Muriel Arens booked passage on a ship to Palestine in May 1948 but encountered some trouble when it docked in Beirut on its way to Haifa.
Hank Greenspun stayed one step ahead of the FBI as he acquired and shipped artillery and weapons that helped turn the tide in Israel's War of Independence.
As told by his son Brian Greenspun.
An article in Time Magazine convinced Harold Katz to drop out of Harvard Law School and volunteer for Aliyah Bet.
Herb Stern bought up army surplus ammunition and smuggled it across the country to ship to Israel in 1948.
“Shorty” Levin’s scrap metal company sold the ship to the Haganah that became the “Exodus”.
As told by his daughter Monica Levin.
Hebrew University student Joshua Stampfer was saved from being one of the 35 Haganah fighters killed bringing reinforcements to Gush Etzion in early 1948.
A call Dewey Stone made from a payphone at a B’nai B'rith dinner paved the way to Harry Truman recognizing the State of Israel.
As told by his niece Carol Applbaum.
Julius Stulman, owner of the Lumber Exchange Terminal along New York's East River, steps in to help arm Israel for the coming War of Independence.
As told by his son Stephen Stulman.
Zipporah Porath experienced culture shock upon her arrival at the Hebrew University as an exchange student from New York in 1947.
A humorous misunderstanding didn't prevent Sam Schulman from volunteering for a key role as a crew member on the historic voyage of the “Exodus.”
Ralph Goldman discusses how the money was raised by everyday American Jews to help fund Aliyah Bet and Israel's War of Independence.
A meeting in Detroit in 1949 led Ed Levy, Sr. to approach Ben Gurion with an offer to help construct housing for new immigrants to Israel.
As told by his son Ed Levy, Jr.
The bombing of the Palestine Post on February 1, 1948 didn’t stop Foreign News Editor Mordecai Chertoff and colleagues from publishing the newspaper the next day.
Sol Baskin, one of the most senior WWII veteran infantry officer to come fight in Israel in 1948, describes the difficult battle the religious company faced on Chanukah 1948.
Morris Ginsberg used his family’s company, American Foreign Steamship Corporation, to purchase and refit ships to be used for Aliyah Bet.
As told by his daughter Susan Snider.
Shalom Zvi (Harry) Davidowitz, a former Conservative Rabbi in Cleveland, was enlisted to help draft Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
As told by his grandson Danny Maseng.
Shoshana Levy was working in the Library of Congress in 1947 when she was asked by the Haganah to borrow some maps in preparation for the Partition Plan vote.
A mysterious meeting in a New York diner led Trygve Maseng to drop everything and become a pilot in Israel’s War of Independence.
As told by his son Danny Maseng
David Macarov used many unorthodox methods to acquire ships that brought Jewish refugees to Palestine in 1946-7.
Norman Lamm, a chemistry student at Yeshiva College, hoped to use his science background to help the State of Israel.