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Blitz family #general

Zeev Shaparensky <vladz@...>
 

Hello!
I try find children of Alta Blitz(abt 1890) Blitz her surname before
marrige.
He arived to USA in 1916-1920 year may be to NY.
I know she had two girls: Perl and Tzindl.
I have information about her parents.

Best regards
Zeev
Jerusalem
026560881@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Blitz family #general

Zeev Shaparensky <vladz@...>
 

Hello!
I try find children of Alta Blitz(abt 1890) Blitz her surname before
marrige.
He arived to USA in 1916-1920 year may be to NY.
I know she had two girls: Perl and Tzindl.
I have information about her parents.

Best regards
Zeev
Jerusalem
026560881@...


Krakow Ghetto records #galicia

Harvey Kaplan <harvey@...>
 

Full marks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.
I checked their new online Krakow Ghetto Register >from 1940 and E-mailed my
order on 24 June. On 4 July I received copies of all 4 registration
documents for family members.

Harvey Kaplan

Glasgow, Scotland


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Krakow Ghetto records #galicia

Harvey Kaplan <harvey@...>
 

Full marks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.
I checked their new online Krakow Ghetto Register >from 1940 and E-mailed my
order on 24 June. On 4 July I received copies of all 4 registration
documents for family members.

Harvey Kaplan

Glasgow, Scotland


Ukrainian Success Story and New Web Site Annoucement! #general

Ted Margulis <tedm333@...>
 

Hello all: I'd like to share a fantastic story with all of you. This
story goes back 25 years ago when I first became involved with Jewish
genealogy.

I knew I had two half brothers (Moishe and Aaron Margoulis) who lived
in Ukraine, and later learned that one of the half brothers (Aaron),
along with his wife and daughter were killed when the Germans invaded
Kerch in the Crimea in 1941. But that's a story in itself. The other
brother (Moishe) and his family (wife Hadassah and sons Yuri and
Semen) left Kerch before the Germans got there and fled to Siberia
where he enlisted (or was drafted) into the Red Army and made hero
status at Stalingrad. I have some of his medals now on display in our
home which I am very proud to have them hanging for all to see.

Some of you readers may remember my story that I wrote on the old aol
Jewish genealogy forum in December, 1995, where I discussed the story
of how my wife and I went to Ukraine on our own in August, 1995 and
found that the half brother who had lived through the war, Moishe,
died just four years before we found his second wife living in
Berdechev, Ukraine. She told us about the nephews, but since she was
the step-mother, she had no contact with them.

Through my own research, I found that the two sons of my half brother
Moishe were Russian Military officers, but the trail grew cold and I
couldn't go any further as Russian Military records weren't available
up until recently. So I turned to the International Red Cross and
asked for their help. Six years later, and after a number of calls
from their various offices, all advising me that they hadn't found any
further information about the nephews, I received a fax last week that
blew me away! It advised me that they had made contact with Semen
Margoulis who currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, of all places.

The fax gave me his name and address and phone number and advised me
that he had been living in Australia for 8 years which explains why I
didn't or couldn't find him. He never even knew that I, or my brother
and sisters existed which made it even more interesting for all of us.

I phoned Simon (his English name now) and he was all prepared for my
call as the Australian red Cross had previously made contact for his
permission to release his phone number to us.

We spoke by phone and we were both crying with joy! The emotions
cannot be written using just words. You have to experience the
feeling of that first "hello" to know what we both experienced. In
just a matter of a week, we spoke five times and have sent many emails
between us. Yes he is computer literate which makes it a lot easier
to communicate and he has also learned English. He was planning a
trip to New York for his grandson's Bar Mitzvah in March, but now he
is also planning to visit us in California before going on to New
York!

The American Red Cross has since contacted me and told me that I was
only the second person that they have been able to make a connection,
which I believe they meant a connection with someone now living in
Australia. They want to participate when the reunion between the two
of us happens in March, so you may see some publicity about our
reunion produced by the Red Cross at that time. It will be an
exciting day for all concerned, believe me!

So patience be ... is the important message for all. It may take time
to solve the mystery of family, but it is certainly worth the effort
and the time. It is also quite appropriate for me, to announce at
this time of this unique family reunion, my new Jewish genealogical
web site http://jewishwebindex.com This is a web site where I have
gathered all of the thousands of bits and pieces of information from
various genealogical forums and the thousands of web sites that in
some way relate to Jewish genealogy and have put them under one
umbrella, my unique website. All of the information and sites
available have been the result of my gleaning and surfing the web ten
hours a day, for many years, for my own edification as well as now
making it easier for all Jewish genealogist to do their own research
easier and faster than ever before. It has been a labor of love and I
am proud of the effort ... and the final results.

Because the subject matter is constantly being updated, so will my
website be constantly under construction. My web site's URL (or
address) is http://jewishwebindex.com and I hope you will visit it
soon. It is not a resource as such, but rather a compendium of
thousands of sites and bits of information that are of probably
interest to a Jewish genealogist searching for his/her roots ... and
growing daily. I hope that my effort in building my jewishwebindex
site will make it a rewarding experience for someone else, for that is
my only intent. And by the way, there is no charge for viewing and
using my web site. Geb a keek!

Warm Regards,

Ted Margulis
Palm Desert, CA
http://jewishwebindex.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Ukrainian Success Story and New Web Site Annoucement! #general

Ted Margulis <tedm333@...>
 

Hello all: I'd like to share a fantastic story with all of you. This
story goes back 25 years ago when I first became involved with Jewish
genealogy.

