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Re: Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish
I have been using the Yiddish language course and it works quite well and has been great fun.
There was also a Skierniewice Assoc. in NY and one in Tel Aviv. I remember being in the NY assoc. as a young girl, and I spoke twice at the Tel Aviv branch. The people who led the meetings are no longer living. Frayda Zelman NY
I have found some results of interest to me in the Claims Conference, Hungary database available at JewishGen. The family name is GOTTERER. The DocCode is 50.
From what I understand, the file coded 50 is available at the Central Zionist Archive.
However I can't find the finding aid in the US Holocaust Museum and I find no information about this on the CZA website either.
Is it possible to get access to a file and if yes how ?
Thank you for your help.
Cahal, Kagal קהל all come from the same Hebrew word that is the root of "congregation".
Sharon Ann Dror
I have had NO luck... I hope someone can get me some new leads...
Dora nee Grossman and George Cohen both died after 1990 but I don’t have details of when and where. Looking for their tombstones. I contacted a number of cemeteries, no luck. I called many but these three went through their whole listing....
Mount Hebron NO
Cedar Grove NO
Beth David NO
No one in our family has contacts with their 3 sons.
3 sons have no children to our knowledge.
March 5, 1911: Dora Grossman born in Manhattan, NY - it could be Dorothy or Doris for her legal name?
March 20, 1935: Doris & George got married in Brooklyn, NY
February. 26,1939: Jerome Cohen born in Brooklyn, NY
June 15, 1945: Robert Cohen born in Brooklyn, NY
December 4, 1945: Elaine Carol Auerbach born in Brooklyn, NY
June 21, 1946 Rina Frances born
April 1, 1948: Kenneth Cohen born in Brooklyn, NY
July 10, 1983: Kenneth and Elaine Carol Auerbach got married in Manhattan, NY
Jerome and Rina Frances got married. Where? When?
January 2, 2013 Rina Frances passed away in Peoria, AZ - cremated
Looking for Dora nee Grossman and George Cohen of Lefrak City, Queens, NY
White pages: George. and Dora Cohen, 94-10 69th Avenue, Rego Park, NY 11373
White pages: Rina Frances and Jerome Cohen 7440 W Vogel Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345
White pages: Elaine Carol Auerbach & Kenneth Cohen 30 Waterside Plaza Apt. 30, Manhattan, NY 10010
NAME: Jerome David Cohen
MILITARY DATE:1 Jun 1964
PUBLICATION DATE:1 Jul 1967
TITLE:Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval and Reserve
Jerome lives in Peoria, Arizona
Rina born June 21, 1946 and passed away in Peoria, AZ on January 2, 2013 - cremated at Best Funeral Services - they relayed a number of messages to Jerome but no return calls. info@..., (623) 486-1955
I found her ‘ obituary’ on Best Funeral Services in Peoria’s website:
I contacted the person (Rina’s daughter) via email that left a comment to see if she has some leads to contact Jerome. We have tried all phone # and even Rina’s phone # - no good. Rina’s daughter Rebecca Capuchino) never returned my emails, calls and I contacted her family on Facebook, they all said they dont have contacts with her.
I have no information about him other than that he went to the Army.
Went into the air force during Vietnam, worked as a photographer -
Tried all the phone # to this address with their names - no longer in service. I sent them a letter - no response.
Dora’s parents: Ida nee Poritz and Sol Grossman are buried at Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, Queens, NY . Sol’s family name was Klein.
Dora’s 7 siblings: Edward Grossman, Louis Grossman, Bella Berger Newman, Rose Rudnick, Benjamin Grossman, Rebecca Kassenoff and Max Grossman.
I don’t have any info on George Cohen’s family. I dont know if he had brothers and sisters? Parents? Cousins?
I contacted several High Schools: Forest Hills High, Hillcrest, Thomas Jefferson - no one has recognized them.
Sharon Ann Dror - Burbank, CA
I am now prepping for a possible presentation to IGRA (and perhaps others) on avoiding such errors in the transcription process, based upon experiences in error detection & correction in the spreadsheet of transcriptions of the German Jerusalem Consulate cards from 1938 - 1939 now being proofread.
Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva, Israel kenneth.ryesky@...
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)
DE BEER: Translation of 1654 Notarial Deed from Dutch to English #translation
I would greatly appreciate it if someone could translate a 1654 notarial deed that was executed in Amsterdam, attached and at Indexen (archief.amsterdam)
I'm trying to determine whether the person referenced, Jacob Bar Moses, is connected to the DE BEER family of Emden, Germany.
A summary of the document would suffice; I would just like to know the nature of the transaction, whether, aside from Jacob Bar Moses, the names of any other people were mentioned and in what capacity, and in what way the city of Emden was involved.
Thanks very much.
de BEER: Amsterdam and Emden, Germany; PELS AND SCHEUR: Wiegboldsbur, Germany; BRODA / BRADY: Boehmisch-Leipa, Austria (now Česká Lípa, Czech Republic); Emden; Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia; New York City
AHRON / ARONSOHN, MOSES, and JOSEPH: Ritzebuttel, Germany, and Hartford, Connecticut ; Benjamin HERTZ / HERTS Family, Middleburg, Netherlands, England, and New York City
POLLAK: Ticino, Switzerland, and Trieste, Italy; PHILLIPS and HARRIS: England, Australia, and New Zealand; BOVSCHEVER / BOOCHEVER / BOWSCHOWER: Lyady, Belarus, and Jelgava / Mitau, Latvia
HYDEMAN: Albany, New York; FALKENBURGH / VALKENBURG / VALKENBURGHER: Pyritz, Prussia / Germany; LEVEY: London, England
I am looking for assistance in finding any information/pictures of the following family members, who resided in Pabianice, Poland pre WW II.
Family name - Wajngard/ Weingarten
Sura Rywka, 1896
Family name: Uszerowicz/ Usherovitz
Thank you in advance for any help in this Search.
Re: Searching for descendants of Martha and Georg ZACHARIAS and Lena and Moritz ZACHARIAS #israel
My wife's father's mother was born Golda Scharios in Krynki, Poland, and later moved to Bialystok, where she married Yoel Suchonitzki and eventually moved to Palestine. Her siblings were Julius, Joseph, Louis and Sarah. The men came to America and changed their name to Siegel. Her father's name was David Scharios. The Hebrew name on his headstone transliterates to Zacharit. These could very well be the same family. Does your family have roots in Bialystok or Krynki? I also know another family that is researching Zacharios. Contact me.
Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish
I don't know if this is appropriate or not but Duolingo has just offered a Yiddish Language course at www.duolingo.com
I had been using it for learning other languages, but when the Yiddish course was released I had to try it. The service is free with ads or there is a yearly subscription option. Other than being a customer, my only connection with the company is they are located in Pittsburgh.
left twist <lefttwist@...>
Morris Presser and Pearl Edelsberg [American names] were married in Kotyczynce, Galicia, Austria (modern Kopychyntsi, Ternopil, Ukraine) on 10 Jun 1908, according to their divorce papers.
Their names may be Moses Presser and Pipi Edelsberg. Morris was a barber. This was his second marriage and her first.
Howard R. Presser
If you drill down to the information/introduction page of a particular data base you will often see the clickable name of the person responsible for its compilation. Send that person a message.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
On 5/13/2021 4:21 PM, Dan Rottenberg wrote:
Is there a mechanism for alerting JewishGen to errors one finds in the database? I believe I've found such an error but don't know how to proceed.
JOWBR & Memorial Plaques Submission Reminder #JewishGenUpdates
Just a reminder that if you would like to submit your data / photos for the June “pre-Conference” update, the due date is May 31st. After June, the next semi-annual update will take place at calendar year-end and will include all data and photos received by November 30th.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Is there a mechanism for alerting JewishGen to errors one finds in the database? I believe I've found such an error but don't know how to proceed.
Specifically, I found this death record:
1881 Hungary death: Lipot Wiesenberger, age 53, no parents listed, died 9 January 1881 at Budapest. Record #323-12. Born Kio (sic), palinka vendor; wife RIESZ Terez. LDS 642983, Vol. 52.
