Date   

JCR-UK Update #unitedkingdom

John Berman <john_berman@...>
 

In 2001 JCR-UK was an idea, in 2005 its a tangible reference site
that can be used both by the genealogist or simply by those curious about Jewish
Life in the UK. The sites success is attributable to two factors

The donors, who are all listed at:

http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/acknowledgements.htm

There are far too many to list them all in this posting.

The volunteers who work behind the scenes transcribing and formatting
and getting the data online.

In particular I should like to publicly thank Louise Messik, who
moderates this list and spends hours getting information online, she has worked
relentlessly for the past few years and will continue to do so (I sincerely
hope). More recently David Shulman has joined us and in his short time with
us he made tremendous progress, for instance see

http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/pre-1290.htm

Check out http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/whatsnew.htm

So JCR-UK goes >from strength to strength and will continue to do so,
its a project that will never be completed as there will always be something
to add.

Please see http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/providing.htm for information on
how you can help, nothing relevant will be rejected and if you have
something related to a community thats not listed thats not an
issue, we will add the community.

You dont have to donate thousands of records (though that would be
nice) a picture of a synagogue, community article etc, all these things help us
to permanently record Jewish Communities that do or have existed in the UK.

So once again thanks to all who make the site what it is.

Regards

John Berman


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom JCR-UK Update #unitedkingdom

John Berman <john_berman@...>
 

In 2001 JCR-UK was an idea, in 2005 its a tangible reference site
that can be used both by the genealogist or simply by those curious about Jewish
Life in the UK. The sites success is attributable to two factors

The donors, who are all listed at:

http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/acknowledgements.htm

There are far too many to list them all in this posting.

The volunteers who work behind the scenes transcribing and formatting
and getting the data online.

In particular I should like to publicly thank Louise Messik, who
moderates this list and spends hours getting information online, she has worked
relentlessly for the past few years and will continue to do so (I sincerely
hope). More recently David Shulman has joined us and in his short time with
us he made tremendous progress, for instance see

http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/pre-1290.htm

Check out http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/whatsnew.htm

So JCR-UK goes >from strength to strength and will continue to do so,
its a project that will never be completed as there will always be something
to add.

Please see http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/providing.htm for information on
how you can help, nothing relevant will be rejected and if you have
something related to a community thats not listed thats not an
issue, we will add the community.

You dont have to donate thousands of records (though that would be
nice) a picture of a synagogue, community article etc, all these things help us
to permanently record Jewish Communities that do or have existed in the UK.

So once again thanks to all who make the site what it is.

Regards

John Berman


Re: British-Jewish genealogy #general

Yisrael Asper
 

Jews did "arrive" in the Americas at least in the days of Bar Kochva. There are
Bar Kochva coins in the Americas and even a stone saying for the land of Judah.
Similarly Romans "arrived" in the Americas too a Roman bust was discovered in
Mexico.
Last I read it is not apparent though that the Jewish community had a separate
existence. Perhaps they quickly intermarried. What is known is that Columbus did
not discover America exactly. There were apparently accidental contacts.
The difference is once Columbus discovered America it never had to be
rediscovered.
Yiisrael Asper
yisraelasper@comcast.net
Pittsburgh PA

<The first Jewish families arived in Britain perhaps with the
Phoenicians, far more tha 2000 years ago, as Simon Goulden of the
United Synagogue writes here:

Daf Hashavua 23/9/2000 <http://tinyurl.com/7ts5n>

Or else they surely came with the Roman conquest,>

---

The website source speaks of the Cornish town called Marazion being
possibly an indication that Jews were in Cornwall in the Phoenician
period. This has been refuted many times. Similarly as to Jews in
Roman Britain, this was examined extensively by Shimon Applebaum in
an article in Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of
England, vol 17, 1953. He concluded that there was possibly some minor
evidence but it was very problematic and uncertain.
The possibility however is much greater than Jews having arrived in the
America's before 1492.

If the first Jews came only with or shortly after William the Conqueror,
the fact that they were explelled >from Britain in 1395 strengthens that.

