Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Neil Kominsky

My ggf's family emigrated from Romania to England where they stayed for a couple of years before continuing on to America.  While they were there, my great uncle Marks (Max, I think, in family usage) was born and named. His maternal grandfather was Mordecai, which may well account for the name.
Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Judy Floam

My grandfather was named Max and his Hebrew name was Mordecai.  There’s a possibility that “Max” was written down incorrectly as “Marx”.    I have never heard of Marx being used as a first name.

Judy Floam <jmfloam@...>

Re: Orphanage in Newark, NJ 1943 #usa #france

Susan Kobren

I suggest you contact Linda Forgosh, director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey. You may even want to do a search of the Jewish News that is on line there.
Linda’s email is lforgosh@...
Susan Kobren

Researching GLAZAMITSKY, NINBURG, KISSEN, SMULOWITZ, DRESKIN (Nevel, Russia) and SCHWARTZ, SOFER, CHREIN (Volochysk, Volhynia, Ukraine) and KOBRENSKY (Zvenigorodka, Kiev, Ukraine)

Re: Requesting help reading name #names #russia

Alan Shuchat

It's hard to tell from this image but familysearch has a clearer one. It looks to me like "Daughter Perle Bragarnick". The address is "Ribwaya St.", probably Rybvaya Street, "Tiraschpol Chersonsky Russia", probably the city of Tiraspol, Kherson gubernia (province), in the Russian Empire. Tiraspol was in Odessa uezd (district), and the family's last address was Odessa. The second page of the manifest shows that the mother and children were all born in Odessa. Incidentally, the name Worobiew, or Vorobev, comes from the Russian word for sparrow.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Kenneth Ryesky

In German-speaking societies, there is a common practice of people going by their "call name" ("Rufname" in German), which are often quite different from their legal birth names.  Often the official given name ("Vorname") is freely interchanged with the Rufname, and it is not unusual for the Rufname to come to exclusive use by the person.
The Israel Genealogy Research Association is now indexing the 1938-1939 cards from the German Consulate in Jerusalem.  The printed cards have a field for the Vornamen, with instructions to underscore the Rufnamen.  I have been proofreading a batch (I expect to get it finished soon, Rose).


-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: Research individuals in France #france

Fran Stark-Hundiak

Hello Patricia,
Although I do not speak French I was able to locate the attached death record for Paul Rattner from  It is from 1941.  Maybe someone can translate for you?

Fran Stark-Hundiak
Michigan USA

Re: Can you help me identify this town? Nowe Skrezepiec, Poland #poland

Alexander Sharon

This appears to be to be town Krzepice near Czestochowa. Nowe Krzepice, a Jewish town, have been integrated within Krzrepice.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Seeking Fritz BUKOFZER, film producer- Paris > Switzerland #france

Sherri Bobish

Hi David,

A search on Google Books for "Fritz BUKOFZER" finds his name mentioned in several books.  Perhaps something there may be a clue for you?

Also, there is a very large collection regarding people in the performing arts at The NY Public Library at Lincoln Center.

When the library fully re-opens (still closed to the public due to Covid)  than perhaps you can find someone in NYC who can stop by the library and check the index for Fritz BUKOFZER.

I went there years ago and found a surprisingly large folder on a relatively obscure actor and silent film performer that I was researching.

Also, have you checked newspapers for an obituary?  The NY Times, for example?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Brenner-Fleischman from Ponevezh-Shavli Lithuania #lithuania

daniel preissman

I have Brenner and Bernstein relatives from Pokroi - please contact me if you are still researching
Thank you,
Daniel Preissman

Re: Introduction to Ukrainian Archives #announcements #ukraine


Unfortunately, this is only a .PDF file of the lecture slides. Is there
an actual recording of the lecture that can be watched?

Thank you,
Jeri Friedman
Port Saint Lucie, Florida, USA

On 7/21/2020 9:14 AM, Alan Shuchat wrote:
The recording of the webinar is at

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA
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Re: Hebrew Translation for two Tombstones #names #translation

Mordechai Perlman

You wrote:
Just wanted to point out the symbol on Phillip's stone as you may know shows he was a member of the Free Masons, I don't know much about them or the significance of the letter G but you may be able to find out more about him through this.

The letter G in Freemasonry stands for both the Great Architect of the Universe and Geometry....or, to be more technically correct, it stands for Geometry under the Great Architect of the Universe.  

Just as the Supreme Architect of the Universe watches the revolutions of the planets and stars in the sky, so does HE, who placed each of us here, watch each of our movements, hears not only our words, but our thoughts, as well ...and it is to HIM that we are ultimately responsible. 

Mordechai Perlman
Jerusalem, Israel

Re: Orphanage in Newark, NJ 1943 #usa #france

Sherri Bobish

Hi Aliza,

There is info on some records of orphanages in Newark, NJ here:[]=Poverty%20/%20Philanthropy%20/%20Charities
Newark Archives Project
  Sponsored by the Newark History Society and Rutgers University-Newark

And, this:

The Hebrew Orphanage & Sheltering Home in the Late 1940s

And, "This building is now a mosque, but it used to be a Jewish orphanage called the Hebrew Sheltering Home (there was another orphanage with the same name in the North Ward)."

