Re: Aramaic Translation Help! #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

o yes. This is Aramic.
the document is called "KeTUBA" - Marriage agreement.

"on Tuesday 13 of Siwan (Hebrew calendar month ) year 5683 (~May-June1923)
the groom Yosef Khaim son of reb (Mr) Shim'on Eliahu told to Bluma Dvora daughter of ... reb GUTMAN blessed memory...,"
And then - long text he promises that he will do for her.....
It is read loudly during the wedding.
Her mother keeps the ketuba.
I don't think many Israelies can translate it today without the dictionary. 
Sure you can find it in internet, but the important information I could read as it is written in Hebrew.
Josef ASH

Looking for relatives of Abram Babin from Sloboda, Russia, cousin to my husband's grandfather Sam Schaje Dobrinsky/i Dobrin.. #russia

Marlene Dobrin <dobrins@...>

Looking for relatives of Abram Babin from Sloboda Russia, cousin to my husband's grandfather Sam Schaje Dobrinsky/i Dobrin. Abram was the cousin Sam was meeting upon his arrival to the US in 1914.


I just learned about Abram Babin and can't wait to connect with his family tree.
Marlene Kempner Dobrin - dobrins@... - Arizona USA

Re: looking for details about Mendelsohn family born in Warsaw and emigrated to the US around 1864 #usa #poland #galicia #warsaw

Sherri Bobish


Several NY (and one NJ) cemetery is searchable here:
Searching the Cemetery Databases

You can search NYC death cert index here:
The cert will list name of cemetery.

FamilySearch has transcriptions of some info of the NYC death certs:

Old digitized NY (and now other states) newspapers can be searched here:
You can search by name or address.

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Translation from Yiddish #translation #yiddish


Hello, seeking translation of a short inscription on the back of a photo of my husband's great grandparents:

Thank you, Evelyn Senior

Re: Records for Werner and Eisenhandler families for Nowe Miasto and Ulanov #poland #ukraine

Katie Anderson

Hi Maggie,
 I am interested in finding my Werner ancestors.
My Grandfather Armin Werner Born 1886 Beel, Arad, Romania
My great-grandfather Benjamin Werner Born in Derecske , Romania/Hungary. He married Sali Weber and Zali Salamary
Any of these ancestors are connected to your Werner family?
 Katie Anderson

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.

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