Passover Latkes in Goebbels’ Castle


Corporal Sidney Talmud of Brooklyn was with the 38th Signal Construction Battalion marching through Germany in 1945. He had the opportunity to prepare food for a unique Passover service at Schloss Reydt, the Rennaissance-era palace used as a vacation home by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels had played the key role in creating an environment that allowed for the attempted destruction […]

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A Pentagon Chanukah


The Aleph Institute and American Friends of Lubavitch held a special Chanukah event in the Pentagon “Hall of Heroes” on Tuesday. Lieutenant General Thomas J. Trask, USAF, Vice Commander of the Special Operations Command, hosted the event, along with Rear Admiral Herman Shelansky, USN, Chaplain Colonel Jake Goldstein, USA, Chaplain Captain Irving Elson, USN, Deputy Chief Chaplain of the US […]

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The Meaning of Memorial Day

Photo: Pruitt Allen via flickr

Go read this article from Chaplain Frommer over at Tablet Magazine right now. Then share it with your friends. He really captures the dilemma of contemplating Memorial Day. Every year I struggle to convey the real meaning of Memorial Day to my friends and family (and anyone who will listen). It goes beyond the idea of using it as an […]

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Ft. Leonardwood welcomes new rabbi, celebrates Chanukah

Capt. Mendy Stern, chaplain, second from right, leads soldiers in lighting menorahs at a Chanukkah Ceremony. Photo by Michael Curtis

Jewish soldiers and community members at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri were able to participate in the first Chanukkah ceremony in recent history last week at Soldier Memorial Chapel. The ceremony was one of the first events led by Capt. Mendy Stern, chaplain, 94th Engineer Battalion chaplain, and the first rabbi assigned to Fort Leonard Wood since at least the 1950s. Around […]

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