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JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Portal #france

bounce-3339184-772957@...
 

Dear JewishGen Family,

We are pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the largest resource
for Jewish Genealogy in the world, has joined together with The Jewish
Genealogy Portal, the largest Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook. This
new venture directly enhances our ability to achieve our vision of
connecting Jews throughout the world with their relatives, and
providing them with the ability to learn about their Jewish family
history and heritage.

Having an active Facebook presence will serve as a companion platform
to JewishGen's Discussion Lists. Facebook will allow for instant
communication to researchers but our traditional Discussion Lists will
continue to allow for archiving and searching historical posts.
Depending on the post, researchers can use either The Jewish Genealogy
Portal, the JewishGen Discussion Lists or both!

JewishGen continues to engage with new technologies in order to broaden
our reach, and help as many people as possible. Our new affiliation
with The Jewish Genealogy Portal, which currently has more than 21,000
members and is the most popular Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook, will
permit us to engage with both current and potential audiences in new and
helpful ways.

The Jewish Genealogy Portal is moderated by a team of dedicated
volunteers, who are committed to the free and open discussion of all
topics related to Jewish Genealogy. In the coming weeks, JewishGen news,
updates and announcements will begin to regularly appear on The Jewish
Genealogy Portal (in addition to other areas across the JewishGen
platform).

At the same time, JewishGen resources will be integrated within The
Jewish Genealogy Portal in order to create a more complete experience
for researchers, enabling them to access information >from a JewishGen
knowledge base that has been cultivated over the past three decades.

Special thanks to Dick Plotz, Robert Fraser, Emily Garber, Dr. Janette
Silverman and all of the moderators of the various JewishGen Discussion
Lists, who continue to devote so much of their time each week on behalf
of the broader Jewish community. It is primarily because of their
efforts that the Discussion Lists continue to help thousands of people
on a daily basis, facilitating untold numbers of family connections and
educational experiences about what it means to be part of the Jewish
people. Our new reach on Facebook will complement their efforts in many
ways.

We encourage you to join the conversation on The Jewish Genealogy Portal
by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishGenealogyPortal/, and
look forward to hearing of many success stories.

Wishing you all the best,

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


French SIG #France JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Portal #france

bounce-3339184-772957@...
 

Dear JewishGen Family,

We are pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the largest resource
for Jewish Genealogy in the world, has joined together with The Jewish
Genealogy Portal, the largest Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook. This
new venture directly enhances our ability to achieve our vision of
connecting Jews throughout the world with their relatives, and
providing them with the ability to learn about their Jewish family
history and heritage.

Having an active Facebook presence will serve as a companion platform
to JewishGen's Discussion Lists. Facebook will allow for instant
communication to researchers but our traditional Discussion Lists will
continue to allow for archiving and searching historical posts.
Depending on the post, researchers can use either The Jewish Genealogy
Portal, the JewishGen Discussion Lists or both!

JewishGen continues to engage with new technologies in order to broaden
our reach, and help as many people as possible. Our new affiliation
with The Jewish Genealogy Portal, which currently has more than 21,000
members and is the most popular Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook, will
permit us to engage with both current and potential audiences in new and
helpful ways.

The Jewish Genealogy Portal is moderated by a team of dedicated
volunteers, who are committed to the free and open discussion of all
topics related to Jewish Genealogy. In the coming weeks, JewishGen news,
updates and announcements will begin to regularly appear on The Jewish
Genealogy Portal (in addition to other areas across the JewishGen
platform).

At the same time, JewishGen resources will be integrated within The
Jewish Genealogy Portal in order to create a more complete experience
for researchers, enabling them to access information >from a JewishGen
knowledge base that has been cultivated over the past three decades.

Special thanks to Dick Plotz, Robert Fraser, Emily Garber, Dr. Janette
Silverman and all of the moderators of the various JewishGen Discussion
Lists, who continue to devote so much of their time each week on behalf
of the broader Jewish community. It is primarily because of their
efforts that the Discussion Lists continue to help thousands of people
on a daily basis, facilitating untold numbers of family connections and
educational experiences about what it means to be part of the Jewish
people. Our new reach on Facebook will complement their efforts in many
ways.

We encourage you to join the conversation on The Jewish Genealogy Portal
by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishGenealogyPortal/, and
look forward to hearing of many success stories.

Wishing you all the best,

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Portal #general

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear JewishGen Family,

We are pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the largest resource
for Jewish Genealogy in the world, has joined together with The Jewish
Genealogy Portal, the largest Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook. This
new venture directly enhances our ability to achieve our vision of
connecting Jews throughout the world with their relatives, and
providing them with the ability to learn about their Jewish family
history and heritage.

