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Re: The relationship between Pashtuns and Jews #general

haakonc@...
 

There has been a lot of ink spilled on this, and I’m not sure there is a definitive answer yet.

If the Pashtuns and the Jews are in fact closely related, this should show up in their DNA. Even here I’ve seen various claims, mostly unsourced. This post throws some doubt on their close relationship. The author is not a population geneticist, but he does give sources.


https://www.quora.com/Are-the-Jewish-people-genetically-closer-to-the-Pashtuns-than-to-the-Arabs

Haakon Chevalier

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Re: Morris and Matilda Lyons #germany #unitedkingdom

Michael Tobias
 

It is not that the possible marriage and birth records in Glasgow did not survive - they never existed.  Statutory Registration in Scotland did not start until 1855 - before that families registered in Churches (Old Parish Registers) and Jews were exempt.  Some Jewish families registered at the Parishes but they are few and far between.

There were other German-Jewish families in Scotland from the late 18th century who used the surname LYONS or LYON. In one case the father's given name was Leib (Yiddish meaning the animal Lion, hence the choice of surname).  Most German families in Germany at that time did not have surnames. 

Several researchers have family trees on Ancestry which give the names of Matilda's parents and her maiden name as LOVELL.  I see that son Isidore married Lavinia LOVELL so there might have been an ongoing connection between those families.

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland


Re: The relationship between Pashtuns and Jews #general

Emily Rosenberg
 


-- Thank you so much for sharing this. The Jewish Family and Community Service  here in East Bay of San Francisco is the US government contracted resettlement agency for Afghan refugees. Their philosophy is "we know how to settle refugees.". After more than a century of settling Jewish refugees from Europe and then from the Soviet Union they've now turned their expertise to whoever is next and have Afghan social workers on their paid staff. I had a great experience helping resettle  a family through them a few years ago so I especially appreciate  knowing this distant connection.
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland


Re: Morris and Matilda Lyons #germany #unitedkingdom

Robert Weinberg
 

Dear David, A couple of thoughts. "Lion" was a German Jewish family name in MW Germany, possibly sometimes Lyon.  And "Yechiel" was almost certainly not the name used in the outside world.  The name is almost unheard of among German Jews as a civil name. That leaves you empty-handed with what his "official", non-Hebrew name was. Best wishes Bob Weinberg


Re: prenuptial agreement #poland

Frank Szmulowicz
 

Another JGener sent me a wedding certificate which contains an example of a prenuptial agreement. It concerns the property the newlyweds are bringing into the marriage, in particular, the dowry.
Frank Szmulowicz


Re: Morris and Matilda Lyons #germany #unitedkingdom

l.a.m.buisman@...
 

About surnames in Hamburg changing from patronym to official familyname: https://jewish-history-online.net/article/czakai-family-names

Maybe Yechiels father was Levi/Leib/Leonard/Lion. And he officially adopted that name as his surname. (in Glasgow anglicized to Lyons, maybe just because the immigration officer heard something like son of Leib, or Leib's sohn as Lion(s).
A name change like that could also has happened generations earlier. For business reasons many merchants took on a civic name way before that. In Jewish records usually just find name and patronym.
So you may have to search for surnames that start with Levi/Leib/Lion/Leon (maybe other variants. Mind pronunciation in German and imagine how a Brit would understand it.

Loes Buisman, Amsterdam


Re: Itzkovitz/Leon #lithuania #southafrica

Max Heffler
 

My wife’s great-grandmother was Kende Isakowitz Golden from Lithuania, whose descendants went to South Africa, a common path for Lithuanians.

 

Max Heffler

Houston, TX

 

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My husband went to medical school in Johannesburg with a Harry Isakowitz. I wonder if this could be the same family. We don't know much about Harry other than he was very tall (6 foot 6 inches) and had been a pharmacist before going to medical school. Hope this helps a little. Good hunting. Beulah Gross


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Max Heffler
Houston, TX
max@...
HEFFLER(Ukraine)/TIRAS(Poland)/WASSEMAN(Lithuania)/MOORE(Poland)/ZLOT(Lithuania)
GORENSTEIN(Ukraine)/FLEISCHMAN(Latvia)/GOLDEN(Lithuania)


Re: Itzkovitz/Leon #lithuania #southafrica

Richard Gross
 

My husband went to medical school in Johannesburg with a Harry Isakowitz. I wonder if this could be the same family. We don't know much about Harry other than he was very tall (6 foot 6 inches) and had been a pharmacist before going to medical school. Hope this helps a little. Good hunting. Beulah Gross


Re: Framing Family Trees #general

David Harrison
 

Take care with your wishes.  About 7 years ago my wife won the masthead flag  (about 1 metre by 2 metres)of a ship that took us from Grande Canaria to Argentina.  It cost £100 from the local picture framer and we had difficulty finding a place for it.  But it is a fab "Talking Point".  Picture framers are not rare in this country and surely must exist in any reasonable town of three or four thousand people as is our suburb of Birmingham.
David Harrison, Birmingham, England


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Subject: Re: [JewishGen.org] Framing Family Trees #general
 
I had mine framed years ago (25+ years ago) in a special framing store back in Israel. My tree is pretty big, almost 3X4 feet and they used aluminum frame to save weight. I don’t recall how much I paid but I’m very pleased with the frame.

