This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

How did Jews earn a living in their towns in the years before World War I? That’s the question that’s asked — and then answered — in this section from a chapter from the Yizkor book of Drohitchin in Belarus. What makes this excerpt so readable is that is more than just a laundry list of occupations but a description of life that makes you feel you are there. The fairs and market days, with the hurly-burly of selling and buying, were a big part of making a living, and the writer notes wryly, “You could never even find such an assortment of merchandise and bargains in Woolworth's stores.”
Bakers and tavern-keepers particularly did well too, thanks to the peasants who came to town in a holiday mood. But some of them didn’t hold on to their earnings for very long. “It was easy for them to drink down a bottle of whisky all at once. By the time a peasant drank half a bottle, he had already forgotten how much it cost him, and often returned home to the village with empty pockets, after having drunk the value of a horse or other animal.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Seeking any descendants of Herscu Grinberg/Aprivei #romania #general


I wish I knew more. When I talk to my new found cousins this weekend I hope to fill in more gaps.

Sarah Greenberg (USA)

Re: Tombstone translation #translation


Hi Mike -
I can't add anything to Binyamin's translation of Ephraim's stone, since the inscription in the photo is somewhat illegible.  To read the full text one must retake a picture after cleaning the stone and/or taking a picture at a different angle with better lighting.

However, I think I can solve the mystery of the date of death.

IMHO, Binyamin erred in reading the Hebrew date on the stone.  I think that the stone says he died on the 30th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. 
The Hebrew inscription should be read as ל שבט (30 in Shevat), rather than כב שבט (22 Shevat).  You can see what looks like the 'upper tail' of the lamedh (ל).
The 30th of Shevat 5667 corresponds to February 14, 1907.  However, if we assume that this grave is located somewhere in the former Russian Empire (pre-WW1), then we must read the numerical date (31.1.1907, the zero having a diagonal line through it), as a Julian date rather than a Gregorian one as  Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar only in 1918.  A Julian 31.1.1907 corresponds to a Gregorian February 13, 1907, which means that Ephraim died after dark on the that date, which corresponds to the 30th of Shevat.

Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel

Portuguese Jews in Antwerp #sephardic #events


Without Antwerp there may have been no Western Sephardic diaspora, and the
entire direction of Jewish history will have been different. After the
Expulsion from Spain and before the emergence of Amsterdam as a Sephardic
hub, there was a community of New Christian merchants in Antwerp. Linked to
the Spanish Crown through the pepper monopoly, they operated an
international trade network from the city. The community self-identified as
the Nacao Portuguesa, the Portuguese Nation.

The best-known family is Mendes Benveniste, but others have been identified.
Almost all descend from Abraham Senior, the last rabbi of Spain who
converted and whose descendants moved to Portugal. The Antwerp community's
wealth allowed them to sponsor artists and writers. Their Obras Pias - Pious
Works - helped not just orphans and widows but also New Christians escaping
from Portugal.

They were suspected of Judaizing. In fact, the Inquisition had information
on several houses where families met on Jewish feast and fast days. Many of
the families are linked to New Christians who lived in Portugal, and to Jews
in Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, Italian communities and even Thessaloniki.

Our speaker, Dr Florbela Veiga Frade, received her doctorate in Modern
History from the University of Lisbon. She is an expert on the Portuguese
Jewish Nation in Hamburg, Antwerp and related communities. She has worked at
the University of Porto and the Institute for the History of German Jews.
Her new book on the community in Antwerp fills a major gap in our knowledge,
and is an updated version of her doctoral thesis.

The meeting is on Sunday 26 September 2021 at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm
London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Everyone is invited to join
us for free at: Please
subscribe to the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and reminds you when we
are going live!

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen
Sephardic World

Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Odeda Zlotnick

In our family, the story was that my paternal gradmother's grandmother made sure that each of her sons would have another surname.  Which is why - said my paternal grandmother - searching form her family by her maiden name was useless, since her dad's surname was "not the right one".
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Need photo of my Grandfather's grave at Canton Hebrew Cemetery Canton, Stark County, Ohio #photographs #usa


Have you searched on those internet sites :

There are a lot of graves photos of american cemeteries. 

Juste give thé name of the personnes and thé cemetery name.

Moadim lesimha
Michel Rottenberg

Juste give thé name

Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general


My GGF Aron Dovid BARAK KANTORCZY's story with conscription into the Czar's army was a little different from these others.  He was not an only son.  They lived in Khotyn, Bessarabia.  In 1860 when he was 17, he received a draft notice.  Conscription into the army was considered akin to a death sentence.  The entire immediate family fled across the River Prut to the Austrian Empire, settling in Storozynetz, Bukovina. 
Marc M. Cohen
Los Gatos, California

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine; CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania; KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL; WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh Presents: "Ask The Experts" on October 31st at 1pm Eastern (US) #general #jgs-iajgs #announcements #education #events

Steve Jaron

On October 31st at 1pm Eastern (US) The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh will be hosting "Ask The Experts" with Tammy Hepps, Caitlin Hollander, Jarrett Ross, and Michael Waas for our International Jewish Genealogy Month / Family History Month Program. As there is a deadline for submitting questions please be sure to register before October 15th. After this date we will send registrants a Google form to submit their question. 
Registration is open until the time of the program however. 
Cost for this virtual program is $10 USD for non-JGS of Pittsburgh members and Free for members.

