(US-CA-LA) Exploring Jewish Roots of Star Trek #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

Costumes worn by DeForest as Dr McCoy, left and William Shatner are part of

The Skirball Exhibit (Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times)


Most of us remember the original Star Trek with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, both descendants of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. The Los Angeles museum, Skirball Cultural Center, has an exhibit “Star Trek:Exploring New Worlds”. The exhibit is set to continue through February.


Nimoy played the ultralogical Spock, half human, half-Vulcan an alien caught between two worlds. He came up with the Vulcan salute from a boyhood memory of sitting in a synagogue and seeing the hand gesture used by the Kohaniim, as they blessed the congregation.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Seeking burial information #usa


Did you try online cemetery records such as Dead Fred or obituary notices in local newspapers in either country?  Can you check ship manifests leaving the US? 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY #photographs #usa

michele shari

Did you call the office? For a lot of cemeteries if there is eternal care paid for they will do it for free. Others will do it for a charge of $10-15/grave. I have gotten family grave pictures for free from Beth David as there was eternal care and while he was doing the 2 graves he photographed the one nearby for free that didn't have eternal care. They were really nice.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL

researching Farkas in Transylvania/Hungary (Carei, Tasnad, Cluj, Kisvarda, Margitta, Satumare), Weiszhauz/Weisshaus (Vamospercs), Rosenfeld (Vamospercs), Isak/Izsak, Taussig/Tauszik, Schein, Pollak (married Farkas), Jakab (married Farkas)

Researching Stauber/Stober/Shtauber (Viseu and surrounding towns, Maramures, Romania), Deutsch, Malek/Malec, Fischman, Genud/Genuth, Apter, Herstik/Hershtik/Herstig, Teszler/Tessler, Davidovici, Ganz/Gancz, Paszternak, Feig, Pollak, Jakab

History Books For Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland #poland


Would anyone know of any books that have been published about the history of Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland? I'm looking for a publication that encompasses the entire history of Wysokickie Mazowieckie through the present day that includes photos. It's part of my research that I'm doing on my mother's side of the family. 

Jerald A. Rothstein

Tombstone translation requested Hebrew #translation

June Genis

I would appreciate a translation of the Hebrew from this stone. I'm
particularly interested in his father's name.


אבינו היקר מנחם מענדיג בר יהושע. נפטר בן נב שנה לחדש אדריא שנת תרפא הנצבה
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: My Hebrew Name #names

Willa Lewis

To The JewishGen Discussion Group,
Thank you all so very much for your help and guidance in this matter. I was able to find my Hebrew name and my Father's Hebrew name.
I've been asked to do an aliyah at a Bat Mitzvah and now I can give the Rabbi the information I have found thanks to this AWESOME JewishGen Group!!!
With my deep appreciation.
Willa Lewis

Re: Seeking a publisher to print my family history #general


Problem with Amazon (Kindle Direct) is that you have to publish as a publicly accessible book - it cannot be a private copy that you make for distributing to family members. 

Might suit the same sorts of people who think nothing about disseminating private information about close relatives of other people all over Ancestry, Geni etc. 

So it depends very much what the book is......

Aubrey Blumsohn

What happened to Ida HILFREICH? #austria-czech

Myra Fournier

Ida HILFREICH was born in Vienna on Jan 1, 1872 to Maximilian HILFREICH (1830-1888) and Johanna WASSERVOGEL (1836-).

Ida was said to have disappeared off the streets one day (year unknown) never to be heard from again.

Her husband was Bertoldt HERZL (1862-1947) and their children were Felice (1895-1988), Max (1898-1952), Emil (1899-1961), and Johanna (1903-1999).

I have recently made contact with Ida's great-granddaughter Deborah ATKINS (nee WEIHS/WISE) and was hoping to help her solve this mystery of what happened to her paternal great-grandmother Ida Hilfreich.

Thank you.

Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA

Re: Picture of 2 stones at New Montefiore #photographs #usa


Contact the cemetery - many cemeteries will take pictures for a fee

You can also put a request on Find-A-Grave - this site does list these people - unfortunately no picture

Dassy Wilen

Photos of Samuel and Esther MUNK, nee BONDI #holocaust #photographs


Nuremberg City Archives is looking for pictures of Samuel MUNK (b. March
23, 1861 in Altona, d. Jan. 31, 1943 in CC Theresienstadt) and his wife
Esther, nee BONDI (b. May 15, 1880 in Mainz, missing CC Auschwitz since
1944). The purpose is to compare the portraits with recently found
photos of unidentified people taken during “Kristallnacht” in Nuremberg
where the couple moved to from Ansbach in 1937.

