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Brody Cemetery Restoration Info #galicia

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

I received a message >from Sam Gruber. Part of the message deals with the
Brody cemetery restoration project. I thought that some members of the DG
might be interested. If you wish to help the project, please contact Sam
Gruber <sdgruber@syr.edu>.

5. Cemetery Restoration at Brody, Ukraine

Work is now in progress restoring one of the two Jewish cemeteries in Brody,
Ukraine. The older cemetery is now a soccer field; no tombstones are
visible. To date, there has been no success in gaining local recognition
for the sacred nature of the site. The newer cemetery, however, is largely
extant, with its thousands of tall carved stones still erect. It is one of
the most impressive Jewish cemeteries - the rows of stones, some as much as
ten feet high, fill a large field, standing like a silent army guarding the
dead.

According to ISJM president Dr. Samuel Gruber who visited the site in May, a
new fence already encloses a substantial part of the cemetery, including a
portion used until recently as a country road. There is also a memorial
built on the site of a mass grave adjacent to the cemetery proper. Despite
the presence of hundreds (thousands?) of trees and bushes, the site is
mostly passable, so it is possible to walk through the cemetery and view the
gravestones. Importantly, the farmer who lives nearby is engaged to protect
and maintain the cemetery. Work to preserve the cemetery is coordinated by
Meylakh Sheykhet, a L'viv-based Jewish activist who has negotiated the
rescue and protection of many cemetery sites throughout the region.

Dr. Gruber reports that there remains much that still needs to be done to
protect the site in general and the stones themselves, as well as to make
the place a more accessible and pleasant memorial place, include clearing of
vegetation, possible re-erection of fallen stones, and the continuation
and/or strengthening of the fence in certain areas, including the completion
of the fencing of the area close to the adjacent farmhouses and the memorial
that has been used (and is still used) for gardening. The clearing of
vegetation and the completion of fencing are both tasks that can be done
without serious problems. Some clearing needs to be approved by the State
forestry officials because the land is classified as forest. The exact
location for some fencing still needs to be confirmed. A private American
donor has agreed to substantially fund theses phases of work.

The raising of stones is a bigger job, and not presently imperative. This
phase of work should be addressed only after the site is cleared and fully
secured. Clearing the site should be feasible with reasonable expense by
local workmen. The cleared site will reveal more stones fallen and
partially buried (these can now be felt underfoot). .

When all this is done, it is hoped that a landscape plan will be prepared
allowing careful decision of which, if any, larger trees should be left in
place, and whether any pathways through the cemetery can be laid out.
Lastly, modest signage on the site that gives some history of the cemetery,
the community and their fates is needed. The example of the recently
restored cemetery in Venice, Italy provides an example of this sort of plan.
--
David M. Fox
fox@erols.com
Belarus SIG Coordinator
Arnold, MD USA
http://www.jewishgen.org/belarus/


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Brody Cemetery Restoration Info #galicia

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

I received a message >from Sam Gruber. Part of the message deals with the
Brody cemetery restoration project. I thought that some members of the DG
might be interested. If you wish to help the project, please contact Sam
Gruber <sdgruber@syr.edu>.

5. Cemetery Restoration at Brody, Ukraine

Work is now in progress restoring one of the two Jewish cemeteries in Brody,
Ukraine. The older cemetery is now a soccer field; no tombstones are
visible. To date, there has been no success in gaining local recognition
for the sacred nature of the site. The newer cemetery, however, is largely
extant, with its thousands of tall carved stones still erect. It is one of
the most impressive Jewish cemeteries - the rows of stones, some as much as
ten feet high, fill a large field, standing like a silent army guarding the
dead.

According to ISJM president Dr. Samuel Gruber who visited the site in May, a
new fence already encloses a substantial part of the cemetery, including a
portion used until recently as a country road. There is also a memorial
built on the site of a mass grave adjacent to the cemetery proper. Despite
the presence of hundreds (thousands?) of trees and bushes, the site is
mostly passable, so it is possible to walk through the cemetery and view the
gravestones. Importantly, the farmer who lives nearby is engaged to protect
and maintain the cemetery. Work to preserve the cemetery is coordinated by
Meylakh Sheykhet, a L'viv-based Jewish activist who has negotiated the
rescue and protection of many cemetery sites throughout the region.

