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  • In final Rosh Hashanah greeting, Obama cites Shimon Peres

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama reflected on the “great privilege” of working with the Jewish community in his final Rosh Hashanah message as president.

    In a video address, Obama referred to Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace laureate, and Shimon Peres, the former...

  • House passes bipartisan resolution honoring Elie Wiesel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    September 12, 2016 | 1:42 pm

    The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution honoring the life and work of Holocaust survivor and activist, Elie Wiesel, who passed away in July at the age of 87.

    The resolution, introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) along with Reps...

  • NYC Council renames Holocaust Survivors Initiative in honor of Elie Wiesel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    August 18, 2016 | 12:09 pm

    The New York City Council has renamed its $2.5-million program to provide Holocaust survivors living at or below the federal poverty line with a wide range of services as the “Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative” in honor of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who passed away last...

  • A friend of 7 decades recalls a young Elie Wiesel

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 13, 2016 | 1:31 pm

    In 1946, when Theodore “Ted” Comet was 21, he decided to leave his native Cleveland for France to serve as a volunteer counselor at one of the homes set up for the orphaned Jewish children who had somehow managed to survive the concentration camps.

    Before Comet departed, a friend...

  • Letters to the editor: Cost of medication, Elie Wiesel, restroom laws and more

    July 13, 2016 | 10:14 am

    Medications’ High Cost to Society

    A point that stands out in the story of Laurie Ritz is the high cost of the medications needed to treat his mental illness (“The Failure of L.A.’s Mental Health System,” July 8). The high prices of meds that can treat mental illness and...

  • Elie Wiesel memorial statue proposed by Congress members

    July 12, 2016 | 9:34 am

    Several U.S. congressmen introduced resolutions to honor the life and work of Elie Wiesel, including a proposal to create a memorial statue to be placed in the U.S. Capitol building.

    Three members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council — Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; Patrick...

  • After Elie Wiesel, can anyone unite American Jews?

    July 11, 2016 | 1:25 pm

    Being an American Jew, more than anything else, means remembering the Holocaust.

    That’s what nearly three quarters of Jewish Americans said, according to the Pew Research Center’s landmark 2013 study on American Jewry. Asked to pick attributes “essential” to being Jewish, more...

  • Laughter and smiles

    July 7, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    Above all else, it is through his smile that I best remember Elie Wiesel from a decade in his classroom at Boston University.  For 10 years I merited to take part in his seminars which were always titled “Literature of Memory.” First I was a student, then an undergraduate...

  • 7 Elie Wiesel books that show the range of his influence

    July 7, 2016 | 9:46 am

    Most people know Elie Wiesel as the author of “Night,” one of the first published autobiographical accounts of what life was like inside Nazi concentration camps. The book, which helped shape the American understanding of the effects of the Holocaust, has since become a staple on...

  • Elie Wiesel: Mentor and teacher of generations

    July 6, 2016 | 6:01 pm

    Elie Wiesel was a soul on fire. The spiritual intensity of his Chassidic upbringing permeated and fashioned the core of his being. Like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, Wiesel was one of those rare and exceptional individuals who became living legends during their own lifetime. 

  • Elie Wiesel’s generous soul: ‘Of course I remember you’

    By Eitan Arom

    July 6, 2016 | 4:46 pm

    Brian Ducoffe was the president of the Jewish student organization Hillel at Chapman University in Orange County while Elie Wiesel was a visiting scholar there. The second time the college junior encountered the Holocaust luminary, he expected Wiesel wouldn’t remember him. He was...

  • Clinton camp disavows writer who accused Elie Wiesel of ‘inciting hatred’

    July 6, 2016 | 2:56 pm

    The Clinton campaign rejected comments by a journalist who accused Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died July 2, of “inciting hatred” and “defending apartheid.”

    “Secretary Clinton emphatically rejects these offensive, hateful, and...

  • Elie Wiesel, the moral force who made sure we will never forget the evil of the Holocaust

    By Michael Berenbaum

    July 6, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    Elie Wiesel, the world’s best-known and most-influential Holocaust survivor, is no longer. His death at 87, announced July 2, makes us ever more acutely aware that we are coming to the end of an era. Soon, all too soon, there will be no survivors.

    Elie Wiesel was a unique figure...

  • Jewish community reacts to the death of Elie Wiesel

    July 5, 2016 | 2:36 pm

    Marilyn Harran, Director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University

    Harran knew Elie Wiesel from the four years during which he visited as a distinguished scholar. On the day of his death, she sent the following message to the Rodgers Center board:


  • Elie Wiesel: A personal reflection

    July 5, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    In Elie Wiesel’s book-lined office, there were no photos of the many world leaders with whom he met. In fact, there was only one photo.  It sat propped on his desk facing him.