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Researching: Israelit/Israelite from Novogrudok and Dyatlovo (Belarus) and from Latvia, Rabinowitz from Dyatlovo, Pruss and Koifman/Kaufman from Ukraine and Goldblat from the Grodno area


ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Dror Bereznitsky
 

I've posted a birth record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM95093

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

Thank you very much.
Dror Bereznitsky


Re: Framing Family Trees #general

mab@...
 

Is your question about framing a tree or about printing it out in preparation for framing?

If your question is about framing, any frame store near you should be able to help.  Just be sure that the any backboard or mat is acid free.

If your question is about printing, I would suggest downloading a gedcom and then using one of the online services that specialize in this.  You can find out more about the options to do so at:

https://www.familytreemagazine.com/projects/how-to-print-family-tree/
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Miriam Alexander Baker


Re: Framing Family Trees #general

dan.efrat@...
 

I had mine framed years ago (25+ years ago) in a special framing store back in Israel. My tree is pretty big, almost 3X4 feet and they used aluminum frame to save weight. I don’t recall how much I paid but I’m very pleased with the frame.

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Researching: Israelit/Israelite from Novogrudok and Dyatlovo (Belarus) and from Latvia, Rabinowitz from Dyatlovo, Pruss and Koifman/Kaufman from Ukraine and Goldblat from the Grodno area


Re: Morris and Matilda Lyons #germany #unitedkingdom

pelling97@...
 

Hello Shosh,
Unfortunately, the marriage record of Morris and Matilda Lyons does not survive in the records from Glasgow and likewise the birth records of all their 6 Glasgow-born children (2  boys and 4 girls). I have the marriage records of the two sons, Isidore and Gustavus, but their mother's family name is not recorded. The four daughters never married. All the death certificates, obituaries and gravestone information I have, so far, do not show Matilda's name. 

Morris and Matilda became British Subjects between 1861 and 1871 and there should be a record of this available which might show more information. This is my next pursuit! Of course, it is possible that Morris and Matilda were married in Hamburg before they set out for Glasgow and so a records search there is needed.
Thanks for your interest,

Regards,

David Pelling


National Museum of American Jewish History Comes Out of Bankruptcy #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, PA will come out of bankruptcy in the coming weeks after a former trustee stepped in to buy the museum building and lease it back for a nominal monthly rent of $1,000.  Mitchell Morgan, a local real estate CEO,  will pay the museum about $10 million for its downtown property as part of a plan approved by a federal judge on Wednesday. The plan also settles a debt with bondholders, including Morgan, who agreed to accept $14 million less than what they were owed.

 

It was reported that the deal allows the museum to buy its building back after 42 months for the $10.1 million sale price plus 4%.

 

The Museum filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2020 because it could not afford the debt from the construction of its new building, which opened on Independence Mall in 2010. Then the pandemic hit, and with filing for bankruptcy it became ineligible for federal relief under the Paycheck Protection Plan.

 

See:  https://www.jta.org/2021/09/03/united-states/national-museum-of-american-jewish-history-emerges-from-bankruptcy

 

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


AVOTAYNU article: Ukraine RD project to Preserve Archival Records Scanned by Alex Krakovsky #ukraine

Gary Pokrassa
 

Sallyann Sack of AVOTAYNU has kindly given me permission to post my article published in AVOTAYNU Summer 2020 edition on the JewishGen Ukraine research Division website - here is the link:   https://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/PTM_Article.asp?id=104

--
 
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division


Re: Morris and Matilda Lyons #germany #unitedkingdom

Reuven Mohr
 

I would agree that LYONS is probably (not necessarily, but if there are no records found with such this name, then yes) an anglicised name. Usually there is some resemblance between old and new name: LOEB, LOEWENSTEIN, LOEWENTHAL, LOEWENBERG, LEVI, LEVY, LEVINSON, LEVINGER are a few suggestions.

