Jewish War Veterans Department of Illinois

Jewish War Veterans Department of Illinois Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Department of Illinois is the coordinating body for the eight JWV Posts in the Chicagoland area.

Operating as usual

12/24/2021

Today is the United States Space Force's 2nd anniversary!

The #USArmy team salutes Guardians for their excellence in global space operations. ✨ 🚀

80 years ago - JWV Dept of IL remembers
12/07/2021

80 years ago - JWV Dept of IL remembers

Blessed is the One True Judge:Ed Shames and his men of Easy Company entered Hi**er's Eagle's Nest where Ed managed to ac...
12/05/2021
Edward David Shames Obituary (1922 - 2021) The Virginian-Pilot

Blessed is the One True Judge:

Ed Shames and his men of Easy Company entered Hi**er's Eagle's Nest where Ed managed to acquire a few bottles of cognac, a label indicating they were "for the Fuhrer's use only." Later, he would use the cognac to toast his oldest son's Bar Mitzvah. Ed was the last surviving officer and oldest surviving member of the "Band of Brothers."

View Edward David Shames's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

In her latest book, "X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II," author and professor Leah Garrett details ho...
12/03/2021

In her latest book, "X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II," author and professor Leah Garrett details how a unit of young German and Austrian Jewish refugees escaped the N***s, made their way to England, and became an elite commando troop that participated in major World War II battles.

On December 7, join us online with @Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in conversation with Garret as she discusses "X Troop" and the years of extensive research, interviews, and declassifying top-secret files that led to her writing the book.

Register for the virtual program: https://ihm.ec/xtroop

In her latest book, "X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II," author and professor Leah Garrett details how a unit of young German and Austrian Jewish refugees escaped the N***s, made their way to England, and became an elite commando troop that participated in major World War II battles.

On December 7, join us online with @Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in conversation with Garret as she discusses "X Troop" and the years of extensive research, interviews, and declassifying top-secret files that led to her writing the book.

Register for the virtual program: https://ihm.ec/xtroop

From the Institute of Jewish Chaplaincy comes this invitation:JEWISH AMERICAN VETERANS Please join us for a VIRTUAL CHAN...
11/29/2021

From the Institute of Jewish Chaplaincy comes this invitation:

JEWISH AMERICAN VETERANS
Please join us for a VIRTUAL CHANUKAH CELEBRATION!

On Zoom this Monday, Nov 29, 2021
6:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Menorah Lighting

Guest Speaker: Ch Col Sanford Dresin (ret)
Aleph Institutes Director of Military
Over 26 years as active duty army chaplain.

Jeopardy/Trivia Game

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85749710500?pwd=KzdxamlrUkVFU093ZUpSbFdGWWtqdz09

Meeting ID: 857 4971 0500
Passcode: 122143


Chaplain Dovid Grossman
Institute of Jewish Chaplaincy

From the Institute of Jewish Chaplaincy comes this invitation:

JEWISH AMERICAN VETERANS
Please join us for a VIRTUAL CHANUKAH CELEBRATION!

On Zoom this Monday, Nov 29, 2021
6:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Menorah Lighting

Guest Speaker: Ch Col Sanford Dresin (ret)
Aleph Institutes Director of Military
Over 26 years as active duty army chaplain.

Jeopardy/Trivia Game

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85749710500?pwd=KzdxamlrUkVFU093ZUpSbFdGWWtqdz09

Meeting ID: 857 4971 0500
Passcode: 122143


Chaplain Dovid Grossman
Institute of Jewish Chaplaincy

Tonight and for the next week we Jews everywhere will light menorahs to celebrate Hanukkah.  Publicizing the miracle is ...
11/28/2021

