Re: The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh September 4, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Judith Tapiero

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On Sep 4, 2022 3:33 PM, Phil Goldfarb <phil.goldfarb@...> wrote:

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: September 4, 2022

“A Family Without The Knowledge Of Their Past History, Origin And Culture Is Like A Tree Without Roots”



Enjoy this week’s Nosh!




  1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Announcing the 2023 IAJGS Conference. The 2023 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is being planned for London, England, United Kingdom on July 30-August 3, 2023, at the Hotel Park Plaza Westminster. It will be an in-person conference only. No virtual option is being planned. If you have never been to a Conference LIVE, it is like being a kid again in a candy store (without having to worry about your sugar intake!) due to all of the programs, events, workshops, and vendors, not to mention meeting fellow researchers from around the world! More information to follow from IAJGS.
  1. United States Census Bureau Asking for Input on 2030 Census Design. The United States Census Bureau has posted a notice and request for comment regarding early planning for the 2030 Census program Design Selection Phase in October 2021. The primary goal of the Design Selection Phase is to conduct the research, testing, and operational planning and design work to inform the selection of the 2030 Census operational design. Comments must be received by November 15, 2022. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to DCMD.2030.Research@.... You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2022–0004, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Personally, I felt that the questions on the 2020 Census were very anemic and did not seek enough information from a genealogical point of view. This is your chance to provide input. Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for this story.
  1. 1950 United States Census Update: Speaking of census records: FamilySearch has completed the Name Review portion of the 1950 U.S. Census Community Project in just 3 months as their volunteers reviewed over 151 million names. They still have to do the Family Review. As it is completed it will continue to be released state by state until it is fully searchable by name for free at  MyHeritage announced they are offering FREE Access to all U.S. census records from August 30-September 6, 2022 (otherwise a subscription is needed).  To search go to: Neither one has the complete 1950 census as yet. Ancestry: Thanks to their patented handwriting recognition technology, all 1950 U.S. Census records are now searchable. The accuracy of the transcription depends on the quality of the document being scanned. For best results, look at the census image. Ancestry is a subscription site.
  1. New York, U.S., State Employment Cards and Peddlers' Licenses, 1840-1966. In last week’s News Nosh, I mentioned an article from the Tablet on the Rise and Fall of Pushcarts. Thanks to JewishGen Discussion Group Member Sherri Bobish, she brought to my attention a database in called the New York, U.S., State Employment Cards and Peddlers' Licenses, 1840-1966 which can be found at: A search for "Peddlers' Licenses" in the keyword field of the database gets 6,796 hits. While many peddlers did not have a license, the database is large enough that researchers may find someone. The records also say whether the peddler had a horse or went by foot! 
  2. 900-year-old Ashkenazi DNA ‘shines new light on British Jewish history.’ Human remains found in a Norwich well of 17 people, mostly children, suggests they belonged to Ashkenazi Jews who fell victim to antisemitic violence during the 12th century. Researchers analyzed DNA from six of these individuals, and found strong genetic link with modern Ashkenazi Jews, making them the oldest Jewish genomes to have been sequenced. Read the story from the Jewish News Daily.  900-year-old Ashkenazi DNA ‘shines new light on British Jewish history’ | Jewish News Note: There have been quite a number of posts in the JewishGen Discussion Group this week about this story already.
  1. Israel’s National Library Gives Trove of Pre-war Jewish Documents to MyHeritage. The National Library of Israel recently gave genealogy company MyHeritage a unique collection of documents containing 200,000 emigrant applications filled out by Vienna’s Jews after Austria’s 1938 annexation into the Nazi empire to digitize and place online. The library cooperated with MyHeritage on the materials because of issues with its budget and staffing that kept it from being able to do the digitization itself. Full access to the MyHeritage records will only be available by subscription.  Read the story from Harretz: Israel’s National Library Gave Trove of Pre-war Jewish Documents to MyHeritage, Which Is Charging for Them - Israel News -
