JewishGen Talks: Polish-Jewish Genealogy & Protecting Polish Jewish Cemeteries #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend a special presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars:
Polish-Jewish Genealogy & Protecting Polish Jewish Cemeteries
Speakers: Gideon Taylor, Robinn Magid, Dan Oren, Piotr Puchta, Avraham Groll
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
Join our organizations, each working on parallel lines to preserve our Polish-Jewish past. The Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland and Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland will share how their organizations support and strive to carry out the holy work of protecting the physical history of our ancestors in the tombstones and Jewish cemeteries of Poland. Jewish Records Indexing JRI-Poland will describe the use of the premiere Polish-Jewish cemetery tombstone database. will describe their extensive Poland collection.
About the Speakers
Gideon Taylor
, B.C.L., Chair of Operations, World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and Co-Chair of The Foundation for Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ). He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Fordham University.

Robinn Magid is Assistant Director of and a recent recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. She recently became the project manager of the JRI-Poland “NextGen Project” to redesign the JRI-Poland website, search engine and database. She was chair of the 2018 IAJGS conference in Warsaw, Poland and the 2020 IAJGS conference held via internet.
Dan A. Oren, MD is founder and volunteer president of the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the physical sites of Jewish history in Poland. He is author of two historical books: Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale and The Wedding Photo (a history of genealogical investigations). He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Yale University
Piotr Puchta is in his second year as director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODŻ), a partnership of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland. A Polish diplomat from 1985 to 2019, Mr. Puchta served two years as Chairperson of the Polish delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). FODŻ has responsibility for countless abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Poland.
Avraham Groll serves as Executive Director of He partners together with a global network of volunteers in overseeing the premier online resource for Jewish genealogy. With a goal of preserving Jewish family history and heritage for future generations, JewishGen provides amateur and professional researchers with unparalleled access to millions of records, networking opportunities, and a treasure trove of historical and community information.
Registration is free with a suggested donation.

Bessarabia Business directory of 1897, All Kishinev, Business 1916 - new database, and addition to Jews in Public Life in Bessarabia Loaded to JewishGen and available #bessarabia #records #JewishGenUpdates

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,

Two new databases were added to our Bessarabia databases collection:  Business Directory, 1897All Kishinev, Business, 1916 and a new set of records added to Jews in Public Life in Bessarabia.

All 5 databases for which we send records in December of 2020 are updated all records are available for you.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Next time we will send records in July of 2021, hopefully it will a large load.

All the best,
Inna Vayner and Yefim Kogan

Bessarabia Group Leaders and Advisors

Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

Sherri Bobish


I wonder if March 7, 1612 might be the date that the deaths were officially recorded for a previous amount of months, rather than the date of death for all those people?

Just a thought.

Sherri Bobish

Rokach-Schweiger family in London #unitedkingdom

Neil Rosenstein

Try to make contact with children of Helen and Norman Rokach of London
(died in 2017), son of Rabbi Moshe Rokach, died in 1969, Rebbe of
Belz-Stamford Hill.
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine

Bella Tseytlin

Mike Vayser,

Spot On! 

I was born in post war Odessa, and still remember my parents and parents of my husband Very Often referred to Lenin street as Reshilevskaya.
Yes, duc the Reschilie was very Prominent figure in Odessa, monument to him was erected many years ago and it is situated in the prominent place in Odessa. 

Kajankov or similar names don’t ring the bell and references to Belarus and Poland either. I’m sorry. 

Bella Tseytlin

Melbourne, Australia

Re: great synagogue in london hebrew translation #translation

Yitschok Margareten

Translation of the Hebrew:

Date of Marriage: Wednesday 15 Sivan 5663 
Groom: Shimon son of Tzvi who is called Hersh Yosef 
Brothers: Zussman and Gershon will attend 
Bride: Dina daughter of Moshe (her first marriage) 
Yitschok Margareten

Virgin buys 23andMe #announcements

Bob Kosovsky

Virgin (the company that owns the airline) has purchased 23andMe:

From this brief announcement it seems that Virgin's aim is to build upon
23andMe's genetic database for purposes of health rather than genealogy.

