ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation

Bruce Seide

I would appreciate any assistance in determining the name of the bride and groom from this Ketubah, dated 1875.

REINOWITZ rabbinical family, Vilkaviskis #rabbinic #lithuania

Jocelyn Keene

My G-grandfather-in-law, Barnett Renovitch (spelled many ways) emigrated from Vilkaviskis, Lithuania to London in about 1880.  There were several other families from Vilkaviskis there at the time, the most distinguished being headed by Jacob Reinowitz, the Rabbi and Dayan.  In addition, there was Jacob's younger brother Chaim Renewich who was also a Rabbi and secretary to the London Chief Rabbi.  There were also some of Jacob's nieces and nephews living in London, children of Elias Reinowitz from Vilkaviskis.  These siblings (and also a known sister Esther) are said to be the children of a David Reinowitz. I have long wondered if our Renovitch family was related to the Reinowitz etc family.  JewishGen has a tax and voters list listing 10 entries of members of the Rajnowicz family in Vilkaviskis, including Iankel (Jacob), Eljasz (Elias), Chaim, and Pejsach (Pesach/Pizer, the father of Barnett) and a couple more.  The fact that Pesach is listed with the other known family members makes me think that he could be another brother - though it is also possible that he could be a cousin or more distant. 
The London obituaries for Jacob Reinowitz (d. 1893) and for his wife Esther (d. 1906) say that Jacob was from a long line of distinguished Rabbis. Unfortunately they are not more explicit. Family Search has a genealogy for Jacob Reinowitz going back many generations, with many of them Rabbis, to the 14th century.  I didn't click through all the lines, but the earliest ancestor I found was Chief Rabbi of Paris Matityahu Ashkenazi Treves III (1325-1387). As is obvious, in earlier generations this family was not limited to Lithuania.  
What could be the source for such extensive Rabbinical genealogies?  Is there a book or library somewhere that holds these? How reliable is it likely to be?
If you are a descendant of this family, I'd appreciate you getting in touch. My husband has a small DNA link with a descendant of Chaim Renewich and I'd like to check for more DNA links with known family members. But even if you don't want to DNA test, I'd just like to hear your family story.
Any help appreciated,
Jocelyn Keene
Pasadena, California

Re: Mazel Tov! For a Great Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Nancy Reicher

Terrific Conference. Excellent information. The glitches are not remembered only the best times. The Death March was outstanding. Enjoyed everything totally. Great work by all involved We put the sessions up on our big screen television and felt we were there. Much thanks to all the presenters. Congratulations to all the much deserved Award winners. Now on to Philly.

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation



In Rusian:


Состоялось в городе Калушин, в 1900-м году, 20-го мая, 1899-го года в 10 часов утра.  Явился Хацкель Штульман, равин Калушинского Борничного Округа и объявил, что вчера в 8 часов вечера, в присудсвии свидетелей Шмуля-Боруха Тетельбаума, 76-и лет и Шмуля-Лейбы Библяржа, 55-и лет, учителей, заключен религиозный брачный союз между Янатом Айбсшицом, холостым, 18-и лет, сыном Ёски и Малки, урожденной Закон, супругов Айбсшиц, проживающем при родителях в городе Варшаве, в доме номер 1088 А, с Эстер Калушинер, девицей, 18-и лет, дочерью Абрама-Калмана и Грины, урожденной Войнской, супругов Калушинер, проживающей в городе Калушин с родителями.  Браку этому предшествовали троекратное оглашение опубликованные в дни шабес сервиса, а именно: в Варшавском молитвенном доме 27-го марта, 3-го и 10-го апреля сего года в Калушинской еврейской синагоге, 10-го, 17-го и 24-го апреля сего года, причем никаких препятсвий не заявлено.  Новобрачные объявили, что брачный контракт заключен не был и они были объвенчаны по добровольному желанию, а также по обоюдному согласию родителей.  По прочтении присутствующим, акт нами и равином подписан, кроме неграмотных новобрачных. 


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It took place in the city of Kalushin, in 1900, on May 20, 1899 at 10 am. Khatskel Shtulman, rabbi of the Kalushinsky Bornichny District, appeared and announced that yesterday at 8 pm, in the presence of witnesses Shmul-Borukh Tetelbaum, 76 years old, and Shmul-Leiba Biblyarzh, 55 years old, teachers, a religious marriage alliance was concluded between Janat Aibsshits , single, 18 years old, the son of Yoska and Malka, née Zakon, of the Aibsschitz spouses, living with their parents in the city of Warsaw, at number 1088 A, with Esther Kalushiner, a girl, 18 years old, daughter of Abram-Kalman and Greena, nee Voinskoy, spouses Kalushiner, living in the city of Kalushin with her parents. This marriage was preceded by a three-fold announcement published on the days of the Shabes service, namely: in the Warsaw prayer house on March 27, April 3 and 10 this year in the Kalushin Jewish synagogue, April 10, 17 and 24 this year, and no obstacles have been announced. The newlyweds announced that the marriage contract was not concluded and they were married of their own free will, as well as by mutual consent of their parents. Upon reading by those present, the act was signed by us and the rabbi, except for illiterate newlyweds.




