Re: Requesting Hebrew translation on headstone for Celia Goldberg #translation


Here lies
The Daughter of Abraham
Died 28 Sivan 5688
May her soul be bound up in the bond of life

Hope this helps, 

Yoav Aran 

Finding Your Roots Starts Season 8 January 4 on PBS #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen


Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates  begins season 8 on January 4 on your local PBS station- check with your local PBS station.  The first eight episodes run on consecutive Tuesdays from January 4 to February 22. Episodes nine and ten will air in April.

To see the schedule go to:


The January 4 episode is Hidden in the Genes with Rebecca Hall and Lee Daniels


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Re: searching for relative's address in Tel Aviv #israel #hungary

Margarita Lacko

UPDATE: I found the address I was looking for. 

Thank you all who replied. 

Margarita Lackó

Finding records or archives for money sent from the US to Russia in 1921 #records #usa #russia

Diane Katz. SURNAMES/TOWNS: Laske/Ladyzhin;,Steinberg Kiev; Grunberg Rheinhorn/Iasi; Milston/Slutzk; Bicz/Mogilev; Glas/Varniai; Moskowitz/Nagy-Saros Klein/Eperjes; Hefliech/Hungary; Marks/Machester/Suwalki; Shedrofski/Suwalki

As a beginner family genealogist I could use some advice about using the National Archives.  Would records exist from a US post office or possibly Western Union for money sent from Bismarck, ND to Russia - most likely Kiev in 1921 or 1922?   I'm searching for this because I found a newspaper article from the Bismarck Tribune from February 1922 which mentions how my great grandfather  Sam Lasken received a letter of confirmation from his brother-in-law that he received his funds.  The brother-in-law indicated that things were desperate and he was their only source of money.  This must have been during the famine.   The focus of the article was the fact that the postage was 10,000 rubles which before the war would have been $5,000.  This is was indication of how horrible the inflation was.  My interest is finding the name of the "brother-in-law".

Any advice appreciated.
Diane Katz

Re: Ancestry DNA #dna

Adam Turner

After seeing very few to zero new matches over the last week or so, I have about 100 new ones today.

New matches tend to ebb and flow, and I think there are probably a bunch of factors that influence this on AncestryDNA:

-purchasing of AncestryDNA kits is probably highly seasonal (people buy kits for holiday gifts, especially in response to Ancestry's discounts, and may hold off on buying them during the pre-holiday periods when there are no discounts)
-Ancestry's operations might be such that the kits tend to get processed in batches by their lab, rather than getting processed on a purely continuous basis. The lab also might be shut down around the week of Christmas, and then starts to process their backlog of kits in January.

Adam Turner

Re: Looking for book on Lower East Side, circa early 1900s #usa #general

Jeff Marx

Nothing beats the scope and evocative nature of Howe’s World of Our Fathers. With that said, Jeff Kisseloff’s You Must Remember This has a number of great oral interviews about Lower East Side life; Jenna Weissman Joselit’s The Wonders of America, looks at Jewish culture on the LES, and her Our Gang looks at the darker side: gangs, prostitution, arson, etc. as does Portnoy's Bad Rabbi; The LES Tenement Museum has a good publication, as well:  Epstein’s At the Edge of a Dream.  Sanders’ The Lower East Side Jews is a good history, and Hasia Diner’s Lower East Side Memories is a first rate academic history.

Jeff Marx

Requesting Hebrew translation on headstone for Celia Goldberg #translation


I'm seeking translation of my maternal great-grandmother Celia Goldberg's headstone. The photo is attached.

Thanks very much in advance,

Laura Katz
Great Barrington Mass., USA
LIPITZ & PRUZANSKY: Smela, Cherkasy, Ukraine;
DAN: Veliuona, Kaunas, Lithuania;
GOLDBERG: Bialystok, Poland & Pruzhany, Belarus; 

Re: Looking for book on Lower East Side, circa early 1900s #usa #general


I have in my collection a volume "Portal to America, The Lower East Side 1870-1925" is that it?
Dan Blumenthal

Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia #holocaust


Dear all,
You may know that Albania was the only country occupied by Germany during the war where after the war more Jewish inhabitants and refugees lived (about 2000) than before the war (about 200).

Together with a group of Albanian students and academics we try to document the fate of Jewish inhabitants and refugees in Albanian speaking countries during the Holocaust ( the western part of today’s North Macedonia is mainly Albanian speaking and was from 1941-44/45 part of “Greater Albania”). We are also searching for contemporary witnesses or their descendants. Our project aims primarily at conveying this part of history to young Albanians living in Germany and is financed by a German foundation.

Some parts of the history are rather well documented in Albanian and German archives or in testimonies documented by i.a. Yad Vashem or the USHHM ( like the deportations from Kosovo or the protection of Jews in Albania).

We found much less about the western part of North Macedonia (mainly as a transit route for refugees) and about refugees from Greece to Albania.

Maybe someone in this discussion group can help us to find interlocutors who have been dealing with the very particular history of Albania during the Holocaust or with contact to contemporary witnesses or their families (unfortunately the only Hebrew speaker from our small group got ill - thus we can only communicate in English, Albanian, German)

Thank you for your interest.
Bernd Borchardt

PS: I cc-ed one of my Albanian colleagues

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Re: Looking for book on Lower East Side, circa early 1900s #usa #general

Judy Floam

Could it have been “World of Our  Fathers” by Irving Howe?


