Re: Tombstone #translation

Leya Aronson

Maria, I have tried enlarging the picture, and the word that appears at the end of the first line and is partially cut off looks like the 
word for pleasant -which is Hebrew is Nechmad.
I also did not add that his mother was named "Chila"

Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada

Re: Havana, Cuba: Class Pictures Centro Israelita, 1942-43 #photographs


Although my family was in Cuba during the war years, my brother was too young to have attended this school.

If anyone reading this had family in Cuba at that time, I recommend a documentary called "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels:  A Haven in Havana".  It tells of the experience of Jewish refugees in Cuba, with a particular focus on the diamond industry that was brought to Cuba by Belgian immigrants, and the refugees who worked in this industry.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Finding death of my great uncle Otto Seelig #germany #records

Lewis, Megan

Hello Susan,

Otto Seelig is not in the Bundesarchiv's Residentlisten of German Jews in Germany 1933-1945, nor is he in the Bundesarchiv Gedenkbuch of German Jewish victims or the 1939 German Minority Census. Based on this info, I assume he either died or moved before 1933.

Megan Lewis
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Update: yDNA Rabbinical Lineages Index Reaches 24 Distinct Lineages #dna #rabbinic #sephardic #education

Adam Cherson

When all the dusty family trees books and scribbly civil records have been exhaustively mined (and I believe that time is rapidly approaching), yDNA-based rabbinical research is the way forward.


The 24 current index listings are mostly the result of prior published work by various researchers. The next step is to discover new signatures using the data-rich GENI platform.


Volunteers are needed to obtain new yDNA signatures. Please join the project by creating a free GENI account and visiting the project website: A focus list of about 50 high-probability research-ready lineages, many renowned, is available to volunteers at the project site. Instructional and workflow guidance provided for immediate immersion. This is highly rewarding and fascinating work, of benefit to the entire research community.


The current indexed lineages, which may also be viewed at the project site, include the following Rabbinical lines:


Chaim LOEW (MAHARAL lineage)

Yisachar HILDESHIEM (TWERSKY lineage)

David Ibn YAHYA (CHARLAP lineage)

Samuel ibn NAGHRELLA


Moshe b’ Yehuda Leyb (of Pinsk) (GRA son-in-law)

Yekhiel Yehuda LURIA (MAHARSHAL lineage)


Avraham CHAYES

Yakov BLUMENZON (of Widoma)

Zevulun Eliezer HEILPRIN

Levi Yitzach DERBAREMDIKER (of Berdichev)


Avraham Yehoshua HESCHEL (MAHARIV lineage)

Sholom SHACHNA (RASHACH lineage)

Shabbetai HaCohen HASSID (of Salonika)

Yosef DI TRANI (of Sepharad)

Yoel HaCohen SHAPIRO (of Cracow)




Eleazar KATZ (ABD Vaidislaw)


Elimelekh SPIRA (of Dynov)

Ephraim Halitsitser LIPSCHUTS

Yermiyahu Akiva ALFES


Adam Cherson
Custodian of yDNA Rabbinical Lineages Project

Re: trying to make contact with the Baschkin family of Rye, NY #usa


White pages.  Try Laurance Baschkin. Has Bernard as family.  914 978 0253. 914 878 7802. 914 835 3506.  Pound Ridge NY. 

Kamenetz - Podolsky Jewish Cemetery #photographs #ukraine


I saw a map with surnames of a Kamenetz - Podolsky Jewish Cemetery (27 plots wide) and was wondering if anyone knows if pictures of the gravestones exist. Are there any ongoing projects to take pictures of Ukrainian cemeteries?


Thank you in advance.


Michael Skoller 

(Beitelman, Sagan, Skollins, Lisenbaum, Birnbaum, Shakofsky, Shopsitz, Somni & Weitzman)

Re: Hebrew Translation Request #translation

The Jewish name of Cacilie is Tsilka

Her Hebrew death date matches the Gregorian calendar.

Her father was possibly alive when she died as the usual ז"ל or similar acronyms are not written.

Jacob Shayzaf 

Re: Looking for information on relatives who emigrated from Brest-Litovsk to Denver, Colorado in the late 1800's #names #russia #usa

Alice Ra'anan <araanan@...>

This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but I have 2 bits of information that may be useful:

1. My great-grandfather Shmerl Hellerstein emigrated to Denver from Brest-Litovsk in the 1880s. Since it is an unusual surname, I always make a point of contacting any Hellersteins I come across. In one case, a Hellerstein told me that his family's original surname was Farber, but they took the name Hellerstein in order to get exit papers so that their son would not be conscripted into the Czar's army. My husband has speculated that the Hellersteins and Farbers either were related or knew each other fairly well in order to pull this off.

