Looking for Mrs. Irena (Kanner) Berger Lobel or any info about her family #romania #france #names


Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to an amazing friend from Israel, I've found out that I have a cousiness, Mrs. Irena Berger Lobel, daughter of my auntie Hilda (nee. Kanner) and Mr. Beno Berger Lobel. She was born in Bucuresti in 1925. Hope to meet someone who could give any further information about her. I know she lived in Paris for a while with our grandmother Adella Kanner.

Thank you

Artur Canella Avelar

Re: translation from hebrew needed #translation


Hi Deborah, 

The Hebrew text of Ricka's epitaph sheds light on Levi's name. It says that she is the wife of Yehuda Hess.
His English name is Levi and although Levi is a name derived from the Bible it is not his Hebrew name.

This is actually a common pattern. Ashkenazi Jews used to have next to their Hebrew name a Yiddish  name where there was a commonly accepted connection between both names. Since the Bible compares Judah, Jacob's son, to a lion, the Yiddish equivalent was based on Loewe, Leib...

In the US, it is often found that German Jews named Judah-Loewe chose Levi as English name. The most famous was Levi Strauss.
This is the same story for Levi Hess.
He passed away three years after his second wife and was not around anymore to inform that his Hebrew name was Judah. This is how on his grave he appears as Levi in the Hebrew text as well  

Best regards,

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Re: Yizkor Book Report for January 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

David Harrison

Dear Lance
I think my grandfather came from Halisch, which I believe is now Kalisz which seemed a very nice place when I visited it several years ago and then tried to find him in the Register of Births   but I possibly could not find him because I was looking in the early January of one-year instead of the late December of the previous year.  (I should have remembered the change of Calendars.).  Is there a Yizkor Book yet for that town. His parents were Jacob and Celle Herszhowich, My Grandfather left Poland in about 1905 and via Berlin and Patis got to London in about 1898, so would be vety interesting in itacing that family.
David Harrison, Birmingham GB (orUK)

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Subject: [] Yizkor Book Report for January 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates



Can someone please tell me where January 2021 disappeared? It seems that with the non-stop rush of activity in the Yizkor Book Project, the month passed by me in the blink of an eye and I what remains for me is to let you know a little of what was achieved in this fleeting month.


I would firstly like to share with you a very welcome initiative by Laurence Broun, the Mizocz Yizkor Book Translations Coordinator. He has arranged for graduate-level, foreign language students at George Washington University to take on translations from the Mizozc book. The first translations, reviewed by both Laurence and the students’ advisor, are now available online and this undertaking continues on.


Needless to say, for most of our projects we aren’t able to find skilled volunteer translators and we do require the services of professional translators, involving considerable sums of money - usually, upwards of $25 a page. Since the books are hundreds of pages in length, it is clear that to translate a whole book the outlay is, indeed, considerable. For that reason, we have set up dedicated Translation Funds so that people with connections to these lost communities can be part of the group effort to financially support the  translation of these books.


Just recently, a number of such funds were set up for the following books:

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Jewish Warsaw that was; a Yiddish literary anthology)

If any of these communities are dear to your heart and would like to donate to help see the translation of the particular Yizkor book become a reality, please go to the Yizkor Book Translation Funds page.

For quite a few of our projects, large amounts of new material were added in January bringing them ever closer to the goal of completely translating the books. I am quite confident that in coming months, we’ll see quite the completion of quite a few projects.

The very large quantity of updates, as always, was carried out by our hard-working volunteer htmlers - Jason Halgarten and Max Heffler who, day in and day out, add in the new material to the web pages, and have been doing the same for quite a number of years. They do deserve our grateful thanks for their continued dedication to the Yizkor Book Project.