Please visit the event page for our panelists bio's and areas of expertise. 

To register for our program please click here
Membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh is $18 a year and includes free access to all programs, subscription to our newsletter, access to our members only portal, and access to our private Facebook group.

For more information about the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and membership please visit our website -

Steven Jaron
JGS of Pittsburgh President

Dzialoszyn records question #poland #records

Steven Granek

I’ve been looking at the new town pages on JRI-Poland (nice interface folks!). I am aware that there are - to date - very few records from the town. At the bottom of the page there seems to be an inference that there is a project to extract civil vital records from 1908-1925, also 1828 and 1837. Are there additional records that have NOT been extracted (or is that an ongoing project in the event more are discovered?). My grandfather was born there per his US entry ship manifest (and his siblings as well, I am assuming).

Thank in advance for any insight.

Steve Granek
Columbia, MD USA

Family Reunited 75 Years Post-Holocaust, Thanks to JewishGen! #holocaust #ukraine

Lara Diamond

We knew my great grandmother had first cousins who were killed in the
Holocaust. Except it turns out that not all of them were. Here's how
I've recently discovered living relatives in Ukraine and England,
thanks to a tip from JewishGen!

Lara Diamond
Baltimore, MD, USA

Re: Translation needed - Benjamin Lipson #translation




Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

Baruch son of reb Avraham

Passed 27  Sh’vat 5713

Happy Sukkot , Malka Chosnek



Find the household info from Revision Lists #belarus #records


Is there a way to find all information about a complete household? allows searching by names and towns. I think if someone in the family has a different surname, it's possible to miss that person in the case when that surname is not known.
I am looking for a household from NHABMinsk/2151/1/170 document (Revision List 1858 from Rogachev, Belarus).

Vadim Kreynin
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Re: German Jewish Community: Grötzingen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany or Grötzingen, Durlach, Baden, Württemburg #germany


Dear Connie

Some digitized records for Grotzingen (near present day Karlsruhe) are available here :

Records for the jewish community start in 1811.

You might be able to find traces of siblings who stayed in Grotzingen, if any.

Best Regards
Daniel Mayer, Paris

Rose Edith Ostroff #usa

Steve Pickoltz

Rose Ostroff was born in Phila. on June 24, 1913.  She was a twin.  Her parents were  Benjamin and Rebecca (Wininsky) Ostroff.  She may have been married more than once.  Her last known married name was VEZEAU.  
I am interested in learning all her husbands names especially the last one Vezeau.  Also where and when she may have died and where she is  buried.  Lastly , did she have children?
Steve Pickholtz
New Jersey


Marcia Lloyd

My maternal grandfather, JACOB ROTH, gave birth to ISAAC, who married MATL SCHWARZ, and they lived in CHODOROV in the LVIV Provence. ISAAC also was in KNIKENYCHE, but I’m not sure whether he lived there or worked there as a tailor. I think they were both born in 1861. Their children were HANCHA (Anna), later ANNA LIBATER; MECHL (Max), MORRIS (I don’t know his Yiddish name), and SIMA (Sadie, Sydelle, Syd), married name Syd Winthrop. They were in Vienna during WWI and came to New York via Boston, landing on February 14, 1921. They lived first on Hester Street and then in Brooklyn. If anyone is connected to them or has any information, please email me. Thanks!

Marcia Lloyd

Re: Impossible Brick Wall Next Steps DRAY? #usa

Sherri Bobish


Try searching for obituaries in old newspapers.  Hannah's maiden name may have been mentioned.

Many are digitized and searchable.  Try this site (newspapers are arranged geographically):


Also, check if either Hannah or Samuel left a will (probate record.)  If so, pay attention to any name mentioned in the will, you may potentially find a clue there.  I have seen wills where money was left to family back in Europe.

Look for vital records (birth, marriage, death) of Hannah's children, as her maiden name may be listed.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Re: WEINTRAUB, BARTNOFSKY in Mogilev, Belarus #belarus

Sherri Bobish


If either of them naturalized in 1929, or after, than a photo will be on the nat papers.  Not all nat papers are on-line, but many are, so try searching their names at:

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Need photo of my Grandfather's grave at Canton Hebrew Cemetery Canton, Stark County, Ohio #photographs #usa


This is the first time I've posted here. Would someone be able to take a photo of my Grandfather's grave at Canton Hebrew Cemetery in Ohio?  I'd be happy to pay any expenses. 
Happy Succos
Jimmy Curtis

Re: Torah scroll the Nazis Stole for their post-Holocaust 'Jewish museum' Returns to Service in Prague #austria-czech #holocaust


+Thank you for sharing this with us.  It touched by neshoma today even though I have known about this for many years.  
Ronald Kaplan

Short letters for translation--Hebrew #rabbinic #translation


I've uploaded 4 handwritten documents to ViewMate.  They are each one page.  

I believe they are  related to the Alperstein family (Rabbi Abraham Alperstein or his wife Bertha/Beila Alperstein).  I would love to get complete translations of each document.  Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

You can view and add your translations by clicking each link.  Here is a list of the 4 documents:

1917 bill from Emanuel Gross, first paragraph in Hebrew (rest is Yiddish):

1923 note from Rabbi Glick (Palestine):

1926 note from Rabbi Margolies (New York):

undated note from Rabbi Margolies (New York): 

Please add your suggestions by using the form under each image.  Thank you!

Sharon Fingold

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