Photos of Matzevah at Mt. Hebron Cemetery , Flushing NY #photographs

Murray Sperber


If anyone is going to be at Mt. Hebron I would appreciate pictures of 2 matzvot:

1.) Morris Brand, Location: 43-12-H-4-14, Society: Bnei Joseph Degel, Date of Death: 11/16/1937

2.) Rose Brand: Location: 43-12-H-3-8, Society: Bnei Joseph Degel, Date of Death: 11/17/1961

Thank you for your effort,

Murray S. Sperber





Legacy's Webtmember All Genealogy All September Long #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Legacy Family Tree Webinars, part of the MyHeritage family of companies has announced “Webtember: All Genealogy. All September.  This is free online genealogy held each Friday in September.  There will be 30 live and pre-recorded webinars in all. People can join live for all four Fridays or just one, and if you can't, they've got you covered! Enjoy the recordings at your convenience - they'll be free to view through the end of the month. To register for the live classes beginning September 3 go to:  A confirmation will then be sent to you from LogMein.


You will receive an email reminder both one day and one hour prior to the live event. Both emails will have a link which reads, "Click here to join." This is the link you will click on to join the live webinar. We suggest that you join the webinar at least 30-40 minutes prior to the scheduled time and that you turn your speakers or headset up. Remember that only the first 1,000 to join will be able to participate in the live webinar. If you get a message that the webinar is full, you'll still be able to view the recording later in the day in the webinar archives.


The webinar meets four times:


Sep 3, 2021 7:00 AM -  9;30 AM EDT/12:30 PM PDT


Sep 10, 2021 5:00 AM – 8:00AM EDT/11:00 AM PDT


Sep 17, 2021 6:30 AM – 9:30AMEDT/12:30 PM PDT


Sep 24, 2021 5:00 AM – 8:00AM EDT11:00 AM PDT



On the URL above is link to convert to your local time zone.


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the readers’ information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Deborah Lipstadt Nominated as State Department President Biden's Antisemitism Envoy #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

Holocaust historian, Deborah Lipstadt, is being nominated the ambassador-level position at the US State Department, as antisemitism envoy.  As it is an ambassador level position, the nomination must be approved by the US Senate. The antisemitism monitor’s role is tracking and reporting on the phenomenon overseas, and lobbying governments to address anti-Jewish bigotry within their borders.


Ms. Lipstadt is a professor at Emory University in Atlanta and was the protagonist of the 2016 film “Denial,” about her successful defeat of a libel suit filed by a Holocaust denier David Irvin, after he sued her in a British court for defamation for calling him a Holocaust denier. She is the author of several books.


To read more:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Moldova/Bessarabia talk at AJU #announcements

Cassio Tolpolar

Dear friends, 

I have recently got a grant to make the e-book "Moldova Impressions (and everything after)",  a written collection of memories and experiences inspired by my journeys to Moldova to investigate my Jewish roots and the consequences of these trips back in time. Mixing past and present, this is for anyone interested in genealogy, identity, traveling, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Judaism and History.

I hope my stories will help and inspire others to search for their roots. You can register at the event on August 8th where all the Digital Word 2021 grantees (including me) will talk about their projects at

After this live event the book will be available for free.

Word is a program of American Jewish University's Institute for Jewish Creativity. Word: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize is made possible by the late Jeanette Geller in memory of her husband Bruce.

Thank you!

Cassio Tolpolar

Looking for data on 12thEast transport April 1942 Berlin to Warsaw Ghetto: looking for family #holocaust

Paul Beek

On this Yad Vashem site:, there is a mention of this 12th transport from Berlin to Warsaw Ghetto, it was supposed to first have gone to camp Trawnicki near Lublin. One of my family was on that train and in this article it states that no Berlin Jew survived, they were met by the Chairman of the Jewish Council, he says in his diary that he took them to the Jewish Library.
So know what happened to them?They did not survive so who killed them, where and who gave the order?

