Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "History and Geography – Tools for Eastern European Research” with Amy Wachs. #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, August 15: "History and Geography – Tools for Eastern European Research” with Amy Wachs.

 To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: which can also be found on our Meetings webpage:

 Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page at   Or you can pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (see below).  More details can be found at  To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page at

Session Description:

Researching our Eastern European ancestry remains challenging in many countries, where missing records may lead to frustrating “brick walls”. This presentation will offer guidance for using the region’s historical events and geography to help fill in gaps and move past brick walls to determine place of ancestry, trace migration, and identify ancestors.

About Amy Wachs:

Amy Wachs has been involved in Jewish genealogy for over 30 years.   She is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland and served on the Board of LitvakSIG, Inc. from 2014 through 2020.  Amy is a retired attorney and university instructor.  She taught law in Latvia as a Fulbright Scholar and in Moldova as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.   Amy often speaks about Eastern Europe and Jewish genealogy topics at conferences and to local audiences.

JGSSN 2021 Lecture Series:

Become a member for $20 and attend any or all of the upcoming lectures -

Ben Kempner

Vice President, JGSSN

Re: Manhatten Hospital #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Jeff,

FamilySearch has NYC death certs transcribed (not all info from cert) but enough to help you identify if it is the correct person.
I found three men named George Lawrence who passed on in Manhattan during the 1930 through 1940 timeframe.  I did not search all five boro's, but you should do that.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Voter Registration Records from Brooklyn #records #usa

Sherri Bobish


This Reclaim The Records site should be helpful:
The page includes detailed instructions as to obtaining a voter record (not just 1924 records which are discussed at this site.)

Note the instructions for the boro's of Brooklyn & The Bronx are different from the instructions for the other three boro's.

This page has two excellent JewishGen posts by Allan Jordan regarding NYC voter records and finding the AD/ED:

I suggest asking for a voter record from a presidential election year, as voter turnout is always higher those years.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 205,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

To whom it may concern,

My temple may be closing its doors Oct. 2022. As any temple we have memorial plaques. Before they permanently close, I would assume that they need to be removed. How would it be done & who would like the plaques?

Thank you.
Harriet Ader <fishflash@...>
167 Fifty acre road south 
Smithtown, ny 11787

Re: Latvia & Estonia Research Division IAJGS conference meeting August 5, #announcements #latvia #courland #JewishGenUpdates

Marion Werle

The SIG and BOF sessions will be recorded and kept for 30 days, I'm told. I fully understand not wanting to stream a meeting in the wee hours of the morning!

Marion Werle
Co-Director, JewishGen Latvia Research Division
Marion Werle

Re: Manhattan Hospital #records #usa

Gary Gershfield

Manhattan State Hospital was always located on Wards Island in Manhattan.

I used to work there. It was later changed to Manhattan Psychiatric Center.

Gary Gershfield

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Jessica Skippon <main@...> wrote:

Despite its name, Manhattan State Hospital was in Islip, Suffolk County. A quick Google search doesn't turn up a history of it, but there are photos and it was there in the 1960s when I visited my sister. It was a scary hospital, feared by patients with kinder therapies.
Jessica Skippon, London, England
researching Schanzer,, Borger, Birn and Jachzel in Andrychow, Wadowice, Bielsko Biala and Berlin.

Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 205,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 Summer update for the Memorial Plaques Database (MPD). The MPD database can be accessed at   The MPD database includes the data from plaques and Yizkor lists from synagogue and other organizations.  Many of these sources include patronymic information.
This update added approximately 3,500 records and 2,100 photos from 9 organizations. This update brings the Memorial Plaques holdings to 205,700 records and 145,600 photos from 386 synagogues, institutions and memorials representing 38 countries.  
Additions during this period came from Corrientes, Argentina, Sofia, Bulgaria and 6 states in the US; Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
We believe that the MPD is a good example of how users of JewishGen’s databases can “give back”.  If you are a member of a synagogue or other organization with memorial plaques or Yizkor lists, please consider helping us to grow this database.  You can find more information on submitting data at If you have additional questions, please contact me directly. 
For a complete listing of the institutions currently in the database, please see 
Nolan Altman
JewishGen Director for Special Projects – Memorial Plaques
August, 2021

JOWBR Breaks Through the 4 Million Record Mark! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 Summer update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.
Please visit to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.