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Orphanage in Newark, NJ 1943 #usa #france

Barbara Ellman

I found 2 references to an orphanage:

Hebrew Orphans Home

Hebrew Orphanage and Sheltering Home (141 Lincoln Ave.)

The references were found in the Rutgers Library Newark Archives Project

There are a number of Catholic orphanages in Newark as well.

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

SAM WEISSBERGER - help in the US - second part #usa


On the 4th of July I posted here a question about my great grandmother's brother: SAM WEISSBEREGER.

I got a lot of help and I would like to thank all of you.

However, I do have some more questions:

  1. You were kind enough to point me to the form for ordering the claim about death from U.S. Social Security. The form has some alternatives. What is better to order:

           Photocopy of original application or a computer extract?

            Will any of those include details of the next of kin?

  1. You were kind enough to point me to the graves of Sam, his wife Saidie (may be Szure) And his son David. I now have a picture of their graves. From the picture I now know that Sam had a grandchild (at least one) from his son David. I found a record from the US 1940 census where the household has 5 people:

Sam Weissberger and his wife

David Weissberger, his wife Irene and their daughter Rita.

According to the census Irene was born on 1912 and Rita on 1931.

The only chance to find any family member is probably Rita. How would you suggest to go on finding her? Or her descendants? 



Nava Giron



American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Index of AJDC Prague Office Emigration Case Files #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




The American Jewish Joint Distribution Archives (AJDC) has an index of the AJDC Prague Office Emigration Case Files available. This is the first time the names of those who received emigration assistance from the JDC in Czechoslovakia following the Holocaust. It comprises the first 191 boxes of the records of the AJDC Prague Office 1945-1950. The index to these files will now become a significant resource for genealogists and family researchers.


The JDC received a set of digital files of this collection from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), with the agreement of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague, where the collection is housed. The records had been confiscated by the Czechoslovakian secret police when JDC was forced to cease its Czech operations in January 1950.


After receiving the digital files, the JDC Archives assigned one of its Names Indexing Project volunteers to begin to create a spreadsheet that would list the client name, additional family members traveling with the client, and the box and folder number of the file.


The result is an index of nearly 11,000 entries. With the inclusion of the names of accompanying family, the total number of names indexed approaches 22,000. Although most of the émigrés were Czech Jews, the files also include many individuals who held Polish, Hungarian, or Romanian citizenship who traveled to Czechoslovakia as the first step in their efforts to leave Europe.  In addition to those who went to Palestine/Israel or the United States, JDC worked to obtain visas to countries throughout North and South America and especially Australia, working closely with the Australian Jewish Welfare Society to locate family members, arrange sponsorships, and ensure that the immigrants would find community when they arrived.


To search the AJDC Prague Office Emigration case files index go to:


To read more about these files see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: What was Ginsburg & Klausner, S Fallsburg, NY (Catskills) not listed as hotel #usa

Have you checked the website for the Catskill Institute?    This is an organization "to promote research and education on the significance of the Catskills on Jewish Life"  It was founded in 1995 at Brown University.

The website is replete with information, including extensive lists of hotels and bungalow colonies.

Under Loch Sheldrake, there is listed only "Millers"  Bungalow Colony.    It is possible that there is more archival information available from the Institute.  I recommend exploring the web site for anyone interested in information connected with the Catskills.

Avivah Pinski
near Philadelphia

Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Chana Bonn

My uncle Max was listed by the person who transcribed the 1910 census as Marx!  While Marx could have been this person's name, it also could have been written down incorrectly by the person entering the name.  Death certificates often contain errors, since the folks giving the information are frequently distraught when doing so, or may be family members who really aren't that familiar with the deceased but are just trying to help out in a difficult situation.  The latter happened in my family, when a distant cousin of my mother's, who lived near the hospital, was called to give information on my parents' behalf when they had a stillborn baby.  

Re: Research individuals in France #france


To Aaron Slotnick: I can't find your original response to my original message, but I think it is amazingly generous of you to offer lookups from your temporary subscription!  I do se that you aree overwhelmed with requests. 
Mine is two brothers--Wolf and David GRAND, born in 1873 and 1876 respectively, in Krasnobrod, Poland.  Their father was Mordko Grand, and they had two different mothers; Chawa Elbaum and Chaia Papier.  Their brother came to the US in 1904, with the family of his wife.  These men went to France, and I would guess 1895-1910, but I don't know that.  I imagine David stayed David, but Wolf may have become Guillaume (if following the usual English pattern)..

I would be very grateful if you could look for these guys, and I would happily offer you any return help in Boston, in addition to my huge thanks.
Carol Isenberg Clingan
Dedham MA

Attached photo of Roza Friedman family #usa

Stuart Kaufer

The attached photo is what I believe to be the family of my maternal GM Roza Friedman who emigrated to Chicago in 1905. She lived with my GF Sam Stein, they had 7 children.  I believe one of the people in the photo may have been her mother.  The only family member who is left who could recognize these folks is my 101 yo mom, my GM last living child.  She does not know who these people are.   Sending this out in the hopes there might be someone out there who recognizes.  The family lived in Nagytarna (Tarne-Mare, Romania).    Thank you for your assistance.

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Marx and Markus (which are actually 2 versions of the same thing) are often Mordechai's names. Marx doesn't work for Polish, as they have the language has no 'x' (except sometimes in Alexander in the records). Poles would use Marks or Markus.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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