Now for the January updates:


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 30 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Baia Mare, Romania (A monument to the Jews of Nagybanya, Nagysomkut, Felsobanya, Kapolnok Monostor and vicinity)

·  Bessarabia (The Jews in Bessarabia; between the world wars 1914-1940, volume I)

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)

·  Ciechanowiec, Poland (Ciechanoviec-Bialystok District; Memorial and Records)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Hlybokaye, Belarus(The Destruction of Globokie)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolki, Ukraine (Summoned from the Ashes)

·  Krynki, Poland (Memorial book of Krynki)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lithuania  (Lita)

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz)

·  Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Siedlce)

·  Slonim, Belarus Memorial Book of Slonim)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Telšiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Wołomin, Poland (Volomin; a memorial to the Jewish community of Volomin)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Book of Warsaw)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New entries

The following are new entries placed online during January.

New book

The following is a new complete book placed online during January.


  • Bar, Ukraine (Town of Bar: Jewish Pages Through The Prism Of Time)

In conjunction with the complete translation of this book going online, this is one of the books published last month by the Yizkor Books in Print (YBIP) Project.

New Yizkor Books in Print

Speaking of publishing, the well oil machine known as the Yizkor Books in Print Project has once again published a remarkable number of new books last month with translations from the Yizkor Book Project. The volunteers in this project, ably led by Joel Alpert, are worthy of our thanks for their dedication and, especially their talent in presenting us with books which respectfully immortalize our lost communities.

The following are the books that were published in January:

If you are interested in any of these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page shown below.

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



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

Gerson Sher

Dear Krzysztof - 

That is certainly the answer, then. The flood of Lent 1612. Thank you! In that case, my initial guess was wrong and I'm most happy to acknowledge it.

It certainly would have been nice if those who recorded that piece of vital data had been noted in the genealogical entries I came across. Historical analysis is very tricky indeed.

I deeply appreciate your interest and effort to shed light on this issue.


Gerson Sher

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

Krzysztof Witaszek

Hello Gerson

Probably the explanation for this matter may be the flood in Poznan that took place (according to the „Chronicle of Poznań city writers”) in  Lent  of 1612.   Lent in that year began with Ash Wednesday on 7th march! 

This chronicle says that the water was so high that submerged all the city bridges.,36001,7950021,Wielka_woda_w_Poznaniu__Bywala_tu__i_to_nie_raz_.html

Maybe the chronicle itself would give more information, I’ve read only this article.

An explanation, that the documents were created later and a particular day (the beginning of Lent) was chosen as a death day, sounds reasonable.

Frankfurt and Poznań are some 800 km apart, were situated in different kingdoms, and it seems that the Fettmilch Rebelion was a local event.

The omniscient wikipedia says that the fires in Poznań started usually in the Jewish quarter or in suburbs and were spreading further to the city. The houses in that quarter were wooden in contrary to the brick houses inside the city walls.

We can believe that the fires started because of antisemitism, but remember that in realities of that time such antisemitism would end on the gallows as with the case of Fettmilch. It is far less risky to set a fire these days.

Krzysztof Witaszek

Kraushaar’s family in Wojnilow #poland


We are looking for Kraushaar’s family member that lived in Wojnilow and suburban in the 1930’s. My father David Kraushaar lived in Wojnilow and Moszkowce in the 1920’s and 1930’s and finally migrated to Argentina but his mother and daughter remaines there.
Diana Kraushaar

ViewMate Translation Request for 1875 Volodarka Residents List - Russian #translation



I have posted a record in Russian from the 1875 Volodarka Residents List. I would like to know the complete translation for all of the families on the page. I believe the families include: Novofastovsky, Olin, Tsarevsky and Shapiro.

The record is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Ben Zitomer

Re: Virgin buys 23andMe #announcements

Jill Whitehead

Virgin has diverse interests - in the UK these range from Virgin Internet (my internet provider), to Virgin Airlines, Virgin Railways, and at one time Virgin Record stores (some of these businesses are now defunct), and more besides etc, etc. Richard Branson's latest activity is to try and launch himself into space, a development from Virgin Airlines. This is a global conglomerate, so Virgin's interests would be worldwide. 

