Re: 84 Willett Street #general #usa

Bruce Drake

p.s. I don't believe the photo for which I sent you a link includes number 84. I see a "42" on one of the buildings

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

JewishGen Romania Research Division Update #records #JewishGenUpdates #announcements #romania

Michael Moritz

JewishGen Romania Research Division Update
Follow this link for a full update on our activities. Among other things, here is some of what is covered:
  • Thousands of new vital records available and searchable online: Bacau, Braila, Bucharest, Harlau, Iasi, Piatra Neamt, Ploiesti.
  • Thousands of new records acquired: Bacau, Braila, Bucharest, Craiova, Dorohoi, Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Galati, Iasi, Odobesti, Pungesti, Ramnicu Sarat, Roznov, Suceava, Vatra Dornei.
  • More than 20,000 Rădăuți/Radautz District indexed records acquired.
The full link to view the update is here:

Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and contributors! If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Dana Lugassy (dlugassy@...).

Michael Moritz
Director, Romania Research Division

New information regarding my Greenberg/Aprivei line #poland


Hi All,
I have been researching my mysterious Greenberg line for many years now. In the beginning I only knew of my great grandfather Abraham and that he was from Hertza dorohoi Romania. Then I stumbled upon a POT, that linked to a sibling named Joseph. Then the trail went cold. I then had a research group look for records for me and that revealed a few more siblings. I was so excited to have more information. Then I was stuck again. Now I am excited to say I was just contacted by living descendants. I had a hour long conference call that was amazing. We are going to talk more to help fill in the gaps of our family tree. What's amazing is that I am just finding out that my line may have come from Poland before settling in Romania. I will post another update when I know more.

Sarah Greenberg (USA-CT)

Virtual tour of Amsterdam's National Holocaust Names Monument available #holocaust

Peter Cherna

News article (translates very well in Google Translate):
Summary from the article:
King Willem-Alexander unveiled the National Holocaust Names Monument in Amsterdam today, the first monument in the Netherlands to bear the names of all more than 102,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust. A special online production can now be seen at and in the NOS app , in which the visitor can move through the monument in 360 degrees. A number of poignant stories behind the names of victims are highlighted in text and images.
Visit (best experienced on a laptop or desktop screen, also works on mobile), for a very high resolution photo panorama of the monument and the names.
Virtual tour of Amsterdam's National Holocaust Names Monument available.

(The photographer who did the work is someone I used to work with some time ago.)
Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)

Re: Gitel bas ??????? #names

Yitschok Margareten

Gitel bas Yochanan 
Yitschok Margareten

Re: Elizabeth Abrahams c1786 London #sephardic #unitedkingdom

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

Dear Elizabeth (and others)
Just an idea, look in the Bevis Marks records.  I have only the Part III for the period 1837-1901, published jointly by the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation and the Jewish Historical Society of England.  In the intro it states that Part II 1687-1837 contains abstracts of the earlier Ketubot. As you live in London, a look in their web-site for their visiting hours etc, and search facilities might be useful or other libraries in the area with Jewish records in the area might have the information.  JGSGB might have the books in their library in its new home.
David Harrison
Birmingham, England

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Sent: 19 September 2021 15:06
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: [] Elizabeth Abrahams c1786 London #sephardic #unitedkingdom

I am trying to find out if my 4x great grandmother Elizabeth Abrahams born c1786 in Aldgate/ Whitechapel in East London has Sephardic ancestry. There is a family story passed down my mother’s line that we have Spanish Jewish roots which I am exploring.

On Synagogue Scribes, Elizabeth Abrahams ( Hebrew name Beila) married Israel Jacobs in 1806 at the Great Synagogue. The Hebrew name of her father was listed as Abraham HaLevi.  I haven’t managed to find the name of her mother or go back any further on her father Abraham HaLevi. Many of my Ashkenazi distant cousin married Jews with Spanish Sephardic surnames  ( Mendoza, Nunes-Martines, Belasco etc). 