Signature Signature Signature Signature

Re: Searching For Shirley May KOMINSKY, Chicago #usa


Greetings - I am descended from Kominsky/Kaminsky in the Philadelphia area - have hit a lot of brick walls. Just wanted to say hello and offer support.

Cybulsky/Zibulsky/Tsibulsky/ Or ? #ukraine


I am seeking information on my great-grandfather Feivel Zibulsky (Tsibulsky/Cybulsky, or any other variation of the spelling), as well as his first and second wives, who lived in Kodyma, Ukraine. Feivel Zibulsky and his second wife perished during the holocaust who both died heroically, and as martyrs. Yad Vashem has no record of them. His daughter was Mania (Manya?), married to Max Gorbaty, and immigrated to Montreal, Quebec. His other daughter, Genia (Jenny), immigrated to the Bronx, New York. I will be attempting to fill in the form Pages of Testimony for Yad Vashem, but need other information to fill in various blanks.  As such,  I am trying to find data I don't already have: given names,  birthdates (or assumed birthdates), occupations, where they may have lived prior to the war, or anything else. I have been told that Feivel Zibulsky lived on a farm, but that he probably didn't run the farm. Much appreciation in advance for any responses to my queries.
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Re: Mazel Tov! For a Great Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Ina Getzoff

I echo what Jan wrote. Under some very difficult circumstances you all did a great job.
Ina Getzoff
President, JGSPBCI
Delray Beach, Florida

Re: Marriage my grandparents in Kiev 1908: see record in English please? #dna #unitedkingdom #translation #ukraine

Michael Hoffman

Dear Pat,

You do not state in which country you are located in?
Do a search in the website of the National Archives Discovery Channel at 
There are 8 files for TCHERNY, which are naturalisation files including Application files which will contain a lot of background information
about the applicant.

Do a search for TCHERNY on the following website which you should find useful.


Michael Hoffman

Pale of Settlement #general

ROBERT MITCHELL <romitch@...>

We benefit from stories about our ancestors's lives in the Pale of Settlement.
For those interested in how our ancestors' lives were lived in different parts of the Pale, see Human Geographies Within the Pale of Settlement: Order and Disorder During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Macmillan-Palgrave, 2019 by Robert E Mitchell. 

Re: need help finding Morris, Sam and Jonas LISS passenger arrival records #belarus #russia

N. Summers

Oh my goodness! I can't believe you found them!  I've been using Ancestry and EllisIsland without any luck. Am still learning to use familysearch. Now I know that I've got to make that a priority.
I am eternally grateful to you.

Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA
ps: my family lived in Princeton Jct. for many years; I'd love to chat with you about Princeton. will message youprivately.


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia/Ukraine)

LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Russia/Belarus)

LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

Re: Mazel Tov! For a Great Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Arlene Beare

The amount of work that went into organizing this online Conference was immense.  I am sure Robinn,Judi and Dan can be really delighted at the way it turned out.  I am looking forward to listening to the on-demand and recorded Sessions.  Thank you very much for a most enjoyable experience and Mazeltov for your achievement. You can rest assured that it has been appreciated. Arlene 

looking for the surname of Ejdyngier #names


Been looking for the surname of Ejdyngier his first name could start with a M ? have not found anything last place I know he lived was in Warsaw in 1941 with his wife Feige, can anyone help
Jerry Kleinman

Tips for JewishGen Discussion Group postings from the JGDG Moderators #JewishGenUpdates #announcements

Phil Goldfarb

Dear JewishGen Discussion Group Members:

As many of you heard during Avrami Groll’s update on JewishGen this past Tuesday at the 2020 IAJGS Virtual Conference, the JewishGen Discussion Group has had a record number of postings over the past year and we thank all of you for that. Open, accessible, friendly communication in the discussion group setting is a key to assisting others with any questions, issues, problems, brick walls and to connect with one other. With almost 20,000 members,  the JGDG is THE place to exchange information on Jewish Genealogy.

In order to make certain that we are all on the same page, we would like to again have you review the JewishGen Discussion Group guidelines: . It is important and will only take you a minute to read. The role of the moderator is to ensure that these guidelines are followed. Just to let you know, some of the reasons why messages are delayed, rejected, or deleted are:

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Conference Handout for Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group Session #JewishGenUpdates

Mark Halpern

For those who attended JewishGen's Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group session on Thursday afternoon (and those who could not attend), I am attaching copy of my slides (I hope this works).

Our group is looking for people to step forward and volunteer for the following roles:
  1. Webmaster
  2. Research Director
  3. Translators - German, Russian, Polish, Yiddish (we especially need a person to translate Bialystok vital records written in German)
  4. Excel mavens with macro experience
I very much enjoyed the virtual Conference experience and the great work of all the volunteers to pull this off. Hope to see you in person next year in my home town of Philadelphia.

