Re: Cohen and Katz #names


Just to add to Adam Cherson's post, Katzenelnbogen is presumed to derive from the German for Cat's Elbow (the river on which the town stands apparently has that shape), rather than any more priestly connotations. The family 'crest', as seen on the tombstone of Rabbi Meir Katzenelnbogen, the Maharam of Padua, is a crouching cat!

Anthony Rabin
London, UK

Family research in Camenca, Moldova - remaining mysteries #ukraine #general #bessarabia

Seffy Efrati

Hi all, 
Apologies in advance for the lengthy message.
I am accepting Yefim Kogan's suggestion and writing down the main remaining mystery (for now) surrounding my family research of the EFROIMSKIY family from Kamenka, Podolia / Camenca, Moldova. The research has hit a dead end.
The main unknown is my Great-Grandmother Khana Efroimskiy. This is her marriage name, her maiden name remains unknown. However, there is reason to believe that she was from a family that originated in Kamenka. According to living memory, she died and was buried in Kamenka after 1932, however her grave was not found in the existing records from the Kamenka cemetery. The graves of her husband, Moisey Efroiskiy; her daughter, Liba Bochkis; and a few of her grandchildren who passed away after her death, are there. The family lived in Kamenka at least until the 1960s.
Records for that town from 1880-1920, the period I need to research in order to move forward, were apparently lost. I am writing this after discussing with both Yefim and Inna Vayner. Hope remains that some records will be dug out from somewhere in the future, but as of now there simply aren't any.
As for Soviet-era death records, if they still exist, those seem inaccessible due to privacy laws and legal limitations on access.
Khana is said to have lived with her daughter Liba Bochkis after the passing of her husband. One theoretical option remains, and that is that Khana died outside Kamenka during the war. However, the lists of evacuees that I found did not include her name, or Liba's, so I have no clue regarding where they were evacuated to.
I am adding a few additional details in case anyone comes up with an idea on how to continue this research: Moisey Efroimskiy ran a leather tannery in Kamenka and his family was in a relatively good financial state. He was almost certainly not born in Kamenka. When his first daughter married, her husband joined the business and it is his name (Menashe Zelter) that appears on business listings found on the JewishGen Kamenka page. So, in theory, it is possible that Moisey took over this business from Khana's father in the first place.
Members of the following families from Kamenka married Moisey and Khana's children: Katz, Zelter, Bochkis, Shabsovich, Kotlyar and Tessler. All family members worked with leather into Soviet times. In the 1910s or 1920s, three branches of the family moved or were moved to Sinelnikovo, outside today's Dnipro. Three of the family's sons emigrated to Palestine, two of them in 1919 and another during the 1930s.
I'd like to thank Inna and Yefim for kindly replying to my questions and for the advice to write this down here. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
Seffy Efrati
Tel Aviv
#bessarabia #ukraine #podolia

ZOOM event: Sephardic Jews in Consular and Diplomatic Archives #sephardic #events

David Mendoza

This meeting will also be of interest to those researching Ashkenezi,
Musta'arabi and other Jewish ancestries.

Throughout history, Sephardic Jews interacted with foreign diplomats for
political, business or personal reasons. These interactions have left oceans
of written records in diplomatic archives worldwide. What types of records
exist, where can they be found, which ones will yield the most valuable
information, and what historical or genealogical insights can we gain from
them? The talk will feature lessons learned from exploiting diplomatic
archives in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, multiple
illustrative examples, and an overview of archives begging to be researched.

Thierry Samama has been researching his Tunisian ancestors since 2010. Faced
with the lack of accessible local records in Tunisia, he has pioneered the
exploitation of French Diplomatic Archives for Jewish Tunisian genealogical
purposes, and recruited and led a 25-people team with Cercle de Généalogie
Juive to index consular records and publish the resulting databases. He is
the author of several articles on the topic, and the co-author of a book on
Jews enjoying French consular protection in Tunisia. He is currently
extending this work to diplomatic archives in the Netherlands and the United

The meeting is on Sunday 24 January 2021 at 11am LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm London,
8pm Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. You can join the meeting free at:

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen

Russian translation #translation #russia

Laufer, Shmuel

A need Russian translation for one certificate of Pianica family from Chorzele.
I don't need word-for-word but details such as names, dates, locations, occupations, and so on are very helpful.

Attached the certificate. 

Thanks in advance


Shmuel Laufer

Rehovot -Israel

 Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)


Re: Hyman Sacks death record, Manchester, England #records #unitedkingdom


The attached death notice published in the Jewish Chronicle newspaper (UK), Page 2 on 1 4 April 1916, might relate to the Hyman SACKS you are seeking?

Also, further to the useful advice given by Michael Tobias, unless you need an official death certificate on paper, you should order the digital PDF version which is both quicker and cheaper, and has the same image of the death entry in the GRO register that you would find on the paper certificate (so the PDF perfectly OK for genealogy research but not useful as a legal document).

Laurence Harris
London, UK

translation of headstone needed from Hebrew #translation #israel

Deborah Friedman

This is a photo of my gr grandfather's headstone at Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem. I need a translation from the hebrew.

Thank you

Deborah Friedman
Walnut Creek, CA



More Hebrew prayerbook translations #translation

Deborah Friedman

I have 3 other handwritten inscriptions I found in my gr grandfather's prayer book from 1857.   There are three attached photos. In one the inscription is obvious. In another other photo there are some faint sepia ink letters handwritten over red printed hebrew letters...may be impossible to read. In the third is a child's pencil writing in hebrew. Thank you. 

