JGSLI Virtual meeting on Wednesday March 10 at 7:00 PM Eastern #events #sephardic #education #announcements

Bonnie Birns

Hello all! The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our bonus monthly meeting in honor of the Persian New Year featuring our guest speaker, Dr. Houman Sarshar.


JGSLI is extending the invitation to the broader genealogy community. We ask that you register in advance (see below). Please share with your friends!

Wednesday, March 10th, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Houman Sarshar
Esther's Children

Dr. Houman Sarshar will present a 50-minute slide-show lecture about the 2,700-year history of the Jews of Iran and their role in Iran's culture and history.

An independent scholar, Dr. Sarshar is the co-editor of three volumes of The Contemporary History of Iranian Jews and a contributing author to The Encyclopædia Iranica and The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. His publications also include Esther’s Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews and The Jews of Iran: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Community in the Islamic World. He is the founder of the Kimia Foundation, a culture foundation dedicated to promoting the art, culture, and history of Iran.

There are two ways to join our meeting:
Register for our Zoom meeting: this will allow you to join in so you can chat with others before and after the meeting (this will be limited to the first 100 people to join)


When: Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Our meeting will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Please visit at the meeting start time and the meeting's video should be listed. No YouTube or other login is required, but if you are signed in you can ask questions in writing via the comment section under the video.


This webinar is free and open to the public.


I look forward to "seeing" you all then!


Bonnie Birns


President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Jericho, Long Island, NY researcher #59766

Headstone Translation Needed: Hebrew #translation


Hi Everyone,

Could anyone translate the attached headstone?  Thanks in advance!
Amy Mitchell

Re: Charlap family #rabbinic #usa

Avrum Lapin

The definitive Charlap authority is "The Book of Destiny" by Arthur F. Menton (still available at Amazon and some public libraries

Avrum Lapin
Upland, CA

Searching Lapin, Lapunsky (from Grodno and Amdur) and Lubell, Lubelski (from Bialystok) 

Deutsch from Nagy Kalo (Carei, Romania) #romania

Moishe Miller

My gg-gm was Mali (Malka) Weiss, born about 1867 to Herman (Tzvi) Weiss and Czili (Silka) Deutsch. As per the birth records of Mali's children, Mali was born in Nagy Kalo (today Carei, Romania). I also found an 1863 census entry (Ecclesiastical Conscription 1863) at szuletesek.html that shows the family living there. Herman & Czili and four known children:
  1. Regina (b. 1860)
  2. Marton (b. 1862)
  3. Mali (1867-1940), married to Bernát (Dovid Dov) Hercz 1860–1909 
  4. Tereiza (b. 1869), married to Samuel Yeshayahu Frank
I do not know where Herman and Czili were from. I do know my gg-gp's are DIFFERENT than the Herman and Zili in the 1869 census of Ujhely. Based on Herman's tombstone in Nyirbator from 1900, I know that at some point the family moved from NagyKalo to Nyirbator and that Herman's father was Yizchok (Iszak/Ignacz). I did not locate the death record or tombstone of Czili, presumably between 1908 and 1920. Does anyone have family that might connect to mine?

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Chelmno - Fate of Buchbinder Family (6 Members) #lodz #poland

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Lisa, 
I just copy what I have already replied many times on this forum :
  • Lodz hadn't been destroyed during Shoah and WWII, so all vital records are available from 1850 (ca. establishment of this city) to 1939.
  • During Shoah (Holocaust), you know Lodz had been transformed in a large ghetto, from early 1940 to June 1944, where ca. 240.000 of our Lost survived and died (in Chelmno and elsewhere)
  • During ghetto period, its Judenrat (Jewish administration under nazi rules) had ca. 14.000 clercs : they filed ca. 800.000 pages of archives which hadn't been destroyed and are available at USHMM : thanks again Ms. Megan Lewis, Library Referee who helped me to discover and understand structure of these huge archives. USHMM "Finding Aid" is 165 page thick, enough to present ca. 800 rolls of 1000 microfilms. You can download it on USHMM web site.
  • Now, a large part of these archives are available on Polish State archives at . These archives are same microfilms as USHMM, but aren't already fully on line.
  • With these archives, you can follow fate of almost all our Losts, from their early entrance in ghetto to their last day...
  • "Residents" lists have been indexed by Yad Vashem and ORFLI : they are available in JewishGen, as are ID card of ghetto workers.
  • But you have much more to find in these archives, survival and final destruction of the 2nd largest Jewish community of Poland...
  • In Israel, OFRLI, Organization of former Lodz Inhabitants, display ca. 10.000 pictures taken in Lodz ghetto and a lot of informations :
        For me who is lucky to have tens of pictures of my Lodzer family, I can't look at these pictures without trying to recognize my Losts...

Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)

Re: Vinitsky/Winitsky from Detroit, Mich. #usa

Joel Ives

My uncle was Abraham "Roy" Wenitt  (1906-1991.) The only information I have is that his father Isador Wenitsky  was from Russia.  His grandfather was also Abraham Wenitsky. The family lived in the Bronx, New York.  It appears that there are many spelling variations for this name so, I would research as many spelling variations as you can think of.
Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, New Jersey USA  

Re: Old lineages (don Vino = Weinstock) #hungary

Moishe Miller

I have a similar story in my family. I was told my late grandmother's family was originally known as "don Vino" and where wine merchants in Spain. At the time of the inquisition, they relocated to the Tokaj-area of Hungary and changed adopted the surname of Weinstock. My paper trail takes me back to the late 1700's in Hungary. Ancestry confirms I have 1% Spanish ethnicity. 

I wish there was a way to learn more about that part of my heritage.

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Trying to Make Sense of a Jewish Welfare Board, War Correspondence Entry #records

Eric Ellman


I do not understand what's going on in an entry for the Jewish Welfare Board, War Correspondence Entry.  Can someone help?  The docs concern Max Ellman (1890-1963)

Max Ellman, Army No. 1907079; Beneficiary, Selke Ellman (daughter); c/o Etel Tsiril Schwartz (grandmother and guardian), Saratov, Russia; Nature of Claim, Allotment and Allowance; Located through information given by [Max or Mrs.] Ellman; Allotment and allowance due to daughter was recent settled by check upon forwarding proper papers to Veterans Bureau; case closed.

Comments and questions:
(1) I have a vague idea of what's going on here, but I can use some more help?;
(2) What year might this record be from?  According to Max's headstone application, Max enlisted 9/19/17 and was discharged 9/27/19;
(3) Max Ellman was from Minkovitz, Ukraine in the Kamyanets, Podilsky. He married his wife, Rachel (or Jennie) there in 1912 and immigrated to New York in 1913.  Sartov is light-years (1,600 mi.) from Minkovitz so that seems strange to me.  I have a high degree of confidence I have the right Max Ellman since the Army serial number on the JWB document matches the Army serial number on the headstone application in 1963 and the headstone application matches everything I know about Max.  Nu?
(4) On Max's petition for naturalization in 1925 (I know this is the right Max), he lists a son, Soloman, but no daughter.  I could not find Max on the manifest. The 1930 and 1940 censuses (Brooklyn) lists a daughter, Bessie (b. 1924), but no son.  I found no census info for 1915 or 1920.


Eric J. Ellman
N. Bethesda, MD


Searching: COHEN (London), COIRA, (Minkovsty, Ukr.), ELLMAN (Minkovsty, Ukraine), FAGIN (Dvinsk, Latvia), GREENBERG (Rzeszów, Galicia), GRUDMAN/GRUBMAN (Kedainiai, Lit./Riga, Lat.), KOTZEN (Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), KREIGER (Riga, Lat./Kedainiai, Lith.), LUFFER, ((Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), MAIDMAN (Minkovsty, Ukr),ROSENBERG (Lomza/Nowogrod, Poland), STORCH/STOCK (Rzeszów, Galacia), STERN (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), SZRENZIL (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), WYSZYNSKI (Mlawa, Poland)

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

Sally Bruckheimer

"married in the rabbi's office rather than in the main sanctuary (not sure if that's what the primary area of worship was called). Would there have been a precedent, or reason? "

My mother said she got married in a blue suit - I don't know where, but it wasn't a big wedding, and money wasn't the issue. The issue was that WW II was raging in Europe (and the US wasn't in it yet, but soon), and a big todo wasn't proper. 

Perhaps your grandparents married near or during a war?  Or Covid-19? Or Spanish flu?

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

looking for magazine " Menorah " ,June 1,1984 pages 4-8 published in Toronto ,Canada #canada



I am looking for an article  written by Slovakian  lawyer Miklos Gasko, published in the  “  Menórah,  "  magazine  of  Toronto   on 1 June 1984 pages  4-12  on "Death Trains "

I am from Melbourne, Australia




Roslyn Eldar




Update on event: “The 11 Tribes of Rubel: The Search for My Cousins, Past and Present”. At 1PM EST on March 10, #announcements

Walter Rosenthal


“The 11 Tribes of Rubel: The Search for My Cousins, Past and Present”.  At 1PM EST on March 10, a virtual presentation will be hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County  (Florida).  Ken Cutler, an attorney and Parkland City Commissioner , will speak about his unique strategy for conducting genealogical research. Priority will be given to the members of JGSPBCI.  A link will be provided prior to thE presentation.

Please respond to Walter Rosenthal waltrose864@...   


Walter Rosenthal

Washington Heights by LBI #usa

Alan Ehrlich

Interesting retrospective concerning Washington Heights... The ’upper’ Manhattan neighborhood where so many German Jewish refugees relocated to that it’s been nicknamed: "Frankfurt on Hudson, respectively "The IV. Reich":

Friendly regards,,
Alan Ehrlich
Geneva, Switzerland

Charlap family #rabbinic #usa

Moe D

I'm a descendant of rabbi Yaakov Moshe charlap. I haven't chanced upon too many relatives that are descendants of him as well. I know that there was a rabbi in new york, by the name of rabbi yechiel michel charlap. If anyone has a file with a list of all  his descendants, and also a couple of photos, it would be cool to see.
Moe Dinkel

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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