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4th Street Shul, South Boston, MA #general

gjj
 

Hello Genners,
I am trying to collect information on the small Jewish population that
lived and/or worked in South Boston, Massachusetts. I'm particularly
interested if anyone has any information or photos of the Fourth Street
Shul which was closed in 1942, as people were able to move to other
neighborhoods and towns with larger communities and more options.

Ultimately, I would like to have the information submitted to the Vilna
Shul Museum and Heritage Center on Beacon Hill to preserve this little
piece of Boston history.

Please email me directly.

Thank you,
Georgianna Johnson
gddssofgloom@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 4th Street Shul, South Boston, MA #general

gjj
 

Hello Genners,
I am trying to collect information on the small Jewish population that
lived and/or worked in South Boston, Massachusetts. I'm particularly
interested if anyone has any information or photos of the Fourth Street
Shul which was closed in 1942, as people were able to move to other
neighborhoods and towns with larger communities and more options.

Ultimately, I would like to have the information submitted to the Vilna
Shul Museum and Heritage Center on Beacon Hill to preserve this little
piece of Boston history.

Please email me directly.

Thank you,
Georgianna Johnson
gddssofgloom@...


Adoption.. #general

Michael Sklaroff
 

Dear Jewish Genners,

Earlier this year, I posted questions about a friend who was searching
for his biological family. He had met his birthmother and knew the
year she was born, but we were wondering how he could get a copy of
her birth certificate in order to see her parents' names. Without a
corresponding death certificate, the New York City Department of Health
won't provide birth certificates to anyone other than the person so
named or their parent. I also posted questions regarding genetic testing.

I wish to report that this friend did find his biological family: he's
my cousin. I didn't include this possibility in my queries because of
our concern for the privacy of his birthmother. I am an adoptive parent,
and I know the issues and concerns involved. He is now comfortable with
this story being public.

He and I met on facebook, where he posted a profile using the name his
birthmother had given him. It was my first and last names. I wrote to
him out of curiosity, and he explained his story. I'd always been
interested in my family history and this -- along with our adoption
connection -- really prompted me to try to find out if we were related.

Using the Google, facebook, ancestry.com, and the telephone, I was able to
find cousins I had never heard about. Growing up, I knew little about my
paternal grandfather's family, other than a number of names and this salient
feature: three brothers had married three sisters. Because of this fact,
there were lots of duplicate names in the family: two Meyers, two or
three Harrys, two Irvings. And that's why I thought I'd be able to establish
a connection with this man if we found his birthmother's birth certificate
with her father's name on it.

I finally narrowed my search to one of my grandfather's brothers, and a
first cousin of my fathers identified this friend's birthmother. No one
in the family knew of my friend's existence; I was the first one >from
the extended family to make contact with him. We've exchanged many e-mails
and spoken on the phone, and we plan to meet this summer.

A number of Jewish Genners responded, privately, to my questions, and I wish
to thank them all. I had additional exchanges with a couple of these people,
discussing the issue of adoption. We shared two of the three parts to the
adoption triad: either having been adopted or having adopted a child. None
of us had experience with the third component, having placed a child for
adoption.

My research has been tremendously exciting for me, and I enjoy receiving the
many queries >from this forum that fill my e-mail in-box every day.

Michael Sklaroff.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Adoption.. #general

Michael Sklaroff
 

Dear Jewish Genners,

Earlier this year, I posted questions about a friend who was searching
for his biological family. He had met his birthmother and knew the
year she was born, but we were wondering how he could get a copy of
her birth certificate in order to see her parents' names. Without a
corresponding death certificate, the New York City Department of Health
won't provide birth certificates to anyone other than the person so
named or their parent. I also posted questions regarding genetic testing.

I wish to report that this friend did find his biological family: he's
my cousin. I didn't include this possibility in my queries because of
our concern for the privacy of his birthmother. I am an adoptive parent,
and I know the issues and concerns involved. He is now comfortable with
this story being public.

He and I met on facebook, where he posted a profile using the name his
birthmother had given him. It was my first and last names. I wrote to
him out of curiosity, and he explained his story. I'd always been
interested in my family history and this -- along with our adoption
connection -- really prompted me to try to find out if we were related.

Using the Google, facebook, ancestry.com, and the telephone, I was able to
find cousins I had never heard about. Growing up, I knew little about my
paternal grandfather's family, other than a number of names and this salient
feature: three brothers had married three sisters. Because of this fact,
there were lots of duplicate names in the family: two Meyers, two or
three Harrys, two Irvings. And that's why I thought I'd be able to establish
a connection with this man if we found his birthmother's birth certificate
with her father's name on it.

