JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh October 30, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb, Editor
Date: October 30, 2022
“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
Enjoy this week’s Nosh!
1. JewishGen Talks: Researching Jews in America: American Synagogue Records as Genealogy Resource The next free program will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Join a panel of experts from each of the rabbinic seminary repositories for a primer on where to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and hear about the launch of JewishGen’s Shul Records America; the first of its kind inventory of American synagogue records. To register go to: Museum of Jewish Heritage -A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (blackbaudhosting.com)
2. JewishGen Press announces the publication of the Yizkor Book of Krasnobrod, Poland, their 152nd title. Krasnobrod, like other Jewish shtetls in Poland, was home to Jews from a variety of circles and social classes as they lived together in peace and unity. Krasnobrod was not listed on any maps until the First World War. In the period from 1920 to 1930, the economic situation of the Jews was quite good as many residents were engaged in the lumber industry. This book tells us about life in the town, the institutions, the political parties, the social activities, and the various personalities. This peaceful existence came to a bitter end when the Germans occupied the area in September 1939. For more information and how to order, visit: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Krasnobrod.html; To see all JewishGen Press publications, please visit: https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ybip.html Is YOUR family shtetl or village listed??
3. Search Free Ancestor Death Records During Halloween from MyHeritage. MyHeritage invites you to connect with your departed ancestors in honor of Halloween and All Saints’ Day. They are providing free access to all our death records for one week only, October 26–November 3, 2022. The records in this category include death, burial, and cemetery records as well as obituaries. Since the beginning of last October, we’ve added an astonishing 224 million records to an already huge collection of death records, burial records, cemetery records, and obituaries — bringing the total to 810,792,208 records. To search, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/catalog/category-2030/death-burial-cemetery-obituaries
4. Make Obituary Searches Easier with Obit Magnet. The amount of genealogy content on the Internet is amazing, but it’s a bit hard to search on the open Web. Especially if you’re doing something like looking up obituary notices and your relatives have common names. Dick Eastman’s EOGN reports about a new tool that makes finding obituaries easier. Read the story: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Make Obituary Searches Easier with Obit Magnet (eogn.com)
5. New and Improved Family Statistics on MyHeritage. Ever wondered which of your relatives lived the longest, the average age of your relatives at marriage, or which first names are the most common in your family? Did you know that there’s a handy section of the MyHeritage website that can tell you all of this and much more? The Family Statistics feature has just received a major upgrade! Family Statistics is a totally FREE feature that provides dozens of enlightening and fun insights about your family. If you love spotting trends and analyzing data, you won’t want to miss it. Read more from the MyHeritage blog: New and Improved Family Statistics on MyHeritage - MyHeritage Blog
6. The 1921 Census of England & Wales is now Available Online at Findmypast. After 100 years locked away, the highly-anticipated 1921 Census of England & Wales is now online and accessible for the very first time. Read the story and search the records at Findmypast: The 1921 Census is now online for the very first time | Blog | findmypast.com
7. 23andMe Granted New FDA Clearance to Provide Interpretive Drug Information for a Commonly Prescribed Cholesterol Medication. FDA 510(k) clearance allows 23andMe to report genetics associated with processing of certain statins, provides interpretive drug information for simvastatin, and removes the requirement for confirmatory testing of the 23andMe result. Read the story from 23andMe: 23andMe Granted New FDA Clearance to Provide Interpretive (globenewswire.com)
8. United States National Archives Tops 200 Million Pages of Digitized Pages in Online Catalog. The (US) National Archives announced its National Archives Catalog now contains more than 200 million digitized pages. The Office of Innovation collaborated with offices across the National Archives, as well as external partners like Ancestry and FamilySearch, to reach this milestone in August. Their goal is to have 500 million digitized pages in the Catalog by September 2026. To read more see: https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/catalog-200-million-digitized-pages Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this story.
