Community History On-Line - CHOL Preserving the footprint of the Southern African Jewish community online #southafrica #events

Eli Rabinowitz

Community History On-Line -  CHOL  Preserving the footprint of the Southern African Jewish community online
Memories of Muizenberg Exhibition

preserving the footprint of the southern african jewish community online

This free public conference will take place on Zoom over three weekly sessions on 28 July, 4 August and 11 August from 7pm to 8.30pm (Australian Eastern States time).


The SA Jewish Museum and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at UCT invite you to explore the resources available and consider some of the solutions in use to recreate South African Jewish communities online. We will consider websites, social media platforms such as Facebook groups, Zoom reunions and also virtual cemeteries. We will hear from those in the field, about their processes and successes and what they feel still needs to be worked on, so that others may follow in their footsteps.   Both for dwindling and for still vibrant Jewish communities, many enthusiasts and professionals are endeavouring to celebrate and preserve the Jewish footprint online. Time is of the essence while sources can tell the stories firsthand. The recent tragic fire that engulfed UCT’s Jagger Library underlines the importance of securing heritage resources, both physically and digitally. So please join us for this first Community History Online (CHOL) Webinar.   Register here and you will be sent the zoom link. (Sessions will be recorded and uploaded on the CHOL playlist of the South African Jewish Museum.)
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Eli Rabinowitz & The SAJM Team
More details of sessions

Website Templates, KehilaLink & The SAJM Archive

Wednesday 28 July, 11am - 12.30pm (SA time)
A Virtual City & How to Make It
Outlining the processes needed to create an online presence preserving the footprint of a Jewish community, demonstrating the Kimberley KehilaLink site as an example.


Presented by Geraldine Auerbach | MBE | London, UK


Born in Kimberley, Geraldine Auerbach studied art and teaching at Wits and UCT.  She taught art in London and has created many platforms for Jewish cultural activity, including the Jewish Music Institute; Simcha on the Square; European Cantors Association; International Forum for Jewish Music Studies

The Anatomy of a KehilaLink Website & WordPress Blog
How to build, connect & share the memories of your town.


Presented by Eli Rabinowitz | Founder & CEO of the WE ARE HERE! Foundation | Perth, Australia


Eli, an ex-Capetonian now living in Perth, writes and manages 88 KehilaLink websites of Jewish communities in South Africa, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, and others. See   for Jewishgen, the world’s largest Jewish genealogical organisation. Eli has written over 800 posts on WordPress, and is the only non-American board member of the IAJGS. Eli is the founder of the international WE ARE HERE! Foundation More here:


What You Should Know About the SAJM Archive
A short introduction to the SAJM digital Archive: communal resources, navigation tools, and family histories for our digital age.


Presented by Leila Bloch | Archivist & Researcher at the SA Jewish Museum | Cape Town, South Africa


Leila Bloch manages the SAJM archive at the South African Jewish Museum, drawing from her experience in heritage studies, oral histories, and life writing.


Moderator: Gavin Morris, Director of the SA Jewish Museum, Cape Town

Websites, Zoom, Social Media & Archives

Wednesday 4 August, 11am - 12.30pm (SA time)
Once Upon a time in Vryburg: Remembering a country community through a website  
A journey to recount and remember the personal and collective stories of the Vryburg Jews, mistakes made and lessons learnt.


Presented by Gary Sussman | Tel Aviv, Israel    


Gary Sussman was raised in Vryburg and attended Kimberley Boys High. He later studied at UCT and was very involved in Habonim before making Aliyah. He did his post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University and LSE. Gary is married to Dorit and is the father of Amit, Rotem and Galia.

Creating An Online Community From Scratch
Challenges faced online and suggestions of how to overcome them. Unexpected advantages and outcomes.


Presented by Rabbi Ryan Newfield | Muizenberg Hebrew Congregation | Cape Town, South Africa


Rabbi Newfield has had international pulpit experience and is a surfer, yogi, guitarist, food and adventure enthusiast. He is also a world traveller in search of G-d always and everywhere.  