I finally narrowed my search to one of my grandfather's brothers, and a
first cousin of my fathers identified this friend's birthmother. No one
in the family knew of my friend's existence; I was the first one >from
the extended family to make contact with him. We've exchanged many e-mails
and spoken on the phone, and we plan to meet this summer.

A number of Jewish Genners responded, privately, to my questions, and I wish
to thank them all. I had additional exchanges with a couple of these people,
discussing the issue of adoption. We shared two of the three parts to the
adoption triad: either having been adopted or having adopted a child. None
of us had experience with the third component, having placed a child for
adoption.

My research has been tremendously exciting for me, and I enjoy receiving the
many queries >from this forum that fill my e-mail in-box every day.

Michael Sklaroff.


ETSI, Sephardi genealogical and historical review : ISSUE 44 #general

Philip Abensur <laurphil@...>
 

We are glad to announce the publication of issue 44 of Etsi, the Sephardi
genealogical and historical review.
This spring 2009 issue includes articles about Tangier (Morocco), the
Deunmes and Algeria.
"The graduates of the Alliance Israelite Universelle school of boys of
Tangier >from 1864 to 1879", by Philip Abensur. Includes a list of 403
children who left the school of the Alliance of Tangier between 1864 and
1879, with a note of their town of residence, their occupation and their
moral and economic situation.
"The Deunmes", by Haim-Vidal Sephiha. Disciples of the false messiah
Sabbatai Zevi, they had an important role during the Young Turks Revolution
in 1908 and remain very active in Turkish society.
"Vital records of Algeria on line", by Philip Abensur. Two thirds of the
vital records of Algeria >from 1830 to 1904 are now available on line, with
an index allowing to select a name, a town or a date.
More information: www.geocities.com/etsi-sefarad

Philip Abensur (Paris, France)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ETSI, Sephardi genealogical and historical review : ISSUE 44 #general

Philip Abensur <laurphil@...>
 

We are glad to announce the publication of issue 44 of Etsi, the Sephardi
genealogical and historical review.
This spring 2009 issue includes articles about Tangier (Morocco), the
Deunmes and Algeria.
"The graduates of the Alliance Israelite Universelle school of boys of
Tangier >from 1864 to 1879", by Philip Abensur. Includes a list of 403
children who left the school of the Alliance of Tangier between 1864 and
1879, with a note of their town of residence, their occupation and their
moral and economic situation.
"The Deunmes", by Haim-Vidal Sephiha. Disciples of the false messiah
Sabbatai Zevi, they had an important role during the Young Turks Revolution
in 1908 and remain very active in Turkish society.
"Vital records of Algeria on line", by Philip Abensur. Two thirds of the
vital records of Algeria >from 1830 to 1904 are now available on line, with
an index allowing to select a name, a town or a date.
More information: www.geocities.com/etsi-sefarad

Philip Abensur (Paris, France)


JewishGen Board of Governors #germany

Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

JewishGen has re-energized its Board of Governors, whose major
responsibility is the long-term planning for the organization.

Honorary Chair Harvey Krueger, and Co-chairs Karen S. Franklin
and Gary Mokotoff will be joined by Board Members:
Stanley Diamond, Saul Issroff, Phyllis Kramer, Anne Feder Lee,
Hadassah Lipsius, Howard Margol, E. Randol Schoenberg, and
Walter Weiner. Ex-Officio members include Museum of Jewish
Heritage Director Dr. David G. Marwell, JewishGen Managing
Director Warren Blatt, JewishGen Vice-President Michael Tobias,
and JewishGen Administrator Avraham Groll.

The Governors hail >from London, Montreal, Hawaii, Atlanta,
Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and beyond. They bring with
them many years of extensive knowledge about genealogy,
philanthropy, and Jewish history.

More information can be found here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/pr/Press_Release.2009.06.01.BoG.htm

Warren

Warren Blatt
Managing Director, JewishGen
<wblatt@...>


German SIG #Germany JewishGen Board of Governors #germany

Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

JewishGen has re-energized its Board of Governors, whose major
responsibility is the long-term planning for the organization.

Honorary Chair Harvey Krueger, and Co-chairs Karen S. Franklin
and Gary Mokotoff will be joined by Board Members:
Stanley Diamond, Saul Issroff, Phyllis Kramer, Anne Feder Lee,
Hadassah Lipsius, Howard Margol, E. Randol Schoenberg, and
Walter Weiner. Ex-Officio members include Museum of Jewish
Heritage Director Dr. David G. Marwell, JewishGen Managing
Director Warren Blatt, JewishGen Vice-President Michael Tobias,
and JewishGen Administrator Avraham Groll.