9. Formerly faceless, these fallen soldiers can now be visited – in person or virtually. Thanks to a nonprofit, hundreds of virtually anonymous heroes who died in the Holy Land in 1948 and prior have been identified. Their stories and photos now preserve their memories. Until Giving a Face to the Fallen (GFF) was established, details and/or the burial sites of 962 men and women who fought for Israel’s freedom from foreign rule from the 19th century through 1948 were unknown. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Formerly faceless, these fallen soldiers can now be visited - in person or virtually | The Times of Israel
10. New AI Tool Colorizes Black-And-White Photos Automatically. A Swedish machine-learning researcher has released a free web tool called Palette.fm that automatically colorizes black-and-white photos using AI. After uploading a photo, users can choose a color filter or refine the colors using a written text description. Read the story from Dick Eastman’s EOGN: https://eogn.com/page-18080/12964842
11. Israel allocates millions for Einstein museum, set to be world’s largest of its kind. Physicist bequeathed his archives to the Hebrew University, and curator says its 85,000 items make it the world’s most extensive collection. It will be built on the university’s Givat Ram campus in Jerusalem, with the government committing to approximately $6 million and the university raising another $12 million. Einstein, one of the founding fathers of the Hebrew University, was a non-resident governor of the institution. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Israel allocates millions for Einstein museum, set to be world's largest of its kind | The Times of Israel
12. Archaeologists prove invasions of biblical Israel with Earth's magnetic field. Geomagnetic fields recorded in 21 archaeological destruction layers throughout Israel reconstructed by Israeli researchers have verified accounts related in the Hebrew Bible of the Egyptian, Aramean, Assyrian and Babylonian military campaigns against the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) led the team that used the data to develop a reliable new scientific tool for archaeological dating. Read the story in the Jerusalem Post: Archaeologists prove biblical Israel invasions via Earth magnetic field - The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)
13. Hitler and The Boxheim Documents. In 1931 The Boxheim Documents revealed how the Nazis were a terrorist organization that would use the defense of Germany as an excuse for violence. They were largely ignored. The documents were one of many wasted opportunities to face Nazi evil head on and squash it. Although some Germans instantly recognized the truth, too many considered these documents an aberration. These were the same people who later claimed it impossible to foresee the depths of Nazi evil. They were “misled.” Read the story from Aish: Hitler and The Boxheim Documents - aish.com
14. The World Series? It was invented by a Jew! Jewish immigrant Barney Dreyfuss, the owner of the Pittsburg Pirates suggested baseball’s first World Series to showcase them. The Pirates won consecutive pennants in 1901 and 1902. However, both seasons ended shortly thereafter as there was still no post-season clash between the champions of the two major leagues. In 1903, as Pittsburgh was on its way to a third straight pennant, Dreyfuss wrote to Boston Americans owner Henry Killea. “It’s about time the National League and American League organized a World Series… I believe that if our clubs played a best-of-nine series, we would generate great interest in baseball, in our leagues, and in our players. I also believe it would be a financial success.” Killlea agreed, and the two teams faced each other in October in baseball’s first World Series. Read the full story from USA Sports News: The world series? Invented by a Jew - USASPORTS.NEWS
15. How the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan Endure. By a river in the hills near the Russian border, a 300-year-old community of multilingual Jews keeps 'Europe's last shtetl' alive. Deep in the Azerbaijani foothills of the southern Caucasus Mountains lives one of Europe’s most interesting communities, the Red Village Mountain Jews. For decades, the residents of the only all-Jewish village outside Israel and the United States — “Krasnaya Sloboda,” as the community is known in Russian (“Qirmizi Qasaba” in Azeri) — have been prosperous and pragmatic, with a foot in at least three worlds. Read the story from New Lines Magazine: How the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan Endure - New Lines Magazine Thanks to Bruce Drake for passing this story along to me.
