Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia


Would anybody know if ships records contained the children travelling with them too? 

thanks in advance
mandy molava

BAUMGARTEN, Fanny Vienna Cemetery. Photo needed #austria-czech

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

Can anyone take photo of Fanny Baumgarten stone who was buried 18 Oct 1897 in Vienna central cemetery for payment of money?-
Section T1 Group: 50 Row 41 grave:64. Her maiden name was Feige or Fanny Indianer born Jaaroslaw, Poland.

Mark Roseman

Re: Jaroslaw Poland cemetery photographs #poland #photographs

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

Any coonection to INDIANER, my family from Jaroslaw? Who can we get to invntory stones?-
Mark Roseman

Witnessing Holocaust History: From Generation To Generation - A New Global Project Partnership between WE ARE HERE! Perth, Australia, HAMEC Philadelphia and World ORT, London #education

Eli Rabinowitz

Participant - Herzlia School, Cape Town

Perth, Australia
Witnessing Holocaust History: From Generation To Generation
A new WE ARE HERE! project in partnership with HAMEC in Philadelphia and World ORT in London has been announced.
This global program will start with 19 ORT schools on 27 January 2021, and will continue with more schools for Yom Hashoah through 8/9 April 2021

Press Statement from HAMEC:


Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

“Preserving History to Learn from the Past”







Yaakov and Sheila Riz z”l



Chuck Feldman


Vice President, 

Education & Curator

Donald Wittenberg 


Vice President,


Carol B. Irvine



Aaron Finestone, Esq.   



Iona Riz. Esq. 



Paula Weiss, Esq.





Abby F. Gilbert


Education Director

Geoffrey Quinn


Program Director

Dr. Ruth Almy


Program Assistant

Rycki Joy Freedman


Donor Services


Joe Chudzinski


Educator Emeritus

Hal Kessler













For Immediate Release 


The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, World ORT, and the WE ARE HERE! Foundation have partnered this year to provide an international experience of Holocaust education and remembrance to students around the world. This is an international project that commemorates the Holocaust and also provides opportunities for global Holocaust education, engaging the next generation of learners.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center will provide Witness to History Survivor Testimony programs to World ORT, the global education network driven by Jewish values, where students will have the opportunity to engage directly with a Holocaust survivor and hear their stories. These students will also, through the WE ARE HERE! Foundation learn the importance and legacy of the Partisans' Song, and join together globally through sharing that music in their own languages. The Partisans’ Song, the song of hope, is the legacy of the partisans and the survivors.

Join us on January 27, 2021 for a special broadcast program which will showcase the testimony shared with the students, allow them to describe and share their experiences with each other, and connect globally through the harmony of learning experiences and the singing of the Partisans' Song.


Other information about partner organizations:

HAMEC: Our mission is to educate students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. Our Educational Programs serve the five-county area of Greater Philadelphia and beyond. We offer a variety of educational programs, including eyewitness testimonies, personal interactions with eyewitnesses, two live theater performances, and docent-led museum tours.


WAH!: The objective of our WE ARE HERE! project is to promote Human Rights and Social Justice through the principle of choosing to be an Upstander. Our focus is on language, literature, music, film, the arts, and other cultural forms. We feature the Partisans’ song, long revered by Holocaust survivors, including to this day. The very words embrace the understanding of what it takes to be an Upstander, and not a bystander. The message is relevant today both in the school yard, the sports field, and on the internet, to counter discrimination and cyber bullying.


World ORT: ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values. Since 1880, ORT has transformed lives through training and education. It now reaches 300,000 people a year in more than 30 countries. ORT provides a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity, bridging the gap between ability and opportunity.