I know that The Great Synagogue was Ashkenazi, but I have also been informed that intermarrying of Sephardic and Ashkenazi occurred from the late 1700s onwards.  So it is possible one or both of Elizabeth Abrahams’ parents were Sephardic.  Can anyone point me in the right direction. Does anyone know if  Elizabeth’s Hebrew name Beila or the Hebrew name of her father Abraham HaLevi provides an clue? I read somewhere that Beila is a Spanish variant of the name Elizabeth.

Any help would be great fully received.

Many thanks in advance,

Elizabeth Graves 
London, UK
Known family names in my direct Ancestry going back to 1700s include : Isaacs, Jacobs, Abrahams, Levy in East London

Re: DNA: 23andMe Matches Workshop Monday Oct 4, 2021 1-4pm EDT #jgs-iajgs #announcements #dna #education #events

Arthur Sissman

Still have a couple of spots.

The email address genresearch13@... appears to be Truncated in the original message for some reason.
Please convert this email address "genresearch13@...", here is a written version you will have to convert - genresearch12 (@) 
Or send me a message at 954-328-3559.  Paul from Southamton was successful in doing this.  Thanks Paul!
Both work for me.  Perhaps JG Discussion Group should put out some info on this.  I have had several comments on this problem.


Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL


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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




Re: Holocaust Denial - a Polish movie aimed at denying the Jedwabne massacre #holocaust


From the linked article, or at least from the Goolge translation of it, which is the nearest thing to it that I can read. I cannot gather what the purport of the film is. However, an article in (very imperfect) English about the book Powrot do Jedwabnego by Wojciech Sumlinski makes clear what Smulinki's position is. He is advancing the claim that the Jedwabne massacre was perpetrated by Germans and that Jewish organizations are conspiring to pin blame on Poles so that they can exact reparation payments from them. Here is an excerpt:

The Banned Book That Many Jews Are Afraid Of: Holocaust Industry Terezin Tentacles, and The Jedwabne Lie is Unravelling: Bullet Casings Under Lenin Statue Prove German Guilt
Author Sumlinski had a fascinating discussion with Jerzy Kwasniewski, the President of Ordo Iuris (pp. 282-297). The discussion pointed out that international law can be “made up” arbitrarily, to be applied ex post facto, and to trump pre-existing national laws. The Nuremberg Trials are a classic example. The German defendants had not broken any German laws. Instead, they were charged in accordance with newly-minted international law, which trumped German law, and which furthermore was applied retroactively to their acts. (p. 286).

Enter the Holocaust Industry. To the extent that “Jews are owed” (or, more accurately, “the Holocaust Industry is owed”) positions become enshrined in international law, this can be forced on the nations, especially Poland. All the pre-existing national laws, for example those governing heirless property and the Agreement of 1960, no longer matter, because they are now trumped by this new international law.

The Terezin Declaration, having won at least the tacit approval of many nations, has elevated Jewish-centered “property restitution” claims to at least the level of international expectation, if not yet exactly international law. (p. 294). Furthermore, the U. S. government added weight to all this through Act S. 447. (p. 289). Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, merely by being physically present as Poland’s representative at Terezin, added credence to its claims against Poland. (pp. 290-291). It does not matter that he did not agree to any property restitution claims!


Throughout this book, Sumlinski shows an excellent grasp of Polish-Jewish relations. He is quite familiar with Art Spiegelman’s Poles-are-Pigs in MAUS. (p. 48). He realizes that some Jews want to monopolize Jewish suffering (e. g, p. 40, 68). Truth does not matter.

And so nauseatingly on.
Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Re: Elizabeth Abrahams c1786 London #sephardic #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

I have Beila in one branch of my family used as a version of Rebecca - she is Rebecca in all the official records but Beila on her Ketubah and on her gravestone. This family branch has one line that could be Sephardic but I cannot prove it. NB Beila was a common Ashkenazi name in the middle ages in England. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust


Merci Bernard
Oui je parle français d'ailleurs nous avons déjà été en contact! Je dois être un peu bête mais je n'ai pas réussi à retrouver votre post du 06/03
J'ai été sur le site en ligne des Archives des Alpes maritimes mais sans rien trouver. Je ne sais pas si il n'y a rien en ligne ou si je ne  sais pas chercher . En tout état de cause je suis sûre qu'il y a au moins un dossier pour mes grands parents car dans le dossier de naturalisation de mon grand-père aux Archives Nationales il y a le résultat d'une enquête demandée par le Ministère de l'Intérieur auprès de la préfecture des Alpes maritimes dans le cadre de la commission de dénaturalisation (en PJ) Cela signifie qu'ils ont dû se déclarer à Nice à un moment ou un autre et qu'il y a donc un dossier quelque part à leur nom. Par ailleurs pour mes grand oncles qui étaient apatrides j'ai cru comprendre qu'ils avaient également une obligation de s'enregistrer? J'ai écrit aux archives pour leur demander une aide mais je n'ai aucune réponse à ce stade. Cordialement
Catherine JUROVSKY


Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Roberta Berman

I have heard and read stories about Jewish brothers living with different families or using different surnames to avoid being in the army in Russia. All of it being anecdotal.

Where can I find proof of this? Is there a Russian law somewhere that states the requirements or exemptions for Jews serving in the army in the 1880s?

Roberta Berman
Sunny Southern California
Researching: OPPENHEIM from Brest-Litovsk; WEISBERG from Kiev; CHAMEIDES.

Re: Austrian military official #austria-czech #general


On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 06:58 AM, Robert Fraser wrote:
Check out:
If you use Google chrome as your search engine then it will automatically translate the German to English.
It was a military rank entitled to 3 stars.
Tom Beer
Melbourne, Australia.

Re: 84 Willett Street #general #usa

Avi Debby


I do not know about getting a photo of the building ~1900, but NYC took photos of every building in 1940.  Here is a link to the site:

1940s NYC | Street photos of every building in New York City in 1939/1940


Hope this helps.

Avi Brickner

Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting on October 10: "Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!” with Miriam Weiner #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, October 10: "Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!” with Miriam Weiner


To request a Zoom link, please complete this short formwhich can also be found on our Meetings webpage.

Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can pay $5.00 on the Donate webpage and complete the short form.

Session Description:

From 30+ years of working in the archives of Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Lithuania), Miriam has acquired hundreds of various document collections yielding millions of surnames. She formed a close working relationship with archivists on all levels many of which continue to this day. 

During the past two years, she has created a surname database containing over 2,000,000 names (with continuing updates regularly). At the website, a surname search can produce entries from Holocaust name lists, vital records, census lists, school records, property lists, various telephone and business directories, applications for Communist Party membership and much more, most of which do not appear elsewhere online. A surname search can produce document results with that surname and links to a street map and town images. All in a single search!  A town name search can yield archive data for that town, as well as town images and a link to a street map of the town.  Another valuable website resource is the Maps database.  Miriam has acquired many maps from various localities. A map search will bring up very detailed maps that, when you zoom in, may reveal even the smallest shtetl.

About Miriam Weiner:

In 1989, Miriam Weiner accepted an invitation from the Polish National Tourist Office to visit the Polish Archives in preparation for arranging genealogy tours to Poland. That visit led to a 30+ year career working in the archives of Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Lithuania. 

In 1991, The Jewish Week in New York, referred to Miriam as “The Genealogist who Lifted the Archival Iron Curtain”. 
In 1998, The Forward referred to her as “The Indiana Jones of Pre-war Polish Jewry.” 
In 2019, The Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia referred to Miriam in a lecture review as "Genealogy Rock Star Discusses Digging up Jewish Roots."

Miriam's work in the genealogy field has produced a slew of awards beginning more than 30 years ago; among them are: 

In 1988, a writing award from the Council of Genealogy Columnists for her syndicated genealogy column

  • In 1999, 2000, and 2003, three major awards from IAJGS (one for each of her two books and the Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • In 2000, Reference Book of the Year award from the Association of Jewish Libraries
  • In 2019, The National Genealogical Society presented Miriam with the prestigious "President's Citation" at its annual conference in St. Louis
  • In 2020; The Federation of Genealogical Societies awarded her the Rabbi Malcolm H Stern Humanitarian Award 

The new version of the RTRF website has produced many comments from noted members of the genealogical community, See


Ben Kempner

Vice President,

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #yiddish #translation

Harlene Rosenberg

Translation assistance, please, Yiddish to English.  This is a two page letter written, most likely, to my grandmother, Bessie/Basia (her husband is Benjamin Aronson). Malka and Rosa (her sisters) are names within the letter. Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read. A full translation, most appreciated, but also will be very happy with names, places and events discussed. 

