Financier Henry Clews who organized the “Committee of 70” was quoted today as saying that “the best thing that” German anti-Semite Hermann “Ahlwardt can do is to go home.”  “The Jews as a class are good citizens.  They respect the laws and benefit business and society.” Ahlwardt, “may as well understand that he is a most unwelcome visitor.”

1896: Birthdate of Polish native and Yiddish author Eliezer Blum the husband of Etta Blum who used the pen-name B.Alquit while serving as a columnist and member of the editorial staff of the Jewish Morning Jewish Journal.

1897: In Shanghai, David Haimovitch of Shanghai married Berth Gersburger of Alsace-Lorraine at the Beth El Synagogue. 

1898: In Chicago the fair and bazaar sponsored by the Young Men’s Hebrew Charity Association which is raising funds for Michael Reese Hospital and the United Hebrew Charities is scheduled to come to an end.

1898(23rd of Kislev, 5659): Eighty-year-old Baden, Germany born Lemuel Benjamin Oppenheimer, the husband of Henrietta Mansbach Oppenheimer whom he married in 1846 and with whom he raised four children – Michael, Amelia, Marry and Bessie – while operating “a clothing business” passed away today in Baltimore, MD.

1899: Vanity Fair magazine published a picture of Bohemian born Jewish journalist Henri Blowitz.,_Vanity_Fair,_1889-12-07.jpg

1899: As a result of his participation in today’s Battle of Anguillan, Dr. Joseph M. Heller who served as surgeon with the 24th U.S. Infantry during the Philippine Insurrection received a Silver Star Citation

1901(26th of Kislev, 5662): Parashat Vayeshev; Second Day of Chanukah

1900: It was reported that “an ancient Hebrew Scroll of the Law,” “written on leather prepared according to the direction of Maimonides” which was used by Yemen Jews in their synagogue in Southern Arabia” and which had belonged to the late Joseph W. Sprague of Louisville has been sold at auction for $210.

1900: Oscar S. Straus, the Minister to Turkey was one of the three judges when debaters from Yale and Harvard squared off in the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.

1901: In New York, Frederick Margareten, the Hungarian born son or Rabbi Joel Margaraten and Julia Margareten, and his wife Regina Margareten gave birth to Lilian Rose Margaretten who became Lilian Rose Sikolow when she married Moe Sokolow.

1902: After having preached his first sermon on Zionism two weeks ago in which he said that Zionism was a dream utterly impossible of realization and that it was only believed in by a small minority of the Jews all over the world” Rabbi Joseph Silverman preached his second sermon Zionism in which he that “his solution of the Jewish question” was “Evolution and Assimilation.”

1903: The first New York Company of the Boy’s is scheduled to meet today for the first time at rooms provided by B’nei Zion under the leadership of Drill Instructor Lebensohn

1903: Today, the correspondent of The Times London at Tangiers says that “Jewish refugees from Tesa gave a heartrending account of the barbarities by the Government troops after their reoccupation of the town” where ‘few of their women escaped the brutality of their soldiers “and where the Jews are “absolutely destitute” because the soldiers “robbed them their possessions.”

1904(29th of Kislev, 5665): Fifth Day of Chanukah

1904: In New York City, Benvenida Solis Davis and Goodman Richard Davis gave birth to Goodman Richard Davis, Jr, the “brother of Walter Alan Davis.”

1904: Birthdate of New York naïve Viola Regina Philo, the New York College of Music trained operatic soprano whose career included appearances at Radio City Music Hal and the Metropolitan Opera.

1905: In a letter to the editor published today, Lucien Wolf replied “to the allegation that the massacre at Odessa originated with the provocative attitude of the Jews and that had they not been armed and organized the efforts of the reactionaries and local authorities to stir up the populace against them would have failed.”

1905(9th of Kislev, 5666): Eighty-two-year-old Julius Freiberg, the husband of Duffie Frieberg and father of UAHC president Julius Walter Freiberg, passed away today in Cincinnati.

1905: Birthdate of Leonard Goldstein who would become President of the American Broadcasting Companies in 1968.

1905: According to reports received today in Vienna at least 8,000 people of have been killed in Odessa since the attacks on the Jews began in that Russian city.

1906(20th of Kislev, 5667): Isaac Samuel Isaacs, the second son of Rabbi Samuel Myer Isaacs and Jane Symmons, and Columbia trained lawyer who “was a member of the firm of M.S. & I.S. Isaacs” which “is counsel for the Baron de Hirsch Fund” who was the long time President of the West End Synagogue passed away today in New York City.

1907(2nd of Tevet, 5668): Parashat Miketz; Seventh Day of Chanukah

1907: In Chicago, Leon Oboler and Clara Oboler, Jewish immigrants from Riga, Latvia, gave birth to Arch Oboler an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in radio, films, theater, and television.

1907: Birthdate of Frija Zoaretz, the native of Libya who made Aliyah in 1949 and served “as a member of the Knesset for the National Religious Party between 1955 and 1969.

1907: Conductor Arturo Toscanini and his wife Carla De Martini gave birth their daughter Wanda, a Catholic who became Wanda Horowitz in 1922 when she married “pianist Valdimir Horowitz.”

1907: Birthdate of Lithuanian native Fred Rosenberg who moved to Canada and as Fred Rose  gained fame as a labor organizer and Canadian communist politician.

1907: The Trustees, Faculty, and students of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America gave a "surprise party" to Dr. Solomon Schechter, the President of that institution, in celebration of his sixtieth birthday. Dr. Schechter has only been in this country five years, having been summoned by the Trustees of the seminary from his position as Reader in the Rabbinic in Cambridge University, England, and Professor of Hebrew in the University of London.

1908 It was reported today that at a meeting of the Judeans, Nathan Straus who had worked so hard to established pasteurized milk depots “took direct issued with Dr. Koch’s contention that bovine tuberculosis was not to be feared in so far as lung infection is concerned.

1909: It was reported today that Isidor Sacks has been appointed chairman of committee of the newly created Manhattan Central Improvement Association whose members include Oscar Straus which will examine the issues surrounding the widening of 34th Street.

1910(6th of Kislev, 5671): Fifty-five-year-old Rabbi Hirsch Hildesheimer, the son of Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer and Henriette (Jettchen) Hildeshiemer and the husband of Rosa Therese Hildesheimer passed away in Berlin

1910: Birthdate of Richard Franko Goldman conductor, educator, author, music critic, and composer who was the son of Edwin Franko Godman.  The son followed the father as conductor of the Goldman Band of New York City.

1911(16th of Kislev, 5672): Seventy-eight-year-old Sir George Lewis passed away.

1911: Cambridge University conferred an honorary LL.D. degree on Lord Rothschild.

1911: Arthur M. Myers were re-elected to serve as a “member for Auckland City, East New Zealand.”

1912: It was reported today that Adolf Kraus, President of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith has received an urgent appeal by cable from the President of the Grand Lodge in Turkey requesting speedy financial assistance to aid Jewish sufferers from war and cholera” as well as a similar appeal from the President of the Grand Lodge of Romania on behalf of the Jews of Bulgaria.

1912: Rabbi Tobias Schanfarber is scheduled to speak to the “children of the Sabbath School at the Hebrew Institute this afternoon.

1913: “The Prophets,” By Sargent, Added Greatly to His Fame” published today began by describing the great frieze “The Prophets” which is found in the Boston Public Library, and which was painted by John Singer Sargent to” illustrate the monotheistic and spiritual principles of the Jewish religion”.

1913: It was reported today that “Henry Green, organizer of the Jewish-American Rumanian Jewish Committee” is scheduled to set sail for Southampton on December 11 so he can attend an informal meeting of delegates who are, like him protesting against the Rumanian Government’s treatment of the Jews and who will be attending the International Conference at Berlin in January.

1913: In “The Inquisition: Study of a Much Misunderstood Chapter in History,” Joseph Jacobs provides a review of Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition by Rafael Sabatini which included a lengthy description of the cases of Pedro Argues who slain by a conspiracy of the “conversos” and “the cause célèbre of the sainted lad of La Guardia” which are supposed to helped to lead to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.

1913: The Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood which was by in 1888 by Rabbi Gottheil is scheduled to celebrate its 25th anniversary tonight.

