JewishGen Weekly News Nosh March 19, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor
Date: March 19, 2023
“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
Quite a few interesting and unusual stories this week of Jewish Genealogy, Jewish History and Jewish Culture from story #1 to #20. Enjoy this week’s Nosh!
1. The News Nosh Tip of the Week: Do you need something translated? The absolute best way is by using ViewMate. ViewMate allows JewishGen participants to post photographs and documents online, and request help in translating or identifying information. At ViewMate you can submit photos: for identification of people, clothing, buildings, scenes, objects, artifacts, etc. At ViewMate you can submit letters, documents, book pages, maps, etc. for analysis or translation. For more information and instructions on how to use go to: ViewMate - Home (jewishgen.org)
2. 1931 Census of Canada to Be Released on June 1, 2023. After the legislated 92 years in the vault, the highly anticipated 1931 Census of Canada will be made available to the public. Collected during the Great Depression and at a time of significant immigration, the census provides a snapshot of the more than 10 million people living in Canada in 1931. . On June 1, 2023, Canadians can expect to browse the digitized census images by geographic districts and sub-districts on the Library and Archives Canada website. To read more see: 1931 Census of Canada to Be Released on June 1, 2023 (familysearch.org)
3. MyHeritage Adds 19 Million Records in February 2023. MyHeritage just added 19 million records from 15 historical record collections from the U.S., the U.K., and Scotland. The collections include birth, marriage, death, obituary, voter registrations, passenger, and prison records. Read the specifics from their blog: MyHeritage Adds 19 Million Records in February 2023 - MyHeritage Blog
4. Lithuania News: JDC Questionnaire to the Jewish Community Council of Mazheik (Mazeikiai) in Lithuania in July 1921. Kehila links site for Mazeikiai recently added the translation from Lithuanian to English of the Mazeikiai Joint Distribution Committee Questionnaire to the Jewish Community Council in Lithuania in July 1921. After the first world war and the newly created independent State of Lithuania the JDC was based in Kaunas. The file was found in YIVO records. You can see a copy of the original questionnaire and the translation at: JDCQuestionnaireMazheik1921.pdf (jewishgen.org) It is likely that some of this information was used in the all Lithuanian census of 1923.
5. American Jewish Archives. Have you tried using the American Jewish Archives for genealogical research? The AJA contains over 10 million pages of documents, manuscripts, genealogical materials, as well as thousands of audiovisual recordings, photographs, microfilm, and digital collections. The AJA online catalog is the gateway to this vast collection of primary source material detailing the history of the Jewish experience in the Americas. To search, go to: ArchivEra: Portal (sydneyplus.com) Thanks to Gary Pokrassa for reminding us of this valuable resource in a post on the JewishGen Discussion group.
6. Medieval synagogue that predates the Inquisition found hidden under Spanish nightclub. A highly significant find, this 14th-century synagogue is a rare example of Jewish religious life in medieval Spain. Before this building in Spain was a nightclub, it was a hospital, a church, and a school. But archaeologists have recently determined that, originally, the structure was a medieval Jewish synagogue — one of only five remaining in all of Spain. The Utrera synagogue was built in the 1300s and likely survived the 1492 expulsion of Jews from Spain because it was reused and added to over the years. Read the story from Live Science: Medieval synagogue that predates the Inquisition found hidden under Spanish nightclub | Live Science
7. Stanford Libraries launches Taube Archive of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuremberg, 1945-46. This archival collection provides access to a digital version of Nuremberg IMT courtroom proceedings and documentation, including evidentiary films, full audio recordings of the proceedings, and approximately 250,000 pages of digitized paper documents. The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg was the first international criminal trial and, to this day, it remains the most prominent. The trial opened on 20 November 1945 and, after 403 sessions held over 216 days, the Tribunal delivered its verdict on 1 October 1946. All 9,920 collection items are searchable and viewable in digital form. Go to: https://virtualtribunals.stanford.edu/nuremberg Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this story.