Having an active Facebook presence will serve as a companion platform
to JewishGen's Discussion Lists. Facebook will allow for instant
communication to researchers but our traditional Discussion Lists will
continue to allow for archiving and searching historical posts.
Depending on the post, researchers can use either The Jewish Genealogy
Portal, the JewishGen Discussion Lists or both!

JewishGen continues to engage with new technologies in order to broaden
our reach, and help as many people as possible. Our new affiliation
with The Jewish Genealogy Portal, which currently has more than 21,000
members and is the most popular Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook, will
permit us to engage with both current and potential audiences in new and
helpful ways.

The Jewish Genealogy Portal is moderated by a team of dedicated
volunteers, who are committed to the free and open discussion of all
topics related to Jewish Genealogy. In the coming weeks, JewishGen news,
updates and announcements will begin to regularly appear on The Jewish
Genealogy Portal (in addition to other areas across the JewishGen platform).

At the same time, JewishGen resources will be integrated within The
Jewish Genealogy Portal in order to create a more complete experience
for researchers, enabling them to access information >from a JewishGen
knowledge base that has been cultivated over the past three decades.

Special thanks to Dick Plotz, Robert Fraser, Emily Garber, Dr. Janette
Silverman and all of the moderators of the various JewishGen Discussion
Lists, who continue to devote so much of their time each week on behalf
of the broader Jewish community. It is primarily because of their
efforts that the Discussion Lists continue to help thousands of people
on a daily basis, facilitating untold numbers of family connections and
educational experiences about what it means to be part of the Jewish
people. Our new reach on Facebook will complement their efforts in many ways.

We encourage you to join the conversation on The Jewish Genealogy Portal
by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishGenealogyPortal/, and
look forward to hearing of many success stories.

Wishing you all the best,

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Portal #general

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear JewishGen Family,

We are pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the largest resource
for Jewish Genealogy in the world, has joined together with The Jewish
Genealogy Portal, the largest Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook. This
new venture directly enhances our ability to achieve our vision of
connecting Jews throughout the world with their relatives, and
providing them with the ability to learn about their Jewish family
history and heritage.

Having an active Facebook presence will serve as a companion platform
to JewishGen's Discussion Lists. Facebook will allow for instant
communication to researchers but our traditional Discussion Lists will
continue to allow for archiving and searching historical posts.
Depending on the post, researchers can use either The Jewish Genealogy
Portal, the JewishGen Discussion Lists or both!

JewishGen continues to engage with new technologies in order to broaden
our reach, and help as many people as possible. Our new affiliation
with The Jewish Genealogy Portal, which currently has more than 21,000
members and is the most popular Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook, will
permit us to engage with both current and potential audiences in new and
helpful ways.

The Jewish Genealogy Portal is moderated by a team of dedicated
volunteers, who are committed to the free and open discussion of all
topics related to Jewish Genealogy. In the coming weeks, JewishGen news,
updates and announcements will begin to regularly appear on The Jewish
Genealogy Portal (in addition to other areas across the JewishGen platform).

At the same time, JewishGen resources will be integrated within The
Jewish Genealogy Portal in order to create a more complete experience
for researchers, enabling them to access information >from a JewishGen
knowledge base that has been cultivated over the past three decades.

Special thanks to Dick Plotz, Robert Fraser, Emily Garber, Dr. Janette
Silverman and all of the moderators of the various JewishGen Discussion
Lists, who continue to devote so much of their time each week on behalf
of the broader Jewish community. It is primarily because of their
efforts that the Discussion Lists continue to help thousands of people
on a daily basis, facilitating untold numbers of family connections and
educational experiences about what it means to be part of the Jewish
people. Our new reach on Facebook will complement their efforts in many ways.

We encourage you to join the conversation on The Jewish Genealogy Portal
by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishGenealogyPortal/, and
look forward to hearing of many success stories.

Wishing you all the best,

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


A theory #ukraine

Michael Forster <mforster3054@...>
 

Hi everyone your input would be greatly appreciated as always here is some background. I found a match on AncestryDNA who our connection maybe through a fellow named Aaron Silver/Serebreny >from Novozbkov which was part of Chernigov Ukraine. He was born in 1889 my great great grandfather is Harry Silverman/Serebreny Hebrew name Aaron >from Ukraine born abt 1860 Harry's second oldest son Sam was born in Semenivka Chernigov Ukraine. Aaron Silver Immigrated to NY in 1911 and then moved to Philadelphia PA worked as a Printer/Bookbinder. Aaron's great grandson Shane is the DNA match of 25.1 cm 4 segments listed as a 4th cousin. Do you think my theory is good? Your help is always appreciated. By the way so in conclusion Aaron Silver could be my great great grandfather Harry Silverman's nephew?
Regards
Michael Forster