I knew I had two half brothers (Moishe and Aaron Margoulis) who lived
in Ukraine, and later learned that one of the half brothers (Aaron),
along with his wife and daughter were killed when the Germans invaded
Kerch in the Crimea in 1941. But that's a story in itself. The other
brother (Moishe) and his family (wife Hadassah and sons Yuri and
Semen) left Kerch before the Germans got there and fled to Siberia
where he enlisted (or was drafted) into the Red Army and made hero
status at Stalingrad. I have some of his medals now on display in our
home which I am very proud to have them hanging for all to see.

Some of you readers may remember my story that I wrote on the old aol
Jewish genealogy forum in December, 1995, where I discussed the story
of how my wife and I went to Ukraine on our own in August, 1995 and
found that the half brother who had lived through the war, Moishe,
died just four years before we found his second wife living in
Berdechev, Ukraine. She told us about the nephews, but since she was
the step-mother, she had no contact with them.

Through my own research, I found that the two sons of my half brother
Moishe were Russian Military officers, but the trail grew cold and I
couldn't go any further as Russian Military records weren't available
up until recently. So I turned to the International Red Cross and
asked for their help. Six years later, and after a number of calls
from their various offices, all advising me that they hadn't found any
further information about the nephews, I received a fax last week that
blew me away! It advised me that they had made contact with Semen
Margoulis who currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, of all places.

The fax gave me his name and address and phone number and advised me
that he had been living in Australia for 8 years which explains why I
didn't or couldn't find him. He never even knew that I, or my brother
and sisters existed which made it even more interesting for all of us.

I phoned Simon (his English name now) and he was all prepared for my
call as the Australian red Cross had previously made contact for his
permission to release his phone number to us.

We spoke by phone and we were both crying with joy! The emotions
cannot be written using just words. You have to experience the
feeling of that first "hello" to know what we both experienced. In
just a matter of a week, we spoke five times and have sent many emails
between us. Yes he is computer literate which makes it a lot easier
to communicate and he has also learned English. He was planning a
trip to New York for his grandson's Bar Mitzvah in March, but now he
is also planning to visit us in California before going on to New
York!

The American Red Cross has since contacted me and told me that I was
only the second person that they have been able to make a connection,
which I believe they meant a connection with someone now living in
Australia. They want to participate when the reunion between the two
of us happens in March, so you may see some publicity about our
reunion produced by the Red Cross at that time. It will be an
exciting day for all concerned, believe me!

So patience be ... is the important message for all. It may take time
to solve the mystery of family, but it is certainly worth the effort
and the time. It is also quite appropriate for me, to announce at
this time of this unique family reunion, my new Jewish genealogical
web site http://jewishwebindex.com This is a web site where I have
gathered all of the thousands of bits and pieces of information from
various genealogical forums and the thousands of web sites that in
some way relate to Jewish genealogy and have put them under one
umbrella, my unique website. All of the information and sites
available have been the result of my gleaning and surfing the web ten
hours a day, for many years, for my own edification as well as now
making it easier for all Jewish genealogist to do their own research
easier and faster than ever before. It has been a labor of love and I
am proud of the effort ... and the final results.

Because the subject matter is constantly being updated, so will my
website be constantly under construction. My web site's URL (or
address) is http://jewishwebindex.com and I hope you will visit it
soon. It is not a resource as such, but rather a compendium of
thousands of sites and bits of information that are of probably
interest to a Jewish genealogist searching for his/her roots ... and
growing daily. I hope that my effort in building my jewishwebindex
site will make it a rewarding experience for someone else, for that is
my only intent. And by the way, there is no charge for viewing and
using my web site. Geb a keek!

