JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh December 25, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor

Date: December 25, 2022 

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


A Merry Christmas to our non-Jewish members

                      Enjoy this week’s Nosh!




1.      JewishGen Education Announcement. JewishGen Education launches its new website with new classes. Check out the one-time only $18.00 Voucher-Coupon and use this coupon for one On Demand Course or the new Fundamentals Series  For questions and answers contact Nancy Holden at education@...


2.      JewishGen Webinar: Dos Gesl - The Kheyders at the Center of East European Jewish Life. Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022, Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Speaker: Dr. Dan Oren Registration: Free with a suggested donation. To register go to: Museum of Jewish Heritage -A Living Memorial to the Holocaust ( About the Talk. One year before Dan Oren was born, his Lublin-born grandfather Avraham Tzvi Mayzels published an article on “Dos Gesl,”the central alley in the Lublin Jewish quarter that was the hub of Lublin children’s’ Jewish education. Drawing from this article and other published recollections of East European Kheyder life…maps, photos and illustrations, this talk will briefly bring the beauty and a few of the challenges of that “lost world” back to life.


3.      Tip of the week. Want to keep your message from being rejected on the JewishGen Discussion Group? The number one reason for message rejection (several per day!) is lack of a complete signature at the end of a message. As per Discussion Group Guidelines: https://groups.jewishgen.or g/g/main/guidelines since it is not an anonymous forum, all posts must include your FULL NAME at the end of your message. You might want to create an automatic signature so you don’t have to remember every time, and you can do that by going to: Creating an Automatic Signature: Not a member? Not taking advantage of checking the 673,800 archival messages going back to 1998? You can join by going to subscribe: main@... | Home


4.      Sephardic Web Site to check out: Les Fleurs de l'Orient. This site contains the genealogy of the major Sephardi families from the Ottoman Empire and beyond, documents as submitted by members of the Fleurs de l'Orient, a bibliography list, and links to other genealogy websites. The genealogy databases include all families that are related to them by marriage regardless of their country of origin and religion. Each additional branch is listed with its own ancestors and descendants. To view, go to: Les Fleurs de L’Orient (


5.      MyHeritage Announces Global Name Translation™ for DNA Matches. This newest application of Global Name Translation™ is great news for users who receive DNA Matches in Greek, Hebrew, Ukrainian, and Russian, or whose display language on MyHeritage is one of those languages. Both will now find the names of their DNA Matches transliterated, either from non-Latin characters to Latin letters (English), or from Latin letters to the selected language on their family site. Read the story from their blog: New: Global Name Translation™ for DNA Matches - MyHeritage Blog


6.      Introducing the Forward 125: The American Jews who shaped our world. The Forward is celebrating their 125-year anniversary. Here are the people who’ve made headlines and history each year since the Forward was born. Some are household names: pop-culture icons and Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court justices and superhero athletes. Others were obscure individuals caught up in events that shaped society: the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and the Tree of Life massacre, firefighters who perished on 9/11, writers and producers blacklisted by Hollywood. Their stories, and their impact, endure. Read the story from the Forward (may require a subscription): The Forward 125: Jews who shaped US history – The Forward


7.      Menorah from the 1931 iconic photo with Nazi flag lit at Berlin Hanukkah ceremony. A candle-lighting event was held with photographer’s grandchildren and German president on second night of holiday, 90 years after family fled looming genocide. The picture, taken by Rachel Posner, wife of Rabbi Akiva Posner, shows the candelabra sitting on a window ledge of their home in Kiel overlooking a building across the street adorned with Nazi flags. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Menorah from iconic photo with Nazi flag to be lit at Berlin Hanukkah ceremony | The Times of Israel


8.      This drug could stop Ashkenazi women from developing breast cancer. Jewish women of Ashkenazi origin have a 1-in-40 chance of developing a gene mutation that causes breast cancer. The mutation, which occurs on the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, increases the breast cancer risk for young women and raises the risk as they age. The chance of getting breast cancer from these gene mutations is significantly higher for Ashkenazi women than the general population. Dr. Larisa Ryvo now works with Olaparib to prevent breast cancer from occurring or recurring. Read the story from The Jerusalem Post: This drug could stop Ashkenazi women from developing breast cancer  - The Jerusalem Post (


9.      Startling and sobering Auschwitz exhibition. The exhibition everyone is talking about has a strong message and lasting impact. Mournful string music weaves the melancholy mood as you enter the Seeing Auschwitz exhibition in South Kensington London, UK. Open since October, it comprises a collection of 100 photographs of the camp that have survived to the present day, with an audio guide that includes testimonies from survivors. Read the story from Jewish News UK: 'Startling and sobering' Auschwitz exhibition | Jewish News


