Viewmate Tombstone Hebrew Translation Request #translation

Barbara Nevens

I've posted a tombstone photo on Viewmate and would greatly appreciate a translation of the Hebrew on it.  It is on Viewmate at the following address:
Thank you,
Barbara Nevens
Los Angeles, CA


Re: Markings (handwritten) on NY Arrival Manifest 1905 #usa #general

Shelley Mitchell

It appears to represent Ellis Island Registry. I know there was a “Registry Room” but I don’t know what book it references. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Re: Looking for Arsonist’s Family #usa

Shelley Mitchell

Albert Fried wrote a book about him in 1993. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC

Re: Looking for Arsonist’s Family #usa

Shelley Mitchell

You may want to reference Albert Fried’s 1993 book for assistance. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Re: Anyone visiting Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, Queens, NY? #usa

Peter Cohen

Gravesite locations at Mount Lebanon can be found using this tool:

While posting a photo request on findagrave has a pretty good response rate, the New York City cemeteries all have thousands of pending requests. The chance of getting a photo that way are slim, and without providing the graveside location, chances are zero.
Peter Cohen

Re: Looking for Arsonist’s Family #usa

Shelley Mitchell

I agree that the family changed their names, maybe to wife’s maiden name and remarried. Her husband may have agreed to a divorce and a get. In any event, if the descendants know more than what is printed, they are unlikely to cooperate and bring up their shameful past. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Are those gravestones proof my ancestors were jewish? #germany


Since my childhood my dad always told me we had jewish ancestors somewhere in history. Last month i took a closer look to the graves of my grandfather / grandmother and great grandfather / grandmother. I noticed that the birth stars had the shape of a Magen David. Does this mean they were jewish or is it meaningless for genealogic purposes? My father didn‘t know they were jewish, he just knew about the general heritage of our family from a jewish background.

Phil Thomsen

Printing Birth record #general

Shimy Karni


I got some old birth records. Trying to print them the background comes very dark, and it hard to read the
Any idea how to overcome this problem.

Shimi Karni, Israel

Marine family from Cape Town #southafrica

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the Marine family who lived in Cape Town -
two brothers were Ivor Marine (father of Richard and Jonathan) and
Ivan Marine (father of Keith).
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Anyone visiting Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, Queens, NY? #usa

Fred Kolbrener

1.  When requesting photos, provide the names of the relatives in the request and the grave locations.  

2.  Check on Findagrave,com and first before asking.  

3.  Join (free) and you can then post a photo request ; be sure to add the grave location for the photographer). In some cases a burial may have to be added first so a photo request can be entered.  There are many volunteers (all religious affiliations) who respond to photo requests both on findagrave and BillionGraves.  Sometime request are fulfilled rapidly and sometimes (alas) not so rapidly.

Good luck!
Fred Kolbrener
Woodbridge, VA

Researching: KOLBRENER (Lezajsk); SCHWARTZ (Glogow Malapolski); ZINDEBAND (Minsk); LIFSHITZ (St Petersburg/Minsk); JABELOW (Minsk); BOHRER (Lezajsk); POLLACK (Minsk); BLUMSTEIN/BLUMSZTEJN (Goworowo); FRETER/FRATER (Czyzewo)

Re: Was Max GORDON (1913-1971) really married? #usa #general


There is a Max Gordon who got married in 1940 in Chicopee. Maybe is the one you are looking for. 

Name: Max Gordon
Marriage Year: 1940
Marriage Place: ChicopeeMassachusettsUSA
Index Volume Number: 119
Reference Number: F63.M36 v.119
Giannis Daropoulos 


Jewish Cemeteries in Jamaica #sephardic


On Sephardic World this Sunday, the Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) are launching their database of Jewish burial grounds. Extensive cataloguing of the Jewish burial sites across the island took place from 2008 to 2017. 33 Jewish burial locations were recorded, which includes synagogue purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were part of an interment ground that is now on residential property. Rachel Frankel and Joseph de Leon will discuss this important project, which helps fill a gap in our knowledge, as well as the need to preserve these historic Jewish sites.


