Possible marriage in London #records #unitedkingdom

Richard Gilbert


With regards to evidence of one’s Halachic Jewish status, one would in normal circumstances produce one’s parents’ Ketubah, but this was as the previous replies suggest not always available.

It was for this reason that the Marriage Authorisation has a space for certificate. This was these pace where the Chief Rabbi’s Office recorded what information or documentation it took as evidence of someone’s Jewish status. On occasions this was based on oral evidence from other members of the family.

Kind regards,

Richard Gilbert

Re: The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma's Jews #usa

Peter Cohen

The firsthand description of pogroms set forth in the Cowen report is eerily similar to the description of the Tulsa riots that survivors have recently been giving on TV.  Who says we don't have pogroms in the US?
Peter Cohen

Kindertransport and beyond 1939-46 #holocaust


Dear Friends
Looking to fill in information on the following on my late father ..either background or family
members that were there
Kurt Ehrmann dob 7.11.1922
Boarded in Berlin kindertransport dec 38-age 16
Arrived at harwich and sent to dovercourt dec 39
huyton internment camp England spring 40 (collar the lot enemy aliens-not really)
hmt dunera hellship
Hay-Tartua internment camp
Unit 8-Australian army (Dunera boys)
Believe fought in New Guinea (wounded)-most did not that were in this Unit
Discharged spring 45-Lived on Church street in Richmond, 5 hours south of Hay for 10 mo before.....
Leaving-Matson steamer Spring 1946 to San Francisco

Paul Ehrmann
Son of Kurt Ehrmann
248 563 0386

Re: The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland

Ira Leviton

The name Yom Tov can stand on its own -  it doesn't have to be combined with Jacob or any other name.  I had a relative named Shlomo Yom Tov who, according to another  relative was was named after Yom Tov Lipman Heller because he was a relative, but I have not been able to confirm that connection.


Ira Leviton, New York, N.Y.

(and great-nephew of Shlomo Yom Tov Lewitan)

Re: looking for sescendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #germany #holocaust #latinamerica

David Sperling

Hello this is Sara Wolf, I can be reached in Israel via saraw@.... My mom Edith Schmitz-Bank and my aunt Helga Schmitz -Luden and their parents, my grandparents, Adolf Schmitz and Else Fernich Schmitz, arrived on the Santa Pinto to the DR. My mom was born in Santo Domingo, my aunt was 8 years older. My Great uncle Louis Fernich and his wife Paula were also saved via the DR.
I have a friend whose mother was also there.

Happy to be in touch and put you in touch with my mom and aunt now 79 and 87 years old.

Re: Visits to concentration camps #holocaust

Eva Lawrence

There was a report with haunting pictures from concentration camps on
the front page of the Observer very soon after they were uncovered, it
must have been 1945. As 12-year-old, living in England, I refused to
believe them, but i still remember them clearly. Nobody mentioned the
family members who had been left behind, and the adults' wry relief
when news of those who had survived came through (ach, den gibts' auch
noch!) was a catchphrase for the younger generation. I can only be
grateful for the real effort our parents made to shelter us children
from the horror.
I might feel differently if someone very close to me died in a KZ As it
is, I've not tried to visit Auschwitz nor do I feel that doing so would
make me a better or a wiser person, let alone a happier one.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Paul A. Auerbach

I'm requesting a translation of the Przasnysz marriage record of Chana Laia Lew and Aryia Mgla.  It's written in Russian Cyrillic script.  The marriage record no. is 26. It's on ViewMate at the following address:

I'd appreciate a full translation, but am most interested in the date and place of the marriage and the names of the bride's and groom's parents.

Please respond using the ViewMate form.

Thanks very much.