This update, adds approximately 250,000 new records and 57,000 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 644 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 4.11 million records and 863,000 photos from approximately 9,500 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 138 countries!  
Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers.  

Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:
  • Argentina – the AGJA submitted approximately 2,900 new records and 5,300 photos from 14 different existing and new JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Buenos Aires.
  • Belarus – approximately 7,700 records, mostly from Chesed Shel Emet, the largest set from Vitebsk.
  • Canada – 7,600 records and 11,200 photos from new and existing cemeteries submitted primarily from the JGS of Montreal and the JGS of Toronto.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 2,000 records and 1,600 photos from 8 new and updated cemeteries, the largest set from Bzenec.
  • England – 2,800 records and 2,300 photos from 16 new and updated cemeteries, the majority of which are from Hazelrigg and London from the JCR-UK.
  • Lebanon – 3,200 records from Ras El Nabba Cemetery in Beirut from the Jeff Malka Collection.
  • Netherlands – added 105,800 mostly new records and burial permits from Amsterdam and Mulderberg submitted by Akevoth.
  • Romania –approximately 2,200 new records from 37 mostly new cemeteries.
  • Russia – added 7,400 records from 30 new and 5 updated Russian cemeteries, the largest sets from Perm and Saratov. 
  • Ukraine – 71,400 records from 19 new and 4 updated cemeteries, submitted largely by Chesed Shel Emet, the largest sets from Odessa, Dontetsk, and Belaya Tserkov.
  • United States - approximately 27,600 new records and 33,300 photos for 97 new and 63 updated cemeteries. Significant additions came from the Lasky Collection, JGS of Georgia, JGS of Greater Boston, and a number of dedicated individual volunteers and representatives of synagogues and historical societies.
Please see for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR. 
I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many US and non-US records, especially worldwide veteran burials.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, Malka Chosnek, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, and Suzanne Tarica. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend and Anya Givental, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.
We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.
Our next update will include submissions received by November 30th for an update to be made by year-end.
Nolan Altman
JewishGen Director for Special Projects - JOWBR
August, 2021

JewishGen's Holocaust Database Adds 660,000 Records #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 annual update to the Holocaust Database. The Holocaust Database (HDB) can be accessed at   The database includes data from a variety of sources including museums, websites, historical organizations, individual researchers, and archives.  
This update added approximately 660,000 records in 30 data sets. This update brings the Holocaust Database holdings to 3.69 million records and with more than 380 component data sets.  
The following new data sets have been added to the HDB since last year’s conference:
Western Europe
  • French Deportees
  • German Towns (Peter W. Landé, Allison Zhang and Liliya Meyerovich / US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
  • Italian DP Camps (Mina Mauerstein-Bail)
  • LaManche Shoah Victims
  • Norwegian Deportees (Kristian Ottosen)
  • Traunstein, Germany Displaced Persons (DP) Camp Records (Peter W. Landé, Allison Zhang and Liliya Meyerovich / US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
  • Ubès Camp Forced Labor
Eastern Europe
  • Auschwitz Medical Test Victims (Jessica Skippon)
  • Bucharest Pogrom Victims - January 22-23, 1941
  • Romanian Returning Survivors (Sandy Malek / Maramures Records Indexing Project of JewishGen’s Hungarian Research Division)
  • Rovno, Poland Community Fee Contributions - 1939
  • Târgu Mureș (Marosvásárhely), Romania Students and Teachers Deported to Auschwitz 1944 (Professor John Hoenig and Andrei Grunfeld)
  • The Lados List - Jews Saved by Aleksander Ładoś, Polish Envoy in Bern (The Pilecki Institute)

Jeff Malka Collection (Dr. Jeff Malka and Mathilde Tagger)

  • 1941 Egyptian Directory
  • Bulgarian Partisans
  • Crete, Florinam and Volos Victims
  • Deported to Bergen-Belsen
  • French Deportees and Victims
  • Monastir Jews in Treblinka
  • Prominent Egyptian Jews
  • Tunisian Camp Victims

  • Ioannina, Greece Holocaust Victims (Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulous / Museum Director -Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum)
  • Jewish Children Attending the Umberto School in Thessaloniki, Greece Between the Wars
  • Rhodes and Cos Deportees (Aron Hasson of the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation)
  • Salonika Victims (Heinz D. S. Kounto & Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulous / Museum Director -Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum)

  • USC Shoah Foundation – Holocaust Survivor Testimonies (USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive®)
  • Haitian Jews Nationalized in Absentia (“Haiti’s Jewish History” by Joseph Bernard, Jr.)
  • Mirer Yeshiva Students
  • Palestine Certificates (Professor John Hoenig)
  • The Breman Oral Histories (Peggy Mosinger Freedman & Jeremy Katz / William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum)
We wish to thank all of the individuals and organizations that graciously permitted us to add their data to our databases.  
We also want to thank all of the JewishGen volunteers that have worked on creating, formatting, writing introductions, and html-ing in order for us to make this data ands information available to you.  They include; Alicia Goldstein, Carol Oliver, Eric Feinstein, Mike Kalt, Sara Laufer, and Sara Susskind.
Nolan Altman
JewishGen Director for Special Projects – Holocaust Database
August, 2021

Stanislaus, now Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine #ukraine

Hannah Sperber

Is there data available on birth and marriage certificates. looking for marriage of Philip Sperber and Halina Horowicz marriage approx 1931
Looking for birth of Hernryk Sperber 1932 or 33
irka Sperber 1934 or 35
Nathan Sperber 1937

Hannah Sperber, Denver, Colorado



Hirsh (age 15), Chaime (18), Ester (15) and Chame (10) arrived at Ellis between 1904 and 1906, as did their parents, Yankel (53) and Muse (48). They all went to their brother and son, Morris, who apparently arrived earlier (I could not Morris in the Ellis Island data bank). They all list  Ramigala or Ponewish as their last residence. 
I can not find any evidence clearly attributed to this family in the 1897 Russia census (Lithuanian Jews).
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

M Kaplan
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately with family inofrmation

Re: Mazal Tov to Vivian Kahn and Joel Alpert! #JewishGenUpdates


Mazel Tov - yes! to Joel and Vivian for their endless and amazing contributions to JewishGen and to all of us. Their achievements will outlast allll of us!

Susan Gordon
BIALAZURKER - Zbaraz, Budapest
LEMPERT - Lvov, Skalat 

Re: Looking for help to locate manifest for Ralph Sevinor (Raphail Zweilok) #records #usa



Baltic (1) foundered in the North Atlantic after a collision on 07 Feb 1898. Baltic (2) did not enter service until 1904. The White Star Line operated both ships.


The Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals shows arrival dates for the Baltic in 1904 landing at NYC from Liverpool on 01 Sep and 30 Sep. No further landings are listed after these dates (for 1904), though there are earlier landings. It is possible the arrival date on the naturalization is incorrect (which I have seen in other cases).

Another way to search for his manifest record would be to check's collection "UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960," with the information that the Baltic sailed from Liverpool. Locating the UK record may lead you to locating the NYC record.

Best of luck in your search,
David Passman
Dallas, Texas

Re: Prusiner Charitable & Benevolent Association #usa #general

Renee Steinig

According to the JGS (NY)'s Burial Society Database
the Prusiner Charitable & Benevolent Assn. was connected to the town
that's now Pruzhany, Belarus. The society had sections at Mount
Lebanon Cemetery in Queens and United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten
Island. Mount Lebanon's online search
( brings up 551 burials
in the section there, including several Fines. Harris Fine (d: 1956)
and Tillie Fine (d: 1931) are also buried at Mount Lebanon, but not on
the society's grounds.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Jeff Fine <finejeffy@...> wrote:

I have recently been given a copy of a short memoir outlining the
inception of this organization by Harris Fine, Samuel Fine, Morris
Kaplan, Barnet Levin, Barnet Chazen, Moses Watsky, and Fishel Levin.
It seems like a charter was granted by NY State on 3 Dec 1888. Harris
Fine was married to Tillie Berestitsky.

I am not clear on where Prusina is/was; it seems like Poland although
there are other towns with similar names. I haven't really located
much info about this association.

If anyone can point me in the right direction I would appreciate the
help. I am also happy to share the document.

Re: Prusiner Charitable & Benevolent Association #usa #general

Avrohom Krauss

It is from Pruzhany, Belarus
52°33' N 24°28' E
Avrohom Krauss
Kiryat Yearim (Telz-Stone) ISRAEL
Researching: KRAUS, GOTTFRIED, MONAT from PRZEMYSL (Galicia) Poland/ KINSTLICH, GREENBERG, SCHMIDT from Tarnobrzeg, Rozwadow, Ulanow (Galicia) Poland
KLOTZ from Telsiai, Lithuania/ ROGOZIN, KAPLOWITZ, from Vyazyn, Ilya, Vilyayka, Belarus /LAPIDUS, SOKOLSKY, ROGOZIN, Maladzyechna, Belarus

Re: German Jews who served the Third Reich #germany #general


I second that. The book is fascinating. Among those of Jewish descent that served in the German Armed Forces were a Luftwaffe Field Marshal (Milch), an Admiral and several generals.  Milch's story is especially interesting, as his father was Jewish, but once the Gestapo started investigating his ancestry, Göring intervened and obtained an affidavit from Milch's mother, stating that his biological father was her own uncle and not her husband. This allowed Milch to be issued the "German Blood" certificate, exempting him from German racial laws.  It is said that in response to a comment by an official regarding the validity of Milch's mother's statement, Göring said "I decide who is a Jew!".  After the war Milch was convicted at the Nuremberg trials of of war crimes and spent several years in jail.

Don Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ

Re: Manhattan Hospital #records #usa

Jessica Skippon

Despite its name, Manhattan State Hospital was in Islip, Suffolk County. A quick Google search doesn't turn up a history of it, but there are photos and it was there in the 1960s when I visited my sister. It was a scary hospital, feared by patients with kinder therapies.
Jessica Skippon, London, England
researching Schanzer,, Borger, Birn and Jachzel in Andrychow, Wadowice, Bielsko Biala and Berlin.

Re: Latvia & Estonia Research Division IAJGS conference meeting August 5, #announcements #latvia #courland #JewishGenUpdates

Joyaa Antares

Hi Marion,

I am wondering whether the conference meeting will be recorded, as it is at 03:45 AM  for those of us living on the East Coast of Australia.

Thanks in advance, 

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Re: Searching for Records on Isaac Gottlieb and His Wife Minni Feldt #poland #records #galicia


Thank you very much for this very insightful background.  I will share it with my other Gottlieb direct descendants and explore further.   
Indy Crowley
Redmond, Washington USA

I'm trying to find a link to a lecture I heard this past year #poland #unitedkingdom #usa


I'm trying to find a link to a lecture I heard on zoom over this past year.

I might not have all the details correct but as I remember it was the story of a British woman whose mother was adopted as a child in England during or after the war. Her parents were Polish. The father was a Polish diplomat in England or maybe somewhere else in Europe. At some point she discovered that her grandparents were Polish jews and started working on her genealogy.

Does that ring a bell for anyone?

Please let me know if it does.
Jeff Fine
Montclair, NJ, USA
Family names/towns
Sekuran, Bessarabia and Odessa (Shecter, Eisenberg)
Igumen, Minsk, Belarus (Ekelchik, Sussman)
Minsk(?) (Fine, Z(w)erlin)
Ulanow, Poland (Hassenfeld, Laufer, Reich, Ölbaum)

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