10.  The Jewish Gladiator. Imagine the choices and consequences that a starving slave had to face. Imagine the choices and consequences that a Jewish slave had to face. Imagine the choices and consequences that a Jewish gladiator had to face. Jewish slaves in Rome had to wear a palm tree symbol to publicize that the Romans had conquered their homeland and had taken its people into captivity. Read the story from Aish: The Jewish Gladiator -


11.  Disney releases a sneak peek of its upcoming miniseries about the woman who helped hide Anne Frank.  Eight-part limited series ‘A Small Light,’ starring Liev Schrieber as Otto Frank, slated to air on National Geographic and Disney+ in the spring. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Disney releases sneak peak of new Anne Frank miniseries | The Times of Israel


12.  The Jews of Kaifeng: China’s Only Native Jewish Community. Tolerance and assimilation led to the near-disappearance of a Chinese Jewish community over 1,000 years old. Most scholars believe that Jews first arrived during the Song Dynasty (960-1127 C.E.), from India or Persia (present day Iran), stops on the Silk Road. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: The Jews of Kaifeng: China's Only Native Jewish Community | My Jewish Learning


13.  Happy Hanukkah 2022 from Jewish Heritage Europe. They celebrate with photos of synagogue decorations that (almost) remind us of fancy gift wrapping.  Read the story and see the pictures from JHE: Happy Hanukkah 2022 from JHE! - Jewish Heritage Europe (


14.  More Hanukkah… 8 snapshots of Hanukkah celebrations from around the world. Hanukkah’s resonance and unique traditions offer a great window into Jewish communities around the world. JTA has rounded up eight images, one for each candle of the menorah, that give a snapshot into how Jews — and, in a couple instances, how a few notable non-Jews — are celebrating the festival of lights this year, from Chile to Ukraine to Taiwan. Read the story from JTA: 8 snapshots of Hanukkah celebrations from around the world - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


15.  Avotaynu Books is back with a new website. Avotaynu Books, the leading publisher of books on Jewish genealogy with over 50 titles in print, can now be found at:


16.  International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2023. The theme "Home and Belonging" highlights the humanity of the Holocaust victims and survivors who had their home and sense of belonging ripped from them by the perpetrators of the Holocaust. The violence of exclusion began with disinformation and hate speech that lent support to systemic injustice, discrimination, marginalization that ended with genocidal killing.  To read more from the United Nations see: and  Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this reminder.


17.  A few of his favorite things: Ronald Lauder’s lifelong art collection now on display. 500 pieces that make the Jewish philanthropist say ‘Oh my God’ can be seen at an exhibition that replicates how they’re displayed in his own home. The public can now see some of Lauder’s OMG pieces at the Upper East Side’s Neue Galerie, which Lauder founded in 2001. In honor of the museum’s 20th anniversary, 500 pieces of Lauder’s personal collection are on display through February 13, 2023. Read the story and see some of the pictures from The Times of Israel: A few of his favorite things: Ronald Lauder's lifelong art collection now on display | The Times of Israel


18.  This 118-year-old Jewish bakery in India is a hit on Christmas. Known for its delectable fruit cakes and its selection of Christmas baked goods, Nahoum & Sons is a testament to Kolkata’s once significant Baghdadi Jewish community, of which less than 20 members remain. In part fleeing persecution in Baghdad and parts of the Middle East, the Baghdadi Jews  or Baghdadis as they came to be known, found India to be a land of tolerance where they could not only practice their religion freely but thrive as traders and merchants. The Jewish community in Kolkata peaked during World War II, with about 5,000 Baghdadi Jews. Read the story from JTA: This 118-year-old Jewish bakery in India is a hit on Christmas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


19.  The “Fun Story” of the Week. The History of “Oy Vey”. Half Hebrew, half Aramaic, this classic lament is all Jewish. Oy vey! — also: Oy vavoy! Oy vey iz mir! Oy gevalt! Or quite simply: Oy! — is an iconic Jewish expression. The word “oy” (אוי) goes back thousands of years, all the way to the Hebrew Bible. Read the full story from My Jewish Learning: The Story of "Oy Vey" | My Jewish Learning


20. Fun Story #2” of the Week: 7 Classic Christmas Songs Written By Jews. From 'White Christmas' to 'Winter Wonderland,' some of the most famous songs of the season are by members of the Tribe. American Jews were prominent in the songwriting business of the 20th century, and even if they didn’t celebrate Christmas, they were happy to write for the popular Christmas market. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: 7 Classic Christmas Songs Written By Jews | My Jewish Learning


21. “Fun Story # 3” of the Week: Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas? American Jews have a long history of breaking out the chopsticks in late December. Every year around this time a certain handwritten sign goes viral on Jewish Facebook: “The Chinese Rest. Assoc. of the United States would like to extend our thanks to The Jewish People. We do not completely understand your dietary customs… But we are proud and grateful that your GOD insists you eat our food on Christmas.” The holiday message is in all likelihood a fabrication, but the tradition behind it? Not so much. Read the story from The Forward (may require a subscription): Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas? (


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