The Governors hail >from London, Montreal, Hawaii, Atlanta,
Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and beyond. They bring with
them many years of extensive knowledge about genealogy,
philanthropy, and Jewish history.

More information can be found here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/pr/Press_Release.2009.06.01.BoG.htm

Warren

Warren Blatt
Managing Director, JewishGen
<wblatt@...>


Seeking Elisabeth SCHWARZ (Berlin, 1921) #germany

michael miller <mllm39@...>
 

Dear All,
I am trying to track down Elisabeth Schwarz, born in Berlin on July 8, 1921.
If you have any leads, please let me know. Best,

Michael Miller Budapest mllm39@...


German SIG #Germany Seeking Elisabeth SCHWARZ (Berlin, 1921) #germany

michael miller <mllm39@...>
 

Dear All,
I am trying to track down Elisabeth Schwarz, born in Berlin on July 8, 1921.
If you have any leads, please let me know. Best,

Michael Miller Budapest mllm39@...


Re: Nazi-era mental institutions in MAINZ #germany

Renate Rosenau <RenateRosenau@...>
 

Elaine Kahn asked for help confirming the existence of -- and, better,
finding a patients' list for -- a Nazi-era Catholic home/institution/hospital
for the mentally disabled, in Mainz, run by a Dr. Schlosser.

For almost 20 years I have been researching the nazi-politics for mentally
disabled patients for the region of Rheinhessen including Mainz and for the
only Jewish mental hospital "Heil- und Pflegeanstalt Sayn der
Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland", Bendorf-Sayn, near
Koblenz/Rhein, before 1"0 Jacoby'sche Kuranstalt.


A catholic institution for mentally disabled patients did not exist in Mainz
as far as we know. The only catholic institution for the Mainz region was
the Valentinushaus at Kiedrich/Rheingau. Mentally disabled patients of the
Rheinhessen-Province (part of which is Mainz) were concentrated in
specialized public hospitals (Heil- und Pflegeanstalt) in Alzey, some in
Heidesheim, in a department of Mainz university hospital, and in
Philippshospital Goddelau. Some were at a protestant institution at
Jugenheim/Rheinhessen. >from December 1"0 on all Jewish patients had to be
concentrated in the above mentioned "Heil- und Pflegeanstalt Sayn der
Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland", Bendorf-Sayn, >from where they
were deported between March and November 1"2 to killing centres in the east.

1939/1940 "euthanasia" killing centres with gas chambers were built in six
hospitals in Germany, the patients >from Rheinhessen were sent to Hadamar
near Limburg/Lahn. After the gas murder (T4-action) was stopped on August
24, 1941, these six and more institutions continued to murder mentally
disabled patients with poison, hunger, and refusal of care and medical
treatment. When and were the victims died is not easy to find out.

The former six "euthanasia" killing centres were formed into memorial and
research centres and they compiled victims' lists. Unlike the lists of
the shoa victims these lists are not published, but these centres offer a
range of help and research for inquiring relatives. For the above Jewish
mental hospital at Bendorf-Sayn I am doing the research together with a
colleague.

from the gas-murder period 1940/1941 30 000 patients' files have been
found after 1990 and listed by the Bundesarchiv Berlin.

To find out your relative's fate you could send an inquiry to:

- GedenkstE4tte Hadamar, MF6nchberg 8, D-65589 Hadamar,
e-mail: gedenkstaette-hadamar@...;
http://www.gedenkstaette-hadamar.de/

- Bundesarchiv Berlin, Finckensteinallee 63, D 12205 Berlin;
e-mail: berlin@...

- And I also offer you my help for both the Mainz region and for the Jewish
Mental hospital Bendorf-Sayn; e-mail: RenateRosenau@...

To identify your relative in the lists you should specify the following
personal dates in your inquiry: name, date and place of birth, maiden name,
home town.

You are welcome to contact me.

Yours, Renate Rosenau, Alzey, Germany <RenateRosenau@...>


German SIG #Germany Re: Nazi-era mental institutions in MAINZ #germany

Renate Rosenau <RenateRosenau@...>
 

Elaine Kahn asked for help confirming the existence of -- and, better,
finding a patients' list for -- a Nazi-era Catholic home/institution/hospital
for the mentally disabled, in Mainz, run by a Dr. Schlosser.

For almost 20 years I have been researching the nazi-politics for mentally
disabled patients for the region of Rheinhessen including Mainz and for the
only Jewish mental hospital "Heil- und Pflegeanstalt Sayn der
Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland", Bendorf-Sayn, near
Koblenz/Rhein, before 1"0 Jacoby'sche Kuranstalt.


