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Orlando Conference! #romania

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear Rom-SIGgers,

I am once again writing to you all to see how many of our members are
planning, or even thinking about, going to this years IAJGS Conference
in Orlando, FL in July.

Tomorrow is the deadline for letting the Conference organizers know of
our plans for a SIG meeting, and so far there has been only one positive
response! This is very discouraging! So, once again I am asking for
your response, in order to make arrangements for such a SIG meeting, and
any other SIG plans! Otherwise there will be no Rom-SIG presence there!

Please let me know your thoughts, even if not definite as yet, ASAP!
Rosanne Leeson
Coordinator
Rom-SIG


Romania SIG #Romania Orlando Conference! #romania

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear Rom-SIGgers,

I am once again writing to you all to see how many of our members are
planning, or even thinking about, going to this years IAJGS Conference
in Orlando, FL in July.

Tomorrow is the deadline for letting the Conference organizers know of
our plans for a SIG meeting, and so far there has been only one positive
response! This is very discouraging! So, once again I am asking for
your response, in order to make arrangements for such a SIG meeting, and
any other SIG plans! Otherwise there will be no Rom-SIG presence there!

Please let me know your thoughts, even if not definite as yet, ASAP!
Rosanne Leeson
Coordinator
Rom-SIG


(US-CA) UCLA Acquires Major Collection Chronicling Sephardic Jewish Past in LA #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

UCLA's Sephardic Archive which was launched in 2015, is the first of its
kind in the United States. Its focus, at least initially, will be on the Los
Angeles Ladino speaking community whose pioneer immigrants came from
modern-day Turkey and the Balkans in the early 20th century. Over time the
collection will expand to include Los Angeles' North African, Persian and
other Middle eastern Jewish communities. The UCLA press release states: "
the collection will tell of the migration of Sephardic Jews to California
from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa at the turn of the 20th
century; the shaping of Sephardic culture in Los Angeles; and Sephardic
Jews' contributions to the Jewish and urban fabric of L.A."

The first major acquisition to the UCLA Sephardic Archive, which partnered
with the UCLA Library Special Collections, acquired the Sephardic Temple
Tifereth Israel (STTI)-(Los Angeles) collection of 19th century rare books,
photographs, papers and audio visual materials. Much of the collection is
written in Ladino, the Mediterranean Jews Judeo-Spanish language.

Los Angeles is the home to one of the oldest and largest Sephardic
communities in the United States.

To read more about UCLA's Sephardic Archive and the acquisition >from STTI see:
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/ucla-acquires-major-collection-of-sephardic-jewish-past
[MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - https://goo.gl/ZKv3Ad ]

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US-CA) UCLA Acquires Major Collection Chronicling Sephardic Jewish Past in LA #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

UCLA's Sephardic Archive which was launched in 2015, is the first of its
kind in the United States. Its focus, at least initially, will be on the Los
Angeles Ladino speaking community whose pioneer immigrants came from
modern-day Turkey and the Balkans in the early 20th century. Over time the
collection will expand to include Los Angeles' North African, Persian and
other Middle eastern Jewish communities. The UCLA press release states: "
the collection will tell of the migration of Sephardic Jews to California
from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa at the turn of the 20th
century; the shaping of Sephardic culture in Los Angeles; and Sephardic
Jews' contributions to the Jewish and urban fabric of L.A."

The first major acquisition to the UCLA Sephardic Archive, which partnered
with the UCLA Library Special Collections, acquired the Sephardic Temple
Tifereth Israel (STTI)-(Los Angeles) collection of 19th century rare books,
photographs, papers and audio visual materials. Much of the collection is
written in Ladino, the Mediterranean Jews Judeo-Spanish language.

Los Angeles is the home to one of the oldest and largest Sephardic
communities in the United States.

To read more about UCLA's Sephardic Archive and the acquisition >from STTI see:
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/ucla-acquires-major-collection-of-sephardic-jewish-past
[MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - https://goo.gl/ZKv3Ad ]

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


ViewMate translation request - Hebrew: Rabbi Shabtai HaKohen family tree #general

Edward Rappaport
 

I've posted a page >from Meir Wunder's Encyclopedia for which I need a translation.
It is on ViewMate at:

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM52783

The page contains the family tree of Rabbi Shabtai HaKohen (The Shach), >from whom
I descend.

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application or to my email
address.

Thank you very much.