1914(19th of Kislev, 5675): Seventy-seventy-year-old Georgia Medical College trained physician and CSA veteran Dr. William Theodore Heidt, the Savannah, GA born son of William and Eliza Heidt who had one child William with his wife Caroline Sheftall Hedit passed away today

1914: The Federation of Oriental Jews organized the Oriental Jewish Community of New York. They plan to establish and maintain their own institutions, burial grounds, Talmud-Torahs, etc., and to care for the poor and sick Ladino speaking community.

1915: Abraham Shalom Yahuda of Madrid is appointed ordinary professor "Catedratico numberario" of rabbinic literature at the Central University. The appointment came despite the fact that there no synagogues in Spain and that there had not been one in the country since 1492.

1915: The seventh annual convention of the Federation of Jewish Farmers being held in the auditorium of the Educational Alliance building on East Broadway goes into its third day with a morning discussion on “educational and social problems on the farm,” an afternoon business session and a dinner in the evening at the Broadway Central Hotel.

1915:  In “Red Hook, Brooklyn” Polish-Jewish immigrants “Abraham and Bertha (Schorr) Wallach gave birth to Eli Herschel Wallach the graduate of the University of Texas who earned a Master of Arts degree from CCNY before serving in the United States Army during WW II and gaining fame as act Eli Wallach one of his best was as the Mexican outlaw leader in The Magnificent Seven.

1916: In New York City, “Jewish immigrants Isaac Sackler” and the former Sophie Greenberg gave birth to Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, a psychiatrist who was a co-owner of the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, makers of the controversial painkiller OxyContin, and whose lavish gifts to the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University made him one of New York City’s most prominent benefactors. (As reported by Bruce Weber)


1916: During World War I, David Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister and forms a new government. Lloyd George re-invigorated the British War effort and helped ensure the Allied victory over the Kaiser.  Lloyd George was the Prime Minister when the Balfour Declaration was issued and continued to fight for the Zionist cause after the World War when other British leaders were determined to break their war-time commitment to the Jewish people.

1916: Herbert Louis Samuel (the Viscount Samuel) completed his first term as Home Secretary in the UK.

1917: As the Egyptian Expeditionary Force of the British Empire on one side and the Yildirim Army Group of the Ottoman Empire and German Empires prepare for the climactic fight for control of Jaffa, “three infantry divisions of the British XXI Corps, under the command of Lieutenant General Edward Bulfin, began moving their units into position on the coastal plain.”

1917: The U.S. government, which had declared war on Germany in April, declared war today on its ally the Austro-Hungarian Army.

1917: The 53rd (Welsh) Division of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, also known as Mott’s detachment, which was supposed to cut the road between Jerusalem and Jericho captured “Solomon’s Pools to the south of Bethlehem” this evening.

1917: “The forty-six teams which are collecting subscriptions for the five-million-dollar fund for Jewish war relief and welfare work in the army” stopped their work tonight at sunset tonight because the start of the Sabbath but will resume their activity tomorrow afternoon.

1917: Supreme Court Justice Irving Lehman, Chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board said that “the Jews of America have furnished the army and navy 50,000 of their finest young men” and the Jews “who cannot serve it as fighters” owe to their country to contribute so that their spiritual needs can be met – in the same that the supports of the YMCA and Knights of Columbus have already done.

1917: In Kostroma, the Jews formed a “self-defense corps.”

1917: In Odessa, “the general in command of” the city’s “garrison announced that he would suppress attempts to attack Jews” while “a large part of the garrison openly declared its ‘neutrality’ in events of a pogrom.”

1917: Pogroms took place in “Belgorodsk, Skuria and Rezev.”

1917: On the Western Front, the Battle of Cambrai in which the German forces that included Carl Anker, drove back a British forced led by the Mark IV Tank.


1918:  As Allied troops march into Germany and establish zones of occupation under the terms of the Armistice signed on November 11, German born Zionist Arthur Ruppin wrote in his diary, “Never indeed, in the history of the world has a people been confronted with such terrible armistice terms and admitted its complete defeat, although no enemy has yet set foot on its soil and on the contrary, its armies are still deep within the territories of its enemies.  The simple man in the street cannot understand what has happened so suddenly and feels completely lost.”


1918: Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI, writes a letter to Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, Vatican Secretary of State, apparently complaining about what he considered the disproportionate power of Jews in Poland. "There are about 600,000 Protestants and about 2 million Jews, but their religious importance is negligible, outside of the fairly frequent conversions to Catholicism.  But by contrast their economic, political, and social importance (especially that of the Jews) is large and indeed tremendous." (As reported by Austin Cline)

1918: “Camden Jews opened the great drive of the Federation of Jewish Charities of Camden with a mass meeting at the Towers Theatre” tonight.

1919: Thirty-six-year JTS trained rabbi, Nathan Blechman, the Riga born son of Isaac and Rose (Friedlander) Blachman, the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Houston, TX and the vice president of the Texas Zionist Association who served as the rabbi at Camp Upton during WW I married Esther Lind today.

1919: In Albany Park (Chicago), the bazaar sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Israel is scheduled to come to an end today.

1919: Mrs. Morris S. Rosenwald is scheduled to perform for the Symphony Concert at the Chicago Hebrew Institute.

1920(26th of Kislev, 5681): Second Day of Chanukah

1920(26th of Kislev, 5681): Seventy-year-old Esther Cohen, the Melbourne born daughter of Michael And Elizabeth Cashmore and the wife of Henry Cohen with whom she had eight children passed away today in her home town,

1920: “Jews To Work With League” published today described the arrival of a delegation of prominent Jews led by Lucien Wolf, “representing the Jew Board of Deputies in the British Empire” in Geneva where the plan “to place before the League of Nations a memorandum regarding he question of the protection of minorities and finding some remedy against pogroms.”

1921: Thirty-seven-year-old Tulane graduate and Harvard trained attorney, Monte M. Lemann, the Donaldsonville, LA born son of Harriet Friedheim and Bernard Lemann married Nettie E. Hyman today after which he became a partner in the law firm of Monroe and Lemann while continuing to serve as a professor at Tulane Law School.

1921: The graduation of the nursing class from Hadassah hospital, which had been postponed due to Arab attacks in November, took place.  The graduation address was given by Dr. Eder, a distinguished British Jew and member of the Zionist Executive who spoke in English.  Dr. Eliezer Ben Yehuda, one of the pioneering fathers of Modern Hebrew, walked out in protest.

1922: Professor George L. Scherger is scheduled to lecture on “George Bernard Shaw” this evening at the Sinai Social Center in Chicago, Illinois.

1922: In Manhattan, Walter and Marion Pollak gave birth to Louis Heilprin Pollak, “a federal judge and former dean of two prestigious law schools who played a significant role in major civil rights cases before the Supreme Court, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case” (As reported by Dennis Hevesi)

1923(29th of Kislev, 5684): Fifth Day of Chanukah

1923: In Philadelphia, clothing manufacturer Louis J. Goldberg and milliner Kate Malmed gave birth to Robet Leon Goldberg who gained fame as “Robert Geddes, the transformative first dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture and an architect of elegant modernist buildings…” (As reported by Fred Bernstein)

1923: Birthdate of Professor Sir Abraham Goldberg who became Regius Professor of the Practice of Medicine at the University of Glasgow

1924: In Frankfurt am Main Gustav and Toni (née Koch) Fleischmann gave birth to Ernest Martin Fleischmann who fled the Nazis and eventually became “imperious impresario who ran the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly three decades, helping to elevate its stature to that of an orchestra of the first rank.”

1924: Selig and Frieda (Reiner) Kramer, who ran Kramer’s Bake Shop in Williamsburg gave birth to University of Kentucky graduate and University of Mainz trained physician Joseph I. Kramer, who tended to the afflictions of the poor as the self-described “country doctor” of Manhattan’s Lower East Side for nearly three decades, a period, beginning in 1969, when the neighborhood was infamous for urban squalor…” (As reported by Alex Traub)

1925: Birthdate of Brooklynite Max “Slats” Zaslofsky the St. John’s college basketball player who played for “the Chicago Stags of the newly organized Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the National Basketball Association” after which he coached “for two seasons in the American Basketball Association with the New Jersey Americans/New York Nets.”