If anyone has knowledge about this, please let me know.
The relevant organisations already got an email form me but am hoping for more clues, thank you all 
with best regards

Paul Beek
the Netherlands

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the Jewishgen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland

Bruce Drake

“I boarded the train. On the steps I looked around once again at my friends, and I saw my mother as she stood in the crowd of travelers. She held her hands out to me. They shook in the air, like white birds who try to protect their fledglings from danger.”
As the shadows of impending horror and death stretched further and further over the Jewish towns of Europe, people began to leave for America, Eretz Israel and other faraway destinations. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture how heart-rending it was for the families and those who chose to go. But what struck me about “My Last Day at Home” from the Yizkor book of Wolomin in Poland were the details Shmuel Zucker remembered of his parting. On the day he made Aliyah to Eretz Israel: how he could hardly see through eyes blinded by tears as he made his way to the train, or the image of his mother, “bent over as if her heart would break into little pieces,” and speaking to him through her sobs.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Grandfather Abram Josef Piterman birth certificate in Polish please translate #translation

Frank Szmulowicz

Poviat  Łukowski
Birth Certificate issued on the basis of the registry book (księga metrykalna)

I declare that Abram Josef Piterman was born
in the town of Łuków
14 August
of father Jankel Moszek Piterman
and mother Chaja Rywka nee Szpetner?
(document preparation date) June 3, 1920 Łuków
Mayor of the poviat, town Łuków

Poviat is like a county.
Frank Szmulowicz

Headstone translations - Narefka Gravestones #translation


There are 46 headstones at this link:

The quality of many of the gravestones might be hard to translate.  Please put your translations in as comments.  


David Feldman

Translation from Polish #translation

Kenneth Berger

I would appreciate if someone could translate the following Polish letter for CHANA STEINER. It would be very much appreciated
My email address is Kbergernyc@...
Thank you very much for your help,
Kenneth Berger

Moderator note: please respond privately to his e-mail address

Applbaum rabbinical family of New York and New Jersey #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the descendants of the Rabbi Brothers sons
of Rabbi Emanuel (Karl, Shelley, Sidney and Martin Louis). This large
family traces back to the famed Spira family of Munkacs and Dynow
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Programs of interest for Polish-Jewish research at IAJGS Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs #poland

Steven Turner

Thanks for this heads of of programs of interest to the community. I would add to that my live presentation which will include an interview that I did with Rabbi Kolesnik.  Also he will take us on a tour of the Tempel Synagogue in the former Stanislawow now Ivano-Frankivsk.
August 5, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT 1191 Rabbi Moyshe Kolesnik: Keeping the Galitzianer Flame Alive ∎ Live 2021 All Virtual Conference Speaker
Shabbat Shalom,
Steven Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

JewishGen opens a Youthsite: Genealogy for Gen X, Y and Z #announcements #education #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Holden

Just in time for Back to School

Did you know that there is a JewishGen website for children and young adults with activities and family search instructions.
All FREE for teachers, parents and youth.

Take a look at the GUIDES and TUTORIALS

This is a beta site and we look forward to your feedback.

Nancy Holden
Director of Education

Nancy Holden
Director of Education

demande de traduction du Russe en Français #russia #translation


Quelqu'un pourrait-t-il me traduire ou m'indiquer la signification de deux documents en Russe datant de 1919.
Merci d'avance

Re: Headstone translation needed #translation

Yehoshua Sivan

Here rests (abbreviation)
Rasha Ziril
Daughter of Reb David Dov
Died on 2nd Av 5705
May her soul be bound up in the bond of life (abbreviation)

Yehoshua Sivan

Re: Headstone translation needed #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Rosheh Tsirl, daughter of David Dov.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: ViewMate Translation Requests - Russian #translation #records


In Russian:

Акты бракосочетавшихся в 1873 году


Город Минск

Состоялось в городе Минске 2-го (12-го) января 1873 года в 6 часов вечера.  Явился Шимен Кликман, равин в городе Минск и объявил, что в присутстсвии свидетелей Гирша Гольдберга, 69-и лет и Янкеля Аронсона, 62-х лет, жителей города Минск оба религиозные служащие, что сегодня, в 6 часов вечера, в городе Минск был заключен религиозный брачный союз между холостым Срулем Розенбергом, 22-х лет, сыном Шмуля и Ривки, супругов Розенберг, жителей города Минска с Итой Розенберг, девицей, 17-и лет, дочерью Янкеля и Ханы, супругов Розенберг-(не ясно), живущей с родителями в городе Минске.  Этому браку предшествовали три оглашения в синагоге 11-го, 18-го и 25-го декабря прошлого года. Согласие сторон заявлено словесно.  Новобрачные заявили, что предбрачный договор между ними заключен не был.    Акт сей новобрачным и свидетелям прочитан, ими и нами подписан. Новобрачные объявили, что они не грамотны.