A catholic institution for mentally disabled patients did not exist in Mainz
as far as we know. The only catholic institution for the Mainz region was
the Valentinushaus at Kiedrich/Rheingau. Mentally disabled patients of the
Rheinhessen-Province (part of which is Mainz) were concentrated in
specialized public hospitals (Heil- und Pflegeanstalt) in Alzey, some in
Heidesheim, in a department of Mainz university hospital, and in
Philippshospital Goddelau. Some were at a protestant institution at
Jugenheim/Rheinhessen. >from December 1"0 on all Jewish patients had to be
concentrated in the above mentioned "Heil- und Pflegeanstalt Sayn der
Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland", Bendorf-Sayn, >from where they
were deported between March and November 1"2 to killing centres in the east.

1939/1940 "euthanasia" killing centres with gas chambers were built in six
hospitals in Germany, the patients >from Rheinhessen were sent to Hadamar
near Limburg/Lahn. After the gas murder (T4-action) was stopped on August
24, 1941, these six and more institutions continued to murder mentally
disabled patients with poison, hunger, and refusal of care and medical
treatment. When and were the victims died is not easy to find out.

The former six "euthanasia" killing centres were formed into memorial and
research centres and they compiled victims' lists. Unlike the lists of
the shoa victims these lists are not published, but these centres offer a
range of help and research for inquiring relatives. For the above Jewish
mental hospital at Bendorf-Sayn I am doing the research together with a
colleague.

from the gas-murder period 1940/1941 30 000 patients' files have been
found after 1990 and listed by the Bundesarchiv Berlin.

To find out your relative's fate you could send an inquiry to:

- GedenkstE4tte Hadamar, MF6nchberg 8, D-65589 Hadamar,
e-mail: gedenkstaette-hadamar@...;
http://www.gedenkstaette-hadamar.de/

- Bundesarchiv Berlin, Finckensteinallee 63, D 12205 Berlin;
e-mail: berlin@...

- And I also offer you my help for both the Mainz region and for the Jewish
Mental hospital Bendorf-Sayn; e-mail: RenateRosenau@...

To identify your relative in the lists you should specify the following
personal dates in your inquiry: name, date and place of birth, maiden name,
home town.

You are welcome to contact me.

Yours, Renate Rosenau, Alzey, Germany <RenateRosenau@...>


JewishGen Board of Governors #ukraine

Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

JewishGen has re-energized its Board of Governors, whose major
responsibility is the long-term planning for the organization.

Honorary Chair Harvey Krueger, and Co-chairs Karen S. Franklin
and Gary Mokotoff will be joined by Board Members:
Stanley Diamond, Saul Issroff, Phyllis Kramer, Anne Feder Lee,
Hadassah Lipsius, Howard Margol, E. Randol Schoenberg, and
Walter Weiner. Ex-Officio members include Museum of Jewish
Heritage Director Dr. David G. Marwell, JewishGen Managing
Director Warren Blatt, JewishGen Vice-President Michael Tobias,
and JewishGen Administrator Avraham Groll.

The Governors hail >from London, Montreal, Hawaii, Atlanta,
Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and beyond. They bring with
them many years of extensive knowledge about genealogy,
philanthropy, and Jewish history.

More information can be found here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/pr/Press_Release.2009.06.01.BoG.htm

Warren

Warren Blatt
Managing Director, JewishGen
<wblatt@...>


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine JewishGen Board of Governors #ukraine

Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

JewishGen has re-energized its Board of Governors, whose major
responsibility is the long-term planning for the organization.

Honorary Chair Harvey Krueger, and Co-chairs Karen S. Franklin
and Gary Mokotoff will be joined by Board Members:
Stanley Diamond, Saul Issroff, Phyllis Kramer, Anne Feder Lee,
Hadassah Lipsius, Howard Margol, E. Randol Schoenberg, and
Walter Weiner. Ex-Officio members include Museum of Jewish
Heritage Director Dr. David G. Marwell, JewishGen Managing
Director Warren Blatt, JewishGen Vice-President Michael Tobias,
and JewishGen Administrator Avraham Groll.

The Governors hail >from London, Montreal, Hawaii, Atlanta,
Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and beyond. They bring with
them many years of extensive knowledge about genealogy,
philanthropy, and Jewish history.

More information can be found here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/pr/Press_Release.2009.06.01.BoG.htm

Warren

Warren Blatt
Managing Director, JewishGen
<wblatt@...>


A tombstone abbreviation - ViewMate 12924 #hungary

Amos Israel Zezmer
 

Hello,

I have posted on ViewMate {http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate} an image
of a tombstone >from the Cejkov, Slovakia, cemetery under ViewMate 12924.

