Please inform me how to contact Yonatan/Yoni Ben Ari in connection with his and my relationship to Reb Chaim of Volozhin.

Many thanks,

Naomi Bloch



Translation from Polish please #translation #poland #lodz


Translation from Polish of a section from the attached Work Permit certificate issued at the Lodz Ghetto, of Herszek ALTMAN who perished in the Holocaust.
Mainly interested to understand about the army service that seems to be recorded.
Appreciate your help.
Melbourne, Australia
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Researching (main surnames):

Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh Presents: “Dead Letters: Delivering Unopened Mail from a Pennsylvania Ghost Town” with Jess Weible #announcements #jgs-iajgs #events

Steve Jaron

Please join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh on November 14th for our upcoming program with author Jess Wieble - “Dead Letters: Delivering Unopened Mail from a Pennsylvania Ghost Town”
On assignment for a small-town newspaper in rural Pennsylvania, rookie reporter Jessica Weible meets Joan Swigart, a creative fireball and “pioneer in print.” As the two women forge a relationship based on their passion for storytelling, Joan reveals a mystery that she had discovered years ago, but had never solved—a pile of dead letters found in an abandoned general store, just before it was torn down. Joan gives Jessica the letters, each stamped and dated over a hundred years ago, and encourages Jessica to investigate the untold stories of the people and places contained in each one.
Among the letters is a correspondence in Yiddish, which connects to a web of Jewish stories in Pittsburgh. 

This program costs $5 per person. It’s free for Jewish Genealogy Society members. Click Here To Register.

This is a hybrid program. Attendees can participate either online or in-person at the Heinz History Center. In-person attendance will be limited to the first 20 people who register. Social distancing will be enforced. Depending on public health conditions at the time of the program, we may revert to all-virtual format and send updated instructions to all registrants. Attendees in person will get a chance to see the actual letters.
For information on membership and future programs please visit our website.
Steven Jaron
JGS of Pittsburgh President

Belung, Russia? #russia


Dear Genners
Where is Belung? A document from my family who comes from Taurage and Kvedarna, Lithuania says he was born in Belung, Russia. Can anyone suggest where this place might be? Jewish Communities and the Gazetteer suggest Plunge or Palanga but these don't seem to match other evidence.
Thank you, Alisa Klaus
Alisa Klaus
Santa Cruz, California

October 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs #records

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of October, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert. Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


  • Updates from the Arolsen Archives


  • 23andMe to Acquire Telemedicine Platform Lemonaid Health
  • Facebook Changes its Name to Meta
  • Google Now Permits Removal of Under 18s From Search Results--Right to be Forgotten
  • Microsoft Semi Annual Right to be Forgotten Requests


  • Australia Proposes Legislation to Develop Online Privacy Code for Online Platforms


  • (Canada) Toronto Star Editorial on Why We Must Reopen the Archives
  • (Canada and Germany) Library and Archives Canada Signs Agreement with German National Library


  • (European Union-Poland) Poland's Highest Court Ruled Challenging the Supremacy of European Union Law
  • (EU-US) U.S. Agrees to Drop Tariffs on Countries Imposing Digital Services Tax As Global Tax Moves Forward
  • (European Union) Court of Justice Orders Poland to Pay € 1 Million a Day In Rule of Law Dispute


  • Ireland Signs on Global Deal Seeking to Curb Tax Avoidance


  • (Ukraine) Proposed Draft Law on Creation of National Commission for Personal Data Protection and Access to Public Information


  • (United Kingdom) The 1921 Census to be Released by Findmypast in January


  • (US) Bill Introduced in House of Representatives Addressing Anti-Trust
  • (US) Census Bureau Exploring Use of Scraping Data from Local Governments' Publicly Available Websites
  • (US) Library of Congress Notice on Publishers' Protections
  • (US) National Archives Reopening Requirements
  • (US) National Vital Statistics System Underreports Fatal Police Killings
  • (US) SB 2972 A Bill to Repeal Section 230 of the Communications Act
  • (US) State Department Issues First Passport with X Gender Marker
  • US-CA) California Governor Newsom Signs AB 694 Privacy Law Clarifying CPRA Regulations
  • (US-CA) Governor Newsom Signs AB 751 on Vital Records Copying
  • (US-CA) Governor Newsom Signs SB 41 Privacy: Genetic Testing Companies
  • (US-CA) Ninth Circuit Court Appeals Ruling on AB 51 Means Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Now Prohibited in California
  • (US-CA) Stanford University Taube Archive of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg
  • (US-OK) Oklahoma Issues First Non-Binary Birth Certificate
  • (US-PA) Court Says Google Translate Isn't Reliable Enough to Determine Consent for A Search
  • (US-PA) Disease Information Subject to Right to Know Law


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Exhibit at National Museum of History of Moldova #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello friends,  I think you might be interested in an exhibit at National Museum of History of Moldova

"Jewish Presences in the History, Culture and Memory of the Republic of Moldova"

 Here is the link:

It seems very interesting exhibit, and if our members who live in Kishinev, maybe able to visit museum and give us a virtual tour that would great!