The Woodstock & Salt River Hebrew Congregation Collection at the SAJM Archive 
The goals, steps and experience of creating the WSRHC digital archive collection for the SAJM Archive.


Presented by Juan-Paul Burke | Freelance Copy Editor, Librarian, Archivist & Historical Researcher | Pretoria, South Africa


Juan-Paul Burke is a Pretorian who freelances as a copy editor, librarian, archivist and historical researcher and who has a fascination for South African Jewish history.


Moderator: Geraldine Auerbach

Virtual Cemeteries, Facebook & Available Resources

Wednesday 11 August, 11am - 12.30pm (SA Time)
Facebook & Zoom, the Southern African Jewish Community Website   
Preserving the footprint of the southern African Jewish Community.


Presented by Dave Bloom | Partner at Exsys & Professional Personal Historian


Dave Bloom was born in Zimbabwe and made Aliyah in 1973 as part of a Habonim garin. He is married to Gail and they have two daughters and seven grandchildren. Gail and Dave were founder members of Kochav Yair where they have lived since 1986. Dave has been involved professionally in the high-tech and media industries for over 40 years, including senior positions at Reuters. He is currently a partner at Exsys. Dave is also a professional personal historian through his company Milestones&Meanings. He has researched, edited and maintained the extensive Zimbabwe Jewish Community website since 2000. He has been an active Telfed volunteer for nearly 30 years and has held several positions, including chairman of the Telfed Media Committee, SASI Committee and Telfed History Project and is a past Chairman of Telfed itself.

A Place to Reflect & Find Comfort 
The evolution of a site from a database of graves to a fundraising platform and a service to the community.


Presented by Eric Berger | Executive Director of the Cape Town Jewish Cemetery Maintenance Board | Cape Town, South Africa


Eric Berger is 65 years old and has been married to Wendy (nee Shorkend) for 37 years. They have two children and four grandchildren all living in Israel. Born in Wellington in the Boland, Eric grew up and was educated in Cape Town. He has been involved with Jewish communal work for over twenty years and has been the Director at the CTJCMB and UOS for over twelve years.


Preserving Family & Communal Histories  
An introduction into the ways in which we preserve original materials and make them accessible for future use.


Presented by Katie Garrun | Archivist at the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies | Cape Town, South Africa


Katie Garrun is an archivist and information specialist at the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies. She has a keen interest in emerging technologies for archives and exhibitions.


Moderator: Professor Adam Mendelsohn, the Kaplan Centre UCT

Need help in locating a New York City Naturalization record #records #usa

Jay Gilbert

I have been trying but have been unable to locate a New York City Naturalization record for Morris Malvin, and would welcome assistance.  In the 1910 US Federal Census, he is listed by that name.  He is 26 years old (b. 1884 in Russia, I believe in Warsaw), married, with two young children, living at Jamaica and Hempstead Turnpikes, Queens, NY.  His arrival year is listed as 1906 (I haven’t been able to find an arrival record either), and his citizenship status is “Alien”.  On his WWI Draft Registration Card, dated September 1918, and in the 1920 US Federal Census he is listed as “Naturalized”.  At those times he is 34 and 36 years old, and is living at Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY.  I have searched (as best I am able) on Ancestry, and have searched both the New York Southern and Eastern District Court documents available on Family Search, without finding his Naturalization record.  Family lore says that his name in Europe may have been Malawanczyk, and I have searched as well on that name.  I would be grateful for any suggestions or recommendations.

Thank you.

Jay Gilbert

Hastings on Hudson, New York



Help with a Montefiore Cemetery photo #usa #photographs


After years of banging my head against a brick wall regarding the death and burial of my great uncle, Rabbi
David STERN, after whom I was named, I have had a breakthrough.  I now know that he died in Queens Memorial Hospital on June 21, 1954, and is buried in Montefiore Cemetery.  I am hoping that someone may be able to assist me with a photograph of his matzeva.  I need it to confirm the name of his father and my great grandfather.


