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Mount Hebron burial society #general

Lois Levick
 

Dear Genners -

Does anyone have any information on the Franz Deak Society, which became the
Fraternal Society of 1879, Inc. at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, NY?
My understanding is that some of these societies represented towns, and I'm
researching my grandfather, who is buried in that area.
Thanks for any help.

Lois Levick
Bensalem, PA


R' Yisrael Isser of Ponovezh #rabbinic

Katz, Shlomo D. <SKatz@...>
 

I am seeking information on R' Yisrael Isser of Ponovezh, a student
of R' Chaim of Volozhin and author of "Menuchah U'kedushah." I am
particularly looking for a last name and a date of death.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Mount Hebron burial society #general

Lois Levick
 

Dear Genners -

Does anyone have any information on the Franz Deak Society, which became the
Fraternal Society of 1879, Inc. at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, NY?
My understanding is that some of these societies represented towns, and I'm
researching my grandfather, who is buried in that area.
Thanks for any help.

Lois Levick
Bensalem, PA


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic R' Yisrael Isser of Ponovezh #rabbinic

Katz, Shlomo D. <SKatz@...>
 

I am seeking information on R' Yisrael Isser of Ponovezh, a student
of R' Chaim of Volozhin and author of "Menuchah U'kedushah." I am
particularly looking for a last name and a date of death.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD


Seeking information on POLLOCK Family in Elizabeth, NJ #general

Shirley Wilets
 

I am looking for my father's cousins Harry POLLOCK and Max POLLOCK
who lived in the Elizabeth, NJ area in 1940s.

Thank you,
Shirley Wilets


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Seeking information on POLLOCK Family in Elizabeth, NJ #general

Shirley Wilets
 

I am looking for my father's cousins Harry POLLOCK and Max POLLOCK
who lived in the Elizabeth, NJ area in 1940s.

Thank you,
Shirley Wilets


New member. "Am I Jewish?" Seeking truth of my heritage. #general

Dr. Ralph Wilson <drwilson89@...>
 

Dear JewishGen,

Last night I watched a DVD of the movie, Rosenstrasse, which had been
accidentally left in my computer at the repair shop.The stunning nuances helped
me to again think about the way my family seems to have hidden what I think are
our Jewish roots, and about how I want to know the truth and develop a better
sense of my lineage in life.

My life has had many questions that would be answered if I knew if my grandmother
on my mother's side was actually Jewish. She had been ostracized and when
genealogy was done by my mother for our family later on her line was not
researched much at all. [However, mother was proud of the fact that our family
genealogy on my father's side qualifies us for membership in the Sons of the
American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution.]

Sometimes I have thought about reclaiming my Jewish heritage in the past and
had made some attempts to find out more. Now that my mother has died this past
October I have been freed up to find out without upsetting her. They may have
thought that they were doing the children a favor by hiding their roots. Now that
I have no good relationships with any living relative, I would like to recover my
Jewish roots and be identified as Jewish in my (long time >from now) burial and my
identification information.

I know that claiming one's heritage has many meanings to it. I have studied with
Native American medicine doctors; I have spent time on a mountain in China with a
Taoist acupuncture doctor. A good friend is Afro-American and he opened my eyes
to many aspects of personal identity. I have done Jewish folk dancing and gone to
some services at synagogues. I had a crush once years ago over a Jewish medical
student (at U Michigan Medical School, I recall her smile, and her name was
Leonore Max), however my mother was concerned that she was not Christian; the
rabbi turned me away when I sought to convert to Judaism then. Personal identity
is both an in-this-lifetime matter as well as a genetic/interpersonal matter. I
am a bit scared but want to move ahead.

This letter to you is sent mainly to begin finding out the truth of my lineage.
However, it also may be a spur for thoughts and ideas on your part because I may
end up finding out that I am "just a goyim," and that my heritage does not
include the images that I have had of the cultural and spiritual heritage of
people who are known as Jewish.

I will add some more information here so that it may be practical for someone who
reads this. There are names and some dates that I have about my grandmother's
side of the family.

This is a big step. Identification in public has serious meaning to it. I am
sorry for all the persecution and pain caused to Jewish people by those who
identify themselves by nature of their anti-jewish identity. I may be soon
joining in the Jewish experience. If I am not Jewish, I apologize for the
adversities that have been visited upon Jewish people throughout the centuries.

Below are some names and dates. Maybe some of them would help me find a
connection with a family line that is known to someone in Jewish genealogy
circles.This may be the Keener or Letzguss, or Bluhm or Bloom line.

