MORE Re: KIEVSKY family from Kiev #ukraine



My father's family surname was Kopeikin and my great-grandparents Israel David Kopeikin and his wife Rosa Hartstein [originally Gartstein] were from Novo Fasto, just outside Kiev.  They moved to London, where I'm from [although I lived for many years in Los Angeles].  I'm now back in England, in Oxford.
We have postcards, with their photographs on them, from sisters Louisa and Anita Kievsky, then young elegant-looking women [their mother may have been called Rosa], written in Spanish: Anita and Louise were sending their regards to their uncles and cousins (tíos y primos).  The postcards were, addressed in Hebrew (or Yiddish), to my great-grandparents in London, sent from Buenos Aires on 30 March 1925.  I know, from my late grandparents, that some of their relations, and I'm going back quite some time now obviously, had emigrated to Argentina.    

Plesase see the 4 attachments- showing the front and back of the two postcards.

I have been searching for years for Louisa and Anita - any help would be very much appreciated!

I am also aware of Zulema Kievsky, born in Argentina in 1925 after the arrival of the family in 1922,  One of the witnesses to her marriage is Moises Kopeikin, 36 years old, married and living in San Luis 3162, Buenos Aires. It's in the neighborhood of Once, a traditional Jewish neighborhood in Buenos Aires.'

Take care and be well in these very difficult times to you all.


Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

David Ziants

As a teenager in London, England, I was becoming more religious, and my parents agreed to let me join a Jewish religious school and one of the conditions from the school was that my parents had to make a proper Friday night dinner with kiddush, etc. They felt that it had to be fried fish every week because they drew their inspiration from friends who were more religious and always had fried fish on Friday night. I have no idea of the roots of these friends, but I also always wondered why. Then an idea came to me, that possibly in the old country they did not want to overtly offend their Catholic neighbors (who do not eat meat on Fridays), so they went for the fish option. Just an idea, but I have nothing to base this on.

David Ziants 

Re: Yiddishe Kemfer, usa, yiddish #yiddish

David Lewin

At 23:00 26/07/2020, Jeffrey Knisbacher via wrote:



From: Jeffrey Knisbacher <j2456@...>
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Subject: Yiddishe Kemfer, usa, yiddish
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@...>

Apparently, from one or two issues in the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Yiddishe Kemfer newspaper was the organ of the U.S. Labor Zionists, at least in the 1930s and probably before and after. Does anyone know more about this paper, where it was published, for how long and if there is a complete run of it still in existence somewhere? The one issue at the Jewish Museum of MD lists two deaths in one week among the Baltimore Labor Zionists in the 1930s (have to go back and check the exact year). What is particularly interesting is that said issue lists the Labor Zionist membership at the time, many of whom were regular visitors at my grandparents' home in the 1940s and 1950s when I was growing up. One of the deceased was the author of the lyrics to a kind of anthem that was sung at every meeting. I can supply more information to anyone else who may be interested. My particular goal is to try and find poems that my later grandmother Pearl GELSTEIN LEHMAN (originally LIMONCHIK) was said to have written (by contemporaries after her passing in 1964). I imagine the Yiddish Kemfer is where they would have been published.   Jeff Knisbacher, currently Bradenton, FL

1.  Purt "Yiddishe Kempfer" into a Google search box

2. Have a look at

David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at

Find Address - 30 Osborn, Brooklyn NY #usa


Cannot find the list of the people who lived in that address between 1925-1935. I couldn't find the address in the Census nor in the Telephone directories. We have that specific address for a family member. Does anyone has anothe idea how to search by address which is not by using Census/Phone Directories/Ancestry/FamilySearch/SteveMorse?? I'll Appreciate any Help!! Thanks

Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general


My Father had a Clothing Manufacturing Company in South Australia for many years. A good 'cutter' was worth his weight in gold! because a good cutter might get two pairs of pants out of a piece of material and an average 'cutter' only one! They were very well paid. My Dad's business specialized in uniforms of many kinds, eg: Fire Brigade, Police Officers, and School Uniforms. When using the electric cutting machines, material would be stacked up on the cutters bench, and he might cut 20 size 8 Blazers at one time - not good if you make a mistake!! Cutters jealously guarded their patterns, and most would not let another use their patterns. When cutting only one garment, they would use large scissors, which were kept razor sharp (I still have a pair from Dad's factory, which closed many years ago). The only 'fatal' accident I could envisage would be if a cutter using a large electrical cutter, accidentally ran over the electric cord! In Australia that is 240Volts! Good Luck with your research.
David Dixon

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Brian Gold

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.


Thank you very much.