The location in the Springfield Gardens section is:















Thanks for any assistance!


David Stern


Researching STERN (Various towns in Podolia)



Sent from Mail for Windows 10



Re: IAJGS Conference timezone #jgs-iajgs

Judi Gyory Missel

Hi Julia,

You must be registered to attend the meetings and other sessions. There are three levels of registration:

Full Conference registration allows access to all sessions, meetings, and presentations for one fee.

Limited Access permits attendance at all SIG, BOF, Research Division, and Research Group meetings only. The $18 fee will allow you to attend all of these meetings.

Free Access allows attendance at the JewishGen 2021 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 3, at 12:30 Eastern (NY) Time. There is also free access to the IAJGS 2021 Annual Meeting, and the IAJGS sponsored JGS Management Seminars.

All the LIVE sessions  and meetings are scheduled based on US Eastern (NY) Daylight Savings time.
Any pre-recorded sessions are available at any time to Full Conference Attendees.

In order to register for the Conference, please go to 

Hope to see you online,
Judi Gyory Missel
Conference Chair | chair@...

Yizkor Book Translation Project for Radom and Shumsk #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Michelle Sandler

I am going to make a very large donation to the Radom Poland Yizkor
Book Translation Project and the Shumsk Ukraine Yizkor Book
Translation Project in the next few weeks. How about joining me and
helping to get the Yizkor books for these Shtetls funded and
translated so we can all purchase them and have a copy in English that
we can actually read.

Michelle Sandler MLS
Westminster, California

Re: Green-Wood Cemetery - picture request #photographs #usa

Linda Higgins

Go to (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness).  Search for a volunteer in that city. Ask them to take a photo; although with COVID I'm not sure they are doing it now. Also, I have spoken to or emailed d people at the cemetery who took photos and  sent them to me.  

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, TX

What does checkmark mean on entries for some young women on Hamburg ship logs #general

Judy Kaufman

I have been searching Hamburg ship logs for my great grandmother who would have emigrated as a single young woman.  I have found a few entries for women, where the number 1 is entered in the female column, but there is also a checkmark in the male column.  What does the checkmark mean?  

Example attached:  Chaje Friedmann, line 79.  
Judy Kaufman
Irvine, CA

ROSENBLUM (Brest); FRIEDMAN (still figuring it out)l LEIDERMAN/KONETSPOLSK (Khashchuvatye); WEINSTEIN/RINENHEIM/LUKA (Sokolow-Malopolski); RASKIN/SCHIMAYATSKY (Ichnia, Chernigov)

Re: JFJP - warning about privatizing individuals #general

rv Kaplan

I've come late to this discussion. What's JFJP?


Harvey Kaplan

On Mon, 26 Jul 2021 at 16:37, goldnerjeff <goldner_jeff@...> wrote:
When you upload a GEDCOM, JFJP does not follow best practices to privatize living individuals. It does hide dates and places but not names (this is documented but unexpected). This is not consistent with any other public tree program that I know of (Ancestry, FTDNA, etc.). I was contacted yesterday about a living individual in my tree that appeared on JFJP and was surprised by that.

So, going forward when I export from FTM which I use for all my trees, I will make sure to take the extra step of checking the box to "Privatize living people". Just something to keep in mind.
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia

Beth Long

I believe it is probably Szobotiszt (Nyitra county, Hungary untill 1920)
Beth Long

Re: Kingdom of Hannover BMDs #germany #general

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Richard and list readers,

without knowing the name it is a bit difficult to provide support.
My first try would be researching in the very helpful database:

"Jews in the German Reich" via
Here you may find hints for the places in which certain family names occurred (after name-adoption).

Depending on the result I would offer to do some research on possible sources/literature.

