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True' my bag, SUKKOT of course ...
The printed hardcover version of the Gombin Yizkor book incorporates some new materials that were not included in the original Yiddish version published in 1969.
I can now confirm that these new materials have also been added to the translation’s electronic version posted on the JewishGen Yizkor Books website: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gombin/gombin.html
These are the added materials:
Preface to the English translation - Explains the history of the translation project, pays tribute to the memory of translation coordinator Ada Holtzman, and includes individual acknowledgments by name (translators, Yizkor Books Project team, and donors). https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gombin/Gom001.html
Additional Memorial Pages - Necrology notices submitted by families which did not have the opportunity of memorializing their relatives in the book’s original Yiddish version of 1969. https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gombin/Gom900.html
The German Occupation of Gombin - Translation of a report found in the Ghetto Archives of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, describing conditions in Gombin during and immediately after the German occupation. https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gombin/Gom902.html
Register of Gombiners who perished in the Shoah - Individual information about 2,249 Gombiner Jews who were murdered or are known to have died as a result of the genocidal policies and actions of the German Nazis during the Second World War in Europe. The online spreadsheet features details that are not included in the printed book, such as colors indicating the affiliation of individuals to specific family units. https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gombin/Gom901.html
The Gombin Society’s Memorial Initiatives in Poland - Presents the Gombin Society as a new organization of descendants and describes its accomplishments in restoring the Jewish cemetery of Gombin and erecting a Gombin memorial monument at Chelmno extermination camp. https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gombin/Gom903.html
Leon Zamosc - Coordinator, JewishGen translation of the Gombin Yizkor book
Once again, the printed hardcover version of the Gombin Yizkor book is being offered by Amazon at the list price of $56.95, but it can be purchased directly from JewishGen at a discounted price of $32. These are the links:
I am researching two men who I believe are brothers, but their father's names are spelled differently on their matzevot. I am appealing to the Hebrew and Yiddish expert genners to confirm this is the same name, perhaps with Max's father's name being the Yiddish spelling/version of the Hebrew name 'Uri' (אורי). According to the JewishGen Given Names Database, the Yiddish version of 'Uri' can be transliterated as 'Ire' (?א'רא).
If you would like, you can review the matzevot in question here (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118596216/max-ornstein) and here (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101232374/benjamin-ornstein).
Re: Help reading a Polish birth register #poland
This looks like it is a church record of births and baptisms. It is in Latin because the priests were trained in Latin. They were required to keep records of all births deaths and marriages. This was for both tax and conscription purposes. So you are going to find a lot of non catholics listed there. The other reason the birth would be listed is that the parents converted. The column Numerus Domus is the house number where they lived.
Patrini are godparents or baptism sponsors. If you would like me to review the film, please email me directly and I will be happy to give you more information on the source.
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Thank you for all the support. Passing along a great piece in the Times of Israel about the project. Enjoy!
Wrestler, rescuer, diplomat, spy: Grandson unmasks his heroic Israeli patriarch
‘The Undercover Wrestler’ reveals an unknown story of diplomat Zalman On, who used his brawn and brains to save European Jews — and befriended Frank Sinatra
Re: contact needed in Zhitomir re gravestone REYDMAN #ukraine
If in your search you have found anything more about Narodici/ Zhitomir STOTLAND surname, I would be grateful. I believe the STOTLAND family left before WWI but there may have been other branches who stayed... Thanks
Someone on a different group recently posted this link re the surname Gordon
Many Portuguese Jews (converso, marrano, or otherwise) took names of flowers or trees as surnames.
My knowledge of the Portuguese language is very severely limited, but it is my understanding that "amoreira" is Portuguese for mulberry; perhaps "Moreira" might have morphed from Amoreira.
[As an aside, here is a piece on how the Portuguese language diverged from Spanish:
Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva, Israel kenneth.ryesky@...
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)
searching for relatives of the von tilzer- gumbinsky family #names
i am a great great granddaughter of Nellie Hyman who was a niece of the Von Tilzer brothers- aka Gumbinsky.
we are searching for information and knowledge.
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Join us for a special event co-sponsored by the JGSGM, Sunday Salon at Temple Beth Am Library, and Sephardi Voices moderated by Dr. Henry Green, University of Miami professor and founder of Sephardi Voices. Professor Green will interview Dr. Lina Samimy about her Iranian Jewish heritage. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Lior Sternfeld, an Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State and author of the book Between Iran and Zion, Jewish Histories of Twentieth Century Iran.
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Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
The holiday is Succot, not Hanuka
This is the night between October 17-18, 1891
Kisfajn / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia
Natalie dos Reis Moreira Dudus
Hello! I found something in the archives of this website about my both surnames ''Moreira'' (from mother) and ''Dudus'' (from father). I know the following: my father's father was born in Cetatea Alba in 1917, the document says it's Bessarabia, that became Romania later. Originally, Dudus was written Duduş (ş in latin alphabet). However, when my grandfather came to Brazil - around 1924, the immigration officers had writen his surname differently for his brothers documents: Dudush / Duduchi, and for him Dudus. About Moreira, it comes from the father of my mother, she doesn't know much about him only that this name is popular in Portugal, so maybe his family came form there. So please, does anybody know the deep roots of my both surnames? Any idea is appreciated. Thank you!
Natalie dos Reis Moreira Dudus
São Paulo, Brazil
It says chol hamoed SUKKOT, not Chanukah.