For more information please contact HAMEC Program Director Dr. Ruth Almy ruth@... 215.464.4701 






Participating ORT Schools for the 27 January 2021 event are:

Country/ City Timezone School
Mexico/ Mexico City CST CIM-ORT
South Africa/ Cape Town SAST Herzlia
South Africa/Johannesburg SAST King David Victory Park High
Bulgaria/Sofia EEST Dimcho Debelianov Hebrew and English Language School
Netherlands/ Amsterdam CET JSG Maimonides
Spain/Madrid CET ORT Colegio Estrella Toledano
Russia/ St Petersburg MST ORT de Gunzburg Secondary School # 550 “Shorashim”
Russia/ Samara SST Samara ORT Secondary School# 42, “Gesher”
Russia/ Moscow MST ORT Tekhiya, Center of Education # 1311
Russia/Moscow MST ORT Moscow Technology School, Gymnasium # 1540
Russia/ Kazan MST ORT “Mishpahteinu” Secondary School # 12
Ukraine/ Chernivtsi EEST ORT Specialized School #41
Ukraine/ Kiev EEST Kiev ORT Educational Complex #141
Ukraine/ Odessa EEST ORT Secondary School # 94
Ukraine/ Zhaporozhie EEST ORT “Aleph” Jewish Gymnasium
Moldova/ Kishinev EEST ORT Technology Lyceum
Estonia/ Tallinn EEST ORT Tallinn Jewish School
Latvia/ Riga EEST ORT Network Jewish Secondary School
Lithuania/ Vilnius EEST Vilnius Sholom Aleichem ORT School


Bielski Reunion, Belarus

For more info about this post, contact Eli Rabinowitz eli@...

Re: Records from Ekaterinoslav, Dnipropetrovs'ka, Ukraine #ukraine


Hi Diane,

I found on google contact information:

Державний архів Дніпропетровської області

Адреса: вул. Михайла Грушевського, 89 (будівля 1), м. Днiпро, 49069 (адміністрація);
вул. Князя Ярослава Мудрого, 10 (будівля 2), м. Днiпро;
Тел.:  (056) 732-49-69 (приймальня), 732-49-68 (стіл довідок);
Факс: (056) 732-49-69
E-mail: dado@...archive_dp@...
Виконуюча обов'язки директора: Легостаєва Олена Олександрівна

It's in Ukrainian language, but e-mail in English.
Yes they have some record from 
the 19th century.  Try to contact them in English first.   When you will be not successful, contact me.  I'm fluent in Russian and can help, when it's possible.

Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH  

Re: Jacob Grossman, Yiddish Actor, Bronx Art Theater #usa

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
I have been often in New York for my researches at :
Center for Jewish History
and I know they detain archives on Yiddish theater, in Europe and in America, specially New York.
Bernard Flam
Archives & History at Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)

Re: Jacob Grossman, Yiddish Actor, Bronx Art Theater #usa

Ethan Kent

Gail H. Marcus:

One of the librarians at the New York Public Library Dorot Jewish Division (who I got to know in the 10 years (before March of this year) that I regularly spent time reading material there) -- a lady named Amanda (she also goes by Miryem-Khaye) Seigel -- is a devoted Yiddishist and is interested in the history of Yiddish-language theater (and -- in fact -- has sung and acted in Yiddish); she might be able to track down information about the Bronx Art Theater (or know sources already).

The Dorot Jewish Division can be reached (librarians -- at least in September when I last sent email to them -- can be reached by email, even though the old NYPL main building is closed to the public) via dorotjewish@.... (I hope that it is OK to include that email address -- and the one I will be giving below).

(A page on Amanda/Miryem-Khaye Seigel -- with a link to her website -- may be found here: .

(I wish you Good Luck, too.)

Ethan Kent
New York City
ewkent@... .

A Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 3 #latvia

Nancy Siegel


The Latvian Jew Who Composed the Lyrics for “Hava Nagila”

by Ann Rabinowitz 


In memory of my great uncle Max Hillman, who was born in Bauska, Latvia, and who started me on my genealogical research, which is so long ago now, I am posting a piece about Latvia every day throughout Chanukah. The posts will be about people, events, and daily life. These posts can also be viewed on the JewishGen Blog at:


One of the new facts about Latvian Jews that I learned in my research in the Historical Jewish Press website was from the article in The Palestine Post, Sunday, August 21, 1938, Page 2, which featured the obit of Abraham Zvi Idelsohn. There were approximately 115-120 references to him on the site.


