This Day, September 30, In Jewish History by Mitchell A and Deb Levin Z"L
132 C.E. (10 Tishrei): On the secular calendar, Akivah ben Joseph known as Rabbi Akiva passed away. He was born in 50 C.E., twenty years before the destruction of the Second Temple. According to tradition, he was an unlearned shepherd until the age of 40 who succeeded in becoming one of the greatest of all the Mishnaic authors (Tanaim). There are countless romantic stories regarding his life. He is one of the Rabbis mentioned in the Haggadah who gathered at B'Nai Brak. He decided to back Bar Kochbah in his revolt against Roman religious oppression and was then executed by the Romans. He is one of the Ten Martyrs memorialized on the High Holidays. It is said that while being tortured he began saying the Shema with his life ending as he reached the word "Achad"(one). Considering that he did not start studying until the age of forty, Akiva is "the hero" of Jewish Adult Education. As one educator said, none of us might be an Akiva, but thanks to Akiva, none of us can say that we are ever too old to start studying.
420: Saint Jerome, the creator of the Vulgate passed away in Bethlehem. A linguist and a scholar Jerome did not trust the text of the Septuagint. Using his knowledge of Hebrew, he began a translation of the Hebrew Bible into Latin which was completed in 405.
788: Abd Al-Rahman, the man who laid the foundation for an impressive Muslim dynasty in Cordoba (Spain) during what the Jews called the “Golden Age” passed away. The grand mosque he started building still stands today over 1,300 years later, right outside the old Jewish quarter of Cordoba. Apparently, this is a rather common name among Muslim leaders and he is not to be confused with some of his less distinguished brethren whose nomenclature looks similar to unlettered Western eyes.
1187: Crusaders surrendered to Saladin at Jerusalem.
1199: Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate Guide of Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew
1337: In Bavaria, a German knight named Hartmann von Deggenburg led his horseman through the gates of Deckendorf, where they joined the local citizenry, in slaughtering the local Jewish population and seizing their property. The Jews had been accused of desecrating the host or communion wafer and the slaughter was the punishment for the foul deed. In reality the councilors of the city of Deckendorff desired to free themselves and all the citizens from the debts owed to the Jews. Once again, the avarice of Christians is hidden in religious doctrine to despoil the Jews. The anti-Semitic violence spread to fifty-one communities, including Bohemia and Austria. To this day people reportedly come on pilgrimages to the church where paintings show Jews in Medieval dress desecrating the host "wafers".
1399: Henry IV of England begins his reign even though his coronation will not take place until October. Although the Jews had been expelled from England and were forbidden by law to return, as is often the case with monarchs, Henry saw himself above the law. In 1410, Henry brought Elias Ben Sabbetai from Bologna in 1410 to serve as his physician.
1452: The first printed book, the Johann Gutenberg Bible, appeared. For "The People of the Book" the advent of modern printing would have an incalculable benefit on its growth and survival.
1699: Seventy-five year old Johann Leusden the Professor of Hebrew in Utrecht who authored several works on the Hebrew philology and who “in 1660, together with the Amsterdam rabbi and book printer Joseph Athias, published his Biblia Hebraica, the first edition of the Hebrew Bible with numbered verses passed away today.
1738(27th of Tishrei, 5499): Based on the date on his tombstone, Yosef, the son of Binyamin passed away today after which he was buried at the Yablonov Cemetery.
1753(2nd of Tishrei, 5514): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1759(9th of Tishrei, 5520): Erev Yom Kippur
1769: Birthdate of New York native Bilah Juday, the daughter of Samuel Judah.
1771(22nd of Tishrei, 5532): Shmini Atzeret
1771: English physician Isaac Schomberg, the Cologne, Germany born son of Meyer Low Schomberg obtained a fellowship at Cambridge after which he was appointed censor in 1773.
1777: When the Continental Congress, fearing capture by Howe's British army, left Philadelphia and held sessions in York, John Adams writes to his wife, "I am comfortably situated here at the house of General Roberdeau, whose hospitality has taken in Mr. Samuel Adams and Mr. Elbridge Gerry.” General Roberdeau, who was a Jew, had, at his own expense, opened the lead mines in Sinking Valley to supply the Continental Army with bullets during the Revolutionary War.
1778(9th of Tishrei, 5539): Erev Yom Kippur observed on the same that General George Washington wrote from West Point, NY to Major General Lafayette expressing his pleasure at the warm reception that the French general had received in Paris and his appreciation for Lafayette’s support for the American cause.
1780(1st of Tishrei, 5541): Rosh Hahsanah observed on the same day that General Washington wrote to Henry Clinton explaining the circumstances surround the capture and execution of Major Andre, the spy who conspired with Benedict Arnold.
1782(22nd of Tishrei, 5543): Shemini Atzeret
1782(22nd of Tishrei, 5543): Rabbi David Tebele Scheuer passed away in Mainz, Germany. Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1712, he was one of the outstanding students of the Shev Yaakov, Rabbi Jacob Cohen in Frankfurt. He served as Dayan of Frankfurt during the entire time that the Pnei Yehoshua, Rabbi Yehoshua Falk was Rabbi of Frankfurt (1741-1756). In 1759 he succeeded his father-in-law Rabbi Nathan Otiz as Rabbi of Bamberg. There during the Third Silesian War; its part of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), where Austria under the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria tried for the second time in vain to get back Silesia from Prussia; the Prussians under King Frederick the Great ravaged and plundered the region. In 1763 during the turmoil, Rabbi Tebele lost many of his writings including his writings on the tractate Niddah, which he greatly bemoaned. In 1767 he was appointed as Rabbi of Mainz where he led a Yeshiva.
1784(15th of Tishrei, 5545): Sukkoth
1784: In Lancaster, PA, Rachel Simon and Solomon Etting gave birth to Elijah Etting who eventually settled in Baltimore, MD.
1784: In Newport, RI, Jochabed Levy and Moses Mendes Seixas gave birth to Gershom Siexas.
1786(8th of Tishrei, 5547): Parashat Ha’Azinu; Shabbat Shuva observed during Shay’s Rebellion, an act of violence that led to the calling of the Annapolis Convention which in turn led to the calling of the convention in Philadelphia that created the U.S. Constitution
1789(10th of Tishrei, 5550): As they observe Yom Kippur, American Jews feel a renewed sense of security as the newly formed U.S. government takes shape while French Jews felt a wide range of emotions as the French Revolution enters into its fourth month.
1789: In Richmond, VA, Judith Solomon and Israel I Cohen gave birth to “Jacob I. Cohen, Jr the “President of the Baltimore Fire Insurance Company” located in Baltimore, MD where he passed away and was buried in the family burial ground.
1790(22nd of Tishrei, 5551): Shmini Atzeret
1791(2nd of Tishrei, 5552): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah on the same day that a new constitution dissolving the National Assembly and proclaiming France a constitutional monarchy with a Legislative Assembly went into effect.
1792(14th of Tishrei, 5553): Erev Sukkoth
1794: In Richmond, VA, Judith Solomon and Israel Cohen gave birth to Miriam Cohen, the younger sister of Jacob I. Cohen
1795(17th of Tishrei, 5556): Third Day of Sukkoth
1798(20th of Tishrei, 5559): Sixth Day of Sukkoth
1799(1st of Tishrei, 5560): Last Rosh Hashanah of the 18th century
1801: Birthdate of Zacharias Frankel, “the founder, in Germany, of Historical Judaism, the forerunner of Conservative Judaism in America. A member of the first generation of modern rabbis, Frankel fashioned a multifaceted career as pulpit rabbi, spokesman for political emancipation, critic of radical religious reform, editor, head of the first modern rabbinical seminary, and historian of Jewish law. Frankel was born in Prague, then still the largest Jewish community in Europe, into a financially comfortable family with a distinguished lineage of rabbinic and communal leaders. His education combined traditional immersion in Jewish texts with systematic exposure to secular studies in a manner that was still far from typical. In 1830 he received his doctorate from the University of Pest and in 1831 acquired the post of district rabbi of Litoměřice, becoming the first Bohemian rabbi to hold a doctorate. His advocacy of changes in the synagogue service, the education of the young, and the training and role of the rabbi brought him, in 1836, an invitation from the government of Saxony to occupy the pulpit in Dresden as chief rabbi of the realm. Despite several subsequent offers from the much larger and rapidly growing Jewish community of Berlin, Frankel stayed in Dresden until 1854, when he was called to become the first director of the new rabbinical and teachers' seminary in Breslau. By 1879, four years after his death, the seminary had instructed some 272 students and had placed nearly 120 teachers, preachers, and rabbis in the most important Jewish communities in Europe. A self-styled moderate reformer in matters of religion, Frankel formulated his program of "positive, historical Judaism" in the 1840s to stem the rising tide of radical religious reform. Against the Reform movement's unbounded rationalism, Frankel defended Judaism's legal character, the sanctity of historical experience, and the authority of current practice. The term positive pointed to prescribed ritual behavior (halakhah) as the dominant means for the expression of religious sentiment in Judaism, while the term historical designated its nonlegal realm, sanctified by time and suffering. What gives Frankel's definition its dynamic quality is the role of the people. Genuine reform evolves organically from below and not by fiat from above. It is for this reason that Frankel repudiated the innovations of the three rabbinical conferences of the 1840s; whether dictated by political considerations or the canons of reason, their measures did violence to prevailing sentiment and practice.On a popular level Frankel tried, as author and editor, to deepen Jews' loyalty to the past by offering them a brand of heroic history that stressed cultural achievement. As a scholar Frankel was the preeminent modern rabbinist of his generation, and he devoted a prolific career to introducing the concept of the development of Jewish law over time. Using the method as well as the ideology of Friedrich C. Savigny's geschichtliche Rechtswissenschaft, Frankel tried to recover and analyze the stages of legal evolution, from Alexandrian exegeses of scripture to medieval rabbinic responsa. In the process he left enduring contributions to the modern study of the Mishnah and the Palestinian Talmud. Frankel's undogmatic research on the Mishnah challenged the traditional image of the ancient rabbis as transmitters rather than creators of the oral law and provoked a bitter assault in 1861 from the Neo-Orthodox camp of Samson Raphael Hirsch. Growing religious polarization served to clarify denominational lines and forced Frankel to occupy the middle ground. Two institutions created by Frankel embodied, amplified, and disseminated his vision of Historical Judaism. Die Monatsschrift für Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judentums, which he edited for eighteen taxing years (1851–1868), provided its readers with a balance of high-level popularization and critical scholarship, setting the standard for all later nineteenth-century journals of Jewish studies. Similarly, the Breslau seminary, which he led for twenty-one years, transformed rabbinic education by integrating modern scholarship with traditional piety and requiring its graduates to be both spiritual leaders and practitioners of Wissenschaft.”