Gerhard Jochem
(Nuremberg, Germany)

Re: Seeking a publisher to print my family history #general

Theo Rafael

I self published several of my father's books including one related to our family's genealogy. It is quite technical but it can be done as DIY using Amazon's service (kindle direct publishing) or it's direct competition (Ingram spark
I did all of the publishing stages myself starting from proofreading, selecting the page size, placing the photos and text in the pages, adding page number, indexing, designing the cover. Cost was zero for publishing itself, you just pay for each print copy at manufacturing cost (there's a calculator to estimate per copy cost
You can also upgrade and pay for some of these tasks to be done by their specialists.
You don't have to put the book for sale, you can simply use it as POD for yourself.

Good luck,
Theo Rafael

Meet Your Mishpocha in Fort Wayne, Indiana #usa #events


If you have Jewish roots in Northeast Indiana, we hope you'll join us for the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's Third Annual "Meet Your Mishpocha" on October 24 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at 5200 Old Mill Rd. in Fort Wayne.   If you can't join us in person, we'll be holding four 1/2-hour virtual sessions with our mentors, including Mike Brown from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, and Curt Witcher from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.  Registration is required for those virtual sessions at  Masks will be required for those attending in-person. More information is included in the attached press release.  


I hope you can join us on the 24th.  If I can answer any questions, let me know.



Betsy Thal Gephart, vp



Re: A New Book in German about the Adoption of Surnames in Galicia and Bukovina #galicia #ukraine #names #austria-czech


Thank you for this notification. I'm certainly interested in seeing the English summary of this. The question of how Jewish surnames arose is one of the central clues for tracing how we're all connected.
Joe Kraus

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Martin Blumberg

I believe that this is Brina's brother: Is there a way to trace these numbers? I'm new to all this so don't know how?

Latvia, Courland Registers and Family Lists, 1845-1874

NameChatzkel FeitelbergAge1871 in50Birth Year1821Record Year1871Registration TownPilteneFatherHirschTypeRecruit's Enlistment registerFond Number630Family Number50Oklad (Tax Reference) Number213
Martin Blumberg

ViewMate Translation Requests - German to English #translation

Geoff Kaiser

Hi All

I've posted three vital records in German for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Geoff Kaiser
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Odeda Zlotnick

Simcha and Shmarya are not variants of the same name.
That said, one can easily misread Simcha as Schmarya -- see this image:

All it takes is for the stonecutter (or the reader) to have missed a bit at where the red arrow is pointing .  The first word is Simcha the second is Shmarya. Move the second character for the left a bit to the right, make it a bit too long, and Shmarya looks like Simcha.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: September 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records/Family Search and Poland microfilms #poland #records


If you know the microfilm number you can request a record at this site:
The staff will send you the image by email. I have gotten a number of records this way lately.
Elissa Burnat

ENOWITZ Lomza and Kolno, Poland
ZUMERFELD Lomza, Poland
JANUSZEWSKI Lomza and Grajewo, Poland

Rose Edith (Ostroff) Vezeau #usa

Steve Pickoltz

For all of you, that answered my earlier post, thank you.  Sorry for the delay in getting back to all of you.
Many found the death notice for her sister, that listed her married name as Vezeau.  That is also how I found it.
From other info that was sent to me, a person by that name lived in LA with a George D. Vezeau.  A Rose Vezeau is listed as dying in Cottonwood, Arizona.
I don't know yet if this is my cousin.  To date, I have not been able to find a marriage record (I mentioned earlier, she may have been married more that once), nor any death record, Obit for her or this George D. Vezeau.  There are no family members alive to check on any of this.  It appears I am at a loss to solve this mystery.  
I am open to all suggestion.
Steve Pickholtz

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Martin Blumberg

Brina Feitelberg( Feytelberg) 1814-1892
2nd great-grandmother

Schmerl (Schmarja) BLUMBERG 1845-1929
Son of Brina Feitelberg( Feytelberg)

Herman Chaim Hyman BLUMBERG 1878-1971
Son of Schmerl (Schmarja) BLUMBERG

Theodore Blumberg 1918-2009
Son of Herman Chaim Hyman BLUMBERG

Martin Blumberg
You are the son of Theodore Blumberg


Brina Breindel Bryndla FEiTELBERG BLUMBERG

Matching Person details


Abraham Avrum Abram BLUMBERG


Hirsch Tzvi FEiTELBERG


Riwe Rivka Rywa FEiTELBERG




1814 Piltene, Talsi Novads, Latvia


18 Feb 1892 Piltene, Talsi Novads, Latvia

Hi Sherri


This is l I can find, but no documented evidence of her maiden name?



Martin Blumberg

Researching Surnames


Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Martin Blumberg


Yahrzeit :
26 Av 5782 (23 Aug 2022)
Gender : Male
Tribe : Cohen
Synagogue :  
Cemetery : Maitland Gate 8
Grave :  
Death Date: 26 Av 5689  (1 Sep 1929)
Burial Date : 16 Kislev 3761 (1 Jan 1970)
Consecration Date: 16 Kislev 3761 (1 Jan 1970

Picture 19771.jpg

This is the information I have. Abraham was Schmarja was father, so I ma confident that this is correct

With thanks

Martin Blumberg

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