A question on Genetic Testing:

I have discovered some genetic testing services that might help me with my quest.
Because I have not been in a family that is identified as Jewish, do you think
that such testing could help me to determine if I am indeed Jewish?

This is my first posting here and I did not include my name in the initial
registration information. My name is Ralph Wilson.

I send best greetings to all who read this.


Genealogy information:
My grandfather was Ralph Laten Ammerman [b. 1892, d. 1967].


Grandmother: Helen Florentine Bluhm [b. 1898, d. 1976].

Her parents: Gottlieb F. Bluhm [b. 1864, d. 1905], Louisa R. Keener [b.1867, d.
1939].

Her mother's parents: Gottlieb Keener [b. 1844, d. 1922], Christina Walter
[b.1848,d. 1920].

Gottlieb Keener's parents were: Karl Friedrich Kuhner [dates not listed on the
diagram my mother left me], and Katharina Elizabeth Letzguss (spelling has a non-
English B or SS at the end).

Grandmother Helen Bluhm is listed as having a sister Minnie Bluhm [b.1-1-1896,
d 11-25-1968, and a brother Walter H. Bluhm [b.7-26-1904, d.6-16-1977. I also
remember as a child meeting an old man that my grandmother took me to visit and
she called him Uncle Gottlieb.

My grandfather and grandmother married around 1918. Sometime in the next 20 years
she went crazy and was institutionalized. Grandmother had come to the United
States >from Germany. After married she lived in Cleveland, Ohio in the early part
of their marriage, and the rest of the time in a rest home in southern Ohio. They
never divorced.

Signed -- Ralph Wilson

MODERATOR NOTE: The JewishGen Family Finder might be a useful resource in this
instance. Consider registering and searching this site:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New member. "Am I Jewish?" Seeking truth of my heritage. #general

Dr. Ralph Wilson <drwilson89@...>
 

Dear JewishGen,

Last night I watched a DVD of the movie, Rosenstrasse, which had been
accidentally left in my computer at the repair shop.The stunning nuances helped
me to again think about the way my family seems to have hidden what I think are
our Jewish roots, and about how I want to know the truth and develop a better
sense of my lineage in life.

My life has had many questions that would be answered if I knew if my grandmother
on my mother's side was actually Jewish. She had been ostracized and when
genealogy was done by my mother for our family later on her line was not
researched much at all. [However, mother was proud of the fact that our family
genealogy on my father's side qualifies us for membership in the Sons of the
American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution.]

Sometimes I have thought about reclaiming my Jewish heritage in the past and
had made some attempts to find out more. Now that my mother has died this past
October I have been freed up to find out without upsetting her. They may have
thought that they were doing the children a favor by hiding their roots. Now that
I have no good relationships with any living relative, I would like to recover my
Jewish roots and be identified as Jewish in my (long time >from now) burial and my
identification information.

I know that claiming one's heritage has many meanings to it. I have studied with
Native American medicine doctors; I have spent time on a mountain in China with a
Taoist acupuncture doctor. A good friend is Afro-American and he opened my eyes
to many aspects of personal identity. I have done Jewish folk dancing and gone to
some services at synagogues. I had a crush once years ago over a Jewish medical
student (at U Michigan Medical School, I recall her smile, and her name was
Leonore Max), however my mother was concerned that she was not Christian; the
rabbi turned me away when I sought to convert to Judaism then. Personal identity
is both an in-this-lifetime matter as well as a genetic/interpersonal matter. I
am a bit scared but want to move ahead.

This letter to you is sent mainly to begin finding out the truth of my lineage.
However, it also may be a spur for thoughts and ideas on your part because I may
end up finding out that I am "just a goyim," and that my heritage does not
include the images that I have had of the cultural and spiritual heritage of
people who are known as Jewish.

I will add some more information here so that it may be practical for someone who
reads this. There are names and some dates that I have about my grandmother's
side of the family.

This is a big step. Identification in public has serious meaning to it. I am
sorry for all the persecution and pain caused to Jewish people by those who
identify themselves by nature of their anti-jewish identity. I may be soon
joining in the Jewish experience. If I am not Jewish, I apologize for the
adversities that have been visited upon Jewish people throughout the centuries.

Below are some names and dates. Maybe some of them would help me find a
connection with a family line that is known to someone in Jewish genealogy
circles.This may be the Keener or Letzguss, or Bluhm or Bloom line.

A question on Genetic Testing:

I have discovered some genetic testing services that might help me with my quest.
Because I have not been in a family that is identified as Jewish, do you think
that such testing could help me to determine if I am indeed Jewish?

This is my first posting here and I did not include my name in the initial
registration information. My name is Ralph Wilson.