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine A theory #ukraine

Michael Forster <mforster3054@...>
 

Hi everyone your input would be greatly appreciated as always here is some background. I found a match on AncestryDNA who our connection maybe through a fellow named Aaron Silver/Serebreny >from Novozbkov which was part of Chernigov Ukraine. He was born in 1889 my great great grandfather is Harry Silverman/Serebreny Hebrew name Aaron >from Ukraine born abt 1860 Harry's second oldest son Sam was born in Semenivka Chernigov Ukraine. Aaron Silver Immigrated to NY in 1911 and then moved to Philadelphia PA worked as a Printer/Bookbinder. Aaron's great grandson Shane is the DNA match of 25.1 cm 4 segments listed as a 4th cousin. Do you think my theory is good? Your help is always appreciated. By the way so in conclusion Aaron Silver could be my great great grandfather Harry Silverman's nephew?
Regards
Michael Forster


mt haplogroup question #dna

June Genis
 

I got my mT results >from FTDNA yesterday and was somewhat surprised to
discover that I am H1b2a. I had been betting on K1a1b1a because I
have far and away many more matches to people with that haplogroup
than any other (over 100) on Gedmatch while I show only 5 for my
actual group on a one to many match-up. Can anyone offer an
explanation of why this might be? My maternal grandmother was an
Ettinger but I do not know the maiden name of her mother Annie (1910
census). Nor unfortunately do I know the given name of her father.

I am totally new to mT DNA research and would also appreciate any
advice on which bite of the elephant to nibble on first.

June Genis
researching GENIS, KESLER/CHESLER, OKUN, ETTINGER ( Russian Empire)


DNA Research #DNA mt haplogroup question #dna

June Genis
 

I got my mT results >from FTDNA yesterday and was somewhat surprised to
discover that I am H1b2a. I had been betting on K1a1b1a because I
have far and away many more matches to people with that haplogroup
than any other (over 100) on Gedmatch while I show only 5 for my
actual group on a one to many match-up. Can anyone offer an
explanation of why this might be? My maternal grandmother was an
Ettinger but I do not know the maiden name of her mother Annie (1910
census). Nor unfortunately do I know the given name of her father.

I am totally new to mT DNA research and would also appreciate any
advice on which bite of the elephant to nibble on first.

June Genis
researching GENIS, KESLER/CHESLER, OKUN, ETTINGER ( Russian Empire)


Holocaust by bullets Interactive Map #ukraine

Patrice Bensimon <patbensimon@...>
 

Dear Friends,

Our organization Yahad - In Unum, leading research on the Holocaust by
Bullets and a partner of JewishGen since 2010, has created an
interactive map. The Yahad In Unum Interactive Map indicates the sites
of mass executions located by Yahad research teams, where the Nazis and
their allies murdered Jews throughout Eastern Europe. Each site includes
a link to a brief village profile and research results for each
location. The information concern the killings of the Jewish population
of the localities as well as prewar Jewish life and Jewish residents.

Each village has its own dedicated page containing various information
including:short video clips of witness testimony subtitled in English,
archival photographs of the town/village and their Jewish residents,
contemporary photos of witnesses,various relevant sites (execution
sites, ghetto locations, synagogues, camps locations) and, if available,
an excerpt >from the German archives and/or Soviet archives with the
archival reference.

Some of the latest entries include: Rava-Ruska, Radomyshl, Sambir,
Boryslav, Kalush, Chudniv, Lityn, Nemyriv, Ingulets, Myrhorod, Poltava,
Bolekhiv, Borshschiv, Delyatin, Kodyma. Hundreds of others are already online.

Visit the map on www.yahadmap.org <http://www.yahadmap.org> . For more
information, please contact Kateryna Duzenko at
k.duzenko@yahadinunum.org <mailto:k.duzenko@yahadinunum.org>

Patrice Bensimon
Yahad - In Unum Team, Paris (France)
www.yahadinunum.org <http://www.yahadinunum.org>
www.yahadmap.org <http://www.yahadmap.org>


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Holocaust by bullets Interactive Map #ukraine

Patrice Bensimon <patbensimon@...>
 

Dear Friends,

Our organization Yahad - In Unum, leading research on the Holocaust by
Bullets and a partner of JewishGen since 2010, has created an
interactive map. The Yahad In Unum Interactive Map indicates the sites
of mass executions located by Yahad research teams, where the Nazis and
their allies murdered Jews throughout Eastern Europe. Each site includes
a link to a brief village profile and research results for each
location. The information concern the killings of the Jewish population
of the localities as well as prewar Jewish life and Jewish residents.