Rachel Frankel is principal of the firm Rachel Frankel Architecture. The practice is located in New York City and best known for its contextual new buildings, sustainable alterations, and historic restorations. She is the co-author of Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname. Frankel served in the Peace Corps in Togo, west Africa. Her Master in Architecture is from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Arts is from Duke University.


Joseph de Leon is a Jamaican Jewish descendant, and the current President of the Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund. He is retired from a senior management position at Con Edison of New York, Inc. He enjoys various pursuits and spending time with his grandchildren. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and a Masters degree in Business.


The meeting is on 12 December 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






Looking for Tisch Family in Demend, Hungary #hungary


Hi all,
I’ve had a substantial brick wall in my research for quite awhile now, and was wondering if anyone could could help me. I’m looking for the ancestors/relatives of Herman Tisch.
Herman/Ármin Tisch was born in Demend, Hont County, Austro-Hungary, on February 23, 1863. He was the son of Lajos/Lazar(Leyzer) Tisch(b. ? , d. Before 1895) and Mina Cohen/Kohn(b. ~1837, d. 09/16/1920). Herman had 3 known siblings, Mária Rosenfeld(b. ~1870, Tisch, d. ?), Arnold/Arnó Tisch(b. 04/15/1871, d. 03/15/1956), and Regina Szigeti(b. 11/15/1868, Tisch, d. 01/16/1938). 
Herman married Hermina Berger(b. 10/16/1874, Losce, Szepes County, Austro-Hungary, d. 02/10/1952) on 05/24/1896 in the city of Locse. 
Herman immigrated to the US(through Ellis Island) on 07/05/1902. He traveled under the name Hermann Fisch. After his arrival, he and Hermina settled in Manhattan.
The pair had three children, Emanuel Tisch(b. 04/22/1904, d. 03/02/1984), Leonard Tisch(b. 09/10/1907, d. 07/19/1994), and Frank Tisch(b. 09/16/1910, d. 07/24/1992). 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Aidan Tisch

Re: Markings (handwritten) on NY Arrival Manifest 1905 #usa #general

Alan Shuchat

You may find it in this JewishGen Info File:

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Re: Looking for Arsonist’s Family #usa

Rob Halpern

A cousin of mine was convicted of a notorious crime in 1930 and sent to Sing Sing.
His family soon changed their surname, I assume to distance themselves from the news and enable the sister to get married. I was fortunate to stumble on a record that revealed the name change.

Rob Halpern

Was Max GORDON (1913-1971) really married? #usa #general

David Gordon

I’m baffled.

For as long as I can remember (multiple decades), the family has said that Max GORDON (my paternal grandfather's youngest brother) was single his entire life.  He was born in 1913 in Chicopee, Mass. and died in 1971 in Maryland. Recently I decided to see if I could confirm the story.

When Max died, there is no indication that he was married.  Indeed, there is very little record of him anywhere during his life.  He is buried alone in a cemetery in Maryland, a state far from home, where no other family ever settled.  However, as I looked into things, I
discovered his WWII draft card.  It was completed in 1940 and he listed his next of kin as Mrs. Rose Gordon.  That was not his mother
because her name was Flora.  In fact, there were/are no relations with the name Rose (no sisters, aunts, sisters-in-law, etc.); it's a not
name that appears in our family.  His Army enlistment record, dating from 1943, also lists him as married, though it contains no other
useful information.

My problem?  I can find no record of any marriage anywhere, in any state, at any date.  I realize that the absence of records does not prove anything, but the puzzle deepens.