1925: In Great Britain, movie mogul G.B. Samuelson and his wife gave birth to Sir Sydney Wylie Samuelson who was appointed as the first British Film Commissioner in 1991 and the first President of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

1926: Author Alfred Döblin and his wife gave birth to their third son Stefan

1927: It was reported today that “John D. Rockefeller, Jr. has given $50,000 to the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies” which “is the largest ever made by a non-Jew to any local Jewish philanthropic cause.”

1927: A banquet was held today at the Hotel Pennsylvania honoring Jennie Goldstein for her twenty-five-year career on “the Jewish Stage.

1928(24th of Kislev, 5689): Kindle the first Chanukah candle.

1928: Birthdate of Noam Chomsky.

1928: The annual Who’s Who issued of the American Hebrew Magazine published today revealed that John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who contributed $500,000 toward Jewish colonization in the Soviet Union was one of “four Christians among the twenty-six persons who have merited special distinction because of achievements in spheres of mutual endeavor among Jews and Christians in American during the year 1928.”

1929: “Glorifying the American Girl,” a musical comedy with songs by Irving Berlin and featuring a cameo appearance by Eddie Cantor was released in the United States today.

1930(17th of Kislev, 5691): Edward David Cowen, the newspaper man whose articles and life were chronicled in Newspaper career of E.D. Cowen, with biographic sketches by Charles A. Murray, Slason Thompson, R.E.M. Strickland, C.E. Arney, Hugh Hume, Frank M. Dallam, Jr passed away today.

1930(17th of Kislev, 5691): On his 65th birthday German born British financier and patron of the arts Otto John Beit, 1st Baronet, the husband of Lilian Carter with whom he had two sons, passed away today.

1930: Pauline “Koner's first choreographed piece was presented today] at the Guild Theatre.”

1931(27th of Kislev, 5692): Third Day of Chanukah

1931: Although Beth El in Camden, NJ, had been organized in 1920, the tenth an­niversary was celebrated by Sisterhood at a special meeting” today which was held in conjunction with Hadassah and Council of Jewish Women and featured Dr. Israel H. Leventhal of New York's Brooklyn Jewish Center, the son of Philadelphia's "Chief Rabbi", Bernard Leventhal, as the guest speaker.

1932: “Walk A Little Faster,” “a musical revue with sketches by S.J. Perelman…and lyrics by E.Y. Haburg” which included the famous song “April in Paris” opened on Broadway today at the St. James Theatre

1932: In Warsaw, “three Jewish Deputies, members of the government bloc, called upon the Minister of the Interior today to protest against the anti-Semitic disturbance in Lwow.”

1933: Premier of the cinematic version Elmer Rice's play 'Counsellor-at-Law”' starring John Barrymore. Rice was Jewish.  Barrymore was not.

1934(1st of Tevet, 5695): Rosh Chodesh Tevet; Sixth Day of Chanukah

1934(1st of Tevet, 5695): Forty-eight-year-old Odessa born and CCNY graduate Sherman Lippitt, the George Washington University trained physician and a member of the Marquette University faculty passed away today.

1934: “Exiled Jews In Saar Relieved At Accord” published today described an interim agreement that appeared to protect the rights of Jewish refugees in the territory but which would prove to be worthless because they were based on a Nazi officials promise not to discriminate against Jews.

1935(11th of Kislev, 5696): Parashat Vayetzei

1935(11th of Kislev, 5696): Fifty-nine-year-old Herman Morris Adler, the son of Dr. Isaac Adler, the nephew of Felix Adler and the husband of Frances Porter who graduated from Columbia and Harvard Medical School who went on to a career as a “psychiatrist and criminologist” passed away today in Boston.


1936: Birthdate of Robert Belinsky, the native of New York’s Lower East Side who gained fame as major league pitcher Bo Belinsky who was better known for his off the field antics than his on the mound skills.

1936: It was reported today that Senator Royal S. Copeland declared that “the British Government’s lack of any definite policy in administering its League of Nations mandate in Palestine was responsible for the Arab rioting” and that because of a special treaty with Great Britain, the United States “is under a solemn obligation to see to it that Great Britain carries out its duties.

1937: Pianist and composer Alexander Tansman married Colette Cras, a pianist of repute who was the daughter of the composer Admiral Jean Cras and the mother of his two daughters, Mireille and Marianne.

1940: In Brooklyn, Sol Frank Steinhardt and his wife gave birth to Michael Steinhardt, the hedge fund manager who founded Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co.

1941: A ship from Lisbon arrives at Ellis Island arrived carrying Wanda Landowska.

1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, an act that led to America's entry into World War II.  Approximately 500,000 Jews served during World War II.  This was about ten per cent of the Jewish Population in the United States, which would have made it higher than the average for other ethnic groups.  The numbers put the lie to the anti-Semitic slur that Jews were nothing but black market profiteers.  Approximately 52,000 of the Jewish service personnel were decorated during the war. 

1941: Time Magazine correspondent Theodore White dropped slips of paper down twenty-nine floors to the street from Time offices at Rockefeller Center to inform bewildered Christmas shoppers below that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. This young Jewish Harvard graduate would go on to write The Making of the President 1960, a classic which would change the nature of political literature while helping to create the Kennedy Legend and the Concept of Camelot.

1941:  SS and Latvian firing squads began a slaughter of the Jews of Riga.  Between December 7 and December 9, 1941, 25,000 Riga Jews were put to death by firing squads. Combined with previous actions by the SS and their Latvian allies, only 20% of original Jewish population in Riga now remained. This ghetto was now ready to house German Jew deportees. Among the victims is a preeminent Jewish historian, 81-year-old Simon Dubnow.

1941: While “writing bulletins for The Times’s radio affiliate, Lester Bernstein was the first staff member to report the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.”

1941: At Pearl Harbor, Ensign Nathan Asher, a graduate of the Naval Academy took command U.S.S. Blue since the skipper was ashore and in a harrowing trip lasting one and half hours guided the ship out to open waters and safety while Ensign Milton Moldane, a graduate of Washington University Law School “took charge of the forward machine guns” fighting off the attacking Japanese aircraft.


1941(17th of Kislev, 5702): During the attack at Pearl Harbor, Radio Mechanic 3rd Class Rosenthal gave his life aboard the U.S. S. California.

1941(17th of Kislev, 5702): Private Louis Shleifer, a native of Newark, NJ, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps was mortally wounded as he helped his comrades move planes into hangars to avoid having them be destroyed by attacking Japanese aircraft.

1941(17th of Kislev, 5702): Lee Goldfarb, a native of Jersey City, NJ, serving as a 3rd Class radioman aboard the U.S.S. Oglala lost his life when a Japanese torpedo struck and sunk his ship.

1941: The attack at Pearl Harbor brings the U.S. into WW II during which approximately 200 Jews from Utah would serve in the various branches of the Armed forces.

1941: According to the Glenn Flower, German-Dutch landowner Johannes Steel who fled to the United States after the Nazis came to power was one of the few who “predicted the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a week before it occurred.”

1941: The Tatsuma Maru whose passengers included Lew Zikman, which had left Japan on December 1st bound for the United States, turned around today and returned to Yokohaman.

1941: The Nazis begin gas-van extermination operations at the death camp in Chelmno, Poland

1942(28th of Kislev, 5703): Eighty-three-year-old Hannah Greenebaum Solomon the celebrated founder of the National Council of Jewish Women which was the first national association of Jewish women and also an important force for reform in Chicago around the turn of the twentieth century” passed away today. (As reported by the Jewish Women’s Archives)

1942: Today, “during the pacification action around Ciepielów, a group of 14 Christian Poles were shot by the gendarmes for hiding Jews including Wojciech Skrzak, Marianna Skwira, Barbara Stefanek, the Wdowiak family including Benedykt (58), Aleksandra (17) and Marianna (94); as well as the Wojewódka family with Ignacy (50), his wife Marianna (45) and children Wacław, Jan, Stanisław, and Józef, age 7. (Editor’s note – The price for being a “righteous gentile” was high, a grim reality that should be factored in when studying the response to the Nazis and their allies during WWII)

1942: “Went the Day Well?” a British war film directed by Michael Balcon, the youngest son of “Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe was released today in the United Kingdom.

