Documentary Film Festival from the National Library of Israel. #announcements

Phil Goldfarb

Documentary Film Festival at the National Library of Israel. From November 15-25 some outstanding films available in English for viewing: in the event anyone is interested.

Phil Goldfarb
President JGS of Tulsa

Reminder: JGSNY Sun. Nov. 15 Zoom Webinar, 2PM EST #events #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday November 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

Researching Your Litvak Roots…with LitvakSIG and More

Speaker: Judy Baston

Do you want to know more about your Litvak heritage? LitvakSIG’s searchable All Lithuania Database (ALD) provides the primary foundation for Litvak genealogical research, with translations of over 2.2 million Jewish records, census and vital records key among them.  Also in the ALD database are data from records in Lithuanian archives for a number of towns in Belarus and Poland. This presentation will survey the LitvakSIG database and website, as well as other major resources for Litvak research, such as JewishGen, Yad Vashem and district research groups. Learn how to determine what records are available and how to read and analyze your findings to achieve an optimal outcome. 

Judy Baston is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Jewish Records Indexing–Poland (JRI-Poland). She is on the Board of LitvakSIG, currently serving as Secretary. She has filled leadership positions and moderated discussion groups at both organizations and others, including BialyGen, for many years. Judy has been involved with the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco for nearly thirty years and coordinates its monthly genealogy clinic. She was the recipient of the 2015 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Lifetime Achievement Award.

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Jews in Brittany in the Middle Ages #france #records

Sue Nusbaum

I am descended from Les Juiffs in Saint Malo in the 1400 and 1500s. 

Olive LeJuiff, 1520-1570

Guyonne Derrien, 1503- ? who married Jehan LeJuiff, Sieur de Champedavoine, an attorney, ordinary judge of the court of Saint Malo and lieutenant of M. the constable of Saint Malo, 1500-1555.

Gilles (William) Le Juif, 1480-1522, who married Joan Seaman, 1475-1507.

Jean LeJuif, a farmer in 1462 who paid taxes mentioned in the Archives des Cotes du Norde, 568. 

Guilaume Le Juif, age 40 in 1467 (William Bibye Bibte, 1420-1502?)

I am trying to trace this family line further back, and to find more information about them. 

At some point, the Le Juiff family converted from Judaism to Catholicism. When? Where? Why?

How long had the family lived in the Saint Malo area? Was there a synagogue? Jewish burial ground? Were they hidden Jews, Marranos from Portugal?

I hope you can help me answer these questions.

Suzanne King Nusbaum

Re: Looking for Pesach LANGSAM connection to my LANGSAM branch #galicia #dna #names

Moishe Miller


While it is true that this MIGHT be the DNA for all Langsam's, this
terminal SNP is very specific to a small subset of Pesach's descendants.
GENI does not have more than two yDNA tests for this entire line. Part
of the request I believe is to find and test more male yDNA descendants.

The current yDNA testers trace back to Haplogroup J1, as follows:
J-FGC65704 > J-BY80 > J-ZS2736 > J-ZS2728 > J-L816 (back to J1)

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF# 3391

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

seeking genealogist/researcher in Germany #germany


I am looking for a genealogist or researcher in Germany who can help me investigate the possible Jewish ancestry of my late German mother. 

Thank you.
Roberto D'Angelo

Re: Details of family photo from Tilsit, East Prussia #photographs #germany

Sherri Bobish


It does look like a studio photo, with chair and backdrop provided.  In some cases even the clothing was provided by the studio.