1805: Simeon Magruder Levy, the Pennsylvania born son of Susanna and Levy Andrew Levy, “the second overall graduate” of West Point and the first Jewish graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, resigned his commission today because of poor health.
1808(9th of Tishrei, 5569): Erev Yom Kippur; Kol Nidre chanted for the last time during the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson.
1817(20th of Tishrei, 5578): Sixth Day of Sukkoth
1817(20th of Tishrei, 5578): Levie Emanuel Goudsmit, the Dutch born son of Emanuel Salomons and Esther Leiv and the husband of Magdalena Hartog Goudsmit passed away to in the Netherlands.
1818: On Ashford Street, in Hoxton, Lewis Barnett and Elizabeth Levi gave birth to Amelia Barnett.
1821(4th of Tishrei, 5582): Tzom Gedaliah observed
1822(15th of Tishrei, 5583): First Day of Sukkoth
1823(25th of Tishrei, 5584): Thirteen month old Gertrude Moses, the daughter of Solomon Moses and Rachel Gratz passed away today.
1824: Birthdate of Samuel S. Cox the Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire who while serving as a member of Congress in 1882 delivered a speech criticizing the treatment of the Jews by the Russian government which ended with “How long, O Lord, how long shall rapacity and bigotry despoil this people? Let the dawn come to the children of the wandering foot and weary heart, waiting, waiting for that morning which will give them its auroral glory and its cheerful beatitudes.”
1825(18th of Tishrei, 5586): Fourth Day of Sukkoth observed for the first time during the Presidency of John Q. Adams.
1828(22nd of Tishrei, 5589): Shemini Atzeret
1828(22nd of Tishrei, 5589: Fifty-four-year-old Maryland native John Gettinger, the husband of Margaret Gettinger with whom he had five children – Catherine, Elizabeth, Maria, Susan and Daniel – passed away today after which he was buried at the Glade Cemetery in Walkersville, MD.
1829(3rd of Tishrei, 5590) Tzom Gedaliah
1831(23rd of Tishrei, 5592): Simchat Torah
1833: Frances Levin, the daughter of Nathan and Esther Joseph and the wife of William Levin with whom she had four children was buried today at the “Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.”
1837(1st of Tishrei, 5598): Jews observe Rosh Hashanah for the first time during the Presidency of Martin Van Buren.
1839(22nd of Tishrei, 5600): Shemini Atzeret
1840: In Charleston, SC. Solomon Hyams married Caroline Mathilda Thompson, “second daughter of the late James Thompson.”
1841(15th of Tishrei, 5602): Sukkoth
1841(15th of Tishrei, 5602): Jane Stiebel, the German born wife of Samuel Stiebel with whom she 6 children passed away today in the United Kingdom.
1845: In Groningen, Netherlands, Ravel Beer Jacobs, the son of Simon Jacob Jacobs and Marianne Abraham Hamming / Hammo and his wife Diena Jacobs gave birth to Simon Jacobs, the husband of Marianna Jacobs.
1846(10th of Tishrei, 5607): Yom Kippur
1846: For the second year in a row, Day of Atonement services were held in Chicago with about the same number in attendance who had been there in 1845.
1849: In London, Naphtali Hart and Elizabeth Solomon gave birth to Benjamin John Hart.
1850: Two days after he had passed away “Zvi bar Jacob” was buried today at the “Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.
1852(17th of Tishrei, 5613): Third Day of Sukkoth
1852(17th of Tishrei, 5613): Fifty-nine year old Philip I. Cohen, the Richmond born son of Israel I. Cohen who married Augusta Myers in 1826 and served as the postmaster in Norfolk passed away today in Norfolk.
1853: In Paris Protestant religious leader Edmond de Pressensé and his wife gave birth to Francis de Pressensé the French political leader and journalist who supported Dreyfus at great personal cost including being “struck off the roll of the Legion of Honour.”
1854(8th of Tishrei, 5615): Shabbat Shuva
1855(18th of Tishrei, 5616): Fourth Day of Sukkoth
1856(1st of Tishrei, 5617): Rosh Hashanah
1856: Birthdate of Joseph Reinach, the French author and politician who championed the cause of Alfred Dreyfus. He called for a public hearing when Dreyfus was first charged and publicly denounced the documents used to convict him as a forgery.
1856: The New York City column published today reported that last evening at sunset began the new Jewish year. The New Year, this opening, set down on the calendar as 5617. In conformity with the usual custom, religious observances were held last evening in all the synagogues in the city. Today and tomorrow public religious exercises will continued, during which time all labor and business will be suspended. There are at present over twenty Jewish synagogues in the city and almost 30,000 Jews. Thirty-six years ago, there was but one synagogue in New York and only a few families of Jews.”
1859: “The Jewish New Year: Its Observance in this City” published today reported that “Yesterday being the Jewish New-Year's Day--a festival of immemorial observance among all the Hebrew race--the occasion was appropriately observed in the several synagogues of this City, and doubtless in all other parts of the country. It is called the Rosh Hashanah, or New-Year, the months being counted from the season of the Passover, according to Exodus xii., 2” It described the services that were held in the different synagogues and ancient origin of the rituals that were being followed.
1861: In New York, Jacob Rosenzweig and Lenore Gefuhlaus gave birth to Rose Lesser, “the President of the Hebrew Sheltering House and Home for the Aged and President of the Montefiore Talmud Torah was married to I.G. Samuels before marrying Lazarus Lesser.
1862(6th of Tishrei, 5623): Margaret Heyes, the wife of Paul Johann Heyes died of lung disease in Meran, Italy.
1862: Philadelphian Jacob Herzog, a Captain in Company E of the 12th Cavalry resigned his commission today.
1862: Union troops under the command of Brigadier General Frederick Salomon failed to capture Newtonia, Missouri during the First Battle of Newtonia. It was the first real setback for Salomon who had risen from the rank of Captain when he joined the Army in 1861. Whatever blot this may have placed on his record was removed with the victory at the Battle of Helena (Arkansas) as can be seen by the fact that Salomon rose to the rank of Major General by the end of the war.
1862: This afternoon, the corner-stone of the new Orphan Asylum, which is supported by the Hebrew Benevolent Society of New York City was laid at the corner of Seventy-seventh-street and Third-avenue. Benjamin J. Hart, the President of the Society, addressed the crowd as did Rabbis Raphall and Adler.
1863: During the American Civil War, the 15th Kentucky Cavalry, a unit that had been formed under the command of Jewish patriot Lt. Col. Gabriel Netter completed a sweep that had started in Paducah and ended McLemoresville, TN.(You have to be a real Civil War Junkie and Jewish to appreciate this entry)
1865(10th of Tishrei, 5626): Yom Kippur
1865: In Germany, Rabbo Nathan Rosenau and Johana Brauna Rosenau gave birth to University of Cincinnati graduate and HUC trained rabbi Dr. William Rosenau the “rabbi emeritus of Oheb shalom Congregation and one of the best-known Hebrew scholars” who married Mary Kraus in 1925 after having been married to Mabel Hillman. (Wikipedia shows his birthdate as May 30 but the NYT shows this as the date)
1865(10th of Tishrei, 5626): Samuel David Luzzatto an Italian Jewish scholar, poet, and a member of the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement passed away Born in 1800 at Trieste, he was also known by his Hebrew acronym, Shadal. While still a boy he entered the Talmud Torah of his native city, where besides Talmud, in which he was taught by Abraham Eliezer ha-Levi, chief rabbi of Trieste and a distinguished pilpulist, he studied ancient and modern languages and science under Mordechai de Cologna, Leon Vita Saraval, and Raphael Baruch Segré, whose son-in-law he later became. He studied the Hebrew language also at home, with his father, who, though a turner by trade, was an eminent Talmudist.
1866(21st of Tishrei, 5627): Hoshana Raba
1867(1st of Tishrei, 5628):As they observe Rosh Hashanah Jews in New Orleans continue to struggle with a Yellow Fever Epidemic that began in July
1868(14th of Tishrei, 5628): Erev Sukkoth
1868(14th of Tishrei, 5628): A farm worker named Francisco Qiñones, led Spanish troops to the hiding place of Mathias Brugman and his son Bauer. Born in New Orleans, Brugman moved to his mother’s native Puerto Rico where he eventually became an advocate for gaining the island’s independence from the brutal Spanish government. He was a leader of the El Grito de Lares Uprising which began on September 23. The revolt failed thanks to the informers working for the Spanish. Brugman died in the town of Yauco.
1870: Hyman Elias, the son of Elllis Elias and the former Hannah Harris and the wife of the former Ellen Barnett with whom he had five children was buried today at the Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery.
1871: In Hungary, Eliyahu Menachem Goitein, the son of Zvi (Armin) Hirsch Goitein and Szali (Sara) Sarolta Goitein and his wife Amalia Mahala Goitein
gave birth to Bernard Yerachmiel Dov Goitein.
1872(27th of Elul, 5632): German Rabbi Benjamin Hirsch Auerbach, the son of Rabbi Abraham Auerbach and the author of Nahal Eshkol, a three volume work on the Sefer HaEshkol, passed away today.
1872: In Chicago, Philip Emanuel Adler and Bertha (Blade) Adler gave birth to Davenport, Iowa newspaper editor Emanuel Philip Adler, the husband of Lena Rothschild
1873(9th of Tishrei, 5634): Erev Yom Kippur
1873: “The Jewish Fast of Yom Kippur” published today reported that “at sundown this evening the Jewish nation enters upon the celebration of the solemn fast known as Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, the most important of the numerous religious observances of the ancient faith.” According to the article “the Israelitish community” has become lax in its observance of other rituals but all are united in observing this holiday including the twenty-four fast when they abstain from “all manner of food and drink.”
1873: In Cincinnati, OH, Joseph and Hannah Sachs gave birth to Pauline “Polly” Sachs who became Pauline Mack when she married Theodore Mack with whom she had one son Henry
1875(1st of Tishrei, 5636): Rosh Hashanah
1875: According to a contemporary report for the Orthodox Jews today is the first of a two day New Year’s celebration, “but those who have thrown off the yoke of Rabbinical ordinances and who rejoice in the designation of reformers celebrate but this one day.”
