Re: tombstone inscription #galicia #poland #rabbinic

Tzvi Schnee

Thank you very much.
Seeking clarification: you wrote, "It is possible that 'mem-vav-hey' indicates that he had semicha, but that that he had a official position." Did you mean to write, "but not that he had an official position?" In other words, that mem-vav-hey could indicate semicha, yet, not an official position as a rabbi?
Thank you very much.
Shalom. - Tzvi Fievel

JewishGen Yizkor Book Research Division Meeting #yizkorbooks

Max Heffler

Hindsight being 20-20 I forgot to share at yesterday's JewishGen Yizkor Book Research Division Meeting two benefits I have experienced from volunteering:


1.       When I started coordinating the translation of the Lita Yizkor Book and worked with a volunteer translator, I later found out his wife was my 5th cousins and we have been collaborating for well over a decade


2.       When the conference was in Warsaw, I got to visit some ancestral towns. One of those towns had a Yizkor book, Serock, and my grandmother’s siblings’ families had written stories documenting their experiences during the war




Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

YIVO Launches First Exhibition Online #announcements #lithuania

Jan Meisels Allen


YIVO launched the first exhibition of the YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum which is free to see.  The exhibit is interactive storytelling using hundreds of artifacts from the YIVO archives. The first exhibition features the life of Beba Epstein, a young girl born in Vilna, Poland now Vilnius, Lithuania in 1922.  Her autobiography was written in 1933 and discovered in 2017.  Go to:


You will learn from her experiences about:

Family dynamics

Social changes that occurred between the mid 1800s and the early 1900s


Schools and curriculums

Jewish Vilna

Summer Camps

The world at the edge of war in the 1930s

The Holocaust through Beba’s harrowing account

Immigration to the United States


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


NYC marriage records #records #usa


I've been searching Ancestry for the record of my late grandmother's second marriage. I found the record of her first marriage easily. But there is nothing under her name (Sarah Zimmer) (maiden name Thomashefsky) or her second husband (Frank Kaplan). I believe he was divorced, although I can't find that record either. They got together in the early 1920s. My question is: How complete are Ancestry's marriage records? Is it possible that marriage records are lost or misplaced? In the alternative -- and this seems unlikely to me -- how common was it for immigrants to simply live together in that period of time? She is a dearly beloved lady, but I have to ask the question. She was a widow with a small child, and Frank had three children. 
Sherry Robinson, Albuquerque

Re: Prysewiczuvna girls school in Lodz #lodz

Krzysztof Witaszek

The school was 
Gimnazjum żeńskie Janiny Pryssewiczówny 
located at ul. Sienkiewicza 35 (in the year 1923). (Pryssewiczowna's Girls Gimnasium)
In the year 1934 or 35 it was bought  by Tadeusz and Janina Czapczyńscy, 
(New name of the school was: Prywatne Gimnazjum i Liceum Janiny Czapczyńskiej located  at ul.Narutowicza 58)
I looked at "Szukaj w archiwach" site and there are no records for Pryssewiczówna school, but there is a rich documentation for Czapczynski's school.
They are located in the Lódź Archive (Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi)
It is possible that you will find something there for these individuals. Especially classroom diaries (dziennik lekcyjny) have many information about the students.
Krzysztof Witaszek

Re: Can anyone figure this surname out? #names

Steven Usdansky

I vote for Rauchlese. Blowing up the image, it's clearly an "e" after the "l". There's no serif sticking up from the blob that is the last letter, so I don't think it's an "s"

Re: translation from German #translation

Nicole Heymans

It's an affidavit saying David FRANKFURTER, son of married couple Josef L. FRANKFURTER and Kati KOLMAN, was born "here" (in Galanta) in 1848 in wedlock.

Re: Origin of the name Brodsky #ukraine

Udi Cain

My grandfather's grandfather Joel Meir CHAIKIN had a sister supposedly living in the same town where Joel's friend Rabbi Moshe Nachum Yerusalemsky.

In a letter which was sent by Joel from Jaffa in 1898 Joel asked the rabbi to send an attached letter to his sister or to her daughter's husband Rabbi Shmuel Brodsky.

A late cousin of my father told me once about a marriage of a CHAIKIN girl to the nephew of Laser Brodsky "The Sugar King".


