Entries by Iryna Apple

Paula Steinbach

Post: North County Post 385 Military Service: U.S. Navy Member Since: 1974 1. Where and when did you serve in the military? I enlisted in the Navy in my hometown of Chicago under the delayed entry program in 1973 and reported to Naval Recruit Training Center in Orlando in May of 1974. After boot camp, […]

Jewish Cemeteries In Distress

By M. B. Kanis The creation of cemeteries as a final location is as old as man-kind. The creation of Jewish Cemeteries is unique, as Jewish religious customs require that Jewish burial sites be held in reverence. Recent documented incidents of desecration, vandalism, and failures to maintain multiple Jewish Cemeteries in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, […]

JWV’s First Virtual National Convention

By Cara Rinkoff More than 215 members, associate members, and patrons registered for JWV’s 125th annual convention, which also happened to be the first virtual convention for our organization. The five-day convention, originally scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Florida moved online due the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulties of holding votes online, the […]

A Silver Star and a Monument for “Super Doc”

By Harvey Weiner How does one tell the incredible story of a Jewish-American Vietnam War hero so that it is believable? Melvin “Mel” Lederman was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Brookline, Massachusetts at the time of his death in Vietnam. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 in Alaska, […]

Coping with COVID through Camaraderie

By Chaplain Lt. Col. Yaakov Bindell New Jersey was one of the early states to get hit with the coronavirus. As the disease spread across the state, the New Jersey National Guard was swiftly called to action. As the State Command Chaplain of New Jersey, within just a few weeks, my job duties suddenly changed […]

ABOUT FACE: Jewish Refugees In The Armed Forces

By Ben Kane “About Face: Jewish Refugees in the Armed Forces,” is a documentary that tells the stories of Jewish men and women who left their homes and families to flee the persecution of the Nazi government. These immigrants then went on to join the military in their new homes, both to prove they could […]

JWV Elects New National Commander and Vice Commander

The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) is pleased to announce it has elected Jeff Sacks National Commander and Alan Paley National Vice Commander during its 125th National Convention in August. Sacks was born and raised in the Chicago area. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant via ROTC when he graduated from the University of […]

Warrior Canine Connection Names Service Dog After JWV Member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2020 Washington, D.C. – Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a nonprofit that breeds, trains and places service dogs with Service Members and Veterans with visible and invisible wounds, has named one of its future services dogs from its Commitment Litter “Rochel” after Air Force Sergeant Rachelle ‘Rochel’ Suzanne Hayman. “WCC names […]