Yechiel can be replaced by Michel/Michael

Reuven Mohr
Israel


Re: prenuptial agreement #poland

Valentin Lupu
 

Mostly, a marriage arrangement between the parents of the bride and the groom was concluded by a dowry agreement. The dowry was given by the bride's parents to the new couple, either money, goods or both.
Valentin Lupu
ISRAEL


This week's Yizkor book excerpt(s) on the JewishGen Facebook page (Rosh Hashanah) #lithuania #yizkorbooks #poland #belarus

Bruce Drake
 

Rosh Hashanah arrives Monday evening, marking the Jewish New Year and the beginning of the Days of Awe that end with Yom Kippur. Or, as captured by the traditional saying quoted in one of these Yizkor book excerpts, “On Rosh Hashanah it will be written, and on Yom Kippur it will be sealed.”
I’ve gathered remembrances of the holiday from the books of Piotrkow Trybunalski (Poland), Ritavas (Lithuania), Dokshytsy (Belarus), Nesvizh (Belarus), and Kurenets (Belarus). Some tell similar stories: the magic moment when the shofar is blown, the food prepared for the holiday, the joy of the day as well as the solemnity and even trepidation as the Day of Atonement drew nearer. Other excerpts strike more serious notes. A sermon that stirred emotion and tears as the Magid raised his “splitting voice” and intoned, “The day of judgement is coming fast.” The final excerpt is a grimmer one, recalling the arrival of the Germans as Rosh Hashanah began.


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Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Did Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan Spektor (1817-1896) have an 18th century ancestor named Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan living in Vilnius #lithuania #rabbinic

Hallie Metzger
 

My grandfather David Yalofsky Freedland (1885-1988) claimed that when his 2nd or 3rd Great Grandfather got married, an illustrious Rabbi named Yitzchak Elchanan came from Vilnius to attend the wedding. The closest match I can find is Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan Spektor whose father Israel Issar was also a rabbi. Can anyone help me follow the family any further back?

The bridegroom may possibly have been a Sephardic Jew studying in Vilnius who took the surname of his father-in-law, a wealthy merchant named Goldstein.

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Hallie Metzger, hallie.metzger@...
SACHS, TSIN(I)MON, FREEDLAND, FRIEDLANDER, FREELANDER, HOFFENBERG (GUFINBERG)


Yizkor Book Report for August 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

lackerfeld@...
 


Yizkor Book Project 

Summary for August 2021

 

by Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books

 

Shalom,

 

I’m not sure that I believe myself the incredible progress we have made in our project over the past month but the new and updated listings below in black and white definitely confirm this. 

 

Apart from the updates, I am extremely excited and honored to inform you that Jack Berger (Jacob Solomon Berger) has graciously donated his complete book on Zelva, Belarus - the “Zelva Memorial Book” to the Yizkor Book Project. I’m sure many others will join me in thanking Jack for his generosity in making this extensive translation available. I am also pleased to note that he has offered to donate other books of his to our project which is really wonderful news. Please continue to check the coming monthly reports to learn more about these.

The next piece of good news from the past month was the completion of an additional Yizkor book. The translation project of this book on Braslaw, Belarus - “Darkness and desolation” was originally initiated by Eilat Gordin Levitan and in relatively recent times, it was taken on by Jeff Deitch. Jeff  financially supported translations and took great care into providing translations that are as accurate and informative as possible. For all this, I salute Jeff for his diligence and thank him for bringing this project to its successful completion.

There are now quite a few other projects that are very close to completion and, hopefully, I will be able to share happy news about them in coming reports. There are other projects that are “yearning” for financial support to get them moving and if you have a community book that is close to your heart and is listed amongst our
Yizkor Book Translation Funds, please help us by donating towards the professional translation of these books. Thank you in advance!

 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year that, we all hope, will ultimately be far happier and healthier than the last few.


And now for details of what was carried out in August:

 

New entries

·  Derevna, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Rubiazhevichy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

 

 

New book


The following is a new book placed online:

 

Zelva, Belarus (Zelva Memorial Book)

 

Yizkor Book updates

This month, 34 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Augustów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Region)

·  Babi Yaar, Ukraine (Memory Book: Babi Yar)

·  Będzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Brzesko, Poland (Memorial book of Briegel-Brzesko and vicinity)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszów, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

·  Kurów, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)

·  Lakhva, Belarus (First ghetto to revolt, Lachwa)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz) 

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book)

·  Mahilyow, Belarus (25th Anniversary Book of the Moghileff Brotherhood) 

·  Nyasvizh, Belarus (The Nesvizh Yizkor Book) 

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Radekhov, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Radikhov)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sălaj, Romania (Memorial book of Salaj-Szilagy Jewry)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Siedlce)

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Shums'k, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Wołomin, Poland (Volomin; a memorial to the Jewish community of Volomin)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

 

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

Shana Tova U’Metuka (A Good and Sweet New Year) 

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books

JewishGen.org

lackerfeld@...

 

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