JewishGen Weekly News Nosh November 6, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: November 6, 2022 

“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots

Enjoy this week's News Nosh without politics...just Jewish Genealogy, Jewish History and Jewish Culture!



1.      Upcoming Educational Webinar: The next JewishGen Talk will take place Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. The topic will be Dying to find out-Beyond Death Certificates. You can register at:


2.     If you Missed the Last JewishGen Talks: Researching Jews in America: American Synagogue Records as Genealogy Resource. You can view this excellent program providing NEW genealogical resources on the JewishGen YouTube channel. Go to: JewishGen Talks: Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource - YouTube The discussion was 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.


3.      Speaking of…"Shul Records America" Launches on JewishGen. The JewishGen USA Research Division introduces Shul Records America (SRA) <> a new finding aid pointing to the location of American synagogue records. To make it easier, and in one place to identify where congregational records are housed, it is launching with over 450 collections held at 47 repositories or websites, about 20% include URLS for digitized materials. To add additional collections, volunteer to index digitized synagogue records, or for more information about Shul Records America, visit or contact USA-RD Director, Ellen Kowitt at ekowitt@....


4.      Ancestry Canada Global Military Records Free Access Until November 11. The site is only allowing one free access per person. Registration required which includes your name and email address. However, no credit card information is required. After November 11, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid membership. See: To see a full list of records in the featured collections please go to:


5.      New Collection of Military Notices from the London Gazette.  Fold3 announced new UK records available. The UK, London Gazette WWII Military Notices 1939-1945 contains 1.3 million indexed records for service members found in the Military Notice sections or supplements of the London Gazette newspaper.  This new collection consists of a searchable index of service members and the awards or mentions they received. These notices include military awards or commendations, reports of people leaving service due to illness, appointments, promotions, and other military matters. Read more from the Fold3 blog:  New Collection of Military Notices from the London Gazette! | Fold3 HQ


6.      Using New York City's Free Records NYG&B Program Free to Attend, But Must Register Wednesday November 9, 2022 7:00 PM EST. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is holding a  program open to the public on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00PM EST on Using New York City’s Free Records.  It is free to attend, but one must register. The program is to discover both online and onsite sources openly available to everyone.  To register go to: Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for letting us know about this program.


7.      New Free Records for October on FamilySearch. FamilySearch added over 30 million new, free, name-searchable genealogy records from 46 countries to its online collections in October 2022 . Over 1 million records each were added for Mexico, Belgium, Brazil, Guatemala, Ireland, Spain, and the Ukraine. Thousands more were added for Belarus, France, Ireland, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Go to: Monthly Record Update for October 2022 ( to see the specifics.


8.      MyHeritage Has Early Holiday Shopping DNA Sale for only $39.00. The holiday sales are starting! Uncover your ethnic origins and find new relatives with their simple DNA test. Go to: MyHeritage DNA | Reveal your Ethnicity & Ancestry | DNA Testing - MyHeritage


9.      Gesher Galicia Discussion List To Be Moved To The New JewishGen Discussion Group Platform. Gesher Galicia Discussion Board has moved to the JewishGen Discussion Group (JGDG). This will happen on Sunday November 13th, but the old board will still be up for a short while until it is shut down by Lyris. Posts will no longer need to be in plain text and the JGDG is much more secure. Users can use hyperlinks and attach pictures while diacritics and accent marks will now be able to be used as well as special formats such as bolds and italics.  Hashtags are used to make searching that much easier. One must be a member of the JewishGen Discussion Group to use their board which is considered a subgroup of the main board. To post to this new board send an email to: GesherGalicia@...


10.  Sephardic Genealogical Society. Are you descended from a Sephardic family? The Sephardic Genealogical Society exists to encourage and support research into Iberian Sephardic ancestry. Sephardic genealogy overlaps with other Jewish genealogies, as well as those of Spain, Portugal, the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds. They are supported by Sephardic World, who host free weekly online speakers on Sephardic genealogy and history. You can join the mailing list here. You can watch recorded videos here. You can provide financial support here.


11.  Remembering World War I: Timeline, Photos, and Records. Next week will be 11/11 which was the date in 1918, “The War to End All Wars,” ended.  From 1914–1918, millions of brave men and women around the world left their homes to fight for their countries in the Great War. It’s likely that somewhere along this WWI timeline, someone in your family tree was among these soldiers. Do you know their story? Draft and service records from World War I can be a rich source of information about your ancestors, including physical descriptions, vital information, and details about their involvement in the war. FamilySearch has a special blog about this: WWI Timeline, Records, and Pictures of Soldiers • FamilySearch


12.  Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal. The Ritchie Boys, a group consisting of mainly undercover Jewish soldiers during WWII are being put up for a Congressional Gold Medal. Visit the "official" Ritchie Boy site at for information about the Ritchie Boys, or to see if your relative might be one, and read even more about other Ritchie Boys via our past and present posts as well as follow the Congressional Medal journey by visiting The Ritchie Boys of WWII Facebook page at Thanks to Josh Freeling for passing along this story to me.