He was born on July 14,1882, in Feliksberg (now Jurkalne), Latvia, and died on August 14, 1938, in Johannesburg, South Africa. A talented ethnologist and musicologist, he was known as a modern Jewish music pioneer and one of the primary individuals who brought Oriental Jewish music to the notice of the Jewish and general public.


Idelsohn spent his formative years in Leipsig, Koenigsberg, and Berlin, and then went to Johannesburg, South Africa, before his productive stay in Palestine from 1905 to 1922. He then took a position at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1922 and then settled in America in 1932.


He felt that “the key to Jewish unity and survival lies in Jewish music” and he did his best to promote that music in his studies and creations. His most famous accomplishment was the lyrics for “Hava Nagila” which was published in 1922. This song has become the favorite of the modern Jewish music repertoire and is known the world over. One can even hear it sung at athletic events such as England’s Tottenham Hotspurs games. 


In addition to “Hava Nagila”, it was Idelsohn, and his compatriot Eduard Birnbaum, who identified the melody of Chanukah’s traditional prayer, “Ma-oz Tzur”, as being related to a group of Protestant chorales and a German soldiers’ song.


To learn more details about Idelsohn and his career, check out the following site:


Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Re: Looking for a researcher for records in Romania #bessarabia #records #romania

Marcia Segal

I have done some searching, with no luck. I may not have tried hard enough--I seem to get undone when it comes to the difference between the way I know a name is pronounced, and the way it's spelled. This may simply be a matter of getting better with experience. But I did hope there would be information not in databases available to researchers like JewishGen.

Then there's the mixed messages I've received regarding one person who was said to be from Harlau but also said she was from Betashan (Botosani, I believe). She left Romania as a child, with her family, in 1888. Some of her aunts and uncles emigrated to Canada, Israel, or not at all.

Marcia Segal

Matchmaker Postcards #photographs

Barbara Krasner

A cousin passed on to me a matchmaker's postcard ca. 1910 of my grandfather in front of his Newark, NJ grocery. Does anyone have any information on these postcards?

Barbara Krasner
Somerset, NJ
Searching Krasner, Zuckerkandel, Dvorkin, Seife, Pryzant, Entel, Drewno, Donsky

Re: Jacob Grossman, Yiddish Actor, Bronx Art Theater #usa

Sherri Bobish


A search at for Bronx Art Theater comes up with newspaper articles from at least the1930's and 1940's.  There were lots of hits, so I didn't browse through them all.

Do an exact search at the above site for "Bronx Art Theater"

The site is free, and has old digitized newspapers.  You can search by surname, or by address also, or any keyword.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

RIPSTEIN #canada

Paul Silverstone

I am trying to find the original name of the RIPSTEIN family of
Winnipeg. They came early to Winnipeg in the 1870s.
My cousin Reg Ripstein said his father told him the family name had been
changed but didn't tell him what it had been.

Those who came were the children of Bezalel and Hinia Gittel. They came
from Lithuania, he died there. She apparently died in Chicago in 1891.

Those who came to Winnipeg were
Simon Avigdor, who married Annie Finkelstein
David, whose first wife died 1881,
second wife Annie Feinberg died 1885,
third wife Mary (Miriam) Shapiro
Jacob (Yehiel) who married Yetta Bala Seipp
Rachel, who married Simon (Sidney) Diner

They had many descendants. Ripstein is a scarcely seen name, although
there is a branch in Mexico. Towns associated with the family are
Kovno, Darsuniskis, and also I have seen Trok in Volhynia.

I have searched the Litvak Sig database using first names but so far
have not found anything.

Suggestions for further search are welcome.

Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC


From Hungary to Germany: travel documents? #germany #hungary

Carole Bass

My great-grandfather Bernard Ackerman was born in 1874 in the northeast Hungarian village of Benk (near present-day borders with Ukraine, Slovakia, and Romania). After his birth, the next record I have for him is in Sodingen, Germany, in 1901, when my grandmother was born. 

My best guess is that he grew up somewhere in Austria-Hungary and emigrated to Germany as a young man, in the 1890s. What records might exist of such a journey? Did he need a pasport, visa, or other government document?

