Re: does anyone know this Yiddish expression? #yiddish

Aline Petzold

Hello all:
 Thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to my question.  You are a great group!
Aline Petzold
St. Paul MN

Re: Hebrew Cemetery, Asbury Park NJ #usa

Steve Stein

Chesed Shel Emes apparently belonged to a synagogue in Bradley Beach, so a good bet. It appears that both those cemeteries (adjacent, apparently) may have been taken over by Congregation Brothers of Israel in Long Branch, NJ. You might try contacting the office there to see if they have a record of burials. Don't assume that Find-A-Grave is complete, the volunteers often document only a section they are personally interested in.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Re: Hebrew Cemetery, Asbury Park NJ #usa



Meyer Levitz' death certificate would probably indicate the cemetery in which he is buried.

Kind regards,
David Passman
Dallas, Texas

Cemeteries near Asbury Park,NJ #usa

S Pasquariella

There is also the Monmouth Fields Jewish Cemetery in Long Branch, NJ (not far from Asbury Park).  Phone number is (732) 449-5454 and Congregation Brothers of Israel (3 locations) phones (732) 822-0101.  I believe there are more small cemeteries in the area.  The ones I’ve listed may have more suggestions.  

Hope this helps,
Susan Pasquariella

Re: Copies of Briceni (Bessarabia) Birth, Marriage or death Certificates for... #records #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello Alberto.  it is good that you posted message at our Discussion group.
But, it seems that you did not do a search in our Database, and that is important to do first.

here is a simple search with 155 results!!

OAnother point want to make:

name Moricis is not the name in Bessarabia!  Probably it was Moyshe.

Finally, all Birth, death, marriage records inventory you can find in Bessarabia Vital Records Introductory pages, direct link is this:

All the best,
Yefim Kogan\
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

Re: requests for translations #translation

Janet Furba

No, unless you find a volunteer.
Janet Furba,

Re: Perkels in Belarus #belarus

Gerald and Margaret

I  suggest you contact a charity called The Together Plan. Based in London and Minsk, the aim  to help the remaining Jewer communiy become more self-sufficient.  One of their projects is doing family search.
They have the huge advantage of knowing the language and the cumberson Bureaucrasies

Good hunting,

Margaret Levin
London N3

Re: What would be the correct Bar Mitzvah date in 1961 #general

David Seldner

A Bar Mitsva - the event - is a traditon which is a few hundred years old.
When the boy turns 13 (according to the Jewish calendar) or a girl tuns 12, he/she are "off age". responsible for their doing, obliged to follow the mitsvot.
A boy who is 13 years old also counts for the minyan (I am not talking about Reform Judaism, this came up "only" a few hundred years ago) and as a symbol he reads a part (maftir) from the weekly Torah portion.
Also, traditionally, he has to lay t'fillin before that. As a consequence: As soon as he is 13 years old he demonstrates his status by laying t'fillin in the synagogue and on the following Shabbat he shows that he is also permitted to read from the Torah. This is called "Bar Mitsva". But halakhically it has no meaning. Of course a Bar Mitsva can also be held later (but not earlier). Veronika Pachtinger explained it very nicely (unfortunately I saw her post when I had almost finished mine).

In my certificate of the Brit Milla is even written when my Bar Mitsva is - the portion of the Tora. But I had it one week later, I do not know why and when I asked the cantor 20 years later he couldn't remember. My guess is that the portion I had to read was pretty lengthy, so he set the date a week later. The reading was not all that difficult.

On which day the boy turns 13 can easily be calculated by converting the Gregorian date of birth to the Jewish one.

I  hope this explains the situation a bit.

David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Re: requests for translations #translation


Hi Frank,
Sometimes I do translations from German into English, also based on my background as a historian. If it's done in a few minutes, it's my pleasure to do this for free. If I need several hours or even days I must ask for a compensation. Because then it is about earning money, as all of us have to do in one or the other way.
Kindest regards,
Alexander Burstein

Copies of Briceni (Bessarabia) Birth, Marriage or death Certificates for... #records #bessarabia

Alberto Kremnitzer

Dear all.
I wish to obtain Birth/Marriage or Death Certificates for
1- Moricis Abuliac (Abuliak), who lived in Briceni c. 1870 to 1930, whose spouse was...
2 - Rifca Abuliac (Abuliak)

The Birth Certificate for their daughter Perl (Perola) Abuliak born 01 Feb. 1918.
Does anyone know where is it possible to obtain such documents in Briceni, then Bessarabia, nowadays moldova?
Is there already a names list of those buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Biceni?
Thank you
Alberto Kremnitzer  ID#: 38830

Re: Book search #poland #ukraine

Belinda Dishon

Thanks to everyone for their help. I have found the book at my local genealogy society
Belinda Dishon
Melbourne Australia

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami-A Slice of Jewish Life: Two Island Stories #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Paulette Bronstein