Dr. Gruber reports that there remains much that still needs to be done to
protect the site in general and the stones themselves, as well as to make
the place a more accessible and pleasant memorial place, include clearing of
vegetation, possible re-erection of fallen stones, and the continuation
and/or strengthening of the fence in certain areas, including the completion
of the fencing of the area close to the adjacent farmhouses and the memorial
that has been used (and is still used) for gardening. The clearing of
vegetation and the completion of fencing are both tasks that can be done
without serious problems. Some clearing needs to be approved by the State
forestry officials because the land is classified as forest. The exact
location for some fencing still needs to be confirmed. A private American
donor has agreed to substantially fund theses phases of work.

The raising of stones is a bigger job, and not presently imperative. This
phase of work should be addressed only after the site is cleared and fully
secured. Clearing the site should be feasible with reasonable expense by
local workmen. The cleared site will reveal more stones fallen and
partially buried (these can now be felt underfoot). .

When all this is done, it is hoped that a landscape plan will be prepared
allowing careful decision of which, if any, larger trees should be left in
place, and whether any pathways through the cemetery can be laid out.
Lastly, modest signage on the site that gives some history of the cemetery,
the community and their fates is needed. The example of the recently
restored cemetery in Venice, Italy provides an example of this sort of plan.
--
David M. Fox
fox@erols.com
Belarus SIG Coordinator
Arnold, MD USA
http://www.jewishgen.org/belarus/


MARGALIOT #galicia

nachi keren <nachi_k@...>
 

I am looking for other researchers of the rabbinical
dynasty of the Margaliot family.
Nachi

=====
Nachi Keren-Israel,
*Kratz,Weiss,Steiger >from Sighet.
*Indig,shlomovitz,Stern >from Petrova or Ruskova.


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia MARGALIOT #galicia

nachi keren <nachi_k@...>
 

I am looking for other researchers of the rabbinical
dynasty of the Margaliot family.
Nachi

=====
Nachi Keren-Israel,
*Kratz,Weiss,Steiger >from Sighet.
*Indig,shlomovitz,Stern >from Petrova or Ruskova.


Southern Poland Driver/Guide #galicia

JCYMBLER@...
 

I just returned >from my second trip in 6 months to Poland. Krakow was my
base and I utilized an excellent driver/guide who lives in Krakow. If
anyone is interested in a recommendation, please contact me privately.
BTW, this person is NOT a genealogist, nor can he do research for you by mail.

Jeff Cymbler


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Southern Poland Driver/Guide #galicia

JCYMBLER@...
 

I just returned >from my second trip in 6 months to Poland. Krakow was my
base and I utilized an excellent driver/guide who lives in Krakow. If
anyone is interested in a recommendation, please contact me privately.
BTW, this person is NOT a genealogist, nor can he do research for you by mail.

Jeff Cymbler


Krakow Expert Needed by Landsmanshaft #galicia

JCYMBLER@...
 

I have been contacted by the Krakow landsmanshaft in New York. They would
like to have a speaker for their November 12 meeting in Queens to discuss
Krakow Jewish genealogy and Holocaust research. If there is someone

interested in this opportunity please contact me privately.

Jeff Cymbler


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Krakow Expert Needed by Landsmanshaft #galicia

JCYMBLER@...
 

I have been contacted by the Krakow landsmanshaft in New York. They would
like to have a speaker for their November 12 meeting in Queens to discuss
Krakow Jewish genealogy and Holocaust research. If there is someone

interested in this opportunity please contact me privately.