2. Shmerl Hellerstein's oldest son was Moses, b. circa 1865 in Brest-Litovsk. In Denver in 1890, he married a woman named Tzivia Zalinsky (b. circa 1870, also in Brest-Litovsk). She became known as Jennie Hellerstein. Moses died in 1930, and Jennie later married a man named Buchalter, whom she had also known growing up in Brest-Litovsk. Unfortunately I don't know his first name so he may not be part of the same family. 

Alice Hellerstein Ra'anan
Alice Hellerstein Ra'anan

Re: Nov. 4: Zoom lecture on facial recognition tools for unnamed family photos #events #announcements #photographs

Deborah Blinder

Will this be recorded? I'm unable to attend at that time, but I'd very much like to hear the lecture later if possible.
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)

Viewmate Translation Request Russian Birth Record #translation

Harry Moatz

I've posted a vital record in Russian. I have found a birth record.  I'm hoping it is for Sophia Greenburg, daughter of a Meyer or Myer Greenburg and Fanny or Jennie Brodesky (sp?). It is possible Sophia initially had a different given name.  If so I would appreciate a translation of all the information, and  if possible to know if the infomration on the right is Hebrew or Yiddish for which I will also seek a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Harry Moatz

Re: Opole Lubelskie Ghetto #holocaust

Moshe Berman

Thanks so much for that! 

I didn’t know that Opole Lubelskie residents were sent to Treblinka. I had heard of Poniatowa before but unsure how to trace people since the official sources have no records. 

I’m looking for clues in my family letters and sometimes they reference other people. (I am wondering if any other letters reference my ggf.) Do you know if any letters or photos survived in your family? (My email is moshebermann+jewishgen@..., if you’d rather not answer that publicly.)

Thanks again,
Moshe Berman

Re: Hebrew Translation Request #translation


This was unclear, but if  you look closely and compare to the ר in מרת you can make out that it is צילקא (Tzilka/Cilka) and not Cirka.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Elm Ridge Drive, Toronto #canada

Jeremy Lichtman

Not researching any of those names.

Wanted to point out that that particular section of Elm Ridge Drive was disrupted in the 1960s when the Allen Expressway was built.

Today it is a bridge over the Expressway, and some fairly run-down apartment buildings on the west side of it.

To the east is the heavily Jewish (and quite "frum") neighborhood of Viewmount.

Jeremy Lichtman

Re: Nov. 4: Zoom lecture on facial recognition tools for unnamed family photos #events #announcements #photographs

Sharon E Siegel

Is it welcome to add our own photos to this collection?

Sharon Siegel

Re: Hebrew Translation Request #translation

Relly coleman

she died on 5 av 5689, which was 11 August 1929
The Hebrew date is:  ה אב תרפד
Relly Coleman

Did Barney Barnato and Sir David Harris walk together? #southafrica


Reading about Barney Barnato (born as Barnet Isaacs) I find that at the time of the gold rush in Namibia he got there on foot, I read that his cousin Sir David Harris ( birth name not known by me) got there from Durban on foot.
Does anyone know: 1) David Harris' jewish name;2) whether they went together or not, or if one of them liked the story so much that he decided to use it, too.
Ron Peeters

Re: My grandparents JONUSS and MAZUS from Ezere, Latvia #latvia #lithuania

Arlene Beare

Thank you Bernard for such an interesting history of your family. I looked up Matilda on Jewish gen and of course you're right it is a common name among Jewish women so I stand corrected.

Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia Research Division

Re: Translation Request Russian Metrical Book (Update from Earlier Post) #translation


Hi Ann,
The original text implies that perhaps there was a landslide or a similar event that caused him his life.

Mike Vayser

Re: Possible Spam RE: making Donations to a Group in Lithuania (JGFF) #general

Angie Elfassi


I also received such an approach from FF and I wrote to the 'owner' email for JewishGen. I did not get a reply and although Im sorry that other's have been approached, Im pleased this has been brought out publicly.

Angie Elfassi

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Josh Poritz

Hi all,
I have posted of couple of additional pages from not-yet-translated Grodno/Ozery Revision Lists on ViewMate and am looking for translation of the entries on these two that pertain to the DZIVETETSKY, SCHMIGELSKY, or KHAZANOVITZ families:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thanks in advance!
Josh Poritz
New York, NY

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