Trying to Locate Shmerman (Sherman) family Members from Novi Velidnyky, Ukraine (Veledniki) #general #ukraine


The Sherman (Shmerman) family was from Veledniki Ukraine. Here's an article about the city the Sherman's (Shmerman's) originated from along with a photo we contributed.

In the article (Written by a Ukranian Researcher on Jews) named Chaim several statements about the Shmerman family are mentioned:

1. After massacre, 155 Jewish houses were disassembled by local Ukrainians. Only Shmerman’s house wasn’t touched because German headquarter was in it. 2. In the Shmerman’s house was located unofficial synagogue (even with a Torah scroll).
3. Bliuma Moiseyevna Shmerman cared for the rabbi Israel DovBer’s ohel.

In 1960, Yakov Isakovich Plitman became the head of the local collective farm and occupied this position for over 30 years. He was greatly respected by the locals. But he lived in neighboring village Krasilovka. Yakov Plitman died in 2019.

I would like to try and locate the family of Bliuma (Bluma), but have little to go on.  According to Chaim (researcher) he only knew:

Bluma died in Israel in 1990's and I don't have contacts of her relatives.
She had several daughters. One lives in US, but I don't know her name

Person who interviewed Bliuma (Bluma) spoke with Shmerman 30 years ago 1 time for 1 hour and that is all and had no further contact information on her family.

It is our belief she was a relative.  I have a family photo taken in 1935 of the Shmerman (Sherman's) posing inside the Shmerman house in 1935 in Veledniki.  We would like to find her family!

Photo taken in Velednik, Ukraine at Shmerman house in 1935

1. Benjamin Sherman Holding Baby
2. Woman to right (younger woman) is Benjamin's Wife.
3. Two women behind him sisters.  

A. Looking at Photo
    (Right = Riva Sherman) -
     Left = Chava Sherman - Husband and Child killed by Nazis
Baby being held by Benjamin Sherman = Lossel
Blonde hair Kid - Michael(Lived in Israel) - Died Last Year.
Right of Benjamin = Benjamin's Wife
Left of Benjamin - Khashia (Samuel Sherman's Wife).

Benjamin Killed by Nazis

Samuel Sherman (Shmerman) had a brother Solomon Sherman (Shmerman).  Solomon was my grandfather.

Sophia Sherman

Re: David Oppenheim / Franziska Frischmann - Transcribe and Translate from Hebrew #translation


 דוד  צבי דמתקרי דוד הרש דמתקרי דאוויד בן יששכר המכ' (המכונה) בער והמכ' (והמכונה) בערנהארד

  פייגלא דמתקריא פראנציסקא דמתקריא פאני בת בער דמתקרי בערנהארד

I would only differ from Jacob's translation in suggesting that instead of "Dawid" it is actually just the English pronunciation of David as opposed to a more Hebrew/Yiddish "Dovid". The mention of all the nicknames with wording in Aramaic is common on a "get" or halachik divorce document. Obviously I don't know the context with just a few words, and these could be brother and sister since both have fathers named Ber/Bernard, but it doesn't say that Fransisca's father was named Yissachar too and the presence of her maiden name makes me wonder if this is record of a divorce.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

SPIELER Lodz, Zloczew, Belchatow

Re: Dorot Center #names

Odeda Zlotnick

They've changed their name, recreated the site - and it seems to me parts of  it  (e.g. the search) aren't even functional yet.
I'd try again at the same address every month or so....

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Assistance Needed to translate the Hebrew on Family Gravestones #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

After you click on the findagrave image, you get the following screen.   Note the link on the bottom right which says "View original"
When you click on that link, you get a pretty good image, that can be downloaded, and zooming into that image is still quite legible.  The link to the original image ends with a .jpg

I agree with the advice to post translation requests on ViewMate.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Dorot Center #names

Moishe Miller

The front page for the searches on the website is here:

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Assistance Needed to translate the Hebrew on Family Gravestones #translation


You can post them on ViewMate and, in your comments, include the link to the precise page on findagrave. 
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Why Did Jews Marry Christians? #general

Larry Gaum

Many they just fell in love. Simple as that.
Larry Gaum
Toronto, ON.

