Re: Need help translating Hebrew writing on a card from Rabbi RABINOVICI of Minneapolis Congreation Sh'arit Israel (defunct) #translation

David Lewin

I only have one item - the visiting card of the Rabbi

The Hebrew letters give the identical information as the English content  That first word is the transliterated "congregation"

David Lewin

At 20:38 11/05/2020, Aline Petzold wrote:
Hello All:
 I have in my possession a calling card from Rabbi Rabinovici of Congreation Sh'arit Israel.  This was a Minneapolis synagogue, but is sadly no longer in existence.   I am wondering if someone can help me translate the Hebrew printing on the front of the card and also the writing on the back of the card.
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Translation of the Memorial Book of Siedlce, Poland at reduced price #yizkorbooks #poland

Joel Alpert

The Jews in Siedlce – 1850–1945

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Re: FW: Confusing Birth Place #russia #belarus

Adam Turner

Understanding the exact source is important here, also. If this cousin wrote down "Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Russia" on some document decades ago in the pre-Internet age, that could be a good indication that the community in Siberia was really the one being referred to.

If, on the other hand, this was written down recently, then things get much more complicated. What I am especially wondering about in this case is the possibility that the cousin may have copied this information from an tree. is set up such that when a user creates a tree, they can enter a birthplace for each person that - this part is key - is partially auto-suggested by Ancestry. If the user starts typing "M-i-n-s-k" into the birthplace field, they will be presented with a drop-down list to select from of various places named Minsk: Minsk, Belarus; Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland; Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, etc.

This feature of makes it very, very easy for errors to enter people's trees and then be endlessly perpetuated by other relatives who find those trees: a novice researcher who knows his grandmother came from "Russia", but doesn't know anything about how political boundaries changed over the course of the 20th century, could well see "Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Russia" in the drop-down list and incorrectly assume that he should choose that one simply because it fits his understanding that "Russia" was the place of her birth, even though that was a very unusual place for a Jewish person to be born in 1836 compared to the city that is today Minsk, Belarus.

Help on serveral ukrainian ancesters #ukraine


Dear all,
I am sure some of you will be able to give me informations one of these ancestors of mine, here are all informations I can give you about them:
STERNBERG Joseph: russian from Odessa, according to familial story he would have been something like 1st attorney of the Imperial Court of Odessa, lost his job after the Revolution, worked at the reception of an hotel before dying.
STEIFELER Esther: His wife, left Odessa with 3 children Guenady (my grand-father), Gregory and Malvina. They lived in Turquey for 2 years before reaching Paris and settle there.
HANOWER Mosjek Lejba: father of my grand-father Guenady's first wife sara Symcha Hanover (died in the extermination camps)
SZNAJDERMAN Fajga Laja: Polish, mother of my grand-father Guenady's first wife Sara Symcha Hanower (died in the extermination camps)
VERBA Isaac: father of VERBA Isidore Alexandre who was born in Novoconstantinow, Ukraine
GROSS Sarah: father of VERBA Isidore Alexandre, would have been German
HAIMOVITCH Joseph: father of Sarah HAIMOVITCH who was born in 1872 in Eupatoria, Crimea
POPITCH Olga: mother of Sarah HAIMOVITCH
MANACHEVITCH Hirsch: father of Victor MANACHEVITCH who was born 15 nov 1866 in Simferopol, Crimea
Victor MANACHEVITCH and Sarah HAIMOVITCH had  at least 4 children in Eupatoria (Hana 1892, Dora 1893, Rissa 1895 and Bluma 1896) before reaching France 
Any help to find informations about all these people would be very appreciated!
Many thanks from Paris to you all,
Sébastien Torio

ship records back to Europe from New York #usa


I have a ship record for my maternal grandfather, Josef WEINER, from Europe to New York. I'm looking for the return passage back to Europe. Are these records available?
There's much discussion in our family as to how long he stayed before going back to his family. He couldn't convince them and they ultimately most perished.
He departed Hamburg 10/31/1907 arrived Southampton/Cherbourg, New York on 'The Amerika.' 

thanks for your help    Lisa B       <n2dzine2@...>

Moderator notes: 1 -  It would help if you told readers what country he came from and returned to.

