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

Saul Issroff

You will note from the list posted that Pretoria is not included as it’s a large city not a country community.
Saul Issroff
London UK

Re: SIMFEROPOL ,Crimea #ukraine

Saul Issroff

Are you including surround towns ? My ggf was in a group exiled to Geniichesk 147 km NNE of Simferopol. He died of starvation there circa 1917. He was Noach Girs, from Linkuva Lithuania.
Saul Issroff
London UK

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

michele shari

Hi Shoshanah,
Here is a clip of what was on the page. Hope this helps.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL
Researching Farkas, Izsak (Tasnad), Tauszig, Taussig (Transylvania/Hungary/Romania), Stauber, Stober, Shtauber, Davidivici, Fischman (Dragomisteri), Teszler, Hershtik, Herstik (Viseu, Romania area)

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

Bernard Miller

On Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 09:15 AM, <srg100@...> wrote:
Hershel Ickowicz
Hi Shoshana,  I have found it and copied it for you but it doesn't really contain any more information than what you already had.  If you want a copy of the whole page, let me know.

Best wishes

Bernard Miller

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


Naomi Leon
Brighton, UK


I am looking for information on the Alba Iulia and Sibiu Ghettos in Romania #holocaust #romania

Leah Herz

Hi Geners:


I am looking for information on the Alba Iulia and Sibiu ghettos
in the Transylvania Region of Romania.

I would like to know details about what life was like for the deportees,

Their living quarters, their food supply and the work requirements, for men and women.

Also the time frame when these ghettos were active.


Thank you,
Leah Herz

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


Her name was Sura-Blyuma, daughter of Leyb.  Married to Isaak son of Aron Ochakovskiy. Registered under number 282 in 1910.  Based on the number of marriages that year, it was probably around March.

Leyb had other children as well - Moysey, Fayvel, Avraam, Getsel, Leyzer, David (b. 1899).  Leyzer died shortly after he was born, David died at the age of 6 months in 1900.  Other siblings: Ester, Shlyoma, Yakov.
Moysey married in Aug 1918 (registered under number 2176).

Leyb also had a sister Feyga-Rukhel.

Mike Vayser

Re: Searching Silver Descendants #unitedkingdom #canada #usa #general

SamPam Hausfather

I don't know if this is helpful, but my grandfather, Jacob Silver (b. 1886), came from Kelce Poland (then Russia) under the name Jacob Kweksilber (Quicksilver). His father Abraham Kwekzilber (a shoe maker) had at least 6 siblings all born in Staszow, a shtetle outside of Kelce. Jacob may have lived briefly in England as the only ship manifest I can find matching his name and arrival date (3 Jan 1906) came from Southhampton England. I have no information on a Samuel or descendants. 

Sam Hausfather
Asheville NC USA
Researching Kweksilber - Poland; Hausfater - Romania; Krantz - Galicia; Zeltzer - Bessarabia

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


Poland did not become an independent country until 1918.  In the 19th-early 20th century it was part of the Russian empire and Derechin was part of the Slonim uezd in the Grodno governorate until 1920.

I don't know specifically about documents from Polish era, but anything prior to that - birth records, census, etc, might be stored in the Grodno or Slonim archives.  The staff there is usually very helpful, perhaps they advise where you can find these documents.

Mike Vayser

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


Until 1920 Anyksciai was part of the Vilkomir uezd in the Kovno governorate.  According to Alexander Beider's reference of last names, this last name was in use in the Vilkomir uezd.  You can find people with that last name in JewishGen, if you target your search to Vilkomir uezd.
Lithuanian language records might have Lithuanian gender suffixes for this last name, like Videtskaite (unmarried female), Videtskis (male), Videtskiene (married female).

Mike Vayser

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

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