My great great grandmother, Rivka ABRAMOWITZ, came to the USA as a
widow with 4 orphaned children. To the best of our knowledge-we have
no records of any kind-she came around 1870-1880 to New Haven. Her
children were ;David, Sarah, Mayer and Kalman.
Her eldest son David, who was in his late teens went to Boston to
"seek his fortune". According to family lore, he changed his family
name at some point. Went to work in a department store and rose to
management level. Supposedly, around the mid 1930s his nephew, Chaim
Yitzchak ABRAMOWITZ, son of Mayer (and my grandfather) who had
emigrated from Israel to the states tried to contact his uncle David
and was repulsed by David's office stating that he was elderly and
sick and was recuperating at his Florida home.
Sarah probably had ongoing contact with her brother but I have no
information regarding any of Sarah's or David's descendants. Except,
and again according to family lore, Sarah and her husband lived on
Coney Island in the mid 1930s and she had at that time a grandson,
Tom, who was going to College in Boston.
My great grandfather , Mayer was sent to Jerusalem as a youth as was
his younger brother, Kalman. Kalman it seems was to young to be
without his mother and so returned shortly to the USA while Mayer
stayed, lived and died in Jerusalem as did his children.
Most of the above is based on an autobiography of Mayer's grand
daughter who specifically states that her book is a story rather than
a book of records so some of the "facts" above may be surmises. We
have contact with Kalman's descendants who don't know more about
David's and Sarah's descendants and base their family history on the
The difficulty in finding more facts about Sarah and David is that if
it is true that avid changed his family name it could be anything
especially if he wanted to distance himself from Jewish tradition. And
as to Sarah, we don't know her married name.
I am hoping that someone may have a similar background and thus may be
we can share some information.
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem