Re: Searching for Interwar Address Books of Galicia #galicia #general

Janet Furba

Ask the local archive.
Janet Furba,

Translation request: Hebrew to English (Yad Vashem testimony) #holocaust #translation #subcarpathia

Carole Bass

Seeking a translation of this Yad Vashem Page of Testimony for Roza Iakov Ackerman of Munkacs/Mukachevo.

Many thanks.
Carole Bass
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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


With respect to Videchki, I need to dig in more. If it is a surname I should be able to find it-to date I have not.
This is likely a last name Videtzkiy. There are a number of results on Yad Vashem for this last name, including in Lithuania:

Mike Vayser

While I have always assumed it was a given name, searches for similar names produce a long list of surnames including  Videtsky/Videckis/Viditski/Videtzkai, although none are noted as being from Anyksciai.
I think at this time I am going to assume it is a surname and that  Videchki came to Anyksciai from another town.  Any spelling differences  can be reasonably attributed to language barriers, accent,  memory and time.

Thank you to all of you for your excellent insights!

Richard Brown
Glastonbury, CT

Tomorrow - JewishGen Talks: What Can We Learn from Prenumeranten Lists? #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend a fascinating presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars:

What Can We Learn from Prenumeranten Lists?
Speaker: Rabbi Elli Fischer
TOMORROW - Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
Please click here to register now!

About the Talk
Starting in the late 1700s, many Hebrew and Jewish books included lists of people who subscribed to the book before it was printed, thus helping to fund the book’s publication. These lists, which have not been studied comprehensively, are a gold mine of information not only for information about hundreds of thousands of individual Jews, but also on reading habits, names, the growth of communities, travel routes, local institutions, and a wealth of other information. This talk will describe the Prenumeranten Project and present some of their initial findings.

About the Speaker
Elli Fischer is an independent writer, translator, and editor. He is editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's Peninei Halakha series in English and cofounder of HaMapah, a project that applies quantitative analysis to rabbinic literature. He is a founding editor of The Lehrhaus, and his writing has appeared in numerous Jewish publications. Among the issues he writes about are religion and politics in Israel; the interplay between legal and nonlegal elements of the Talmud; Jewish religious culture; and Central European Jewish History. Previously, he was the JLIC rabbi and campus educator at the University of Maryland. He holds degrees from Yeshiva University, rabbinical ordination from Israel's Chief Rabbinate, and is working toward a doctorate in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. Originally from Baltimore, he currently resides in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and four children.
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
Please click here to register now!

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

Bob Silverstein

Sherri, you response was helpful.  Because the passports are after 1925, the State Department retains them and I need to request the information under the Freedom of Information Act.  That does not look too hard.  Here are references to the process.

Thank you for the suggestion about newspaper announcements.  I did look but could not find any.

Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Re: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew Tombstone #translation




Here lies or here is buried (two letters on sides of the star of David on top)

The modest woman

Mrs. Sarah

Daughter of reb Zisa (or Zoosa)

Passed 18

Av 5662 (1902)

May her soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation- last line)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



Re: Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names

Ida & Joseph Schwarcz

Moshe became Morris in the US and Moss in England. My uncle Sam (as I knew
him) turned out to be named Gavriel in Hebrew. Sam was probably the most
popular man's name in the US.

Dr. Ida Selavan Schwarcz
Jerusalem, Israel

SIMFEROPOL ,Crimea #ukraine


,I am now organizing a website which will deal with the history of the Jews of Simferopol, Crimea. Please forward me any material you have about this subject. I am particularly interested in receiving family stories. Thanking you in advance, 

Esther Rechtschafner

March 16: CJH Genealogy Coffee Break #latinamerica #events

Moriah Amit

Tomorrow (3/16) at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. CJH librarian J.D. Arden will interview guest Lia Sragovicz about Jewish life in Colombia and the process of starting your own JGS society.  We welcome you to pose your questions to our genealogy librarians during the live broadcast. There is no registration or log in. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" or "Like" on the top of the Center's Facebook page and a notification will pop up on your screen when the webinar goes live. Note: If the notification doesn't appear or if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still watch the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here.
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names


You might want to consult the Given Names Databases at Jewishgen [], which will give you names used in Europe corresponding to names used after emigration, and vice versa.  This database is also available at Ancestry as "Jewish Given Name Variations".   It also gives Biblical sources and meanings where applicable.
Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

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


There was a Paiker family who lived in Pretoria, South Africa. I believe the mother still lives there and the two sons (Hillel and Alan) live in Australia.
Herman Salmenson

Re: Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names


My grandfather who was Max in America was Mordechai in Russia before he emigrated.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami Zoom Meeting: Who Are The Israelite Samaritans? #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Paulette Bronstein