Dear Friends,
You are invited to a Zoom presentation about Southwest Florida Jewish history Sunday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m.
To join contact jgsgm.vpprogramming@....
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
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Orange County California JGS meeting on May 23rd at 10:00 am with Miriam Weiner #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

May 23 at 10:00 am (Pacific time zone)
Miriam Weiner: What's new at Routes to Roots Foundation? New surnames
databases, maps, town images, and more!
Miriam Weiner, researcher, genealogist, author, world traveler.
Speaking of Pioneers of Jewish Genealogy... We'll have a little
conversation, and then Miriam will take us on a guided tour of the
many additions and enhancements that she recently posted at the Routes
to Roots Foundation website, including:

Two new Surname Databases (standard surname search & OCR search)
Image Database
Maps (detailed regional maps) and 75 individual town maps for Ukraine
OCR search of business directories and telephone books

Registration required. Register at Free with OCJGS
membership or else $5.00

Sorry, this presentation will not be recorded.

Michelle Sandler MLS
Vice President of Programming

Re: The surname RAPPEL #poland

Sherri Bobish


Lobaschni is probably Łabiszyn, Poland.
Alternate names: Łabiszyn [Pol], Labischin [Ger], Lüderitz [Ger, 1940-45]

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Jewish ‘home’ or orphanage in 1940s England #unitedkingdom

Sherri Bobish


Try searching her name at:

Click on:
Web Archive advanced Search

Type in name you are searching in the top field and hit search.

Scroll down on results page and look for anything labeled:

Moving Here | Catalogue

This site is no longer updated, and is a bit klutzy to search on these days, but I have found many documents there relating to Jewish refugees in Britain in the WW11 time frame, including school records.

You can search by person's name or by name of town that they came from, and I imagine other keywords would work also.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Perkels in Belarus #belarus

michael perkel

I am researching the surname Perkel in the towns of Ruzhany, Pruzhany and Shershev in Belarus. Any information regarding this would be appreciated. 

Michael Perkel
atlanta, georgia

Pew Research Center New Study on American Jews #announcements #general #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


On May 11, 2021, the Pew Research Center published a new study on America’s Jews. This is the second study on Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center- the first was in 2013. The new survey of U.S. Jews, was conducted from Nov. 19, 2019, to June 3, 2020, among 4,718 Jews across the country who were identified through 68,398 completed screening interviews conducted by mail and online. Pew nol onger did random phone calling but instead sent letters to randomly selected residential addresses across the country, asking the recipients to go online to take a short screening survey. We also provided the option to fill out the survey on a paper form and return it by mail, so as not to limit the survey only to people who have access to the internet and are comfortable using it. These methods obtained a response rate (17%).


The 2013 survey measured not only the size and makeup of American Jewry, but quantified what those Jews believed (or didn’t), how they practiced their religion (or didn’t), whom they married, how they raised their children and how they felt about Israel.


The new edition asks many of the same questions, and adds a few new ones based on the events and conversation of the past few years. For example, the survey delves much deeper into antisemitism, as well as racial and ethnic diversity among American Jews.


Its authors have cautioned not to make direct comparisons between the data in the two surveys because of differences in methodology.


More than 4,700 Jews took part in the survey, which has a margin of error of 3%, with larger margins of error for subsets. Questions pertaining to Orthodox respondents, for example, had a margin of error of 8.8%.


Basics from the study:

The American Jewish community is growing and increasingly diverse. It is largely educated, affluent and leans Democratic. Most of its young people are marrying non-Jews, though many of those families are still raising their kids Jewish.


Orthodox Jewry is growing and the Conservative movement is shrinking. The more traditionally observant Jews are, the more likely they are to consume Jewish culture.


“1. There are 7.5 million American Jews.


The number includes approximately 5.8 million adults and 1.8 million children. About 4.2 million of the adults identify their religion as Jewish, while the rest of the adults are what Pew calls “Jews of no religion.”


The 7.5 million figure is up from the 6.7 million counted in 2013, which included some 5.3 million adults and 1.3 million children. And the 2021 figure is a bit larger than the Jewish population of Israel, which is around 6.9 million.


2. Most young Jews are either Orthodox or unaffiliated.


The future of American Jewry appears to be one of polarization. The numbers of Orthodox and unaffiliated Jews are growing. The Conservative and Reform movements, which once claimed the bulk of the American Jewish community, are shrinking.


Overall, the raw percentages belonging to each denomination haven’t changed much since 2013. But religious affiliation by age shows a changing community.


Among Jews aged 65 and older, 69% are either Conservative or Reform, while just 3% are Orthodox. But among adults under 30, 37% are Conservative and Reform and 17% are Orthodox. Just 8% of those young adults are Conservative, as opposed to 25% of Jews over 65.


And 41% of Jews under 30 are unaffiliated, compared to 22% over 65.