Jeff Cymbler


LEVY from London (became LESNIE in US) #galicia

Diane Jacobs <kingart@...>
 

I am putting out this inquiry as I have possible new
information >from the l881 UK Census (London):

My greataunt DORAH SINGMAN married ISADORE
LESNIE in 1891 in NYC at the age of 21.
On the marriage certificate
his name was ISAAC LEVY. Isaac Levy gives his
father's name as Samuel Levy and his mother as
Ettie Kibber Levy. The family knew he was
a salesmen >from England, so thanks to a kind
jewishgenner in London, I have found the following
entry which matches Isaac Levy's age in l881.

Rosetta Levy, widow age 50
J. Lenny Levy , age 21, cigar maker
Amelia Levy, age 16 umbrella maker
Joseph Levy, age 15, cigarmaker
Isaac Levy, age l0 scholar

All five living at 17 Duke Street, London
All list their birth district as Old Artillery Ground, London
Registration area: Old Artillery Ground, St. Mary's Parish,
Spitalfields, London.

If anyone knows of this family >from the UK, please get
in touch with me.

I would also present this question to those knowledgable
with English/Jewish names. Rosetta is not your usual
Jewish or even English name. Is is possible that she had
two jewish or English names Rose Etta
and that this is the woman whom Isaac Levy named
on his marriage certificate.? Isaac Levy had a daughter
named Ruth Lesnie who lived in
the Washington DC area with him and his son Nathan.
Ruth Lesnie was a lawyer in Washington DC and her
brother was a dentist.

Can anyone also tell me what might Rose or Ruth's Hebrew
name be?

Thanks for reading this long missive and I look forward to
your responses.

Diane Glazer Jacobs
New York


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia LEVY from London (became LESNIE in US) #galicia

Diane Jacobs <kingart@...>
 

I am putting out this inquiry as I have possible new
information >from the l881 UK Census (London):

My greataunt DORAH SINGMAN married ISADORE
LESNIE in 1891 in NYC at the age of 21.
On the marriage certificate
his name was ISAAC LEVY. Isaac Levy gives his
father's name as Samuel Levy and his mother as
Ettie Kibber Levy. The family knew he was
a salesmen >from England, so thanks to a kind
jewishgenner in London, I have found the following
entry which matches Isaac Levy's age in l881.

Rosetta Levy, widow age 50
J. Lenny Levy , age 21, cigar maker
Amelia Levy, age 16 umbrella maker
Joseph Levy, age 15, cigarmaker
Isaac Levy, age l0 scholar

All five living at 17 Duke Street, London
All list their birth district as Old Artillery Ground, London
Registration area: Old Artillery Ground, St. Mary's Parish,
Spitalfields, London.

If anyone knows of this family >from the UK, please get
in touch with me.

I would also present this question to those knowledgable
with English/Jewish names. Rosetta is not your usual
Jewish or even English name. Is is possible that she had
two jewish or English names Rose Etta
and that this is the woman whom Isaac Levy named
on his marriage certificate.? Isaac Levy had a daughter
named Ruth Lesnie who lived in
the Washington DC area with him and his son Nathan.
Ruth Lesnie was a lawyer in Washington DC and her
brother was a dentist.

Can anyone also tell me what might Rose or Ruth's Hebrew
name be?

Thanks for reading this long missive and I look forward to
your responses.

Diane Glazer Jacobs
New York


G or H #galicia

Nachum <nachum@...>
 

To all Sig members,

I would like to mention something that perhaps is not a problem, but it
seems to me that
there is some confusion.

I have it on authority >from my Russian friends here in Israel, that a G
in Polish or Yiddish
is written as an H in Russian, although pronounced as a G. Therefore, a
stetl such as
Gomel would appear in Russian maps as Homel, but still pronounced as
Gomel. The same
for the Russian shtetl Smorhon, which is pronounced as in the Polish as
Smorgon (which
happens to be the birth place of my maternal grandmother).

Nachum TUCHMAN

Researching: RAIDER (REDER), GINTSBURG >from Smorgon TUCHMAN, KLARMAN
from
Busko


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia G or H #galicia

Nachum <nachum@...>
 

To all Sig members,

I would like to mention something that perhaps is not a problem, but it
seems to me that
there is some confusion.