--
Evertjan Hannivoort.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: British-Jewish genealogy #general

Yisrael Asper
 

Jews did "arrive" in the Americas at least in the days of Bar Kochva. There are
Bar Kochva coins in the Americas and even a stone saying for the land of Judah.
Similarly Romans "arrived" in the Americas too a Roman bust was discovered in
Mexico.
Last I read it is not apparent though that the Jewish community had a separate
existence. Perhaps they quickly intermarried. What is known is that Columbus did
not discover America exactly. There were apparently accidental contacts.
The difference is once Columbus discovered America it never had to be
rediscovered.
Yiisrael Asper
yisraelasper@comcast.net
Pittsburgh PA

<The first Jewish families arived in Britain perhaps with the
Phoenicians, far more tha 2000 years ago, as Simon Goulden of the
United Synagogue writes here:

Daf Hashavua 23/9/2000 <http://tinyurl.com/7ts5n>

Or else they surely came with the Roman conquest,>

---

The website source speaks of the Cornish town called Marazion being
possibly an indication that Jews were in Cornwall in the Phoenician
period. This has been refuted many times. Similarly as to Jews in
Roman Britain, this was examined extensively by Shimon Applebaum in
an article in Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of
England, vol 17, 1953. He concluded that there was possibly some minor
evidence but it was very problematic and uncertain.
The possibility however is much greater than Jews having arrived in the
America's before 1492.

If the first Jews came only with or shortly after William the Conqueror,
the fact that they were explelled >from Britain in 1395 strengthens that.

--
Evertjan Hannivoort.


Re: First Jews in England #general

Yisrael Asper
 

No according to what I read there were Jews in England before but not enough to
dominate over the incomming French Jews. For all practical purposes the Jewish
community of Engand started with the Norman conquest. They even developed their
own branch of the French Nusach called Nusach HaEh.
Yisrael Asper
yisraelasper@comcast.net
Pittsburgh PA

In a message dated 7/17/2005 1:03:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
yisraelasper@comcast.net writes:

< There were Jews in England before the Norman conquest but after the Norman
conquest the Jews who were already in England found themselves culturally and
otherwise taken over by the French Jews. >

==I'm surprised by this. I grew up in England and was educated (many decades
ago) at Jewish academic high schools, but have ever before heard this. I
just checked the Enc Jud to get more information, and there learned that
England was among the last countries in medieval Europe where Jews settled.
There is mention of a possibility that "a small nucleus" of Jew may have lived
there under the Romans, and that in the Saxon period, "isolated Jews extended
their commercial activities as far as the British Isles". The EJ adds that the
"slender evidence" formerly adduced in support" of this belief "has no
validity."


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: First Jews in England #general

Yisrael Asper
 

No according to what I read there were Jews in England before but not enough to
dominate over the incomming French Jews. For all practical purposes the Jewish
community of Engand started with the Norman conquest. They even developed their
own branch of the French Nusach called Nusach HaEh.
Yisrael Asper
yisraelasper@comcast.net
Pittsburgh PA

In a message dated 7/17/2005 1:03:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
yisraelasper@comcast.net writes:

< There were Jews in England before the Norman conquest but after the Norman
conquest the Jews who were already in England found themselves culturally and
otherwise taken over by the French Jews. >

==I'm surprised by this. I grew up in England and was educated (many decades
ago) at Jewish academic high schools, but have ever before heard this. I
just checked the Enc Jud to get more information, and there learned that
England was among the last countries in medieval Europe where Jews settled.
There is mention of a possibility that "a small nucleus" of Jew may have lived
there under the Romans, and that in the Saxon period, "isolated Jews extended
their commercial activities as far as the British Isles". The EJ adds that the
"slender evidence" formerly adduced in support" of this belief "has no
validity."


Re: First Jews in England #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 7/17/2005 1:03:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
yisraelasper@comcast.net writes:

< There were Jews in England before the Norman conquest but after the
Norman conquest the Jews who were already in England found themselves culturally
and otherwise taken over by the French Jews. >

==I'm surprised by this. I grew up in England and was educated (many decades
ago) at Jewish academic high schools, but have ever before heard this. I
just checked the Enc Jud to get more information, and there learned that
England was among the last countries in medieval Europe where Jews settled.
There is mention of a possibility that "a small nucleus" of Jew may have lived
there under the Romans, and that in the Saxon period, "isolated Jews extended
their commercial activities as far as the British Isles". The EJ adds that the
"slender evidence" formerly adduced in support" of this belief "has no
validity."