    In 1991, I wanted to engage in public dialogue with someone who had influenced the political, social or...

  • How Elie Wiesel inspired the Free Soviet Jewry movement

    July 5, 2016 | 10:03 am

    On my bookshelves there are two rows of volumes on the Soviet Jewry movement. Squeezed in among the tomes is a small, well-worn paperback with pages no longer attached to the spine, “The Jews of Silence,” by Elie Wiesel. This slim volume is, however, a bridge. It crossed Wiesel and...

  • Elie Wiesel — the Jew who taught us melancholy

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Of all the contributions Eli Wiesel made to humanity as a global humanitarian, prolific author, Nobel laureate, proud Zionist, Judaic professor and Holocaust memoirist, maybe the least-talked about is his embracing of melancholy.

    It’s rare to see a laughing picture of Wiesel, who...

  • Sunday Reads: Elie Wiesel 1928-2016

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2016 | 4:45 am


    Robert Satloff believes that the American public and its leaders need to differentiate between Islam and Islamism:

    If we, in our public rhetoric, have figured out how to differentiate between Christians and Klansmen, we should be able to talk with sensitivity and humility...

  • A friend recalls Wiesel a caring mentor, moral guide

    By Eitan Arom

    July 2, 2016 | 4:57 pm

    Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor, who died July 2 at the age of 87, served as an emissary for survivors to the world’s leaders. But to those who knew him, he was most of all a caring mentor and friend who eschewed the label of public figure.

    “I don’t...

  • Quotes from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

    July 2, 2016 | 1:46 pm

    As a survivor of the Nazi death camps, Elie Wiesel saw mankind at its worst. He wrote about it in some 50 books, starting with the powerful "Night," and made it his life's mission to ensure it was never repeated.

    Following are quotes from Wiesel.

    "Indifference, to me, is the...

  • Excerpts from works of Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner

    July 2, 2016 | 1:36 pm

    Following are excerpts from some of the works of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author, whose death at 87 was announced on Saturday.


    "For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no...

  • Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies at 87

    July 2, 2016 | 12:27 pm

    Holocaust survivor, activist and writer Elie Wiesel, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, has died, Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said on Saturday.

    Wiesel, a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also...

  • Obama: ‘We are all Jews’

    January 27, 2016 | 10:59 pm

    President Barack Obama honored International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday by declaring, “We are all Jews.”

    Addressing the Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, the President said, “We are all Jews, because anti-Semitism is a...

  • Rescuing God

    September 17, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    This is the first holiday in 45 years that Rabbi Harold Schulweis will not be on the bima. In his memory we offer this sermon.

    Elie Wiesel offered a parable about our times:

    Once upon a time, Man complained to God: “You have no idea how hard it is to be human -- to live a life...

  • Nobel winner Elie Wiesel lends support to Netanyahu’s U.S. speech

    February 12, 2015 | 5:36 pm

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is lending his support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 speech to Congress on the dangers of Iran's nuclear program - an address that has antagonized the White House and divided American Jews.


  • The Fear and Awe of Elie Wiesel

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 17, 2014 | 11:59 am

    When I was a child I discovered the holocaust at about eight. By perhaps ten I remember video images of tractors moving mounds of bodies into mass graves. I started learning about gas chambers and crematoria. I was struck by the monstrous, unspeakable injustice. Why did the world...

  • Genocide, the Jews and why they call Israelis Nazis

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 3, 2014 | 11:21 am

    We’ve long witnessed Mahmoud Abbas – “the moderate” – naming public squares after Palestinian terrorists whose hands are dripping with Jewish blood. He posthumously bestowed the "Star of Honor" on Abu Jihad, the mastermind of the 1978 Coastal Road attack where 38 Israelis,...

  • High Holy Days 5775: Jewish community shares life advice

    September 24, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    As we look inward over the course of the High Holy Days, we also seek wisdom that might guide us forward in our lives. The Journal sought life advice from thoughtful people in our community and elsewhere, including a few no longer with us, all of whose words are worth remembering.

  • Leonard Fein, progressive activist and writer, dies at 80

    August 14, 2014 | 10:04 am

    Leonard Fein, a veteran Jewish activist and writer, has died at 80.

    Fein died Thursday morning, announced the Forward newspaper, where he was a longtime columnist.

    A prominent voice of Jewish liberalism and left-wing Zionism, Fein was the author of numerous books on Jewish...

  • Elie Wiesel talks passing the torch

    By Jared Sichel

    April 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    As the author and renowned Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel concluded an April 11 roundtable at Chapman University, Justine Volkman, a senior at the school, shed a few tears. Asked why, she didn’t mention any of Wiesel’s dozens of inspiring works or the fact that his health today is a...

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