I have it on authority >from my Russian friends here in Israel, that a G
in Polish or Yiddish
is written as an H in Russian, although pronounced as a G. Therefore, a
stetl such as
Gomel would appear in Russian maps as Homel, but still pronounced as
Gomel. The same
for the Russian shtetl Smorhon, which is pronounced as in the Polish as
Smorgon (which
happens to be the birth place of my maternal grandmother).

Nachum TUCHMAN

Researching: RAIDER (REDER), GINTSBURG >from Smorgon TUCHMAN, KLARMAN
from
Busko


Shaltkoff or Shaltcoff - new informaton on family #galicia

Diane Jacobs <kingart@...>
 

In tracing the first wife of my greatuncle Maurice (Moses)
Singman, I have found an entry for her and her family as
follows in the l900 US census:

Jacob Shaltcoff b/ 2/1840
Elizabeth Shaltkoff b. 5/1850
Elizabeth Shaltkoff
(Lizzie on marriage certificate l904 NY) b. 12/1877
Rebecca Shaltcoff b. 12/1881
Joseph Shaltcoff b. 8/1880
Max Shaltcoff b. 4/1884

All residing at l00 Monroe St., NYC

Lizzie or Elizabeth Shaltcoff married Maurice or Moses
Singman in l904 at age 26 living at 247 Monroe St.
As the family story goes, she died after giving birth to
Ida Singman. Maurice remarried by 1920 Celia (maiden
name unknown as yet) and the child Ida Singman was
adopted by Jenny Singman Muller, Maurice's sister.

So far I only have the index card for the Shaltcoff's
as the actual census reel I needed was missing
from the NYPL last week. I hope to retrieve the actual
page in a couple of weeks >from now.

In the meantime, I am putting this out in the hopes that
someone may know of this family.

Looking forward to any responses.

Diane Glazer Jacobs
New York
Researching
SINGMAN -Vilna, STEINBERG, MULLER, LESNIE, LEVY,
HEILMAN, SHERMAN, HYMES, ROSENBERG, RABINOWITZ
GLAZER, RABINOWITZ, JOSEPH - Kartuz Bereza, Belarus
and Argentina
BEGUN, BEGIN, BAGOON - Pinsk and Israel


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Shaltkoff or Shaltcoff - new informaton on family #galicia

Diane Jacobs <kingart@...>
 

In tracing the first wife of my greatuncle Maurice (Moses)
Singman, I have found an entry for her and her family as
follows in the l900 US census:

Jacob Shaltcoff b/ 2/1840
Elizabeth Shaltkoff b. 5/1850
Elizabeth Shaltkoff
(Lizzie on marriage certificate l904 NY) b. 12/1877
Rebecca Shaltcoff b. 12/1881
Joseph Shaltcoff b. 8/1880
Max Shaltcoff b. 4/1884

All residing at l00 Monroe St., NYC

Lizzie or Elizabeth Shaltcoff married Maurice or Moses
Singman in l904 at age 26 living at 247 Monroe St.
As the family story goes, she died after giving birth to
Ida Singman. Maurice remarried by 1920 Celia (maiden
name unknown as yet) and the child Ida Singman was
adopted by Jenny Singman Muller, Maurice's sister.

So far I only have the index card for the Shaltcoff's
as the actual census reel I needed was missing
from the NYPL last week. I hope to retrieve the actual
page in a couple of weeks >from now.

In the meantime, I am putting this out in the hopes that
someone may know of this family.

Looking forward to any responses.