The pose of having the wife standing, and the husband sitting, was a common one.
You might try searching L. PETERS in old city directories.  I've never done research for Tilsit, but this may give you a time frame in which this photographer was in business if there are extant directories.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Gemaliel/Gamaliel #unitedkingdom #names

JoAnne Goldberg

As a side note, one of the United States' most scandal-ridden
presidents, Warren Harding, was given Gamaliel as a middle name. He was
of Dutch-British ancestry, with no apparent Jewish DNA.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Gemaliel/Gamaliel #unitedkingdom #names


Gamaliel is a name born by several prominent rabbis during the Roman period, First-Fourth centuries, and is thus certainly not of Germanic origin.  One of them is mentioned in the Book of Acts in the New Testament.
The Hebrew roots are GML, which means either ripen or reward, and "El," one of the names Jews use for G-d.
Yale Zussman

Help finding out the given name of my aunt's brother in Argentina #names #latinamerica #austria-czech

Aline Petzold

Hello All;
 I am trying to find out the given name and other details for my aunt's brother.  My aunt, Edith Marcu, was born in Czernowitz in 1913.  Her maiden name was Willig.  I know that her father's name was Jacob and her mother's name was Ana Gisella.  I also know that she had an older sister named Leopoldine, called "Maidi"( born in 1907) and that she had a brother, probably older.  I know that the family left Czernowitz and immigrated to Argentina some time in the early 1940s and that the brother started a business in Buenos Aires.  I am trying to find out more information about Edith's brother- i.e his given name, birth and death dates. 
Please send your responses to my email, listed below.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Aline Petzold
St. Paul MN

Re: Gemaliel/Gamaliel #unitedkingdom #names


This is a Biblical name.  It is found many times in the Book of Numbers (fourth book of the Five Books of Moses).  The first reference is in chapter 1, verse 10, occurring during the listing of the names of the leaders of the tribes.  The leader of the tribe of Menasheh was Gamliel, son of Pedatzur.

Note the correct pronunciation:  gam-LEE-el or gam-LEE-ayl.  There is no 'ah' sound after the 'm'.

The meaning of the name is "G-d has rewarded me".
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Stampler Family #ukraine


Looking for information on Hyman Satmpler family of Drohobych and immigration of Lena (Leah) Stampler. 1908 or 1909. She was in the 1910 census records.
Harvey Weisthal
Stoughton MA

Re: Social Security Index Question #usa #records

Sarah L Meyer

Based on your comment and the one below I believe that you are talking about the Application and Claim index and not the SSDI.  If the child listed a parent by name (even if the parent was not a citizen) that parent would be indexed in the Application and Claim Index as a mother or father.  Only people who were actually signed up for social security and were paying into or receiving funds from social security are included in the SSDI.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Hungary Ancestor location Help needed #hungary


My 2nd great grandmother's brother, Herman Fabian's naturalization record indicates he was from "Gross Gevitz" Hungary. I have not been able to locate any other document, link, or information mentioning that location. I have tried multiple variations on spelling to no avail. Does anyone have any clue what town/shtetl he was referring to?

Thank you in advance for any help. 

Scott P. Dann 216/470-0195

Offering photos Mt Judah Cemetery, Queens NY #usa

A. E. Jordan

I am going to make a visit at some point (maybe Sunday) to Mt Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens, NY and as before I would be happy to try to do photos.
If you are interested I need the names and exact details, dates and if you have the exact location. The cemetery has a searchable database which is better to use than the sites like Find a Grave.
Please no generic requests for Uncle Moshie who might be somewhere ...... also please don't take all 100 Moshie Cohens and ask me to photograph them all just in case one is the right one you need.
I am pretty good at finding graves but it is large cemetery with two distinct sections on opposite sides of a main road. I have not called to see if the office is even open to the public which might limit my capabilities too.
It is not mandatory but a few dollars is always appreciated to help offset the costs of doing this for everyone. Unfortunately the costs add up on the gasoline, etc. plus I had to go invest in a new camera to keep doing this.
Visits are weather dependent this time of year and stop if and when the snow starts to come down. Right now the challenge is mostly leaves and cold air temperatures.
Also happy to answer questions via email.
Allan Jordan
New York

Re: Looking for Pesach LANGSAM connection to my LANGSAM branch #galicia #dna #names

Adam Cherson

I believe the Pesakh Langsam yDNA lienage is J-FGC65704. Please see here for more details:
This is an index of rabbnical yDNA kept in the yDNA Rabbinical Lineages Project:

Adam Cherson

Kreplach and regions, etc. #general

David Cherson

Well my maternal grandmother lived with us and Zaslav was her original
home town. After she married she moved to Proskurov. I have fond
memories of her kreplach which she would make once in a while. Since
my dad owned a kosher meat market we had many meat meals. If my
mother had enough left over brisket then that would be grinded for the
filling for the kreplach. I've never associated kreplach with
specific regions, rather it was just one of those Jewish foods that
were a "take-off" of the gentile treif versions. In that part of
Russia (now Ukraine) they have vereniki, while we had kreplach and
verenekas (with blueberry filling).