I send best greetings to all who read this.


Genealogy information:
My grandfather was Ralph Laten Ammerman [b. 1892, d. 1967].


Grandmother: Helen Florentine Bluhm [b. 1898, d. 1976].

Her parents: Gottlieb F. Bluhm [b. 1864, d. 1905], Louisa R. Keener [b.1867, d.
1939].

Her mother's parents: Gottlieb Keener [b. 1844, d. 1922], Christina Walter
[b.1848,d. 1920].

Gottlieb Keener's parents were: Karl Friedrich Kuhner [dates not listed on the
diagram my mother left me], and Katharina Elizabeth Letzguss (spelling has a non-
English B or SS at the end).

Grandmother Helen Bluhm is listed as having a sister Minnie Bluhm [b.1-1-1896,
d 11-25-1968, and a brother Walter H. Bluhm [b.7-26-1904, d.6-16-1977. I also
remember as a child meeting an old man that my grandmother took me to visit and
she called him Uncle Gottlieb.

My grandfather and grandmother married around 1918. Sometime in the next 20 years
she went crazy and was institutionalized. Grandmother had come to the United
States >from Germany. After married she lived in Cleveland, Ohio in the early part
of their marriage, and the rest of the time in a rest home in southern Ohio. They
never divorced.

Signed -- Ralph Wilson

MODERATOR NOTE: The JewishGen Family Finder might be a useful resource in this
instance. Consider registering and searching this site:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/


JGS Connecticut Sept. 14 #general

Marcia Indianer Meyers <marciarthur@...>
 

Greetings,

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will be meeting on Sunday,
September 14, 2008 at 1:30. The program will be held at Godfrey Memorial Library
in Middletown. Our speakers will be Vivian and Irwin Miller, historians, who
will speak about the records held by the Jewish Historical Society of Lowere
Fairfield County.

Marcia Indianer Meyers
President JGSCT
marciarthur@sbcglobal.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS Connecticut Sept. 14 #general

Marcia Indianer Meyers <marciarthur@...>
 

Greetings,

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will be meeting on Sunday,
September 14, 2008 at 1:30. The program will be held at Godfrey Memorial Library
in Middletown. Our speakers will be Vivian and Irwin Miller, historians, who
will speak about the records held by the Jewish Historical Society of Lowere
Fairfield County.

Marcia Indianer Meyers
President JGSCT
marciarthur@sbcglobal.net


Re: KELMAN Germany => Glasgow => Castle Garden, NY 1884 #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I have found that names like Kelman and Kelston have been adopted as
shortenings of Finkelman and Finkelstein by some.
Paul Silverstone
New York
Please reply to: paulh@aya.yale.edu

Harvey Kaplan wrote:

Batya Olsen writes:

'My great grandfather shows up in the Castle Garden web site
(www.castlegarden.org) as F. KELMAN, a 20 year old peddler
from Germany, arriving in New York on the State
of Nevada on 30 May 1884 >from the ports of Glasgow & Larne.
Also on board is Sarah Kelman, aged 20, who is listed as "wife".
I haven't a clue how to follow the paper trail >from
Glasgow/Larne to learn >from where in Germany they came.'

It is probably unlikely that this couple were in Glasgow
long enough to appear in the 1881 Census (which might
give a place of birth) or to naturalise. Other than that,
were they naturalised in the USA?
Didthey appear in the censuses in the USA?

Harvey L Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: KELMAN Germany => Glasgow => Castle Garden, NY 1884 #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I have found that names like Kelman and Kelston have been adopted as
shortenings of Finkelman and Finkelstein by some.
Paul Silverstone
New York
Please reply to: paulh@aya.yale.edu

Harvey Kaplan wrote:

Batya Olsen writes:

'My great grandfather shows up in the Castle Garden web site
(www.castlegarden.org) as F. KELMAN, a 20 year old peddler
from Germany, arriving in New York on the State
of Nevada on 30 May 1884 >from the ports of Glasgow & Larne.
Also on board is Sarah Kelman, aged 20, who is listed as "wife".
I haven't a clue how to follow the paper trail >from
Glasgow/Larne to learn >from where in Germany they came.'

It is probably unlikely that this couple were in Glasgow
long enough to appear in the 1881 Census (which might
give a place of birth) or to naturalise. Other than that,
were they naturalised in the USA?
Didthey appear in the censuses in the USA?

Harvey L Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland


How to Order Copies of Survivor of the Shoah Interviews #general

dogwalker47-research@...
 