1875: Today, “Denver’s Temple Emanuel,” for which the Hebrew Ladies’ Benevolent Society had “donated the carpets, furniture and other furnishings” opened “at 19th Avenue and Curtis Street” after which it was led by Rabbis, Samuel Weill, Marx Moses, Henry Bloch, Meyer Elkin, Emanuel Schreiber, Isaac Mendes de Sola and William S. Friedman
1876: In Lithuania, Samuel Lewis Cantor and his wife Sanah Leah Cantor gave birth to Adolph Conrad Cantor.
1876: Birthdate Austria native and neuropsychiatrist Dr. Moses Keshner, the holder of degrees from CCNY, Columbia Medical School and New York Law School who was a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Columbia and raised four children – Myron, Sidney, Harold and Hortense – with his wife Dorothea.
1877(23rd of Tishrei, 5638): Simchat Torah
1877: In Pine Bluff, AR Joseph and Matilda Josephat Altheimer gave birth to Benjamin Joseph Altheimer who “in 1910 conceived the idea of setting aside a special day as Flag Day while attending a retreat formation at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.”
1877: It was reported today that Lord Beaconsfield (Benjamin Disraeli) had convinced Queen Victoria to break her promised to inaugurate the Town Hall at Manchester because he was angry at the voters of Manchester for having rejected his candidate for Parliament and voting for Jacob Bright instead. The World, an English paper described this are part of the “unholy influence of a Hebrew minster.” Others have risen to Beaconsfield’s defense contending that the decision was a symptom of the Queen’s desire to remain in seclusion and point to the fact that she only agreed to open “the season” in London because Disraeli urged her to do so. Disraeli may be a Jew by birth, but he “is English to the roots of his hair” - English in training, in habits in sentiment in ambition.” To his defenders, “Lord Beaconsfield is the greatest state man of his age. He is a triton among minnows, and every man who has ever wielded a pen for bread ought to be proud of this chief of the Brotherhood of Literature.
1878(3rd of Tishrei, 5639): Tzom Gedaliah is observed for the first time in the newly consecrated Great Synagogue of Warsaw.
1878: In New York, Meinhard and Bertha (Baruch) Alsberg gave birth to Columbia trained Mechanical Engineer Julius Alsberg who began his private practice as a consultant in 1917 and who married elsie Kessler Fraenkel in 1913.
1879: Three days after she had passed away, Deborah Durlacher, the daughter of Phillip and Frances Benjamin and the wife of Montague Durlacher was buried today at “the Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemtery.
1882: Nathan Gottgetren, a 35 year old Jewish swindler and forger who used the alias Nicholas Gilbert, cashed three forged checks at three different stores in New York for a total of $2,460.
1883: It was reported today that the Standard Library Series has published Jewish Artisan Life by Franz Delitzsch in which the author examines the “professions” of Jews during the days of the Second Temple. He found everything from bakers to doctors, one of whom was famous for dealing with bowel complaints, to makers and sellers of “Medean Beer which was also known as Babylonian Beer and Zithos, a native cider.
1882: Birthdate of Hans Geiger whom the world knows him as the man who invented the Geiger counter but whom Jews remember as the German scientist who joined the Nazi party and betrayed Jewish colleagues who had worked with him.
1883: In what was then Striegau, Germany, Emil and Julie Hellinger gave birth today mathematician and refugee from the Nazis, Ernst Hellinger.
1883: The “first Jewish house of worship…a brick structure that served as both Hebrew school and synagogue” was dedicated today in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1884: “In Trouble On A Fast Day” published today described an altercation between Park Policeman Samuel Murphy and three Jews that took place on Yom Kippur in New York’s Central Park that resulted in the arrest of the three Jews and the “disappearance” of diamond that belonged to Benjamin Levy.
1885: It was reported today that a reporter for the Albany Journal had a confusing experience when attending synagogues in that city. When he went to the Ferry Street Synagogue, an orthodox congregation, he was admonished for taking his hat off. Based on that when he went to the South Pearl Street Synagogue he left his hat on. However, this was a Reform Temple, and he was admonished for not removing his hat. The reporter seemed none the worse for wear.
1886(1st of Tishrei, 5647): Rosh Hashanah
1887: Leopold Bloch, the “son of Samuel and Jeanette Bloch and his second wife Klara Bloch gave birth to Frieda Bloch
1887: The Philadelphia Record reported today that “it is estimated the over $75,000 is contributed annually to” Jewish charities including profits from the annual charity ball.
1887: By order of Justice White, Annie Lee, a child who is claimed by “a colored family named Lee and a Hebrew family named Brodcki” is to be placed under the care of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children until the Supreme Court settles the custody dispute.
1888: As of today, Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society is caring for 585 children, 278 of whom are girls and 307 are boys. Four hundred forty two are between the ages of 2 and 5 with the balance being under the cutoff age of 15.
1888: It was reported today that “exception measures” have been taken by the Russian government aimed at limiting the entrance of Jews into the Empire and hindering their ability to travel in the country through changes in the passport laws. These stringent measures apply equally to Russian born and foreign born Jews.
1888: In Allentown, PA, “Isaac and Esther (Tuck) Goldstein gave birth to Nathan E. Goldstein, the husband of Annie Ginsberg who was chairman of the Jewish Relief Committee of Springfield, Palestine Restoration Fund and the Western Massachusetts United Appeal
1888: “Israel Schwartz, a man of "Jewish appearance", reported witnessing a woman, later identified as Elizabeth Stride thought to be a victim of Jack the Ripper, being assaulted on Berner Street early this morning
1889(5th of Tishrei, 5650): Sixty-two year old Leopold Newland, a Polish born Jew took his own life today while living at the home of his son-in-law, Elias Green
1889: At Temple Emanu-El in New York City, President Greenbaum of the Aguilar Library Association presided over a meeting of representatives from “a score of Jewish congregations and societies” that had been called to plan the upcoming Hebrew Fair, a major fund-raising event.
1891: Sir Edward Levien Samuel, the son of Sir Samuel and Henrietta Matilda Levien, married “Ray Cowan, the daughter of Abraham Cowan with whom he had two children, “Vera Lean Henrietta Samuel and Sir Edward Louis Samuel.”
1891: “Minister Hirsch’s Return” published today described the travels of Solomon Hirsch, the U.S. Minister to Turkey who visited with groups of Jews in Paris to discuss ways of improving the conditions of their co-religionist in Russia, before setting sail for New York where he began to enjoy his leave of absence.
1892(9th of Tishrei, 5653): Erev Yom Kippur
1892: In Cleveland, a congregation of Russian Jews is scheduled to hold services in the assembly room of the New Young Men’s Christian Association Building.
1892: A group of Russian Jewish immigrants ignore the crosses on the outside of the building to hear Kol Nidre in a building belong to the YMCA in Cleveland, Ohio.
1892(9th of Tishrei, 5653): Hector-Jonathan Crémieux passed away. Born in 1828, he was a French librettist and playwright. His best-known work is his collaboration with Ludovic Halévy for Jacques Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers, known in English as Orpheus in the Underworld
1893: Sachs, Kestenbaum and Diamond, three of the four charged with perjury in a case involving prominent Jewish businessman Jacob Bauman remained in jail today because they could not make bail. The fourth conspirator and probably mastermind, Annie Bauman, Jacob’s wife made bail and did not have to remain in jail.
1893: In Sanitary Inspector Rosse’s report to the Marine Hospital Bureau written today from Leghorn, Italy concerning the cholera epidemic that the Chief Rabbi of Leghorn has ordered the closure of the synagogue which is “next to that of Amsterdam… the wealthiest synagogue in the world” for the first time in its history.
1893: In Philadelphia, Mildred C. Nunez and Herbert D. Allman gave birth to Princeton and Cornell educated horticulturist Drue Nunez Allman, the husband of Blanche Adelaide Oppenheimer and “breeder of commercial varieties of snapdragons who was a member of Keneseth Israel and the Federation of Jewish Charities in Philadelphia.
1894(29th of Elul, 5654): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1894: Evening services marking the start of the Jewish New Year will be held for the first time in the new synagogue of Shaarai Tephilla.
1894: Louis Berghold almost drowned when his father took him to Benjamin Phillips’ bathhouse on Orchard as part of their pre-New Year’s custom and the boy hit his head on the bottom of the pool after sneaking in by himself.
1894: In Memphis, TN, the will of the late Moses H. Katzenberger who was the President of the Savings Bank of Memphis was filed for probate today.
1894: Birthdate of Joseph Leonard Prince the graduate of Wharton who practiced law in his hometown of Pottstown, PA.
1895: Birthdate of Leib Milstein, the native of what is now Moldavia who came to the United States in 1912 where he gained famed as Lewis Milestone, the movie director whose career began while serving with the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WW I.
1895: “The Hungarian Reichstage has finally passed the remaining Church Reform bills” which include the “removal of all existing Jewish disabilities.”
1895: In Part I of the Court of General Sessions, the arson trial of Morris Schoenholz resumes after having been postponed because of Yom Kippur per the request of his attorney Abraham Levy.
1895: “Who Shall Govern Jerusalem” published today provides a description of how the Europeans plan on dividing the Ottoman Empire including the squabble based on religion between the Russians (Orthodox) and French (Catholics) over who shall control Jerusalem. The author sees no role for the Jews in governing the City of David “since there is little doubt that Jewish colonization is a failure.”
1896(23rd of Tishrei, 5657) Simchat Torah celebrated for the last time during the Presidency of Grover Cleveland.
1897: Birthdate of Minsk native and University of Missouri graduate Irving Fagan the journalist specializing in labor affairs who was an “editor of the Labor Press Association.
1897: It was reported today that Louis Yaffa, the Secretary of the Hebrew Citizens’ League has enrolled 400 members in the organization which has selected a candidate to run for Alderman from New York’s Second Assembly District.
1897: At 41 Down’s-park Road, Sarah Benkel (nee Lesnsberg) gave birth to a daughter today.
1899: When a Russian Jewish woman was asked by her friend why so many stores were closed today she responded that it was “a yonteff’ (the Yiddish word for holiday). When asked what Yonteff it was, the woman responded that it was a “Dewey Yonteff.” Such was her explanation of the holiday like atmosphere in New York City that was honoring the great naval hero of the Spanish American War.
1899: “Mr. Peters’ Book About the Jews” published today provided a review of Justice to the Jews: The Story of What He Has Done for the World by Madison Peters.
1900: In “Dr. MacArthur and Bible Wines” published today, Carl Damm that in ancient and modern Palestine that both “pure juice of the grape, boiled down and covered with olive oild, as well as that fresh from the press, fermenting already at its very contact with air” were considered to “wines” which may a reason for confusion about the story of Jesus turning the water into wine at a wedding.
