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For a description of the boilerplate text of a traditional Ketubah, and the variations that are needed for various cases (divorced women, widows, converts etc, father living or not living), I usually consult https://www.caspicards.com/info-for-rabbis/
The location of the wedding (which I have not deciphered) is at the left hand end of the second line on your example.
I hope this helps,
Romanian Research Division meeting follow up #romania
We had a very well attended session today courtesy of the IAJGS. There was discussion about “sudits” in Romania. Michael referenced the website archives of the former ROM-SIG Newsletter. Later I was looking through some files and found the following article with additional links related to the newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading this. It was quite informative to me and will lead to more of the early work done by the Rom-Sig. My thanks to all of those people so active in the early days of researching Jewish genealogy in Romania.
If you asked a question in the Q&A today during the meeting, please send it to me again, I’d like to respond but I don’t have a full record of the Q&A section from this morning.
We look forward to more of you working with us to get the records online.
Barbara Hershey bhershey@...
Michael Moritz mmoritz@...
Jewishgen Romanian Research Division Directors
To support the acquisition and availability on Jewishgen of Romanian records, please use: https://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=20
Memorializing an unmarked mass grave site in Ukraine, near Lviv #ukraine
Several hundred Jews lie buried in unmarked mass graves at the Jewish cemetery in Jezierzany (now Ozeryany), a small Galician town not too far from Lviv that was home to a vibrant Jewish community before the Holocaust. In 2018, interviewers from Yahad-in Unum visited the
town, where eyewitnesses described the deportation of about 1,000 Jews to Belzec in September 1942, the murder at that time of many others who were shot on the spot, and the subsequent massacre in a nearby forest of about 600 Jews whose bodies were then transported and buried in a large pit at the cemetery.
A group of descendants from Jezierzany has been given permission to erect a stone memorial at the cemetery, honoring the memory of those who are buried there. We need to raise another $1000 to complete this project. Please contact Jessica Eber at eadj593@... if you can help us reach our goal to mark this place for posterity, preserve our history, and memorialize the Jewish lives lost in
Dear JewishGen Community,
We are pleased to announce a partnership between JewishGen.org and Dr. Dan Hirschberg, resulting in the Dr. Dan Hirschberg - Kraków Collection.
As a result of this agreement, records that have been transcribed and compiled by Dr. Hirschberg will be made freely available to JewishGen researchers.
All of the records are from Kraków, Poland (in the Austrian province of Galicia before WWI), including Kazimierz and Podgórze (today, districts of Kraków). Thus far, more than 160,000 records have been uploaded, which include census records, vital records, marriage intentions/banns records, along with progressive and religious marriage records.
Images of most of the records are available online, although search results do not currently link to the images. Prof. Hirschberg's website (https://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow) contains many images and links to images on other websites. Vital records can also be viewed on the Polish State Archives' Search the Archives website (new: https://www.szukajwarchiwach.gov.pl/zespol/-/zespol/33389, old: https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/1472/0).
We would like to thank Dr. Dan Hirschberg for his monumental ongoing effort to transcribe and compile genealogical data about Kraków's Jewish Community, and for his generosity in contributing this extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.
Thanks also to the National Archives in Kraków for preserving the original records and making them available to the public.The Dr. Dan Hirschberg - Kraków Collection can be searched via the JewishGen Unified Search (https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/all/) or the JewishGen Poland Collection (https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/).
It was with a great sense of pride that the board of JRI-Poland learned yesterday
that two of our long-time colleagues, Hadassah Lipsius and Robinn Magid were
named co-winners of the 2020 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Both Hadassah and Robin have contributed to the world of Jewish family history
in countless ways and for more than 20 years and have been valuable members
of the JRI-Poland family
I cannot improve on the IAJGS press release announcing the awards to Hadassah
and Robinn so I am including excerpts of the text below.