Warm Regards,

Ted Margulis
Palm Desert, CA
http://jewishwebindex.com


Sieniawa Torah part II #general

Moshe Goldwaser <mauh2o@...>
 

I asked him "Where is the original?" He replied that a friend of his, a
pig farmer some 12-15 kilometers away, has the original Torah. Safira
and I kept grilling him about some other points concerning Jewish life
in the area and all his answers were in line with the material that Ms.
Rapoport had with her >from Yad Vashem. Some of the Sieniawa Jews were
taken away to the nearby forests to be shot, others were shot at the
Jewish cemetery. The majority was sent to the Belzec death camp located
70 km away. Forgetting for a moment where I was, I asked him to call the
farmer and arrange a meeting. It turned out that neither one of them had
a phone. Alojzy, who is unemployed, agreed to take us to the pig farmer.
All we had to do was overcome the objection of Yossi, our Israeli
security guy. Yossi concern was with us taking 100 yeshiva girls to an
unknown and an unchecked pig farm in an unknown Polish location. I did
not blame Yossi. After all he was doing his job. Somehow we agreed on a
plan where Alojzy would ride his bike back home and we would meet him in
the Rynek (central market place). Word has spread that "we are going to
a pig farm to see a Torah." After about 15 minutes, entire caravan was
racing towards this unknown destination "some 12-15 km away." Alojzy was
in our bus and was directing our bus driver. The level of excitement was
reaching new heights. Some girls were davening (praying) for the
successes of this mission. All our hearts were beating fast at the
prospect of locating this sefer Torah (Torah scroll). After about ten
kilometers, with still nothing in sight except Polish fields and
forests. Yossi kept insisting that we were being taken for a wild goose
chase. Alojzy kept repeating, "it is just around the corner". After 15
km we were on a very narrow unpaved road and I too started to have my
doubts. We were passing a tiny hamlet called Tryncza, consisting of just
a few houses. When Alojzy pointed to a house that looked like any of the
houses in Fiddler's Anatefka.. "Stop the bus, this is it!" Safira and I
together with Alojzy were about to get off the bus. For security
reasons, Yossi insisted that only Alojzy should enter the house. We gave
in, and Alojzy went into the house alone.
We waited and waited. It seemed like eternity. Our hearts were
beating. Some girls were praying. It kept raining. Then to our total
amazement, out of the house emerged Alojzy followed by another, elderly
Pole. The second Pole's name, we later found out was Jare Biernat. Mr.
Biernat was carrying a one large Torah scroll under one arm and what
looked like a couple of smaller scrolls under the other. Alojzy and Jare
were walking towards the bus. It hit us that these scrolls were exposed
to the rain. So a couple of us jumped out of the bus in order to cover
the scrolls. We hustled both Poles into the bus. You can imagine the
excitement in the bus. There were screams of joy and tears running down
many of the faces. One of the rabbis took a closer look at the main
scroll in order to verify that the sefer contains the portion of the
ktav in the photograph. It did match. If it did not, then it meant that
there were possibly additional scrolls inside the house. Our scribe,
Rabbi Seigal, verified the nuscah (style) of the ktav (writing) as Ari
lettering. The sections appeared to be in relatively good condition and
appeared to be about 80-90 years old. We unrolled the main scroll and
showed it to the girls. You have to visualize the scene in the front of
our bus. Two Poles surrounded by all of us with 50 Midreshet Lindenbaum
(Brovenders) girls peering over our shoulders.
I asked Biernat to explain how got to be in the possession of the Torah?
He started telling us this incredible story that at one point after
Germany and Russia invaded Poland in 1939. The border between the two
occupiers was not too far >from this area. He and his family on a number
of occasions helped Jewish families escape the German side to the
Russian occupied Poland. Some times later, after Germany invaded Russia
there was a large group of Jews being marched out of town by the
Germans. Some of the local population stood by the roadside and watched.
A local rabbi at a great risk to himself broke away >from the procession
and unraveled the Torah >from around his body. He handed over the scroll
to the young 16-17 year Jare Biernat telling him "Please take this Torah
and keep it in a safe place, it will bring you good luck in the future."
The rabbi then rejoined the Jewish procession that was headed either to
be shot in the nearby forest or towards Belzec death camp. In any case
the rabbi was never heard >from again. I should point out that one of
HaRav Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam's grandchildren was Harav Yekutiel
Yehuda Halberstam z"l, the last rabbi of Sieniewa. Whether or not he
was the rabbi has not been established at this time. Back to the story.
At the time that the young Biernat was given the Torah, he had a bicycle
with him. It was very awkward for him to travel with the Torah that
still had the Etz Chaim handles attached. He explained in a very
apologetic way that he broke off the "wooden handles" and threw them
away by the wayside. He apologized to us for this action and seemed very
disturbed by it even now, fifty-eight years later.
I asked him where did he get the other three (smaller) pieces of
parchment? Biernat explained that he bought them off the hands of a
local Pole, who got them >from a Jewish home. I should point out that the
main torah section only had about 40% of the complete sefer. It
consisted >from Parashat Baalotchah till the end. The other three
sections were individual klaf (parchment) pages or a combination of a
few pages. According to Rabbi Nathan Siegal, all four sections were in
relatively in good condition. Back to the front of the bus.
Mr. Biernat explained to us that he is a pig farmer and that he was in
the middle of feeding his hogs when we showed up. He asked who we are?
Since he was told that we would like to "see" the scrolls he was very
happy to oblige by showing them to us and now if we don't mind he would
like to return to his task of feeding the pigs.
I explained to him who we were and what we are doing in Poland. I
thanked him for keeping the Torah in a safe place all these years and
that we would like to obtain the Torah >from him. Only at that point it
hit him that we want to take the scrolls with us.
"No, No, No, the scrolls are not for sale!!. Over the years I had many
offers >from quite a number of speculators and middleman who wanted to
buy the scrolls >from me. I always refused since the Torah was given to
me by a rabbi for safekeeping and luck."

see part three...

Moshe Goldwaser
mauh2o@...


Sieniawa Torah part III (last) #general

Moshe Goldwaser <mauh2o@...>
 

We realized that this will not so simple. I explained to Mr. Biernat
that what was happening in front of our eyes, was nothing short of a
miracle. I asked him to think about the following chain of events. Two
weeks earlier, a Polish Pope >from Krakow, capital of Galicia, visits
Jerusalem, places a kvital (a note) at the Kotel (Wailing Wall) that is
located just up the road >from Midreshet Lindenbaum whose students are
here at his door step. This chain of events can't be just a coincidence.
Can't he see G-d's hand in all of this? Besides, we are not
speculators, middlemen, or anyone who would try to achieve some personal
gain >from the Torah scrolls. We are a religious educational institution
from Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the city where Jesus and Mary lived 2000
years ago. I almost guaranteeing Biernat a seat in heaven right next to
Jesus, Mary, and the Pope. At some point I asked Mr. Biernat to stand up
and look at the faces of the girls. "Are these the faces of
Speculators?" He did stare at their faces and I realized that we were
slowly getting to him. Yet he still insisted that a rabbi for good luck
and safekeeping gave the Torah to him.

We decided to take another approach. I explained to him that the typical
life expectancy of a Polish male is the low sixties. He was already 76
years old and in great health. This shows that the Torah already has
fulfilled the rabbi's promise and I'm sure that he will live long a
prosperous life for many years to come. Still he refused.

Safira Rapoport suggested that since he helped rescue Jews by smuggling
them across the border, he might be eligible to be listed among the
Righteous of Nations in Jerusalem. This is a program were the State of
Israel honors righteous gentiles who during the Holocaust helped save
Jewish lives. We discussed this notion by still. No! No! No! We
explained to him that a Torah is meant to be read, used, and studied. It
is meant to be a live Torah in the hands of Jewish people. It was not
meant to be held for "safekeeping and luck." We tried to explain to him
that by keeping the Torah in a safe place all these years he has
fulfilled his obligation to the rabbi. Still No! No! No!