Tonight and for the next week we Jews everywhere will light menorahs to celebrate Hanukkah. Publicizing the miracle is an important part of the celebration. The miracle has two components: the triumph of a small force of Jews (the Maccabees) who revolted against and defeated their Seleucid (a Greek state in Western Asia that existed in the Hellenistic period - 312 BC to 63 BC) persecutors. The second component of the miracle according to tradition is that when the liberated Second Temple was being rededicated and it’s golden menorah lit there was only a small amount of (probably pure olive) oil on hand to last for a day, but miraculously it lasted for eight days until more could be obtained. About the photo: During Hanukkah of 1932 in Kiel, Germany, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and his wife, Rachel, lit their menorah and placed it on their home’s windowsill while directly across street a N**i flag was being flown. This was one month before Hi**er came to power (appointed Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933). On the back of the photo, Rachel Posner wrote in German: Chanukah 5692, “Death to Judah” So the flag says “Judah will live forever” So the light answers.

Happy Hanukkah from the JWV Department of Illinois.

Tonight and for the next week we Jews everywhere will light menorahs to celebrate Hanukkah. Publicizing the miracle is an important part of the celebration. The miracle has two components: the triumph of a small force of Jews (the Maccabees) who revolted against and defeated their Seleucid (a Greek state in Western Asia that existed in the Hellenistic period - 312 BC to 63 BC) persecutors. The second component of the miracle according to tradition is that when the liberated Second Temple was being rededicated and it’s golden menorah lit there was only a small amount of (probably pure olive) oil on hand to last for a day, but miraculously it lasted for eight days until more could be obtained. About the photo: During Hanukkah of 1932 in Kiel, Germany, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and his wife, Rachel, lit their menorah and placed it on their home’s windowsill while directly across street a N**i flag was being flown. This was one month before Hi**er came to power (appointed Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933). On the back of the photo, Rachel Posner wrote in German: Chanukah 5692, “Death to Judah” So the flag says “Judah will live forever” So the light answers.

Happy Hanukkah from the JWV Department of Illinois.

Gil Seltzer, OBM member of the tribe but not a believer, died in August at age 106.  He was a proud veteran of the Ghost...
09/19/2021
Gilbert Seltzer, member of the Ghost Army during WWII, dies at 106

Gil Seltzer, OBM member of the tribe but not a believer, died in August at age 106. He was a proud veteran of the Ghost Army of WWII fame.

https://www.today.com/video/gilbert-seltzer-member-of-the-ghost-army-during-wwii-dies-at-106-121287749816

Renowned architect Gilbert Seltzer has died at age 106. During World War II, he was one of the 1,100 men who made up the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the Ghost Army, who helped the allies win the war with a series of creative deceptions that included inflatable tanks and wooden ai...

JWV Department of Illinois wishes you a good and sweet 5782.
09/07/2021

JWV Department of Illinois wishes you a good and sweet 5782.

JWV Department of Illinois wishes you a good and sweet 5782.

MEMORIAL MINYAN NEEDED THIS MONDAY Sidney Kulek, 88, of Lombard, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones...
08/15/2021
Sidney Kulek Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

MEMORIAL MINYAN NEEDED THIS MONDAY

Sidney Kulek, 88, of Lombard, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.
Sid honorably served as a sergeant in the army during the Korean War. He was a true patriot.

Interment will be at
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL
at 1PM, Monday, August 16th

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421

https://www.knollcrest.net/obituaries/Sidney-Kulek?obId=22003398

Please RSVP to Ch Dovid Grossman of Post 29 if you can commit to helping the minyan.

Share Memories & Support the Family.

JWV Department of Michigan is promoting this interesting webinar on the Ghost Army of WW2.
08/01/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Ghost Army of World War II. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

JWV Department of Michigan is promoting this interesting webinar on the Ghost Army of WW2.

During WWII, a handpicked group of GIs landed in France to conduct a secret mission: use special effects to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American troops. Rick Beyer brings this incredible true story to life. Rick Beyer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a New York Tim...