1942: German troops enter the Polish village of Bialka and murder 96 villagers suspected of shielding Jews fleeing the anti-Jewish Aktion in the nearby Parczew Forest.

1942: United States State Department official G. Robert Borden Reams, an "expert" on the Jews in the Division of European Affairs, advises that the United States government remain silent concerning details of the Holocaust.

1942: British official John Cecil Sterndale Bennett is upset because Bulgarian Jewish children may be allowed into Palestine.

1943: Eighty-two-year-old Baltimore born ophthalmologist Charles Henry May, MD, who had earned a degree in Pharmacy before pursuing his medical career, passed away today.

1944 (21st of Kislev, 5705): Satmar Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum rescued. The Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum (1887-1979), was rescued from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, along with 1,368 other Jews, through the efforts of Rudulf Kastner, head of the Zionist rescue operation in Hungary (an earlier transport of 1,686 Jews had been rescued on Av 29). The Satmar community celebrates the 21st of Kislev as a day of thanksgiving.


1944: USS Drum (SS-228) a Gato-class submarine which has been under the command of Maurice H. Rindskopf set out on 12th war patrol


1944: The Kasztner transport’s 1, 361 Jews who had left Bergen Belsen on December 4 crossed the border into Switzerland today. For more see the work of Gaylen Ross at you can order a copy of “Killing Kasztner)

1945(3rd of Tevet, 5706): Eight Day of Chanukah

1945(3rd of Tevet, 5706): Seventy-two-year-old Philadelphia native Benjamin De Casseres, the “journalist, critic, essayist and poet and husband of author Bio De Casseres  “who spent most of his professional career in New York City, where he wrote for various newspapers including The New York Times, The Sun and The New York Herald” passed away today.

1945: Irvine Robbins opened his first ice cream store -- called Snowbird because he couldn't think of anything else – on the day after his 28th birthday. Robbins used $2,000 he saved and cashed a $4,000 insurance policy his father had given him at his bar mitzvah at Seattle's Temple DeHirsch Sinai to finance the venture. Robbins had 21 flavors then, and his cousin bought $39 of the first day's $53 total ice cream sales.

1946: U.S. Secretary of state James “Jimmy” F. Byrnes said endorsed the creation of a Jewish state when he said that partition was the best solution to the Palestine Problem.

1947(24th of Kislev, 5708): In the evening, kindle the first Chanukah light

1947: During a meeting of the Jewish World Congress, it was charged that anti-Jewish incidents are taking place in Iran

1947: Sir Alan Cunningham, the British High Commissioner asked David Ben Gurion to meet with so that he could tell him that the British "had decided to evacuation Palestine as soon as possible." 


1947(24th of Kislev, 5708): Eighty-one-year-old French author and lawyer Tristan Bernard whose health was broken during his imprisonment at Drancy passed away today,

1947(24th of Kislev, 5708): Pessia Lev, a nineteen-year-old student nurse was killed by Arab snipers when the eight-bus convoy she was riding in was attacked as it made its way to Jerusalem.  Lev was going home to celebrate Chanukah with her family.

1948: Birthdate of Hartford, CT native and winner of the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Mark Kurlanksy whose works include Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea.

1948: President Truman announced that he would ask Congress for money for the Palestinian refugees.  This would appear to be at odds with the British who want to furnish supplies and money for the refugees from UN working capital funds.

1948: The Transjordan cabinet gives its consent to crowning of King Abdullah as king of united Palestine and Transjordan.  [In other words, having crossed the Jordan River, seized what is called the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem, the Jordanians were staking their claim to the land as opposed to turning it over to the Palestinians for a state of their own.]

1948: On the third and final day of Operation Assaf, the Egyptians prepared to counter-attack and drive the Israelis back. “However, Israeli Air Force reconnaissance revealed the Egyptian preparations in the morning. The Israeli assault battalion was sent to the Egyptian's north (left) flank and stormed their forces southwards, then chased the retreating Egyptians westward, eventually stopping in face of strong anti-tank Egyptian positions.” With the end of Operation Assaf, the Israelis cleared the area of mine’s and built defensive lines in case the Egyptians came back, before being withdrawn to take part in Operation Horev. 

1949: It was reported today, that Meyer W. Weisgal, the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Weizman has said that “while India has not yet recognized the Government of Israel, overtures have been for scientific relations between the two countries.

1950(28th of Kislev, 5711): Sixty-six-year-old, the Labor Zionist leader “served as the secretary of the World Union of Poalei Zion” passed away today in Haifa.

1951: An instrumental version of “Charmaine" co-composed by Lew Pollack reached the top spot on Billboard today.

1952: Yigael Yadin resigned today, over disagreements with prime minister and defense minister David Ben-Gurion about cuts to the military budget, which he argued should be at least one third of the national budget

1952: Mordechai Maklef became the I.D.F.’s Chief of Staff

1953(1st of Tevet, 5714): Sixth Day of Chanukah; Rosh Chodesh Tevet

1953: Comdr. Hugo Frankberger, (USN Ret) a native of Charleston, W.VA, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy is scheduled to be buried this morning at Arlington National Cemetery after funeral services at Fort Myers, Va.

1953: To the amazement of the Israeli public, Ben-Gurion resigned as Prime Minister and retired to the small farming community of Sde Boker in the Negev.

1956: “Rock, Rock, Rock!” produced by Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky who also co-wrote the screenplay and music for the film which was released today in the United States today.

1957: NBC broadcast the last episode of “Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion” produced by Harry Saltzman.

1957(13th of Kislev, 5718): Eighty-eight year old NYU trained attorney and Tammany Hall politician Morris Cukor the Hungarian born son of Joseph and Victoria Cukor and the “husband of Cora Cukor” passed away today in Los Angeles.

1959: The Broadway production of “Saratoga” Harold Arlen’s musical adaptation of Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber “opened at the Winter Garden Theatre where it ran for 80 performances.”

1959: David Susskind produced “Simply Heavenly” on The Play of the Week.

1960: In New York, Julian Frieden, the chief of coronary care at Montefiore Hospital and New Rochelle Hospitals in New York and his wife gave birth to Thomas R. Frieden, “the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” under President Obama who in 2008 was arrested “and charged with groping a woman in his apartment in 2017.”

1961(29th of Kislev, 5722): Fifth day of Chanukah

1961(29th of Kislev, 5722): Seventy-six-year-old Professor Leonardo Olschki, the son of a Verona, Italy “book dealer and publisher” who taught at universities in Germany and Italy before coming to the United States 1939 and becoming an American citizen in 1945 while teaching at Johns Hopkins and the University of California at Berkeley while being married to Kate Mosse Olschki passed away today.

1964(2nd of Tevet, 5725): Eighth Day of Chanukah

1965(13th of Kislev, 5726): Sixty-nine year old Ukrainian born American labor activist and leader of the ILGWU,Roe Pesotta, the third women to serve as a vice president of labor union passed away today.

1967(5th of Kislev, 5728): Eighty-seven-year-old NYU trained attorney and Republican party member Meier Steinbrink, the New York born son of Samuel Steinbrink, who operated a small candy store on the east side and Fredricka (Stein) Steinbrink, the husband of Sadie Bloch and father of Stuart Steinbrink and Miriam Abelow who became a New Your State Supreme Court Justice and President of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn as well as a “director and incorporator of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charites” passed away today..

In New York City, Samuel Steinbrink, who operated a small candy store on the east side and Fredricka (Stein) Steinbrink gave birth to NYU trained attorney and Republican party member Meier Steinbrink, the husband of Sadie Bloch and father of Stuart Steinbrink and Miriam Abelow who became a New Your State Supreme Court Justice and President of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn as well as a “director and incorporator of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charites.”

1967: “Rabbi Jay Kaufman, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith, charged today that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) had permitted its facilities to be used to “subvert minds and poison hearts” against Israel in its “desire to remain acceptable to the host Arab countries.” (JTA).

1967: How Now, Dow Jones a musical comedy by Academy Award winner Elmer Bernstein, Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh and Max Shulman opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

1968(16th of Kislev, 5729): Parashat Vayishlach

1968(16th of Kislev, 5729): Fifty-four-year-old multi-talented Nat Hiken the Chicago born son of Jewish immigrants Max and Minnie Hiken who created The Phil Silvers Show and Car 54 Where Are You” while being married to Ambur Hutchinson passed away today.

