Color headshot of Harold Rothstein

Harold Rothstein (1922-2014) moved from Boston to Hartford with his family when he was 16. Walking by the Hartford Armory shortly after arriving in the city, he spontaneously joined the Connecticut National Guard (no one asked him his age). In February 1941 his unit was federalized and later deployed toRead More →

Born 12/2/1920 Sanz, Poland (Galicia), d. 11/24/2010 (age 90), Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Isaac C. Avigdor was born on December 2, 1920, in Sanz, Poland (Galicia) into an unbroken chain of Rabbis traceable to King David in antiquity. He studied at several of the famous yeshivas of Europe, becoming ordained atRead More →

Image of Auerbach sitting at her office desk

Born in Hartford on July 7, 1887, Beatrice Fox Auerbach is known for her leadership of the G. Fox and Co. department store. She and her husband George Auerbach returned to Hartford to help manage the store after a devastating fire destroyed the building in 1917. When George passed awayRead More →

Photograph of man wearing suit, tie and fedora style hat

Kalman Berkovitz (later spelled Bercowetz) was born in Slutz, Minsk, Gubernia (Russia) in 1882 and died at age 89 on July 23, 1970. In Russia Bercovitz was a kosher butcher in the Czar’s army, according to his son, Irving. He served in this role for approximately two years before emigratingRead More →

Black-and-white headshot of Simon Bernstein as a young man

Judge Simon Bernstein, the eldest of 10 children, was born in Hartford on January 1, 1913. He graduated from Hartford Public High School at age 15, received a B.A. from Trinity College in 1933 and his L.L.B. in 1936 from Harvard Law School. After passing the bar, Bernstein practiced law,Read More →

Hans Bodenheimer was born in Bad Nauheim, Germany on January 3, 1913. His father died in World War I, so he was raised by his mother and grandparents. His grandfather, an observant Jew, took him to synagogue often and inspired Hans to his eventual calling as a Rabbi. After graduatingRead More →