Paul Auerbach
Sharon, Massachusetts, USA


ARONSON /ARENSON (Podolia (Gubernia), Ukraine), ATTELL/ETTEL (Krakow, Poland),  (AUERBACH / AVERBUKH / KHAZEN-AVERBUKH (Chisinau, Moldova), BARR (Kreslavka, Latvia),  
BECK (Krakow, Poland), BENJAMIN (Ostrolenka, Poland), BLODEK/WLODEK (Krakow, Poland), CALKE / SELKA (Ostrolenka, Poland), CHAKIM / KHAKIM (Maisiagala / Musninkai/ Vilnius, Lithuania), 
DAVIDSON (Traby, Belarus), DREYEK (Krakow, Poland), HALTZMAN/HOLZMAN (Chisinau, Moldova), HURWITZ / HURVICH (Musninkai, Lithuania), ITCHOFF (Lechowitz, Belarus), 
KAPLAN (Dzyarzhynsk / Minsk, Belarus), KUKLA (Rezekne, Latvia), LAZAROWITZ / LEISEROVICI (Iasi, Romania), LEVINE /LEVIN / LEWIN (Traby, Belarus), MESCHER/MEZAK (Odessa, Ukraine), 
MINKIN (Rezekne / Kaunata, Latvia), NEEDLE / NUDELL (Odessa, Ukraine & Lechowitz, Belarus), NESIS / NESSIS (Zinkiv, Ukraine), PELICAN / PELIKAN (London, England & Tarnow / Krakow, Poland), 
PINCUS/PIKUS (Dzyarzhynsk / Minsk, Belarus), ROSENLICHT (Krakow, Poland), SHAFFMAN (Lechowitz, Belarus), TAFFET (Krakow, Poland), WEINER/VENER (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Re: The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland


"Chanayah Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum (22 May 1836 – 15 February 1904)[1] was the Grand Rebbe of Siget, and the author of Kedushath Yom Tov, a Hasidic commentary on the Torah he wrote in 1895". My mom's uncle was named Chananyah Yom Tov Lipa after him.

Alex Goldinger

Re: Visits to concentration camps #holocaust


I visited Dachau in 1973 when I was 20 years old and back packing through Europe. I took the train from Munich. Ironically it was packed. We all got off at the Dachau station and walked silently through the gates. I openly wore my Jewish star around my neck. Some visitors just stared. People asked me if I was from Israel. I told them I was from NYC. Many were just very ignorant back then.

Ellen Jacobs 
Livingston, NJ

Re: Possible marriage in London #records #unitedkingdom


Hello again,

I have done a bit more digging and established that both Eliza and Morris were granted authorisations to marry in Liverpool synagogues in 1890 (Old Synagogue) and 1892 (Princes Road Synagogue) respectively, which suggests that their parents were in possession of their own ketubah. Maybe the simple explanation is that Joseph and Mary had married in Poland before emigrating.

There are a couple of family trees on ancestry reporting (without any evidence) that both Joseph and Mary came from Lomza. I really can't make out Mary's birthplace as it was recorded in 1871 census. It appears to begin with a "W". Do you have other records that show their places of birth?


Justin Levy

Re: Possible marriage in London #records #unitedkingdom


Hello Yvonne,

1866 was in the middle of the term of office of Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler, who was very strict when it came to authorising marriages in orthodox synagogues. The archivist at the United Synagogue Beth Din in London explained the situation thus:


"To marry in a Orthodox Synagogue one needs the Chief Rabbi's permission (authorisation). To get that one must prove one is Jewish. One proves one is Jewish by presenting one's own parents' ketubah (marriage contract). This proves one is a result of a Jewish union. But therein lay the problem. If one had fled one's home country one might not have access to one's parents' ketubah. So, the Chief Rabbi would decline his authorisation. He was VERY strict about it, there was no arguing or having people vouch for you; without that ketubah you could forget it! So, without his authorisation no approved minister would perform a Jewish marriage. Some couples went to the registrar or even a parish church, but some thought that being married by any Rabbi (authorised or not) was what should happen. So, a clandestine marriage (stille chuppah) was performed. An unauthorised (though probably perfectly bona fide) Rabbi would perform the ceremony. In the eyes of God the couple were legally married, but in the eyes of the law, they were not. No records of these marriages were ever made. Years later the couple would sometimes have a second marriage for the sake of their children, either at the registry office or in a church. Others probably never bothered."

Only an approved minister would have been permitted to issue an official marriage certificate. He would have sent copies to the Superintendent Registrar and the General Register Office for official registration.