David Cherson

LatviaRD update #latvia #courland #russia

Arlene Beare

We lost a great deal with the cessation of Research by the Latvian State Historical Archives. The work they have done for us over many years has been invaluable and greatly appreciated.  Nonetheless it has become imperative for us to transcribe the data ourselves.  We are greatly indebted to Family Search who have gone into the Archives and made images of thousands if not millions of records. A handful of Volunteers have come forward to help us with the work transcribing the Jewish records. Paul Cheifitz, Marion Werle and I are Co-Directors . Special Interest Groups are now Research Divisions. We can be contacted at



For the transcription of the Passports which are written in Latvian, we will provide a Template and Zoom help where required. I have compiled a Glossary of Latvian Words and Occupations that occur in the Records.  Please come forward and help us and other Researchers throughout the World.I must point out that these records are not only relevant  to Latvia as a large number of Jewish Residents in Latvia came from other places in the former Russian Empire.


We still have the Riga vital records to finish and the census collection to expand. There are all sorts of family lists in Raduraksti which haven't been translated or even surveyed.   Some knowledge of languages such as Russian, German, Hebrew and Yiddish would be invaluable.


Arlene Beare

Co-Director Latvia Research Division

Re: Yiddish Translation of words "Hurmna/Hoyroeh"


Hurmana is really an Aramaic word meaning permission, and Hora'ah is Hebrew for teaching. So as previously answered, it means a rabbinical ordination since it grants permission and authority to decide halachik rulings.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Australia - Renee Ruby of the Kapper-Roubitschek Family #austria-czech #records

Carol Jean Weightman

The replies to the e-mail I sent to main@groups on 13 October 2020 have kept me very busy.

It is possible that Ruth Roubitschek, born in 1913 in Dresden, changed her name to Renee Ruby and was able to make her way to Australia some time in the late 1930s. Renee / Ruth may have been smuggled out of Germany or Czechoslovakia as a nun. She may have had a son who went with her to Australia.

I have found Australian Electoral Rolls for various years between 1949 and 1980. These list Fredericka Therese Maria Ruth Raubitschek, designer, living in the year 1980 in 21 Livingstone Ave. Pymble West, New South Wales. The 1968 Electoral Roll also lists Ernest Raubitschek, dentist, living at the same address. Ernest may have been Ruth’s son.

Fredericka Therese Maria may have been tribute names to those who helped her escape. Raubitschek is one of the many variations on the spelling of Roubitschek.

If anyone had information on Ruth and her son, especially in Australia, please let me know.

Thank you.
Carol Jean Weightman

Re: Gemaliel/Gamaliel #unitedkingdom #names


My brother's second given Hebrew name is Gamaliel, civil name George.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 11/12/2020 6:20 AM, johnstonbm@... wrote:

Can anyone tell me about the Hebrew name Gemaliel/Gamaliel)? Is this name of German origin? What is their English equivalent? 

After much research, I believe that my three times great grandmother, Kitty (Catherine) VAN MILLINGEN (c1790-1835), wife of Joseph, was the daughter of David Coleman SOLOMONS (c1742-1809), son of Coleman SOLOMONS whose Hebrew name was Kalman son of Gemaliel or Gamaliel.

Hambro Synagogue burial register (Synagogue Scribes) shows that Kitty MILLINGEN, wife of Joseph, was the daughter of David (Hebrew: Mr Dov). Other civil records show her father's surname as SOLOMONS or SOLOMON.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Brian Johnston
Sydney, Australia

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