==The Author of this section, incidentally, was British-Jewish
academician-historia Cecil Roth, an authority on British Jews if ever there was
one, who served as senior editor in Jerusalem of the Encyclopedia Judaica. There
is no on further information in the latest update (CD ROM edition) about original
Jewish settlement in England

==I'd really be excited to learn of recently discovered support for the
belief that there was a Jewish community in Enland before 1066.


Michael Bernet, New York,


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: First Jews in England #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 7/17/2005 1:03:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
yisraelasper@comcast.net writes:

< There were Jews in England before the Norman conquest but after the
Norman conquest the Jews who were already in England found themselves culturally
and otherwise taken over by the French Jews. >

==I'm surprised by this. I grew up in England and was educated (many decades
ago) at Jewish academic high schools, but have ever before heard this. I
just checked the Enc Jud to get more information, and there learned that
England was among the last countries in medieval Europe where Jews settled.
There is mention of a possibility that "a small nucleus" of Jew may have lived
there under the Romans, and that in the Saxon period, "isolated Jews extended
their commercial activities as far as the British Isles". The EJ adds that the
"slender evidence" formerly adduced in support" of this belief "has no
validity."

==The Author of this section, incidentally, was British-Jewish
academician-historia Cecil Roth, an authority on British Jews if ever there was
one, who served as senior editor in Jerusalem of the Encyclopedia Judaica. There
is no on further information in the latest update (CD ROM edition) about original
Jewish settlement in England

==I'd really be excited to learn of recently discovered support for the
belief that there was a Jewish community in Enland before 1066.


Michael Bernet, New York,


Re: First Jews in England #general

amfox <amfox@...>
 

Although the Jews were indeed expelled, modern scholarship (as popularised
by Michael Wood in his book and recent TV series on William Shakespeare)
suggests that some Jews, both conversos and others, lingered on; and one of
them, Emilia Bassano, one of a family of Jewish musicians of Venetian
origin, has been suggested as one candidate for the Dark Lady of the Sonnets
and as a model for some aspects of the various Jewesses portrayed by
Shakespeare. Shakespeare seems to have known Jews. There is also a
suggestion that Shakespeare and Emilia were more than "just good friends" -
but the important point of genealogical concern is that it is likely that
England never became completely free of Jews.

Mervyn Fox
amfox@rogers.com

The Jews of England were kicked out and only returned after Oliver
Cromwell invited them back. The oldest synagogue in England is
Sephardic, dating >from 1702, and is still very much in use today
despite, not the least, an IRA bomb. I understand that they
hold very good records going back 300 years. The oldest Ashkenazi
synagogue >from this period is in Plymouth going back 250 years and I
am sure they, too, have some records.
David, the fact they were kicked out strengthens my thesis in
that the 1702 sephardim where not the first. Why do you think that before
the fimal kick-out of 1395 they had no synagogues? Only because of lack
of evidence?

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
(Replace all crosses with dots in my emailaddress)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: First Jews in England #general

amfox <amfox@...>
 

Although the Jews were indeed expelled, modern scholarship (as popularised
by Michael Wood in his book and recent TV series on William Shakespeare)
suggests that some Jews, both conversos and others, lingered on; and one of
them, Emilia Bassano, one of a family of Jewish musicians of Venetian
origin, has been suggested as one candidate for the Dark Lady of the Sonnets
and as a model for some aspects of the various Jewesses portrayed by
Shakespeare. Shakespeare seems to have known Jews. There is also a
suggestion that Shakespeare and Emilia were more than "just good friends" -
but the important point of genealogical concern is that it is likely that
England never became completely free of Jews.

Mervyn Fox
amfox@rogers.com

The Jews of England were kicked out and only returned after Oliver
Cromwell invited them back. The oldest synagogue in England is
Sephardic, dating >from 1702, and is still very much in use today
despite, not the least, an IRA bomb. I understand that they
hold very good records going back 300 years. The oldest Ashkenazi
synagogue >from this period is in Plymouth going back 250 years and I
am sure they, too, have some records.
David, the fact they were kicked out strengthens my thesis in
that the 1702 sephardim where not the first. Why do you think that before
the fimal kick-out of 1395 they had no synagogues? Only because of lack
of evidence?