13.  Monsters, Demons, and Other Mythical Creatures in Jewish Lore. There are more of these fantastic Jewish creatures than you might think. Jewish tradition is opposed to magic, divination, and sorcery. This doesn’t mean that Jews didn’t do these things, of course. In fact, the very first king of Israel, Saul, illicitly contacted the soul of the dead prophet Samuel with the help of the Witch of Endor. In antiquity there was very little difference between religion, magic, and medicine. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Monsters, Demons, and Other Mythical Creatures in Jewish Lore | My Jewish Learning


14.  Similar Jewish Words You Don’t Want to Mix Up. From kibbitz/kibbutz to mitzvah/mikveh, My Jewish Learning rounds up some easily confused Hebrew and Yiddish terms. It can be hard to pronounce and keep straight the myriad Jewish words and phrases in common parlance. Especially because for those of us who are not native Hebrew or Yiddish speakers (or who have the auto-correct function on our phones), many of these words and phrases sound similar to one another. Read the story: Similar Jewish Words You Don't Want to Mix Up | My Jewish Learning


15.  Six Little-Known Jewish Languages. Jewish communities around the world created their own language. Scattered far and wide, Jewish communities have carved out distinctive languages, keeping them somewhat apart from the larger non-Jewish communities surrounding them. Sometimes these “Jewish” languages are very similar to the dominant language around them, yet Jewish forms of languages contain clearly distinct elements. Read this interesting story from Aish: 6 Little-Known Jewish Languages -


16.  What Are Kohanim, or Jewish ‘Priests’? Descendants of the biblical figure Aaron, kohanim enjoy special privileges. kohen (also spelled cohen or kohan) is a descendant of the sons of Aaron who served as priests in the Temple in Jerusalem. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: What Are Kohanim, or Jewish 'Priests'? | My Jewish Learning


17.  Levites Today. Even after the Temple's destruction, Levites enjoy some unique ritual privileges. After reading the above article, we must also recognize the Levites! Levites are descendants of the tribe of Levi, one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. The Levites served as ritual caretakers of the Temple. Today, Levites and kohanim comprise about 8% of the worldwide Jewish population. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Levites Today | My Jewish Learning


18.  The History of Lox: An American Dream The perfect story to read the News Nosh with! Bagels and lox are a classic Jewish pairing. But who thought of the magical combination of smoked salmon and bagels? And how did it become so synonymous with New York Jewry? Read the story from Aish: The History of Lox: An American Dream -


19.  The Temple with only three members left! For more than 120 years, Temple Mishkan Israel stood in Selma, Alabama, USA serving as the spiritual touchpoint for the thriving Jewish population that called this Black Belt city home. Today, only three Jews remain in Selma – but the historic Temple Mishkan Israel structure continues to serve as a rare and stunning monument to Jewish life in the Deep South.  The Jewish community of Selma was integral to the establishment of the city. Today, the Selma Temple is working to restore the Temple Mishkan Israel building, to preserve and share stories of the Jewish experience in Selma and the Deep South, and to merge the congregation’s past with the present needs of its home city. To learn more about their work, please visit their website and follow their Facebook page

20.  Separation: The Origin of the Women’s Section in the Synagogue. Some of us find it hard to believe that in Talmudic times women and men prayed together in the synagogue. When did a separate gallery for women become mandatory in Orthodox synagogues, and how did the separation of men and women in the prayer service come about? Read the story from The National Library of Israel: Separation: The Origin of the Women’s Section in the Synagogue (


21.  See What These Proud Jewish Stars Looked Like at Their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Stars like Seth Rogen, Tiffany Haddish and the Haim sisters celebrated their Judaism at age 13 and continue their appreciation today. People Magazine has an article and pictures about some Jewish Stars and their Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s:  Jewish Stars' Bar and Bat Mitzvah Throwback Photos (


22.  They fled persecution in Nazi Germany. Then the British put them behind barbed wire. A new book sheds light on the little-known story of thousands of German Jewish refugees held in internment camps in the UK during World War II. Terrified of an imminent attack, the British government authorized the arrest and detention of all German citizens residing in the United Kingdom. Ultimately, around 30,000 Germans were rounded up and sent to internment camps – the vast majority of whom were Jewish refugees who had fled the Nazis, many with British assistance. Read more from The Times of Israel: They fled persecution in Nazi Germany. Then the British put them behind barbed wire | The Times of Israel


23.  How Babka Went From The Shtetls of Europe to Pop Culture Pastry.  When dessert is named after grandma, you know it is good! Babka, lovingly named for the Eastern European Bubbes who shaped and filled the pastry for generations, has long been enjoyed by Jewish children and grandchildren the world over. Read the story from Aish: How Babka Went From The Shtetls of Europe to Pop Culture Pastry -


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