Diane Glazer Jacobs
New York
Researching
SINGMAN -Vilna, STEINBERG, MULLER, LESNIE, LEVY,
HEILMAN, SHERMAN, HYMES, ROSENBERG, RABINOWITZ
GLAZER, RABINOWITZ, JOSEPH - Kartuz Bereza, Belarus
and Argentina
BEGUN, BEGIN, BAGOON - Pinsk and Israel


Ninbach #southafrica

Dr Saul Issroff <saul@...>
 

Peter Scalcione <petertimber@dellnet.com> writes

NYC family trying to locate four brothers named NINBACH who
emigrated to South Africa >from Poland via England. They had a
sister named ADA KOSKY nee NINBACH went to NYC.  The family here in
NYC is reaching out.  Thank you petertimber@dellnet.com
--
Dr Saul Issroff


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Ninbach #southafrica

Dr Saul Issroff <saul@...>
 

Peter Scalcione <petertimber@dellnet.com> writes

NYC family trying to locate four brothers named NINBACH who
emigrated to South Africa >from Poland via England. They had a
sister named ADA KOSKY nee NINBACH went to NYC.  The family here in
NYC is reaching out.  Thank you petertimber@dellnet.com
--
Dr Saul Issroff


Name puzzle: Hane/Hena 2 sisters #latvia #courland

Barbara Siegel
 

Attention name mayvens:

On records forwarded to me >from the Latvian archives in Riga, there is the
following information re my mgm Hannah FRIEDLANDER Levinson.

Listing the children of Moses(Movsha) and Dvora FRIEDLANDER:

1. Daughter Hane. born 11-22-1859 in Windau (sp.in Hebrew script:
het-nun-hey)
2. Daughter Hena. Born 10-18-1861 " " (sp.in Hebrew script:
hey-ayn-nun-ayn)

Daughter #1 "Hane" certainly appears to be my mgm Hannah FRIEDLANDER.
Daughter #2 "Hena" (whom I have never heard of) seems to be the person(aunt)
Hannah's
own daughter Anna is named after, as Anna's ketuba gives her
name as
hey-ayn-nuhn-aleph (Hena).

I had always assumed that Hannah(?Chana) and Hena were 2 different names.
However, after consulting Boris Feldblyum's book RUSSIAN JEWISH NAMES it
seems that Hane(Gane) and Hena(Gena) are both variants? or alternatives? of
Khano(Chanah).

I am very puzzled by the following:
1.) Isn't it unusual to name 2 girls only 2 years apart names that sound so
much alike?
2.) Why would one name 2 sisters with names that are so closely related, and
have the
same root?

I have already discounted the explanation that #1.Hane died and #2.Hena was
named after her and became my mgm Hannah as I don't think she would have
named her own daughter after herself (she lived to have many additional
children after the birth of Anna/Hena).

I hope that this isn't as confusing to everyone else as it is to me. Thanks
for any explanations.

Barbara Siegel <bsiegel@netvision.net.il>
Jerusalem

Searching: FRIEDLANDER/Ventspils, LEVINSON/Grobin,Ventspils,
HERTZBERG/Tukums, BERSHADSKY/Tulchin


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia Name puzzle: Hane/Hena 2 sisters #courland #latvia

Barbara Siegel
 

Attention name mayvens:

On records forwarded to me >from the Latvian archives in Riga, there is the
following information re my mgm Hannah FRIEDLANDER Levinson.

Listing the children of Moses(Movsha) and Dvora FRIEDLANDER:

1. Daughter Hane. born 11-22-1859 in Windau (sp.in Hebrew script:
het-nun-hey)
2. Daughter Hena. Born 10-18-1861 " " (sp.in Hebrew script:
hey-ayn-nun-ayn)

Daughter #1 "Hane" certainly appears to be my mgm Hannah FRIEDLANDER.
Daughter #2 "Hena" (whom I have never heard of) seems to be the person(aunt)
Hannah's
own daughter Anna is named after, as Anna's ketuba gives her
name as
hey-ayn-nuhn-aleph (Hena).

I had always assumed that Hannah(?Chana) and Hena were 2 different names.
However, after consulting Boris Feldblyum's book RUSSIAN JEWISH NAMES it
seems that Hane(Gane) and Hena(Gena) are both variants? or alternatives? of
Khano(Chanah).

I am very puzzled by the following:
1.) Isn't it unusual to name 2 girls only 2 years apart names that sound so
much alike?
2.) Why would one name 2 sisters with names that are so closely related, and
have the
same root?

