Entries by Iryna Apple

Congressman, Colonel Sam Johnson, USAF (Ret).

By Herb Rosenbleeth National Executive Director One of my all-time heroes, Rep. Sam Johnson, passed away a few months ago (not related to the COVID-19 pandemic). I will always remember Colonel Johnson as a heroic Air Force pilot during Korea, a courageous prisoner of war during Vietnam, and for his statement, “I proudly stand with […]

A Concert of Unity

By Chaplain Rabbi (CPT) David Becker, USARCENT Jewish Theater Chaplain On a recent trip in the skies over Iraq and Kuwait, I had the opportunity to become well acquainted with the flight crew of the C-130 I was traveling on. As a chaplain I find it natural to connect to service members, so upon landing […]

JWV Calls for Resignation of VA Secretary Wilkie

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA, America’s oldest active veterans organization, sadly joins the numerous other veterans organizations in expressing its disappointment in the handling of the sexual harassment complaint of a Jewish veteran at a VA facility. As the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and because of his involvement in this matter, including the […]

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 […]