Re: Alternate locations for an Orthodox wedding/marriage ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #usa

Shlomo Katz

In fact, getting married in a Shul (synagogue) is a relatively new (i.e., 19th century) innovation and was disapproved of by many rabbis who viewed it as being influenced by the Christian concept of a church wedding. Traditionally, Jewish weddings were conducted outdoors weather permitting.

Sources to rabbinic works available on request.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring MD

Families from Petkunai, Lithuania #lithuania

David Wolk

Seeking contact with any Jewish Gen members who had relatives living in Petkunai during period 1870-1900.  Would like to find possible links to my ancestors, Max and Leba Wolk.

Many thanks,
David Wolk

Yiddish Letter Translation Assistance - Thank You! #translation

Dave Baron



Thank you in advance for any assistance translating this note to my Saba (grandpa), from I believe Moshe Shertok, also known as Moshe Sharett.


Moshe Sharett, Israel’s first foreign minister (1948–56) and second prime minister, replacing David Ben-Gurion who in 1953 retired temporarily.


The signature resembles that of Shertok on the list of signatures from the Declaration of Independence, last name on the left, but I could be wrong:


Gratitude as always to the JewishGen community for this forum and support. 

Gratitude as always to the JewishGen community for this forum and support. 

David Baron
Baltimore, Maryland

Glïckstadt - portuguese jews to Emden #germany #sephardic #scandinavia


We are a little group of people trying to verify if our ancestors born in Emden/Bunde/Jemgum in the 1600’s are really related to the Henrique family who settled in  Gluckstadt in the early 1600's.

Some researchers think that they would be children of  Josua Moses Henriques born in 1665 in Gluckstadt, Manuel Mendes Henriques Cohen born around 1640 in Gluckstadt, a Female Mussaphia Dionis Hinrichen born around 1640 in Gluckstadt or  Manuel Mendes Henriques Cohen born around 1640 in Gluckstadt (parents unknown), 

However, until now we found not written evidence on such link.
We have very little information on Glückstadt for this period, and we are looking for any document which could guide us and be evidence such a list of all list of Jewish residents between 1600-1700 in Glückstadt, a list of residents in Emden during this period, travel documents, etc...


 Thanks and best regards



Joelle Meyer from Paris
Looking for Meyer/Meijer/Meier and Nathan ancestors from the Emden region (Emden, Bunde, Jemgum, Wittmund, Leer, Aurich, Norden during the 18th century

Re: New England Ports of Arrival pre 1905 #usa #records


For Rhode Island arrivals prior to 1911, look in Boston arrival records.

Marian Smith

Re: New England Ports of Arrival pre 1905 #usa #records


Karol: If you have access to you can search for immigrant ship arrivals at US Atlantic Ports.  Rhode Island is included.

David Rosen
Boston Massachusetts USA

On 2/28/2021 4:32 AM, Karol Swanson via wrote:
I was once told that my G-Grandfather arrived in the US in a port in Rhode Island- possibly Truro or Providence.  He certainly does not appear on the EIDB.  Does anyone know where I can find more information?

Karol Schlosser Swanson

Family tree of Avraham Avinu...any connections? #general

ירוחם צבי קינסטליך

hello everybody.i share with you a family tree till avraham avinu and sara so you can try to conect your family to this tree.
y.z.kinstlich.  Kinstlich123@...

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The following photos have been uploaded to the David Ackerman Lublin about 1901-10 album of the main@... group.

By: philippa ackerman <philippaackerman@...>

Re: Genealogy Programs #general


I have in the past used Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and others.  However, I changed to Family Historian about 5 years ago as it is incredibly flexible and customisable.  It does great charts and reports as well.  It supports Plugins and there are lots of these to expand the features, should they be needed. 

There is also a Family Historian User Group that has given me an incredible amount of support with the more advanced features.

Colin Harris
London, UK

New England Ports of Arrival pre 1905 #usa #records

Karol Swanson

I was once told that my G-Grandfather arrived in the US in a port in Rhode Island- possibly Truro or Providence.  He certainly does not appear on the EIDB.  Does anyone know where I can find more information?

Karol Schlosser Swanson

SCHLOSSER –Stry, Kolomea
FLUGMAN- Bukaczowce, Burztyn
ROSENBERG- Koniuszkow
KITTLER, KITTER- Bukaczowce, Wojnilow

Bergerfruend/bergier from bilgoraj #general #poland

ירוחם צבי קינסטליך mother (lea)born in bilgoraj.her parents (died from starvation)were. binyamin and chaya sara bergerfrajnd.
Binyamin's parents were Moszek bergier and ajdla golda porcelan.
Chaya sara's parents were Lejba Josef nudel and necha cukier. 
I need to know who were their parents?
i will be very happy to get an answer ...
Y.z.kinstlich.      Kinstlich123@gmail

Re: Romanian Jewish Surnames Book #romania

Peninah Zilberman

Hi Michelle,

Do you know who is the author, editor and the publisher


Peninah Zilberman


Peninah Zilberman




Re: Genealogy Programs #general

Ellen Lukas Kahn

I also would like to hear from others about the possibility of creating a book using Family Tree Maker.  
Does it allow a person to add more than just the genealogical data?  
Can one add photos?  
Do you print out one at a time at home? 
And how does the finished product look?