Edward N. Rappaport
Pembroke Pines, FL USA
erappapo@bellsouth.net

Researching:
RAPOPORT MUSMAN SZTARKMAN ESZENBAUM FRYDMAN -Warka/Warsaw, Poland
TASIMOWICZ, BACH, MAKOWER, KARPEL, LEMELOW -Nowy Dwor, Maz.Poland
OBOLER, ZISSER/TZISER - Dvinsk, Latvia
BERMAN, NICHAMCHIN, LIOZNOV - Druja, Lithuania (now Belarus)
WOLINSKY, GITTELMAN - Pavoloch, Ukraine


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate translation request - Hebrew: Rabbi Shabtai HaKohen family tree #general

Edward Rappaport
 

I've posted a page >from Meir Wunder's Encyclopedia for which I need a translation.
It is on ViewMate at:

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM52783

The page contains the family tree of Rabbi Shabtai HaKohen (The Shach), >from whom
I descend.

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application or to my email
address.

Thank you very much.

Edward N. Rappaport
Pembroke Pines, FL USA
erappapo@bellsouth.net

Researching:
RAPOPORT MUSMAN SZTARKMAN ESZENBAUM FRYDMAN -Warka/Warsaw, Poland
TASIMOWICZ, BACH, MAKOWER, KARPEL, LEMELOW -Nowy Dwor, Maz.Poland
OBOLER, ZISSER/TZISER - Dvinsk, Latvia
BERMAN, NICHAMCHIN, LIOZNOV - Druja, Lithuania (now Belarus)
WOLINSKY, GITTELMAN - Pavoloch, Ukraine


Lessons learned: Wildcard searches #general

A. E. Jordan
 

This is just a good example of the power of wildcard searching which hopefully
everyone can get some clues for their more difficult problems.

Here's my example of how using wildcards solved a very difficult problem:

There's a grave in the cemetery where the name and date is clear and I confirmed
all of it with the cemetery office. Yet no matter how much searching was done in
the database for death certificates this one could not be found. Of course it is
always possible the person died in a different location but the cemetery even
had the home address and her age on file for a burial almost 110 years ago.

The name I was looking for as per the grave records is Elke Charogrodsky, age
32, living in Brooklyn. That's what the cemetery confirmed.

If you want to test your skills stop here and go to the Morse one step link to
search NYC vital records for deaths and see if you can find her.

(Hint I have a copy of the death certificate in my hands .... so it exists.)

In New York City there is no data by date of death.

So I tried obvious variations like only using the E for the first name, narrowing
it to November 1909 deaths, I tried the sounds like. Nothing. How about you if
you are playing along?

I tried reversing it so that Elke was the family name. Nothing.

I tried just Charogrodsky. I tried Charog* with the * standing for wildcards. I
tried Ch*gr*d* (that's a complicated one where all the vowels are replaced with
wild cards plus I truncated the name accepting all endings). Nothing

I kept trying variations like that, ends with, sounds like, etc.

Finally I tired contains *ch*r*gr* where the first letter was also a wildcard.

(Be warned some of these searches take a long time to complete.)

By using the wild card for the first letter as well as dropping all of the vowels
in the name I got three results one of which is:

Helise Scharegotsky, died November 28, 1909 in Kings County, age 32!

Yes the people filling out the death certificate name changed Elke Charogrdsky
into Helise Schargotsky!

When I got the certificate everything aligned perfectly ... except the spelling
of the name.

Lesson learned!

Allan Jordan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Lessons learned: Wildcard searches #general

A. E. Jordan
 

This is just a good example of the power of wildcard searching which hopefully
everyone can get some clues for their more difficult problems.

Here's my example of how using wildcards solved a very difficult problem:

There's a grave in the cemetery where the name and date is clear and I confirmed
all of it with the cemetery office. Yet no matter how much searching was done in
the database for death certificates this one could not be found. Of course it is
always possible the person died in a different location but the cemetery even
had the home address and her age on file for a burial almost 110 years ago.

The name I was looking for as per the grave records is Elke Charogrodsky, age
32, living in Brooklyn. That's what the cemetery confirmed.

If you want to test your skills stop here and go to the Morse one step link to
search NYC vital records for deaths and see if you can find her.

(Hint I have a copy of the death certificate in my hands .... so it exists.)

In New York City there is no data by date of death.

So I tried obvious variations like only using the E for the first name, narrowing
it to November 1909 deaths, I tried the sounds like. Nothing. How about you if
you are playing along?

I tried reversing it so that Elke was the family name. Nothing.

I tried just Charogrodsky. I tried Charog* with the * standing for wildcards. I
tried Ch*gr*d* (that's a complicated one where all the vowels are replaced with
wild cards plus I truncated the name accepting all endings). Nothing

I kept trying variations like that, ends with, sounds like, etc.

Finally I tired contains *ch*r*gr* where the first letter was also a wildcard.

(Be warned some of these searches take a long time to complete.)