3. Some 15% of young Jewish adults are not white.


The survey adds to a discussion that the Jewish community has been having in recent years: What proportion of American Jews are Jews of color, and have Jews of color been undercounted as a result of institutional bias? That conversation grew more intense during and after the protests over racial injustice that began last year.


The survey did not ask about the term “Jews of color” specifically because of debates over its definition and researchers were concerned that respondents may not be familiar with it. But the survey aimed to measure the racial and ethnic diversity of American Jewry.


It found that the overwhelming majority of the Jewish community identifies primarily as white — 92% — but that young adults are significantly more diverse. Some 85% of adults under 30 identify primarily as white, while 7% identify as Hispanic, 2% as Black, 6% as multiracial and less than 1% as Asian or Pacific Islander. By contrast, 97% of Jews over 65 identify primarily as white.


And while most American Jews were born in the U.S. and identify as Ashkenazi (with roots primarily in Eastern Europe), those numbers drop among young adults as well. Among those under 30, 28% are either not Ashkenazi, identify with at least one racial minority or are the children of immigrants from countries with a largely nonwhite population.


Overall, two-thirds of Jews identify as Ashkenazi, while only 3% identify as Sephardic, or following the traditional religious Jewish customs of Spain, according to Pew. Another 1% identify as Mizrahi, a term primarily used in Israel that refers to Jews with roots in the Middle East and North Africa.


The 2021 study found that in the past decade, 61% of Jews married non-Jewish partners. And nearly three-quarters of non-Orthodox Jews who married since 2010 wed non-Jews. Intermarriage is quite rare among Orthodox Jews. In total, 42% of married Jews have a spouse who is not Jewish.


The study found that American Jews are significantly more educated than Americans overall, and wealthier. The majority of Jews have a college or postgraduate degree, as opposed to fewer than 30% of Americans overall. Jews also have higher salaries. The majority of Jewish adults have a household income of more than $100,000, including 23% above $200,000. Only 19% of Americans overall have a household income above $100,000. Jews also report being satisfied with their lives and communities at higher rates than Americans as a whole.


The survey found that the vast majority of Jews, 76%, believe remembering the Holocaust is essential to being Jewish. A similar number said the same of leading an ethical and moral life.  15% of Jews said observing Jewish law is essential to being Jewish, and 33% said being part of a Jewish community was essential.”


To read more see:

To read the Pew Study, Jewish Americans in 2020 see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Miriam Weiner begins Weekly Featured Collections in the new Surname Database at the Routes to Roots Foundation website ( This week: Bialystok, Poland and Kirovograd, Ukraine are featured. #holocaust #names #poland #ukraine #announcements

Miriam Weiner

The Routes to Roots Foundation is offering Weekly Featured Collections from the new Surname Databases on its website at
This week, we are highlighting the following:
  • Bialystok, Poland and these collections: 
    • Birth index, 1860-1884 (about 9,000 entries)
    • Jewish taxpayers in Bialystok, 1847
    • Burials (partial) in Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery, 1850/1935
    • Index to birth, marriage and death records in Bialystok, 1858/1937

  1. Kirovograd, Ukraine - Holocaust Victims, 1941-1944
Please check out:
  1. The List of Collections for each country, click here (
  2. Collection Description is accessible with each Search Result (that includes town images, document examples and more).
Learn more at the upcoming Sunday, May 23 Zoom lecture at 1:00 p.m. ET:
"What's New at Routes to Roots Foundation? New Surname Databases, Maps, Town Images, and more!"

KLEPFISZ - Warsaw - House #1101 in 1865 - Grzybow 16 in 1877 #warsaw #poland

Elizabeth Jackson

I have a birth record for my Aunt Krajndla Klepfisz from 1865.  It indicates her parents' names as Dawid Mordka Klepfisz and Etta Laia Ruda, information I know to be correct.  It also indicates they are residing at house 1101 with his (David's) parents.  Earlier, a fellow Jewishgenner helped me to determine that house #1101 was Grzybow 16 in 1877 (Grzybowski). 

Is there somewhere I might find a record with David's parents' names at this address?

Any help provided will be greatly appreciated!

Elizabeth Jackson, Michigan, USA
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately with family information


Looking for neighbourhood Synagogue #general #unitedkingdom

Richard Gilbert

Hi Yvonne

Of all the synagogues you mentioned in your original post only Princess Road survives. If I remember correctly the synagogue at Hope Place eventually merged with Greenbank Drive synagogue but that has closed and merged with Childwall synagogue.

Whilst many of our ancestors would have attended synagogues to pray in most were unable to make the contributions needed to keep them running and to become members. Which synagogue an ancestor prayed in can only ever be speculation.

There’s an old joke of a Jewish man stranded on a desert island. He builds two synagogue one to pray in and one he wouldn’t be seen dead in. Just because it was near to where an ancestor lived doesn’t mean that is where they prayed.

For more information have a look at the JCR-UK website for more information about the synagogues in Liverpool.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire

5061 - 5080 of 663739