Mr. Biernat said that he feels pressured. I was thinking Pressure?
We have not even begun. I can't speak for the others but in my mind
the thought of leaving without the sefer Torah was out of the question.
Any way he felt that he needed three days to decide. Three Days. We
don't have three days! How about half an hour? The pressure on Mr.
Biernat was coming >from us and >from the fact that we interrupted his
feeding of the pigs. Some of the pigs were still not fed. This was a
problem for him. Not exactly top priority for us.

We looked at different approaches including obtaining just the large
portion. Still No! No! No! But he was softening. It is very difficult to
keep refusing 18-19 year old yeshiva girls who with tears in their eyes
are praying for the success of these negotiations. Finally, he said,
"What did you have in mind?" We saw an opening. I think that at some
point he realized that this is the proper thing to do. >from that point
on the negotiations did not last long. We settled on a price and the
most amazing thing happened. As soon as we exchanged the money, we
looked out and it stopped raining and the sun came out. It was an
incredible moment. One of the girls had a bottle of kosher wine and we
gave it to Mr. Biernat. There was singing, dancing, and not a single dry
eye on the bus. Four days later the Torah was safe in Jerusalem.

The sefer Torah is being restored now. It is my understanding that it
will be completed by Rosh Hashanah. It will be housed at Midreshet
Lindenbaum and used as a living kosher Torah on Heritage educational
trips to Poland. This was redemption of a sefer Torah by the Jewish
people and Jewish youth in particular. It was a joint effort by all of
us; every single person had a role in this event. We had secular and
orthodox, men and women, Israeli Jews and Jews >from the diaspora - in
short AM Israel. Our thoughts were with the brave rabbi >from 58 years
ago who pleaded not for his life but for the life a sefer Torah -
"Your Torah has come home to the Jewish people and once again it will
be used as a kosher, live Torah for generations to come."

A personal observation. As I kept translating the conversations. An
amazing thing was happening. My Polish kept improving as we went along.
My knowledge of Polish is limited to a conversational level that a small
child would have with his parents. Yet when I had to use Polish words
like "pope," or "education" somehow the words just came out. A day
earlier if someone would have asked me to say "Pope" in Polish, I would
not have known. HaShem works in mysterious way.

If anyone in Jewishgen world came across as story of a sefer Torah >from
around Sieniawa, Poland being given to a Pole for safekeeping, please
get back to me privately.

Moshe Goldwaser
mauh2o@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Sieniawa Torah part II #general

Moshe Goldwaser <mauh2o@...>
 

I asked him "Where is the original?" He replied that a friend of his, a
pig farmer some 12-15 kilometers away, has the original Torah. Safira
and I kept grilling him about some other points concerning Jewish life
in the area and all his answers were in line with the material that Ms.
Rapoport had with her >from Yad Vashem. Some of the Sieniawa Jews were
taken away to the nearby forests to be shot, others were shot at the
Jewish cemetery. The majority was sent to the Belzec death camp located
70 km away. Forgetting for a moment where I was, I asked him to call the
farmer and arrange a meeting. It turned out that neither one of them had
a phone. Alojzy, who is unemployed, agreed to take us to the pig farmer.
All we had to do was overcome the objection of Yossi, our Israeli
security guy. Yossi concern was with us taking 100 yeshiva girls to an
unknown and an unchecked pig farm in an unknown Polish location. I did
not blame Yossi. After all he was doing his job. Somehow we agreed on a
plan where Alojzy would ride his bike back home and we would meet him in
the Rynek (central market place). Word has spread that "we are going to
a pig farm to see a Torah." After about 15 minutes, entire caravan was
racing towards this unknown destination "some 12-15 km away." Alojzy was
in our bus and was directing our bus driver. The level of excitement was
reaching new heights. Some girls were davening (praying) for the
successes of this mission. All our hearts were beating fast at the
prospect of locating this sefer Torah (Torah scroll). After about ten
kilometers, with still nothing in sight except Polish fields and
forests. Yossi kept insisting that we were being taken for a wild goose
chase. Alojzy kept repeating, "it is just around the corner". After 15
km we were on a very narrow unpaved road and I too started to have my
doubts. We were passing a tiny hamlet called Tryncza, consisting of just
a few houses. When Alojzy pointed to a house that looked like any of the
houses in Fiddler's Anatefka.. "Stop the bus, this is it!" Safira and I
together with Alojzy were about to get off the bus. For security
reasons, Yossi insisted that only Alojzy should enter the house. We gave
in, and Alojzy went into the house alone.
We waited and waited. It seemed like eternity. Our hearts were
beating. Some girls were praying. It kept raining. Then to our total
amazement, out of the house emerged Alojzy followed by another, elderly
Pole. The second Pole's name, we later found out was Jare Biernat. Mr.
Biernat was carrying a one large Torah scroll under one arm and what
looked like a couple of smaller scrolls under the other. Alojzy and Jare
were walking towards the bus. It hit us that these scrolls were exposed
to the rain. So a couple of us jumped out of the bus in order to cover
the scrolls. We hustled both Poles into the bus. You can imagine the
excitement in the bus. There were screams of joy and tears running down
many of the faces. One of the rabbis took a closer look at the main
scroll in order to verify that the sefer contains the portion of the
ktav in the photograph. It did match. If it did not, then it meant that
there were possibly additional scrolls inside the house. Our scribe,
Rabbi Seigal, verified the nuscah (style) of the ktav (writing) as Ari
lettering. The sections appeared to be in relatively good condition and
appeared to be about 80-90 years old. We unrolled the main scroll and
showed it to the girls. You have to visualize the scene in the front of
our bus. Two Poles surrounded by all of us with 50 Midreshet Lindenbaum
(Brovenders) girls peering over our shoulders.
I asked Biernat to explain how got to be in the possession of the Torah?
He started telling us this incredible story that at one point after
Germany and Russia invaded Poland in 1939. The border between the two
occupiers was not too far >from this area. He and his family on a number
of occasions helped Jewish families escape the German side to the
Russian occupied Poland. Some times later, after Germany invaded Russia
there was a large group of Jews being marched out of town by the
Germans. Some of the local population stood by the roadside and watched.
A local rabbi at a great risk to himself broke away >from the procession
and unraveled the Torah >from around his body. He handed over the scroll
to the young 16-17 year Jare Biernat telling him "Please take this Torah
and keep it in a safe place, it will bring you good luck in the future."
The rabbi then rejoined the Jewish procession that was headed either to
be shot in the nearby forest or towards Belzec death camp. In any case
the rabbi was never heard >from again. I should point out that one of
HaRav Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam's grandchildren was Harav Yekutiel
Yehuda Halberstam z"l, the last rabbi of Sieniewa. Whether or not he
was the rabbi has not been established at this time. Back to the story.
At the time that the young Biernat was given the Torah, he had a bicycle
with him. It was very awkward for him to travel with the Torah that
still had the Etz Chaim handles attached. He explained in a very
apologetic way that he broke off the "wooden handles" and threw them
away by the wayside. He apologized to us for this action and seemed very
disturbed by it even now, fifty-eight years later.
I asked him where did he get the other three (smaller) pieces of
parchment? Biernat explained that he bought them off the hands of a
local Pole, who got them >from a Jewish home. I should point out that the
main torah section only had about 40% of the complete sefer. It
consisted >from Parashat Baalotchah till the end. The other three
sections were individual klaf (parchment) pages or a combination of a
few pages. According to Rabbi Nathan Siegal, all four sections were in
relatively in good condition. Back to the front of the bus.
Mr. Biernat explained to us that he is a pig farmer and that he was in
the middle of feeding his hogs when we showed up. He asked who we are?
Since he was told that we would like to "see" the scrolls he was very
happy to oblige by showing them to us and now if we don't mind he would
like to return to his task of feeding the pigs.
I explained to him who we were and what we are doing in Poland. I
thanked him for keeping the Torah in a safe place all these years and
that we would like to obtain the Torah >from him. Only at that point it
hit him that we want to take the scrolls with us.
"No, No, No, the scrolls are not for sale!!. Over the years I had many
offers >from quite a number of speculators and middleman who wanted to
buy the scrolls >from me. I always refused since the Torah was given to
me by a rabbi for safekeeping and luck."