1969(27th of Kislev, 5730): Third Day of Chanukah

1969(27th of Kislev, 5730): Sixty-eight-year-old NYU trained lawyer who “was a past president of the Educational Alliance, treasurer of the Jewish Education Committee” and “a founder with Herman Wouk of the Fire Island Synagogue” passed away today in Beth Israel Hospital.

1969: CCNY graduate Marvin Kitman, the Pittsburgh son of Russian Jewish immigrants “began writing a syndicated column for the Long Island daily newspaper Newsday today — “a day that will live in infamy,” he said, “as far as the TV industry is concerned.”

1969(27th of Kislev, 5730): Seventy-eight-year-old New York born, Harvard grad Howard Joseph Sachs, an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs passed away today.

1970(9th of Kislev, 5731): Cartoonist Rube Goldberg the winner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning who made his name synonymous with complicated ways to perform simple tasks passed away today.

1971: A funeral service is scheduled to be held at Frank E. Campbell’s for 84 year-old Columbia university trained engineer and former president of the Ogden Corporation Maurice L. Sindeband who “was credited with, several devices, including an automatic train control system, an automatic re actor for electric power circuits, an electronic voltage regulator for generators and a method bf preventing lightning from damaging hightension transmission lines” who raised two son – Seymour and Allan – with his wife “the former Lyllian Levy.

1972(2nd of Tevet, 5733): Seventh Day of Chanukah

1972(2nd of Tevet, 5733): Eighty-nine-year-old German born composer and conductor Klaus Pringsheim, Sr. the father of “Klaus Pringsheim, Jr., who attended Bunce Court School, a German-Jewish refugee school in Kent, England during World War II” and the brother-in-law of Thomas Mann passed away today in Tokyo.

1972(2nd of Tevet, 5733): Eighty-two-year-old Cornell trained neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louis Hausman, the husband of “the former of Esther May” who spent much of his career teaching at his alma mater passed away today.

1973(12th of Kislev, 5734): Seventy-three-year-old Benn Wolfe Levy, the playwright and Member of Parliament passed away today.

1976(15th of Kislev, 5737): Eighty-three-year-old Odessa native Boris Pragel, who partnered with his younger brother Alexander to become a leading dealer “in uranium and other radioactive elements and who was the husband of painter Alexandra Pragel passed away today.

1977(27th of Kislev, 5738): Peter Goldmark passed away.  Born in Hungary in 1906, Goldmark was an engineer who played a major role in the development of the long-playing record and the first commercial color television.

1978(7th of Kislev, 5739): Seventy-one-year-old Chicago native and University of Chicago trained attorney David L. Krooth, who served as assistant general counsel of the old U.S. Housing Authority and general counsel of the Federal Public Housing Authority and the Defense Homes Corporation during the administrations of FDT and HST and who raised two children – Dorothy and John – with his wife Molly passed away today.

1979(17th of Kislev, 5740): Ninety-year-old “Walter A. Haas, Sr. the former chairman of the board of Levi Strauss and Company passed away today.


1979(17th of Kislev, 5740): Eighty-one-year-old Edward “Eddie” Gottlieb the native of Kiev for whom the NBA Rookie of the Year Trophy is named and whose dominate role in the early days of the National Basketball Association earned him election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame passed away today.

1980: It was reported today that “most of the emigres” from the Soviet Union “came to America ‘to escape the ignominy of being Jews’ and to take advantage of material freedoms in the United States” and that while “care little for spiritual instruction…they placed a high value on” secular “education for their children.

1980: “Jewish Patriots and Patrons of the American Revolution” published described “The Jewish Community in Early America: 1654-1830" a first of its kind exhibition at the DAR Museum in the Memorial Continental Hall which is scheduled to open on December 11.

1981: Philip C. Habib, President Reagan's special envoy to the Middle East, is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir in Jerusalem today.

1983: “Romantic Comedy” the movie version of the play by the same name, directed by Arthur Hiller, co-produced by Walter Mirisch with music by Marvin Hamlisch and co-starring Ron Leibman was released in the United States today.

1984: “City Heat” a crime film directed by Richard Benjamin and co-starring Madeline Kahn was released in the United States today by Warner Bros.

1984: In his review of the new four hour made for television film version of “The Sun Also Rises” John J. O’Connor reminds us that “the anti-Semitism in Hemingway’s work clearly remains a problem” as can be seen by the depiction of the fictional “Robert Cohn.”  He is “the New York Jew who is never quite swell enough to be fully accepted into…the special inner circle of” Jake Barnes and who “emerges as an obnoxious whiner with a pronounced streak of nastiness.” (Hemingway is but one of a series of noted American writers whom critics felt dabbled in anti-Semitism, something that was not mentioned when Pappa was busy “fighting fascism” during the Spanish Civil War.)

1986: Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler is among the twelve books chosen by the New York Times Book Review as the best books published in the country during the preceding year.

1986: NBC broadcast the first of the two-part series “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna” written by James Goldman and co-starring Amy Irving.

1987: About 10,000 Israelis held a rally today to demand that the Kremlin open the gates for Soviet Jews to emigrate. ''We say to the Soviet leader, free my people,' Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told the crowd. ''We want him to know we will not forget our brethren in the Soviet Union.'' ''No more gestures, no more tokens,'' President Chaim Herzog said. ''For us, the outcome of the discussion of human rights will be the litmus test for the success of this summit.

1988: President-elect George Bush announced the appointment of Thomas B. Pickering who has served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel since 1985 to be the next United States representative to the United Nations. Mr. Pickering has condemned what he considered violations of human rights, particularly since widespread unrest by Palestinians began almost a year ago in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza. A member of the political inner circle of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has called Mr. Pickering ''a hostile ambassador of a friendly state.'' Mr. Pickering's greatest frustration in Israel has been the refusal of Mr. Shamir to cooperate in a peace initiative by Secretary of State George P. Shultz that would involve an international conference on the Israeli-Arab conflict.

1988: Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist.  Given what transpired afterwards including the Second Intifada, he must have had his fingers crossed.

1990: In a column entitled “Abroad at Home; A Broken Dream” Anthony Lewis described the anguish of Yuval Neria, a decorated war hero and poet who became a clinical a psychologist and author the semi-auto-biographical bestselling novel entitled “Fire.”

1991(30th of Kislev, 5752): Parashat Miketz; Rosh Chodesh Tevet; Sixth Day of Chanukah

1991(30th of Kislev, 5752): Seventy-year-old Brooklynite and movie producer Herb Jaffe who began his career as literary agent for such notables as Paddy Chayefsky, Reginald Rose and Joseph Heller, passed away today.

1992(12th of Kislev, 5753: Hamas murders three Israeli soldiers and proclaims the killings to be acts of heroism.

1993(23rd of Kislev, 5754): Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish settler and his son today and wounded three other sons near the West Bank town of Hebron, apparently in revenge for the weekend killing of an Arab by settlers. The attack was the latest explosion in steadily increasing violence between Arabs and Jews in Hebron, and it drew a strong condemnation from Secretary of State Warren Christopher as he returned to Israel after stops in Syria and Jordan to push forward Middle East peace efforts. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said that despite the violence, he would press ahead with efforts to carry out an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization on Palestinian self-rule, starting in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho.

1994: In a sign of Washington's mounting frustration with Yasir Arafat and his Palestinian Authority, Secretary of State Warren Christopher said today that Israel cannot be expected to withdraw its army from the occupied West Bank until Palestinian attacks on Israelis come to an end. Attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians by members of Palestinian radical groups opposed to Mr. Arafat have outraged Israelis and fueled dissatisfaction with the Government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. That, in turn, has threatened the core of the peace agreement signed by Israel and the Palestinians on the White House lawn 14 months ago: the withdrawal of Israel's troops from Arab towns and villages. Until now, the Clinton Administration had routinely called on both parties to carry out their agreement as soon as possible. But amid signs that Israel is rethinking its own commitment to spreading Palestinian self-rule in the occupied territories, Mr. Christopher made clear today that the United States would not press Israel to act. Asked at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport whether Israel should have to withdraw its army from the West Bank, as scheduled, Mr. Christopher said: "Unless there is security, it is clear that other commitments cannot be met. It is something that will have to be discussed between the parties." He called the security pledges by both sides "absolutely fundamental to the process going forward."