In Bremen the Genealogical Society 'Die Maus' has also compiled diverse information of records on families/people in and around Bremen. Unfortunately, they don't have an English version of their website:

Most of the archival records are not online but will have to be 'dug up' in the State Archives in charge.

Kind regards from Germany

Corinna (Wöhrl) Hoisdorf, near Hamburg, Germany

Jewish Genealogy Research Resources #sephardic


Hi there,
I'm seeking advice/recommendations on where to research my Sephardic Jewish ancestry.  My family is originally from Venezuela, where Spanish Jews migrated to in the XVII or XVIII centuries.  They might have come through the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname or even straight from Spain.
The last name in question is Medina.
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Santiago Perez-Varela

Re: What to do with original Romanian passport from 1899 #records #romania

Sherri Bobish


Perhaps put it in a frame.  You may want to display it.  You can choose someone in your family to hand it down to.  You can also make a color copy of it at someplace like Staples where they will have a copy machine that can handle that size paper.  That is an inexpensive way to get it on new paper and yet maintain the look of the original.

I've made copies of my gf's diary which he began writing in 1902.  I turned over the original diary to a younger cousin, and I have copies for whenever I need to reference it.

Best regards,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Listing as an Alien Trader #poland

Sherri Bobish


Vietnam was known as Indochina, so it makes sense that in 1921 he may have listed China as his father's place of birth.  Perhaps he told the enumerator Indochina, but it got written as just China.

From Google:

"When did Indochina become Vietnam?
French Indochina was formed on 17 October 1887 from Annam, Tonkin, Cochinchina (which together form modern Vietnam) and the Kingdom of Cambodia; Laos was added after the Franco-Siamese War in 1893. The federation lasted until 21 July 1954."

And, there is a wiki page:
History of the Jews in Vietnam

A genetic contribution from the Far East into Ashkenazi Jews via the ancient Silk Road

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Announcing the publication of Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Vicinity, (Augustów, Poland) #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce our 129th title:
Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Vicinity (Augustów, Poland)
This is the English translation of Sefer Yizkor le-kehilat Augustow ve-ha-seviva

Sefer Augustow was written by former residents of Augustów, Poland, some of whom left the town before the war, and some who survived the war and were able to bear witness to the murder and destruction of the community. The book contains many articles and essays about the rich Jewish life and personalities of the town: the people, the dreamers, the doers, the religious, the secular, the Zionists, the socialists, and more. The stories are told of those who made aliyah to the land and those who stayed behind. Also described in detail are the various charities and aid societies for the needy in town, the schools for children and study houses for adults, and the centers of worship. In addition, there are richly detailed descriptions of the Partisans, life and death in the ghetto, the deportation to the concentration camps and mass murder outside of the camps, and the aftermath of it all, including the erasure not only of the Jews and the Jewish community, but all signs of its presence – the synagogues, the study houses, the cemeteries and the schools. Memories of some of the murdered and notables of the town are included, along with eyewitness testimony to the destruction. All in all, this holy book provides the reader with a richly detailed portrait of a town and Jewish community in its life, and in its death.

May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah from Augustów and the neighboring communities.

For ordering information please see:

For all our publications see:

Susan Rosin
Yizkor Books In Print

Re: Why St. Louis? #usa


I always thought the primary attraction of Saint Louis was the good German beer!

Seriously though, StLC was home to an enormous German community which had a tremendous cultural (and brewing) impact on the area. Members of this forum need to remember that all Germans - Gentile and Jew - were Landsmand in a new land and shared much in common. As with other immigrant groups, people settled where there were others from the same background and language. German Jews emigrated to the US in large numbers starting in the 1840s-50s. Germanic Jews did not segregate themselves. They integrated into StL, started businesses, created communities and Jewish institutions that exist today. This story is true for my ancestors who came to the US in the 19th century.

Pat Weinthal, USA

Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia

Helen Kon

Hi. I got Subotica, a city in Serbia, when I typed the Hebrew into search.

