Re: Translations #ukraine #russia #yiddish

Jack Berger

I can translate Hebrew and Yiddish, if there is legible penmanship.

Write to me at jsberger@...

Jack Berger

Looking for a contact or help with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (jtsa) #usa #rabbinic #records


Dear all
I have discovered that the Archives of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America based in New York city are in possession of a box of letters of my family "the bespaloff papers"  among which letters from and to famous people. I have written twice to the Archives and received no answer. I had a person from the Library on line and she told me that the place is only accessible to faculty and students apparently due to Covid restrictions. Could somebody have a suggestion of how to proceed to be in touch with the relevant people in that institution. FYI I currently live in France and cannot pay them a visit !
Best regards
Catherine JUROVSKY 


Re: When was house in Brooklyn, NY built? #usa #general

Chana Bonn

Using Zillow to obtain an accurate date for when a house was built is not a good idea.  Zillow dated the build-date of my grandfather's house many years after my mother had already grown up there!  I knew the house well, and spent lots of time in it myself.  Zillow was WAY OFF.  I have no idea where Zillow gets their information, but I would definitely not rely on its accuracy.

Chana Bonn, Philadelphia

Jewish Surnames but lost history #galicia #germany #general #names #sephardic

Dakota Gigout

Hi! I am trying to find my Jewish ancestry but am stuck. Does anyone have information on the following surnames:
I got stuck tracing Bernardine Mary Beckman Artmeier's (1845 Jettingen, Germany - 1921 Indiana, USA) father Herman Beckman. From her death certificate, he may have stayed in Germany? I know there was a potato famine in the 1800's that drove immigrants to the US. I can trace my great-grandmother's family immigration to the states (Heppner) from Bavaria, Germany in the 1840's. 
In the mid 1900's, a fire destroyed our family's farm and, therefore, all records. I did not grow up being told I was Jewish, however, aside from an instinctual tug toward Judaism, and every maternal surname being listed in a Jewish registry, I am unsure if I am Jewish. It is my greatest wish to answer this question, so any aid is greatly appreciated. 
I also noted that in the early 1900's,  John Artmeier (1873-1935) was buried in a Catholic cemetery. I don't know if this has any bearing on religious conversion to Catholicism or, since it was the Great Depression, if it was simply available space. 
Thank you for your time, 
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Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech

Andreas Schwab

Novy Targ (Neumarkt) at Google maps:
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Viewmate translation - Russian #lithuania #translation


In Russian:



Акт о рождении

Абрама-Гирша Олитского

 Состоялось в посаде Олита 18-го февраля 1872 года. Явился лично Ицка-Берка (двух имен) Олицкий, житель посада Олита, 45-и лет и в присутствии свидетелей Гершона Израилского, 48 лет и Шмуйлы Дубинского, 49-и лет и предъявили нам младенца мужского пола, который родился в посаде Олита 4-го февраля в 4 часа вечера от законной жены Бейли (не ясно) Олитской, 45-и лет.  Ребенку этому при религиозном обряде дано имя Абрам-Гирш. Акт сей присутствующим прочитан ими подписан.

Ицка-Берка Олицкий

Гершон Израилский

Шмуйла Дубинский

Чиновник Гражданского Состояния Подпись


Translated Into English:


# 2

Birth certificate

Abram-Hirsch Olitsky

 Held in the Olita Posad on February 18, 1872. Itska-Berka (two names) Olitsky, a resident of the Olita settlement, 45 years old, and in the presence of witnesses Gershon Izrailsky, 48 years old and Shmuila Dubinsky, 49 years old, personally appeared and presented us with a male baby who was born in the Olita settlement February 4st at 4 pm from Bailya legal wife (not clear) Olitsky, 45 years old. During a religious ceremony, this child was given the name Abram-Hirsh. This act was read and signed by those present.

Itska-Berka Olitsky

Gershon of Israel

Shmuila Dubinsky

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Is the 2nd name on the headstone a given name or a family name? #lithuania #poland #names


Definitely agree with Mr Goldberg, this is a second part of what's referred to as a "Legal Double" given name.  The Jewishgen Given Names database is a good resource to verify this.

Note that the initial consonant in the Russian and Polish roots for "black" is ch (as in English "cheese") -- Russian черный /chorny/, Polish czarny /charny/ -- but the ts/ch alternation in Yiddish is well attested, for example tchotchke/tsatskele, "toy, trinket" (and a few other meanings as well).

Joel Novis
Longmeadow, MA
Researching:  NOVITSKIY (Kyiv, Vasil'kiv), OLSZTAJN (Łódź, Łowicz, Żychlin, Zgierz), GEYMAN/HYMAN (Ashmyany), POTASNIK/LEVY (??)