1900: Bertha Fischer, the Czech born daughter of Josef and Julie Kahn who was murdered at Auschwitz and her husband Dr. Emilian Fischer gave birth to Ottokar Fischer
1901(17th of Tishrei, 5662): Third Day of Sukkoth observed for the first time during the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
1902: In Munich, Holocaust vicitims “Sigwart Cahnmann, a chemical manufacturer and president of the Lodge B'nai B'rith in Munich and Hedwig Schülein” gave birth to author and sociologist Werner Jacob Cahnman.
1903(9th of Tishrei, 5664): Erev Yom Kippur
1903: Birthdate of Buffalo, NY native and Harvard trained and Lasker Award winning physician, Dr. Sidney Farber, the “director of research at the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation” who was the husband of “the former Norma C. Holzman” with whom he had three children – Ellen, Stephen and Thomas.
1904(21st of Tishrei, 5665): Hoshanah Rabah
1904: It was reported today that “by virtue of the Emperor’s ukase extending the privilges of residence to certain class of Jews with the Pale, the police have received instructions not to expel Jewish workman from villages in which they have taken up their residence since 1882”
1905(1st of Tishrei, 5666): Rosh Hashanah
1905(1st of Tishrei, 5666): Fifty-five year old Charles Ephrussi passed away today in Paris. Born into a prominent Jewish banking family in Odessa, he traveled to Paris where he became a collector of works by Degas, Manet and Monet as well as a connoisseur of Japanese prints, copies of which he kept at his luxurious mansion on 11 Avenue D’leana.
1905: In the twelve month period ending today 100,388 Jewish immigrants were admitted to the United States 49,655 of whom were men, 23,359 of whom were women and 24,373 of whom were children and of which 72,324 remained in New York.
1906: In Hazelton, PA, founding of Beth Israel located on N. Laurel Street which holds service in Hebrew, English and German and whose members included W.H. Green, Isaac Honig and Jacob Gerhardt.
1906: “Abraham Srebross, a converted Jew, who is connected with the People's Tabernacle at 52 East 102d Street, New York, and Mrs. Lion, of 69 Buenavista Avenue, this city, were stoned at Washington and Riverdale Avenues to-night, and only for the prompt arrival of the police a race riot might have started.”
1907(22nd of Tishrei, 5668): Shemini Atzeret
1907: Today, “a dispatch to a news agency from Odesa says that the Prefect General Novitsky, has been appointed Governor General of Odessa, in succession to General Kaulbars, who has been absent from his post since the early part of the year when it was reported that he had been removed as the result of encouragement which he is said to have given the Black Hundreds in their attacks on the Jews at Odessa.”
1907: “An administrative decree issued today” in Paris “provides for the separate of Church and State in Algeria” and “places Catholics Protestants, Jews, and Mussulmans on an equal footing.”
1908: In Richmond, VA, Charles Hutzler, the Chairman of the City School Board, “presided” over the laying of the cornerstone for John Marshall High School today.
1908: Birthdate of David Fiodorovich Oistrakh, a Jewish Soviet violinist who made many recordings, and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works. He passed away in 1974.
1909(15th of Tishrei, 5670): Sukkoth
1909(15th of Tishrei, 5670): Mrs. Taube Horowitz passed away today after which she would be buried in the Liepaja Jewish Cemetery
1909: Both Sephardic and Ashkenazic rabbis in Jerusalem pledge to work hand in hand in the interest of the entire Jewish community. Together they found a relief committee to benefit Jewish families whose heads will be called to military service.
1910: The Ninth Biennial Convention of the Order of the Knights of Joseph which had been founded in 1896, continued for a third day in Rock Island, Illinois
1911: In Brooklyn, David and Gussie Gruber, two Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe gave birth to
writer and humanitarian Ruth Gruber, who led a 1944 American mission to save 1,000 WWII refugees.
1911: In Berlin, a group of Jewish students visit the Turkish Ambassador and volunteer for service in the Turkish Army, while a group of Zionist doctors consider the advisability of organizing a Jewish Sanitary Corps for Turkish field forces.
1912(19th of Tishrei, 5673): Chol Hamoed Sukkoth
1912(19th of Tishrei, 5673): Six years after his father’s death, Reb Aharon, the Kidushas Aharon, who served as Admor of Sadigur, passed away today.
1912(19th of Tishrei, 5673): Ninety-one year old “communal worker” Julie Stettheimer passed away today in Brooklyn, NY.
1913: A revival of “The Auctioneer” produced by David Belasco opened today at the Knickerbocker Theatre today.
1913: “Shon the Piper” an historical drama set in Scotland starring Robert Z. Leonard was released today in the United States.
1913: The first annual convention of the newly formed Jewish Socialist Federation of America continued for a second day in New Haven, CT.
1914(10th of Tishrei, 5675): Yom Kippur
1914: Services will begin at 10 o’clock this morning at Temple Emanu-El where Dr. Joseph Silverman will deliver a sermon on “Where is God in the Present Conflict?
1914: An article published today in the Evening Public Ledger entitled “Day of Atonement the World Over” reported that the holy day was being observed in the synagogues of Philadelphia, PA as well as on the European battlefield. According to the Ledger, there are over 400,000 Jewish soldiers fighting in the armies of the various belligerents and the commanders of the various armies have given the Jews permission to set aside their guns to observe “Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement also” known as Yom Hadin.
1914: “Yom Kippur Fast Today” published today described the observance of “the Day of Atonement” including the afternoon memorial service “in all the synagogues held in memory of those members who have passed away during the preceding year.”
1915(22nd of Tishrei, 5676): Shemini Atzeret
1915: In Petrograd, M. Weinstein was elected to the Council of the Empire making him the first Jew to hold such a position.
1916(3rd of Tishrei, 5677): Shabbat Shuva
1916: In New York, hopes of the continuation of a walkout supporting the striking Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America received a serious blow “when the International Ladies’ Garment Workers; Union announced that no sympathetic strike had been ordered and that the 150,000 members practically all of whom are Orthodox Jews would return to work when their religious holiday came to an end.
1916: It was reported today “that a blind Moscow Jew named Broido” who “recently graduated as a lawyer” and had had his application for permission to be enrolled as an Assistant Advocate rejected by the Ministry of Justice would now be able to fill the that position the Czar had sanctioned his appointment.
1916: As the British government wrestled with problem of what do about the thousands of Russian and Polish Jews who had come to the United Kingdom before the war to escape serving in the Czar’s Army Sir Herbert I. Samuel, the Home Secretary modified the original proposal to allow for the waiver of the naturalization fee for any foreign born Jew who had enlisted by the last day of September.
1916: It was reported today that H.S. Seligman has now joined Australian John Monash in a “unique club of two” – the only two Jews serving as generals in His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
1916: The Russian Government announced that “Jews will enjoy greater education advantages in Russia in the future” because “a series of high schools and technical schools exclusively for Jewish students is to be established and greater freedom will be accorded with respect to their entry into the universities.”
1917(14th of Tishrei, 5678): Erev Sukkoth
1917(14th of Tishrei, 5678): Isaac Newton Seligman passed away today as a result of falling from a horse in Irvington, NJ
1917: At the Free Synagogue in Carnegie Hall, Rabbi Wise is scheduled to deliver a sermon entitled “What Can Stay-At-Homes Do In and For the War
1917: At Temple Israel of Harlem, at 8 PM, Dr. H.M. Harris is scheduled to lead a Sukkah service.
1917: In Brooklyn, vaudevillians Bess (née Skolnik) and Robert Rich gave birth to drummer Bernard “Buddy” Rich.(As reported by James Barron)
1917: “The American Jewish Relief Committee announced” today “that on Yom Kippur approximately $500,000 had been contributed for the alleviation of distress among the 3,000,000 Jews left homeless by the war.”
1917: In Brooklyn Samuel Burstein and Sara Plotkin gave birth to physicist Elias Burstein the husband of Rena Ruth Benson and the father of Joanna, Sandra and Miriam Burstein.
1917: Birthdate of Irving B. Kahn, the inventor of the teleprompter and headed theTelePrompTer Company. In the mid 50's, Kahn designed and built what was perhaps the first remotely controlled, multi-image, rear projection system in the world for the U.S. Army’s facility in Huntsville, Ala., to make persuasive presentations to visiting Congressmen. With five images (one large, 3¼ by 4 slide or film image in the center flanked smaller slides at each side) and random access it could search and select among 500 slides. TelePrompTer also made many technological contributions to the early cable TV industry. In 1961, Kahn and Hub Schlafley demonstrated Key TV, an early pay TV concept, by showing the second Patterson vs. Johansson heavyweight fight, essentially giving birth to pay-per-view.
1917(14th of Tishrei, 5678): Hours after he either fell or was thrown while horseback riding and two hours after an unsuccessful operation was performed on his skull at Mt. Sinai Hospital by Dr. C.A. Elsberg and Dr. Bernard Sachs, banker Isaac Newton Seligman, passed away today.
1917: Lt. Joseph L. Seligman a graduate of Plattsburg and an aide to Brig. Gen. Phillips took the first train from Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, SC going to New York after receiving a telegram this afternoon “saying that his father Isaac Newton Seligman had been thrown from a horse and killed this afternoon.”
1918: As Allenby’s campaign is on the verge of complete success, his forces captures the Ottoman garrison that had been holding Damascus as it tried to make its escape.
1918: The Allied Powers and Bulgaria signed the Armistice of Salonica ending Bulgarians involvement in WW I which had claimed the lives of over 200 Jewish soldiers fighting in the Bulgarian Army.
1918: Two days after he had passed away, 60 year old Jacob Hyman was buried today at “the Belfast Jewish Cemetery in Northern Ireland.”
1918: Today Andrew Somers, who while serving in Congress “presented a joint resolution in the House of Representative “asking for United States recognition of ‘the Hebrew National’ as an intergovernmental agency to repatriate Jews surviving in Europe to Palestine and for an administration to facilitate the establishment of a free state there guaranteeing civil, political and religious rights of all its inhabitants” began serving as an aviator with the Naval Reserve Flying Corps.
1919: Today, the American Jewish Relief Committee made public a letter Henry Davidson sent to Henry H. Rosenfelt, the director of the committee in which he said “In my travels and observations as the Chairman of the War Council of the American Red Cross, I had occasion to study the needs of the eoples with those countries and also an opportunity to observe the excellent work done by the Joint Distribution Committee, the importance of which seems to me greater today, even than during the distressing period of the war.”
1920(18th of Tishrei, 5681): Fourth Day of Sukkoth observed for the last time during the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson.
1920: The new list of contributors to the “Match the President Fund,” a pro-League of Nations organizations included Percy Straus and Jesse Isidor Straus both of whom contributed $1,000 to the cause.