Thanks again!

Harlene Rosenberg
Researching Aronson (Kolno, Poland), Gavurin (Slonim, Poland), Zaretsky (Gomel, Belarus), Gancevitz (Neshviz, Belarus)

Re: What is this Hebrew name? #names


Correction - The (misspelled) name does not have to "live into perpetuity". A cousin of mine,who lived alone, had passed away some time ago. When I visited the cemetery and saw her matzevah, (headstone), I realized that the attorney, who had handled the arrangements, had supplied  the wrong Hebrew names for both the deceased, and her father. After I interceded, the monument company somehow made the correct changes to the stone in a manner that the changes were not readily apparent.

Neilan Stern      neilan1@...
researching: Stern, Pistrong, Stieglitz - Radomysl Wielki;  Aonov/wsky, Cohen - Vilijampole, Kovno, Lithuania; Black, Schwarz - Nesvizh, Belarus

Re: Ancestry Appoints Former Amazon and Facebook Executives #announcements #records

David Silvera

This is not good news. It's one thing to have our ancestors baptized posthumously by the LDS, now our cherished and revered ancestors will be subject to monetization by data predators.
David Silvera

ViewMate Translation requests #poland #translation


L'Shanah Tova!
I have posted three different vital records relating to the Siedlce region of Poland for which I would appreciate translations:
1) #95207 Miedzyrzec Podlaski death record
2) #95208 Terespol birth record
3) #95209 Radzyn Podlaski death record

All three are written in Polish.
With gratitude!
Tammy Weingarten

ViewMate Translation request - 1834 Russian Revision List from Polonnoye #ukraine #translation

Emily Garber

I've posted a Russian revision list entry for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

This is an entry from the male side of the 1834 Polonnoye Revision List for the Evel Ire Uchinik household in Polonnoye (thanks to Alex Krakovsky for putting this revision list online!). I am particularly interested in what happened to Evel Ire's 1st nephew, Leiba Dibrisker, in 1833. Death (umer) is noted for Evel Ire and all the other nephews. The word in Leiba's entry is different and unknown. If anyone can decipher it I would be much obliged!

As a result of help from volunteers on the Genealogical Translation FaceBook page, I believe the revision list entry is:

Evel Ire Uchinik , age 30 [previous census), died in 1823
Son Leibish Itsko, age 14 - age 32 [this census]
Mordko, son of Leibish Itsko and Eta, age 6 [this census]
Nephews of Evel Ire Uchinik:
1st - Leiba, son of Yankel, Dibrisker, age 42, ??? in 1833
2nd - Shlioma Yankel, son of Berko, Furman, age 36, died in 1826
3rd - Srul, son of Berko, Lapman, age 60, died in 1823
4th Lemel, son of Moshko, Spektor, age 40, died in 1823

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland #russia

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Death record of Lejbus PRZEDNOWEK:;data=04%7C01%7C%7C79c355e6cb614809dd8708d97b96b000%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637676709394576188%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=iAkCKMOUdKYDv0T6ZjAqFe932iBHpVLZA7hJj5C2d10%3D&amp;reserved=0

2.  Death record of Nachman PRZEDNOWEK:;data=04%7C01%7C%7C837e2da9836c4991f62b08d97b96b1ef%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637676709425498640%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=QoqhZ17H0k6xDbnM6XgugBxbJsq2wxtBp6ZSyUKFHfE%3D&amp;reserved=0

3.  Death record of Ryfka KAUFER:;data=04%7C01%7C%7C8277233bfa3048792f3b08d97b96b361%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637676709466965107%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=HKQlCVwvTIeKGiGqujpCTuPvmDln66NcLbjo3VfqHGs%3D&amp;reserved=0

4.  Birth record of Simcha Chil WINTER:;data=04%7C01%7C%7C3633a22bea77445ad5d408d97b96b567%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637676709483885507%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=ThbGPxcXZEQCKUzjzshYzIOfeFm8uAhEa5rkeWP1Otc%3D&amp;reserved=0

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona   USA

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