Ukrainian Jewry #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Marguerite D. Allen

Does anyone have info on the jews of Ungvar ... (Uzhgrod)????
By · #316074 · 01/02/00
My grandfather Vilmos de Huszar was born in Munkacs and moved to Ungvar when he was a child. His family was so poor he had to leave school for several years to work as a printer's apprentice.  He made up those years of school later after a few months of study. He writes about his years in Ungvar in Eletem Regenye (The Story of my Life).  In those years his name was Fisch Vilmos and he had many family members living there.
Hope this helps.

Re: PotatoNik (not kugel!) #general

Belinda Dishon

My family come from near Zolochov. We call it ‘Boolbenik’ Yum!
Belinda Dishon
Melbourne Australia

Transcription Needed #translation


Can someone please tell me the name of Solomon's father, listed on the top of his tombstone.

Thank you.
Virginia Cohen

Hunting for Newman Eligator from Russia #russia

Bruce Clark

Looking for anything on Newman Eligator who likely immigrated from Russia in 1887.
Bruce Clark

Re: Uncle of R' Samuel b. Aryeh Leyb Deiches, Dayan in Vilna ca. 1750 #lithuania

Adam Cherson

Thanks for the tips, everyone. I located a record from the Old Snipishok Cemetery provided by LitvakSIG:


Given Name










Type of Record


No. on map






Gregorian date of death 1776/1777. Nickname: 'Rabbi Shimon Hagadol (the Great)'. Righteous teacher





Snipiskes Cemetery

I am confident the rabbi was Avraham-Shimon ben Tzvi-Hirsh Preger and known as R' Shimon Hagadol. On some trees the surname is being given as Freger.

Adam Cherson

Re: Uncle of R' Samuel b. Aryeh Leyb Deiches, Dayan in Vilna ca. 1750 #lithuania

Adam Cherson

Thanks Jill, I now see that R' Salis is the 2x great grand nephew of R' Avraham Shimon Preger, HaGadol, Dayan of Vilna circa 1750
Adam Cherson

Re: My lost sephardic ancestry #sephardic

Paula & David

I also have a passed-down family story about my father’s family having been in Spain before the inquisition, escaping to Izmir Turkey, and later to Poland and then Hungary. One way I have validated this story is to get a male cousin on that family line to do a Y-dna test, because these results go back @ 500 years, rather than the couple of hundred for autosomal dna. I discovered about a 10% or so of the matches had Hispanic names,( many of which were also cohanim matches,) which I have been told is very unusual for an “Ashkenazi” Jew . No one had my actual surname, I assume because my links to these matches go back before the early 1800;s.

I do not know if you have any cousins who are male descendants of that family line, or if the same would work for the mtDNA test. I also do not know if this genetic connection to Hispanic folks would be sufficient for your purposes.

Good luck, Paula Solomon
Paula Solomon

researching:   WAXMAN, FLAKSMAN, SHULMAN, from the area near Chelm/Lublin Poland
SOLOMON, WEISZ, BERGER, from the area near Munkacs Hungary/Czechoslavakia/Ukraine

David ABRAMOWITZ -a.k.a. ?? end 0f 19th cent. New Haven-Boston #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

According to family lore, my great grandfather's brother David left
New Haven to Boston in the latter years of the 19th cent. and started
working in a dept. store there and worked his way up to management
level. He may have changed his family name. When my grandfather, his
nephew, tried to contact him at the store in the 1930s he was "brushed
off" saying that he was elderly, and recuperating in his home in
Florida (again family lore).

We have very scant hard facts about his early life. His mother, Gittle
ABRAMOWITZ seems to have left Novarodok as a widow with 4 young
children, eventually arriving in New Haven, around 1870-1880. Why New
Haven ? Presumably being that Rabbi Isaac S. HURWITZ,of Hartford , was
a cousin of hers or her late husband. I am researching that exact
connection to Rabbi HURWITZ but yet to find it.

David's two brothers, Mayer and Kalman remained orthodox, Mayer grew
up in Jerusalem while Kalman married a Jerusalem woman but lived and
died in the USA. David's sister, Sarah lived in New York and may have
lived (or vacationed) in Coney Island, belonging there to the Jewish
"Bund". I don't know her married name and the only scant information
(again family lore) is that she had a grandson Tom,, born about
1910-14, went to college in Boston. His parents seem to have divorced.

I have contact with Mayer's and Kalman's families but not with Sarah's
or David's. If any of the above sound familiar to anyone I'd love to
hear from you.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: My lost sephardic ancestry #sephardic

Michele Lock

I also agree that it is worth looking into the ethnicity of your closest DNA matches, and see if you can figure out how you are related to them.

In addition, its important to put together your family tree based on records that you can find, especially for grandparents, great grandparents, and farther back. This would mean finding records from Ottoman and British times (which admittedly, I don't know much about).

The other thing you could try is to do DNA testing on the oldest person or persons on your grandmother's side of the family. The older the person is, the more likely they will have higher amounts of Jewish DNA, and the easier it will be to identify DNA matches. 