1921: It was reported today that Jewish soldiers in the U.S. Army are to receive furloughs for Rosh Hashanah.
1922: UNC defeated Wake Forest coached by George Levene.
1923: Outfielder Moses Solomon made his major league debut with New York Giants.
1923(20th of Tishrei, 5684): 6th day of Sukkoth
1924(2nd of Tishrei, 5685): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1924: Birthdate of author Truman Capote the author who denied he was anti-Semitic when he talked about “the rise of…the Jewish Mafia in America letter. This is a clique of New York oriented writers and critics who control much of the literary scene through the influence of the quarterlies and intellectual magazines. All these publications are Jewish-dominated and this particular coterie employs them to make or break writers writers by advancing or withholding attention.”
1925: Infielder Buddy Myer’s Washington Senators lost to the Boston Red Sox today.
1925: A cable sent today said that the University of Pennsylvania expedition to Beisan, Palestine “had discovered an image of the goddess of Ashtaroth, a deity of the Philistines, with a shrine, bronze serpents, doves and similar objects used in the cult worship.
1926(22nd of Tishrei, 5687): Shemini Atzeret
1926: Middleweight Cy Schindel (born Seymour Schinell) won brought his won his seventh fight in eight outings today at Yonkers, NY.
1927: In Bavaria, Ferdiand Weill, the son of Samuel and Maichen Wiel and his wife Sitti Weil gave birth to Firtz Kurt Weil.
1928(16th of Tishrei, 5689): Second Day of Sukkoth
1928: In Brooklyn, Harry Margolis, “a clothing salesman” and “the former Dorothy Perlow, a milliner” gave birth to Eta Roslyn Margolis who gained fame as crusading attorney Roslyn Litman. (As reported by Sam Roberts)
1928: Birthdate of Elie Wiesel, author and Nobel Prize winner who is too well known to require any further comment.
1929(24th of Elul, 5689): Sixty-nine year old Zionist leader who had come to Berlin seeking medical treatment passed away today in the German capital
1930: Former Senator Simon Guggenheim the brother of the late Daniel Guggenheim is expected to arrive from Europe this morning aboard the Ile de France.
1930: Birthdate of Jacob Fiszman, the native of Cracow who would gain fame as Dr. Jack Fishman the developer of naloxone, a powerful medication that has saved countless people from fatal overdoses of heroin and other narcotics. (As reported by William Yardley)
1930: Funeral services for Daniel Guggenheim are scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El on 5th Avenue.
1931(19th of Tishrei, 5692): Fifth day of Sukkoth
1931: “Despite the testimony of soldiers that they had taken part in shooting down seven Jews twelve years ago in Slovakia under the orders of former Corporal Karl Horak of the Czech Legionaires, Horak was acquitted today of their murder, although a verdict of manslaughter was found against him.”
1932(29th of Elul, 5692): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1932: “A Bill of Divorcement” a drama directed by George Cukor, produced by David O. Selznick and with music by Max Steiner was released today in the United States.
1933(10th of Tishrei, 5694): Yom Kippur
1933: “Footlight Parade” a musical featuring the lyrics of Irving Kahal and the music of Sammy Fain premiered tonight.
1933: The German government submitted a letter to the Council of the League of Nations claiming that the rights of the Jews living in Upper Silesia had been restored. The letter had been written after the League had responded to the Bernheim Petition which claimed that the Jews were being discriminated against in violation of the German-Polish Convention of 1922. The American Jewish Congress and the Comité des Délégations Juives had vigorously supported Franz Bernheim in his claim and at this juncture the newly empowered Nazi government was not ready to thumb its nose at the League of Nations.
1934(21st of Tishrei): Hoshana Raba
1934: “A protest against any trade agreement for the exchange of merchandise between the United States and Germany was sent to Secretary of State Hull today by Samuel Untermyer, president of the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League to Champion Human Rights.”
1935(3rd of Tishrei, 5696): Tzom Gedaliah
1935: Harry L. Cantor, the Lithuanian born son of Samuel Lewis Cantor and Sanah Leah Cantor and the husband of Rose (Cramer) Cantor passed away today in Philadelphia.
1935: Mathematician Issai Shur finally fell victim to the Nazi purge of Jewish professionals when he was dismissed today as a Professor at the University of Berlin
1935: George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" premiered in Boston.
1936(14th of Tishrei, 5697): Erev Sukkoth
1936(14th of Tishrei, 5697): Sixty-nine year old Coningsby Ralph Disraeli, the son of Ralph Disraeli and the nephew of Benjamin Disraeli who served as an MP passed away today.
1936: “Herbert C. Pell, the vice chairman of the Democratic National Campaign Committee made public an open letter to banker Felix M. Warburg expressing surprise that Mr. Warburg should have come out for Governor Landon’s election in view of what Mr. Pell called ‘the most open and vigorous anti-Semitic campaign that has ever occurred in this country’ against President Roosevelt.”
1936: “Southern Roses,” a “musical comedy directed by Frederic Zelnik” and produced by Isadore Goldsmith and Max Schach was released today in the United Kingdom.
1937: The Palestine Post reported on the death in London of Earl Peel, the Chairman of the Royal (Peel) Commission on Palestine, at the age of 71. Earl Peel properly appreciated the Jewish part and effort in the development of Palestine. The entire Hebrew press, paid a warm tribute to Lord Peel, who frequently expressed his appreciation of the excellent development work the Jewish community was performing in Palestine
1937: Birthdate of Jurek Becker, a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto and author Jacob the Liar which was made into a unique Holocaust film starring Robin Williams in the title role and featuring Alan Arkin and Bob Balaban
1937: The Palestine Post reported that the Arab press accused the Post and other Jewish organizations of exploiting the murder by of Lewis Andrews, the much-respected district commissioner for Galilee and of his driver, on the steps of the Anglican Church in Nazareth, for the strong criticism of Arab terror and the society which condones such crimes.
1938(5th of Tishrei, 5699): Erev Shabbat Shuvah
1938: This evening Rabbi Harold I. Saperstein delivered a sermon “Return to Thy People” in which he “alludes to events in Italy, Austria and Poland, but focuses on a theme drawn from the central motif of the Sabbath Haftarah (beginning with Hosea 14:2), the motif of return (though return to the Jewish people is substituted for the return to God in the prophetic text) and less directly from the Torah reading.” Unfortunately, “the experience of the last year demonstrates that” even Jews wished to escape their identity “the anti-Semites will not allow them to escape their identity.
1938: Hitler convinced Chamberlain and Daladier that he wanted to protect German rights in the Sudetenland by annexing it, (hence, the Munich Agreement) and that he had no further demands. Chamberlain gave in, claiming that by doing so he had achieved peace "in our time". Bowing to German pressure, France and Britain agreed to the annexation of this part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler as part of the infamous Munich Agreement. Slovakia feigned independence but became a satellite of Germany. This was one more the events that led up to World War II and one more act of cowardice on the part of the western democracies that emboldened Hitler to follow his bloody path.
1938: As a result of today’s Munich Agreement 18 year old Max Mannheimer and his family were now under Nazi jurisdiction which lead to his father being imprisoned after Kristallnacht.
1938: As of today, in Germany the medical licenses of all Jewish doctors have been expired by order of the Nazi government.
1938: As the Detroit Tigers play their last home game of the season, Hank Greenberg fails to hit a home run and his hopes for breaking Ruth’s record of sixty for the season begin to fade.
1938, Eleanor Rathbone denounced the just-published Munich Accords. She pressured the parliament to aid the Czechs and grant entry for dissident Germans, Austrians and Jews. In late 1938 she set up the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees to take up individual cases from Spain, Czechoslovakia and Germany. During World War II she regularly chastised Osbert Peake, undersecretary at the Home Office, and in 1942 pressured the government to publicize the evidence of Holocaust.
1939(17th of Tishrei, 5700): Shabbat Sukkoth Chol Hamoed.
1939: “Loyalty Day was observed by Temples and Synagogues throughout” New York City today.
1939: During his sermon, Rabbi Israel Goldstein of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun said, “The death of Professor Sigmund Freud removes from the scene an explorer into the field of human nature whose findings have revolutionized the science of psychology and medicine. His death in exiles is another poignant reminder of the exile of German civilization from its native soil.”
1939: During his sermon, Rabbi Louis I Newman of Congregation Rodeph Shalom said “Sigmund Freud was a complex contradictory exemplar of the Jewish genius, and his influence deserves criticism as well as praise.”
1939: “A new Yiddish company directed by Jacob Ben-Ami opened its season tonight at the National Theatre on Houston Street with ‘Chaver Nachma,’ dramatized by I.J. from his own novel East of Eden.”
1939: Tonight “the Yiddish Folk Players presented as their first production at the Second Avenue Theatre Nuchim Stutchkoff’s ‘In a Jewish Grocery.’”
1940: “Messages by Mayor La Guardia, Louis J. Moss, president of the United Synagogue of America and Dr. Emil W. Leipziger of New Orelans, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis were among those made public today in connection with the beginning tomorrow at sundown of Rosh Hashanah, 5701.
1940: Days before Rosh Hashanah, in New York today in the wholesale meat markets, kosher “veal fore saddle averages were steady” today “while kosher “calf fore saddles were steady to slightly lower” and today’s “averages for kosher lamb fore saddles “were uneven.”
1941(9th of Tishrei, 5702): Erev Yom Kippur
1941: The Nazis completed the deportation of 2,000 Jews from “Łódź and to the Chełmno extermination camp.”
1941: The two day massacre of the Jews of Kiev at Babi Yar came to an end. “The killing rate, almost 35,000 in two days, was unequaled even by the death factories of Treblinka and Auschwitz.” The intent was to wipe out the entire Jewish community in Kiev in what has been described as “the largest single massacre” during the Holocaust. The victims were as varied as little Velvele Valentin Pinkert and 70 year old Yakov-Pinhas Zindelivich, who was dragged out of his apartment by one of his Ukrainian neighbors and turned over to Nazis. According to Sir Martin Gilbert, the old man, wrapped in his prayer shawl was driven to BabiYar, ‘praying all the way’. After the slaughter, the Nazis and their collaborators collapsed the walls of the ravine, turning it into a mass grave. The Jews who had not died from gunfire were buried alive.[There is no way that this brief entry can do justice to evil of the crime]
1941: Opening of the Battle of Moscow. This clash of the Nazi and Red armies would last for five months. If the Nazis had been successful, and in the opening stages it looked as if they would the Soviet capital, it might well have meant the end of meaningful Soviet resistance in Europe. As the two armies slammed against each other through the Russian Winter, the fate of European Jewry hung in the balance. Even if the Soviets had remained in the war, the total victims of the Holocaust would have been closer to nine or twelve million and not the six million who actually perished.