Finnish puzzle #poland #lithuania #general

Carolyn Amacher

Sorry in advance that this is long but I need your help
Here’s a synopsis -
Simo Klimscheffskij was a famous guy in Turku/ leader in international Cycling Federation and Finnish Olympic Committee along with Turku city council. There is a bike race named after him. Leopold Klimscheffskij took him from Vilnius orphanage in trunk of car when he took a steamer back to Finland in 1937 during one of his merchant excursions. Simo was born Dec 23, 1933. 
Background - 
Simo Klimscheffskij’s son Henri, who is a restauranteer in Helsinki, is a pretty close match to me and his dad Simo was likely the grandson of one of my grandfather’s siblings. Yet I thought all of my Zacharowicz great uncles and aunts ( who were all born in Lomza but moved to Warsaw) had come to the US along with my grandfather Israel Fajbe   Zacharowicz- which became Horowitz. But I found out my Great Uncle Meier stayed in the old country along with many of my Great Grandfather’s siblings and there children ( many of whom perished in the Holocaust.)  My great uncle Meier married Gitla Rotszvyld and Gita’s brother Herz married my second cousin Estera Zacharowicz Rotszvld who died at Auschwitz along with most of her family. However - two daughters survived and if either of their children Astrid Jacovy Heller or Robbie Ofir match closely to the Klimscheffskij brothers it’s likely that Simo Klimscheffskij was the son of my lost Uncle Meier and aunt Gita Rotszyld. The only other possibility I can come up with for such a close match to Henri Klimscheffskij is that my Great Grandfather had another child with his third wife he married after my Great Grandmother Cyma Dluzewich Zacharowicz died giving birth to my lost great uncle Szolje Zelman Zacharowicz who died at 2.5 years old in Northern Lithuania which is where his older brother Meier - who was also left without a mother- was posted in the army. I would like to find out what my Great Grandfather Hershbehr Zacharowicz aka Wolf Israelowitz Zacharewicz’ third wife’s name was. She had taken in Baby Zelman and possibly my Uncle Meier while the other Zacharewicz children went to live with other relatives. It appears my Cousin Israel Zacharowicz who was my great grandfathrrs nephew/ son of Lejzor Zacharowicz/helped raise Baby Zelman and Meier and cousin Israel’s daughter Estera Zacharowicz Rotszyld married Herz Rotszyld -brother of my Uncle Meier’s wife Gitla Rotszyld.
So I need to find name of my Great Grandfather’s third wife; if they had another kid; or if my lost Uncle Meier Zacharowicz and Aunt Gita Rotszvld Zacharowicz had a child or grandchild named Simon possibly Kagan as records at Turku synagogue indicate a Kagan involved with adoption. 
Any help you could offer is greatly appreciated by me, Henri and his daughter Sabrina, granddaughter of the late Simo Klimscheffskij.
Carolyn Horowitz Amacher 
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“Legacies of European Jewry” -- Recording Now Available #galicia #poland #holocaust

Gesher Galicia SIG

If you have missed this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration hosted by the University of Connecticut and co-sponsored by Gesher Galicia, the recording of the program is now available.

To view, please go to:

To access the review in the Daily Campus, please go to:


Dr. Frederick Roden, Professor of English and Coordinator of the UConn Stamford Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.

Panelists included:

Dr. Andrew Zalewski, vice president of Gesher Galicia, an organization dedicated to the history of Jewish Galicia, and author of two books on Austrian Galicia.

Ralph Berger, an editor of his parents' writings as members of the Bielski partisans who survived Nazism in the Belarusian forests, the subject of Nechama Tec's book "Defiance" and its film adaptation.

Leora Tec, founder of Bridge to Poland that promotes dialogue between contemporary Poles and American Jews.

Dr. Andrew Zalewski
Gesher Galicia, Vice President
Public Education, subsection


Send all inquiries to info@...


Viewmate Postcard Translation request - Yiddish #translation

Joan Lorber

Some lost family has been found and now a postcard that may contain information about my grand uncle Itzhak Migdal Poissen who had quite an interesting and disturbing life.

I've posted a vital record in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Joan Lorber

An Index of Jewish Surnames in Alexandria in the 20th Century #general #names #sephardic

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Just published it on  It is a first attempt to index the Jewish surnames in this city.

 Please take your time at go through the of 1,618 surnames which I managed to assemble. It is

certainly not a complete list and is missing some names. If you do not find a surname you know do

notify me. Without your cooperation it will be impossible to complete the index. Thanks

Jacob Rosen


The Hessen Gatermann Index reference numbers #germany

Ravelle Scherer

When I do a search on Jewishgen for my LEVI and DILLOF(F) names I get hits under the Hessen Gatermann Index, however the links do not appear to be working.  There is a reference number so that one can actually go into the films but I am not sure how to decipher it so I can pick which film I need on the Hessian Vital Records Website.  Can anyone explain how to find the images i need here is the reference: HHStAW 365/177/17/99   