I am trying to track down an obituary for Marcel Brzostowski. From what I can determine, he passed away around 1 June 1995 in the region of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azor France. I have been unable to find any newspaper or any form of documentation describing his life in a typical obituary I am expecting. Any thoughts on newspapers or other sources in the region would be appreciated. Thank you.
Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society Invites you:
A Taste of Jewish Genealogy as a Gateway to the
Civilization of Polish Jewry
with Tomasz Cebulski Ph.D., Professional Genealogist from Krakow
Sunday, 06 June 2021
at 1pm Pacific Daylight Time/4pm Eastern Time
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Description: Tomasz joins us from Krakow for this program on why, when, and how to
conduct genealogical research. Tomasz will share his favorite online resources
before demonstrating how he combines research, maps, photography, video and
drone documentation in search of Polish Jewry. We will make a virtual visit to
Brzesko in former Galicia, once a vibrant center of Jewish life.
over 20-years perfecting his knowledge on archival resources in Poland and Central
Europe. He is a scholar in genocide studies and changing patterns of Holocaust and
Auschwitz memory. Tomasz is a historical memory analyst, guide and author of
"Auschwitz after Auschwitz". He is the founder of Polin Travel and Sky Heritage
As I mentioned yesterday, Pew Research Center has a follow up post to the report on Jewish-Americans it issue earlier this week.
Jews in U.S. are far less religious than Christians and Americans overall, at least by traditional measures https://pewrsr.ch/3tLMxxN
Silver Spring MD
Re: football team from Bialystok 1924 #poland
I'd like to find someone who have family who played in the jewish
football team ZKS. You can view a picture of the team:
My grandfather, Berko Bialostozky played in this team. Around 1924 or
1925 he left for Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reserching Schvarzstein from Polonne and Lyubar, Fainsod from Bialystok
STERN family of Malsch, Landkreis Karlsruhe #germany
Is anyone researching or have information about the STERN family of Malsch in the present-day Landkreis (County of) Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany?
I recently found out that the STERN name adopter Joseph Isaak (about 1751 – 19 February 1816 Malsch) was a stepbrother of Marx Nathan, my ancestor who, along with his brother Abraham Nathan, adopted the family name BÄR (BAER) in 1809 in Malsch. It would not surprise me if Joseph was also their first cousin, perhaps a son of their maternal uncle Isaac Abraham who apparently disappeared from Malsch records after being denied Schutz (rights of residence, marry, etc.) in 1745.
A member if the STERN family of Malsch was the historian Selma STERN-TÄUBLER who was born in Kippenheim.--
Ralph N. Baer RalphNBaer@... Washington, DC
Re: Hebrew Cemetery, Asbury Park NJ #usa
First and always, I thank you all for your help. You're so generous with your time and I am so grateful.
Getting a death certificate would be the best way to track him, but he died in 1933. Elena's flowchart (an excellent resource!) stops at 1930.
The death notice doesn't provide many details: Asbury Park Press, April 27 1933:
"Meyer Levitz, 61, a shoemaker at 807 1/2 Main street, Bradley Beach, died last night. He is survived by his widow, four sons and a daughter. Funeral services are being held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the late home. Interment will be made in the Hebrew cemetery by Funeral Director Harry J. Bodine."
His widow was his second wife, Ida. She lived in Asbury Park until her death in 1945.
His first wife, Lena, divorced him in 1917.
He married Ida in Brooklyn in 1919.
He and Ida moved to Asbury Park in 1920, he's in the city directories.
None of his children lived in NJ. His eldest son Nathan Levitz, lived in Brooklyn until about 1945 and may have been in contact with Meyer, I can't verify that.
By 1922, Lena and his other children, Louis, Sam, Fannie and Abraham lived in California.
I emailed the Ely Funeral Home yesterday, I received a reply this morning, they did not purchase Bodine.
Bloomfield Cooper is now owned by Dignity Memorials, a subsidiary of Service Corporation International (SCI), the largest funeral provider in the U.S.
They are not known for keeping records that far back.
SCI also owns the Neptune Society and the Trident Society.
I'm going to contact the other congregations, maybe they can help. Thank you for sharing those leads.
We'll see where it takes me.
San Francisco, CA