Dear Friends,
Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami and Temple Beth Am's Sunday Salon for a program about the Israelite Samaritans.
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Temple Beth Am Sunday Salon via Zoom and live streaming.
March 21st 10:30 a.m.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami in collaboration with Temple Beth Am Sunday Salon is presenting this special Passover program:
 Who Are the Israelite Samaritans?
Presented by  Doug Kaplan and Dale Lazar
 Doug Kaplan, a renowned researcher, and a retired attorney will examine the history of the Samaritans.
Dale Lazar, a photographer ( will share his photos and personal experiences with the Samaritans of today.
Event Free - Please register no later than March 18 to get your link.
RSVP online for the event with jgsgm.vpprogramming@... 

Help finding information Stukalsky family from Deretchin. #records #poland


My great grandparents were both born in Deretchin in 1905, when it belonged to Poland and immigrated to Argentina around the 1930's or final years of the 1920's.
Getzl Stukalsky and Hayele(Haya) Wainstein

However ever since they immigrated it has since changed and become part of Belarus, I have some of the information but I don't have documents in hand, I don't know what is needed. I contacted the Archives of Belarus in hopes of finding anything. I am looking for a Poland citizenship but I am interested as well in finding information, I know I need the military records and as well certificates. 
Does anyone know any pages that can get me their records or a way to help me further. I contacted the Archives of Belarus in hopes of getting information. 
I live in Argentina.

-Melody Stukalsky

Looking for My Heritage Member to access JC engagement notice #unitedkingdom


I've done a search on My Heritage for Ickowicz and brought up the following:


The Jewish Chronicle - June 1 1951


The Jewish Chronicle

  • ".... Stamford Hill, N.16. MR. H. ICKOWICZ AND Miss S. HELFGOTTThe engagement is announced of Hershel Ickowicz, _pf 63, AshbourneAvenue, N.W. 11. son of the late Mr and Mrs. A. Jckowtcz. of Poland, toSophie Hc..."

My maternal grandfather's surname was originally Ickowicz and this notice is for his cousin.
As I'm not a member of My Heritage I wondered if anyone would be kind enough to download the original notice for me.
Many thanks.
Shoshanah Glickman
Gateshead, UK

Need copy of record located at LDS library - KLEPFISZ #poland #records

Elizabeth Jackson

Hello everyone,
JRI-PL has a listing for the birth of my great-aunt Krajndla KLEPFISZ, daughter of Dawid Mordka Klepfisz and his wife Etta Laja Ruda.  This information is from a record microfilmed by LDS.  The actual record is not available on the JRI-PL website.  I would like to obtain a copy of the actual record.  Do any of our members have access to a local LDS library where this could be requested and a copy made?

The record is as follows:


Krajndla Klepfisz



Birth Date:

25 Aug 1865

Birth Place:


Birth Registration Date:


Father's Name:

Dawid Mordka

Father's Age:


Mother's Name:

Etta Laja Ruda

Mother's Age:



district: 4





Any assistance will be greatly appreciated! 

Thank you in advance,
Elizabeth Jackson

Re: Searching for Interwar Address Books of Galicia #galicia #general


There is a German-language listserve - Oberschlesien list - oberschlesien-l@... with a membership very knowledgeable of such resources. Someone there should be able to direct you to a one specifically for Galicia. Perhaps there is a Galician list at

Dennis Whitehead 

Re: Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names or any other name chages. #lithuania #names

David Harrison

It is almost always that the most important thing on moving to a place with different types of names and wishing to merge in or otherwise choose a name that might be acceptable, is to retain the Initial letters of the Given Name and of the Family Name.  Therefore, in these examples the M remains.  As an example; i was in Amsterdam looking for my Great-grandfather known in England as Henry and an Archivist said that was not a Dutch name, try Hartog.  I did and up came my ancestor's. file reference.

David Harrison
Birmingham, England           

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Sally Bruckheimer via <>
Sent: 14 March 2021 20:26
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: Re: [] Name of MARKUS to Max #lithuania #names
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

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


Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH




Rabbi helper



Writing according to the law of Moses

Single Yosel Herzovich







added promise on

Rosenfeld from Starozhagor







1500 rubles. Witnesses:

with the damsel the Daughter of







Rabbi Shapiro and teacher Goldblatt

Slioma from Starozhagor

Looking for any information about Rolbein or Rol’beyn family from Odessa #ukraine #general

Jacques Klein

I am looking for any information about Rolbein or Rol’beyn family from Odessa. 

Sofia or Sonia Rolbein , born in 1890, married Isak Otchakovsky before moving to Paris ( France) in 1920.

Jacques Klein

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