By using the wild card for the first letter as well as dropping all of the vowels
in the name I got three results one of which is:

Helise Scharegotsky, died November 28, 1909 in Kings County, age 32!

Yes the people filling out the death certificate name changed Elke Charogrdsky
into Helise Schargotsky!

When I got the certificate everything aligned perfectly ... except the spelling
of the name.

Lesson learned!

Allan Jordan


SHER from Chicago #general

Arlene Beare
 

I have just discovered the brother of my grandmother. He was Abraham SHER
and he went >from Lithuania to Chicago. He married a Fanny FRIEDLAND >from New
York.

They had 3 children Nessie or Nettie, Esther and Meyer. I found their
graves in JOWBR in Westlawn Cemetery.

If anyone has any connection to this family I would love to hear >from you.

Arlene Beare UK
DORFMAN (born Birzai Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
SCHER/BLUM (born Pandelys Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
BERMAN (born Lygumai Lithuania and then lived in Jekabpils Latvia)
SAMUELS/DEMBINSKI - Poland possibly Krakow and Zychlin

MODERATOR NOTE: Please place surnames in upper case letters.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen SHER from Chicago #general

Arlene Beare
 

I have just discovered the brother of my grandmother. He was Abraham SHER
and he went >from Lithuania to Chicago. He married a Fanny FRIEDLAND >from New
York.

They had 3 children Nessie or Nettie, Esther and Meyer. I found their
graves in JOWBR in Westlawn Cemetery.

If anyone has any connection to this family I would love to hear >from you.

Arlene Beare UK
DORFMAN (born Birzai Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
SCHER/BLUM (born Pandelys Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
BERMAN (born Lygumai Lithuania and then lived in Jekabpils Latvia)
SAMUELS/DEMBINSKI - Poland possibly Krakow and Zychlin

MODERATOR NOTE: Please place surnames in upper case letters.


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <bruce.drake@...>
 

Just about all of the Yizkor book excerpts we have featured on JewishGen's
Facebook page are >from the Pale of Settlement and the Ashkenazi Jews who
lived there. This week we offer something different: an excerpt >from the
Yizkor book of Salonike (Thessaloníki, Greece) which is subtitled "The
Greatness and Destruction of the Jerusalem of the Balkans."

The particular chapter selected >from this book is "The Golden Age"
(http://bit.ly/2i2RzB0)
[MOD. NOTE: original URL - http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Thessalonika/thev1_003.html ]
which describes the Jewish experience in Salonike >from 1492 to 1590. Many of
the Jews in Salonike in this period were the Sephardim expelled by the
"Catholic Monarchs" Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon whose
marriage in 1469 united their kingdoms. They were disturbed that Jews that
had converted to Christianity to avoid persecution or worse - known as
"conversos" - were insincere in their conversions and that those who
continued to practice Judaism in secret were trying to draw back other
conversos. They issued an edict of expulsion in 1492 and any Jews who did
not convert or leave were to be executed. Many Jews fled to North Africa and
the Ottoman Empire of which Salonike was a part.

The excerpt opens with a short description of why this was a "Golden Age" and
contains a list of the rules and laws that the rabbis of Salonike made for
the Jews who lived there.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/JewishGen.org/posts/1288497287839090
Short URL: http://bit.ly/2ik4tja

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow (http://bit.ly/2eAUPDL); Kovel (http://bit.ly/2dG6bY4)
Kovel Yizkor Book (1957): (http://bit.ly/cA6w1d)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <bruce.drake@...>
 

Just about all of the Yizkor book excerpts we have featured on JewishGen's
Facebook page are >from the Pale of Settlement and the Ashkenazi Jews who
lived there. This week we offer something different: an excerpt >from the
Yizkor book of Salonike (Thessaloníki, Greece) which is subtitled "The
Greatness and Destruction of the Jerusalem of the Balkans."

The particular chapter selected >from this book is "The Golden Age"
(http://bit.ly/2i2RzB0)
[MOD. NOTE: original URL - http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Thessalonika/thev1_003.html ]
which describes the Jewish experience in Salonike >from 1492 to 1590. Many of
the Jews in Salonike in this period were the Sephardim expelled by the
"Catholic Monarchs" Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon whose
marriage in 1469 united their kingdoms. They were disturbed that Jews that
had converted to Christianity to avoid persecution or worse - known as
"conversos" - were insincere in their conversions and that those who
continued to practice Judaism in secret were trying to draw back other
conversos. They issued an edict of expulsion in 1492 and any Jews who did
not convert or leave were to be executed. Many Jews fled to North Africa and
the Ottoman Empire of which Salonike was a part.