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
(Replace all crosses with dots in my emailaddress)


Re: First Jews in England #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 7/17/2005 1:02:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
exjxw.hannivoort@interxnl.net adds is own comments to a series of other comments
on hi topic (sorry, I can't figure ot the various authors

The first Jewish families arived in Britain perhaps with the
Phoenicians, far more tha 2000 years ago, as Simon Goulden of the
United Synagogue writes here: Daf Hashavua 23/9/2000
<http://tinyurl.com/7ts5n>

Or else they surely came with the Roman conquest, but even if they did
arrive with William the conqueror as late as 1066, your expectation of
great genealogical resources is not very reasonable. ;-} " <<

The Jews of England were kicked out and only returned after Oliver
Cromwell invited them back. The oldest synagogue in England is
Sephardic, dating >from 1702, and is still very much in use today
despite, not the least, an IRA bomb. I understand that they hold very
good records going back 300 years. The oldest Ashkenazi synagogue from
this period is in Plymouth going back 250 years and I am sure they,
too, have some records.
Ervetjan commented:

< David, the fact they were kicked out strengthens my thesis in that the
1702 sephardim where not the first.

< Why do you think that before the fimal kick-out of 1395 they had no
synagogues? Only because of lack of evidence? >

My comments:
==I missed out on that discussion on synagogues. But I do know this: the
Jews were brutally expelled >from England in 1290, and there was no Jewish
community there in 1395. Bevis Marks was built n 1701 but there hd been earlier
Sephardi synagogues and the first Ashkenazi synagogue in London was inaugurated
in 1690.

==These first English Jews came mostly >from northern France, and followed
northern French Jewish customs. Some came >from came >from Italy and Germany,
and some others fro Spain, Russia, and the Muslim countries. They had
communities in London, Lincoln, Winchester, York, Oxford, Norwich, Exeter,
Bristol, Gloucester, Bury St. Edmunds, Dunstable, King's Lynn, Stamford,
Northampton.
The King setup special registries for loans granted by Jews to Gentiles, in
every Jewish community--26 registries altogether!

==English Jews in the Middle Ages served essentially as bankers to the
nobility, and initially enjoyed the Royal Court' s protection. There were also
some outstanding Jewish scholars, peytanim and rabbis. An enormous font of
information is available about these Jews, both >from Jewish sources and >from the
meticulous record keeping of the English at that time.

Michael Bernet, New York,


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: First Jews in England #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 7/17/2005 1:02:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
exjxw.hannivoort@interxnl.net adds is own comments to a series of other comments
on hi topic (sorry, I can't figure ot the various authors

The first Jewish families arived in Britain perhaps with the
Phoenicians, far more tha 2000 years ago, as Simon Goulden of the
United Synagogue writes here: Daf Hashavua 23/9/2000
<http://tinyurl.com/7ts5n>

Or else they surely came with the Roman conquest, but even if they did
arrive with William the conqueror as late as 1066, your expectation of
great genealogical resources is not very reasonable. ;-} " <<

The Jews of England were kicked out and only returned after Oliver
Cromwell invited them back. The oldest synagogue in England is
Sephardic, dating >from 1702, and is still very much in use today
despite, not the least, an IRA bomb. I understand that they hold very
good records going back 300 years. The oldest Ashkenazi synagogue from
this period is in Plymouth going back 250 years and I am sure they,
too, have some records.
Ervetjan commented:

< David, the fact they were kicked out strengthens my thesis in that the
1702 sephardim where not the first.

< Why do you think that before the fimal kick-out of 1395 they had no
synagogues? Only because of lack of evidence? >

My comments:
==I missed out on that discussion on synagogues. But I do know this: the
Jews were brutally expelled >from England in 1290, and there was no Jewish
community there in 1395. Bevis Marks was built n 1701 but there hd been earlier
Sephardi synagogues and the first Ashkenazi synagogue in London was inaugurated
in 1690.

==These first English Jews came mostly >from northern France, and followed
northern French Jewish customs. Some came >from came >from Italy and Germany,
and some others fro Spain, Russia, and the Muslim countries. They had
communities in London, Lincoln, Winchester, York, Oxford, Norwich, Exeter,
Bristol, Gloucester, Bury St. Edmunds, Dunstable, King's Lynn, Stamford,
Northampton.
The King setup special registries for loans granted by Jews to Gentiles, in
every Jewish community--26 registries altogether!

==English Jews in the Middle Ages served essentially as bankers to the
nobility, and initially enjoyed the Royal Court' s protection. There were also
some outstanding Jewish scholars, peytanim and rabbis. An enormous font of
information is available about these Jews, both >from Jewish sources and >from the
meticulous record keeping of the English at that time.