Deborah Friedman
Walnut Creek, CA

Searching for: 


Where can I find information about Uzava Ukraine #ukraine

Michelle Sandler

Where can I find information about Uzava in the Eastern Ukraine?
Michelle Sandler
Westminster California

Re: Hyman Sacks death record, Manchester, England #records #unitedkingdom

Michael Tobias

See to see instructions to order.

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

Re: Question about a matzeva: is Samuel mis-spelled or is a Yiddish alternative used? #names

Dick Plotz

Lots of Jewish men ended up being called "Sam" when they came to
America, whatever their original Hebrew or Yiddish name was. "Sam" was
an easy name for anyone to spell and pronounce and remember, so it was
convenient. This process has been called "Samification", It makes
genealogy harder to do.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 5:29 PM Malka <Malkachos@...> wrote:


The name on the headstone is Shim’on son of Eliyahu Ha’cohen.

Shim’on and Shmu’el (Samuel) are two different names.

Shalom, Malka Chosnek

Re: Question about a matzeva: is Samuel mis-spelled or is a Yiddish alternative used? #names



The name on the headstone is Shim’on son of Eliyahu Ha’cohen.

Shim’on and Shmu’el (Samuel) are two different names.

Shalom, Malka Chosnek


Re: sephardic genoma and Familytreedna #dna #sephardic

Leon Taranto

Even after its merger with MyDNA, FTDNA continues to show me as 100% Sephardic. Have the ethnicity percentages for anyone been significantly impacted by the merger, and in what way?

Leon Taranto
Rockville, MD, USA

Hyman Sacks death record, Manchester, England #records #unitedkingdom

Maurine McLellan

Does anyone know how I can get a copy of the complete death record for Hyman Sacks from Manchester, England? According to the England & Wales Civil Registration Death Index, Hyman was born in 1851 and died between April and June 1916. His record is in Vol.8D, page 253. 
Thanks in advance for your assistance,
Maurine Bothman McLellan

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation #poland

Aaron Slotnik


I'm seeking a translation of all genealogically relevant information from the death record for Meer Itsko WAJNSZTEJN that can be found on ViewMate here:

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Kind Regards,
Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

-"Mazkeret legedoley Ostraha" by Menachem Mendel Biber, #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Menachem Mendel Biber's book "Mazkeret Legedoley Ostraha" mentions two
Rav Yisrael of Ostraha, which he presumes they are one and the same.
As I am a descendant of one of these Yisraels , I would like to share
information with others what I have on our tree.

My greatgrandfather's granfather, Yisrael, (ROSENBAUM but Biber
doesn't mention the family name) was a follower of Yehoshua Heschel of
Apta and came to Zfat and or Tveria during the first half of the 19th
cent. Some of his descendants changed their family name to SCHECHTER
as to their profession in Europe.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

REMINDER: JGS of Illinois webinar Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at 2 p.m. CST #announcements

Martin Fischer

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland’s founder and executive director, Stanley Diamond, will present “JRI-Poland Update and More” for the Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, virtual meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. This live streaming genealogy talk will begin at 2 p.m. CST. 

To register for this free event, go to

After you register, you will be sent a link to join the meeting. This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later.  

For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100. 

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

FW: ViewMate German translations #germany #translation

Judith Goldsmith

Thank you!

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I request translations from German to English for the following documents on

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Thank You!
Judith Goldsmith

Re: Judaica Bohemiae #general #austria-czech


Found reference to this here -  -  
By clicking on "Contents" you can get a PDF file - although it appears there is a fee for this

Dassy Wilen

Looking for family members in Volunskaya gubernia ( now Ukraine) 1800-1900. #ukraine

Marina Bosher

Dear all!
My family member is Meer Gershwin Haim (ZVI) Kluger.
Was born in Poritzk (Ukraine) 1839/1840.
How do I go about finding members of same family, births, deaths,marriages?
Please help
Many thanks
Marina Bosher
My ID 889251

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Re: JewishGen Talks (RUSSIAN): Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with #JewishGenUpdates

Molly Staub

Unfortunately, I had to miss the session. Will it be available on Facebook or any other site?


Thanks, Molly

M. A. in Journalism


Molly Arost Staub

Researching Kharest/Harast and Shtofman in Dumbraveni, Soroki, Russia/Romania/Moldova.

E-mail staubmolly@...


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Subject: [Special] [] JewishGen Talks (RUSSIAN): Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with #JewishGenUpdates


We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with Inna Vayner and Yefim Kogan.


Workshop: Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with (IN RUSSIAN)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

12:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)

Registration is free with a suggested donation.

Please click here to register now!


About the Talk
In this participatory workshop - given in Russian - we will share how to best search the JewishGen databases, as well as Along the way, we will share histories, resources, data, and research tips to help each other research Jewish Genealogy in the region of the Bessarabia gubernia of the former Russian Empire (including parts of today's Moldova and Ukraine) as well as today's Transnistria region with sections of Kherson and Podolia gubernias. *Requires a JewishGen account and access to a computer.

About Inna Vayner & Yefim Kogan:
Inna Vayner was born in Tiraspol, Moldova and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2002. Inna is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division, and is also a professional genealogist and a founder of

Yefim Kogan was born in Kishinev, Moldova. After immigrating from the USSR in 1989 he has engaged in extensive genealogical and historical research. Yefim is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division - which he organized in 2011 - and continues to work on multiple projects and present at conferences. In 2012, he received a Master's Degree in Jewish Liberal Studies from Hebrew College Boston, with a focus on Jewish Cultural History.

Registration is free with a suggested donation.
Please click here to register now!

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