Somebody told me that the original name of our Lithuanian Gordons was Picard. I have no idea how that happened or if it is correct.
There are 2 often-quoted theories about the GORDON surname in Lithuania.
One suggests that it is a mangled version of the town name Grodno - I doubt it.
The other is the one I think more likely.
In the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth there was significant contact between that country and Scotland. As well as some Scottish merchants, some of the Lithuanian Princes employed mercenary soldiers in their private armies and some of them were Scots. In part payment for their services they were often given land. When Jewish families living on those lands had to choose a surname some may have chosen the name of their landowner.
In the town of Kedainiai there is a 'Scottish Quarter'. See http://polishscottishheritage.co.uk/?heritage_item=scots-in-poland which as well as documenting many of the early connections between the two countries also mentions Alexander CHALMERS who was four times mayor of Warsaw in 1691, 1694, 1696 and 1702. His Polish name was Aleksander CZAMER (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Chalmers_(mayor_of_Warsaw) ).
As Michael Tobias indicated, the name GORDON is a common Lithuanian name. Indeed, my researches over the decades have led me to believe it is one of the more (most?) common names in Lithuania. Unchanged upon emigration. My father's entire family (on both sides) came from Lithuania (originally from Butrimonys) and the name was Gordon in Lithuania back to at least the late 18th century and unchanged when our ancestors arrived in this country. While some names are undoubtedly changed for any of a variety of reasons, Gordon from Lithuania is indeed likely to be the "original" name.
GORDON: Butrimonys; HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi
GEBALOVITCH: Borisov; DRAZIN: Bobruisk
BENENSON: Borisov; HURWITZ: Gomel
SRULIKOFF from RESHITSA
I am researching my great grandmother Hinda SRULIKOFF from RESHITSA about 1870-1895
Hinda married Gerson (Girsh) Unegovsky and had at least one child, Eliezer (later Louis) (b1893 d 1932)
Lowell Reed Nigoff
Его Величества Государя Императора
и прочая, и прочая, и прочая.
На левой стороне вертикальный техт:
Сроком, по 13 февраля 1915 года.
На левой стороне:
Вероисповедание (не ясно)
Холост, женат или вдова - девица
Ремесло или занятие
On the right side:
Предъявительнице сего американской гражданке
Получившую в Вашингтоне 3/IX 1909 года за #13603
Дозволяется проживать в Российской Империи
от ниже писанного числа впредь, сроком до 1915 года по
На дальнейшее же пребывание в Империи предъявительница дожна испросить новый паспорт, в противном случае будет поступлено по законам. Дан по виду от 26/XI 1912 года за #6355
Рига, 13 февраля тысяча девятьсот четырнадцатого года.
Translated into English:
His Majesty the Sovereign Emperor
Autocrat of All Russia
and so on, and on, and on.
On the left side there is a vertical text:
The deadline is February 13, 1915.
On the left side:
Religion (not clear)
Single, married or a widow - a damsel
Craft or occupation
On the right side:
To the bearer of this to an American citizen
Received in Washington on 3/9 1909 for # 13603
It is allowed to reside in the Russian Empire
from below the written number henceforth, for a period up to 1915 to
For the further stay in the Empire, the bearer must ask for a new passport, otherwise it will be done according to the laws. Given by appearance from 26 / XI 1912 for # 6355
Riga, February 13, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen.
Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Hello from Wertheim/Main, Germany,
I am searching descendants or relatives of a Jewish family who came from Belarus to the United States between 1900 and 1905. There is strong evidence that this family may be related to the Belarusian ancestors of my wife that I have been searching for decades. I am looking for people who would like to discuss details with me from their own knowledge of the family.
The family is from the Minsk area. The head was Bera (also Baer, Berill, Berel) Savin (Zavin) who had been trained as a rabbi in Minsk. He was born about 1852/53. In America he called himself Rabbi Dov Shapiro. His wife's name was Adyla Ruvin (also Rivin). Kapel Rivin, a sharecropper near Minsk, is given as her father. Bera had at least one younger sister, Chyena Golburt née Zavin.
The family settled in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. The couple had seven children, six of whom were born in Russia, only the youngest daughter, Bertha, was born in Sioux City in 1908. The surviving names of the children are Chasha, Pearl, Monya (Morris), Tevel (Ted), Fannie, Betty, and Bertha.
Bera and his sons are said to have resided intermittently in Fallon County near Ismay, Montana, from 1911 until about 1916 or later, where they purchased and farmed land. Bera returned to Sioux City in the winter to earn money in the city. In 1919, his wife died in Sioux City from Spanish flu.
Bera then moved with his youngest daughter to New York, where his sister lived. Here he remarried. His second wife also seems to have died, because around 1930 he moved to Israel with daughter Bertha. He bought an orange grove in Bnei Brak and married for the third time. In 1938 his daughter married in Bnei Brak, but succumbed to cancer in the early 1940s. Her father died shortly before her or shortly after her.
This information comes from a tradition of a granddaughter of Bera. The only document known to me so far is Bertha's birth certificate from 1908.
Who can help me with information about this family?
I believe that this could be the same Gordon family that a member of my father's family married into. I was in contact with Stewart Gordon about 20 years who had emigrated from the UK in the 1950s to Sydney, Australia. He was elderly then and is probably no longer with us. I am not sure he had any children. But he could be a link.
Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK