help translating Yiddish or Hebrew with synagogue letter head #translation #yiddish

Aline Petzold

I would like help translating this letter written on paper from Congregation B'Nai Abram, Minneapolis, MN.  

Hate laws chronology #slovakia

tzipporah batami

I am looking to resolve contradictions in chronology of these hate laws which child witnesses still alive report starting years before the codex legislature passed in 1941. I need also dates of when these actions took effect in eastern Slovakia esp Michalovce. I want to compare dates of yellow armband and yellow star mandates there and in entire Slovakia and compare to remainder Europe. Same for not being allowed in parks or certain streets. I cant find detailed clear sources that dont contradict. Thank you.
Feigie Teichman 2G

Re: Need Help locating s Ship's Manifest, Port of New York /FEUERLICHT family #usa #general #hungary

tzipporah batami

Contact ushmm or hias

Re: Headstone translation help - Hebrew #translation

tzipporah batami

Our dear mother is the first two words. Phonetically eemainu hayikara. The rest of her name and the dates of her life.

Re: Records in the Lithuanian database #lithuania

Joel Ratner

If you examine the microfilm records many of the Litvak records were translated from, you'll find that LitvakSIG translated virtually all data shown. The data filled in on the forms answer the questions on the form, usually no more. The Polish records, in many cases, were written as entire paragraphs and as such, the scribe may have included many more details. 
Joel Ratner
Newton, Ma.
Former coordinator, LitvakSIG Vital Records Translation Project

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Re: Headstone translation help - Hebrew #translation

Amos Israel Zezmer

The correct year is 1930 (5690).

Yerres, France

On 02-Jun-20 22:24, Dr.Josef ASH wrote:
H(ere) L(ies)
our dear mother
Sima Perlsweig
d. on 7 of tevet 1939
Let her soul ...

Josef ASH, Israel

Re: Headstone translation help - Hebrew #translation


The translation is as follows below.
7 Tevet 5690 corresponds to 7 Jan. 1930.
Yours truly,
Keith (Osher)

First line: po nikbar (abbr.) – here lies

Second line: Imanu ha’yikara – our beloved mother

Third line: Sima Perlsweig

Fourth line: niftara (abbr.) 7 Tevet 5690 – who died on the 7th of Tevet 5690

Fifth line: tehi nishmata tsrurah b’tsror ha’chaim (abbr.) – may her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life

Re: Father and son with same given name i have come across #general

Marla Cohen

Addendum to my last post- I neglected to add that both my brother and his son have the same names in Hebrew . They were named for two different ancestors with the same name!
Marla Cohen
Hartford , Ct.

Re: Father and son with same given name I have come across #general

Marla Cohen

My brother and my grandfather have the same Hebrew name. But they were named for two different ancestors , who coincidentally had the same name .
According to Ashkenazi tradition that can only occur if the said ancestors were dead.
Marla Cohen

Re: jews in hiding in freezone France #france #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
As I wrote recently on this forum, there is a lot of historical papers concerning Jews' fate around Nice during Shoah.
Unfortunately (nobody is perfect !) most of these documents are in French, as are archives in "Archives départementales des Alpes Maritimes", our administrative county of this area (fond 166).
I attach some pages on "Camp de Rivesaltes" where a lot of rounded up Jews had been sent.
Concerning Jewish Resistance, "Reseau Abadi" had been very active to protect and save children, as was "OSE" and "6eme EIF, Eclaireurs Isarelites de France".
You will find wikipedia pages about them.
Never forget the "Civil Resistance" of French population, 75% of Jewish persons present in France escaped deportation and were saved.

I hope you have some opportunity to read French and I attach some of these documents.
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund /  Workmen Circle) of France

Re: Looking for Lapes (Lopis, Lapis) Odessa/Ukraine 1880s #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky

You can check the All Odessa Database on the Odessa Kehilalinks (
There are several Lapes and Lapis.
Ariel Parkansky

Re: Double Surname in Belarus Revision List #belarus #general


In Russia, every man or women got secondary name from father's first name.  In your case "Shliomovich" is his father first name is Shlioma.  And it's no mater for a man or the women.  When your  great-great grandfather will have a daughter name Malka, she will get full name "Malka Shlimovna, when son Motle, he will get full name Motle Shliomovich.
I was called in Belarus, where was born: Michail Matveevich and my father - Matvey

Re: DORRA Family Descendants , Egypt/Syria #general

peter isert

Hi Jacob
my email is 
I visited some relatives in Haifa I think in the late 1970s someone called Rirtette I think?
i know my grandfather Raphael Dorra died & is buried in Safed
Hope to hear from you soon Jacob
Peter Isert

Re: Looking for MUTCHNIK /MUCZNIK family from Warsaw, Poland #warsaw #holocaust

Vered Dayan

Hi JoAnne,
When looking for possible-survivors' descendants or family, there are usually 2 things to do (Apart from what you already did): 1. Enter the Yad-Vashem database and search for POTs - Pages of Testimony - to see perhaps a relative submitted such a form in memory of the people you are looking for, in your case, for a Mutchnik family from Warsaw. If someone did so, you can try to locate them, which is a different story. 2. Join the several Facebook groups dealing with Polish Jewish roots, and post there. There are quite a few, and the more information you give the other members, the higher the chances to find a lead. For example, if your friend knows where her aunt fled to, write it there. If you don't have a Facebook account, ask someone who has to do it for you. The groups I know of:
Israelis of Polish Origin:
Polish Roots:
(Those 2 up there are Israeli, but you can post in English). Also:
Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook: 
Polish Jewish Roots:
Jewish Genealogy Poland:
Jews from Warsaw:
Jewish Genealogy Surname Project:
Jewish Ancestry in Poland: 
Wide exposure yields better results.
Good luck,
Vered Dayan

