JewishGen Weekly News Nosh March 12, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor
Date: March 12, 2023
“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
Enjoy this week’s Nosh!
1. Ukraine Research Division Announces New Records and Goals. On Wednesday, Phyllis Berenson, the Director of the Ukraine Research Division announced that on March 15th, there will be 150,000 new records added to their web site on JewishGen.org. They also announced a goal of ONE MILLION New records by July! Go to: JewishGen Ukraine Database to start exploring these records!
2. New Tool for Jewish Genealogy - Now Updated! The Documentation of Jewish Records from the L’dor V’dor Foundation "Custodial Entities Checklist" Custodial Entity Type Taxonomy - L’Dor V’Dor Foundation (LDVDF) can guide your research and broaden your view of additional sources for records of your ancestors as well as the “Records Type Checklist”: Record Type Taxonomy - L’Dor V’Dor Foundation (LDVDF)
3. RootsTech 2023 OnDemand Sessions Available. RootsTech 2023 held in Salt Lake City, Utah and virtually had 347,910 participants from 197 countries. You can now catch all of the content from 2023 on demand and visit throughout the year for more educational and inspiring family history sessions. You can access the conference highlights at: https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/
4. Frightening! ‘Inundated with antisemites’: White supremacists are flooding the propaganda marketplace. The amount of white supremacist propaganda handed out in the United States skyrocketed in 2022, according to a new Anti-Defamation League report, but the tactic has little to do with recruitment. The report, released this week, examined white supremacist literature that was handed out in general, as well as antisemitic propaganda specifically. The ADL found 6,751 incidents of white supremacist propaganda, a 38% increase from the previous year and the highest number since the ADL began tracking it. Antisemitic propaganda incidents more than doubled, from 352 incidents in 2021 to 852. Read the story from The Forward: White supremacist propaganda skyrocketed in 2022 – The Forward
5. 400-year-old oak wood Jewish ritual immersion bath found in 'Auschwitz'. A wooden mikveh – Jewish ritual immersion bath – from the 17th or 18th centuries was found several meters beneath a brick bathhouse in January. The discovery was made in the town of Oświęcim, Poland, which Germans refer to as Auschwitz. Jews are known to have first lived in Oświęcim around the mid-16th century, calling the town Oszpicin. Read the story from All Israel: 400-year-old oak wood Jewish ritual immersion bath found in 'Auschwitz' | All Israel News
6. #My Property Story. #My Property Story is one of the World Jewish Restitution Organization’s projects. The WJRO represents world Jewry in pursuing claims for the recovery of Jewish properties in Europe (outside of Germany and Austria). WJRO was established by leading world Jewish organizations to address the restitution of Jewish property and to remind the world that the time has come to redress the enormous material wrongs caused to European Jewry during the Holocaust. Read more at: Home - WJRO
7. Family from the Bronx? Center for Jewish Studies Launches Bronx Jewish History Project. In the first half of the 20th century, the Bronx was home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish residents, many of whom had immigrated with their families in the late 1800s and early 1900s from Europe. More than 600,000 Jewish people lived in the borough in the late 1940s, but by 2003, just about 45,000 were left. Read the story from Fordham: Center for Jewish Studies Launches Bronx Jewish History Project (fordham.edu)
8. Are you from Northern California or looking for relatives who once lived in the area? J. The Jewish News of Northern California traces its history back to 1895, when it began publication in San Francisco as the Emanu-El. This collection contains 6,150 issues comprising 163,774 pages and 694,880 articles for 126 years from 1895-2021. To visit the website go to: J. Archives; The Jewish News of Northern California (ucr.edu) Thanks to Rebecca Elliot for letting me know about this site.