Good luck.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Question About a Royal Warrant (UK) #unitedkingdom

Michele Lock

There is a Royal Warrant Holders Association, that goes back to the 1840s. They may be able to tell you about warrant holders from the early 1900s. There is an email address to contact them:

Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Question About a Royal Warrant (UK) #unitedkingdom

Sherri Bobish


Try The UK National Archives:

How to look for records of... Royal Household and Wardrobe

From above site:
1837–1901 Royal warrant holders: tradesmen supplying furnishings, floor and wall coverings, linens and stationery LC 5/243-246
1900 onwards Royal warrant holders: annual lists published in the London Gazette ZJ 1 or online at The Gazette

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Austria town #austria-czech

Alexander Sharon

This appear to be the town known in Polish as Chorostków, currently identified as Khorostkiv in Ukrainian.
There are 94 entries posted by 53 researchers for Khorostkiv in JGFF database. There are actually two Khorostkiv, one is located in Halich (Stanislawow) region, and the other one in a Kopczynce (Tarnopol) district.

Alexander Sharon

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

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

", opis (inventory) 1 is the Jewish vital records for Kiev city.  Opis 2 contains the Jewish vital records for other towns in Kiev uyezd"

I searched for ' E-Archives of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv (CDIAK)" and got to CDIAK, but I can't see any way to get to the actual records. There are long discussions of the history and activities in English, but the rest, I assume, is in Ukrainian.

The E-Archives are at, thanks to Google, but how do I find the Opis 2 records?

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: My lost sephardic ancestry #sephardic

Karen Lukeman

I am 1/2 Mizrahi/Sephardic and looked to see if you and I are related on MyHeritage...unfortunately, we are not. One suggestion that I have is to contact some of your DNA matches....if you have 2nd cousins and 3rd cousins, and see if they can provide any clues. Do you have your mother's maiden name, and perhaps your maternal grandmother's maiden name?  

There are also several good Sephardic genealogy sites, such as

All the best to you!!
Karen Calmon Lukeman
KALMANOWITZ (Lyubcha and towns near Grodno, Vilna and Minsk)
GOLDSMITH (Bakshty and Ivje)
NASSER (Damascus)
BENBAJI (Damascus)
BALLAS (Damascus)

Re: Uncle of R' Samuel b. Aryeh Leyb Deiches, Dayan in Vilna ca. 1750 #lithuania

Judith Diamond

I would have guessed that Arkes was “the son of Arke”. My litvak ggfather was Feive Zippes (Feive son of Zipporah).

Judith Diamond nee Letchner
researching Glick & Epel, from Leckava; Lechner & Rath from Bukovina; Horowitz & Holzer from Krakow

Re: Seeking information re the SS President Doumer voyage from Marseilles to Shanghai #france

David Choukroun

Dear Rose,

You can find pictures and a little bit of history about the "SS Président Doumer" here :

Also according to this article (in French sorry)

the "President Doumer" was back in Marseille the 21 December via the route : Saïgon, Hong-Kong, Shangai then Kobé.
So we can make the assumption, that he went to Shangai via Kobé as well.

I will send you the passenger list in private, for the arrival of the "President Doumer" in 1938

kind regards




Re: Austria town #austria-czech

tony hausner

Could Chortkiv (Czortkow) in Eastern Galicia which was part of Austrian Emprire be possible? I am guessing not

Tony Hausner
Maryland, U.S.

original marriage record #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

I found a mention of a marriage record for the town of Lodz, it is labelled as
Lodz 1919 Marriage #498
on JRI-Poland Project Lodz 1919.
How do I get the original copy of the marriage record? 

Frank Szmulowicz

Re: PotatoNik (not kugel!) #general


Hello Reba,
Like you, my Bubba always made Potatonik (we nicknamed it, Nik, as kids).
Recipes differ from region to region and I have two.
My mother's was as follows:
take lots of peeled potatoes (raw) and put them in the blender
pour into a big bowl, add eggs, matza meal, and finely grated onion
season with lots of salt to taste. Add lots of vegetable oil Mix together. (She did it all by hand)
Work quickly or else the potatoes will turn color. Oil a pan generously and pour the mixture in.
Put in the oven at 350F and bake at least an hour or more until dark brown. 

The other recipe comes from a Polish lady.
2.5 LBS of raw potatoes
1.5 cups of chopped raw onion
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/3 cup all purpose flour
 1-2 tsp of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary or parsley
1) Peel and dice potatoes. Keep in cold water until ready to blend.
2) Dice onion and saute until golden. Set aside. Chop herbs and set aside.
3) Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9X5 loaf pan.
4) Place potatoes, eggs, salt, pepper in a blender. Blend until smooth. Then place
mixture in a large mixing bowl, add herbs and flour and hand mix until combined.
Pour mixture into loaf pan. Bake about 90 min until outside is golden brown and
middle is dry and set.
Serves 6-8.
Denise Lascelle (nee Cudeck) searching Gliklich/Trost/Cudeck
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Re: Uncle of R' Samuel b. Aryeh Leyb Deiches, Dayan in Vilna ca. 1750 #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

I think this is the same family as that of Rabbi Salis Daiches, Rabbi of Edinburgh in Scotland in the early 20th century. His immediate family came from Neustadt Scherwindt (its German name) in Suwalki gubernia, in the bit that went from Poland into Lithuania in 1919. Salis Daiches came from a long line of Rabbis and his own children were also distinguished, Lionel as the senior legal officer for Scotland (Lord Advocate) and David as Professor of English at Sussex University. David wrote a memoir of his Edinburgh childhood in 1956, which outlined his Lithuanian rabbinical line - called "Two worlds". You can buy this on Amazon (published by Canongate). My mother and her sisters grew up with the Daiches sons in Edinburgh, attending hebrew lessons given by Salis.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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