There seems to be a lot of globalization going on in the DNA world - FTDNA joining up with an Aussie company, Ancestry taking on a British Chairman in Mark Thompson etc. It would not be surprising if some of these developments were due to Covid 19 where genetic sequencing is the big thing. 50% of worldwide genetic sequencing for Covid 19 takes place in the UK at present. Covid 19 seems to be leading to a lot of changes.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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

Jill Whitehead

The K36 analysis I had conducted (very cheaply) by a specialist group about a year ago from an European supplier identified the mix of possible groups in my ancestry, and as Kevin says they can be very diverse over time.  This does depend on the reference groups used and available, though. My own analysis showed a similarity in my DNA  to a mix of peoples such as the Belmonte Crypto Jews of Portugal, Romaniate from Thessalonika, Berbers in North Africa and groups in the Babylonian/Caucasus areas (both my direct mtda line and my brother's direct line YDNA are said to originate from the Babylonian/Caucasus areas). This is not a well developed science as yet, and such analyses can only give you indications of ancestry. But it is more defined than the info provided by the main DNA companies. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Looking for members of theMiller family from Grojec, SW of Warsaw, Poland #poland #warsaw #general

Amit Gnatek

Hey Angel,
I'm the town leader of Grojec in JRI-Poland.
Please write to my personal email and I'll help you with your search.
Best Regards,
Amit Gnatek

Who married my aunt in Bedzin? #poland #general

Roger Lampert


I’ve posted a wedding photo on Viewmate , It is my aunt Fela (aka Fajgla) whose maiden name was PRZYROWSKI. She was from Bedzin and it must have been taken in the early 1920s. It was sent to my grandfather in the UK. Presumably they would have also have sent copies to the other parts of the family who were called LEWKOWICZ and WILMAN. If anyone recognises the chap that she married, can they please let me know. Her married name is the key to finding out what happened to her family. Thanks. Roger Lampert

Need help translating Hebrew on gravestones & memorial plaques #canada #translation

Chloe Kogan

Hello! This is my first post to the Group and I'm so excited and hopeful that someone may be able to help with these translations. I am working to trace my late father's family history. In order to progress further, I'm hoping to have the attached 3 gravestones and 2 memorial plaques translated from the Hebrew inscriptions into English:

  • The 2 memorial plaques are for my late great-uncle, David Fisher (of blessed memory) -- in Massachusetts.
  • The first gravestone is for my grandfather, Joseph Kogan (of blessed memory) -- in Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • The second gravestone is for Joe's eldest child, Mortimor Kogan (of blessed memory), my half-uncle -- in Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • The third gravestone is, I believe, for Motimor's maternal grandmother, Rose Vineberg (of blessed memory) -- in Montreal, QC, Canada.
I would greatly appreciate any help you could offer with translating these texts! I'm afraid these were photos I was able to find online, and I'm not nearby any of them to go and take better/closer photos. I hope the quality is good enough to read them clearly.

I'm working on tracing the previous generation, Joseph's parents (from Ukraine, we believe) and David's parents (Lithuania, we believe), and knowing all their Hebrew names would be of tremendous value in my research. So thank you!

Chloe Kogan (currently in Arizona, USA; originally from Montreal, QC, Canada)

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

Kevin Brook

For clarification: In message #655542, when I wrote about identifying Sephardic DNA in non-Jews, obviously I meant when a strand of DNA is simultaneously found in those kinds of non-Jews and in at least one Jewish population. So I should have added the word "also" into my phrase "to find it matching non-Jewish communities".

Kevin Brook

Re: location of Givozits? #general

Leon Goliger

Gwodziec is currently located in the Ukraine near Ivano-Frankivsk. 
Leon Goliger

Looking for members of theMiller family from Grojec, SW of Warsaw, Poland #poland #warsaw #general


Looking for members of the Miller family of Grojec, SW of Warsaw, in Poland. There are a lot of records of the Miller's in Jewishgen up to the 1870s, and would like to know about close relatives of my grandmother Zysla, born in 1884 and her family. Zysla Miller, her 5 children and her husband Moshe Zangier left Grojec and settled around 1925 in Montefiore, a colony of the JCA of baron Hirsch in Argentina, before moving to Buenos Aires around 1936. The only Miller relative of my grandmother I remember was a sailor in white uniform that came to Buenos Aires around the 1950s. He was with ZIM, the Israeli shipping company, had survived the Holocaust and moved to Israel.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

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

Kevin Brook

The Ancestry and MyHeritage DNA genetic groups sometimes successfully distinguish between Ashkenazic sub-populations such as Litvak versus Galitzianer.  For example, MyHeritage correctly assigns my father to its primarily Belarus and Lithuania clusters and my mother to its primarily Poland and Ukraine clusters.  They also got assigned several additional Ashkenazic clusters that are more generic or mixed, and a portion of my father's DNA to their "Sephardic Jewish-North Africa" group.  But as early uploaders we didn't have to pay anything to receive these estimated assignments.