I have already discounted the explanation that #1.Hane died and #2.Hena was
named after her and became my mgm Hannah as I don't think she would have
named her own daughter after herself (she lived to have many additional
children after the birth of Anna/Hena).

I hope that this isn't as confusing to everyone else as it is to me. Thanks
for any explanations.

Barbara Siegel <bsiegel@netvision.net.il>
Jerusalem

Searching: FRIEDLANDER/Ventspils, LEVINSON/Grobin,Ventspils,
HERTZBERG/Tukums, BERSHADSKY/Tulchin


How two genealogists by helping me helped themselves (many Jewish Ohio surnames included) #general

Genealicej@...
 

Here's a story to warm the cockles of the heart.
I posted on a couple of Ohio mailing lists to try and enlist
assistance with my STERN/STARR family in Portsmouth, Scioto County,
originally >from Heppenheim an der Bergstrasse in Hesse-Darmstadt,
Germany.

Three people (non-Jewish) stepped forward separately - a lady in
Cincinnati, a retired schoolteacher who no longer lives
in Portsmouth and a gentleman >from Portsmouth who have
all been more than generous in assisting me in very different
ways in making very exciting discoveries and of course I had
said thank you several times, thinking how inadequate it was.

I happened to mention the surname of the Portsmouth
resident to the retired schoolteacher and received an
e-mail >from that lady cautiously asking about the
surname, since her uncle, who married into her family
had the same surname and she knew only a couple of families
in Portsmouth who carried the name.

I copied the e-mail to my other helper and received a
thrilled e-mail back. Her uncle was his first cousin!
They both had lived in Portsmouth and never knew one another.

If I was a moralist, no doubt I could draw an obvious
conclusion >from this. Whatever, this has given my
genealogy a real feel-good factor boost!

And now the new information. I would appreciate anyone who
can suggest to me why Moses STARR (born STERN) birthdate seems
to have shifted >from 1850 to 1852 - not only in this report, but also
on the gravestone and in the registration.

The Portsmouth Times, Saturday, December 4, 1880
(My great grandfather's eldest brother, Moses STARR, born STERN)

The remains of Moses Starr, nephew of Mrs. L. Levi, [Hannah
or Hindle STERN] residing on Fourth Street, were brought to
this city last Wednesday evening. He died suddenly at his
home in Carthage, Tennessee, last Sunday morning. He has a
sister, Miss Eva Starr [also born STERN in Heppenheim], residing
with her aunt Mrs. Levi.

He had frequently visited Portsmouth and had many friends
in Jewish circles. Mr. Starr was 27 and had been Deputy
Clerk of Smith County, where he resided, for the past
eight years. He was an estimable young man, popular
among his acquaintances, and his untimely death occasions
deep regret. The funeral took place last Thursday >from the
residence of his aunt on Fourth Street.

Nelson Evans' HISTORY OF SCIOTO COUNTY,
OHIO 1903 regarding the Hebrew Congregation there (pages 531-32):

"The Hebrew Congregation"

The Hebrew congregation of Portsmouth, known by its Hebrew
name, "K'bal Kodesh Bene Abraham" (K. I. B. A.) or its English equivalent
"The Holy Congregation of the Children of Abraham," was founded
presumably in the early part of the fifties (l850's)...the Congregation
was incorporated in l858... The tide of the Jewish
immigration >from Germany to the United States became very strong
during and immediately after the memorable year, 1848, the year
of European Revolutions and very many of those Jewish settlers
went westward, making the large cities like Cincinnati and
Chicago, their principal places of residence, but settling also in smaller
cities, like Dayton, Zanesville, and Portsmouth....

The incorporation of the Congregation took place November l, l858. The
Board of Trustees at that time consisted of Louis Levi, Mayer Eichelstein,
Ludwig Stern, Isaac Freiberg, Jacob Stern, Mayer Seeberger, and Bernard
Dreyfoos.... In l864, Thomas Dugan offered to sell his property on the
corner of Washington and Third streets. After due deliberation the
Congregation decided to buy the building in partnership with the Masons;
the Congregation to have the first and second floors, the Masons
the third floor.... >from a strictly Orthodox Congregation at the
beginning, it gradually became more and more a rollover
of the reforms instituted and promulgated by the great reform leaders,
Drs. Einborn of Baltimore, and Wise of Cincinnati....