Several people asked how to order copies of interviews made by family members, and
how much they cost. I discovered that there is information on this topic at the
Foundation site, on this page:
http://college.usc.edu/vhi/testimonyservices.php

Scroll down to "Copies of Testimonies for Family Members" and you
will find contact information, prices, and forms to submit for ordering.

Laurel Singer
San Ramon, CA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen How to Order Copies of Survivor of the Shoah Interviews #general

dogwalker47-research@...
 

Several people asked how to order copies of interviews made by family members, and
how much they cost. I discovered that there is information on this topic at the
Foundation site, on this page:
http://college.usc.edu/vhi/testimonyservices.php

Scroll down to "Copies of Testimonies for Family Members" and you
will find contact information, prices, and forms to submit for ordering.

Laurel Singer
San Ramon, CA


Re Wilshire Boulevard temple in Los Angeles #general

Sandy Malek
 

Jan Meisels Allen kindly calls our attention to the planned renovations of
the historic Wilshire Boulevard temple, as reported in the Los Angeles Times,
and notes that the temple will close after the High Holy Days.

In fact, as the article notes, the sanctuary is tentatively scheduled to
close after the High Holy Days in 2010 and reopen 18 months to two years later.

So the Wilshire Boulevard temple will be available to visitors when the
annual conference is held in Los Angeles that summer. All who would like to visit
the Wilshire Boulevard temple when attending the Los Angeles 2010 conference
should note this article and the history reported therein.

Sandy Malek
President, JGSLA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re Wilshire Boulevard temple in Los Angeles #general

Sandy Malek
 

Jan Meisels Allen kindly calls our attention to the planned renovations of
the historic Wilshire Boulevard temple, as reported in the Los Angeles Times,
and notes that the temple will close after the High Holy Days.

In fact, as the article notes, the sanctuary is tentatively scheduled to
close after the High Holy Days in 2010 and reopen 18 months to two years later.

So the Wilshire Boulevard temple will be available to visitors when the
annual conference is held in Los Angeles that summer. All who would like to visit
the Wilshire Boulevard temple when attending the Los Angeles 2010 conference
should note this article and the history reported therein.

Sandy Malek
President, JGSLA


Re: Jewish communities of Britain 18th century #general

Irina Fridman
 

Dear Genners,

Thank you very much for the replies. Your answers do help a lot, however I'm still
puzzled:
1. Daniel Maccabeth a Low Country> [cf. Holland/Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg]
is a quote >from the cathedral book c.1681, so in any case the person in question
had to identify himself bfore he received some money. OK, I probably can assume
that he wasnt Jewish.

2. I still do not understand, who was responsible for transportation of the
Torah scrolls >from country to country? Any member of the community? Somebody in
particular? Will the Torah move >from its original place only in case when the
community was dispersed? Were there any other reasons for the scrolls to travel
great distances? The scroll in question, as I mentioned previously originated in
North Africa, according to the hand-writting of the scribe.

Kind regards,
Irene Berson
UK


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Jewish communities of Britain 18th century #general

Irina Fridman
 

Dear Genners,

Thank you very much for the replies. Your answers do help a lot, however I'm still
puzzled:
1. Daniel Maccabeth a Low Country> [cf. Holland/Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg]
is a quote >from the cathedral book c.1681, so in any case the person in question
had to identify himself bfore he received some money. OK, I probably can assume
that he wasnt Jewish.

2. I still do not understand, who was responsible for transportation of the
Torah scrolls >from country to country? Any member of the community? Somebody in
particular? Will the Torah move >from its original place only in case when the
community was dispersed? Were there any other reasons for the scrolls to travel
great distances? The scroll in question, as I mentioned previously originated in
North Africa, according to the hand-writting of the scribe.

Kind regards,
Irene Berson
UK


Pinnye TZIPERSHTEYN z"l married to Khaika nee VURGAIT z"l #general

Avraham Y. Kahana
 

I'm trying to finally reach a new evidence on my mother's family
research, Tzipershteyns >from Bessarabia, old Romania/Moldova now
Ukraine (cities they might have lived in: Lipcani/Lipkany,
Secureni/Sokiryany, Kitay Gorod). This week I came across a 2 Yad
Vashem testimonial pages that I did already analyzed in the past, but
just didn't connect the facts as I did this time. I think the chances
these pages refer to my mother's great uncle are 95%. These pages give
the following information:

Pinnye TZIPERSHTEYN, married to Khaika nee VURGAIT, a couple that
lived in Lipcani - both deceased in the Shoa.
They had one daughter (if this Pinnye is the one I think he is, then
they might have had 3, according to my family tree) called Brani
Tzipershteyn z"l - born in Lipcani who also lost her life in the
Holocaust.