Re: When was house in Brooklyn, NY built? #usa #general


Try locating the property on the Sanborn fire insurance maps that were produced in various years. Looks like there was one in 1915 that woukd show what was there in that earlier time period.
 Then there was one done in 1928 for comparison 

Hope this helps
Lee Goodman
Vermilion, Ohio 

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech

Howard Fink

There were (at least) 4 towns that were once named Neumarkt; these are their current names:
• Nowy Targ, Poland (previously Austria)
• Sroda Slaska, Poland (previously Germany)
• Targu-Mures, Romania (previously Hungary)
• Tirgu Secuiesc, Romania (previously Hungary)
Do you know the approximate timeframe for Yetta or any of her immediate family? I can't speak for the other towns, but I do see a Jentel Traunstein in our Nowy Targ records project. (These records are not yet online.)
While the Polish Archives has not yet scanned this set of Jewish vital records, JRI-Poland has privately photographed and indexed them.
Please contact me privately for more information about the 4 records that I see connected with the family of this Jentel Traunstein.
Howard Fink
Nowy Targ Town Leader
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

Re: Approximate year this may have been taken #photographs


For what it's worth, I have photos of my great-grandmother wearing similar shoes, taken in the late 1920s.

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Offering to do research in Harvard’s Widener Library #general #usa

Yehuda Rubin

I expect to be visiting Harvard University‘s Widener Library (which has an extensive Judaica collection, some which can’t be found elsewhere) twice, once on December 6, and once on December 15. I am available to go through and copy books, manuscripts, records, or archives, provided that you can help defray a portion of my cost of travel.
Please email me privately if you are looking for any files. Thank you. 
Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ

Re: When was this photo taken and where #photographs

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Marcie,
I am in charge of ca 30.000 pictures from our archives.
May I ask what is on reverse side of this picture when you take it out from the wooden frame ?
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring of France (Bund / Workmen Circle)

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech


Where is Neumark on the map?

Ron Peeters


Looking to locate Akiva Segal and wife Zeva/Zivi Segal #israel #general

mike yesnes



Looking to locate in Israel through yellow pages directories:
Akiva Segal and wife Zeva/Zivi Segal.
They lived in Jerusalem in 1968 - 1970's.
Divorced in the 1970's.
Had two kids: Chana and Ronnie.
Born in the mid 1970's.
Would appreciate your help.
Thank you.

Mike Yesnes

Re: Is the 2nd name on the headstone a given name or a family name? #lithuania #poland #names


I would say it is definitely a 2nd given name.
A Google search in Hebrew reveals that there are 2 graves on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem with that name (as a given name). Also a death notice for someone else.  All the deceaseds (or their families) are originally from Eastern Europe..
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rossein), Lithuania

Looking for Thelma Graber #general #usa


A slight correction regarding the material transferred yesterday. Eliyahoo's original last name is POLAK and not POLKA as mistakenly written. And a small addition - he was born in Volozhin (also spelled Volozhyn).

Joseph Godelnik

When was house in Brooklyn, NY built? #usa #general

Roberta Berman

My mother and my aunts and uncles told me that my grandparents bought a house in Brooklyn in 1925. I have a photo of the house taken between 1939 and 1941 by the NYC Department of Records & Information Services. It says the house was built in 1926. I wanted to see what the house looks like now, so I did a Google search and found it on Zillow, which says the house was built in 1910.

How can I find out the correct date?

All the best,
Roberta Berman
Southern California

Searching WEISBERG from Kiev, OPPPENHEIM from Brest-Litovsk and Kiev

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech

E Feinstein

Nowy Targ [ˈnɔvɨ ˈtark] (Latin: Novum Forum, Slovak: Nový Targ, German: Neumarkt, Yiddish: ניימארקט‎ Naymarkt, Goral: Miasto/Nowý Targ) is a town in southern Poland with 34,000 inhabitants (2006)

Clifton New Jersey.

Viewmate translation - Russian #lithuania #translation

Michele Lock

Below are the Russian birth records for my great grandfather Abram Girsh Olitsky (1871) of Olita/Alytus in Suwalki, and his sister Enta (1875). For each, I'd like the father's name and surname, especially the patronymic if shown; the mother's name, including patronymic and surname if shown, the witnesses' names; and any other biographical information, such as occupation, age, etc. There may be inconsistencies between the two records. Thanks.

Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
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: Approximate year this may have been taken #photographs


I would guess by the styles, the early 1920’s.

Steve Buzil
BUZILA and KILYAN from present day Moldova
GRUBER and FEINGOLD from present day Ukraine
PORTNOY, GERSHON and OFSAIOF/OVSAIOVICH from present day Lithuania
MNUSHKIN and KOLVARACHIK from present day Belarus
EISENSTEIN and ZALIO from present day Romania

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