1997: Inbal Segev, a world-renowned female cellist who grew up in Israel, made her Carnegie Hall debut today where she performed the Carnegie Hall premiere of Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello by Henri Dutilleux

1997: The New York Times list of the Best Books of 1997 contains the following works about Jewish related subjects or by Jewish authors including American Pastoral by Phillip Roth and The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick.

1998: “Louis B. Mayer: Lion of Hollywood” published today provides Budd Schulberg’s view of the movie mogul and the world he created.,8816,989771,00.html

1998: In “Beauty Queen,” published today, Grace Mirabella described how Estee Lauder “turned cosmetics into a big business.”

1998(18th of Kislev, 5759): Dr Martin Rodbell an American biochemist who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine passed away. (As reported by Wolfgang Saxon)

1999: “The international panel released its finding today on the assets of Holocaust victims in Switzerland” which “concluded that while the actions of some individual banks had been misleading there had not been a conspiracy or organized to deprive survivors of Nazi Germany of their funds.”

2000: Austrian born, American investment banker Felix Rohatyn completed his services as “U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco.”

2001: Mr. Abu Sway, who had failed to kill anybody when the explosives wrapped around his body detonated prematurely in Jerusalem “was praised by his wife and children today as martyr who have his life for God and Country.”

2002(2nd of Tevet, 5763): Parashat Miketz; Eighth Day of Chanukah

2002: “The Kenyan police today found the two missiles that were fired at an Israeli airliner, buried in a cornfield about six miles from the spot where the attackers launched them.”

2003: The New York Times book section featured books by Jewish authors and/or about subjects of Jewish interest including The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser Edited by Robert Kimball and Steve Nelson

2003: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is scheduled to “honor the lifetime achievements of San Francisco born philanthropist William “Biily” Veprin and his wife Tootsie

2004(24th of Kislev, 5765): Kindle the first Chanukah candle

2004: In his talk, "The Royal Court Preacher and the Hebrew Book: Early Enlightenment and Hebrew Publishing in Prussia, 1700-1750," Menachem Schmelzer examined the role of an influential figure in the Prussian court, the Christian theologian and scholar D.E. Jablonski, who founded the Hebrew press in Berlin in 1690. Schmelzer discussed Jablonski's life, work and his activities as the publisher of Hebrew books in order to shed light on the spread of secular culture and the ideals of Enlightenment and religious tolerance among the Jews of the time. Menachem Schmelzer is Senior Distinguished Scholar at the Library's John W. Kluge Center. Schmelzer has published books, articles and reviews in the fields of medieval Hebrew literature and Jewish bibliography and was the editor of Aron Freimann's "Union Catalog of Hebrew Manuscripts and Their Location," Alexander Marx's "Bibliographical Studies and Notes on Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America" and the poems of Isaac ben Abraham Ibn Ezra.

2004: “An IDF soldier of the Oketz canine unit was killed by a bomb, along with his dog, when a booby-trapped chicken coup exploded northwest of the Karni Crossing. Four soldiers were wounded in the exchange of fire while evacuating him. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.”

2005: Two days after the murder of five Israelis at a shopping mall, an IAF helicopter destroyed the car carrying a PRC leader.  The PRC is part of Hamas.  The attack is part of a targeted response designed to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and the West Bank.

2006:  Zachor? Who will remember that today is the 65th anniversary of “The Day that Will Live Infamy”?

2006: The House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill aimed at forcing the Palestinians' ruling Hamas government to accept Israel and join negotiations toward a Palestinian state in formerly Israeli-occupied territory.

2007(27 Kislev, 5768): Harvey David Luber, 71, son of Nathan and Anne Luber, passed away today. Born July 20, 1936 in Chicago, IL, he shared 52 years of marriage with his beloved wife, Elaine Roberta Barg, and was blessed with 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Jackie Luber; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Mark Mackey; daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Steve Mink; and son, preceded in death, Sheldon Luber. While Harvey was justifiably proud of being graduate of Northwestern University with a double major in Chemistry and Biology with a minor in Humanities and he was even prouder of having earned MSJS (Master of Science in Judaic Studies) from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago, Illinois. As a member of Temple B’Nai Israel and previously Congregation Agudith Achim, Harvey devoted 40 years of his life to educating young people and serving in many board positions within the community. He also served as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas for many years. He believed in education as a way to understand one another, speaking to schools about the Holocaust and church groups about comparative religion. He shared his love and knowledge of photography and Judaism by teaching at the Arkansas Art Center and UALR. He was an outstanding teacher, role model and friend and touched many people’s lives of all ages. He was my friend, a chever in the truest sense of the term.  As long as a camera shutter clicks, his students open books or one of us chuckles over the memory of unique “Harvey moment” he will always live amongst us.

2007: After having premiered in London, “The Golden Compass,” directed and written by Chris Weitz was released today in the United States.

2007:  As a testament to the strength and creativity of small town Judaism in the 21st century, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Temple Judah hosts a Shabbat Chanukah potluck complete with latkes and apple sauce.

2007: On Friday, the fourth day of Chanukah, four Jewish subway riders were approached by a group of ten people who offered holiday greetings.  When the Jews responded with greetings of Happy Chanukah, they were pelted with anti-Semitic remarks before being beaten.

2008:  The First Annual Goldstein Lecture in memory of Jonathan Goldstein is presented by David Schoenbaum on Sunday afternoon at Agudas Achim. Schoenbaum’s topic is "Fiddlers on the Roof: How They Got Up There, and How They Got Down.” Professor Jonathan Goldstein was a long-time member of Agudas Achim and had a joint appointment in the UI History Dept and Classics Dept. He was an ordained rabbi and his research was in Jewish Studies. He was considered the expert on the Hasmonean period.

2008: Barbara Streisand is among those honored by the Kennedy Center for her contribution to Arts in America.

2008: In The Washington Post, critic Jonathan Yardley’s list of the fifteen best books he reviewed in 2008 include For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder That Shocked Chicago, by Simon Baatz and The Spies of Warsaw by Jewish author Alan Furst.

2009(22nd of Kislev, 5770): Roy Solomonoff, a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, passed away today. (As reported by John Markoff)

2009: Poets and writers from Israel and all over the world come together in Jerusalem at Beit Avi Chai and  Mishkenot Sha'ananim, for the opening session of the third annual Kisufim Conference,  which aims to "encourages encounters between Israeli creativity - in Hebrew and other languages - and world Jewish creativity that is both multilingual and multicultural," according to the organizers

2009: The 20th Washington Jewish Film Festival includes a screening of “Human Failure,” a film that “documents the bizarre competition that developed between bureaucrats as to how to organize the robbery of the German Jews before they were ever expelled or sent to their deaths.”

2009: The 24th Annual New York Israeli Film Festival includes a screening of “The Voice of Jerusalem,” a documentary that examines the city’s “glorious feature” and “bleak future.”

2009: Galilee police arrested two additional suspects in an attempt to extort millions of shekels from McDonald's Israel.

2009: A four-day conference entitled "A Century of Yiddish: 1908-2008" opened in Jerusalem

2009. The third annual Kisufim Conference opened at Beit Avi Chai and at Mishkenot.

2009: Ambassador Michael Oren addressed a breakfast session at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's biennial convention during which he "bashed" J Street as being "out of the mainstream."

2010: Dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis have signed on to a religious ruling that forbids renting homes to gentiles, and more specifically to Arabs. 

2010: The East Coast Premier of Jews In Space is scheduled to take place at the 21st Washington Jewish Film Festival.

2010: The Jewish Study Center is scheduled to present a program entitled The Military Siddur — and Soldiers’ Prayers in which Michael Bloom will look at the special prayerbook for Jewish members of the Armed Services and the unique prayer for and about military personnel and our national security.

2010(30th Kislev, 5711): Rosh Chodesh Tevet

2010: Eighty-seven-year-old Dr. Samuel I Mintz, a Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow who was Professor Emeritus of English at CCNY and CUNY Graduate Center passed away today.