1942(19th of Tishrei, 5703): Chol Hamo’ed Sukkoth
1942(19th of Tishrei, 5703): Twenty-six year old Jacques Van Praag, the Amsterdam born son of Levie Van Praag and Sabiena Cohen was murdered today at Birkenau.
1942: SS exterminates 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz Poland in 6 week period
1942: In Toronto, Mayer Kirshenblatt, a refugee from Poland who “ran a paint and wallpaper store” and his wife gave birth to Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, “a scholar of Performance and Jewish Studies” and co-author of They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust.
1942: New construction at the Treblinka death camp greatly increases its gas-chamber capacity.
1942: Polish Jews trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto begin the construction of bunkers for a military defense. By January of 1943, they will have constructed more than 600 fortified bunkers.
1943(1st of Tishrei, 5704): Rosh Hashanah
1943(1st of Tishrei, 5704): Seventy-nine year old Franz Oppenheimer, the German sociologist and political economist, who also studied in the area of the fundamental sociology of the state passes away in Los Angeles today. From 1934 to 1935, Oppenheimer taught in Palestine. In 1936 he was appointed an honorary member of the American Sociological Association. From 1938 onwards, he taught at the University of Kobe in Japan. After he emigrated to the United States in 1942, he became a founding member of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
1943: The Krupp arms factory at Mariupol, Ukraine, is dismantled and relocated west to Fünfteichen, Silesia, Poland, where it is staffed by Jewish slave laborers.
1943: Between now and April of 1944, Jewish slave laborers exhume at least 68,000 corpses of murdered Jews and Soviet POWs at the Ponary, Lithuania, killing ground, near Vilna.
1944: Jewish deportations from Slovakia resume. Between now and March 31, 13,500 were deported and another 5,000 were imprisoned locally.
1944: Johanna Elisabeth Hermine Berta Zenk, the wife of anti-Nazi and Red Orchestra member Bernhard Bästlein found out today that her husband had been executed on September 18.
1944(13th of Tishrei, 5705): Seventy-six year old Rabbi Michael Adler passed away today.
1944: After a German army patrol had searched the cellar warehouse used by the Ehrenfeld Group and failed to capture Hans Steinbrück, a genuine leader in the anti-Nazi resistance, the police searched the building and arrested two Jewish women who were hiding there.
1944(13th of Tishrei, 5705): Fifty-one year old Eich Germany native and attorney Berthold Guttman, the leader of the Jewish community, the husband of Clair Guthmann ,who reached the rank of Lieutenant and was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class for bravery while serving as an observer and gunner with the Imperial German Air Force during WW I which did not keep the Nazis from murdering him at Auschwitz-Birkenau today.
1945(23rd of Tishrei, 5706): Simchat Torah
1945: Hank Greenberg's final day home run won the pennant for the Tigers.
1946: Twenty-two top Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg.
1946: Twenty-five days after the premiere of “A Flag is Born” “the American League for a Free Palestine held a testimonial in honor of actor Paul Muni during which former Iowa Senator Guy M. Gillette, President of the of the American League for a Free Palestine, refereed to Muni’s character of Tevya as a ‘Hebrew Abraham Lincoln.’”
1947(16th of Tishrei, 5708): Second Day of Sukkoth
1947: The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time. Both teams had large followings among the Jewish population. How did those who were not supposed to use electricity cope with the temptation on the second day of yontiff? How many Reform Jews decided to stay home and observe a second of Sukkoth? So far, these questions remain unanswered which means there is at least one topic left for a doctorial thesis in Jewish studies.
1947: Several Arab leaders included Mohammad Nima Hawari, a lawyer who founded the firs and largest of the paramilitary Arab youth organizations in Palestine, expressed their opposition to the UNSCOP plan and the creation of a Jewish state. They said that any such move would result in a violent reaction on the part of the Arabs in Palestine. They said that any attempt to create a Jewish state would be met a Pan-Arab Army led by a modern day Saladin who lead them to victory as had happened in the days of the Crusaders.
1948: During the siege of Jerusalem, amidst reports that spies were providing information to the Jordanians, George Hawkins, one of those so accused was released from custody.
1949: Two days after he had passed away, funeral services were held for Israel Sachs, the husband of Fannie Sachs, the Vice President of the Ladies League of Beth Israel Hospital with whom he had four children – “Jeannette, Nathan, William and Abraham.”
1950: “The Breaking Point” directed by Michael Curtiz, produced by Jerry Wald, with music by Max Steiner and co-starring John Garfield was released in the United States today by Warner Bros.
1951(29th of Elul, 5711): Erev Rosh Hashanah
1951(29th of Elul, 5711): As day gives way to night, and Jews begin to usher in 5712, President Chaim Weizmann and Prime Minister David Ben Gurion each issued New Year’s messages expressing their hopes for peace for the world in general and for the Jewish people and Israel in particular. Both also cited the burden Israel faced as it moved to accept an ever growing tide of immigrants. Ben Gurion clearly stated the challenge when he said, “Great and hard are the problems of integration…we shall support this burden fully aware that it is for our generation to discharge this primary task.” He expressed the hope that “the Jewish people throughout the world will devotedly join in this historic enterprise.”
1952: A commercially viable demonstration of Cinerama entitle “This Is Cinerama” co-produced by Mike Todd opened on Broadway today.
1952: The Jerusalem Post reported from Moscow that Minister Samuel Eliashiv handed a note to the Soviet Government on the possibility of obtaining reparations from East Germany.
1952: The Jerusalem Post reported that a guard, Shimon Badini, was killed and a farmer badly wounded by infiltrators from Jordan who stole from Jewish villages in the Jerusalem Corridor, during the Yom Kippur fast.
1953(21st of Tishrei, 5714): Hoshana Raba
1953(21st of Tishrei, 5714): Leo Arkin, the native of Grodno, who was a “landsman of Aaron Samuel Lieberman, the father of Jewish socialism,” passed away today in Brooklyn.
1953: “Donovans Brain” the film version of Curt Siodmak’s novel of the same name was released today United Artists today in the United States.
1954: “Woman’s World” a comedy that provides a classic look at corporate management co-starring Lauren Bacall, a cousin of Shimon Peres was released in the United States by 20th Century Fox.
1954: The U.S.S. Nautilus, an atomic submarine, was launched by the United States Navy. The Nautilus was the first atomic powered vessel launched by the United States. It was also the progenitor of what would become America's major "ace-in-the-hole" during the Cold War - the fleet of atomic powered submarines armed with ballistic missiles. Admiral Hyman Rickover was the father and driving force behind the sub fleet.
1955: In the World Series, the Brooklyn Dodgers whose team included Sandy Koufax won game three.
1955(14th of Tishrei, 5716): Erev Sukkoth
1955(14th of Tishrei, 5716): Brooklyn born, NYU trained chemist and “All-American basketball star” Colonel Samuel N. Cummings the veteran of two world wars who “in civilian life was president of the Pylam Products Company,” a supporter of the Brooklyn Hebrew Home and Hospital for the Aged and the Union Temple of Brooklyn and the husband of Molly Cummings with whom he had two daughters – Joan and Roberta – passed away today.
1956: French and Israeli officials met in Paris where the French seek to induce the Israelis in being part of the Anglo-French plans to take control of the Suez Canal away from Egypt’s Nasser.
1957: In Kew Gardens, Queens, Morty Drescher, a naval systems analyst and his wife Sylvia, a bridal consultant gave birth to multi-talented Francine “Fran” Drescher known to many as “Fran Fine” in the sitcom “The Nanny.”
1960(9th of Tishrei, 5721): Erev Yom Kippur
1960(9th of Tishrei, 5721): Seventy-five year old retired financier and a founder of the Columbia Broadcasting System Jay Paley, the uncle of C.B.S. Chairman William S. Paley, the father of Mrs. Jacqueline Greberm, and the brother of Brother of Benjamin Paley and Mrs. Sophie Brocktor, passed away today at his home in Bel Air.
1961(20th of Tishrei, 5722): Shabbat Shel Sukkoth
1962(2nd of Tishrei, 5723): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1962: Two terrorists attacked an Egged bus traveling to Eilat.
1963(12th of Tishrei, 5724): Sixty-seven-year-old Etta Levin Greenberg, the Springfield, MA born daughter of Eli and Bessie Aronson Levin and the husband of Louis Greenberg passed away today after which she was buried at B’nai Jacob Cemetery in West Springfield, MA
1964(24th of Tishrei, 5725): Eighty-five year old Rabbi Jacob Sonderling and Zionist leader passed away today.
1965: Martin Jay Gruber, the Professor Emeritus of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business and Ellen Gruber gave birth to Harvard trained PhD economist Jonathan Gruber who has been on the faculty of MIT, his undergrad alma mater since 1992 and is the father of Rachel, Jack and Ava Gruber.
1965: Columbia trained physicist Harold Brown completed his service as the 2nd Director of Defense Research and Engineering
1969: In Chicago “radio personality John Records Landecker, the son of German Jewish refugee Werner Landecker” and his wife gave birth to “actress Amy Lauren Landecker.”
1971(11th of Tishrei, 5732): Sixty-four year old Meyer Applebaum, the St. Paul, MN born son of Oscar and Bertha Applebaum, the husband of Eva Applebaum and the father of Howard Applebaum who passed away in 2008 passed away today in St. Paul
1972(22nd of Tishrei, 5733): Shemini Atzeret
1972(22nd of Tishrei, 5733): Samuel Norton “Sam” Gerson who won the Silver Medal for freestyle wrestling as a member of the United States 1920 Summer Olympic Team and who was one of the founders of the Philadelphia Maccabi Sports Club passed away today in Philadelphia.
1972(22nd of Tishrei, 5733): Sixty-eight director and set designer Edgar Georg Ulmer who produced People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) a silent film with a script by Billy Wilder passed away today.
1973: A second group of Egyptian reservists were called to duty, ostensibly to take part in a training exercise; in reality they were part of the force that would attack on Yom Kippur.
1974: “Analytical note of the Propaganda Division of the Central Committee of the CPSU consultant L. Onnikov "On the exit of part of the Jewish population from the USSR."
1974: “Cinderella Liberty” directed and produced by Mark Rydell and starring James Caan and Elia Wallach was released in Germany today.
1975: “Two Jewish cemeteries in Kiev were reported to have been desecrated by vandals.”
1976(6th of Tishrei, 5737): Real estate developer William Zeckendorf, Sr. the owner of Webb and Knapp passed away today.
