What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania

Jake Jacobs

Does anybody know what became of the private Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn?  Used to receive a quarterly newsletter.  Would appreciate an update. 

Diane Jacobs

Re: Prohibition Bootleggers and Sacramental Wine "Fake Rabbis" #usa #general

Carl Kaplan

Thanks. I actually learned about the "fake rabbi scandal" from Marni Davis' book. I was looking for additional stories, especially ones in Boston. I had great luck in my search for Fusgeyers using these posts, so I thought I would give it a try. I will definitely check out Hannah Sprecher's article.


Re: My lost uncle #israel

Tafuri, Diane

Dear Sarah

I am not sure if Albert Hakim made it to Israel so I don't know where he would have lived.  My search is to find out if he actually made it to Israel or if he died with his parents (Aaron & Dadoun Hakim)  in Auschwitz.  If you know of any where else that I can research this, please let me know.  I do have a picture of him if that helps.   You can reach me at 513-602-6610.

Warm Regards, 


Re: Should maiden names be in CAPITALS? #general #JewishGenUpdates #names

Dick Plotz

The traditional rule for JewishGen mailing lists has been that
surnames being searched should be in all caps, and ***nothing else***
should be in all caps. This has been the norm for over 20 years,
enforced more on some lists than others, but always the stated norm.

The reason is that when the volume of posts is high, it takes a long
time to read them all in their entirety, and having surnames in all
caps makes it much easier for busy readers to notice family names of
interest to them. This is a useful convention, as useful now as it was
in the 1990s when it was instituted.

Jonathan Jacobs's objection is mainly that people use all caps for a
variety of reasons. This is true in general. But if everyone adhered
to longstanding practice on JewishGen there would be no confusion at
all: all caps ***means*** a surname the poster is searching. It can't
be a place name, or for emphasis, or anything else.

I encourage everyone posting to the list to follow this
rule: put family names you are searching in all caps, and everything
else in conventional upper- and lower-case.

Dick Plotz
Manager of Mailing Lists for JewishGen's outgoing Lyris platform

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 9:23 AM Jonathan Jacobs
<jonathan.jacobs@...> wrote:

You mean, should the maiden name be in all caps? There is no hard and fast rule on that. Personal preference. But, if you are putting it up for a vote...NO. No names should be in all caps. People use it for a variety of reasons. Hard to keep straight. One cousin does the "all caps" for this reason. Another cousin does it for that reason and when the hints start going back and forth...good luck in keeping it straight.

Re: Should maiden names be in CAPITALS? #general #JewishGenUpdates #names

Jonathan Jacobs

You mean, should the maiden name be in all caps?  There is no hard and fast rule on that.  Personal preference.  But, if you are putting it up for a vote...NO.  No names should be in all caps.  People use it for a variety of reasons.  Hard to keep straight.  One cousin does the "all caps" for this reason.  Another cousin does it for that reason and when the hints start going back and forth...good luck in keeping it straight.
Jonathan Jacobs
Computer Technician
Amateur Genealogist
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
skype - stingray761

Re: Looking for family in Haifa #israel

Israel P

I see graves with those names, but not buried near one anotherץ The woman next to Yehudah Leib is Leah. Both died Yehudah Leib and Leah 1965.

Israel Pickholtz

My genealogy research is electric.
It follows the path of least resistance.

Re: מחפש אחר קשר משפחת ב שוייץ #israel

Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan

Because the language here is english, I (Google-)translated this message into English. Country of search: #Switzerland

My name is Sephi Vail.

My grandfather's brother, killed in the War of Independence, while putting in a car bomb for the National Institutions building, named Isaac WEIL. 

We were surprised to find that on that day in the north of the country, a man named Gerhard Weil, who came from Switzerland, was killed, thought he was not Jewish, and volunteered to fight with the Jewish people in order for the Jewish people to gain an independent state. At first, he was suspected of being a spy, but then the Palmach received him for service, and two weeks later he was killed while dismantling a mine near Yesha Fortress at a power junction.

His mother was notified, saying, "Too bad I didn't tell him he was Jewish."