see part three...

Moshe Goldwaser
mauh2o@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Sieniawa Torah part III (last) #general

Moshe Goldwaser <mauh2o@...>
 

We realized that this will not so simple. I explained to Mr. Biernat
that what was happening in front of our eyes, was nothing short of a
miracle. I asked him to think about the following chain of events. Two
weeks earlier, a Polish Pope >from Krakow, capital of Galicia, visits
Jerusalem, places a kvital (a note) at the Kotel (Wailing Wall) that is
located just up the road >from Midreshet Lindenbaum whose students are
here at his door step. This chain of events can't be just a coincidence.
Can't he see G-d's hand in all of this? Besides, we are not
speculators, middlemen, or anyone who would try to achieve some personal
gain >from the Torah scrolls. We are a religious educational institution
from Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the city where Jesus and Mary lived 2000
years ago. I almost guaranteeing Biernat a seat in heaven right next to
Jesus, Mary, and the Pope. At some point I asked Mr. Biernat to stand up
and look at the faces of the girls. "Are these the faces of
Speculators?" He did stare at their faces and I realized that we were
slowly getting to him. Yet he still insisted that a rabbi for good luck
and safekeeping gave the Torah to him.

We decided to take another approach. I explained to him that the typical
life expectancy of a Polish male is the low sixties. He was already 76
years old and in great health. This shows that the Torah already has
fulfilled the rabbi's promise and I'm sure that he will live long a
prosperous life for many years to come. Still he refused.

Safira Rapoport suggested that since he helped rescue Jews by smuggling
them across the border, he might be eligible to be listed among the
Righteous of Nations in Jerusalem. This is a program were the State of
Israel honors righteous gentiles who during the Holocaust helped save
Jewish lives. We discussed this notion by still. No! No! No! We
explained to him that a Torah is meant to be read, used, and studied. It
is meant to be a live Torah in the hands of Jewish people. It was not
meant to be held for "safekeeping and luck." We tried to explain to him
that by keeping the Torah in a safe place all these years he has
fulfilled his obligation to the rabbi. Still No! No! No!

Mr. Biernat said that he feels pressured. I was thinking Pressure?
We have not even begun. I can't speak for the others but in my mind
the thought of leaving without the sefer Torah was out of the question.
Any way he felt that he needed three days to decide. Three Days. We
don't have three days! How about half an hour? The pressure on Mr.
Biernat was coming >from us and >from the fact that we interrupted his
feeding of the pigs. Some of the pigs were still not fed. This was a
problem for him. Not exactly top priority for us.

