As the proud son and son-in-law of decorated WWII veterans, I feel it is a sacred duty to remember all those who fell in defense of the United States. At our synagogue, we maintain a Veterans Memorial Board in our Neuman Chapel. On it are the names of 23 sons of our congregation who fell in battle, died of wounds or illnesses while in service. The purpose of this pamphlet is to help remember more than just their names. Where were they born? Where did they fall? How old were they at the time of their death and anything else we can learn from public military records.
Every year on Veterans Day Shabbat, we read their names. Now hopefully, our efforts will inspire our members and our children and your children to better appreciate the high cost of freedom and perhaps, to consider personal service as well, to our country.
I want to thank both Lt. Col. Craig Anforth and Hon. Joseph Davidson of our congregation for doing the research on this project and also to acknowledge the assistance of the KI Archives in this holy work. READ MORE . . .
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.