JewishGen Weekly News Nosh March 5, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor

Date: March 5, 2023


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


Weekly News Stories About Jewish Genealogy, Jewish History, and Jewish Culture.


Enjoy this week’s Nosh!




1.      JewishGen Talks: Annual Purim Party 2023. When: Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Time: 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Join JewishGen for the fun and hilarity you expect from Purim with Jewish Genealogy Death Match, special guest appearances, special Purim interviews, a Purim Speil and more. It is not too late to register at: Note: If you are not a member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, checkout as a “guest” for ease of registration.


2.      MyHeritage Releases cM Explainer™ to Predict Familial Relationships Between DNA Matches with Greater Accuracy. For every DNA Match, cM Explainer™ offers a detailed prediction of the possible relationships between the two people and the respective probabilities of each relationship, determines their most recent common ancestor, and displays a diagram showing their relationship path. cM Explainer™ is a free feature and is available to anyone with DNA results on MyHeritage. It is also available as a free standalone tool for non-MyHeritage customers at: cM Explainer™ - MyHeritage


3.      Ancestry® Launches Storymaker Studio. Storymaker Studio is a centralized, one-stop destination to curate facts, images, records and memories and tell the stories of your family history. With this new tool, members can upload and enhance photos and images, record and upload audio files (for the first time on Ancestry), integrate photos with audio, and publish their Ancestry Stories to their trees, on their personal social channels and within the Ancestry community. Read the press release: Ancestry® Launches Storymaker Studio | Business Wire Storymaker Studio is currently free with the Ancestry mobile app. Check out the Storymaker Studio at  and share your story on Ancestry and social media using #MyAncestryStory.


4.      YIVO to Digitize Millions of Documents from Jewish Labor Bund. For almost half a century, the pulse of much of the Jewish Diaspora was the Bund, a combination labor union, political party and social organization. For years the only way to see those signs of life — the summer camps, schools, music ensembles and the picket lines — was to visit the archives and know what you were looking for. Now, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will digitize the Jewish Labor Bund archive, some 3.5 million pages of documents, photos, flyers and correspondence from revolutionary leaders. For photographs and more, go to:  Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for this story.


5.      New and Updated Databases over 2.7 million records on IGRA’s Website. The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now over 2.7 million records available in their databases. With each release they provide a variety of records to their collection. A preview of the databases is available at: Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


6.      MyHeritage Introduces Color Coding for Family Trees. Adding color coding to your family tree can make it easier to navigate. MyHeritage previously implemented color coding in Fan view of the family tree, as well as in the Family Tree Timeline. This week they announced the addition of color coding for family trees across the two main views of the tree: Family view and Pedigree view. Read more from their blog: Introducing Color Coding for Family Trees - MyHeritage Blog


7.      MyHeritage Relaunches DNA Quest. This project helps to reunite adoptees with their birth families through DNA testing. As part of this installment, 5,000 DNA kits will be donated to adoptees and family members searching for people who were adopted. Anyone in the world over the age of 18 who meets that criteria are welcome to apply from now until March 17, 2023. Read more from the MyHeritage blog: MyHeritage Announces Third Installment of DNA Quest Initiative - MyHeritage Blog


8.      Connect Our Kids: Helping Foster Children Learn Who They Are by Connecting to Their Past. Connect Our Kids’ Family Connections platform provides child welfare professionals tools to find contact information for extended families for youth in foster care—with the mission of finding extended relatives and natural support networks who will offer lifelong connections, support, and belonging. Read the story from Dick Eastman’s EOGN:


9.      Series of BBC podcasts on “How to Invent a Country” series that include Poland, Russia and Lithuania, among others. Currently there are 35 historical podcasts listed, summarized by country at  For example, the three Polish podcasts are 28 minutes each. Thanks to Nolan Altman for passing this site along to me.


10.  19th Century London drinking fountain in honor of Jewish philanthropist restored. The Heritage of London Trust (HOLT) saved the neglected and broken 138-year-old fountain dedicated to Leonard Montefiore, a passionate supporter of women’s emancipation in Victorian England. Read the story from Jewish News (UK): 19th Century London drinking fountain in honour of Jewish philanthropist restored | Jewish News


11.  Kandinsky work recovered by heirs of Jewish Holocaust victim sells for record $45million dollars. ‘Murnau Mit Kirche II’ belonged to Johanna Margarethe Stern, who was murdered in Auschwitz, and was returned to her descendants last year by a Dutch museum. It was a record for the artist according to auctioneers Sotheby’s. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Kandinsky work recovered by heirs of Jewish Holocaust victim sells for record $45m | The Times of Israel


12.  80 years later, Thessaloniki’s documentary film festival to pay tribute to deported Jews. On March 15, 1943, the first train bound for Auschwitz departed from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, once home to one of the largest Sephardic Jewish communities in the world. Eighty years later, the city’s documentary film festival is paying tribute to Jews killed during the Holocaust and to the Jewish community’s enduring importance to the city. Read the story from JTA: 80 years later, Thessaloniki’s documentary film festival to pay tribute to deported Jews - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


13.  Exploring Israel: A Visit to a 1,600–year–old Synagogue. The ancient synagogue at the Bar'am National Park, near the Lebanese border, makes it easy to imagine the ancient Galilean worshipers congregating there. The lintel stones are decorated with branches, vines and inscriptions in Aramaic, the language spoken by Galilean Jews during the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods.  Read the story from Haaretz: Exploring Israel: A Visit to a 1,600–year–old Synagogue - Archaeology -


14.  Vivid-Pix and the National Genealogical Society Restore Treasured Memories. Vivid-Pix1 and the National Genealogical Society2 announced that they have partnered to drive new audiences through the doors of family history societies, libraries, archives and museums through the Family Matters Community Engagement Program. Read more about this program from Dick Eastman’s EOGN:  A video about the program is available at:


15.  Albania to build museum to honor citizens who saved Jews during Holocaust. Albania announced plans to open a museum in Tirana dedicated to the stories of its citizens who saved Jews during the Holocaust along with honoring Jewish history and culture. The Besa Museum will be named after the strict neighborly honor code that Albanians say motivated them to protect their Jewish neighbors during World War II. Though Albania was occupied by both fascist Italy and later Nazi Germany, its Jewish population grew throughout the war, more than tripling as refugees flocked there from around Europe. Albania’s embassy in Berlin issued false identity papers to Jews, and many locals hid them in their houses. Read the story from JTA: Albania to build museum to citizens who saved Jews during Holocaust - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


16.  Why American Eagle now has a mezuzah at its Times Square flagship store courtesy of Chabad. The mezuzah was affixed on the apparel brand’s door as part of the recently concluded convention of CTeen, Chabad’s youth group. At a concert in Times Square on Saturday night, thousands of teens from more than 30 countries gathered to sing Jewish songs — and witness the mezuzah being hung. Read the story from NY Jewish Week and JTA: Why American Eagle now has a mezuzah at its Times Square flagship - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


17.  Kupiskis,  Lithuania synagogue renovated. As of March 1st, the renovated historical building, Kupiskis synagogue is now available to visit. The Jewish community in Kupiskis began to develop in the 17th century when permission in 1682 to build a synagogue was issued. In 1897,  2661 Jews lived in Kupisky, or 71% of the entire town's population. The restored synagogue has regained its former pre-war architectural volume and shape with an authentic polychrome decor unveiled in the hall. According to a study conducted by the Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Art, there were close to 1,000 synagogues in Lithuania prior to World War II. To see pictures of the Synagogue, go to:  Kupiškio krašto paveldas | Facebook


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