Each village has its own dedicated page containing various information
including:short video clips of witness testimony subtitled in English,
archival photographs of the town/village and their Jewish residents,
contemporary photos of witnesses,various relevant sites (execution
sites, ghetto locations, synagogues, camps locations) and, if available,
an excerpt >from the German archives and/or Soviet archives with the
archival reference.

Some of the latest entries include: Rava-Ruska, Radomyshl, Sambir,
Boryslav, Kalush, Chudniv, Lityn, Nemyriv, Ingulets, Myrhorod, Poltava,
Bolekhiv, Borshschiv, Delyatin, Kodyma. Hundreds of others are already online.

Visit the map on www.yahadmap.org <http://www.yahadmap.org> . For more
information, please contact Kateryna Duzenko at
k.duzenko@yahadinunum.org <mailto:k.duzenko@yahadinunum.org>

Patrice Bensimon
Yahad - In Unum Team, Paris (France)
www.yahadinunum.org <http://www.yahadinunum.org>
www.yahadmap.org <http://www.yahadmap.org>


Bialystok Jewish Community Facebook Page #poland

Mark Halpern
 

The Jewish Community in Bialystok and surrounding towns are represented
by Lucy Lisowska and her organization Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej
Polska - Izrael (rough translation is Center for Citizenship Education
Poland - Israel). This organization is the face in Northeast Poland for
all diaspora Jews with ancestry >from this area. One of their annual
events for the last ten years has been the Zachor Jewish Culture
Festival, which just concluded in Bialystok.

The Facebook page,
https://www.facebook.com/Centrum-Edukacji-Obywatelskiej-Polska-
Izrael-1303717449743451/

or search for Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej Polska - Izrael, is less
than one month old and provides a photographic review of the Zachor
festival. The Facebook page is in Polish. Use the Chrome browser and its
translate capability to read the text.

The Zachor festival was a great success and most of the credit goes to
Lucy Lisowska. I am proud that my cousin Yaron Gershovsky, a son of
Bialystok, was the main entertainment attraction on the final night of
the Festival.

Please "like" and follow this Facebook page.

Mark Halpern


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Bialystok Jewish Community Facebook Page #poland

Mark Halpern
 

The Jewish Community in Bialystok and surrounding towns are represented
by Lucy Lisowska and her organization Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej
Polska - Izrael (rough translation is Center for Citizenship Education
Poland - Israel). This organization is the face in Northeast Poland for
all diaspora Jews with ancestry >from this area. One of their annual
events for the last ten years has been the Zachor Jewish Culture
Festival, which just concluded in Bialystok.

The Facebook page,
https://www.facebook.com/Centrum-Edukacji-Obywatelskiej-Polska-
Izrael-1303717449743451/

or search for Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej Polska - Izrael, is less
than one month old and provides a photographic review of the Zachor
festival. The Facebook page is in Polish. Use the Chrome browser and its
translate capability to read the text.

The Zachor festival was a great success and most of the credit goes to
Lucy Lisowska. I am proud that my cousin Yaron Gershovsky, a son of
Bialystok, was the main entertainment attraction on the final night of
the Festival.

Please "like" and follow this Facebook page.

Mark Halpern


Report of the 2017 Nominating Task Force #lithuania

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>
 

The LitvakSIG Nominating Task Force recommends the nomination to the
LitvakSIG Board of the following candidates for three year terms: Barry
Halpern, Ralph Salinger and Amy Wachs.

At the end of this message you will see each nominee's biographical
statement providing information about what they can contribute to the Board.

Beginning June 17, 2017, any LitvakSIG members in good standing who were not
recommended by the Nominating Task Force may nominate themselves or any
other additional candidates for election as
Directors. They may do so by submitting names and supporting biographical
materials to the secretary of LitvakSIG, Barry Halpern
<barry.halpern@gmail.com> by electronic transmission not later than
June 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time.

A statement of the name, address and qualifications of each proposed
candidate, along with the proposed candidate's consent and agreement to
serve if elected must be submitted. This process is in lieu of
nominations >from the floor during the July 26 LitvakSIG annual
meeting in Orlando, Florida. Names and biographical materials will be
included on the LitvakSIG Members Only website along with those of the
slate recommended / nominated by the Task Force, and any candidates
nominated during this process will be included on the ballot;
all nominees' names will appear in alphabetical order.