16. India’s Bene Israel Jews. The oldest and largest of the three Jewish communities in India. The Bene Israel have always been the largest of the three Jewish communities in India. (The other two are Cochin and Baghdadi.) In 1838, for example, the total Bene Israel population of India was estimated at 8,000, far more than the combined numbers of Baghdadi and Cochin Jews. According to the community’s own oral tradition, they are descended from “seven couples from a country to the north,” the sole survivors of a shipwreck off the Konkan coast near Navagaon (about 48 km south of Bombay). Read their story from My Jewish Learning: India's Bene Israel Jews | My Jewish Learning
17. ‘Homeland’ Star Mandy Patinkin To Narrate Podcast On Jews In Germany in the 1930s. Exile is the Emmy and Tony Award-winners first foray into podcasts and the first six episodes will launch next week, followed by another six in 2023. Produced by Antica Productions and the Leo Baeck Institute, the 12-parter will tell the stories of Jews in Germany in the 1930s, when Nazi rule led millions to be killed and many more to flee. Read the story from Deadline: ‘Homeland’ Star Mandy Patinkin To Narrate Podcast On German Jews – Deadline
18. Nazis Stole Two Paintings From a Jewish Cabaret Star. Now, His Heirs Are Selling Them. After a years-long battle, the descendants of an Austrian Jewish cabaret performer will auction off two Egon Schiele paintings that the Nazis stole from their ancestor. Woman in a Black Pinafore is valued between $500,000 and $800,000, while Woman Hiding Her Face is valued between $1.5 and $2 million. The heirs will use their portions of the proceeds to establish the Grünbaum Fischer Foundation, which will support underrepresented performing artists. Read the full story from the Smithsonian Magazine: Nazis Stole Two Paintings From a Jewish Cabaret Star. Now, His Heirs Are Selling Them | Smart News| Smithsonian Magazine
19. 400 musical works banned by the Nazis to be published. The works include more than 300 songs, 100 chamber music works, 50 orchestral works, and numerous film scores largely written by Jewish composers. The Nazis wanted a world in which the music of Jewish composers would have been banned and forgotten. The publishing will counteract these policies by rescuing the music of exiled composers from oblivion. Read the story from Jewish News: 400 musical works banned by the Nazis to be published | Jewish News
20. Salt-encrusted art from the Dead Sea lands at the Israel Museum. Sigalit Landau’s work over the last 20 years brings treasures, therapies and worries about the salty wonder to the museum’s galleries. Tutus, African masks, fishing nets, barbed wire chandeliers and watermelons dipped in glistening layers of diamond-like Dead Sea salt have long formed the inspirational oeuvre of the artist. Landau’s work of the last two decades at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, is at the core of “The Burning Sea,” her new exhibit at The Israel Museum, through June 17, 2023. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Salt-encrusted art from the Dead Sea lands at the Israel Museum | The Times of Israel
21. Taliban approves restoration of historic synagogue in Herat. The Yu Aw synagogue in the city’s Jewish quarter will undergo a 16-month, $500,000 restoration project to save the early 20th-century synagogue and its mikva (ritual bath) from collapse. A Jewish community has not existed in the country since the 1970s and the structures of the once-vibrant community in Herat were abandoned and left to decay. Read the story from JNS: Taliban approves restoration of historic synagogue in Herat - JNS.org
22. Post-Holocaust Jewish ‘honor courts’ channeled some survivors’ desire for revenge. Online event describes how after WWII, Jewish communities put hundreds of survivors on trial for alleged ‘moral transgressions’ during the genocide to stave off vigilante justice. Historians estimate up to 200 people were tried in DP camp-based proceedings. The honor courts allowed some suspects to “clear their names,” while others were prosecuted and punished for “moral transgressions” during the war years. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Post-Holocaust Jewish 'honor courts' channeled some survivors' desire for revenge | The Times of Israel
23. The Jews of Johannesburg: South Africa’s Thriving Jewish Community. South Africa is home to over 50,000 Jews - mostly in Johannesburg and Capetown - making it the 12th largest Jewish community in the world. The vast majority of South Africa’s Jewish population can trace their heritage back to immigrants from Lithuania who arrived in South Africa at the close of the 19th and the dawn of the 20th centuries. Read the story from Aish: The Jews of Johannesburg: South Africa’s Thriving Jewish Community - aish.com
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