  1. A reminder: PBS documentary premiering September 18, titled: The U.S and the Holocaust. This three-part, six-hour documentary is directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. It explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history. While Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. The series will air September 18, 19 and 20 (check local listings). Note: Again, several comments about this Documentary already in the JewishGen Discussion Group.
  1. Hollywood is turning the story of Rudolf Vrba, one of the few prisoners to escape Auschwitz, into a movie that will begin filming next year. Vrba’s story was also told in a 2021 Slovakian film and is the subject of a highly anticipated book set to come out in October called “The Escape Artist.” Read the story from Deadline: Next Prods boards Holocaust drama Untold, Aaron Schneider to direct – Deadline
  2. Ghettos Under the Nazis. During World War II The Nazis established more than 400 ghettos for the purpose of isolating and controlling the Jews. The first Nazi ghetto was established in Lodz, Poland, on February 8, 1940. Approximately 155,000 Jews, almost one-third of the city’s total population, were forced to live in the Lodz ghetto. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Ghettos Under the Nazis | My Jewish Learning 
  1. Practicing Safe Computing articles by Hal Bookbinder. Who doesn’t want a safe computer when researching genealogy? Who wants to be hacked or get a virus on your computer with all of your stored genealogy work at risk? Not me! Hal Bookbinder, a past president of IAJGS and recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award to date has written 82 articles of interest monthly since January 2018 in his local JGSCV California newsletter. This resource is freely accessible at Some of Hal’s articles might just save you some tsuris!
  2. Food was a comfort for Auschwitz survivors. A new cookbook showcases their recipes — and resilience. “Honey Cake & Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors,” a new cookbook that showcases recipes that connected survivors to the worlds they lost and gave them comfort as they built new lives after the Holocaust. Read the story from JTA: Food was a comfort for Auschwitz survivors. A new cookbook showcases their recipes — and resilience. - Jewish Telegraphic Agency ( 
  3. A Guide to Jewish Clothing. Beyond the yarmulke (kippah), there are several distinctive garments that many Jews wear daily, at synagogue or on special occasions. Clothing has long played a significant role in Judaism, reflecting religious identification, social status, emotional state and even the Jews’ relation with the outside world. The ancient rabbis taught that maintaining their distinctive dress in Egypt was one of the reasons the Jews were worthy of being rescued from servitude. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Jewish Clothing | My Jewish Learning \\
  4. This Missouri (U.S.) bagel shop went viral for its Talmud-inspired effort to feed the needy. “Whoever needs, come and eat.” That’s the quote from the Talmud that welcomes customers to Goldie’s Bagels in Columbia, Missouri, telling them that people who cannot afford to pay can get a coffee and a bagel, with cream cheese, free of charge. “My whole thing in opening Goldie’s is we’re going to be so outwardly proud to be Jewish,” said founder Amanda Rainey. Read the story from JTA: This Missouri bagel shop went viral for its Talmud-inspired effort to feed the needy - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (
  5. I’m a Gamblin’ Man: The 17th Century Rabbi who Battled Addiction. The remarkably honest autobiography of Rabbi Leon Modena, a great Italian rabbinic scholar, describes his heroic struggles to overcome his gambling addiction. Rabbi Leon (Judah) Modena (1571-1648), one of Italy’s greatest rabbinic scholars, began writing his autobiography in 1617. It is one of the earliest and most important autobiographies in Jewish history and offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a struggling Jewish family in 17th century Italy. Read the story from Aish: I’m a Gamblin’ Man: The 17th Century Rabbi who Battled Addiction -
  6. Charles Berlin celebrates 60 years heading Harvard Library’s Judaica Division. He has headed the Division since September 1962, when he was a 26-year-old graduate student.  The Judaica Division holds the largest collection of its kind outside of the National Library of Israel, which includes books, periodicals, maps, musical scores, posters, photographs, audio and visual recordings, and all kinds of ephemera. Read the story from Harvard Magazine: “A Moral Obligation” | Harvard Magazine 

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