2010(30th Kislev, 5711): Eighty-six-year-old “Arnold Hans Weiss, who fled to the United States from Nazi Germany as a 13-year-old and returned as an American soldier during World War II, becoming a principal in the investigation that led to the discovery of Hitler’s last will and political testament, died today in Rockville, Md. (As reported by Bruce Weber)

2010: A farewell ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem today for the international firefighting forces that assisted Israel in putting out the recent fire in the Carmel Forest region. Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon spoke at the ceremony and gave each delegation a certificate that a tree was planted on their behalf by the Deputy Foreign Minister.

2010: Former European Union Commissioner Frits Bolkenstein said that Jews have no future in the Netherlands and recommended that they emigrate to the US or Israel, Dutch magazine Elsevier reported today.

2011: The Israeli documentary “I Shot My Love” is scheduled to be shown tonight at the 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival in Washington, DC.

2011: The Northern Virginia Legislative Reception complete with “light kosher buffet” is scheduled to take place at the JCC of Northern Virginia in Fairfax, VA.

2011: The post-Chicago national tour of Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore” began today.

2011: Seventieth Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.  How many will remember “the day that will live in infamy”?

2011: Israel's Yav Vashem Holocaust memorial said today it has received its largest private donation ever - a $25 million gift from U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

2011: Today, a representative body of medical residents voted in favor of a draft deal with the Finance Ministry to end a months-long labor dispute.

2011: Moshe “Katsav arrived at Maasiyahu Prison in Ramla to begin serving his seven-year sentence.”

2012: The JCC of Northern Virginia is scheduled to sponsor “First Friday Book Group.”

2012: In Fairfax, VA, Gesher Jewish Day School is scheduled to sponsor a Sheldon Low Concert

2012: “Human Rights Shabbat” is scheduled to start this evening at Adat Reyim in Springfield, VA.

2012: Jewish Book Month comes to an end.

2012: Roei Fridman, Elyasaf Bashari, Netanel Lesser, Yishai Ben Yaaov and Yishai Tsarfaty are scheduled to perform “Hamshushalym” at the Eden-Tamir Music Center.

2012: 71st anniversary of “The Day of Infamy.”

2012: Two IDF soldiers and a border policeman were injured lightly this afternoon when a group of about 40 Palestinian protesters threw stones in their direction in the northern West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum.

2012: As Israeli politicians shift alliances as part of the current election campaigns, her two neighbors conduct politics in a different style.  The world watches and wonders about the possible use by the Syrian government of chemical weapons on its own citizens in a civil war that has claimed the lives of mostly innocent civilians.  At the same time, mobs in Egypt clash over President Morsi’s new Islamist constitution and his granting to himself (temporarily of course) of sweeping powers that make his actions immune from judicial review.

2012: “Anarchy in the U.S.A.” published today provides a review of Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman by Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich

2012(23rd of Kislev, 5773): Seventy-three-year-old Saul Steinberg the Wharton graduate who tried to use Leasco as the base on which to build a financial empire based on a series of acquisitions passed away today. (As reported by Douglas Martin)

2012(23rd of Kislev, 5773): Eighty-two-year-old Table Tennis champion Marty Reisman passed away today (As reported by Douglas Martin)

2013: JOFA’s 8th International Conference of Feminism and Orthodoxy is scheduled to open this evening at John Jay College in New York.

2013: The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival is scheduled to present “An Evening in Honor of Yehuda Amicahi.”

2013: The JCC of Northern Virginia is scheduled to present “Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol.”

2013: The IDF said today that an Israeli military vehicle damaged by a bomb attack set off by Syrians on the Golan Heights was the first “targeted bombing of Israeli forces” since the start of the Syrian civil war. (As reported by Reuters and Forwards)

2013: The Traditional Shabbat Minyan remembers those who answered the call to service as it observes “Pearl Harbor Shabbat” at Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

2013: Kansas-raised Jew Paul Rudd is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live this weekend. (As reported by Jordan Hoffman

2013(4th of Tevet, 5774): Eighty-three year old Jack Fishman “who helped develop naloxone, a powerful medication that has saved countless people from fatal overdoses of heroin and other narcotics” passed away today. (As reported by William Yardley);_r=0&;rref=obituaries&adxnnl=1&hpw=&adxnnlx=1417845875-f9mYIgXZgZ/TJH/+R4uXUQ

2013(4th of Tevet, 5774): Eight-two-year-old Olympic gold medal winning coxswain and rowing coach Allen Rosenberg passed away today. (As reported by Bruce Weber)

2013: Germany’s Bild newspaper reported today that “German has signed a multimillion arms deal with Israel” which will provide the Jewish state with two guided missile destroyers that can be used her natural gas pipelines. (As reported by Yifa Yaakov)

2013: Acclaimed Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin is scheduled to be granted Israeli citizenship in a special ceremony this evening in Jerusalem.

2014: In Bethesda, MD, Ruth Marcus, “an op-ed columnist and member of the editorial board of The Washington Post” is scheduled to speak at the 54th annual meeting of Congregation Beth El.

2014(15th of Kislev, 5775): One hundred-year-old William “Billy” Salomon the former head of Salomon Bros. passed away today.

2014: The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is scheduled to host The Ruth Spector Memorial Mah Johngg Tournament.

2014: The UK Jewish Comedy Festival is scheduled to “Comedy Club 4 Kids.”

2014: The funeral for Gil Marks is scheduled to take place today.

2014: On day after the story of Dinah is read as part of the weekly sedrah, Lifetime is scheduled to broadcast the first in a two-part series based on The Red Tent, a novel that “took the shards of Dinah’s story, told in a fairly short chapter of Genesis, and recast them as a layered tale of sisterhood, friendship and love.” (As reported Debra Nussbaum Cohen)

2014: “Prominent Israeli authors Amos Oz, David Grossman, and A.B. Yehoshua were among 800 Israeli signatories to a letter sent to the Belgian parliament today, calling on it to recognize a Palestinian state.”

2014: Israel did not respond to charges by Syria of air attacks the IAF, which according to other sources were an attack on a weapons cache destined for Hezbollah. (As reported by Ave Issaccharoff)

France’s interior minister vowed today to make the fight against anti-Semitism a “national cause” after a couple was attacked apparently because the man was Jewish.”
La Scala’s gala season premier “Fidelio” today marks Daniel Barenboim’s final opening-night bow as musical director as Italian opera enters one of its most tumultuous seasons in memory.”
2014: The New York Times list of “100 Notable Books of 2014” published the following works by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers: American Innovations by Rivka Galchen, Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich, The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman, A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon, Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murder by Bettina Stangneth, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein, Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart, The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein, Thirteen Days In September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein and World Order by Henry Kissinger.

2015: The Center for Jewish History is scheduled to host a screening of “The Unvanquished” the 1945 film was the first Soviet cinematic depiction “of the mass murder of Jews and one of the first ever Holocaust films” which “includes scenes of mass executions that were filmed on location in Babi Yar” followed by a discussion led by Anna Shternshis, University of Toronto and Olga Gershenson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2015:  The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education is scheduled to offer special incentives marking National Human Rights Month.

2015: Librarians at the Martin Luther King Librarians and staff from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are scheduled to work with “citizen historians to research how Washington, DC area newspaper reported on several events during the Holocaust.”

2015: In what was later described as “just a joke,” Rick Kriseman, “The Jewish mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida made it known today that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was unwelcome in his city, following Trump’s suggestion the same day that the United States prevent all Muslims from entering the country.” (As reported by Renee Ghert-Zand)

2016: “The a-Sham Arab Food Festival in which 45 leading chefs from the Arab (Muslim, Christian and Druze) and Jewish sectors will showcase the culinary treasures of the region passed down through generations, but with modern twists” is scheduled to open in Haifa today.

2016: “Big: The Musical” featuring music by David Shire and with a book by John Weidman, the son of Jerome Weidman is scheduled to open at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.

2016: “Beyond the Mountains and the Hills” and “Sand Storm” are scheduled to be shown at the 10th Annual Other Israel Film Festival.

2016: The Leo Baeck Institute is scheduled to present Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary and President Emeritus of LBI, who will discuss his new biography of Leopold Zunz, “a key figure in the 19th-century development of the academic study of Judaism.


