Category : From the Desk of the National Director

70 Years Since the Death of Hannah Senesh

Today, Friday, November 7th marks 70 years since the execution of the poet Hannah Senesh by the Nazis during WWII.

Senesh, a member of the British Army, was one of 37 Jews from Palestine to parachute into Yugoslavia during WWII to assist in the rescue of Hungarian Jews. Senesh was captured at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured and ultimately executed on Nov. 7, 1944. During her time as a captured prisoner in her native Budapest, she refused to provide details of her mission. Senesh is regarded as one of the greatest heroines in Jewish history.

If you do nothing else today, please watch this moving 4 minute music video on the heroism and courage of Hannah Senesh. The video is a well known song written by Senesh – Eli, Eli – performed by acclaimed Canadian jazz vocalist and Juno-winner Sophie Milman.
Please share with as many people as possible…..

Young and old walk hand in hand: For 25 years the March of the Living has striven to bond high school students with Holocaust survivors

National Post, By Abigale Subdhan, January 27, 2014

When Holocaust survivor Anita Ekstein first visited the death camp that held her mother, she couldn’t stop shaking.

She walked into the Belzec extermination camp in Poland to visit a newly opened memorial – and found her mother’s name, Ettel, etched into the wall. It was 2005, on Mother’s Day, more than 60 years after she had last seen her mother.

“It’s like my cemetery. We don’t have graves to visit, so now once a year when I go there, it’s like going to the cemetery there for me, my family,” the 79 year old says of her experience at the death camp where almost 435,000 Jews went to die.

Now Mrs. Ekstein’s story will be told at a UN-hosted exhibit in New York celebrating 25 years for an organization that bridges the gap between high school students and Holocaust survivors.

A Tale of Two Anthems

Sharing in the Miracle: Diaspora Jewry and Israel

Last year the Jewish world marked the one hundredth anniversary of Theodor Herzl’s First Zionist Congress in Basel Switzerland. This year we have celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel. Everywhere we hear such slogans as ” We are one, and Israel is central to our existence.” But if Israel […]

Archives of Speeches from the Nat’l Director

Sharing in the Miracle: Diaspora Jewry and Israel Now We Have A Home – CJN Story on Judy Feld Carr & the Birth of Israel The Kol Nidre I will always Remember – Oct. 2011 A Time to Gather Stones – Kol Nidre Sermon – Oct. 2011 On Attitudes Toward Poland #33 Max Eisen long […]