Michael Bernet, New York,


how to continue? #scandinavia

anu ruokanen <anu.santra.alisa@...>
 

Hello,
We have been doing genealogy for a while and now it seems we
can´t go any further. We do believe we have Jewish roots, but
there is not such mention in records. However, Í´m searching na-
mes showed below. It would be great if someone could tell more
about them and what to do next. We have studied official records
in library and church archives.

BLOMSTER
RINGVALL
ROSNEL
KALIN
TUMULI
FRIMAN
ALM
STENIUS(STEEN.STENIA)
HOLMDAHL

Regards
Anu Ruokanen
Finland


Scandinavia SIG #Scandinavia how to continue? #scandinavia

anu ruokanen <anu.santra.alisa@...>
 

Hello,
We have been doing genealogy for a while and now it seems we
can´t go any further. We do believe we have Jewish roots, but
there is not such mention in records. However, Í´m searching na-
mes showed below. It would be great if someone could tell more
about them and what to do next. We have studied official records
in library and church archives.

BLOMSTER
RINGVALL
ROSNEL
KALIN
TUMULI
FRIMAN
ALM
STENIUS(STEEN.STENIA)
HOLMDAHL

Regards
Anu Ruokanen
Finland


Re: Visit to Polish State Archives, Warsaw #poland

Fbussgang@...
 

In addition to being able to find online what vital (metrical) records exist
for each town, E.L.A. (Ewidencje Ludnosci w Archiwaliach -- Evidences of
Population in Archival Collections) is now online at the State Archives of
Poland Web site [Just go to Google and type in 'State Archives of Poland"].

It is a database of all registers of population - books of residents, lists
of Jews, lists of dentists and doctors, members of unions -- you name it.
What is available for each town differs widely. The initial page is in
English.

Click on "database." Then use the pull-down and click on "Registers of
population." Write in the town you wish to research and choose the archive
you want >from the pull-down list or choose all archives.

The rest is in Polish and you will need a good Polish dictionary! Books of
Residents are called "Ksiegi Ludnosci Stalej" or "Ksiegi Meldunkowe." If
you click on the item, you get all the reference data - sygnatura
(reference #), zespol (fond), years it covers, what archives houses the
documents, etc.

If you find something of interest, you can write the Polish State Archives
(address is on Web site) and request someone to do the research. In 2004,
it was 70 zl initial fee, 55 zl an hour.

Fay Bussgang
Lexington, MA


JRI Poland #Poland RE: Visit to Polish State Archives, Warsaw #poland

Fbussgang@...
 

In addition to being able to find online what vital (metrical) records exist
for each town, E.L.A. (Ewidencje Ludnosci w Archiwaliach -- Evidences of
Population in Archival Collections) is now online at the State Archives of
Poland Web site [Just go to Google and type in 'State Archives of Poland"].

It is a database of all registers of population - books of residents, lists
of Jews, lists of dentists and doctors, members of unions -- you name it.
What is available for each town differs widely. The initial page is in
English.

Click on "database." Then use the pull-down and click on "Registers of
population." Write in the town you wish to research and choose the archive
you want >from the pull-down list or choose all archives.

The rest is in Polish and you will need a good Polish dictionary! Books of
Residents are called "Ksiegi Ludnosci Stalej" or "Ksiegi Meldunkowe." If
you click on the item, you get all the reference data - sygnatura
(reference #), zespol (fond), years it covers, what archives houses the
documents, etc.

If you find something of interest, you can write the Polish State Archives
(address is on Web site) and request someone to do the research. In 2004,
it was 70 zl initial fee, 55 zl an hour.

Fay Bussgang
Lexington, MA


the bialystok mamory book #poland

yael halamchi <m44w33@...>
 

Dear mark.

I want to thank u,ada and the all the others who did that great and important
work of bring the bialystok mamory book to the web when everyone will be able
to look in it thx u!!!!!!!!!!

another problem is the books is very old maybe its about time that the
bialystokers around the world will write new mamory book who suit more to
the young generation.

yours
yeal halacmi
isreal

resarch:strenfeld,finstion and boyarski >from bialystok


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland the bialystok mamory book #poland

yael halamchi <m44w33@...>
 

Dear mark.