2016: On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we remember those who fought there on that seemingly long-ago Sunday morning including Philadelphians Alex Sherman on board the U.S.S. New Orleans, Ben Lichtman on board the U.S.S. West Virginia and Irvin Greben serving at the Naval Air Station in Kaneohe Bay as well as Stan Levitt from Overland Park, Kansas on board the U.S.S. Rigel and Bernard Rubien from Rancho Mirage, CA serving at Hickam Field. (Courtesy of Florida Atlantic University)

2017: The Streicker Center is scheduled to host the final session of David Wolpe’s “Lessons on Lust and Love from the Bible.”

2017: The Breman Museum is scheduled to host a “tour of the Fox Theatre and learn about founder William Fox, born Wilhelm Fuchs and his imprint on the entertainment business.”

2017: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is scheduled to lecture by Dr. Gideon Grief, the author of We Wept Without Tears on “Confronting Murder: The Jewish Sonderkommando of Auschwitz Birkenau.

2017: The URJ Biennial is scheduled to continue for a second day in Boston.

2017(19th of Kislev, 5778): CALENDER COINCIDENCE – December 7, 2017 the anniversary of the Attack on Pearl, coincides with the 19th of Kislev this year on the Jewish calendar which is the “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism.”

2017: “Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America,” was among those who attended “a ‘Hanukkah Nightcap’ party” at the Trump International Hotel, which “was hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, the organization funded by the casino magnate and Republican superdonor Sheldon Adelson, and America First Action, a political action committee staffed by Trump allies.

2017: The American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History are scheduled to host a ‘book talk to launch…the new English translation of Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House.

2017: Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat “said late this morning in a speech on the Senate floor that he would resign “in the coming weeks” “following accusations of sexual misconduct by several women.”

2017: Jewish Book Month, an annual event that provides us with a chance to contemplate Jewish books and the lives of authors such as David Schoenbaum whose works included The United States and The State of Israel, continues today.

2018(29th Kislev, 5779): Fifth day of Chanukah

2018: “A menorah may been the cause of a house fire on Bellair Avenue in Fair Lawn, NJ which burned tonight on Shabbat and the sixth night of Chanukah.

2018:  Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame is scheduled to perform at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center this evening.

2018: Professor Avigdor Shinan is scheduled “to bring the weekly haftarah to light” at the Israel Museum.

2018: “Dr. Rachel Tzarfati, the Senior Curator at the Jewish Art and Culture Wing of the Israel Museum is scheduled to lead a discussion of “Miketz.”

2018: The Bloomfield Science Museum is scheduled to host another day of Games of Fire where “visitors will have a rare opportunity to meet with firefighters, to learn firsthand about firefighting and rescue operations and their importance, to see the equipment used by firefighters and, above all, to ask the firefighters all the questions they have always wanted to ask.”

2018: The “25th Anniversary Re-release” of “Schindler’s List” is scheduled to take place today.

2019(9th of Kislev, 5780): Parashat Va-Yaytzat;

2019: “Hanukkah in Paris,” the “sixth annual party hosted by Adam Swig and Adrian Goddard” is scheduled to take place in San Francisco.

2019: The “Family Gala 2019: Blue Jean Ball,” a celebration of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s “Levi Strauss: A History of American Style,” an exhibit on the founder’s Jewish immigrant story, the origins of the blue jean and how it defined American style. Includes performances, art-making and games” is scheduled to take place this evening in San Francisco.

2019: In Boston, the USCJ and the Rabbinical Assembly is scheduled to end Shabbat with a Havdalah concert and Melaveh Malkah featuring Deborah Sacks Mintz, Hadar’s Rising Song Institute and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary.”

2019: “Last Tree in Jerusalem” and “A Page of Talmud,” two plays by Dani Horowitz are scheduled to be performed this evening at the “TheaterLab” in New York City.

2019: As Israelis greet the new day, they will be looking to the skies to see if yesterday’s rocket attack from Gaza an apparition or the start of new wave of terror was.

2020: J-Loft is scheduled to present online a Hanukah Party for Teens”

2020: In last part of the three-part series, “Global Response to the Holocaust Series,” writer and educator Irene Shaland is scheduled to discuss “The Islands and the Boot: Cuba, Calabria/Italy, Malta, and Corsica”

2020: The Lappin Foundation is scheduled to present online “Finding the Hidden Light.”

2020: The Other Israel Film Festival is scheduled to host a class on “Arabic as a Cultural Bridge.”

2020: The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines is scheduled to host an “AIPAC Club event for our most invested activists.”

2021: The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is scheduled to welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda to talk about the creative life of the Heights, the evolution of his play and chasing the universal question: Where do I belong?

2021: The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is schedule to host a special screening of “Let It Be Morning.”

2021: The Jewish Museum is scheduled to host online a class that explores “Chagall: Love, War and Exile.”

2021: The East Bay Jewish film fest is scheduled to offer, virtually, “Philip Roth in Cinema,” “a taped lecture by Yeshiva University cinema scholar Eric Goldman” in which he “explores that the seven Roth novels that have been adapted to film.”

2021: The JDC Archives is scheduled to host the Annual Helen Cohen Memorial Lecture featuring a Book talk by Susan Gilson Miller author of Years of Glory: Nelly Benatar and the Pursuit of Justice in Wartime North Africa

2021: The Executive Committee of the Jewish Foundation is scheduled to meet in New Orleans.

2021: 80th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

2021: Exactly 80 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lady Esther Gilbert is scheduled to present a series of readings from Sir Martin’s work focusing on this pivotal moment of world history.

2022: YIVO and The Workers Circle are scheduled to present a conversation with Irene Klepffisz whose latest book is Her Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems, 1971-2021 and Rabbi Ellen Lippman.

2022: At the Streicker Center, Dr. Daniel Rynhold is scheduled to deliver the final lecture on “Maimonides and Spinoza: Friends or Foes.”

2022: NLI USA is scheduled to host an event marking December 7th, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, featuring Ambassador Michael Oren  a historian, statesman, and gifted writer, most recently of the WWII novel, Swann's War in conversation with the New York Times best-selling author and former U.S. diplomat Laura Blumenfeld during which Oren will explore the amazing grace and occasional failure of Jewish courage from the ancient Bible to the modern battlefield.

with Laura Blumenfeld. Ambassador Oren is a historian, statesman, and gifted writer, most recently of the WWII novel, "Swann's War." In conversation with the New York Times best-selling author and former U.S. diplomat Laura Blumenfeld, Oren will explore the amazing grace and occasional failure of Jewish courage from the ancient Bible to the modern battlefield.

2022: “Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein is scheduled to interview  New York Times best-selling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz, about her latest book The Latecomer which tells the story of the dysfunctional Oppenheimers, a wealthy New York Jewish family struggling under the weight of secrets.

2022: At the Streicker Center, Rabbi Jessica Lenza is scheduled to deliver the final lecture on “Bad Girls of the Bible.”

2023: Falmouth Jewish Congregation is scheduled to host a Jewish Book Council author talk by Elizabeth Graver on her novel “Kantika,” a dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home.

2023: At Temple Judea, the husband-and-wife team of Rabbi Feivel and Cantor Abbie is scheduled to lead the morning minyan.

2023: At Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, leader of the Moses Synagogue in the Abayudaya community of rural Eastern Uganda, is scheduled to discuss Jewish life in his country.

2023: “Hanukkah Night: Latkes and Klezmer,” a first night celebration with live music from Jason Ditzian, Lila Sklar and Dan Cantrell plus vegan dinner featuring latkes with yuzu applesauce, borscht, corned tempeh with homemade rye bread and cranberry-yuzu chocolate cake” is scheduled to take place in Oakland, CA.

2023: Starting today and lasting throughout Hanukkah, the Manchester Community Theatre Players’ staging of “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” is scheduled to be available to stream on demand,

2023: Hanukkah Story Time with Rabbi Esther is scheduled to place at the Iowa City Public Library.

2023(24th of Kislev, 5784): In the evening, kindle the first Chanukah candle

2023: As December 7 begins in Israel, “students say antisemitism is the ‘new normal’ at Columbia University,” despite heavy fighting from Hamas the IDF has breached “the defense lines in Jabaliya, Shejaiya and Khan Younis, thousands of Israelis still cannot return to their homes in the north due to shelling from Hezbollah and the Hamas held hostages begin day 62 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)



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