Mark Halpern
BialyGen Coordinator

Re: Reb Yossel and Zelda WEINSTEIN (spelling?) Vilna, 1800s #lithuania #names

Diane Jacobs

Try the All Lithuania Database on and use the phonetic option for surnames. I have had great success finding family in the Vilnius City and Gubernia areas this past summer as I hunker down.

Diane Jacobs

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Date: 8/14/20 5:21 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [] Reb Yossel and Zelda WEINSTEIN (spelling?) Vilna, 1800s #lithuania #names

Reb Yossel was a rosh yeshiva, and Zelda was a commission merchant for Polish nobles. Is there a variant spelling for Weinstein I can check? His name was originally a form of Romm or Rumsch. I know he had an uncle, Yitzhak ben Moshe Rumsch, a schoolteacher, who translated "Robinson Crusoe” into Hebrew from German. Yossel and Zelda were my maternal great-great-grandparents. Their son Moishe Aaron, an auditor of liquor sales, married Malke Eilperin from the outskirts of Vilna. I’d be greatly appreciative if anyone can lead me to more information about my family.

Susan Sorkenn <sorkennwellness@...>
Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: Klimscheffskij from Suwalki #names

Jill Whitehead

I have never come across this name before in Suwalki. There were others in Suwalki whose names originate from elsewhere e.g. names beginning with Plock coming from that town. Allegedly my Brin/Brunn/Braun family from Vishtinetz may have come from Brno/Brunn in Moravia originally. 

In Suwalki you are more likely to find local place names used as surnames e.g. Serwianski after lake Serwy (this is my father's family)

Jill Whitehead, UK, formerly UK rep on Editorial Cttee of Landsmen, journal of Suwalki Lomza gubernia.

David Lewin

Is there anyone here who has knowledge of the following Czech/German
family in Huenfeld,Oberwiesenbern, Hessen ?

Mother Margita HORAK
Children :

David Lewin

"Holy Silence" Documents Vatican's Role in the Holocaust #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



The documentary, “Holy Silence” provides some answers as whether the Catholic Church could have done more to save Jews during the Holocaust. The documentary reveals actions and inactions leading up to and during World War ll.  The film is being shown free of charge from August 15-22 sponsored by the Jewish Film Institute and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You need to register -see below for the link.


Producer-director Steven Pressman working on another film heard about the Vatican and the Holocaust from some who work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Mr. Pressman focused a lot of his research on American figures who tried to influence the Vatican’s response to Nazi policies toward Jews as Hitler role to power. He also interviewed historians on American figures who tried to influence the Vatican’s response to Nazi policies toward Jews as Hitler rose to power.


The documentary not only addresses the silence of Pius Xll (pope from 2 March 1939 to 1958) but also discusses his predecessor, Pius XI, who was on the verge  of issuing a papal encyclical that would have denounced Hitler and antisemitism.  There were others in the Catholic Church who were willing to stand up to Hitler.  Pressman told the Jewish Journal, “Pius XII, for his part, insisted that silence was the better path and that speaking out would have endangered even more Jewish lives. I think that has proven to be a very difficult argument to sustain, whether we’re talking about the world as it existed 80 years ago or so many of the social injustice issues that exist today.”

To register to watch the film go to:


To read more see:


There is also a Zoom panel discussion on August 20 at 5:30 PM PST co-hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: in search of: MAUSKOPF family from bekescsaba hungary #hungary #canada

Peninah Zilberman

I know a family in Toronto, Canada  and their children in Israel, they spell their name 
MUSKOFF, not sure of their family roots, can find out if u think it can assist u in ur search.
U must be aware of spelling issues.
Good Luck
Peninah Zilberman

Fundatia Tarbut Sighet
+1- 416-781-0330

Re: ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation




In Russian:



Состоялось в городе Варшава, 1911 году,  7-го (20-го) сентября, в 10 часов утра.  Явился лично отец , Хаим Наймастер, 36-и лет, в городе Варшава живущий,проживающий в доме 1042,  в присутсвии совершеннолетних свидетелей Мордки Зинбойма, служащего, живущего в доме 1088 и Израиля Эдельштейна, управляющего домами, живущего в доме 1032, и предъявили нам мальчика, объявляя, что он родился 1-го (14-го) сентября сего года, в час дня, от законной жены Ханы-Мириам, урожденной Адамсбаум, тридцати двух лет от роду, и младенцу этому дано имя Рувин. Акт сей присутствующим прочитан и затем нами и свидетелями подписан.


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Held in the city of Warsaw, 1911, on September 7th (20th), at 10 am. Father, Chaim Naymaster, 36, personally appeared in the city of Warsaw, living in house 1042, in the presence of adult witnesses Mordka Zinboim, an employee living in house 1088, and Israel Edelstein, house manager, living in house 1032, and presented to us boy, announcing that he was born on September 1 (14) of this year, at one o'clock in the afternoon, from the legal wife of Hana-Miriam, nee Adamsbaum, thirty-two years old, and this baby was given the name Ruvin. This act was read to those present and then signed by us and by witnesses.




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