I want to thank u,ada and the all the others who did that great and important
work of bring the bialystok mamory book to the web when everyone will be able
to look in it thx u!!!!!!!!!!

another problem is the books is very old maybe its about time that the
bialystokers around the world will write new mamory book who suit more to
the young generation.

yours
yeal halacmi
isreal

resarch:strenfeld,finstion and boyarski >from bialystok


Re: The Bialystoker Memorial Book is Now Online #poland

Brdbrain7@...
 

Mark-Thank you, Ada Holtzman, and all who worked so hard to make this
possible.

Robin B. Seidenberg

Researching:

BRENNER, ERLICHMAN-Kamenets Podolskiy area (Zinkov, Proskurov, etc.)

BOGOSLOWSKY-Stavisht, Kiev, Ekaterinoslav

WANIEWSKI, WYRZYKIEWICZ- Bialystok-Tykocin area (Lomza gubernia)

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: The Bialystoker Memorial Book is Now Online
From: "Mark Halpern" <bialystoker@comcast.net>

Dear Fellow Bialystokers:

It is with great pleasure that we bring to Bialystokers around the world
access to _The Bialystoker Memorial Book_. The entire English language
part of the book (originally published in both Yiddish and English),
including all photos and captions, is being added to Ada Holtzman's
Zchor (Remembered) website at http://www.zchor.org/bialystok/yizkor1.htm

The objectives in making this book available to those >from around the
world with interest in Jewish Bialystok are:

1. To enable those interested to learn more about this city and its
Jewish residents >from the early days to the destruction of this beloved
city by the Nazi oppressors.

2. As a tribute to Jewish Bialystokers and others who perished during
the Shoah and those who survived and made a new life for themselves and
never forgot.

This Internet publication is a joint project of The Bialystoker Center
and Bikur Cholim in New York City, Ada Holtzman and her Zchor.org
website, and BIALYGen.

We are very grateful to The Bialystoker Center for their permission to
publish this important historical document on the Internet. We
especially thank Barry L. Winston, President; Alys Kremer Grossman,
Secretary; and Daniel Muskin, Administrator for their interest and
support.

And, of course, we owe so much gratitude to and affection for Ada
Holtzman, who has selflessly worked to create an unparalleled memorial
to our ancestral town of Bialystok.

Ada has already added over half of the Book to her website and will be
adding the remaining chapters in the near future. Please check back
periodically.

Mark Halpern
BIALYGen Coordinator


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Re: The Bialystoker Memorial Book is Now Online #poland

Brdbrain7@...
 

Mark-Thank you, Ada Holtzman, and all who worked so hard to make this
possible.

Robin B. Seidenberg

Researching:

BRENNER, ERLICHMAN-Kamenets Podolskiy area (Zinkov, Proskurov, etc.)

BOGOSLOWSKY-Stavisht, Kiev, Ekaterinoslav

WANIEWSKI, WYRZYKIEWICZ- Bialystok-Tykocin area (Lomza gubernia)

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: The Bialystoker Memorial Book is Now Online
From: "Mark Halpern" <bialystoker@comcast.net>

Dear Fellow Bialystokers:

It is with great pleasure that we bring to Bialystokers around the world
access to _The Bialystoker Memorial Book_. The entire English language
part of the book (originally published in both Yiddish and English),
including all photos and captions, is being added to Ada Holtzman's
Zchor (Remembered) website at http://www.zchor.org/bialystok/yizkor1.htm

The objectives in making this book available to those >from around the
world with interest in Jewish Bialystok are:

1. To enable those interested to learn more about this city and its
Jewish residents >from the early days to the destruction of this beloved
city by the Nazi oppressors.

2. As a tribute to Jewish Bialystokers and others who perished during
the Shoah and those who survived and made a new life for themselves and
never forgot.

This Internet publication is a joint project of The Bialystoker Center
and Bikur Cholim in New York City, Ada Holtzman and her Zchor.org
website, and BIALYGen.

We are very grateful to The Bialystoker Center for their permission to
publish this important historical document on the Internet. We
especially thank Barry L. Winston, President; Alys Kremer Grossman,
Secretary; and Daniel Muskin, Administrator for their interest and
support.

And, of course, we owe so much gratitude to and affection for Ada
Holtzman, who has selflessly worked to create an unparalleled memorial
to our ancestral town of Bialystok.

Ada has already added over half of the Book to her website and will be
adding the remaining chapters in the near future. Please check back
periodically.

Mark Halpern
BIALYGen Coordinator