The excerpt opens with a short description of why this was a "Golden Age" and
contains a list of the rules and laws that the rabbis of Salonike made for
the Jews who lived there.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/JewishGen.org/posts/1288497287839090
Short URL: http://bit.ly/2ik4tja

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow (http://bit.ly/2eAUPDL); Kovel (http://bit.ly/2dG6bY4)
Kovel Yizkor Book (1957): (http://bit.ly/cA6w1d)


Re: Rabbinic Dynastic Research #general

Chaim freedman
 

Joseph Fibel commented on Rabbinic family research and the Moderator pointed
out:

"MODERATOR NOTE: Also note JewishGen's Rabbinic Genealogy SIG (RavSIG),
devoted to the study of these families.
http://www.jewishgen.org/Rabbinic/"

There you will find an extensive list of sources.
It is wise to wise a number of sources and compare what may be differing
opinions of the authors.

Furthermore one should seek the most basic, original sources rather than
simply relying on the convenience of English language sources which reflect
the understanding and personal translation of the authors.

Over the last decade or so several researchers have conducted critical
research which some times disproves earlier theories.

These include Rabbi Shlomo Englard, Rabbi Naftali Aharon Wekstein, Benyamin
Pantliat http://toladot.blogspot.co.il/ Yaron Pedahzur
https://generatree.wordpress.com/ and who publish their research in the
Charedi press or subscibable emails.

Chaim Freedman


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Rabbinic Dynastic Research #general

Chaim freedman
 

Joseph Fibel commented on Rabbinic family research and the Moderator pointed
out:

"MODERATOR NOTE: Also note JewishGen's Rabbinic Genealogy SIG (RavSIG),
devoted to the study of these families.
http://www.jewishgen.org/Rabbinic/"

There you will find an extensive list of sources.
It is wise to wise a number of sources and compare what may be differing
opinions of the authors.

Furthermore one should seek the most basic, original sources rather than
simply relying on the convenience of English language sources which reflect
the understanding and personal translation of the authors.

Over the last decade or so several researchers have conducted critical
research which some times disproves earlier theories.

These include Rabbi Shlomo Englard, Rabbi Naftali Aharon Wekstein, Benyamin
Pantliat http://toladot.blogspot.co.il/ Yaron Pedahzur
https://generatree.wordpress.com/ and who publish their research in the
Charedi press or subscibable emails.

Chaim Freedman


ViewMate Translation Request- German - EISLER #general

Elizabeth Scofield
 

I've posted a record in German about my Czech. forebears. I hope someone will
be kind enough to translate the entire page so I can determine how many
generations are noted and who they are. Israel was my gggrandfather.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM52755

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much.

Liz Scofield

Elizabeth Scofield


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate Translation Request- German - EISLER #general

Elizabeth Scofield
 

I've posted a record in German about my Czech. forebears. I hope someone will
be kind enough to translate the entire page so I can determine how many
generations are noted and who they are. Israel was my gggrandfather.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM52755

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much.

Liz Scofield

Elizabeth Scofield


Zakroczym Sheli #general

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

We are currently trying to obtain a copy of the Yizkor book called
"Zakroczym Sheli" in order to begin a translation project for this
book. If you have a copy and are willing to lend or sell it, please
contact me privately.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Zakroczym Sheli #general

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

We are currently trying to obtain a copy of the Yizkor book called
"Zakroczym Sheli" in order to begin a translation project for this
book. If you have a copy and are willing to lend or sell it, please
contact me privately.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project


Sher from Chicago #lithuania

Arlene Beare
 

I have just discovered the brother of my grandmother. He was Abraham Sher
and he went >from Lithuania to Chicago. He married a Fanny Friedland >from New
York. They had 3 children Nessie or Nettie, Esther and Meyer. I found their
graves in JOWBR in Westlawn Cemetery.

If anyone has any connection to this family I would love to hear >from you.

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman (born Birzai Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
Scher/Blum(born Pandelys Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
Berman (born Lygumai Lithuania and then lived in Jekabpils Latvia)
Samuels/Dembinski - Poland possibly Krakow and Zychlin


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Sher from Chicago #lithuania

Arlene Beare
 

I have just discovered the brother of my grandmother. He was Abraham Sher
and he went >from Lithuania to Chicago. He married a Fanny Friedland >from New
York. They had 3 children Nessie or Nettie, Esther and Meyer. I found their
graves in JOWBR in Westlawn Cemetery.

If anyone has any connection to this family I would love to hear >from you.

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman (born Birzai Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
Scher/Blum(born Pandelys Lithuania and then lived in Riga)
Berman (born Lygumai Lithuania and then lived in Jekabpils Latvia)
Samuels/Dembinski - Poland possibly Krakow and Zychlin

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