Ellen Lukas Kahn

Shared History: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in German-speaking Lands #events #germany

Lee Jaffe

Forwarding an item I thought might be of general interest.   -- Lee Jaffe

Shared History: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in German-speaking Lands:


2021 marks the 1,700 anniversary of the earliest evidence of a Jewish presence in the Roman provinces of the Rhineland (mentioned in a 321 edict of Constantine the Great as preserved in a 6th century manuscript at the Vatican library).  The Shared History Project will use 58 objects located in several dozen collections presented chronologically to create a multifaceted historical narrative of the complex coexistence of Jews and non-Jews in German-speaking lands over 1,700 years. Each object will illustrate a facet about  Jewish history and everyday life which was and still is deeply interwoven with the peoples, regions, and countries of Central Europe. Each week in 2021, a new object will be released (you can sign up for a weekly reminder), with daily entries during the week of November 10,  each object is accompanied by two brief essays & a provenance note, embedded in a time-line, featured on a map, and will also be placed in a virtual exhibition room which will open this week.


Last week, the 14th century Jewish wedding from Colmar was featured, held by the  Musée de Cluny in Paris, which was very recently (exactly pre-pandemic ….. sigh, those were the days )  presented at the Cloisters/ Metropolitan Museum as the highlight of the exquisite Colmar Treasure exhibition.


SHP Object 8, released Feb 21, 2021



Throughout the year, events and lectures will accompany the online project.
During our first event last week, three experts on late antiquity discussed archeological and historical evidence surrounding Jewish life in ancient Roman provinces north of the Alpes (mainly related to the archaeological sites in Cologne (Germany) and Kaiseraugst (Switzerland), the recording was just placed on LBI’s Youtube channel: Jewish Life in Late Antiquity: From Colonia Agrippina to Augusta Raurica,


We would be delighted if you could join and follow this project -  and spread the word 



Your collegagues at the Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin



Posted by:

Renate Evers

Director of Collections

Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History





Re: big city weddings in Orthodox families #lithuania #warsaw #general #hungary

Stephen Weinstein

On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 05:20 AM, Yehuda Berman wrote:
All you needed was a minyan (a quorum of 10 men). 
You don't need a minyan for a wedding.  You need just three men: two witnesses and the groom.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Re: big city weddings in Orthodox families #lithuania #warsaw #general #hungary

Ittai Hershman

As it happens, I have a remarkable photograph of the ~1920 wedding of an Orthodox great-uncle who lived at the time in Vienna.  His bride's family was from Hungary, and the wedding occurred at the Zvonárska Street Synagogue in Košice (presumably to enable maximal family participation, as there seems to have not been any family connection on either side to Košice).  

[The union ultimately ended in divorce: he made Aliyah, she remarried and perished in the Shoah along with the son from their marriage, and a daughter from her second marriage.  But, I digress.  For her story, and that of her family, see Elaine Kalman Naves' "Journey to Vaja" (McGill, 1996).  As a further tangent, I was able to identify the location thanks to Dr. Maroš Borský, and since then the destroyed interior featured in Simon Schama's BBC series "The Story of the Jews" at the opening of Episode 4.]

Ittai Hershman,
New York City

Re: Where does the surname FUIT originate from? #names

Pieter Hoekstra

This does not answer your question but it is interesting to review the spread of the name in Netherlands in 1947 when there were 54 FUITs and again in 2007 when the numbers had swelled to 56.
The following map shows distribution numbers by province;

Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>
Moss / Moses, De Costa - London and Brighton
Barnett, Da Costa, Lazarus, Joseph, Judah, Solomon - London

Czech Republic Documentation of SS Members-Guards #austria-czech #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


The Military Central Archive- The Military Historical Archive has made available on its website copies of the Wehrpass (military pass) of members of the German Army during World War ll. There are 1160 cards. Over 90% of the owners of the cards were members of the SS, guards in concentration camps. Next to the Soldbuch (military book) the Wehrpass was the second military document. All men subject to conscription were given the Wehrpass after entering the military service, everyone had to have this card with them and prove themselves to them.


The holders of the cards were the Germans (including their holders from the Sudetenland) Germans, but also the so-called non-Reich Germans (Volksdeutsche).

To read more see: It is in Czech, however if you use Chrome as your browser Google can translate the information. 

Two translation free services are:  and


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






Romanian Jewish Surnames Book #romania

Michelle Sandler

Does anyone know if the book that is being written on Romanian Jewish
Surnames is out yet?

Michelle Sandler
Westminster California
Librarian OCJGS

Re: Genealogy Programs #general

Peter Cohen

I see that Family Tree Maker offers a plug-in called Family Book Creator.  Has anyone used this? If so, how did you like it?
Peter Cohen

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