I am looking forward to hear from you.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

SCJGS invites you to- The Power of the Catalog - Unindexed Records and How to Find Them on November 14 #announcements #events #records #education

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to  
The Power of the Catalog - Unindexed Records and How to Find Them
Speaker: Risa Daitzman Heywood. Professional genealogist
Sunday, November 14- 1 pm Pacific Time Zone/4 pm Eastern


Free to Members, $5.00 to Guests
Did you know that over 75% of the records available on FamilySearch cannot be accessed by a simple records search? Did you know that Ancestry has record collections that are available to browse but that cannot be searched because they are not yet indexed? While digitizing records is relatively fast and inexpensive, indexing those records is much costlier. Many online repositories have made these records available for browsing but working with them can be a challenge. This presentation will show you how to find and use these unindexed records to greatly enhance your research.
Bio: Risa Daitzman Heywood has been involved with Jewish genealogy for over 25 years. She is Past-President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, served as co-chair of the original Belarus SIG, travelled to Belarus as a JewishGen Shtetl Now defunct) liaison. Risa earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and adheres to its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder.

Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder. For more information or membership information membership.scjgs@...

Contact: Leah Kushner

President, SCJGS
Santa Cruz, California


For more information or membership information membership.scjgs@...
co-sponsor- Chadeish Yameinu
Leah Kushner, SCJGS

JGS Cleveland & Slegal CWRU present One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools and Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting from Nothing with Stephen Morse #education #jgs-iajgs #announcements


Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

in partnership with

Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University


One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools and

Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting from Nothing with Stephen Morse


2-part Zoom Program:  Sunday, November 14, 2021, 1:30-4 pm EDT

● Session 1 - One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools

Join Steve for a personal tour of the One-Step website.  This site contains tools for finding immigration, census, and vital records and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications.  Though it started as an aid to find passengers in the Ellis Island records, it has evolved to include about three hundred web-based tools covering sixteen categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay. This presentation will highlight tools of interest to genealogists.

● Session 2 - Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting from Nothing

“Where to begin” is a common question of genealogists trying to learn something about an unknown relative or person.  In this case study, Steve will use his One-Step website and other sites to develop an entire family history beginning with a minimal amount of information.  He will also show you how to obtain records despite a name misspelling and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

Speaker: Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life, Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 40 years ago.

RegistrationRegistration is managed by Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University.  This program is free for members of JGS Cleveland and/or the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.  If you are not a member of either organization, there is a charge of $5 for each session.

1.  Online:  Please follow the instructions to register online, then click the "Checkout" link to complete your registration.

·       To register for Session 1 only, go to

·       To register for Session 2 only, go to

·       To attend both sessions, you must register for EACH session, before you click the "Checkout" link.

2.      Phone:  Please register by phone at 216-368-2090 or 216-368-2091.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email from the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program
with the Zoom meeting number, passcode, and a link to the zoom meeting.

Please Note:  Sessions will NOT be recorded.

Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland

Searching Anna and Frank Cohen, children of Gavril' Kagan AKA Harry Cohen, Camac St., Philadelphia #ukraine #names

David Mason

I want to learn more about adult life histories of Anna and Frank Cohen of Philadelphia.

In the 1920 and 1930 censuses, Anna and Frank are recorded living with parents Harry and Esther Cohen in Philadelphia Ward 32 on Camac St. Harry Cohen was the americanized rendering of Gavril' Kagan, born 1887 in Zvenigorodka, Ukraine, emigrating to Philadelphia in 1903 and operating a tailoring business with his younger brother Danil'/Daniel.

In the 1940 census, Anna is gone (married perhaps?).  Frank is still present, having completed college and working as an Investigator in some kind of social services.  There is also a record of Frank graduating from high school in 1932.   Judging from ages in the censuses, Anna must have been born about 1910 and Frank about 1914.

I am hoping to learn Anna's history after 1930 and Frank's beyond 1940.  I have had much better luck tracing siblings Leon, born about 1912 and becoming a practicing physician with an M.D. from Temple University.  I have also traced Bernice, born about 1922, who became an artist and moved to Virginia. I was able to find Leon's and Bernice's obituaries with references to their spouses and children, however Anna's life after 1930 and Frank's after 1940 remain unknown to me.

David Mason
Culver City, CA

UPDATE: “Jewish Cemeteries in Poland” #announcements

Walter Rosenthal

Update: Registration for  JGSPBC presentation “Jewish Cemeteries in Poland”, closes on November  7 at 11:30 ET.

Update: Registration for  JGSPBC presentation “Jewish Cemeteries in Poland”, closes on November  7 at 11:30 ET.