The 2020 award to Hadassah and Robin has additional significance for the entire
JRI-Poland family. With their nomination, we are proud to say that every current
and former member of the JRI-Poland executive committee has now received the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the IAJGS. They are as follows:
2003 - Stanley Diamond
2011 - Michael Tobias
2015 - Judy Baston
2018 - Mark Halpern
2020 - Hadassah Lipsius & Robinn Magid
We believe that this recognition individually and collectively is a testament to the
devotion and leadership they have provided JRI-Poland as well as their respective
JGS societies to which they have contributed in countless way and the various roles
they have played in participating in numerous IAJGS conferences and activities
over the years.
Hadassah Lipsius, a Kew Gardens Hills resident, has been awarded the
2020 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to
Jewish Genealogy. The award was presented Aug. 12 at the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 40th International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy, at its first virtual conference.
Hadassah has been a board member of Jewish Records Indexing- Poland
from 1997 to present, a member of the JRI-Poland Executive Committee,
data coordinator, Warsaw coordinator and town leader, Shtetl CO-OP
Among her achievements with the Jewish Genealogy Society Inc. (New York),
she has been a member of the Executive Council, Board and Administrator
of the JGS, Inc. Facebook Group.
She was a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors from 2009 – 2016
anddata manager of JewishGen’s Warszawa Research Group.
Her IAJGS involvement has included being co-chair of the 2006 IAJGS
New York Conference, a member of the Conference program committee in
2006, 2018 and 2020, SIG (Special Interest Group) coordinator, 1999
NY IAJGS Conference and a Conference speaker 1999-present.
Ms. Lipsius is a Metallurgical Engineer and works as a Supplier Quality
Manager for a major Defense Contractor.
Robinn Magid, a Berkeley resident, has been awarded the 2020 IAJGS
Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to Jewish
Genealogy. The award was presented Aug. 12 at the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 40th International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy at its first virtual conference.
Among many achievements in her 30 years of experience in Jewish
genealogical research is Robinn’s involvement with JRI-Poland.org
(Jewish Records Indexing- Poland). She recently was elected to the
new position of assistant director and took over as the project manager
of JRI-Poland’s NextGen relational database, search engine and website,
its first major overall in 25 years.
Robinn’s leadership as a board member for JRI-Poland earned her a city
medal in 2017 for inspiring the cultural identity of her family’s hometown
of Lublin, Poland as part of the 700th birthday celebration of that city.
Robinn had served as Lublin Archives Project Coordinator for JRI-Poland
since 1998 and coordinated the JRI-Poland activities for 100 towns in the
She served as chair of the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference, the first
IAJGS conference in Eastern Europe and established the IAJGS
Conference Discussion Facebook Group. She also worked on the
committee that recently updated the IAJGS Conference Planning Manual.
She chairs this year’s IAJGS Conference which initially was scheduled to
be in-person in San Diego. When it had to be cancelled due to Covid-19,
she created and chaired a financially successful new IAJGS 2020 Virtual
Conference with just a few months to arrange it.
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M. (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Not Sefardic, not Rashi. It’s Yiddish in cursive.--
Jewish Agricultural Colony in Woodbine, NJ #usa
My father and his siblings were born in Woodbine in the late 19th and early 20th century. His parents were amongst the earliest settlers in that Colony in the early 1890s. I am trying to find out how the early Colony members were recruited for participation and residence in the Colony. If your family members were part of this "experiment" and/or you have any knowledge of the early formation of the Colony please contact me.
I have Gavronsky -> Garon in my tree
From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Nancy Seibert via groups.jewishgen.org
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:41 PM
Subject: Re: [JewishGen.org] Brick wall of family named Gavrin, Gavrinovich, Gavrinowski #ukraine
Just wondering if you have considered the possibility that GAVRIN also could have had the Polish spelling GAWRON - the "w" would be pronounced like "v" by a speaker of Polish. Gawron means raven (bird) in Polish. You do have a variation
of the name with the Polish suffix "-ski", so Gavrinowski could be the same as Polish Gawronowski/Gawronski. Grodno was under Polish rule at times in its history.