If anyone can decipher the abbreviation preceding the deceased's name,
please contact me privately.

Thank you.

Amos ZEZMER
Yerres, France
Researching SPIEGEL, ROTH, BLEIER, SCHLANGER within the Uzhhorod /
Mukacheve corridor


Hungary SIG #Hungary A tombstone abbreviation - ViewMate 12924 #hungary

Amos Israel Zezmer
 

Hello,

I have posted on ViewMate {http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate} an image
of a tombstone >from the Cejkov, Slovakia, cemetery under ViewMate 12924.

If anyone can decipher the abbreviation preceding the deceased's name,
please contact me privately.

Thank you.

Amos ZEZMER
Yerres, France
Researching SPIEGEL, ROTH, BLEIER, SCHLANGER within the Uzhhorod /
Mukacheve corridor


Re: indexes to recent California deaths? #general

Vivian Kahn <viviankahn@...>
 

Oakland is the 8th largest city in California with a population of
about 420,000 and four hospitals, Kaiser Permanente, Alta Bates
Summit Medical Center, Children's Hospital and the Alameda County
Medical Center (Highland Hospital), where someone might be taken in
the event of an emergency. Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley is also
nearby. No reason to assume that this individual would have ended up
in a hospital in SF.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, CA

Renee Steinig <genmaven@...> wrote:
Indeed, the SSDI usually shows a decedent's last residence (but
not place of death, as some suggested) -- in this case, Oakland
(Alameda County), California. And of course, deaths often occur
at or near home. But when a relatively young and active person dies --
this man was a 63-year-old businessman -- chances are greater
of the death occurring further >from home. Also, a serious illness
will often bring someone to a major hospital in a nearby city -- in this
case, perhaps San Francisco. Hence my hesitation to mail off an
application to the Alameda County Recorder before exploring a bit.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: indexes to recent California deaths? #general

Vivian Kahn <viviankahn@...>
 

Oakland is the 8th largest city in California with a population of
about 420,000 and four hospitals, Kaiser Permanente, Alta Bates
Summit Medical Center, Children's Hospital and the Alameda County
Medical Center (Highland Hospital), where someone might be taken in
the event of an emergency. Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley is also
nearby. No reason to assume that this individual would have ended up
in a hospital in SF.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, CA

Renee Steinig <genmaven@...> wrote:
Indeed, the SSDI usually shows a decedent's last residence (but
not place of death, as some suggested) -- in this case, Oakland
(Alameda County), California. And of course, deaths often occur
at or near home. But when a relatively young and active person dies --
this man was a 63-year-old businessman -- chances are greater
of the death occurring further >from home. Also, a serious illness
will often bring someone to a major hospital in a nearby city -- in this
case, perhaps San Francisco. Hence my hesitation to mail off an
application to the Alameda County Recorder before exploring a bit.


Re: Leningrad #general

Evertjan. <exjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

Debbie Ellerin wrote
I'm looking for records >from Russia, specifically Leningrad.
The name is and was most of it's time:

Saint-Peterburg

Alternate names: Sankt-Peterburg [Rus], Leningrad [Rus, 1924–1991],
Petrograd [Rus, 1914–1924], Saint Petersburg [Eng], Sankt Petersburg [Ger],
Peterburg [Yid], Petersburg, Piter

Jewish Population in 1900: 16,649

<http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~shtetm~-2996338>

Does anyone know a good source for this?
I'm surprised not to find a section on Russia listed
under the Databases section. I know in the time of the
Soviet Union not much was available, but I was hoping that
has changed.
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/ ?

You could change that by organizing a SIG.

--
Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
(Please change the x'es to dots in my emailaddress)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Leningrad #general

Evertjan. <exjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

Debbie Ellerin wrote
I'm looking for records >from Russia, specifically Leningrad.
The name is and was most of it's time:

Saint-Peterburg

Alternate names: Sankt-Peterburg [Rus], Leningrad [Rus, 1924–1991],
Petrograd [Rus, 1914–1924], Saint Petersburg [Eng], Sankt Petersburg [Ger],
Peterburg [Yid], Petersburg, Piter

Jewish Population in 1900: 16,649

<http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~shtetm~-2996338>

Does anyone know a good source for this?
I'm surprised not to find a section on Russia listed
under the Databases section. I know in the time of the
Soviet Union not much was available, but I was hoping that
has changed.
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/ ?

You could change that by organizing a SIG.

--
Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
(Please change the x'es to dots in my emailaddress)