  “Live From Poland!”  On November 10, JGSPBC (Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach) will host a Zoom presentation “Jewish Cemeteries in Poland”, a live update by Witold Wrzosinski. To request a Zoom link, log in to the JGSPBC website,, click on “Register for November”. Members of JGSPBC can attend free, guests can use the “Guest Payment” link, pay a $5.00 fee.  Once registered, the Zoom link to the presentation will be provided.  Registration closes on November 7 at 11:30ET


Witold Wrzosincki is the co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for the Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland. His live Zoom presentation will describe the open access, searchable online database which includes photographs and transcriptions from over 100 Polish cemeteries.


Walter Rosenthal

Re: Jews of Sicily #general


As David commented, I'm not sure where you are in your research. However, you first must start with your American research and hopefully find her mother's father's ship manifest when he came to America, along with naturalization papers, etc. if he naturalized. These should give you a better idea of the town he came from in Sicily. Once you have that town, civil records going back to 1820 are available online via the archives. See , along with some at FamilySearch
Debbie Trotsky Soren

Re: Photo needed from Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery #general


Tara, are you sure there is a Hebrew side?  The engraving begins with the Hebrew letters Peh-Nun (abbreviation for Hebrew for "here is buried"), followed by only English text.  There might not be any more Hebrew than that.
The photo is from FindAGrave.

Irene Greenwald Plotzker
Wilmington, Delaware

Re: Recommendations for Manchester, England research #belarus #unitedkingdom


Maybe you could ask at RAYBURN TRADING (Mancheter)
Marcelo Rosenbaum
researching KAHN (Altenstadt/Illereichen) / ROSENBAUM (Wonfurt/Nuernberg) / VANDEWART (Lendershausen) / WILHERMSDOERFER (Ansbach/Gunzenhausen)

Re: Help Identifying Old Photo #russia #latvia #photographs

Gail H. Marcus

Apparently not.  I don't have the original, but that's what I was told.

It might be that it was designed to serve as a postcard, with the back blank so someone could write a message and send it.

Gail Marcus

Free Virtual Cemetery Program with Nolan Altman #education #announcements


The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to partner with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society for “Jewish Cemeteries – Indiana and Beyond,” a free virtual program on Sunday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Guest speakers will be Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and JewishGen’s Nolan Altman.  The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required to attend.  The link can be found on the NEIJGS website at


Jeannie Regan-Dinius will begin the afternoon at 2:00 with a discussion of the state of cemeteries in Indiana, the presumed meanings of markings, how pop culture affects stones, and what you need to look at when you walk through a cemetery.  Beginning at 3:30, Nolan Altman will continue the afternoon’s program with “Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Records - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy.”  This presentation will familiarize attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations.  By using an actual case study Mr. Altman will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide.  Examples of odd inscriptions and errors will add unexpected humor to the presentation.

A full press release is attached.  Please help us spread the word to those who might be interested, and we hope to see you on the 14th!



Betsy Thal Gephart, vp

Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society


Re: Help Identifying Old Photo #russia #latvia #photographs

Valentin Lupu

Hi Gail,
I think that this is a family photo. The two young women are wearing shirts made of the same fabric. All three women are wearing the same model of skirt. The two men standing behind are alike to each other and wearing identical suits. In my opinion the two women are sisters and the two standing men are brothers. It is possible that the four of them are either siblings or two couples. It was common to sew clothes for the family members from the same fabric. Buying a larger quantity of fabric would have reduced the price. I have a picture from that period of my grandmother and her four daughters all wearing dresses sewn from the same fabric.
Usually such images bear the photographer's logo both in the front and the back. It can help locate where the family lived.

Valentin Lupu

DOLGINOS and DOLGIN same family? #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I have met several DOLGINs in my life and my late father-in-law, Rabbi
Moshe Morris JERUSHALMY has a picture which was taken (probably) in
NYC around the 1930s or 40s. Because of the similarity between
DOLGINOS a and DOLGIN were they the same name and/or are they related
one to the other ?

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Moti Shames or Shames or his father Isaac #israel

Alan Tapper

Through DNA matches, I recently found that I may be related to him. I have known Moti or Morton as I knew him because my late wife was related to his wife, Lucy or Pearl.

According to their daughter, Inna, they visited Moti’s relatives in Israel but she didn’t remember who.  So if you are related to him, please contact me

Alan Tapper 

Re: Help Identifying Old Photo #russia #latvia #photographs


What is on the reverse side of the photo? Anything?

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Jews of Sicily #general

Susan J. Gordon

When i last visited Sicily, I saw a large map in the town hall of Taormina, which depicts all the towns in which Jews lived before 1492.

"They were all over Sicily!" Rabbi Barbara Aiello told me, at a conference about Jewish Sicilians. I agree that she is a great resource.

On the tiny island of Ortygia, (almost) connected to Siracusa, a mikveh was uncovered when construction of a small hotel began. It's been determined that the mikveh was buried by Jews probably fleeing the area around 1492-3.

You might read my 2013 article about my Sicilian born father-in-law, who never forgot unusual customs observed by priests outside his church on Friday nights -
One Italian's Secret Jewish Heritage – The Forward
Susan J Gordon - New York
GULLOTTA - Castelmola Sicily

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