He and his family left Germany in 1903 for the United States. I have those passenger lists, his U.S. naturalization papers, and other documents starting from my grandmother's birth in 1901. I'm looking for earlier records from Hungary or Germany.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Shabbat shalom and happy Hanukkah to all.
Carole Bass
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Re: Seeking descendants/relatives of LIEBREICH: father Ernst, mother Else (nee BERGMANN), and son Erich #germany #usa

Sherri Bobish


When Ernst, Else and Erich arrived in NY in 1937 they were going to Ernst's brother-in-law John SIMON at 352 Central Park West, NYC.

In 1940 in NYC, a John SIMON married Frieda Liebreich (born in Miltenberg.)  I wonder if this could be the John SIMON from the manifest, although this couple married 3 years after the year of the manifest.
Name: Frieda Liebreich
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 52
Birth Date: Sep 1888
Birth Place: Miltenberg, Germany
Marriage Date: 30 Nov 1940
Marriage Place: New York, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
Residence Street Address: 207 E. 95th St.
Occupation: Housekeeper
Father: Moses Liebreich
Mother : Mina Liebreich
Spouse: John Simon
Certificate Number: 21753
Current Marriage Number: 0
Witness 1: Josef Chotzen
Witness 2: Ott Pfaffle
In 1927 and again in 1930, Frieda Liebreich, born circa 1889/1890 in Miltenberg, a milliner / modiste, arrived in NY.  Her father is Moses, living in Elbersfeld.  Frieda is going to her sister, Lina, in Pelham Manor, NY.

When Lina arrived in 1926, she was going to her Aunt Blanche STRASS in Brooklyn.
Lina also left behind her father, M. Liebreich in Elberfeld.

In 1932 a Lina Liefreich married in NYC to Carl STAIB.  In 1940, Lina & CArl STAIB were living at 352 Central Park West, the same address that Ernst LIEBREICH and family were heading to in 1937.

Name: Lina Liebreich
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 18 Apr 1932
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Spouse: Carl Staib
Certificate Number: 8478
This should give you more names to search, and possibly find descendants of this family.

Sherri Bobish


I am looking for connections to my grandfather Leon Sacks.  He arrived in South Africa in 1898/99 from Lithuania, via London.
He subsequently married Rebecca Solomon. He died in Cape Town in 1941.
Thanks for your help.

Alan Sacks

Re: How did my great grandmother travel to Ireland from Kyiv? #ukraine #general

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

One of the most convenient and cheapest (!) routes of emigration from the Ukrainian regions in the 1890s was by train to Libau (today: Liepaja)  and from there by ship directly to England or Ireland. (There was a ship twice a week.) Why cheap? Traveling by train was affordable in the Tsarist Empire. In addition, no state borders had to be crossed on this route. (In other decades were other variants, which were given preferance.) 

Ruth Leiserowitz

Re: LA Times Article on The Untold Story of How the Golden State Killer was Found: A Covert Operation and Private DNA #dna #usa

Nancy Reicher

Can't access this article without being a subscriber, unfortunately.

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City MO

Israel death certificate #israel #records #usa

Rebecca Racer

Has anyone had success obtaining an Israeli death certificate from the US - either from the Israeli consulate/embassy or from Israel directly? To request from Israel living in Israel it says you can be a grandchild but in the US it says only a first degree relative and I’m the granddaughter.

thank you
rebecca racer

Re: Jaroslaw Poland cemetery photographs #poland #photographs

Todd Brody

When we went to Jaroslaw, we were able to go to the cemetery to see the ohel of my ancestor R. Shimon of Yaroslav.  There is a fenced pathway next to the house with the barking dog.  (That dog is actually pretty scary).  But you really need to know where you are going.  It is not an easy cemetery to find.  I've never seen a list of the matzevot and many of them have fallen.  Some of the matzevot are huge and cannot be lifted.   
Todd Brody
(Grosser, Lamm -- Przemysl, Jaroslaw, Sieniawa, Rzeszow)

Re: Records of South African Jewish Board of Deputies #southafrica #records

Jeremy Lichtman

It would be useful to have a name index on those records.


Jeremy Lichtman
Toronto, Canada