1977: Charles Miller Metzner the former “counsel to the General Jewish Council who had serving on the United States District for the Southern District of New York since 1959 “assumed senior status” today
1979(9th of Tishrei, 5740): Erev Yom Kippur
1979: “One Day At A Time” starring Bonnie Franklin opens for its 5th season.
1981(2nd of Tishrei, 5742): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
1982: Yitzhak Berman completes his terms as Minister of Energy and Water Resources. He resigned “due to the government's attitude towards the Kahan Commission, which was investigating the Sabra and Shatila massacre.”
1982: Premiere of “Cheers” the sitcom co-starring Rhea Perlman and Bebe Neuwirth co-created by James Burrows.
1982: “Taxi’ the sitcom created by James Brooks, Stan Daniels and Ed Weinberger and starring Judd Hirsch began its fifth season on ABC.
1983(23rd of Tishrei, 5744): Simchat Torah
1985(15th of Tishrei, 5746): Sukkoth
1986(26th of Elul, 5746): Fifty-eight year old award winning author Arthur A. Cohen passed away today. (As reported by Edwin McDowell)
1986: Mordechai Vanunu, a nuclear technician, disappeared before his revelations about Israel’s atomic program at Dimona were published in the Sunday Times of London.
1988 (19th of Tishrei, 5749): Rabbi Joachim Prinz passed away. Born in Germany, Prinz was a rabbi in Berlin from 1926 through 1937. He was an early opponent of the Nazis and urged the Jews to leave the country. He left in 1937 for the United States where he became a leader of the Reform Movement and a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was a speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. He was 86 at the time of his death.
1989(1st of Tishrei, 5750): Rosh Hashanah, 5750
1989: Lieutenant General Sidney T. Weinstein, one of the highest ranking Jewish soldiers at that time, completed his three years “as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters, Department of the Army.
1991(22nd of Tishrei, 5752): Shemini Atzeret
1991(22nd of Tishrei, 5752): Heavy-weight boxer King Levinsky passed away. Levinksky, who was born in Chicago in 1910, was known by his given name – Harris Krakow – and another nickname – “Kingfish” Levinksy. Although he never fought for the heavyweight championship, he fought a number of noted heavyweights including his co-religionist, Max Baer, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Primo Carnera. He was marred to Roxana Sand, a fan dance whose birth name was Golda Glickman
1993(15th of Tishrei, 5754): Sukkoth
1993(15th of Tishrei, 5754): Seventy-seven year old Irwin Witty, who led NYU to “the first-ever national postseason Basketball tournament, the NIT, where they advanced to the Final Four before losing to Colorado by one point before losing to ultimate tournament victor Oklahoma A&M, passed away today.
1993: Premiere of season three of “The Simpsons” the cartoon sitcom developed by James Brooks and Sam Simon.
1994(25th of Tishrei, 5755): French microbiologist Andre Micael Lwoff who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1965 passed away.
1994: In a letter Ruth Gruber wrote today to historian Martin Gilbert, she described how her in May of 1945, her brother Dr. Irving Gruber, “a captain with the Ninth Infantry…took over a small hospital in Bad Lippsringe” which he enlarged to two hundred beds so that he could care for “Russian slave laborers rescued from the nearby salt mines.
1994: After premiering at the New York Festival, “Ed Wood” starring Martin Landau and Sarah Jessica Parker and with music by Howard Shore was released throughout the United States.
1997: Emmy award winning actress Rena Sofer returned as a guest star on the long running soap opera “General Hospital.”
1997: In “Iran: Life of Jews Living in Iran,” published today, Barbara Demick reported that "Tehran has 11 functioning synagogues, many of them with Hebrew schools. It has two kosher restaurants, and a Jewish hospital, an old-age home and a cemetery."
1997: The Roman Catholic Church in France issues a public apology for remaining silent during the persecution and deportation of Jews conducted by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime during World War II. Around 76,000 Jews were taken from France to Germany, and most died in Nazi concentration camps.
1998(10th of Tishrei, 5759): Yom Kippur
1998: On Yom Kippur, Salem Rajab al-Sarsour, 29 year old Palestinian terrorist made a grenade attack on an army post in Hebron, wounding 14 Israeli soldiers and 8 Palestinian passers-by.
1998: CBS broadcast the first episode of season eight of “The Nanny” the sitcom created by Peter Marc Jacobson and Fran Drescher who also starred in the program.
1998: ABC broadcast the first episode of “The Secret Live of Men” a sitcom directed by James Burrows.
1999: In Toronto, Paul Stanley (Stanley Bert Eisen) began playing the title role in a production of The Phantom of the Opera for a second time.
2000(1st of Tishrei, 5761): Rosh Hashanah
2000(1st of Tishrei, 5761): Ninety-year-old Chicago native and George Washington University graduate Samuel Mayer Dodek, the Jefferson Medical College and Case Western University Reserve trained obstetrician and gynecologist and husband of Miriam Dodek with whom he had two daughters – Samayla and Mariamne – passed away today.
2000: Arab leaders today on their community to begin a general strike to protest the killing of five Palestinian protestors by Israeli police yesterday on what was the first day of a wave of Arab terror kown as the Al Aqsa Intifada.
2000: “A History of Britain, a BBC documentary series written and presented by Simon Schama, was first transmitted in the United Kingdom” today
2001: The New York Times reviewed books by Jewish authors and/or about topics of Jewish interest including War In A Time Of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals by David Halberstam, Family Business::Selected Letters Between a Father and Son by Allen Ginsberg and Louis Ginsberg and Long Time No See by Susan Isaacs.
2002:Today, “President George W. Bush signed the “Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Section 214 of which was entitled "United States Policy with Respect to Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel," and included various statutes regarding the status of Jerusalem, including invoking the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.”
2003: A closely watched legal dispute over the ownership of works of art once looted by the Nazis reached the Supreme Court as the justices accepted an appeal by Austria and one of its state art museums on whether American courts have jurisdiction to resolve such cases. An 87-year-old California woman, the niece and heir of a prominent art collector, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who fled Vienna in 1938 and died shortly after the end of World War II, has spent decades trying to get back the remains of the collection he left behind. At issue are six paintings by Gustav Klimt, including two portraits of Mr. Bloch-Bauer's wife, Adele.
2004(15th of Tishrei, 5765): Sukkoth
2004: Ross Mark Kagan a former director of independent motion pictures and the son of “a close knit Jewish family” from Highland Park, Illinois, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies connected with a counterfeit jewelry ring.
2005: Under oath, Judith Miller was questioned by the special prosecutor before a federal grand jury but was not relieved of contempt charges
2005: Haaretz reported that “the Vatican library has loaned the Israel Museum four illuminated Jewish manuscripts from the 13th and 15th centuries, which will be on exhibit to the public for the next four months.
2005: USA Today listed the Brenham kehilla as one of "10 great places to share history of the Jewish faith."
2005: The Washington Post reported that Leo Sternbach, the inventor of a revolutionary new class of tranquilizers that included Valium, one of the first blockbuster "lifestyle" drugs, has died at his home in North Carolina. He was 97. Named one of the 25 most influential Americans of the 20th century by U.S. News & World Report, Sternbach's credits include 241 patents, 122 publications, honorary degrees and other awards.
2006(8th of Tishrei, 5767): The Sabbath of the Return – Shabbat Shuvah.
2006: Philadelphia University dedicated The Kanbar Campus Center named in honor of alumnus and philanthropist Maurice Kanbar “a well-known and successful inventor, entrepreneur, author and Hollywood producer.”
2006: The shiva ended this evening for Mortimer Ostow, “the director and scientific leader of the Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund” who had passed away at the age of 88, predeceased by his wife Miriam and described as a “dedicated physician, distinguished scholar and teacher and committed Jew.”
2007: As part of Chol Hamoed Sukkoth, Temple Judah sponsors a Sukkah Hop.
2007: An exhibition celebrating 100th anniversary of the birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo comes to an end in Cayoacan.
2007: The Sunday Washington Post book section featured reviews of the following books about Jewish topics or by Jewish authors: Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm which asks the question, “How did two elderly Jewish writers living in occupied France survive the Nazis?” and Exit Ghost by Phillip Roth, featuring Roth’s alter ego, the 71 old Nathan Zuckerman
2007: The Sunday New York Times book section featured reviews of the following books about Jewish topics or by Jewish authors: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naimoi Klein in which the Jewish reporter “tracks 50 years of global capitalism, spotting ruthless opportunism at every turn.” The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? In which author Francisco Goldman whose father is Jewish and mother is from Guatemala “investigates the real life killing of a Roman Catholic bishop.” Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda, part of the famous Hungarian born, British film making family. Stanley The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Jim Teal that includes the story of the “rescue of Emin Pasha a.k.a. Eduard Schnitzer, the Silesian born German Jew whose roguish life reads more like a novel than anything else.
2007: Israeli chess player Boris Gelfand tied former chess world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia for second place with a masterful display of cunning in the world chess championship in Mexico. Indian national Vishwanathan Anand emerged the victor of the grueling competition.
2007: New York Met Shawn Green plays his last game.
2007: In the wake of the Israeli airstrike “on a nuclear reactor in Syria” to which nobody would admit had happened “Syrian Vice-President Faruq Al Shara announced that the Israeli target was the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands, but the center itself immediately denied this.”
2007: Dominique Strauss-Kahn was formally named as the new head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
2007: Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler reached her first final on the WTA Tourbat the Guangzhou International Women's Open where she did not prove victorious.
2008(1st of Tishrei, 5769): First Day Rosh Hashanah, Sephardic Jews living in northern Brazil's Amazon region have additional reason to celebrate the New Year because of the publication of the first Rosh Hashanah Machzor (New Year prayer-book) which incorporates their unique liturgy and customs.
2009: The Center for Jewish History presents Nostalgia by Headless Horse Dance, a dance performance choreographed by Robin Rapoport.
2009: In Cedar Rapids, Hadassah book club discusses Sotah by Naomi Ragan.
2009: Final day for making submissions to The D.C. Jewish Community Center’s annual writing contest being held in conjunction with the upcoming Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, being held in October.
2009: Stuart E. Weisberg discusses and signs his new biography, Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman, at Lambda Rising Bookstore, in Washington, D.C.
2010(22nd of Tishrei, 5771): Shemini Atzeret
2010: “The Obama administration is trying to cajole the Israeli government into a 60-day renewal of the freeze on Jewish settlement building by offering it security guarantees, ranging from military hardware to support for a long-term Israeli presence in the strategically sensitive Jordan Valley, according to lawmakers and other officials briefed on the proposals.