One further point; not until 1875 was the penalty for not registering the birth of a child.

I hope this helps ... albeit in a disappointing way.


Justin Levy

Re: The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma's Jews #usa


My grandparents got married in New York in 1920 and my grandfather sold his shares in the family Hay and Feed business for $1,100.00. They were enticed to go to Tulsa, OK by my ancestor Ben Horwitz and off they went. My grandmother was pregnant with my father who was born in Tulsa in July, 1921. They didn’t last long in Tulsa and returned to New York. When asked why they left Tulsa they would refer to the Klan and the general anti-semitism. The Tulsa weather was the final straw!

Jill Meyer

Searching for:

MEYER – PERLMAN, GOLDSTEIN, KATZ, LEVINE (Russia, Manchester England, Brooklyn, Oklahoma)

HURWITZ – KAPLAN, LEIBOWITZ, KAHN (Belarus, California, Oklahoma, New York City) 

COHEN - STERN, LEVY, FRIEDMAN (England, Germany, Philadelphia, New York City)

ROTHSCHILD – STRAUSS, LITCHFIELD, PARADIES (Germany, England, Philadelphia, New York City)


Re: The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland


My 8x great-grandfather was named Yom Tov Jaffe. He was born at Nikolsburg now Mikulov, Czechia in about 1600 and died there about 1657.
He came from a long line of rabbis.

Gary Binetter
Tel Aviv, Israel

ViewMate translation request—Russian #translation #poland

Stephan Owen Parnes

I've posted two Polish vital records in Russian for which I need assistance in learning the names of those mentioned in the documents.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Stephan Parnes

ViewMate translation request - Russian #poland #translation

Barry Broude <broudeb@...>

I've posted a vital record in Russian 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.

PS  I made 2 errors #1, naming Malka's father, his name is Moshe not Abram.
#2 I would like to know Ruchl's maiden name. I believe there is a problem in legibility, so include any possible spellings of here maiden name. I want to know if it is ZIMNOWODSKA.
Thank you very much.

Barry Broude
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Re: Looking for Bernard Freed and Anna nee Siporin's two children Laurie and Barry #usa

Sharon Ann Dror

Thank you so much... Great info to have on Mary/May.

UPDATE to all - I found the Freed family so I don't need further assistance as they will give me information.

Sharon Ann Dror

MNJGS virtual event: Phil Goldfarb will speak, June 27 1PM CDT. #announcements #jgs-iajgs #events


The Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society will host Phil Goldfarb, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa, who will present Drawing on the Power of Community:The JewishGen Discussion Group. JewishGen is the leading site for those exploring Jewish genealogy and provides a host of resources. One of its most valuable is the JewishGen Discussion Group (JGDG). Crowdsourcing, drawing on the network of Jewish genealogists, is one of the most effective ways to solve our genealogical puzzles.
The event will take place on Zoom, Sunday June 27 from 1:00-2:30PM CDT. Event is Free for members, a $5.00 donation is requested from non-members.

Here is the link for registration (required) and more information:

Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN

Re: Ancient Ashkenazic DNA Admixture #announcements #israel #dna

Dan Nussbaum


Can you please give me a reference that Judaism did not become exclusively matrilineal until the year one thousand CE?

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

Does anyone recognize this Russian uniform c. 1911 #ukraine

Shana Millstein

I've posted a photograph, perhaps of my grandfather, taken in Russia, c. 1911. I am wondering if anyone recognizes the uniform he is wearing in the picture; might it be an army uniform or a school uniform? It is on Viewmate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Shana Millstein 

San Francisco

Researching: MILLSTEIN - Akkerman, Kiev, Ukraine; WETZLAR - Berlin,Germany; KLEIN - Tokai, Hungary;

GREENSPAN/ACKERMAN - Ungvar/Uzhorod, Hungary; FASS - Germany; FROCK/FRAK - Paneume,Lithuania/Russia; STERN - Sebes,Hungary; ORTENBERG - Ukraine/Russia

request for translation from Russian #poland #translation


 I've posted a vital record in Russian 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.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

5821 - 5840 of 665256