Page 94. " by the local chapter of Hadassah "
Israeli postage stamp commemorating Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah
Public DomainIsraeli postage stamp commemorating Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hadassah is an American Jewish volunteer women’s organisation that was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. Otherwise known as the Women's Zionist Organization of America, the aim of Hadassah is to promote the Jewish political movement of Zionism through education and public health projects.

The organisation established the Hebrew University of Jerusalem-Hadassah Medical School, the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing and Hadassah College Jerusalem.  Hadassah International has networks of volunteers around the world.

Visit www.hadassah.org for more information. 

Page 95. " Where's Brighton Beach? "

Brighton Beach is a seaside neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, located between Coney Island to the west and Manhattan Beach to the east. Originally developed as a beach resort in 1868, Brighton Beach has grown into a densely populated residential community. The large number of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, particularly from the Ukraine city of Odessa, led to the neighborhood nickname “Little Odessa”.

 

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Page 95. " before they moved to Nuremberg "
Defendents at the Nuremberg trials of 1945
Public DomainDefendents at the Nuremberg trials of 1945 - Credit: Raymond D’Addario/Wikimedia Commons

The city of Nuremberg is located in the German state of Bavaria. It was a focal point of Nazi development in the lead up to WWII. Nazi rallies were held in Nuremberg every year from 1927 to 1938, and it was here that the Nuremberg Laws were passed – anti-Semitic legislation revoking German citizenship for all Jews.

The city was heavily bombed in the latter years of WWII, with many of its medieval buildings destroyed and some 6,000 residents killed. In a symbolic move, Nazi officials were brought before an international tribunal in Nuremberg between 1945 and 1946, where they were judged for their role in the Holocaust and other war crimes. These events are known as the Nuremberg Trials.

Page 97. " My mother wanted to have it at the Wailing Wall "

The Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Wailing Wall is a remnant of the ancient wall on the western side of Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. Also known as the Western Wall or Kotel, the Wailing Wall is one of the most sacred Jewish sites outside of the temple itself and dates back to the era of Herod the Great in 19 BCE.

Page 97. " Mom took us to the Dead Sea "
The Dead Sea
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Dead Sea - Credit: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

The Dead Sea is located between Israel and Jordan. At 423 metres below sea level, is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface. It is 67 kilometres long and 18 kilometres wide at its widest point. The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, which creates a sublime floating experience.

Judaism holds that the Dead Sea is where some of the cities of the Old Testament were located, and where King David, the second king of Israel, hid from his predecessor Saul.

The Dead Sea was one of the world's first health resorts, enjoyed by Herod the Great, and its salt and minerals are still used in cosmetics and herbal remedies today.

 

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