Bob Kosovsky, New York City, seeking all permutations/locations of:
Slutsk: DAVIDSON, GELFAND (also Sioux City, Iowa)

Re: Do you use to gather at Templul Cahal Strada Sfânta Vineri? #rabbinic #romania

Theo Rafael

Hi Artur,

This must have been long ago. There were two Cahal synagogues in Bucharest named Cahal Grande and Cahal Cicu respectively. They were both devastated in 1941 in the Bucharest Pogrom. The smaller one was rebuilt initially but was eventually demolished in 1986 when the entire area was razed by Romania's dictator, Ceausescu. The larger one, the Cahal Grande was not repaired and it was demolished probably in 1955 (although there are also other later dates being quoted).
Also, the street you mention in the other post doesn't exist anymore at least not under that name...
You can try reaching out to CSIER, FCER and CEB in Bucharest but keep your expectations low, they may not even answer...
Good luck!

Theo Rafael

Re: The Alter Rebbe Schneur Zalman BORUCHOVITCH of Liadi, founder of Chabad #latvia #rabbinic #russia #belarus

Ian Samuel

I am a well documented direct descendant of Shneur Zalman of Ladi, the Alte Lubavitcher Rebbe, he being my fifth great grandfather. I have a database of the descendants of the Alte Rebbe taken from two genealogical books written in Hebrew. The first was written in the 1950s and the second in the 1980s. I will reply privately to those seeking information on their family connections.
Shabbat shalom

Ian Samuel OAM
Melbourne, Australia
Mobile:0416 044881
Email: ian@...

23and Me To Go Public Through Merger with Virgin Group Acquisition Firm #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen



23andMe has signed an agreement to merge with the VG Acquisition Corporation.  VG acquisition is a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by Virgin Group and the ultimate purpose it become publicly traded through Virgin’s acquisition on the New York Stock Exchange. The transaction is estimated to be complete during the second quarter.


The merger places 23andMe's enterprise value at approximately $3.5 billion, the company said. The transaction is expected to deliver up to $759 million of gross proceeds through the contribution of up to $509 million of cash held in VG Acquisition's trust account and a concurrent $250 million private placement of common stock, priced at $10 per share. Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and 23andMe Cofounder Anne Wojcicki are each investing $25 million in the placement, and will be joined by leading institutional investors, including funds managed by Fidelity Management & Research, Altimeter Capital, Casdin Capital, and Foresite Capital.


As part of the transaction, 23andMe's existing equity holders will roll 100 percent of their equity into the combined company, and current shareholders of 23andMe are expected to maintain 81 percent proforma ownership of the combined company, the firm said.


To read the press release go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Where in the World is Joe LEVINE (stage name: Joe EVANS)?? #events #announcements

Pieter Hoekstra

I did an Australia-wide search on Findagrave with the date 1950 +/- 10yrs and found only one grave record. Could this be him?
The birth date (1881) is not quite the same but I was always told to never trust the data supplied on death.
Expanding the search to +/- 25 years did not yield anymore names.
Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>
Moss / Moses, De Costa - London and Brighton
Barnett, Da Costa, Lazarus, Joseph, Judah, Solomon - London

Re: Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #dna #sephardic



  Autosomal DNA is unlikely to be helpful 8 generations back(or at least extremely challenging)  for anyone.  For someone with an endogamy issue like Jewish DNA typically is, there's not a lot of hope there. 