Jill Whitehead has a good idea that if you really want to pay for additional analysis, a specialist might be the one to choose instead.

There aren't any pure Sephardic individuals alive today, genetically speaking.  Modern Turkish Jews are a combination of Sephardic Jews, Romaniote Jews, Italki Jews, and Ashkenazic Jews.  Modern Bulgarian Jews are likewise a Sephardic-Ashkenazic mix.  Modern Moroccan Jews are a combination of Sephardic Jews with pre-1492 Jews including Berber Jews (the French author
Julien Cohen-Lacassagne isn't entirely wrong on this point).  Modern Syrian Jews are a combination of Sephardic Jews with pre-1492 Middle Eastern Jewish ethnicities.  The only way to reliably identify a portion of DNA as Sephardic is to find it matching non-Jewish communities of Sephardic descendants that were isolated from practicing Jews for centuries, such as those from the Azores, the Philippines, Peru, or Cuba.  None of the big companies tried to do it in that way, hence all the false positives and false negatives to their "Sephardic" categories.

Kevin Alan Brook

Record from Iasi, Romania #records #romania #israel

Ozzy Bernstein


This has 2 parts. I've recently discovered that my great grandfather immigrated to Palestine in the 1890s from Iasi, Romania. Though I may have found a record of his parents in the JewishGen database, I could not find a record of himself. His surname was Vecsler and his first name was Noach - I'm not even sure how that would be written in Romanian to be quite honest.
Does anyone here know of any other online resources be it databases or by email request, for Iasi or the surrounding areas of Romania between 1865 and 1900? I know there is a online portal for the Arhives Le Nationale of Romania but I cannot figure out how to set up a user account.
Secondly, I have searched for resources on late 1800s immigration to Israel - after 1885 for sure - but wasn't fruitful. Does anyone know of any place in specific that would have these archives. It would be immigration papers under Ottoman rule. All I know is that my grandfather got married after he came to Palestine, that his father's name was Moses and that he studied in the Kollel Romania-Bucharest in Jerusalem through 1921. He died in 1935.

Thank you.

Ozzy Bernstein

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

Peter Lobbenberg

I was intrigued to note that among those who are said to have died in Posen/Poznan on 7 March 1612 was the eminent Chief Rabbi of the city, Mordecai Joffe or Jaffe [numerous sources].

Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK 

Re: Help finding location #poland

Sherri Bobish


This JewishGen Communities Database page has info on Raczki, Poland.  
(Alternate name:  Ratzk.)

Have you looked at the passenger manifest for your father's uncle?  Perhaps you may find
more clues there?


Sherri Bobish

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

Sherri Bobish

Looks like Joseph LEVINE who passed on in Australia in Jul 1944 is not the correct person.  This fellow was a pastry cook, and had a wife and children.  See database info below.

Guess we all keep looking!


Sherri Bobish
Found on Ancestry in:
Victoria, Australia, Cemetery Records and Headstone Transcriptions, 1844-1997
Name: Joseph Levine
Death Date: 24 Jul 1944
Burial Place: Victoria, Australia
Cemetery: Melbourne
Section: K
Grave Number: 167
Religion: Jewish
Transcription: In cherished memory of Joseph LEVINE beloved husband of Pearl and father of Sonia, Jean, Dora and David died 24 Jul 1944-5704 aged 62 years M.H.D.S.R.I.P. [Jewish inscription]
And: in Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records, 1841-2009

Name: Joseph Levine
Death Date: 24 Jul 1944
Death Place: St Kilda
Occupation: Pastrycook
Grant Date: 31 Aug 1944

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