Signature: Please “sign” your posts and replies by including your full name at the end of your email. 

Silius Radicum - Silesian sources #poland #germany

Daniel Schilling

Dear all -
a year or so ago, I stumbled over this site of Silesian genealogists: They offer a lot of metrical sources from the Silesia region scanned in very good quality.
Most are roman-catholic, some protestant, but there are also several jewish collections from cities like Berun, Bytom, Gliwice, Chorzow etc.
Most records are from the time before the introduction of civil registers (oct 1874). I studied especially the Gliwice files which date back to 1739. It helped me reconstruct my Troplowitz and a bit of my Wittner ancestry.

The Link to the files is: You can choose then a city and download the data from their dropbox.

Does anybody know more about this association? I found it very helpful.

Kind regards,
Daniel Schilling
Bremen, Germany

A boy named Israel #names #general


"Israel" may have been the boy's name, or maybe not, possibly depending on whether your great-grandmother had had a son named Israel.  You might want to check whether you had a great-uncle Israel who may have died in the old country, or arrived earlier.  This strategy for "fooling" Immigration to the US wasn't rare, and I can't think of any reason why immigration to Canada would have been that much different.
My great-grandparents brought two unrelated young women to America.  They posed as my grandmother's older sisters, and were listed under names that were already borne by her actual sisters.  They were young enough that my mother, born a dozen years later, knew them.  We had a picture of them with my grandparents, and Grandma explained what they had done.
--Yale Zussman

Re: FW: Confusing Birth Place #russia #belarus

Peter Lobbenberg

There's another Minsk about 90 miles north of Krasnoyarsk - go to Google Maps, type in Krasnoyarsk > Driving - > Directions > Minsk

Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

Seeking Relatives of Mark Yosifovich GEKBLIT #russia #israel #belarus #ukraine

Renée K. Carl

I am writing on behalf of Peter Lyons, who has some eyesight challenges.
Peter is seeking contact with the family who dedicated a new headstone in the Slavuta Cemetery. The headstone, translated, reads:

Mark Yosifovich [Mark Gekblit, son of Yosif]
1868 - 1934
Monument restored 2002
[by his] grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren
in Belarus, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and USA

In the USA, the family changed the spelling to HORBLIT. Peter's mother's maiden name was HORBLIT, and the family was from Slavuta and Shepetivka. He would like to determine how his mother might have been related to the family of Mark GEKBLIT. If you know of HORBLIT or GEKBLIT (or phonetic similar spellings), especially any connection to Slavuta, Shepetivka or Zaslav, please contact me and I will facilitate contact with Peter.

Thank you,  Renee Carl, <rkcarl@...> on behalf of Peter Lyons

MODERATOR NOTE: Please always include the country (present or historic) when writing a town name in your message. (If it is not obvious like Jerusalem, New York, or Berlin.)

Need for education on how to post [Find it at:] #guidelines

Howard Kaufman

I must confess, I find it difficult to believe  that people who do genealogy research
cannot understand the format for submitting postings to Jewish Gen.

I suggest that there be included at the bottom of each email
guidance on how to post, particularly putting FAMILY NAMES being researched and no other text in ALL CAPS,
putting a reasonable question in the title and in the body,and putting the sender's name and location when signing off.

I don't know why people would expect to have help when they seem so careless and thoughtless in postings.

Howard H Kaufman, MD JD MPH MA    hhkmdjd@...

Re: A boy named Israel #names #general


The first child of my great great grandparents died at a year of age. Yet, 10 years later, a child with that name is travelling with them to NY. And no record of her after that. I suspect they were transporting a friend/cousin's child.

Jeff Goldner   <goldner_jeff@...>

Paul Silverstone  paulh2@...  wrote: On May 27, 1887, my great-grandmother Doba Rosen arrived in Quebec on the s.s. Circassian, with her eight children.   With her was boy named Israel, age 13. This boy was not her child, and I do not know who he was. Perhaps someone is missing a male family member named Israel who arrived in Canada
in 1887.