The first minister ever formally engaged by the Congregation was Rabbi
Wechsler, who served >from l863 to l864. Following is the list of Rabbis,
who have served the congregation ever since:--Rabbi Laser, l864-l866; Rabbi
Gabricher, l866-l868; Rabbi Eppstein, l868-l870; Rabbi Weil, l870-l871;
Rabbi Gerstman, l871-l873; Rabbi Kaufman, l873-l876; Rabbi Lasker,
l876-l877; Rabbi Stempel, l877-l879; Rabbi Eichelstein, l879-l886; Rabbi
Pollak, l886-l887; Rabbi Block, l887-l888; Rabbi Schapiro, l888-l90l. The
present incumbent of the Temple is Rabbi Max Raisin, an alumnus of the
Hebrew Union College and the University of Cincinnati. The Jewish citizens
of Portsmouth have always done their utmost to live in peace and concord
with their Christian fellow-citizens and have never refused their
contributions toward other Congregations, when called upon. Their
Christian friends always reciprocate these feelings of friendship. On the
occasion of the dedication of the Jewish Temple, September, l864, the choir
of the Presbyterian Church very generously assisted at the services; and to
this day most of the members of the choir at the Temple are also members of
the choir of the Bigelow M. E. Church.

The present officers of the Congregation are: President, I. Levi; Vice
President, M. Lehman; Secretary, F. Haas; Treasurer, B. Schloss. Other
bodies within the Congregation are: The Ladies Temple Aid Society and the
Jewish Kaffee Klatsch for the mutual social intercourse between the members
of the Congregation.


Of course I'm now wondering about Ludwig and Jacob STERN, STERNs
I have previously never encountered. There are two missing STERN
male lines, Salomon STERN (1810-1880 Heppenheim) and his younger
brother Mendel STERN (March 27 1815 Heppenheim-?) in my family.

Alice Josephs
United Kingdom

My own website at
http://members.tripod.co.uk/AliceJosephs/INDEX.HTM


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen How two genealogists by helping me helped themselves (many Jewish Ohio surnames included) #general

Genealicej@...
 

Here's a story to warm the cockles of the heart.
I posted on a couple of Ohio mailing lists to try and enlist
assistance with my STERN/STARR family in Portsmouth, Scioto County,
originally >from Heppenheim an der Bergstrasse in Hesse-Darmstadt,
Germany.

Three people (non-Jewish) stepped forward separately - a lady in
Cincinnati, a retired schoolteacher who no longer lives
in Portsmouth and a gentleman >from Portsmouth who have
all been more than generous in assisting me in very different
ways in making very exciting discoveries and of course I had
said thank you several times, thinking how inadequate it was.

I happened to mention the surname of the Portsmouth
resident to the retired schoolteacher and received an
e-mail >from that lady cautiously asking about the
surname, since her uncle, who married into her family
had the same surname and she knew only a couple of families
in Portsmouth who carried the name.

I copied the e-mail to my other helper and received a
thrilled e-mail back. Her uncle was his first cousin!
They both had lived in Portsmouth and never knew one another.

If I was a moralist, no doubt I could draw an obvious
conclusion >from this. Whatever, this has given my
genealogy a real feel-good factor boost!

And now the new information. I would appreciate anyone who
can suggest to me why Moses STARR (born STERN) birthdate seems
to have shifted >from 1850 to 1852 - not only in this report, but also
on the gravestone and in the registration.

The Portsmouth Times, Saturday, December 4, 1880
(My great grandfather's eldest brother, Moses STARR, born STERN)

The remains of Moses Starr, nephew of Mrs. L. Levi, [Hannah
or Hindle STERN] residing on Fourth Street, were brought to
this city last Wednesday evening. He died suddenly at his
home in Carthage, Tennessee, last Sunday morning. He has a
sister, Miss Eva Starr [also born STERN in Heppenheim], residing
with her aunt Mrs. Levi.