We looked at different approaches including obtaining just the large
portion. Still No! No! No! But he was softening. It is very difficult to
keep refusing 18-19 year old yeshiva girls who with tears in their eyes
are praying for the success of these negotiations. Finally, he said,
"What did you have in mind?" We saw an opening. I think that at some
point he realized that this is the proper thing to do. >from that point
on the negotiations did not last long. We settled on a price and the
most amazing thing happened. As soon as we exchanged the money, we
looked out and it stopped raining and the sun came out. It was an
incredible moment. One of the girls had a bottle of kosher wine and we
gave it to Mr. Biernat. There was singing, dancing, and not a single dry
eye on the bus. Four days later the Torah was safe in Jerusalem.

The sefer Torah is being restored now. It is my understanding that it
will be completed by Rosh Hashanah. It will be housed at Midreshet
Lindenbaum and used as a living kosher Torah on Heritage educational
trips to Poland. This was redemption of a sefer Torah by the Jewish
people and Jewish youth in particular. It was a joint effort by all of
us; every single person had a role in this event. We had secular and
orthodox, men and women, Israeli Jews and Jews >from the diaspora - in
short AM Israel. Our thoughts were with the brave rabbi >from 58 years
ago who pleaded not for his life but for the life a sefer Torah -
"Your Torah has come home to the Jewish people and once again it will
be used as a kosher, live Torah for generations to come."

A personal observation. As I kept translating the conversations. An
amazing thing was happening. My Polish kept improving as we went along.
My knowledge of Polish is limited to a conversational level that a small
child would have with his parents. Yet when I had to use Polish words
like "pope," or "education" somehow the words just came out. A day
earlier if someone would have asked me to say "Pope" in Polish, I would
not have known. HaShem works in mysterious way.

If anyone in Jewishgen world came across as story of a sefer Torah >from
around Sieniawa, Poland being given to a Pole for safekeeping, please
get back to me privately.

Moshe Goldwaser
mauh2o@...


List #1, JGFF bounced e-mails #general

Carol Skydell <skydell@...>
 

Folks, we normally do not post long lists of names, but we need
the help of you all. In our recent mailing announcing the
availability of certain privacy procedures to all listed in the
JGFF we sent nearly 40,000 individual e-mails. Just less than
600 bounced...not a bad percentage, but if your name is on this
list, you cannot be contacted by a researcher who may be tracing
the same surname.
For you, that's a 100% failure as well as for the person trying
to reach you.

We ask your indulgence here. Please, scan these names
carefully. If your name is on List #1 below, go directly to the
JGFF, select the "Modify" icon and correct your e-mail address.
Read it over carefully, is it complete? Have you spelled the
domain correctly? One wrong or misplaced letter and it goes to
the dreaded Mailer Daemon.

To access "Modify" you need your JGFF researcher code and
password. If you have forgotten either, or both, all is not
lost! <grin> Select the "Search" icon in the JGFF and search on
any surname you entered into the database. Next to your name,
or right under it you will see a number in parenthesis...that's
your researcher code. We suggest you write it down in your
address book, or tape it to your computer. If you remember your
password, you are now able to enter the "Modify" section, select
the first option to modify your e-mail address. If you still
have a numeric password, you can change it to a word you will
remember.

If you do not remember your password, here's how to get it:
send an e-mail to password@... include your full
name, your postal address and your researcher code. Your
password will be returned to you. We suggest you tape this
onto your computer as well!

While in the JGFF "Modify" mode, read the privacy options
available and make your selection. Be sure to scroll down to
the bottom of the page and click on Update Researcher Details

Thanks everybody for your patience and please read through List
#1 below. If your name appears, we trust you will correct the
bad e-mail address and as soon as you do, please send a message
to jgffhelp@... and tell them you have corrected the
problem.

-- Name --
Abas, Zeev
Abel, Carolos F.
Abugov, Benjamin
Ach, Andrew M.
Adrezin, B.J.
Allina-Turnauer, Dan
Anklewicz, Michael
Apt, Jimmy
Aultman, John & Kim
Bar-Joseph, Avi
Bauer, Annette Debra
Bernay, Adam Jonathan
Bertram, Bruce
Boderman, Greg & Jodie
Boldan, Adrain
Bradwejn, Jacques
Brezicki, Ruth S.
Brookenthal, Albert
Brookenthal, Albert
Burg, Judit
Castanheira, Aguinaldo
Castanheira, Aguinaldo
Choritz, Lazer
Davies, Bernard
Drucker, Beverly
Feld, Anita
Ferimer, Robert Alan
Flashberg, Andrew
Fragodt, Alisa D. R.
Freedman, Murray Philip
Ganz-Haber, Lena
Gideon, Chilton
Glick, Corey Glenn
Goldberg, Beth Ann
Graboyes, Arnold
Gross, Barbara
Gusso, Vicki
Habib, Christina
Halpern, Linda
Hansell, Jennifer Ann
Harville, Bobbi Jo
Hermer, Barton Jeanot
Hirsch, Abraham
Hoffman, Gerrie
Hyman, Sally Elizabeth
Jacobs, Rachel Nina
Johnson-Semmel, Lauren
Kahn, Amy Abramovitz
Kawan
Kohlenberg, Uri
Kravetz, Cheryl DuPree
Lazarovits, Danny
Lee, Clare
Levy, Susan Doore
Margolis, Brenda
Massion, Andrea
Merletti, Joyce
Meyer, Cheryl
Miller, Beth
Moser, Charles Edwin
Nachshon, Aaron
Neeman, Aviva
Parker, Burton S.
Passman, Andrew J.
Pinsley, Alison
Reader, Barbara
Redlu, Jacob Hal
Reinhold, Janet
Roitman, Eduardo
Rosner, Beth Noelle
Samure, Brian
Sellers, Teresa
Shahar, Gnainsky
Shaw, Cory
Sherbow, B.
Shvartsman, Alex
Snitman, Aryeh
Snyder, Bob
Sterling, Sonia
Stern, Steve
Stewart, Linda B.
Strauss, Bob
Tessler, Arlean
Thompson, Alana
Torok, Ielca
Trainoff, Barry
Trilla, Antoni
Tunzi, Susann
Vilardofsky, Earl
Vilardofsky, Irwin A.
Volivitch, Angela
Volk, Arthur E.
Walker, Anne R. J.
Wertman, Chesky
Wolf, Helen Rosenstein
Wolf, Phyllis
Wunsch, Annette
Wyatt, Helene S.
Ziman, Andrei

If you see the name of a friend, we would appreciate if you would
let them know their name is listed as having a bad e-mail
address for the JGFF.