Voting will take place by e-mail during the weeks before the IAJGS
Conference on Jewish Genealogy meeting in Orlando on July 26, 2017.
LitvakSIG members who do not vote before the meeting will be able to vote in
person at the Conference at the beginning of the LitvakSIG Annual Meeting .

Details on the election procedures and distribution of email ballots will be
posted shortly by the Election Task Force.

Submitted by the LitvakSIG 2017 Nominating Task Force,

Eden Joachim, Chair
Jill Anderson
Judy Baston
Denise Fletcher
Phil Shapiro


BARRY HALPERN

I would like to stand for reelection to the LitvakSIG Board for another
three year term.
Upon the completion of my current three year term I will have served on the
Board for a total of four years. It's been a journey of learning for me in
many ways. At first, I had to learn the ropes about how LitvakSIG operated,
what it took to lead and manage our organization, and how to work best with
my colleagues on the Board as well as with all of the many volunteers that
support our work around the world. And of course, I had to learn how best
to serve the needs of our hundreds of members and donors >from around the
world.
LitvakSIG has indeed accomplished much in the 19 or so years since its
formation. But we have so much more to do - both in terms of obtaining,
translating and digitizing more and more records, and in terms of
publicizing our global efforts on behalf of Litvaks everywhere. I am
sincerely hopeful that I am re-elected to the Board so I will be able to
carry on with our mission and activities in support of that mission.
I have served as Vice President and Secretary for the past couple of years,
and have worked hard to ensure that our Board looks towards the future,
while managing our short term objectives and responsibilities. My
colleagues on the Board over the years have been truly extraordinary. We
have been blessed with Litvaks who care about the work that we do, and who
possess incredible passion and expertise in so many areas of our Litvak
history in general and genealogy research in particular. I have learned from
them each and every year because they are all different, but all retain that
common thread of our Litvak ancestry. One of my own personal objectives for
LitvakSIG and for our Board leadership is to ensure that we continue to meet
the need of our "customers" - our members and our donors - and that we find
ways to expand their numbers by expanding our global reach.
This past year, one of the "short term" projects we've been working overtime
on is to enhance our website (yet again!) so that our need for Shutterfly is
eliminated - this change will be rolling out later this year. We've just
introduced our Facebook page as part of our effort to expand our recognition
and awareness of our mission. Personally, my own skills (developed during
my business career) in strategic and operational planning, technology
leadership, and general management, have helped me to participate and
contribute to LitvakSIG leadership.
Aside >from the LitvakSIG Board, for the past several years, I have served as
the monthly newsletter editor for the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Colorado (JGSCO). In addition to my long-term participation in LitvakSIG, I
have also previously worked on editing and updating of records translations
and digitizing of those records. In Colorado I continue to make
presentations to both organized and ad hoc genealogy groups on a range of
related topics (e.g. accessing and researching Litvak records; writing and
publishing a family history book; genealogy, and Jewish genealogy, for
beginners) I have written and published a history of my father's family
"The Three Lives of My Father". I am also a member of the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Most recently, I visited and toured
Lithuania as a part of the LitvakSIG Board's trip - being "on the ground"
there, meeting with archivists, and touring various Jewish sites as well as
my family's home towns, will prove to be invaluable to me as we move
forward. I began my genealogical research efforts almost 20 years ago, and
have intensified that work during the most recent ten years. Both the
maternal and paternal sides of my family originated in the Vilnius and
Trakai regions of Lithuania (all four of my grandparents were born there, in
addition to my father).
I maintain my long-term interest in the Jewish communities in Asia, having
lived and worked there for close to 20 years (in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and
Indonesia). As a side comment, in 1997 my daughter became a Bat Mitzvah in
the city of Surabaya, Indonesia, in the only (at that time) synagogue in
Indonesia, attended by the very small community of Indonesian Jews.
If re-elected, I would continue to bring a wide and varied range of
professional and business skills to the LitvakSIG Board, based on my more
than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. In my business
career, I started work as an actuary and following my relocation to Asia,
served as CEO of several insurance companies in Asia, and on the Boards of
the American Chambers of Commerce in Korea and Indonesia. I am accustomed
to working with an international and diverse team, both in person and
remotely, which certainly describes the makeup and activities of the
LitvakSIG Board.
I was born and raised in the Boston area and spent most of my first 30 years
there.
I have appreciated the opportunity to serve you these past years as a member
of the Board, and I would appreciate your strong consideration again this
year!


RALPH SALINGER

I was born in London in 1946 - grew up in New Zealand and came to live in
Israel in 1975! I've spent the past years researching my family history.
Recently I've been involved in researching the history of Jewish
Vilkaviskis and variousother projects in Lithuania. Active board
member of LitvakSIG and MACEVA. Married with three
children and two grandchildren and live on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin.