2011: On the secular calendar, today marks the 70th anniversary of the second and final day of the two day slaughter at Babi Yar which ended on September 30., 1941.
2011: A production Wendy Wasserstein’s “Heidi Chronicles” “premiered in Italy, at Rome's Teatro dell'Arciliuto near Piazza Navona, to wide acclaim.”
2011: A 49-year-old resident of the UK was detained and tried in court after making a Nazi salute and singing the words Auschwitz and Birkenau to a Jewish teenager at a hospital in Wrexham, the Daily Telegraph reported today
2011(2nd of Tishrei, 5772): Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
שנה טובה, כתיבה וחתימה טובה.
2012: The New York Times features books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin the recently released paperback edition of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
2012(14th of Tishrei, 5773): Erev of Sukkoth
2012(14th of Tishrei, 5773): Ninety-five year old Barry Commoner, a leading ecologist and environmentalist passed away today. (As reported by Daniel Lewis)
2012(14th of Tishrei, 5773): Italy lost a national hero to when 88 year old Shlomo Venezia, “a Holocaust survivor who since the 1980s had been speaking and writing tirelessly about his nightmarish experiences, having been forced to serve in an Auschwitz Sonderkommando” passed away today. (As reported by Lisa Palmieri-Billig)
2012: The Los Angeles Times features books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver.
2012: In cooperation with the Russian Jewish Community, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is scheduled to commemorate the seventy-first anniversary of the 2 day Massacre at Bai Yar which ended today with 34,000 Jewish men, women and children having been killed in a ravine near Kiev by German killing squads.
2012: In the best tradition of fulfilling the Jewish mission of social justice The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is scheduled to sponsor a performance of “Fly” at Ford’s Theatre to show its support for the Lincoln Legacy Project.
2012: Revelation: The Fourth Annual Stern College Senior Art Show is scheduled to come to an end
2012: Iran's economy is edging towards collapse due to international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio today.
2012: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not intend to indicate the date of the next general election when he said in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Thursday that the world's red line for preventing Iran's nuclearization must be next spring, sources close to Netanyahu said today.
2012: In the Game, an exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum, that explores sports and Oregon's Jewish community is scheduled to come to a close. (As reported by “Harriet Rochlin & Jewish History http://www.rochlin-roots-west.com/whats-new-june-2012
2013: The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center of San Diego (CA) is scheduled to host its annual charity golf tournament.
2013: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly
2013: Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture” is scheduled to open at the Center for Jewish History in NYC
2013: UKJF-JW3 are scheduled to present a free screening of “Noodle” a film about a 37 year old twice widowed El Al flight attendant.
2013: US President Barack Obama assured Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today that the US remains committed to preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, is keeping the military option on the table, and will not reduce sanctions unless or until it is clear that Iran is taking verifiable actions to match its purported willingness for progress. (As reported by Raphael Ahren)
2013: The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial announced that it has recognized Egyptian Dr. Mohamed Helmy as Righteous Among the Nations, a title reserved for gentiles who risked themselves to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. (As reported by Sam Sokol)
2014: TCM is scheduled to show “The Young Lions,” “The Way We Were” and “Hearts of the West” as part of its series “The Jewish Experience on Film.”
2014: “Punter Adam Podlesh was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers today.”
2014: “Sara Levy's World: Music, Gender, and Judaism in Enlightenment” is scheduled to come to an end at Rutgers University.
2014: “George Prochnik, author of a brilliant new study of Stefan Zweig” is scheduled to present “Stefan Zweig: The Impossible Exile” at the Center for Jewish History.
2014: “Masked Palestinian youth threw stones and fired fireworks at a complex housing a preschool this afternoon in the Mount of Olives neighborhood in a continuation of increasing incidents of violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in particular.” (As reported by Noam 'Dabu' Dvir)
2014: “Two lions and a pregnant lioness were transferred today from the Bisan City Zoo in the “northern Gaza Strip to a zoo in Jordan via Israel.” (As reported by Roi Kais)
2014: Six months into a one year deal punter Adam Podesh was released today by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
2014: Knopf is scheduled to release “Martin Amis’s latest novel, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in a concentration camp during the Second World War.”
2014: Natan Zach, “an acclaimed Israeli poet took out an ad in Haaretz today asserting that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had spoken the “truth” in his UN speech, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had told “tall tales” in his. (As reported by Spencer Ho)
2014(6th of Tishrei, 5775): Eighty-seven year old Nobel Laureate Martin Perl passed away today.
2015: In Ma’ayan Harod National Park, the Gilboa Balloon Festival is scheduled to come to an end today.
2015: The Priestly Blessing ("Bircat Cohanim") is scheduled to take place at the Kotel
2015: The Leo Baeck Institute is scheduled to host historian Christoph Kreutzmeuller speaking on “Final Sale in Berlin: The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity, 1930-1945.”
2015: “Suzanne Last Stone (University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University) is scheduled to have a conversation with Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in which they discuss the role of shmita, the sabbatical year, in contemporary Israeli society, the prospect of economic reform and debt relief, Israeli constitutional law, and the model that shmita offers for Israeli and international social justice” at the Center for Jewish History.
2016(27th of Elul, 5776): Ninety-four year old professional photographer George Barris passed away today. (As reported by Anita Gates)
2016(27th of Elul, 5776): Seventy-three year old medical researcher Dr. Allen Roses suffered a fatal heart attack today at Kennedy International Airport. (As reported by Sam Roberts)
2016: After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival,“Denial,” a film “based on History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier was released today in the United States.
2016: A large number of foreign dignitaries including President Obama and Prince Charles attended the state funeral for Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. “From across the ocean and across the Green Line, they came today to the mountaintop sanctuary of Mount Herzl to bid farewell to Shimon Peres, marking what one called the “end of the era of giants.”
2016: Today at the burial of President Shimon Peres, when his daughter, Professor Tzvia Walden, a leader in the Israeli Reform movement, came to the last line of the mourners Kaddish she closed with that movements modernized last line that reads “May the one who makes peace in the heavens bring peace to us and the Jewish People and upon all mankind.”
2016: “Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles of Wales, quietly visited his grandmother’s grave at a Jerusalem convent today following his attendance at the funeral of former president Shimon Peres. Charles stopped at the Mount of Olives’ Church of Mary Magdalene before heading back to the UK, where his paternal grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg, who saved a Jewish family during the Holocaust, was interred in the late 1980s.
2016: Today “, it was announced that the Midtown Manhattan branch of the deli would close by the end of the year. The owner, Marian Harper Levine, stated that she needed a more permanent break from operating the restaurant, saying, "At this stage of my life, the early morning to late night days have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business in Manhattan." Two branches in Las Vegas, Nevada and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania remained open, as well as the wholesale distribution service.
2017: Publication of “Hava Nagilah: The Story behind the Quintessential Jewish Song” by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller.
2017: In Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement are scheduled to march today, but not within 200 yards of the city’s main synagogue as they had originally planned.
2017(10th of Tishrei, 5778): Yom Kippur– for more see http://downhomedavartorah.blogspot.com/
G'mar Chatimah Tovah
2017: Russ & Daughters is scheduled to provide a Kosher Break the Fast at the Jewish Museum.
2017: “Paramedics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service treated over 1,500 Israelis during the day today.
2017: Tonight, “Sheikh Hassan Nasralah,” “the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group…accused Israel and the United States of orchestrating a…referendum on support for Iraq’s Kurdistan.”
2018: As part of the Bearing Witness program, the Breman Museum is scheduled to host lecture by “Holocaust survivor Murray Lynn who was only 14 years old when he, his mother and three brothers were sent by cattle train to Auschwitz-Birkenau” where “his mother and brothers were murdered upon their arrival.”
2018: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including the recently released paperback editions of Grant by Ron Chernow and The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis.
2018: As part of the “Home: Lens on Israel” series, the Temple Emanuel Streicker Center is scheduled to open the photographic exhibition “The Disabled Receiving Cutting-edge Care in Haifa”
2018: Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the ceremony marking the commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre co-sponsored by The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
2018: Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is scheduled to make his first start for the NFL Arizona Cardinals.
2018(21th of Tishrei, 5779): Hosha’na Rabbah;
2018: Today, “The Zionist Federation of the UK and Ireland joined forces with Mizrachi UK to hold a vigil in Hendon, remembering the victims of Palestinian terror in Israel.”
2019: At the end of this month, Donald Newhouse, the New York City born son of Mitzi Epstein and Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr. was ranked # 114 on Forbes’ list of Billionaires with a “real time net worth of $12.4B.”
2019: “The commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said today that destroying Israel was now an “achievable goal.”
2019: After being on display for four month at the Bremen Museum, a “13-panel exhibition created by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation examines the lives and experiences of young Jehovah’s Witnesses who suffered due to their refusal to accept Nazi ideology” is scheduled to come to a close today.
2019: This evening the Oshman Family JCC is scheduled to host “Rosh Hashanah in the Park” with a special emphasis on making it a celebration for both children and adults.
2019: This evening, “the Auqarian Minyan, Reboot and Yeashore” are scheduled to host a “Bonfire of Reflection,” which include sharing stories, singing and meditating around the fire.
2020: As Israelis begin the day, they face continued lockdown due to the pandemic which is fueled by yesterday’s reports that for the first time, Israel’s daily coronavirus deaths per capita have surpassed those of the United States and that “Israel has passed the threshold of 800 serious coronavirus patients — the point that has in the past been cited as a red line beyond which the healthcare system won’t be able to adequately treat everyone.”
2020: The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston is scheduled to present, online, celebration of Jeremy Burton’s decade as the executive director of the JCRC.
2021: Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder of Congregation Beth Emek is scheduled to teach the first session of “People of the Book,” an “eight-part series on holy Jewish texts, commentaries, legal codes and more, and how they have shaped Judaism and Jewish history.”
2021: John T. Earnest who pleaded guilty to murder “and other charges in connection with a deadly shooting at Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover is scheduled to be sentenced today which means he will “serve the rest of his life in prison without possibility of parole…”
2021: The Museum at Eldridge Street is scheduled to host a screening and discussion of the film “The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans.”
2021: The Illinois Holocaust Museum is scheduled to “open a new, multi-gallery augmentation of our core exhibition highlighting the breadth and scope of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.”
2021: The American Jewish Historical Society is scheduled to present “author and journalist Julie” interviewing Gemma Birnbaum, “the new Executive Director of AJHS.”
2021: Ninety-six year-old Irmgard Furchner who as teenager worked in the camp director’s office at Stutthof in occupied Poland is scheduled to be charged today in a German court “with the complicity of the murders of 10,000 people…”