Carol Skydell
JewishGen Operations

Personal messages to -->skydell@...
JewishGen business to -->cskydell@...
Thank you!


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen List #1, JGFF bounced e-mails #general

Carol Skydell <skydell@...>
 

Folks, we normally do not post long lists of names, but we need
the help of you all. In our recent mailing announcing the
availability of certain privacy procedures to all listed in the
JGFF we sent nearly 40,000 individual e-mails. Just less than
600 bounced...not a bad percentage, but if your name is on this
list, you cannot be contacted by a researcher who may be tracing
the same surname.
For you, that's a 100% failure as well as for the person trying
to reach you.

We ask your indulgence here. Please, scan these names
carefully. If your name is on List #1 below, go directly to the
JGFF, select the "Modify" icon and correct your e-mail address.
Read it over carefully, is it complete? Have you spelled the
domain correctly? One wrong or misplaced letter and it goes to
the dreaded Mailer Daemon.

To access "Modify" you need your JGFF researcher code and
password. If you have forgotten either, or both, all is not
lost! <grin> Select the "Search" icon in the JGFF and search on
any surname you entered into the database. Next to your name,
or right under it you will see a number in parenthesis...that's
your researcher code. We suggest you write it down in your
address book, or tape it to your computer. If you remember your
password, you are now able to enter the "Modify" section, select
the first option to modify your e-mail address. If you still
have a numeric password, you can change it to a word you will
remember.

If you do not remember your password, here's how to get it:
send an e-mail to password@... include your full
name, your postal address and your researcher code. Your
password will be returned to you. We suggest you tape this
onto your computer as well!

While in the JGFF "Modify" mode, read the privacy options
available and make your selection. Be sure to scroll down to
the bottom of the page and click on Update Researcher Details

Thanks everybody for your patience and please read through List
#1 below. If your name appears, we trust you will correct the
bad e-mail address and as soon as you do, please send a message
to jgffhelp@... and tell them you have corrected the
problem.

-- Name --
Abas, Zeev
Abel, Carolos F.
Abugov, Benjamin
Ach, Andrew M.
Adrezin, B.J.
Allina-Turnauer, Dan
Anklewicz, Michael
Apt, Jimmy
Aultman, John & Kim
Bar-Joseph, Avi
Bauer, Annette Debra
Bernay, Adam Jonathan
Bertram, Bruce
Boderman, Greg & Jodie
Boldan, Adrain
Bradwejn, Jacques
Brezicki, Ruth S.
Brookenthal, Albert
Brookenthal, Albert
Burg, Judit
Castanheira, Aguinaldo
Castanheira, Aguinaldo
Choritz, Lazer
Davies, Bernard
Drucker, Beverly
Feld, Anita
Ferimer, Robert Alan
Flashberg, Andrew
Fragodt, Alisa D. R.
Freedman, Murray Philip
Ganz-Haber, Lena
Gideon, Chilton
Glick, Corey Glenn
Goldberg, Beth Ann
Graboyes, Arnold
Gross, Barbara
Gusso, Vicki
Habib, Christina
Halpern, Linda
Hansell, Jennifer Ann
Harville, Bobbi Jo
Hermer, Barton Jeanot
Hirsch, Abraham
Hoffman, Gerrie
Hyman, Sally Elizabeth
Jacobs, Rachel Nina
Johnson-Semmel, Lauren
Kahn, Amy Abramovitz
Kawan
Kohlenberg, Uri
Kravetz, Cheryl DuPree
Lazarovits, Danny
Lee, Clare
Levy, Susan Doore
Margolis, Brenda
Massion, Andrea
Merletti, Joyce
Meyer, Cheryl
Miller, Beth
Moser, Charles Edwin
Nachshon, Aaron
Neeman, Aviva
Parker, Burton S.
Passman, Andrew J.
Pinsley, Alison
Reader, Barbara
Redlu, Jacob Hal
Reinhold, Janet
Roitman, Eduardo
Rosner, Beth Noelle
Samure, Brian
Sellers, Teresa
Shahar, Gnainsky
Shaw, Cory
Sherbow, B.
Shvartsman, Alex
Snitman, Aryeh
Snyder, Bob
Sterling, Sonia
Stern, Steve
Stewart, Linda B.
Strauss, Bob
Tessler, Arlean
Thompson, Alana
Torok, Ielca
Trainoff, Barry
Trilla, Antoni
Tunzi, Susann
Vilardofsky, Earl
Vilardofsky, Irwin A.
Volivitch, Angela
Volk, Arthur E.
Walker, Anne R. J.
Wertman, Chesky
Wolf, Helen Rosenstein
Wolf, Phyllis
Wunsch, Annette
Wyatt, Helene S.
Ziman, Andrei

If you see the name of a friend, we would appreciate if you would
let them know their name is listed as having a bad e-mail
address for the JGFF.

Carol Skydell
JewishGen Operations

Personal messages to -->skydell@...
JewishGen business to -->cskydell@...
Thank you!