No words for this West Rogers Park (Chicago) tragedy.  Background:  this 9-year-old Jewish boy was accidentally struck a...
07/16/2021
Hershel Weinberger - Memorial and Family Fund, organized by Ruth Wait

No words for this West Rogers Park (Chicago) tragedy. Background: this 9-year-old Jewish boy was accidentally struck and killed by a motorist while riding his bicycle on Wednesday.

Shmuel Hershel Weinberger, 9, OBM Shmuel Hershel Weinberger, age 9, son… Ruth Wait needs your support for Hershel Weinberger - Memorial and Family Fund

Past Department Commander and WWII Navy Vet Morris Goldman of Post 800 passed away on Monday, July 5th.  Howard Goldstei...
07/06/2021
Morris Goldman - Monday, July 5th, 2021

Past Department Commander and WWII Navy Vet Morris Goldman of Post 800 passed away on Monday, July 5th. Howard Goldstein, Bruce Mayor and Jeffrey Sacks performed military honors for our comrade of blessed memory.

https://www.mitzvahfunerals.com/memorials/morris-goldman/4661608/obituary.php

Morris Goldman, age 100. Beloved husband of the late Pearl, nee Cohn; loving father of Stewart (Arlene) Goldman, and the late Kenneth Goldman; devoted grandfather of Karima Alexandra (Bob) Caldwell, Shoshana (Daniel) Lewin, Daniel (Michall) Goldman and great-grandchildren Naomi Grace, Rena, Temima,....

Be On The Lookout For:  this post is to assist the Chicagoland American Legion and U.S. Army locate a missing WW2 Anti-T...
07/02/2021

Be On The Lookout For: this post is to assist the Chicagoland American Legion and U.S. Army locate a missing WW2 Anti-Tank Gun which may be on display in our area or abandoned. TACOM is the Army’s Tank Automotive Command out of Detroit which loans obsolete weapons to Veterans’ Organizations for ceremonial use and display (in the case of larger weapons)

Misplaced M5 Anti-Tank Gun, 3" on Carriage M6, towed

Good morning All,

I work for the Dept. of Army, TACOM Warren, Static Display Program. I am working on a project to locate misplaced obsolete Army combat equipment that had been conditionally gifted to service organizations. This particular item, the 3” M5 Anti-Tank Gun, had been gifted to American Legion Post #133 in Maywood IL in 1948. I realize chances are slim that it will be located but I must try. I have been fortunate in locating some pieces.

Any help you all could give me I would appreciate and thank you all for your service!

Julie M. Curtis (Msgt Ret.)
Army Donations Program Office
Tacom Warren - Army Static Display
AMTA-LCL-IWA
[email protected]
586-282-3294
Mailing address:
US Army TACOM
ATTN: AMTA-LCL-IWD, MS: 419D
6501 E. 11 Mile Road
Detroit Arsenal. MI 48397-5000

Article of interest to all American Jews, but don’t forget to always be situationally aware and able to avoid harms way ...
06/16/2021
American Jewish Committee

Article of interest to all American Jews, but don’t forget to always be situationally aware and able to avoid harms way if possible.

Our Army, 246 years old today.
06/14/2021
Unstoppable Army

Our Army, 246 years old today.

Since 1775, our Soldiers have supported our nation in peace time and during times of war.We are disciplined, physically and mentally tough, and proficient in...

Today is the 77th Anniversary of the most famous D-Day of any military operation, Operation Overlord, the Normandy Invas...
06/06/2021
Sam Elliott pays tribute to SGT Ray Lambert on the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert

Today is the 77th Anniversary of the most famous D-Day of any military operation, Operation Overlord, the Normandy Invasion of WWII. Sam Elliott tells the story of Sergeant Ray Lambert, the Army medic who survived multiple wounds that day and just died this April at age 100. Lest we forget.

Sam Elliott pays tribute to SGT Ray Lambert on the 30th National Memorial Day Concert. Aired May 26, 2019 on PBS.