Published "Traces of a Lost Nation" about Jewish Vilkaviskis.
DC for Kaunas, Panevezys and Disna !
Trying to get folks to donate to the Continuity Fund !


AMY WACHS

Thank you for considering me as a nominee for the LitvakSIG Board in 2017.
I have served on the LitvakSIG Board since 2014 and as Trakai District
Research Group Coordinator since 2013. I also administer the new LitvakSIG
Facebook Page and assist with proofreading translated files.

I came to LitvakSIG with a strong background. I have lived and worked in
Eastern Europe and travelled extensively throughout the region. As a
Fulbright Scholar, I taught law in Riga, Latvia. I later returned to
Eastern Europe twice as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to teach law in
Chisinau, Moldova. I have been to Lithuania three times. During one trip
to Lithuania, I lived in Kaunas for 6 weeks, during which time I found
genealogy records for my ancestors at the Kaunas Regional Archives. I have
also done research on-site at Poland's state archives, met with archivists
at the Moldova state archives, and visited archives in Ukraine. So I am
familiar with Lithuania, archives, and Russian Empire records.

I am a retired attorney and university instructor. I currently serve as
President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland. I have also served
on the Public Records Access Monitoring Committee and the Bylaws Committee
of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. I often
speak about Eastern Europe and Jewish genealogy at conferences and to
groups. This summer I will be teaching a course at the Genealogical
Research Institute of Pittsburgh about tracing Eastern European roots.

I began researching my family tree as a child, so Jewish genealogy has been
my passion for more than 40 years. I especially appreciate the tremendous
contribution LitvakSIG has made in providing access to archive records.
Having travelled to archives overseas to research my ancestors, I know
firsthand what a difficult task finding and translating archive records can
be. LitvakSIG has helped us all by undertaking the translation of archive
records and making them widely available. I am proud to work with this
dedicated team and hope to have the opportunity to continue serving on the
Board.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Report of the 2017 Nominating Task Force #lithuania

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>
 

The LitvakSIG Nominating Task Force recommends the nomination to the
LitvakSIG Board of the following candidates for three year terms: Barry
Halpern, Ralph Salinger and Amy Wachs.

At the end of this message you will see each nominee's biographical
statement providing information about what they can contribute to the Board.

Beginning June 17, 2017, any LitvakSIG members in good standing who were not
recommended by the Nominating Task Force may nominate themselves or any
other additional candidates for election as
Directors. They may do so by submitting names and supporting biographical
materials to the secretary of LitvakSIG, Barry Halpern
<barry.halpern@gmail.com> by electronic transmission not later than
June 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time.

A statement of the name, address and qualifications of each proposed
candidate, along with the proposed candidate's consent and agreement to
serve if elected must be submitted. This process is in lieu of
nominations >from the floor during the July 26 LitvakSIG annual
meeting in Orlando, Florida. Names and biographical materials will be
included on the LitvakSIG Members Only website along with those of the
slate recommended / nominated by the Task Force, and any candidates
nominated during this process will be included on the ballot;
all nominees' names will appear in alphabetical order.

Voting will take place by e-mail during the weeks before the IAJGS
Conference on Jewish Genealogy meeting in Orlando on July 26, 2017.
LitvakSIG members who do not vote before the meeting will be able to vote in
person at the Conference at the beginning of the LitvakSIG Annual Meeting .

Details on the election procedures and distribution of email ballots will be
posted shortly by the Election Task Force.

