Want to buy Beider's 'Polish Jewish Surnames' #poland

Shelly Crane

I am looking to find a copy of l Alexander Beider' wonderful reference book to purchase.
("Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland")
My copy (and other priceless genealogy books) were destroyed in a fire.  This particular one is no longer in print and I contacted the Alexander to verify.  Avotaynu, Ebay and Abe Books do not have them in stock.  Amazon has one for over $600.   Hoping to find one more reasonably priced
  If you know of anyone has an extra book to purchase, please email me at Crzprncess@....       Thank you,

Shelly Levin, Northern California

Re: Russian "Gerim" #general


I am RN1a Urban is last name was in foster homes all my life like more identity in the VA hospital for covid right now time to get more information Shabbat Shalom my friends

Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation

Ellen Lukas Kahn

Does the Ketubbah belong to your ancestors?   I assume you cannot read Hebrew (print or script) because the Ketubbah is updside down.  Sorry I cannot help you.

Re: Does Sephardi Congregation "Escaba" = Misheberach? #usa #rabbinic #sephardic


A hashkava is a prayer said in Sefardi communities by someone who is within the halachic mourning period, mostly on Shabbat, after receiving an aliyah, in memoery of a deceased relative. 

Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation




The picture of the Ktubah was upside down.  As far as I could tell, the groom’s name is Moshe ben (Son of) Zvi and the bride’s name looks like Fruma.  Her father’s name  is illegible. 

Shalom, Malka chosnek in Texas


Searching Avram Stein and sister Mattie #israel


Avram Stein and his sister Mattie (married name unknown) were born in the late 1950's or early 60's in Israel.  Their parents were Leib Stain and Toni nee Berckovitch.  The spelling of her name was from the IGRA databases, where she was included in the 1932-1949 immigrants at Atlit.  

Leib Stein (spelling?) came to Palestine illegally on the beach December 11, 1946.  He lived in Holon and once had a tool and die shop in Tel Aviv, which was already closed before 1979.  

Toni's parents (first names unknown) lived at the cross streets of Bartenura and Amdan Streets in north Tel Aviv.  Her Berckovitch family was from Iasi in Romania.  

Madeleine Okladek

Jewish Life in Cork Ireland #unitedkingdom #education

Dorann Cafaro

This is Heritage Week in Ireland and the Cork Jewish Community put together this video exploring the history and culture of the Jewish community in Cork City Ireland. Many may find it of interest. 

Serchuk or Serchug family from Pinsk, Belarus and Jungmann family from Wansen/Breslau help needed #belarus #russia

dori jungmann

my name is Dori Jungmann, i am from Jerusalem, i am 75 years old and am looking after my family history. it is very important for me because my mother came in 1920 )about( had very hard life here in Palestine, and then Israel, the same my father who was capt by the germans as a British soldier was a POW and was a PTSD. i don't know to much about their families because they came as pioneers, HALUZIM , to be farmers, but it happened for short time. i myself was ayoung paratruper and in the war of 1967, the six day war I led my troop in Jerusalem and a hand granat that the jordaniens soldiers thru on me, I got injured for all my life. 
i have 5 children and 8 grandchildren and felt that I have to tell them about the heritage of my family. here I would like to have your halp.
my mothers family lived in Pinsk, Belarus, white Rusiia, in the second name of Serchuk or serchuq, my grandmothers name was Bella or Belka, her second name was Eisenberg or may be Greenberg. i don't know anything but she lost her husband in 19015 about, married and had 2-3 children. all of them killed by Hitler, may be in Geto mother had a sister who was married with children, they killed by Hitler.
my father came from Selesia. the Jungmann family lived in a village named Minken. my father was born in a small village near Breslau called Wansen, there where 3 jewish families. my grandmother Gertrud came from Breslau, her father called Eduard Kohn or Cohn (kohen), he had a dress shop in one of the main streets of Breslau. my grandfathers name was wilhelm.
my fathers name was Helmut, my mothers name was Haya-Sima.
i will be very thankful for any halp you may give me.
thank you very much for your attention to my letter.
i am living in Har-Adar, very cloth to Jerusalem.
again, thank you so much for any information you can halp.
Dori Jungmann
24 Habrosh st. Har-Adar, Israel cell 972-054-624-2961

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Dear Madam' dear Sir, my name is Dori Jungmann' i am from Israel' and i tried to contact you to become a member in the jewish geneologies group. my knowlage in the computer is very week' and hrd to work with my left hand' i have a serius angery from the 1967 war but i do whant to become a member and to make an interesting chart of my family for the coming generation!!!
i got a massage from the Mormons inYuta' that they have information' but as you understand' i appritiate what they offered but still they are not my people and i m not sure what they whant/so please' halp me to be a member and to reserch the roots of my family.
my mother comes from Pinsk Beloruss' her name is Haya Sima Serchuq' her parenta are: Sander Alexander' mother was Bella or Belka and the second name was Eisenberg or Greenberg . My father was born in Wansen near Breslau to the father named Wilhelm youngmann who rose in Minken KRISE Olau, his mothe Gretrud Jungmann born Cohn or Kohen
please let me know how much do i need to pay and how to move the money' and what to do for looking for my roots.thank you very much for you atention and hope to have a good comunication with you
Shabat ShalomDori Jungmann' Har-Adar' Habrosh 24, 9083600 972-546-242-961

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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Translate into English:




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


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

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