He was buried in Tel Aviv in Nahalat Yitzhak

It is immortalized in a memorial on the ravine gate. (The only one from Switzerland)

The story really moved us and the fact that two people named Gale were killed that day made us feel close to him and wonder, does he have any relatives who are alive?

Can you help us find them?

Thanks to Sephi Vail


+972 052 6070583

Requesting information about Israelis #israel

Dahn Cukier

When asking for information about Israeli's always include
the father's name if known.

Please include, when known, the Hebrew name the person has/had.
Please attempt to include a phonetic of the person's name and
the literal meaning of the name.

Kirshenbaum becomes Duvdivani, Zucker become Sukar or more often Tzur.


When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Dahn Cukier

I have been following this discussion and had a thought (not an
every day occurrence).

That a person lived in Germany, Poland, Romainia etc does not
mean the family is not from another location.

In Israel the various communities still, after 70 years, of
living in the same state, keep many of previous customs.

DNA from my Romanian (Dorohoi) side shows North African DNA.


When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 03:51:39 PM GMT+2, Jeremy Lichtman <jeremy@...> wrote:
I've seen it a handful of times in some of the small villages in that area. Twice among relatives of mine (surname was Szklarczyk).

I don't have any evidence to suggest that they were Sephardim or Yekkes.

More likely, these are the "official" Polish document names, and not their "lashon kodesh" (Hebrew) names, which would likely be different.

Also: if somebody is named "Moshe Abram" and another child is called "Moshe Herz" (just for example), those aren't considered to be the same name.

Re: Looking for family in Haifa #israel

Rodney Eisfelder

I have had some success searching for Haifa burials at
but you will need to play around with the spelling, e.g. EIGER instead of EJGER or EGER. You will have to be able to read Hebrew names. A photo of the grave is included for each entry. They also have cemeteries from some other regions of Israel.
The Haifa Chevra Kaddisha (Burial Society) used to be at but is now at
I did once manage to find my relative using their search engine, but it was much harder than gravez - I had to enter the surname in Hebrew (I used to help), and there were no photos. and are also worth a mention, but I haven't had any luck with them for my Haifa relatives.

I hope this helps
Rodney Eisfelder,
Melbourne, Australia

moderated Seeking applications for Director of IAJGS #jgs-iajgs

Deb Kroopkin

The IAJGS Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for IAJGS Director positions. We invite all candidates who are interested in serving as a Director to submit their applications by April 14th, 2020. The application can be found at We are seeking candidates who are motivated to work to accomplish IAJGS’s objectives (see below). Additional information is available at  Please circulate this information and feel free to contact us at nominations@....


IAJGS Nominating Committee: Debbie Kroopkin, Chair, Ellen Shindelman Kowitt, Member, and Douglas M. Cohen, Member

IAJGS Objectives:

1. To collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to Jewish genealogy 
2. To assist and promote the research of Jewish family history 
3. To provide opportunities for the sharing of Jewish genealogical information 

4. To aim toward the publication of worthy material in the field of Jewish genealogy 
5. To promote membership in member Jewish genealogical societies 
6. To act as spokesperson for Jewish genealogical societies in areas of mutual interest 

7. To provide member societies with services to help them become more effective organizations 
8. To elevate Jewish Genealogy among Jewish people and in the academic community 
9. To promote public access to genealogically relevant records 
10. To foster creation of Jewish genealogical organizations in new geographical areas

The March Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

We are delighted to release the March 2020 issue of the Galitzianer,
the quarterly research journal of Gesher Galicia.

This issue takes readers from the pages of index books in the Przemyśl
State Archive to the pages of the Jewish press in interwar Krakόw. It
explores the extreme measures Galician “sufferers” took to evade the
draft, whether it be abstaining from food and sleep, or even engaging
in self-mutilation. It showcases the experiences of immigrants leaving
the Galician towns of Jezierna, Dobromil, and Drohobycz, and often
ending up in the tenements of New York. Finally, it captivates us in
sweeping family sagas from both World Wars, interlaced with the
history of those challenging times.