Helen Kon
New York City, NY

Yedinitz Yizkor book project #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


Please find attached the progress report on the Yedinitz Yizkor book project. Please post this on the forum.

Allan Ira Bass

Ukrainian archives completes digitizing of Kiev Jewish vital records #ukraine #records

Ted Gostin

The website of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv has finished digitizing all of the surviving Jewish birth, marriage, divorce and death records from 1863 through 1920, and they are now online for review.

I have posted messages about this digitizing project twice before, indicating that they had digitized the records up through 1912.  They have now completed the digitizing through 1920.  Many of these records had already been digitized by Alex Krakovsky on his "Archive: Jewish Town" website, but his site lacks most of the later records that now appear on the Ukrainian archives site.  Specifically, the following birth, marriage, and death records for Kiev City for 1913 through 1920 appear on the archives' own website, but not yet on the Alex Krakovsky site.  While I have not listed divorce records here, they are also available on the site.  (Note that the actual item numbers, or delo/sprava numbers, are different on the two sites.  The files were apparently renumbered before the Central State Archives, often abbreviated CDIAK, began their digitizing project.  Thus, the numbers listed below for that site are the new delo/sprava numbers, while those listed on the Alex Krakovsky site are the old numbers.)

Kiev Jewish births 1913
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 146 (sprava 501 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1914
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 149 (sprava 505 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1915
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 154 (sprava 510 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1916
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 158 (sprava 514 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1917
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 161 (sprava 517 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1918
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 166 (sprava 522 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1919-1920, 1st book
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 173 (sprava 530 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish births 1919-1920, 2nd book
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 174 (sprava 531 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1914, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 150 (sprava 506 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1914, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 151 (sprava 507 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1915, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 155 (sprava 511 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1915, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 156 (sprava 512 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1916
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 159 (sprava 515 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1917, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 162 (sprava 518 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1917, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 163 (sprava 519 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1918, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 167 (sprava 523 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1918, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 168 (sprava 524 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1918-1920
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 169 (sprava 525 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish marriages 1919
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 175 (sprava 532 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish deaths 1914
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 153 (sprava 509 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish deaths 1915
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 157 (sprava 513 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish deaths 1916
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 160 (sprava 516 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish deaths 1917, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 164 (sprava 520 on Krakovsky site)

Kiev Jewish deaths 1918, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 171 (sprava 528 on Krakovsky site)

As with my previous posts, there are several differences between the scans on the Alex Krakovsky site and those on the CDIAK site that should be noted.  First, on the Alex Krakovsky site, the records are scanned as one single PDF file for the entire record book.  Thus, it is possible to download an entire year's worth of one type of records at one time.  On the CDIAK site, the records are scanned as separate JPG images for each page, meaning that are hundreds or thousands of images to download to cover a single year's worth of births, marriages or deaths.  Second, on the Alex Krakovsky site, both the left-hand (Russian) and right-hand (Hebrew) pages were scanned as one image, showing both versions of the record together.  On the CDIAK website, the left-hand and right-hand pages were scanned separately.  These differences mean that reviewing the largely unindexed records is much more time-consuming on the CDIAK site.  (Note that there are some multi-year indexes to some of the records, and these have been scanned and are available on both sites.

The overall list of the Kiev Jewish vital records at CDIAK can be found at:

The list of available Kiev vital records on the Alex Krakovsky site can be found at:Архів:ЦДІАК/1164/1#Київ

While the Ukraine SIG is at work indexing many of these digitized records, the sheer volume of records means that it will be some time before the Ukraine database on JewishGen has full indexes to these records. 

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, California

Re: Unable to upload a GEDCOM to add now data to JFJP #general


Definitely broken. Repeating instructions won't help - step 6 gives you a log in screen even though your are already logged in.

This was working somewhat yesterday since I had to check something (didn't do the upload then). It's telling that the instructions include screenshots of Window 3.1 and Netscape!
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia


How about Szabolcs? And possibly Gorlice (just north of Slovakia now).
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

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