Brian Gold

Name variants for Ovsey/Yehoshua Fuchs/Fuks? #names #dna #usa

Alex Fuchs

My GGGfater Ovsey/Yehoshua  Fuchs/Fuks came to the US from Minsk in the 1880s.
I searched for Ovsey /Yehoshua /Joshua Fuchs /Fox, but I can find any records of him :(
Ovsey was born around 1830 and his is father was Yuda(Yehuda) Fuks.
He was probably a furrier/tailor, settle on the East coast, and remarried in the US.
Ovsey had one older son who came with him to the US (supposedly a shipbuilding engineer).
My GGfather Iosel/Josef Fuchs (b. 7/31/1866 Minsk) came to visit Yehoshua in the 1880-90s but eventually went back to Minsk.
I can't find  Iosel's US records either.  
There are birth records of Iosel and his sister Khana-Rasya with their and parents' Hebrew names.
I did find through DNA Ovsey's nephew Morduch Abraham Fuchs (changed name to Max Fox) who settled in Pittsburgh.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!  

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names

Lee Jaffe

I haven't seen anyone mention "Yitzie"

I have a possible 4x great-grandfather in Suwalki whose name In JRI-Poland records is Ick or Icko.  We assume this was the local variation on Yitzhak.

And I've seen 16th c. Portuguese Jewish records which use Yschak.

Re: Braila Romania cemetery #romania


Please share if you learn anything about this cemetery. The only information I have found is at this link:
My family is from Braila and I have records to indicate they are buried at the Braila Jewish Cemetery. Would love to learn more!
Deborah Annex
Miami Beach, FL and Old Greenwich, CT

Where is Kojbelka? #belarus #holocaust


I have a relative from Hungary who died in a forced labor camp in Kojbelka during WWII. Where is this? Was it known by different names?
Thank you,
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Was a dairy meal less costly?
Deanna Mandel Levinsky 
Long Island New York 
Deanna Mandel Levinsky

Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

ViewMate Reposting #photographs

Miriam Lappen

I reposted a family photo which initially appeared in ViewMate seven years ago. At that time, there were no responses but I'm hoping that I'll have better luck this time. I believe the people in the photo are members of the Frydman Family, originally from Drobin, Poland.
The image is at ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Miriam Lappen

Re: Links to the Raduraksti Latvian Archives #latvia

Stephen Weinstein

Registration page is now

Re: Family Tree Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users #announcements #general

Stephen Weinstein

Why would a genealogy website have geolocation data?

Re: Hit a roadblock finding death certificate for NYC: names, certificate number, but no death year #general #usa #belarus

Stephen Weinstein

First, the reason it's a common certificate number is that it's just one death of one person, but ancestry indexed it under more than one name.  And it might not be either of their deaths; it could be their child's death (death certificates commonly include the names of the parents of the deceased).

Second, since you know that the year has to be some time from when the child was born to the present, and has to be a year that was included in the index, you can narrow it down to a range of 50-100 years.  Submit orders for all of those years -- it will cost you a lot of money, but you should get the record eventually.

But first look on the German and Italian sites for the child's death, and any other names that were in the index entry on ancestry; if you find a death with that certificate number, it's not a coincidence; whatever year the database gives you is the one to order.

Re: mtDNA matches #dna

Stephen Weinstein

No.  It will only mean that you have a common ancestor, but it could be much farther back, perhaps over a thousand years.

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Sally Bruckheimer

The story I heard was that if somebody was having chicken and it wasn't Shabbos (Friday night), then one of them was sick.
So Shabbos was chicken.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Viewmate translation request #yiddish #lithuania #translation

Michael Herzlich

I've posted a 4 page letter most likely in Yiddish dated January 1940.  It has a seal indicating to me it comes from the area of Merkine Lithuania.  I would like to know the basic contents of the letter and if there are any names included.
The 4 pages can be found on ViewMate at the following address ..
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH

Re: Avigdor family of Mexico, Hartford, New Haven, Brooklyn and Toronto #usa #canada


Hi Neil:
I personally know the descendants of the great Rabbi Dr. Jacob Avigdor. The eldest of his grandsons (Zvi) is a dentist and lives in New York.
Then come the second grandson named Israel who lives here in Mexico City and there is a daughter (I do not recall her name) that, it is my impression, lives in Israel.
Should you need any more information, don´t hesitate to write.

Szyja Soffer from Teofipol #ukraine

Marilyn Levinson

In a dictionary of Jewish given names I found the entry Szyja (Yoshu).  This was the first name of Szyja Soffer from Teofipol.  Could anyone please tell me what the first name means?  I am trying to connect this branch of the Soffer family to the branch with names such as Moshe, Berl, Genia Soffer also from Teofipol.  Thank you.
Marilyn Levinson
Spring Lake NC

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