He had frequently visited Portsmouth and had many friends
in Jewish circles. Mr. Starr was 27 and had been Deputy
Clerk of Smith County, where he resided, for the past
eight years. He was an estimable young man, popular
among his acquaintances, and his untimely death occasions
deep regret. The funeral took place last Thursday >from the
residence of his aunt on Fourth Street.

Nelson Evans' HISTORY OF SCIOTO COUNTY,
OHIO 1903 regarding the Hebrew Congregation there (pages 531-32):

"The Hebrew Congregation"

The Hebrew congregation of Portsmouth, known by its Hebrew
name, "K'bal Kodesh Bene Abraham" (K. I. B. A.) or its English equivalent
"The Holy Congregation of the Children of Abraham," was founded
presumably in the early part of the fifties (l850's)...the Congregation
was incorporated in l858... The tide of the Jewish
immigration >from Germany to the United States became very strong
during and immediately after the memorable year, 1848, the year
of European Revolutions and very many of those Jewish settlers
went westward, making the large cities like Cincinnati and
Chicago, their principal places of residence, but settling also in smaller
cities, like Dayton, Zanesville, and Portsmouth....

The incorporation of the Congregation took place November l, l858. The
Board of Trustees at that time consisted of Louis Levi, Mayer Eichelstein,
Ludwig Stern, Isaac Freiberg, Jacob Stern, Mayer Seeberger, and Bernard
Dreyfoos.... In l864, Thomas Dugan offered to sell his property on the
corner of Washington and Third streets. After due deliberation the
Congregation decided to buy the building in partnership with the Masons;
the Congregation to have the first and second floors, the Masons
the third floor.... >from a strictly Orthodox Congregation at the
beginning, it gradually became more and more a rollover
of the reforms instituted and promulgated by the great reform leaders,
Drs. Einborn of Baltimore, and Wise of Cincinnati....

The first minister ever formally engaged by the Congregation was Rabbi
Wechsler, who served >from l863 to l864. Following is the list of Rabbis,
who have served the congregation ever since:--Rabbi Laser, l864-l866; Rabbi
Gabricher, l866-l868; Rabbi Eppstein, l868-l870; Rabbi Weil, l870-l871;
Rabbi Gerstman, l871-l873; Rabbi Kaufman, l873-l876; Rabbi Lasker,
l876-l877; Rabbi Stempel, l877-l879; Rabbi Eichelstein, l879-l886; Rabbi
Pollak, l886-l887; Rabbi Block, l887-l888; Rabbi Schapiro, l888-l90l. The
present incumbent of the Temple is Rabbi Max Raisin, an alumnus of the
Hebrew Union College and the University of Cincinnati. The Jewish citizens
of Portsmouth have always done their utmost to live in peace and concord
with their Christian fellow-citizens and have never refused their
contributions toward other Congregations, when called upon. Their
Christian friends always reciprocate these feelings of friendship. On the
occasion of the dedication of the Jewish Temple, September, l864, the choir
of the Presbyterian Church very generously assisted at the services; and to
this day most of the members of the choir at the Temple are also members of
the choir of the Bigelow M. E. Church.

The present officers of the Congregation are: President, I. Levi; Vice
President, M. Lehman; Secretary, F. Haas; Treasurer, B. Schloss. Other
bodies within the Congregation are: The Ladies Temple Aid Society and the
Jewish Kaffee Klatsch for the mutual social intercourse between the members
of the Congregation.


Of course I'm now wondering about Ludwig and Jacob STERN, STERNs
I have previously never encountered. There are two missing STERN
male lines, Salomon STERN (1810-1880 Heppenheim) and his younger
brother Mendel STERN (March 27 1815 Heppenheim-?) in my family.

Alice Josephs
United Kingdom

My own website at
http://members.tripod.co.uk/AliceJosephs/INDEX.HTM