Lipovitz family maybe Goldstein or Brodetsky #ukraine #names


My grandfather, Jacob Goldstein, was born in Lipovitz, Ukraine. His mother may have been named Anna  Goldstein.  His father may have been named Solomon Brodetsky.  Jacob took the name Goldstein  when he left for the US in 1905.  I am not sure if Jacob changed his name or why he’d that. Jacob was the only member of his family to come to the US.Any help on these family names would be greatly appreciate it.

Barbara Gilmore Silver
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Goldstein, Schultz

Viewmate Translation Russian #translation #ukraine


I've posted an extract of an Okhrana (Russian Imperial Secret Police) file that was kept on one of my ancestors.
It is in Russian so any help you can give in translating would be great.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:

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

Thank you very much.


Neil Ashton
London UK
Interested in Locations: Berdichev/Odessa.
Surnames: Nesanelis/Litinzisky (to name but two)

Need Book Publicist Volunteer #poland #ukraine #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

The Yizkor-Yizkor-Books-in-Print project of JewishGen is in need of a
book publicist who can help publicize our book publications. This is
a perfect volunteer job for an experienced retired book publicist. It
is a chance to make a significant contribution to an important cause.

Please contact ybip@...

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Yizkor-Books-in-Print project

Re: Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names

Sally Bruckheimer

Markus or Max were typically men with the Hebrew name Mordechai, Moses would be a second choice, but anything is possible. Sometimes a man with whatever Hebrew name might choose to call himself something totally unrelated in English or another language.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

ViewMate translation request - Hebrew Tombstone #translation

Ed Posnak

I've posted two photos of a cousin's tombstone - and would greatly appreciate help translating her full Hebrew name, which is not completely clear to me.   They are viewable at the following links:

I've posted more details along with the photos.   Thank you in advance for any help!
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Ed Posnak

Viewmate Translation #translation #germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Dear JewishGenners,

I have just submitted 3 documents to the ViewMate platform concerning my Goslar-family.
They are Hebrew texts in a book on the Jewish Community of Hannover from 1913.

The images can be found via the following links:

I kindly request a full translation of the marked areas to either German or English via the ViewMate form.
Thank you so much for your assistance!

Corinna Woehrl
Hoisdorf, Germany (between Hamburg and Luebeck)

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


I've posted two Lists of Registered Jews and two Revision Lists in Russian for which I would greatly appreciate a translation. They are on 
ViewMate at the following addresses ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.

Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

ViewMate person identification #austria-czech #romania #russia #usa


I've posted an old family photo (abt 1910).
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Do you recognize the woman in question?

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

Thank you very much.
Roger Weiss
Boston, MA

Auerbach, Rehberger, Vogel, Weiss

ViewMate requests for translation from Yiddish and Russian & burial photo identification requested #translation

Alma Shliom

Dear All,
I've posted vital records in Russian and Yiddish for which I need a
translation as well as a burial photo that I cannot identify the
country by the dress (should be either Estonia or Latvia?). Any ideas
would be welcome.
It is on ViewMate at the following addresses..

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Please let me know if you need better quality images.
Thank you very much.
Alma Morianz-Shliom

Searching for:
In Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia:

New Book to be published: The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton #announcements

Phil Goldfarb

The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton debunks a string of myths about his origins to arrive at a startling conclusion: Hamilton, in all likelihood, was born and raised Jewish.  For more than two centuries, his youth in the West Indies has remained shrouded in mystery.  Hamilton himself wanted it that way, maintaining a studied silence about his Caribbean past.  Most of his biographers fail to investigate his obscure roots and instead focus on the spectacle of his American life.  What little historians do write about Hamilton’s boyhood presupposes his having a Christian identity.  With a detective’s persistence and a scholar’s rigor, Andrew Porwancher upends that assumption and revolutionizes our understanding of an American icon. Here is the link for pre-ordering: The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton (9780691211152): Porwancher, Andrew: Books 

Our JGS had Dr. Porwancher talk about this subject in November, 2019 and he is quite compelling as well as a terrific speaker. He is currently doing a fellowship at Harvard from 2020-2022.  I thought that this subject and book might be of interest to many as it is projected to be a bestseller once it is released.


Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa 


Highlighting the Partnership Between Gesher Galicia and JewishGen #announcements #events #galicia #JewishGenUpdates

Steven Turner

Gesher Galicia President Steven Turner was honored to be invited to give a talk by JewishGen. The partnership between Gesher Galicia and JewishGen is such an important one for the Jewish genealogy community.

You can register for the March 23rd 2:00PM EDT talk here

We look forward to seeing you. Thank you.