New Discoveries from the film "Shoah" #holocaust #events

Sam Eneman

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is hosting a free virtual event May 13, 2020, 9:30 AM EDT (US) on their project to preserve the outtakes, digitize them, and put them online.
Sam Eneman,  Charlotte NC   <sam.eneman@...>

Need help translating Hebrew writing on a card from Rabbi RABINOVICI of Minneapolis Congreation Sh'arit Israel (defunct) #translation

Aline Petzold

Hello All:
 I have in my possession a calling card from Rabbi Rabinovici of Congreation Sh'arit Israel.  This was a Minneapolis synagogue, but is sadly no longer in existence.   I am wondering if someone can help me translate the Hebrew printing on the front of the card and also the writing on the back of the card.
Thank you,   Aline Petzold   <linypetzold@...>

World War II Enlistment -- strange civil occupation #usa

Josephine Rosenblum

William MENDEL's WW II Enlistment Record has most information correct, including 4 years of college, but his "Civil Occupation" is  listed as "Actor (Motion picture actor.) or Director, Motion Picture (Motion [picture director.) or Entertainer".
   I knew Bill, who later changed his surname to MENDELL, and asked him about this.  He had absolutely no idea why the Army wrote this.  He was born in Columbus and lived there.  He had never been in any facet of show business.  He was positive he hadn't written it, either seriously or as a joke.  He was a businessman.
   I have seen similar errors in other Enlistment Records, but nothing as far from the mark as this.
   Any ideas why this occurred?  Thanks in advance for your input.

Josephine Rosenblum,  Cincinnati, OH   <JoRose@...>

FW: Confusing Birth Place #russia #belarus

Mary Ellen

In researching my husband's family, a cousin has written down place of birth
as Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Russia (1836).
I can find Minsk as being the capital of Belarus but when I look for
Krasnoyarsk I find it is located in Siberia.
Can someone help me understand this?
Thank You,
Mary Ellen Pollack

Re: Searching SHEDLOVER from Kiev area #ukraine

Hello! I know Shydlowers that has a kind of Kamenny Brod (Zhytomyr region). Some of them went to the United States and Cuba, while other family members remained in Ukraine (Kiev) and Russia. If Your family members were connected with the place Kamenny Brod, then we are definitely relatives.

Suwalki Lomza Journal #poland

Carol Waggoner

Have all the records found in the published Suwalki Lomza Journal hard copy
been made available digitally on Jewishgen?

Carol Waggoner


Pinkus Hardstein, Malke Loewy #hungary

John Anderson

I'm having difficulty reconciling the date of birth of Pinkus HAR(D)TSTEIN with the data I am seeing. First, from a cousin and other family tree information, I see 12 Nov 1835 in Tiszadob, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hungary. He was married to my great-great aunt, Malke (Mollie, Amalia) LOEWY around 1866. They had 5 children, all born between 1867-1881 before they came to settle in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota in Jun 1885. One of the hints I am seeing indicates the Hungary, Select Citizen Census, 1869 showing 
This appears to be the same family. The one child I have born before 1869 is Isidor M. HARTSTEIN (Jul 1867-26 Jul 1951). However, I also have Bert (06 Jul 1870/1872-31 Dec 1958) and 3 others who don't appear on this census. Is this just coincidental or are the dates off? The location is also different, or appears to be so; I don't know the areas in question, and would appreciate any insight into this.
John Anderson,
Orlando, FL

Re: Translation of the Memorial Book of Bacau, Iasi and Podu Iloaiei, Romania at reduced price #romania #yizkorbooks

Laura Isenstein

What years are covered for these three cities? I am interested in mid to late 19th century and beyond (1875 going forward).
Family name was Eisenstein. Thank you.

May 12: Genealogy Webinar for Teachers and Parents from the Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Every Tuesday at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for Genealogy Coffee Break, a short talk on a specific topic with one of our genealogy librarians. Discover recommended resources and strategies for online research, and have your questions answered live. This Tuesday (May 12), join us as we demonstrate an activity you can use to engage your kids in genealogy research. If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, write to us at gi@.... Catch up on the entire series here

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

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