9. Kandinsky painting recovered by Holocaust victims' heirs sets auction record at nearly $45 million. Part of the auction house's Modern & Contemporary Evening Auction, "Murnau mit Kirche II" ("Murnau with Church II"; 1910), was the most expensive sale of the night, as well as a new auction record for the artist. Read more from CNN: Kandinsky painting recovered by Holocaust victims' heirs sets auction record at nearly $45 million - CNN Style
10. Jews of Venice’s Ghetto. On March 29, 1516, the Government of the city-state of Venice issued a new decree: henceforth all Jews must be confined to a small, polluted island within the city. The foul-smelling island was the former site of Venice’s foundries, or “ghettos”. The island was known as the Ghetto and gave us this word’s meaning. Nearly a thousand Jews moved to the island. Iron gates were erected at the entrances and the Jews were forced to pay for guards to make sure no Jews escaped. Read more from Aish: Jews of Venice’s Ghetto - Aish.com
11. The Jews of Iran: 10 Amazing Facts. Jews Have Lived in Modern-Day Iran for Almost 3,000 Years. Judaism predates Islam in modern-day Iran by over 1,000 years, and Jews are one of the oldest religious minority communities in the country, known until 1935 as Persia (Jews have had a continuous presence there for 2,700 years). Read the complete story from Aish: The Jews of Iran: 10 Amazing Facts - Aish.com
12. Jewish Man Discovers his Mom’s Home in Krakow Starred on ‘Schindler’s List.’ Max Friedman managed to track down his mother’s address in Krakow, Poland, as part of research he was conducting in preparation for a book about his family’s history before the Holocaust. He arrived at his mother’s home only to discover it had been turned into a tourist attraction. Read more from The Jewish Press: Jewish Man Discovers his Mom’s Home in Krakow Starred on ‘Schindler’s List’ | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | David Israel | 13 Adar 5783 – March 6, 2023 | JewishPress.com
13. College Students on Northern Israel field Trip Stumble onto 1,500-year-old Ancient Stone Lioness Carving. Israel is littered with archaeological finds and antiquities, but finding not one but two lioness statues by accident is quite the achievement. The lucky group from the Kinneret Academic College discovers basalt sculpture that likely adorned synagogue, and a rare 1,800-year-old coin, on same day Read the story from The Times of Israel: Students on northern Israel field trip stumble onto 1,500-year-old lioness carving | The Times of Israel
14. These Seven 19th Century Jewish Inventors Changed Your Life. The 19th century saw a surge in innovation and invention, with many world-changing ideas and technologies being created. While Germany is known for its many great inventors, what is less well-known is the significant number of German-Jewish inventors who made important contributions to the world. Here are seven that you’ve probably never heard of. Read the story from Aish: These Seven 19th Century Jewish Inventors Changed Your Life - Aish.com
15. The Woman Preserving the Endangered Cuisine of Indian Jews. Esther David traveled from the spice port of Cochin to the mountains of Mizoram to record this culinary culture. According to oral tradition, a group of Jews fleeing persecution in Israel shipwrecked on the island of Alibaug, off of Western India’s coast, in the first century. The 14 survivors settled in villages nearby, sowing the seeds of India’s largest Jewish community: the Bene Israel, or “Children of Israel.” Read the story from Atlas Obscura: The Woman Preserving the Endangered Cuisine of Indian Jews - Gastro Obscura (atlasobscura.com) Thanks to Bruce Drake for passing this story along to me.
16. Long overlooked, great women of the Sassoon dynasty get their due in new exhibit. One of the world’s greatest dynasties was also powered by women, whose tales are now told through the family’s magnificent art collection at NYC’s Jewish Museum through August 13. The Sassoons tells the story of four generations of Sassoons — known as the “Rothschilds of the East” — including the important role of the Sassoon women, many of whom have traditionally been excluded from the narrative. the story from the Times of Israel: Long overlooked, great women of the Sassoon dynasty get their due in new exhibit | The Times of Israel
17. Why the Tower of London holds a paradoxical place in Medieval England’s Jewish story. New research at Historic Royal Palaces, paints iconic fortress as a place of imprisonment, sanctuary, execution and employment for 13th-century Jews. The Tower’s role for the Jews — who are thought to have settled in the country soon after the Norman conquest of 1066 — stemmed from their unique legal status in 13th-century England. As contemporary documents record, Jews and their possessions were considered the property of the king. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Why the Tower of London holds a paradoxical place in Medieval England’s Jewish story | The Times of Israel
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