However, you might get someplace with YDNA, depending on having an appropriate male to test in the line or lines you are looking at. 
Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, California

Re: Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #dna #sephardic

Sally Bruckheimer

You get 50% of your DNA from each parent - 50%
They each get 50% of their DNA from each parent - 25%
Same for ggrandparents - 12.5%
Same for 2nd ggrandparents - 6.25%
Same for 3rd ggrandparents - 3.125%
Same for 4th ggrandparents - 1.563%
Same for 5th ggrandparents - 0.78%
Same for 6th ggrandparents - 0.39%
And so on
But you  can't tell anything more than 2nd ggrandparents from noise.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ
I put a chart in Files that has Relationships and DNA %

Re: Where in the World is Joe LEVINE (stage name: Joe EVANS)?? #events #announcements


Joe Levine’s mother had a death notice in the November 5, 1915 issue of Variety
“Mrs. Rebecca Levine, mother of Joe Evans (Fox and Evans), died Oct. 26 after a short illness.”
Nothing on Joe or his partner in the Variety Obituary volumes.
Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Understanding the content of Index Cards of Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland (RvD) #records

Peter Wollinski

Looking for assistance to better understand the creation and content of Index Cards of Reichsvereinigung der Juden as a number of these have survived for my family. In particular: 
1. Where was the information obtained from which appears on these cards? For example did it come from the 1939 minority census; information obtained from schools etc. 
2. How was this information compiled for each card? Did a single person only look after a particular person and had to obtain all the information for that person.  
3. How was this information transferred to the cards?
4. Why do some cards have more information on them then others, especially relating to school details? 
5. Is there any publication available which explains the German school system at that time. The cards that i am looking at show class numbers and numbers for school system which I have no understanding. 
6. Is all the information accurate? For example on one of the cards that has been analysed, the card shows that this person was revaccinated in 1937 (born in 1925). Would revaccination still have been available to Jewish children in 1937 in Berlin? 
6. Were there different cards produced. Some are written in old style German and others in modern style German. 

Thank you
Peter Wollinski

Re: Answer to question about Christine Usdin's census translations that was asked during the Latvia SIG meeting on Thursday #latvia

Sam Glaser

This may be active for those that aren’t on the contribution list:

Also, for those who are on the contribution list there used to be the capability to enter a search word and have the master list bring back all links that contained it. Does anyone know how that could be implemented again?

Sam Glaser
SCHLINGER, WEISZ from Romania/Hungary

Re: David ABRAMOWITZ-New Haven/Boston-early 20th cent. #usa


Yoni,  I know you have researched this branch of your family for years with little luck.  With the help of other JewishGenners, I found more information on my GGF's travels to and from Europe simply by using wild cards to allow for misspellings. Perhaps this would work for a possible name change as well. Perhaps you have already tried.  In any case, best of luck. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Public Record Search Tool? #records

sharon yampell

If the person lives in the united states, you can try using


It helps if you know where she may be living  and/or her approximate age… and sometimes you will get other family members,  as well as sometimes a woman’s maiden name and the birthdates for the other family members…


The information is obtained through public records but some people will join the site just to remove their information from public view


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, New Jersey


From: Peter Cohen
Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:00 PM
To: main@...
Subject: [] Public Record Search Tool? #records


I hope this topic is considered suitable for our forum.  I have been using a tool to search public records. One example is, finding a woman's married name by entering her first name and date of birth and state of residence. The tool I have using now only provides month and year, and blocks the day. This make it much less useful. Does anyone have recommendations for a search tool that shows the full date of birth?
Peter Cohen


Need Translation from Yiddish of pages on Viewmate from the 50th Anniversary First Wolochisker Benevolent Association program booklet #ukraine #yiddish #translation


Hi all,
I am resubmitting this request for translation of these pages from printed Yiddish. They are from the 50th Anniversary First Wolochisker Benevolent Association program booklet.
I have been informed that they were written by Sam Trugman an, officer of the association. The group was formed in 1908, so these pages are  from 1958.
Wolochisk is now Volochysk in the Ukraine. In 1908, it was at the western edge of the Russian Empire.
Thank you
Fern Gutman

Public Record Search Tool? #records

Peter Cohen

I hope this topic is considered suitable for our forum.  I have been using a tool to search public records. One example is, finding a woman's married name by entering her first name and date of birth and state of residence. The tool I have using now only provides month and year, and blocks the day. This make it much less useful. Does anyone have recommendations for a search tool that shows the full date of birth?
Peter Cohen

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