Yesterday I started my quest on doing everything I can to follow this
track till the end, I searched the Israeli phone directory for the
surname of the submitter of the testimonial page, found only one
match, called the person, figured out it wasn't the one recorded in
the phone directory, was her son. He gave me the telephone of her
mother, who I called today, to find out that she's the daughter of the
submitter, who is already deceased, and, unfortunately, she doesn't
have any information herself to add. She's going to give me phone
numbers of relatives who, with luck, may help me with something.

In the meantime, I decided to post this message in the hope someone
else did ever hear about one of these 2 families, fromt his locations
or surroundings. These VURGAITS seem to have ended in Israel. I know
part of my TZIPERSHTEYNS ended in US, I just haven't been able to
locate them yet. I know Pinnye's brother, Joseph z"l, became
Zipperstein and lived in Milwaukee. Another Pinnye's child, David,
also made it to US, and became David Stein z"l, having lived in Los
Angeles.

Please reply back in case you have any piece of information to add.
Anything is relevant.

Thank you in advance,
Avraham Yehoshua Kahana
Raanana
Israel

Seeking:Poland: KANO [Zychlin, Wiskitki, Granica, Gniewoszow], SOCHACZEWSKI
[Lodz], SZCZUCZYNER/SZCECINER [Wyszogrod], SKROBEK, MANDELBAUM,
AJZENBERG, HORCHSTEIN [Warszawa] Moldova: GIVERTS and FRAIMAN
[Kishinev(Chisinau), Kalarash(Calarasi)] Ukraine: ROZMARIN, SCHECHTMAN
[Sokiryany(Secureni)], BERENSHTEYN [Sokiryany, Briceva], TZIPERSHTEYN
[Kitay Gorod], KOIFMAN, TRACHTENBERG, VAISENBERG, BARAFF [Romankivsty]


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Pinnye TZIPERSHTEYN z"l married to Khaika nee VURGAIT z"l #general

Avraham Y. Kahana
 

I'm trying to finally reach a new evidence on my mother's family
research, Tzipershteyns >from Bessarabia, old Romania/Moldova now
Ukraine (cities they might have lived in: Lipcani/Lipkany,
Secureni/Sokiryany, Kitay Gorod). This week I came across a 2 Yad
Vashem testimonial pages that I did already analyzed in the past, but
just didn't connect the facts as I did this time. I think the chances
these pages refer to my mother's great uncle are 95%. These pages give
the following information:

Pinnye TZIPERSHTEYN, married to Khaika nee VURGAIT, a couple that
lived in Lipcani - both deceased in the Shoa.
They had one daughter (if this Pinnye is the one I think he is, then
they might have had 3, according to my family tree) called Brani
Tzipershteyn z"l - born in Lipcani who also lost her life in the
Holocaust.

Yesterday I started my quest on doing everything I can to follow this
track till the end, I searched the Israeli phone directory for the
surname of the submitter of the testimonial page, found only one
match, called the person, figured out it wasn't the one recorded in
the phone directory, was her son. He gave me the telephone of her
mother, who I called today, to find out that she's the daughter of the
submitter, who is already deceased, and, unfortunately, she doesn't
have any information herself to add. She's going to give me phone
numbers of relatives who, with luck, may help me with something.

In the meantime, I decided to post this message in the hope someone
else did ever hear about one of these 2 families, fromt his locations
or surroundings. These VURGAITS seem to have ended in Israel. I know
part of my TZIPERSHTEYNS ended in US, I just haven't been able to
locate them yet. I know Pinnye's brother, Joseph z"l, became
Zipperstein and lived in Milwaukee. Another Pinnye's child, David,
also made it to US, and became David Stein z"l, having lived in Los
Angeles.

Please reply back in case you have any piece of information to add.
Anything is relevant.

Thank you in advance,
Avraham Yehoshua Kahana
Raanana
Israel

Seeking:Poland: KANO [Zychlin, Wiskitki, Granica, Gniewoszow], SOCHACZEWSKI
[Lodz], SZCZUCZYNER/SZCECINER [Wyszogrod], SKROBEK, MANDELBAUM,
AJZENBERG, HORCHSTEIN [Warszawa] Moldova: GIVERTS and FRAIMAN
[Kishinev(Chisinau), Kalarash(Calarasi)] Ukraine: ROZMARIN, SCHECHTMAN
[Sokiryany(Secureni)], BERENSHTEYN [Sokiryany, Briceva], TZIPERSHTEYN
[Kitay Gorod], KOIFMAN, TRACHTENBERG, VAISENBERG, BARAFF [Romankivsty]