8. Coin with oldest depiction of Temple menorah displayed for first time. New renovation of the Davidson Center in Jerusalem utilizes interactive tech and augmented reality to highlight history and archaeology of Temple-era Jerusalem. The coin dates to around 40 BCE, during the Roman times and the reign of the last Hasmonean king and is the oldest known artistic depiction of the menorah, created 107 years before the destruction of the Second Temple. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Coin with oldest depiction of Temple menorah displayed for first time | The Times of Israel
9. The First Jew In Canada Now Identified In Historic Discovery. Jewish man from Turkey lived in Quebec City. The Law of the time strictly stipulates it: no Jew has the right to settle in New France unless he converts to the Catholic religion. Therefore, there is no official Jewish immigration until the British regime (1760). How is it that Joseph Langeron was officially identified as a “Jew from Turkey” given the laws in force in New France? To find out, read the story from The J Canada: The First Jew In Canada Now Identified In Historic Discovery - TheJ.ca
10. Anti-Jewish incidents jumped nearly 20% in 2021 in the U.S., FBI finds. The updated FBI statistics released Monday counted 817 anti-Jewish criminal offenses reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2021, up from 683 in 2020 — a year when people largely stayed off the streets for a substantial period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the report showed a total of more than 10,800 total hate crimes — the highest number in decades. As in previous years, anti-Jewish incidents comprised the majority of the 1,590 hate crimes based on religion. Read the story from JTA: Anti-Jewish incidents jumped nearly 20% in 2021, FBI finds - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
11. The Jewish Community of Jamaica. Legends about Jewish pirates and a distinguished 20th-century political legacy are highlights of this Caribbean Jewish community's history. The Jews of Jamaica make up a small but vibrant religious community centered today in the capital of Kingston. While the core of the community traces its ancestry to the Iberian peninsula, and the Jewish exodus that began in the late 15th century, Jamaican Jews today come from Poland, France, Italy, Africa, Israel, Turkey, and many other places. While some 22,000 Jews once lived on the island, the Jewish population today numbers just about 450 people. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: The Jewish Community of Jamaica | My Jewish Learning
12. New hope for Gaucher disease as experimental treatment begins trials. The genetic disease predominantly affects Ashkenazi Jews. Gaucher disease is fairly rare, with only around 6,000 cases in the United States, but one out of every 10 Ashkenazi Jews carries the mutated gene that causes it. If two parents both carry that mutation, each of their kids has a 25% chance of developing the disease. Read the story from The Forward: New treatment for Gaucher disease offers hope – The Forward
13. The history of a Yiddish press on exhibit at the University of Pittsburgh. A new exhibit at the University of Pittsburgh shines a light on the importance of the Yiddish press in America and the historical significance of one of its landmark publications. The exhibit at the Hillman Library which runs at least through April and is open to the public whenever the library is open focuses on the history of the Forward, or “Forverts,” which started as a socialist Yiddish daily paper in 1897 and, at its peak in the 1920s, had a subscription base that rivaled The New York Times. Read more from the Times of Israel: The history of a Yiddish press on exhibit at Pitt | The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (timesofisrael.com)
14. If you are ever in Aruba… Aruba’s new rabbi comes out of retirement to lead a congregation in ‘paradise.’ Jewish life in Aruba dates back to the 16th century, when immigrants arrived from the Netherlands and Portugal. In 1754, Moses Solomon Levie Maduro, settled in Aruba, where he founded the Aruba branch of the Dutch West Indies Company. Maduro paved the way for more immigrants, but the island’s Jewish population has always remained small. It’s now about 100. The synagogue calls itself a “Conservative egalitarian temple keeping Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions.” Read the interesting Rabbi’s story from JTA: Aruba’s new rabbi comes out of retirement to lead a congregation in ‘paradise’ - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
15. Jews win religion popularity contest in new poll. Jews like themselves and so do other people, according to the Pew Research Center. While antisemitic incidents may be up, Jews can take heart: We’re more popular than you might think. New data from the Pew Research Center indicates that while most Americans don’t really know enough Jewish people to have an opinion, far more see them positively than negatively. The poll showed 35% of those asked had either a favorable or very favorable opinion of Jews — the highest percentage of any of the major religious groups on the survey. Only 6% had a somewhat or very unfavorable view. Read the story from the Forward: Jews win religion popularity contest – The Forward
16. Long ignored, Greek Holocaust survivors finally tell their story. The country marks the 80th anniversary of the first deportations of thousands of Greek Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a traumatic event that devastated a once-flourishing community whose roots go back to antiquity. Of over 77,000 Jews living in Greece before World War II, more than 86 percent perished during the four-year occupation by Nazi Germany. Today, the community numbers around five thousand, according to the Jewish Museum in Athens. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Long ignored, Greek Holocaust survivors finally tell their story | The Times of Israel
17. This App Traces 500 years of Cuban Jewish History. Engineering student Abel Hernàndez Eskenazi is committed to using his technological knowhow to promote the rich Jewish heritage of his native Cuba. A fourth-year student at the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana, the 22-year-old has developed an app that traces the 500-year history of the island’s Jews, a community that peaked in the 1920s at around 24,000 and now numbers between 500 and 1,000. Read the story from Hadassah Magazine: This App Traces 500 years of Cuban Jewish History | Hadassah Magazine
18. 11 of the Rarest Jewish Baseball Cards. Every collector of Jewish baseball cards has one item they consider their “Holy Grail,” the elusive card they’ve chased for years. There is, however, no consensus on which is the rarest card of a Jewish baseball player but here are a few noteworthy ones according to the Jewish Baseball Museum:. 11 of the rarest Jewish Baseball cards - Jewish Baseball Museum
19. Israeli Photographer who digitized Dead Sea Scrolls completes new Kirk Douglas archive. Ardon Bar-Hama regularly works with rare documents such as the Aleppo Codex, so when the Douglas Foundation tapped him for a 10,000-item collection, he was ready. Now it is, too. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Photographer who digitized Dead Sea Scrolls completes new Kirk Douglas archive | The Times of Israel To view the archive, go to: Douglas Foundation Archive
20. Jerusalem's Tower of David named one of 'World's Greatest Places' by TIME. Ahead of the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum's grand re-opening in June 2023, TIME revealed that the institution has earned a spot on its third annual list of World's Greatest Places. This historic Jerusalem icon boasts a 360-degree view of the city and has been listed as one of the 50 important places to explore around the world. Read the story in the Jerusalem Post: Jerusalem's Tower of David named as 'World's Greatest Place' by TIME - Israel Culture - The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)
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