Submitted by the LitvakSIG 2017 Nominating Task Force,

Eden Joachim, Chair
Jill Anderson
Judy Baston
Denise Fletcher
Phil Shapiro


BARRY HALPERN

I would like to stand for reelection to the LitvakSIG Board for another
three year term.
Upon the completion of my current three year term I will have served on the
Board for a total of four years. It's been a journey of learning for me in
many ways. At first, I had to learn the ropes about how LitvakSIG operated,
what it took to lead and manage our organization, and how to work best with
my colleagues on the Board as well as with all of the many volunteers that
support our work around the world. And of course, I had to learn how best
to serve the needs of our hundreds of members and donors >from around the
world.
LitvakSIG has indeed accomplished much in the 19 or so years since its
formation. But we have so much more to do - both in terms of obtaining,
translating and digitizing more and more records, and in terms of
publicizing our global efforts on behalf of Litvaks everywhere. I am
sincerely hopeful that I am re-elected to the Board so I will be able to
carry on with our mission and activities in support of that mission.
I have served as Vice President and Secretary for the past couple of years,
and have worked hard to ensure that our Board looks towards the future,
while managing our short term objectives and responsibilities. My
colleagues on the Board over the years have been truly extraordinary. We
have been blessed with Litvaks who care about the work that we do, and who
possess incredible passion and expertise in so many areas of our Litvak
history in general and genealogy research in particular. I have learned from
them each and every year because they are all different, but all retain that
common thread of our Litvak ancestry. One of my own personal objectives for
LitvakSIG and for our Board leadership is to ensure that we continue to meet
the need of our "customers" - our members and our donors - and that we find
ways to expand their numbers by expanding our global reach.
This past year, one of the "short term" projects we've been working overtime
on is to enhance our website (yet again!) so that our need for Shutterfly is
eliminated - this change will be rolling out later this year. We've just
introduced our Facebook page as part of our effort to expand our recognition
and awareness of our mission. Personally, my own skills (developed during
my business career) in strategic and operational planning, technology
leadership, and general management, have helped me to participate and
contribute to LitvakSIG leadership.
Aside >from the LitvakSIG Board, for the past several years, I have served as
the monthly newsletter editor for the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Colorado (JGSCO). In addition to my long-term participation in LitvakSIG, I
have also previously worked on editing and updating of records translations
and digitizing of those records. In Colorado I continue to make
presentations to both organized and ad hoc genealogy groups on a range of
related topics (e.g. accessing and researching Litvak records; writing and
publishing a family history book; genealogy, and Jewish genealogy, for
beginners) I have written and published a history of my father's family
"The Three Lives of My Father". I am also a member of the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Most recently, I visited and toured
Lithuania as a part of the LitvakSIG Board's trip - being "on the ground"
there, meeting with archivists, and touring various Jewish sites as well as
my family's home towns, will prove to be invaluable to me as we move
forward. I began my genealogical research efforts almost 20 years ago, and
have intensified that work during the most recent ten years. Both the
maternal and paternal sides of my family originated in the Vilnius and
Trakai regions of Lithuania (all four of my grandparents were born there, in
addition to my father).
I maintain my long-term interest in the Jewish communities in Asia, having
lived and worked there for close to 20 years (in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and
Indonesia). As a side comment, in 1997 my daughter became a Bat Mitzvah in
the city of Surabaya, Indonesia, in the only (at that time) synagogue in
Indonesia, attended by the very small community of Indonesian Jews.
If re-elected, I would continue to bring a wide and varied range of
professional and business skills to the LitvakSIG Board, based on my more
than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. In my business
career, I started work as an actuary and following my relocation to Asia,
served as CEO of several insurance companies in Asia, and on the Boards of
the American Chambers of Commerce in Korea and Indonesia. I am accustomed
to working with an international and diverse team, both in person and
remotely, which certainly describes the makeup and activities of the
LitvakSIG Board.
I was born and raised in the Boston area and spent most of my first 30 years
there.
I have appreciated the opportunity to serve you these past years as a member
of the Board, and I would appreciate your strong consideration again this
year!


RALPH SALINGER

I was born in London in 1946 - grew up in New Zealand and came to live in
Israel in 1975! I've spent the past years researching my family history.
Recently I've been involved in researching the history of Jewish
Vilkaviskis and variousother projects in Lithuania. Active board
member of LitvakSIG and MACEVA. Married with three
children and two grandchildren and live on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin.

Published "Traces of a Lost Nation" about Jewish Vilkaviskis.
DC for Kaunas, Panevezys and Disna !
Trying to get folks to donate to the Continuity Fund !


AMY WACHS

Thank you for considering me as a nominee for the LitvakSIG Board in 2017.
I have served on the LitvakSIG Board since 2014 and as Trakai District
Research Group Coordinator since 2013. I also administer the new LitvakSIG
Facebook Page and assist with proofreading translated files.

I came to LitvakSIG with a strong background. I have lived and worked in
Eastern Europe and travelled extensively throughout the region. As a
Fulbright Scholar, I taught law in Riga, Latvia. I later returned to
Eastern Europe twice as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to teach law in
Chisinau, Moldova. I have been to Lithuania three times. During one trip
to Lithuania, I lived in Kaunas for 6 weeks, during which time I found
genealogy records for my ancestors at the Kaunas Regional Archives. I have
also done research on-site at Poland's state archives, met with archivists
at the Moldova state archives, and visited archives in Ukraine. So I am
familiar with Lithuania, archives, and Russian Empire records.

I am a retired attorney and university instructor. I currently serve as
President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland. I have also served
on the Public Records Access Monitoring Committee and the Bylaws Committee
of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. I often
speak about Eastern Europe and Jewish genealogy at conferences and to
groups. This summer I will be teaching a course at the Genealogical
Research Institute of Pittsburgh about tracing Eastern European roots.