Is ALPROVITZ/ALPEROVI(T)CH a patronymic? #belarus

Geoff Robinson <geoffrob@...>
 

My paternal gf was Leonid RUBINOV (later changed to Leonard George
ROBINSON), born in 1875 in Minsk. On his New York State death
certificate his father's name is given as Bernard Baruch ALPROVITZ, by
my estimate probably born about 1850, give or take. The information on
the death certificate was provided by medical records and his doctor at
the hospital on Long Island where he died.

My extremely limited understanding of Russian names tells me that
ALPROVITZ could be an alternate spelling of ALPEROVI(T)CH. My question
is this: Was, in fact, ALPROVITZ intended to be a patronymic? If so,
why is it given as his last name and not his middle name as a patronymic
would be expected? If it were his surname and not a patronymic, why is
it different >from my gf's surname? Am I correct in my assumption that
the [-nov] suffix on RUBINOV constitutes a patronymic?

If anyone knows of a source of information on Russian patronymics,
either in print or online, or any answers to the above questions, I
would be most appreciative.

Geoff Robinson
Chester, VT


Belarus SIG #Belarus Is ALPROVITZ/ALPEROVI(T)CH a patronymic? #belarus

Geoff Robinson <geoffrob@...>
 

My paternal gf was Leonid RUBINOV (later changed to Leonard George
ROBINSON), born in 1875 in Minsk. On his New York State death
certificate his father's name is given as Bernard Baruch ALPROVITZ, by
my estimate probably born about 1850, give or take. The information on
the death certificate was provided by medical records and his doctor at
the hospital on Long Island where he died.

My extremely limited understanding of Russian names tells me that
ALPROVITZ could be an alternate spelling of ALPEROVI(T)CH. My question
is this: Was, in fact, ALPROVITZ intended to be a patronymic? If so,
why is it given as his last name and not his middle name as a patronymic
would be expected? If it were his surname and not a patronymic, why is
it different >from my gf's surname? Am I correct in my assumption that
the [-nov] suffix on RUBINOV constitutes a patronymic?

If anyone knows of a source of information on Russian patronymics,
either in print or online, or any answers to the above questions, I
would be most appreciative.

Geoff Robinson
Chester, VT


Re: forward #belarus

Sylvia Schildt <creativa@...>
 

The Forward, which recently celebrated its 101st birthday is alive and
well and issues 3 weekly newspapers, Yiddish, English and Russian. They
are not translations of each other, but separate publications. The Forward
does or at least did have a microfiche setup for all back editions --
I translated something for a client a few years back and it was >from the
1920's. But you have to be there.

Sylvia Schildt
Baltimore Maryland


Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: forward #belarus

Sylvia Schildt <creativa@...>
 

The Forward, which recently celebrated its 101st birthday is alive and
well and issues 3 weekly newspapers, Yiddish, English and Russian. They
are not translations of each other, but separate publications. The Forward
does or at least did have a microfiche setup for all back editions --
I translated something for a client a few years back and it was >from the
1920's. But you have to be there.

Sylvia Schildt
Baltimore Maryland


Re: HIAS & Ethnic Bank records in Philadelphia, PA #belarus

SelmaN@...
 

In a message dated 00-07-04 22:50:48 EDT, Olga Parker wrote
<< My question then to Selma, or others who have used the bank records, how do
you determine which set to begin with to look for info ...? >>
There really is no way to determine where to start. The easiest group
of records is the Blitzstein Bank, because the index is 3x5 cards which
are typewritten and in fairly good alphabetical order. I believe I forgot
to mention that you would look for the name of the immigrant/passenger in
the various indices. Always remember the variations of spellings of the
names, so when looking at the Blitzstein index, for example, always look
"fore" and "aft" (so to speak).
Selma Neubauer
Philadelphia, PA USA
SelmaN@...


Re: NY Census Finding Aids #general

A. E. Jordan
 

There is a microfilm series of index cards that shows all of the addresses
and the corresponding AD/ED numbers for 1905, 1915, 1925 for at least
Manhattan that exists at the New York Public Library. The NYPL also has
the maps as well. Don't know if SLC has the reels but they are a great
find for people who had the addresses. They make the look up so very easy.

Allan Jordan


<< Jackye wrote "Can anyone tell me if there are finding aids for Brooklyn
in the 1905, 1915, and 1925 state censuses? I know they exist for
Manhattan and the Bronx">>


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: HIAS & Ethnic Bank records in Philadelphia, PA #general

SelmaN@...
 

In a message dated 00-07-04 22:50:48 EDT, Olga Parker wrote
<< My question then to Selma, or others who have used the bank records, how do
you determine which set to begin with to look for info ...? >>
There really is no way to determine where to start. The easiest group
of records is the Blitzstein Bank, because the index is 3x5 cards which
are typewritten and in fairly good alphabetical order. I believe I forgot
to mention that you would look for the name of the immigrant/passenger in
the various indices. Always remember the variations of spellings of the
names, so when looking at the Blitzstein index, for example, always look
"fore" and "aft" (so to speak).
Selma Neubauer
Philadelphia, PA USA
SelmaN@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: NY Census Finding Aids #general

A. E. Jordan
 

There is a microfilm series of index cards that shows all of the addresses
and the corresponding AD/ED numbers for 1905, 1915, 1925 for at least
Manhattan that exists at the New York Public Library. The NYPL also has
the maps as well. Don't know if SLC has the reels but they are a great
find for people who had the addresses. They make the look up so very easy.

Allan Jordan


<< Jackye wrote "Can anyone tell me if there are finding aids for Brooklyn
in the 1905, 1915, and 1925 state censuses? I know they exist for
Manhattan and the Bronx">>