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: www.texsys.com/websites.html
Dear JewishGen Community,
JewishGen is pleased to announce the appointment of Lance Ackerfeld as the new Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books.
In this position, Lance will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and will manage the entirety of the Yizkor Book project - which includes serving as the main contact, initiating new projects, overseeing current projects (and ensuring project coordinators have what they need), expanding our editor and HTML teams, increasing operational efficiencies, and playing a leading role in the development of a new, and modernized web experience.
Many of us are already familiar with Lance’s devotion and dedication, as he brings more than twenty years of experience with JewishGen and the Yizkor Book project. He originally volunteered under the direction of Joyce Field (retired VP of Research for JewishGen), before assuming the mantle of leadership of the project between 2009-2019. Most recently, he served as an editor and HTML coordinator for the project.
In his professional life, Lance is a Senior Database and Software Developer, and lives in the North of Israel.
Lance is re-joining the leadership team after Binny Lewis’ departure, who is leaving to pursue his graduate studies. We thank him very much for his efforts and hard work over the past year, which in addition to stewarding the project, focused on improving operational efficiencies and strategic planning. Binny has offered to stay on as a volunteer to help when needed, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Lance back to the team. He can be reached via email at: lackerfeld@....
i'm looking for the descendants of Izrael MAUSKOPF and Róza KLEIN from békéscaba, hungary. to the best of my knowledge, one of their children, Ernest, survived the holocaust, and emigrated to st john's, newfoundland, where he is buried.
any leads on their descendants would be greatly appreciated.
....... tom klein, toronto
If Frank Kaplan was divorced than they may have married outside of NY, perhaps NJ.
My husband's grandfather was divorced in NYC in 1913. The divorce papers specified that his ex-wife could re-marry, but he could not. Two weeks after the divorce he got married in Paterson, NJ.
An index to NYC (or maybe just Manhattan??) divorces is at:
OLD RECORDS & ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
Division of Old Records
Just wondering if you have considered the possibility that GAVRIN also could have had the Polish spelling GAWRON - the "w" would be pronounced like "v" by a speaker of Polish. Gawron means raven (bird) in Polish. You do have a variation of the name with the Polish suffix "-ski", so Gavrinowski could be the same as Polish Gawronowski/Gawronski. Grodno was under Polish rule at times in its history.
A different branch of the family could have used a different spelling of the name.
Re: Can anyone figure this surname out? #names
I'd look at the rest of the document not shown in the snip provided. The mystery is the final letter. I'd hope that same typewriter key was needed elsewhere on the document and can be deduced from context.
"My question is: How complete are Ancestry's marriage records? Is it possible that marriage records are lost or misplaced?"
If you don't trust Ancestry, try stevenmorse.org or italiangen.org. Both are free and search lots of NYC records. FamilySearch.org is another possibility, and if you find something, you will get a lot more info.
Re: Origin of the name Brodsky #ukraine
From the town Brody in Lviv district. There is a big Jewish cemetery there
I'm requesting the translation of 4 page letter written in 1923 from my great uncle, Obercantor in Vienna, to my maternal grandmother, his daughter, on the death of his wife, Chane..
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.
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
Family names: KEMPNER, POKEMPNER, PAKEMPNER, MIRVIS, RIEF, WESTERMAN, MELMAN, SHEINKER, KRECHMER, LUNTZ, SACHS/ZOX, LITT, FLEISCHMAN, MEYERSON/MAROVICH, HILLMAN, KAMENETS, SEGALL, FRIEDMAN, DOBRIN, DOBRINSKY, SCHUMAN, ITKIN, FIRESTONE, FEIRSTEIN, FOREMAN, FUXMAN
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.
Hello, seeking translation of a short inscription on the back of a photo of my husband's great grandparents: https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=83778.
Thank you, Evelyn Senior