Steven Turner

Re: Translation Request 2 Polish, 1 Russian #translation


 text in Russian cut on the right side of the picture and a good chunk of text is not shown with important names and words.  I start to translate it but come to a stock point, when translation is impossible.  Please send me a right copy with all text and I will translate all text correctly.
Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names

Marilyn Weinman

--In my genealogy search I came across a ship manifest for a Markus Aronowski, and am just curious what names Max may be in Yiddish or Hebrew
Marilyn Weinman

Searching for Interwar Address Books of Galicia #galicia #general

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear All,

I assume this group is quite familiar with Polish address books (Ksiega Adresowa) and their importance in genealogy. These books can be accessed  online in some Polish digital libraries (e.g.,, GenealogyIndexer website and other genealogy web sites.

Unfortunately, for the city of Lwow, I could not find an address book for any of the years between 1917 and 1934. Such books exist for other cities. I would appreciate any information or links to Lwow address books from that range of years (1917-1934).

Thank you - Yaron Wolfsthal, Israel

Re: US travel documents in the 1930's #usa

Sherri Bobish


If they requested a passport (not required in that timeframe, but people did) than the reason for their travel would be listed. Post-1925 passport applications are not on-line.  See this page for full explanation:

Especially if they lived in a smaller city or town than their trip may have been mentioned in a local newspaper.  This site has links to old digitized newspapers by geographic area:

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Jewish Life in the South African Country Communities #southafrica #announcements #general

Saul Issroff

Re: Yiddish Names-Kadshevitz Family From Anyksciai, Lithuania #names

Larry Gaum

Yeshiah is also pronounced Shiah ( Shi- Yeh). My grandfather was called Sam in English.
Larry Gaum
Toronto, Canada

Re: Using My Heritage #general

Daniel Horowitz

Hi all,
If you want to know how to set your tree private follow the instructions at 

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz

March 17 Program - Zoom in on the Forum: School of Dialogue #events #poland

Mark Halpern

Join me in the audience for the next virtual program from the Forum for Dialogue. This session concerns their School of Dialogue where students from towns in Poland learn about the history of their town's Jewish community. 

Tune in via Zoom on Wednesday, March 17 at 10 am Pacific time, 1 pm Eastern time, 5 pm in UK, 7 pm in Israel 

See you then.

Mark Halpern


Dear Mark,

I would like to invite you to a Zoom in on the Forum session devoted to the impact our educational program, School of Dialogue, can have in former shtetles in Poland in the long term. Julia Machnowska, Forum's Project Coordinator, and Zuzanna Radzik, Vice-President of Forum for Dialogue, will discuss the ways of sustaining youth's engagement in researching and commemorating Jewish history of their hometowns
Join us for a conversation about our philosophy and methodology in inspiring students' commitment to Polish/Jewish history on Wednesday, March 17th, at 5 am Australian Eastern, 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 6 pm Warsaw, 7 pm Tel-Aviv time (please, mind change of time in Poland and Israel!).


School of Dialogue is Forum's educational program inspiring teenagers in towns and villages across Poland to explore and commemorate local Jewish history. Each year, apart from schools entering the School of Dialogue program for the first time, dozens of school groups continue their involvement in preserving the memory of Jewish communities. They share their knowledge of Jewish culture and history with younger students, participate in official and grassroots commemorations of the Shoah, take care of local Jewish cemeteries and establish relations with descendants of Jews from their hometowns. Their ongoing sense of responsibility wouldn't be possible without dedicated teachers and educators guiding them through the process. Julia Machnowska who coordinates the cooperation between Forum for Dialogue and teachers, will share her expertise in forging long-lasting alliances and providing teachers with tools and knowledge indispensable for education and activism in local communities.

As we are soon to announce the best student projects in 2020 online edition of the School of Dialogue program, let me also invite you to another zoom session presenting the outcomes of our educational efforts. A special Zoom in on the Forum session will be dedicated to students' projects and initiatives undertaken by a new cohort of School of Dialogue alumni in 2020. Mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, April 14th  to learn more about the School of Dialogue online in 2020: its challenges and unexpected successes.
Looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday!


Olga Kaczmarek
Director General

Re: Yiddish Names-Kadshevitz Family From Anyksciai, Lithuania #names

David Shapiro

Keep in mind that Litvaks pronounced the Hebrew-Yiddish letter shin as 's'. For example, my grandfather's brother was named for his grandfather Yeshaia Shapiro (from Anyksciai) but he was called Saia (in English - Cy). Jenny is often an Americanization of the Yiddish 'Sheina' which for Litvaks becomes 'Seina' - not far from Sana.

David Shapiro

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