Best wishes to all, Udi Cain (CHAIKIN)



I am pleased to invite you to my genealogy website:




Re: Name of Marrero possibly Marrano from Puerto Rico. Possibly Jewish? #names #latinamerica

Susan J. Gordon

You might enjoy the memoir, The Forgetting River, by D. Carvajal, a (Catholic) who learned her family's history back to the Inquisition... until now. Unfortunately, her book does not have an index, so I could not see if your names were listed.

Also see my story, "One Italian's Secret History," published 2013 in the Forward. It's online.

Susan J Gordon
New York

Re: Origin of the name Brodsky #ukraine


As an Historian, I am conducting researches upon Jews from Russia, Ukraina and Poland who emigrated toward Paris at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th one. I did have records related to Brodsky. Please, feel free to contact me. Patrice Markiewicz. Email: patrice.markiewicz@...

Re: Burial Society at Mount Hebron Flushing, Queens, NY #usa

Marshall Lerner

An here's one more link to a resource that may be helpful on all manner of Jewish communal groups in NYC in the early 20th century: 

Searching for Tombstone/Cemetery Record for Teraizah/Alice JUROWICZ, died 1933 in Budapest #hungary #records

Moishe Miller

Dear Group,
Would anyone have experience obtaining tombstone and cemetery information from Budapest, Hungary?

My aunt, Teraizah/Alice Jurowicz died at 3 months, in Feb 1933, as per her attached Death Record from Budapest District VI.
I suspect her birthdate was on or about Oct 20, 1932. 

The family was religious, so I think she would have been buried in the Kozma Street Cemetery. 

How can I obtain the detail at the cemetery and possibly a tombstone picture?

Stay safe,    Moishe Miller, Brooklyn, NY   moishe.miller@...    JGFF# 3911

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

J Antrich

Yes... tailoring was a typical profession for Jews who arrived in Britain from Eastern Europe (my grandparents included). Related specialisms included cutter, trimmer, presser, finisher, machinist. As already mentioned, cutting was an essential job, and very skilled, both in the layout of the pattern on the cloth to minimise wastage and in the cutting itself - all done by hand and eye in the days before computers. The British magazine 'Tailor and Cutter, which ceased publication in 1972, represented the traditional approach:
But the innovators were often Jewish - think of Isaac Singer (sewing machines), Montague Burton, Cecil Gee, Moses Moss (Moss Bros), Mr (Michael) Fish, etc. etc. And today we still have the surnames Schneider, Schroeder (cf. shred), Portnoy, Kravetz, Szabó... 

Re: Burial Society at Mount Hebron Flushing, Queens, NY #usa

Marshall Lerner

There is a treasure trove of information about  "landsmanshaftn (a mutual aid society, benefit society, or hometown society of Jewish immigrants from the same European town or region)" at Center for Jewish History in NYC. These mutual aid societies were mini B'na B'rith type organizations that maintained plots at local cemeteries in addition to offering welfare benefits to their member. Here are some helpful links for these organizations that share a common address in Manhattan:

Mt Hebron Cemetery has a searchable index on its website that would allow you search on burial societies as well names.

Hope this helps,

Marshall Lerner
West Chester, PA

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

Jerry Scherer

My grandfather was killed in a work-related accident in Vitebsk.  He was run over by a truck backing up at the factory.

Re: Translation from Polish - Mila 18 Testimony #holocaust #poland #translation

Greg Tuckman

Thank you Jeff.  I am researching my ancestor Melech Blones who was also a member of the Ghetto resistance fighting group and died in the Mila 18 bunker.  Please share this document when it is translated.
Greg Tuckman

Re: Silverman Family of Providence #usa


I am also originally from Providence, Rhode Island, and my paternal great grandmother Hinda was a Silverman (or Zilberman). She immigrated from Letychiv (Ladyzhin), Russia, now Ukraine, to Providence in approximately 1905, her husband having emigrated there earlier. When she arrived, she discovered that her husband, possibly Yehuda or Abraham, had married again. I’m looking for any information about any of these persons. Thanks. David M. Brodsky, davidmbrodsky1016@...

Re: Origin of the name Brodsky #ukraine

Kenneth Ryesky

My Brodsky g-g-gf was a Kohen.  Any Brodsky Kohanim out there?
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

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

Re: Help with name of Mecie #names


I had a great aunt called Mechcia - also known as Mechce.

Ruth Bloomfield

Re: Gary Perlman, JGS of Montreal named 2020 Volunteer of the Year by the IAJGS #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Nolan Altman

Congratulations Gary!  Well-deserved!

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