Ravelle Scherer-Schwab
Algonquin, IL

IGRA 2021 webinar series continues April 18 with Tammy Hepps #announcements

Garri Regev

You are all invited to join IGRA in our April 18, 2021 webinar hosting Tammy Hepps. The webinar is at 7 pm Israel time. Advance registration is required:
Tammy's topic is "100 Days to a Better Family History". We invite you to join in this webinar and come away with a plan for your next 100 days of family history activities. You will receive self-assessment tools, learn to prioritize research activities, pace your work, set deadlines and more. 
Tammy Hepps is a local historian who focuses on topics within American Jewish history, especially small towns and synagogues. Her projects combine research techniques from genealogy and history and draw heavily upon her technology expertise to break new ground in data gathering and interpretation.
Garri Regev
President, IGRA

Re: David Oppenheim / Franziska Frischmann - Transcribe and Translate from Hebrew #translation

David Oppenheim

David Tsvi called David Hersch called Dawid son of Issachar called Ber called Bernhard.

Franziska Frischmann

Feigale called Franziska called Fanny daughter of Ber  called Bernhard.

Jacob Shayzaf

Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? #names

Lee Jaffe

I've been following the exchange with a lot of interest because it touches the identities of three relatives I'm trying to trace. 

I have two mystery relatives listed in the family tree passed on to me, siblings of my great-grandmother Dora Koshkin, one a sister, Mayna and the other a brother, Munya.  The Koshkins came from Snovsk, Chernigov, Ukraine.  Most of the family emigrated in the early 1900s but, as far as I know, neither Mayna and Munya came to the US.  I have no records or documents of their lives and for awhile wondered if they were actually one person whose name was transcribed incorrectly in the family tree.  I've since found family photos with Munya and Mayna labeled separately.  :-)

I also have a 2x great-grandfather whose name is recorded as Manis on his son's marriage license and מאניש on the same son's gravestone.  The son, my great-grandfather Joseph Schwartz, is listed on a couple of other family trees where it says his father's name was Emanuel.  A number of posts in this thread suggest that Manis is a derivative of Emanuel but I've always assumed that it was the other way around: that Emanuel was a Westernized rendering of whatever Manis stood for, probably Menachem. I don't know where Manis or Joseph came from but my best guess, at the moment, is Ternivka, Ukraine.



Lee David Jaffe

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland


Re: Why Did Jews Marry Christians? #general

Lin Mor

Yes! In the case of my grandfather's brother, he did not actually embrace another religion. I do not know any of the specifics, but his granddaughter stated that he did the formal conversion for, as she said, business reasons. You are making a good point that it could be a tax reason. Or a political reason. Or a social reason to expand his business, whatever it was. He was married to a Jewish woman and has Jewish descendants. Do not know if his wife converted. No one is around with first-hand knowledge but particular actions can be researched by someone in Russia. I suspect that Jews were taxed at a higher rate or more frequently, paid more to get licenses, etc. I do know the family had several businessmen.

Here is a Rostov-on-Don entry for a business that I believe was of his son: (This may be the son Moshe/Michael who immigrated to Palestine in the 1920's)

Business directory 1910


AMCHISLAVSKY M. I.  bed manufacturing, Bolshaya Sadovaya ulitsa 115

From Linda Cohen Morzillo, Saratoga Springs, NY

Re: Help with multipage document for ViewMate #translation #germany #hungary

Laurie Budgar

Thank you, Andrea. These are my great-great-grandparents, so I actually would love a translation of all the details, if you or anyone else is up for it. I'd be happy to pay for your/their time. 

Laurie Budgar
Longmont, CO, USA

Major new Skierniewice records extraction project launched #announcements #poland

Joe Ross

Long-time Skierniewice and area researchers will be pleased to learn that Jewish Records Indexing - Poland has undertaken a huge new “Phase 3” project to fully extract all surviving Skierniewice birth, marriage and death records from 1826 to 1917.  To carry out this major initiative, we also have acquired scans (digital images) of all surviving Skierniewice records in the Łódź and Grodzisk Mazowiecki branches of the Polish State Archives.


As Town Leader, it would be my pleasure to send you a full description of the project and explain how you will be able to obtain the extracts of your family records as they become available and before they go online.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Joe Ross

Town Leader, Skierniewice Phase 3 extraction project.

Laniado family #names


Does anyone have details on the Laniado family in Livorno?
Avi laniado

Re: Luzow? - Poland town name #poland

Steven Granek

SOLVED. Thank you.   This turns out to be Ludza (Lutxin in Yiddish) in present day Latvia.  Thank you.

Steven Granek

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