Шимен Кликман

Янкель Аронзон

Гирш Гольдберг

Чиновник Гражданского Состояния Подпись

Translated into English:

Acts of Married in 1873


Minsk city

It took place in the city of Minsk on January 2 (12), 1873 at 6 pm. Shimen Klikman, a rabbi in the city of Minsk, appeared and announced that in the presence of witnesses Girsch Goldberg, 69 years old and Yankel Aronson, 62 years old, residents of Minsk, both religious officials, that today, at 6 pm, in the city of Minsk was a religious marriage alliance was concluded between the single Srul Rosenberg, 22 years old, the son of Shmul and Rivka, the Rosenberg spouses, residents of the city of Minsk with Ita Rosenberg, a 17-year-old girl, the daughter of Yankel and Khana, the Rosenberg spouses (not clear), living with parents in the city of Minsk. This marriage was preceded by three readings in the synagogue on December 11, 18 and 25 last year. The consent of the parties is stated verbally. The newlyweds said that the prenuptial agreement was not concluded between them. This act has been read to the newlyweds and to the witnesses, they and we have signed. The newlyweds announced that they were not literate.

Shimen Klikman

Yankel Aronzon

Hirsch Goldberg

Civil Status Official Signature


In Russian:


Город Ново-Минск

Состоялось в городе Ново-Минске 9-го (21-го) января 1891 года в час дня.  Явились Нахман Аронзон 46-и лет и Шмуль Бергер, 57-и лет, жители Города Ново-Минска, оба религиозные служащие, и объявили, что вчера, в 7 часов вечера, в городе Ново-Минске умер Изек Розенберг, меламед, 42-х лет, сын Мотеля и Рухли, проживавший в Городе Ново-Минске, оставив после себя овдовевшую жену Хаву-Хаю.  По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Ицека Розенберга. Акт сей объявляющим и свидетелям прочитан, ими и нами подписан.

Нахман Аронзон

Шмуль Бергер

Чиновник Гражданского Состояния Подпись

Translated into Englsh:

# 39

Novo-Minsk city

It took place in the city of Novo-Minsk on January 9 (21), 1891 at one o'clock in the afternoon. Nakhman Aronzon, 46 years old, and Shmul Berger, 57 years old, residents of the City of Novo-Minsk, both religious officials, appeared and announced that yesterday, at 7 pm, died Izek Rosenberg, melamed, 42 years old, the son of Motel and Rukhlya, who lived in the City of Novo-Minsk, leaving behind his widowed wife Khava-Khaya. I truly certify the death of Itsek Rosenberg. This act has been read to those who announce and to witnesses, they and we have signed it.

Nachman Aronzon

Shmul Berger

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Salomon Moses & Gittel Meister Married in 1836 #poland #general

Beverley Davis

Yes, it was and is possible for an uncle to marry his niece.

Beverley Davis
Melbourne, Australia

Programs of interest for Polish-Jewish research at IAJGS Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs #poland


Next week's virtual IAJGS conference has a large number of sessions of
interest to researchers of Polish Jewish family history – way more than
we have room to list in this message. Below you will find sessions
with a connection to Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, as well as listings
of Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings for towns in our areas.

For a complete overview of programs of Polish-Jewish interest,
go to
scroll down and click on Filter and under Geographical Focus,
choose Poland.

All programs are open to Full Conference registrants. Limited
Access registrants ($10 for one session/$18 for two or more)
may attend SIG and BOF meetings.

LIVE programs are scheduled at a particular time; ON-DEMAND
programs may be viewed any time within 60 days of the Conference.


