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Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

The Yad Ezta staff at Yad Ezra with a shopping cart full of groceries.

Bringing a Light to Poland

Yad Ezra works with Chief Rabbi of Poland to help establish a kosher food pantry in Warsaw. Stacy Gittleman Contributing Writer Yad Ezra Executive Director Leah Luger believes in no coincidences. All personal connections happen for a reason. It is this serendipity of relationships and connections — particularly her working relationship and friendship with local…

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Matityahu Shmulevitz (left, with beard) and fellow Lehi leader David Yellin stand outside the Acre prison after their pardon in February 1949.

Matityahu Shmulevitz Passes Away

December 3, 1995 From the Center for Israel Education Matti Shmulevitz, a member of the underground Lehi and an advisor to Menachem Begin, passes away at the age of 75 one day after collapsing during a chess game in Tel Aviv. He was born in Lodz, Poland and made aliyah when he was 17, with…

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Temple Israel women’s mission participants at the gates of Auschwitz.

On Redemption

Temple Israel women’s mission to Eastern Europe spurs reflections, connection. Rabbis Jen Kaluzny and Jen Lader Special to the Jewish News Several weeks ago, we stood at the waters of Birkenau and said Kaddish next to a pond where the ashes of a half-million of our people were cast away. Then we found redemption in…

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Hovevei Zion delegates attend their first conference Nov. 6, 1884, in Katowice. All of them sit in rows for the picture.

First Gathering of the Hovevei Zion Takes Place

November 6, 1884 Delegates convened in Katowice — presently southern Poland — for the first ever gathering of the Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion) movement. Beginning in Russia and Romania, Hovevei Zion spread rapidly and gained adherents who would eventually form the nucleus of the modern Zionist movement. Important early members included Chaim Weizmann, Ahad…

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Oak Park native Max Kresch, a former Lone Soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, shared his experience serving as a combat medic of the Special Forces unit, Egoz.

Friends of Israel

Zach Wallens Special to the Jewish News Locals learn about FIDF missions. Mira and Leo Eisenberg recently hosted at their West Bloomfield home a gathering of special guests and members of the Detroit Jewish community to learn about Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) missions to Israel and Poland, and its educational and well-being…

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The Poalei Zion group “Ezra” of which Ben Gurion was a founder taken in Plonsk in 1906. David Ben-Gurion is in the front row, second from left.

David Ben-Gurion Arrives In Jaffa

Center for Israel Education September 7, 1907 David Gruen, who in 1910 would change his name to David Ben-Gurion, and his then girlfriend Rachel Nelkin arrive in Jaffa with a group of other young adults from Plonsk, Poland, making aliyah to the Land of Israel. Upon arriving in Jaffa, the new immigrants were carried off…

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The Jewish News Rosh Hashanah shofar issue from 1944.

Looking Back At Rosh Hashanah

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archives of Jewish Detroit History With Rosh Hashanah just days away, I thought I would do a bit of research into the Davidson Digital Archives to see how the holiday was covered over the years by the JN and the Jewish Chronicle. The answer is that there was a…

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The ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto. Photo Credit: Shavei Israel

74th Anniversary Of Liquidation Of Lodz Ghetto Commemorated In Poland

The Polish city of Lodz, its local Jewish community and the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization today held a ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto. The events began with a prayer at the city’s Jewish cemetery, followed by a memorial march culminating at Radegast Station, where the official ceremonies took…

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Holocaust Shoah history Mordechai Anielewicz, Warsaw Ghetto uprising Adolf Eichmann trial

Eichmann Trial Instilled Faith In Survivors

By Rich Walter Center for Israel Education On April 23, 1943, Mordechai Anielewicz, the commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, penned his final letter. He, along with other ghetto fighters, fell to Nazi forces May 8. Anielewicz addressed the letter to Yitzhak Zuckerman, a clandestine operative on the Polish side of the ghetto. The letter…

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George Zeitler, grandson of Anna Zeitler, holds the certificate naming her a Righteous Among the Nations for saving two Jewish brothers during the Holocaust. From left to right: Abe Slaim, his cousin Bella Szlamkowicz Weberman, whose father was also hidden in the barn, Petra Zeitler, George Zeitler, John Slaim and his cousin Issac Szlamkowicz.

Honor Heroism

Local family goes to Poland For Yad Vashem presentation. This summer, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem, conducted a special ceremony in Munich to posthumously honor the life of a German woman who hid two Jewish brothers in her barn as a Righteous Among the Nations. Four fateful weeks in 1945 forever linked…

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