The journal takes up all these issues in the following articles:

·         “Research Corner: The Przemyśl Identification Project” by Tony Kahane

·         “The Jewish Press in Krakow” by Geoffrey M. Weisgard

·         “Leaving Galicia: Poverty, Pogroms, and Draft Evasion” by Sharon Taylor

·         “From Jezierna to America” by Charlie Katz

·         “The Search for My Roots” by Daniel L. Fuchs

·         “My Grandfather’s Rendezvous with History” by Steve Becker

·         “My Life Was a Gift” by Andrew C.A. Jampoler


The Galitzianer is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia, though
anyone is invited to submit articles on Galicia-related themes. For
membership information, visit our website at For details on submitting an
article, please review our submissions policy under the Galitzianer
tab on our website, and contact me at submissions@....

Best regards,

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer

Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to submissions@...


Re: German SIG #Germany Re: Rothschild - Bielefeld or Paderborn, Germany #germany

Yvonne Stern

Hi, James,  unfortunately, the recipient of your message, Dr. Fritz Neubauer, died in May last year. He was one of the most helpful members in 20 years of GerSig existence.
 He helped all of us and GerSigers mourn his death .
Yvonne Stern
Rio de Janeiro - Brasil


Belinsohn Genealogies (Valuable Historical Records For All Researchers) #belarus #rabbinic

Adam Cherson

I recently encountered this enticing footnote:

"Beilinsohn, Moshe Eliezer, author of Megilat Yukhsin, Shelomei Emunei Yisrael: a series of booklets published in Odessa from 1851 until the early 1900’s providing very detailed genealogical material for mainly Belarus rabbinical families. Since the author included all the members of a family known to him, this is a valuable source not only for rabbis, but also for their non-rabbinic descendants."

I wonder if any of the researchers in this project have some knowledge of the Beilinsohn genealogies? Is there a compilation into an English language version? Any input is appreciated.

Adam Cherson, NY, NY

Re: Should maiden names be in CAPITALS? #general #JewishGenUpdates #names

sharon yampell

Also differentiates it from what may be a first and middle name  or a first and last name


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA



From: kshepard via Groups.Jewishgen.Org
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:45 PM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Should maiden names be in CAPITALS? #general


Yes, it makes it STAND OUT and grab potential relatives attention!


On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 03:51:47 PM CDT, Lisa <lisa@...> wrote:



Why do surnames need to be in capitals?  That seems unwieldy.





Re: Should maiden names be in CAPITALS? #general #JewishGenUpdates #names


Yes, it makes it STAND OUT and grab potential relatives attention!

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 03:51:47 PM CDT, Lisa <lisa@...> wrote:

Why do surnames need to be in capitals?  That seems unwieldy.



Kinder transport artist #holocaust #germany

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Re: Records from the State Archive of Nikolayev Oblast #ukraine

Susana Rubin

Thank you Gary. I appreciate your prompt response and the right link to the Nikolayev catalog. It is fantastic to know that there are that many archives online at my disposal.
I opened one, found item 2 as you have taught me in my previous query, and after linking each Cyrillic letter with Latin alphabet letters very painfully, I could get the title of Item 2, "Nikolayev oblast", but I could not even learn if this was an archive of births or deaths or anything else.
I realize now that I will not be able to do this on my own, not even to find which are the archives of interest to me.
What would you recommend to be the next step?
Thank you again,
Susana Rubin
Ottawa, Canada

ViewMate translation request - #ukraine

Daniel Horowitz

I would like to request your help on a translation of the documents uploaded to ViewMate at the following address
Please respond privatly or using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much, and stay safe
Daniel Horowitz

Looking for descendants of Iosef Blaufstein (sp.) from Biala Rawska, lived in Holon,Israel. 1913-1989

Alberto Guido Chester

I wish to add the following persons to my thank you email of yesterday:
Vered Dayan (who was kind enough as to re send his suggestion when he realized I had not received it) 

Sol Sylvan

דוד לחמי

This is a great team !

From quarantined Buenos Aires, 
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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