Re: Emden, Lower Saxony #germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Toby,

this book is an "Ortsfamilienbuch" OFB on the community of Emden near Magdeburg and not Emden in Lower Saxony. It will comprise mostly Christian families. Very often these sorts of books don't even give a hint on a Jewish community. Here is a link to the family names supposedly mentioned in the book:,_OFB

Especially for Jewish Families of Emden and the region Ostfriesland, I would like to recommend the following book:

Die jüdischen Famiien in Leer und ihre Herkunft Band 1 / Band 2
Wegner, Manfred
Upstalsboom-Gesellschaft für historische Personenforschung und Bevölkerungsgeschichte in Ostfriesland e.V.
Even though it is explicitly about Leer, many families of Emden are included, too. It includes photographs of tombstones and information on sources to information about the people living there.

Regards from Germany,


Re: Looking for relatives named LEVITES #bessarabia #latinamerica


Hi Valentin,
Thanks for responding! You are probably right. My grandfather's name in Hebrew is indeed Yeshayahu. I am wondering why there's no husband listed under the "Ienta" record that I found. I would love to be able to connect information between relatives.
And from what I understood I cannot connect people like a family tree, right?

Trying to locate family for a "foundling" found in Russia in 1942 #russia #dna #holocaust #photographs

Barbara L. Kornblau

Fellow Jewishgeners,

I am trying to help find family for a now adult child who was found abandoned in Russia in 1942. His nephew contacted me.

"My name is Alex, I live in Danville, California, my email poloziouk@...

I’m trying to help my uncle Gennady to find his relatives.

My uncle was separated from his family in 1942 when when he was approximately 3 years old. 

The official document provided by the orphanage states that he was found in 1942 sitting on the bench at Belinskogo street 72, Tomsk city, USSR (now Russia), well dressed wearing wool costume, blue coat, mittens, hat and green garnet scarf." He described to me that his clothes were thought to be very formal for a young child, and like nothing no one had ever seen in a child that young. The rest of the story:

Tomsk city was far from WWII front and was used as evacuation hub, many factories from western parts of USSR were moved to Tomks at that time. There's high chance that he was on one of those evacuation trains and most likely something happened to his parents while they were on the train (trains were regularly bombed by Nazis) or he was separated from them somehow.

He was found sitting on the bench in the park which is about 1.5mi from Tomsk train station.

Gennady does not know his real name and was looking for his family all these years.

He lives in Moscow, Russia.

I helped him to do 23andme DNA testing.

Gennady’s photos

Here’s link to a relatives list

If you think you can help, please feel free to contact his nephew, Alex, whose email is above or contact me and I can contact Alex. Thanks

Barbara L. Kornblau

Re: Father and son with same given name. #general


I want to thank everyone for their answers and opinions on this topic. I guess i should’ve been more specific in the initial post.

Meyer MNUSHKIN was born in Bobroisk in 1903. The birth record listed his father as Meyer MNUSHKIN. His Hebrew name off his headstone is Meyer ben Meyer. In this case I can only assume the father passed before the son was born and the son was named after him.

The other instance isn’t as clear. I found the marriage record for Dawid Ptakewicz from Plonsk, Poland from 1851 on JRI Poland. It listed his age at 32 and his father as Dawid. That is the only info I have about his father.

Thank you,
Steve Buzil

BUZILA and KILYAN from present day Moldova
GRUBER and FEINGOLD from present day Ukraine
PORTNOY, GERSHON and OFSAIOF/OVSAIOVICH from present day Lithuania
MNUSHKIN and KOLVARACHIK from present day Belarus
EISENSTEIN and ZALIO from present day Romania

Records in the Lithuanian database #lithuania

Terry Ashton

I was wondering if there are detailed B/D/M records available in the Lithuanian database, in the same way as can be found on JRI Poland?  For example, when a record is found through JRI Poland, and placed on VewMate for translation, there are often quite a few details such as time, place, date, witness names, names of newborn child etc. which can be extracted for the researcher. The information on any Lithuanian records I have found in the past, seem to be much sparser than JRI Poland records. Was less information given to/recorded by authorities in Lithuania in earlier times?

Thank you,

Terry Ashton, Australia

PRASHKER: Kalisz/SZUMOWSKI: Gorki, Zdunska Wola, Lomza/WAJNGOT: Poland/WIERZBOWICZ: Gorki, Lomza/GOLDMAN: Blaszki, Poland/SEGAL/SEGALOVICH: Vilnius/HOLTZ: Dvinsk



Re: Father and son with same given name I have come across #general

Lawrence Weintraub

My grandfather Samuel was an immigrant from Russia (modern Ukraine) to Massachusetts. I was directed to a theoretical great grandfather, also Samuel, which I was dismissive of for the obvious reason.  It turns out that when they arrived here,  they became Samuel but they had different Hebrew names so there can be exceptions.
Lawrence Weintraub
Old Bridge, NJ 

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