JWV Post 54 and comrades from other Illinois posts conducted a short service for Memorial Day and then flagged the grave...
06/01/2021

JWV Post 54 and comrades from other Illinois posts conducted a short service for Memorial Day and then flagged the graves of veterans. As you can tell from the picture our monument at Oakridge is in need of restoration and should you care to assist:
https://gofund.me/a4c631c8

05/28/2021

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day as a federal holiday, the Jewish War Veterans partnered with @Ancestry to honor America’s military heroes in a nationwide, virtual tribute. Share a story, photo or record to honor a loved ones’ legacy using the hashtag #ISaluteFor and tagging @Ancestry.

To help everyone find stories to share, Ancestry® will offer free access, May 28-31, to search military records and personalized stories about your ancestors. Visit Ancestry.com to get started. #MemorialDay

NC Jeffrey Sacks of JWV Post 800 will be participating in this program also.
05/20/2021

NC Jeffrey Sacks of JWV Post 800 will be participating in this program also.

From the Revolutionary War through today’s ongoing war against terrorism, American Jews have served nobly in all branches of our country’s military—and many are among our nation’s fallen heroes. It is incumbent upon America’s Jewish community, therefore, to mark Memorial Day for both its national and its Jewish significance.

Join us online at on Sunday, May 30, at 7 p.m. as we honor Memorial Day with JWB Jewish Chaplains Council®. Featuring greetings from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator from New York, we will hear from post–9/11 Jewish Gold Star Families. Members of these families—families who have had a close relative killed in action—will reflect and reminiscence about the lives and legacies of their loved ones. Jewish military chaplains and leaders of the American Jewish community will offer words of prayer and support, as well as a commitment to ever honor the memories of Gold Star Families’ loved ones.

Watch Here: http://bit.ly/jwbmemorialday2021

Program of Interest next weekend
04/19/2021

Program of Interest next weekend

Program of Interest next weekend

As Passover draws to a conclusion the Department of Illinois wishes you a Good Shabbos with this Passover Dvar from Chap...
04/02/2021
D'vrei HaShomrim Archives - Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

As Passover draws to a conclusion the Department of Illinois wishes you a Good Shabbos with this Passover Dvar from Chaplain Tracy Kaplowitz of the Jewish Welfare Board who of course is a member of JWV also

Passover: The Holiday of Rebirth and Renewal D'vrei HaShomrim By Rabbi Tracy Kaplowitz Like many Jews, Passover is my favorite holiday. The Seder is a fun family night filled with great food and lively conversation. Preparations for Passover force me to do a good spring cleaning. Though I dislike th...

Who knew?
03/29/2021

Who knew?

In 1941, Jack Benny became the first paid member of a new JWV Post in Waukegan, Illinois. #JWV125

The JWV’s Department of Illinois took over responsibility for this historic memorial from a long gone American Legion po...
03/19/2021
U. S. Veterans Memorial, organized by Leslie Turner

The JWV’s Department of Illinois took over responsibility for this historic memorial from a long gone American Legion post and we need assistance in repairing it. If you have a little extra cash you can spare you would be doing a mitzvah remembering our honored war dead.

An historic memorial, first honoring WWI veterans, and now all succeeding conflicts, is in despe… Leslie Turner needs your support for U. S. Veterans Memorial

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MEMORIAL MINYAN NEEDED THIS MONDAY Sidney Kulek, 88, of Lombard, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Sid honorably served as a sergeant in the army during the Korean War. He was a true patriot. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL at 1PM, Monday, August 16th Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, IL 60421 Please RSVP to Ch Dovid Grossman is you can commit to helping the minyan.
#OnThisDay in 1944, Allied troops landed along a stretch of fortified coastline to fight N**i Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. By day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Continental Europe. D-Day, code-named “Operation Overlord,” was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the June 6 Normandy landings were a resounding success for the Allies. Watch as Dr. Rob Havers, President & CEO of American Civil War Museum, shares Winston Churchill's wartime legacy. Pritzker Military Museum & Library The International Churchill Society Jewish War Veterans Department of Illinois https://bit.ly/2TJASTN
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