I began researching my family tree as a child, so Jewish genealogy has been
my passion for more than 40 years. I especially appreciate the tremendous
contribution LitvakSIG has made in providing access to archive records.
Having travelled to archives overseas to research my ancestors, I know
firsthand what a difficult task finding and translating archive records can
be. LitvakSIG has helped us all by undertaking the translation of archive
records and making them widely available. I am proud to work with this
dedicated team and hope to have the opportunity to continue serving on the
Board.


'Kvell and Tell' annual meeting of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois---Sunday, June 25, 2017 #general

Martin Fischer
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a "Kvell and Tell" session
on Sunday, June 25, 2017, as part of the group?s annual meeting. Selected
members will take turns sharing family history discoveries and research tips
starting at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

The June 25 meeting will also feature JGSI president Debbie Kroopkin's annual
report and the introduction of JGSI officers and other board members.

The JGSI research library and genealogy help desk will open at 12:30 p.m. For
more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-2414672 or call 312-666-0100.

Scheduled "Kvell and Tell" presenters are:
- Dennis Aron will discuss blasting through two brick walls that he had worked
on for nine years.
- Devra Eisen, assisted by Alvin Holtzman, will talk about her DNA cousin's
Motol connection.
- Judy Frazin will discuss why she wrote a family book and how she created it.
- Suzanne Hoffman will explain how she pieced together the history of a family
of photographers who had the largest Jewish photo studio in Gomel, Russia.
- Rebecca Hurwitz will talk about involving younger people in genealogy.
- Scott Meyer will give a presentation called "Journey Through the Finnish
Line," which will describe a shocking discovery >from a DNA test.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 'Kvell and Tell' annual meeting of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois---Sunday, June 25, 2017 #general

Martin Fischer
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a "Kvell and Tell" session
on Sunday, June 25, 2017, as part of the group?s annual meeting. Selected
members will take turns sharing family history discoveries and research tips
starting at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

The June 25 meeting will also feature JGSI president Debbie Kroopkin's annual
report and the introduction of JGSI officers and other board members.

The JGSI research library and genealogy help desk will open at 12:30 p.m. For
more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-2414672 or call 312-666-0100.

Scheduled "Kvell and Tell" presenters are:
- Dennis Aron will discuss blasting through two brick walls that he had worked
on for nine years.
- Devra Eisen, assisted by Alvin Holtzman, will talk about her DNA cousin's
Motol connection.
- Judy Frazin will discuss why she wrote a family book and how she created it.
- Suzanne Hoffman will explain how she pieced together the history of a family
of photographers who had the largest Jewish photo studio in Gomel, Russia.
- Rebecca Hurwitz will talk about involving younger people in genealogy.
- Scott Meyer will give a presentation called "Journey Through the Finnish
Line," which will describe a shocking discovery >from a DNA test.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois


ViewMate translation request #poland

Mike Paneth <mike.paneth@...>
 

Can somebody please translate the following record for me.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM55447


Thank you very much.


Mike Paneth
Melbourne Australia

Researching: Paneth (Bielitz-Tarcal-Desz), Szydlo (Warsaw), Rozenryter
(Bedzin), Margules (Bedzin), Rothstein (Jaraslow) families

MODERATOR'S NOTE:Please respond privately or on the Viewmate form.


JRI Poland #Poland Fwd: ViewMate translation request #poland

Mike Paneth <mike.paneth@...>
 

Can somebody please translate the following record for me.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM55447


Thank you very much.


Mike Paneth
Melbourne Australia

Researching: Paneth (Bielitz-Tarcal-Desz), Szydlo (Warsaw), Rozenryter
(Bedzin), Margules (Bedzin), Rothstein (Jaraslow) families

MODERATOR'S NOTE:Please respond privately or on the Viewmate form.


ViewMate-Cyrillic translation #poland

J Weisman
 

Hello! The image I posted to ViewMate -- what I believe to be the death
record of Glika Dogovski -- is actually in Cyrillic, not Polish. A full
translation would be greatly appreciated!

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM55479

Please reply privately or via the ViewMate form.

Kind regards,
Julie Weisman


JRI Poland #Poland ViewMate-Cyrillic translation #poland

J Weisman
 

Hello! The image I posted to ViewMate -- what I believe to be the death
record of Glika Dogovski -- is actually in Cyrillic, not Polish. A full
translation would be greatly appreciated!

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM55479

Please reply privately or via the ViewMate form.

Kind regards,
Julie Weisman

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