On the draft card, he listed his address as that of his parents' house in Chicopee, MA.  The address he gave for Mrs. Rose Gordon is in a
completely different part of town, so I thought that she might be a young woman who lived with her family.  I  found the 1940 census for
that address but no one there has the given name Rose and no one there has the surname Gordon.  So I checked the 1930 census for the same address.  Likewise nothing.

As I kept investigating, some tantalizing information came up. According to the 1940 census, a Rose PETLUCK lived with her parents at
70 Granada Terrace in 1940.  My grandfather (Max's older brother) lived at 111 Granada Terrace, so the families weren't far apart,
though I have no evidence either way about Max living with his brother.

In the 1940 census, Rose Petluck is listed as single; Max's 1940 draft card stating that he is married doesn't give an exact date.  It's
clearly possible that they were married after the census took place.

Max listed the address for "Mrs. Rose Gordon" on his draft card as 30 Myrtle Street.  In 1948, a Rose Petluck (not Gordon) is listed on a
manifest of passengers returning from Bermuda (along with her parents).  Her given address? 30 Myrtle Street.  In 1941--a year after
Max's draft card--the city directory has her living on Farnsworth Street with her parents and states that she is single.

Another odd coincidence:  the 1940 City Directory shows a Ruth Petluck (her older sister) at 27 Ward Street in Chicopee Falls (across the
river from Springfield).  That was the exact street address of Max's father, my great-grandfather (it was a single-family home)!  Ruth was
married in 1934 and again in 1944 (but neither time to anyone in our family).

I have considered that maybe Max and Rose were not legally married, but that doesn’t explain why I can’t find Rose at the address he
listed.  It's possible, I suppose, that they were secretly married and then soon divorced.  But even a marriage kept secret from the family
would likely show up in the records--if it was official.  Is there any other likely (or even plausible) explanation?  Any recommendations for
avenues to pursue?  I'm stumped.

David Gordon
tiganeasca /at/
Evanston, Illinois
GORDON: Butrimantz, Eisiskes, Daukniunai; HORWITZ: Smolevichi,
Lapichi,  Kholopenichi; GEBALOVITCH: Borisov, DRAZIN: Bobruisk;

Markings (handwritten) on NY Arrival Manifest 1905 #usa #general


Can anyone interpret numbers or code handwritten above the name Ester Zbanek (Line 1.) on this 1905 New York Arrivals Manifest.  Ester and her young brother Mejer were heading to Boston.  I have traced the relative at their destination but I lose the two youngsters at this point and completely stumped (.. surname change follows arrival ..).  Help much appreciated

Jeff Skinnon

Re: Town of Zniesienie in Galacia. #galicia

Odeda Zlotnick

On Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 08:58 PM, Susan Miller wrote:
It was basically a suburb of Lwow at its North Eeastern side.  Lwow was also know as Lemberg.  If you've only focused on Zniesienie, you may have better luck if you search for the individual in Lwow documents - sometimes Zniesienie, is in the address listing of Lwow BMD documents.

JewishGen Locality Page - Znesinnya, Ukraine

Try browsing this site for maps:
Map | Lviv Interactive (
 Map of the City of Lemberg and Surrounding areas | Urban Media Archive (
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Translation of an article in German about Joseph Perl #translation

Nehama and Moshe Kutten

I need your help in translating a short article written in German about the famous Jewish educator Joseph Perl (see ViewMate no. 96229). The article appeared in the Ternopil Yizkor book which I am currently translating to English. Any help would be appreciated.


Moshe Kutten


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Reminder: JewishGen Webinar Tomorrow - Learn How to Make Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Results #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

The entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: No, You Don't Really Have 7,900 Fourth Cousins: Learn How to Make Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Results
Speakers: Jennifer Mendelsohn 
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Join us for an “everything you need to know” session about utilizing DNA Testing for your Jewish genealogical research. Includes an overview of how testing works, why there are so many potential relative matches (endogamy), techniques for sifting through data, real-word case studies, and advice for working effectively with DNA to expand your family trees.

Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register nowAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.

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