12:30 p.m. EDT - Jewish Records Indexing-Poland; The Future is Here
- Stanley Diamond and Robinn F. Magid


11:15 a.m. EDT – Radom. Poland BOF meeting


10 a.m. EDT - Ich Bin Ein Berliner: JRI-Poland and DNA Matches Unite 5 Half-siblings
from Four Different Mothers – Michael Tobias

12:30 p.m.. EDT – Kolbuszowa Region Research Group BOF

5:15 p.m. EDT - Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Group (OMRF) BOF

5:15 p.m. EDT – Lublin-Zamosc Area, Poland BOF


Hidden Treasures of the JRI-Poland Database – Robinn F. Magid

Silver Kiddush Cup – the Story of Everyday Life of Jewish Families in
Warsaw – Anna Wiernicka

Understanding Your Galitzianer Family Through Vital Records

More information about the Conference may be found at

Judy Baston, Secretary,
Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

Digitization of Jewish records from towns in the former Kiev uyezd #ukraine #records #russia

Ted Gostin

In addition to finishing the digitizing of the Jewish birth, marriage, divorce and death records for Kiev city, the E-Archives of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv (CDIAK) has also started to digitize the Jewish vital records of other towns in the former Kiev uyezd (district or county).  In fond 1164, opis (inventory) 1 is the Jewish vital records for Kiev city.  Opis 2 contains the Jewish vital records for other towns in Kiev uyezd, including the following towns (as transliterated from the list on the CDIAK website, which is in modern Ukrainian, and not from older Russian names):  Bishiv (1854-1901, with gaps); Borodyanka (1875-1917, with gaps); Gostomel (1845-1917, but only a few years in that range); Dimer (1856-1917, with gaps); Ignativka (1854-1885, mostly complete); Kagarlik (1869-1906, with gaps); Makariv (1854-1910, with some gaps, but mostly complete); Motizhin (1854-1874); Obukhiv (1869-1874); Rzhishchiv (1851-1917, with gaps); Tripillya (1867-1874); and Yasnogorodka (a handful of years between 1877 and 1900). 

Within the opis, the towns are listed alphabetically, and then roughly chronologically within each town.  There are 457 separate items, or sprava numbers.  Only items 1-90 have been digitized so far; these include all of the surviving records for Bishiv, Borodyanka, Gostomel, and a few of the record books for Dimer.  The rest have not yet been digitized, but I will continue to check updates on the archives’ website, and post updates here when more records have been digitized.

An important note is that many of these records are not yet included on Alex Krakovsky’s site, and so as they are digitized on the CDIAK site, the images will represent the first time they have been readily available to researchers.

The list of all surviving records in fond 1164, opis 2, can be found at:

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, CA  

Bessarabia group update for the month of July, 2021 #bessarabia #ukraine #records #JewishGenUpdates

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers,

Here is an update for the Bessarabia Division projects for the month of July 2021. 

See also at What's New at Bessarabia website.

Bessarabian Databases. Updates sent July 2021:

      Below is a list of updates sent to JewishGen. Soon they will be available to all JewishGen community. Thank you very much to all volunteers who worked on these projects.

    • Vital Records. Bendery Birth and Marriage records; Beltsy Birth records; Kishinev Marriage and Divorce records for years from 1913 -1915. Total of 1,214 records.
      Project Leader ... (open position), translators Genny Imas, Yoni Kupchik, Eti Ganin, Valentin Lupu, Gabor Adam, Irina Shikhova, Julia Maximova, Emilia Alexeeva, Yuriy Daylis, Yefim KoganSee the list of towns, shteitle

  • Revision Lists. 9,547 records completed for 2,474 families. See the list of towns, shteitle
    Project Leader - Yefim Kogan and translators Alan Levine, Jeff Brickman, Efim Goldshmit, Deborah Glassman, Evgeniy, Claire Stuart, Yoni Kupchik, Alex Matlin, Ilana Voloshin, Irina Tulchinska, Michael Richman.

Genealogical Conferences. Addition

  • 41th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Virtual, 1-5 August, 2021.
    Please go to the Bessarabia group / Conferences / 41th conference site and
    read our presentations (Bessarabia connections).

    One session is going to be Bessarabia group meeting, talking about what we did this year, since summer of 2020 and our plans for next years. Please come to this meeting on Monday, August 2 at 11.15am. You can ask questions, propose a project, etc.

    The Second session named How do you make sense of genealogical information you found?
    We explore the archival material we are working with with many types of records in our databases and also how we are doing translations. You can listen to this recording, and please ask me questions directly.
Yefim Kogan, Inna Vayner
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leaders and Coordinators

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