Judy Floam


Re: Looking for book on Lower East Side, circa early 1900s #usa #general


SCJGS Invites you to: Finding Your Jewish Documents in the Ukrainian Archives #announcements #ukraine #events #education #translation

beth lozano

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to  

Finding Your Jewish Documents in the Ukrainian Archives

Speaker: Alex Krakovsky 

Sunday, January 9th- 1 pm Pacific Time Zone/4 pm Eastern


Free to Members, $5.00 to Guests 

If you have Ukrainian ancestry, this presentation and explanation of obtaining documents is a must.  Alex Krakovsky will share his database as a research tool and a method to finding and understanding scanned archival images.  He will discuss his work in the Ukrainian archives. 

Alex was born in  Kyiv in 1982. He graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2005. Alex Krakovsky is one of the most influential figures in modern Jewish genealogy. Most notable is his goal to digitize and publish online all of the Jewish records in Ukraine. He has spent years in Ukrainian archives finding previously unknown Jewish list made available by taking the government to court using the Freedom information act.  He has won many lawsuits with Ukrainian archives to make records open and available to everyone. 

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: Beth Lozano

Publicty, SCJGS
Santa Cruz, California


For more information or membership information membership.scjgs@...

co-sponsor- Chadeish Yameinu

Beth Lozano, SCJGS



Re: Looking for book on Lower East Side, circa early 1900s #usa #general

Sam Lorber

There are several good ones.  A photo book about tenement life called How The Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis, World Of Our Fathers by Irving Howe, a comprehensive book about the Jewish immigrant experience, and At Home In America by Deborah Dash Moore about second generation Jews..

Sam Lorber
Nashville, TN

Re: Viewmate Translation Request - German #austria-czech #translation

June F Entman (jfentman)

The link to my viewmate posting above is incorrect.  The correct link is:

With thanks,

June Friedman Entman
St. Augustine, FL, USA

Re: I'm looking for a book On the genealogy of the Posen family from Frankfurt #germany #general

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Haim,

I don't have the book at hand but have access to a (private) library where it is listed.
Not sure when I'll be there again (due to pandemic restrictions) - it may take a few weeks, but I would put it on my list for you.

Regards from Germany
Corinna (Woehrl, née Goslar) Hoisdorf, Germany

buffalo burial; lost cousin in UK; #ukraine #usa #unitedkingdom

Martin Thomas

Dear friends: 
I have been stymied in a number of respects and I hope you can help me out. I will give some background, and then pose two questions. Any suggestions that you offer with respect to either of them would be immensely appreciated. 


Yehuda Leyb Schreibmann (later Leon Shreibman or Shrybman the new world) and his wife Ida (né Champouvetski) raised a large family in Zhitomir, Ukraine. We know of four children with certainty: Avraham Schmuel (later Samuel), b.1870; Bernard, b. 1871; Rachel, b. 1886; and Charles b. app. 1890. Note that there is about 20 years difference in ages between the youngest and oldest. In spite of that, there is quite strong evidence that they had a common mother. There was probably a fifth sibling, probably named Fannie, who will be the subject of one of my questions. 
Bernard emigrated to France in 1896, married at about that time, and had the first of three children with his wife in 1897 when she was 20. They were naturalized in 1907.  

Younger sister Rachel also emigrated to France, probably around 1910. 


Samuel’s wife Jennie Dora (né Shaindel Luminski) and their seven children docked in Quebec City in 1907 and settled in Brockville, Ontario. (Samuel was not on that ship and had probably arrived earlier.) The family subsequently emigrated to the USA in 1915, crossing at Niagara Falls and settling in Buffalo. Although Samuel’s father, Yehuda Leyb, had not accompanied the family to Canada, he joined them there later, and then to the United States (also in 1915). His documents on crossing the border indicated that he was 70 years old, a widow, exhibiting some dementia. 


At about the same time, youngest brother Charles (and wife Elka) emigrated to France, and then to Canada in 1912/1913 settling in Montreal. 
Question #1: I have not been able to find Leon’s gravesite. Although he accompanied Samuel’s family to the United States in 1915, he does not appear in the 1920 census, when he would have been 75 years old. Does anyone have a suggestion on how I could find where he is buried, almost certainly in the Buffalo area? Seeing a gravestone (or related record) might confirm his birth data, and perhaps allow me to go back one more generation. 
Note: With regard to naming, in Ukraine, he was Yehuda Leyb Schreibmann. When he crossed into the United States, he was Leon Schreibman. I believe that over the subsequent years, Samuel and his family spelled their family name Shrybman. 


Question #2: An old family tree indicates that there was one other sibling. It states Fannie Shrybman and Michael Luminsky migrated to England had large family.” (sic) This family tree does not cite any sources, and although it has some gaps, it is extremely accurate in the information it does provide. I find the specificity of the "Michael Luminski entry is compelling 


Partial corroboration is provided in Bernard’s 1907 application for French naturalization, in which he states that he has a brother and two sisters in Ukraine. This is plausible in terms of the timeline. Charles was then only 17 or 18, and Rachel was 21 or 22. Another sister could have been born at a similar time, say between 1887 and 1891 or a bit earlier, and still have had time (after Bernard’s naturalization) to marry, emigrate to England, and have a large family. 

You may have noticed that the wife of Samuel had the maiden name Luminski, and the husband of the elusive sister Fannie allegedly had the family name Luminski, a relatively uncommon name. Although these two Luminskis certainly could have been cousins, it seems more likely that a Shrybman brother and sister married a Luminski sister and brother. 

There are difficulties in locating Fannie or any of her descendants. First of all, to my knowledge, there are no passenger manifests for ships arriving in England from Europe in the early 20th century. Secondly, there is a good chance that the family informally adopted an anglicized name, as many Jewish immigrants to England did in the early 20th century.  


I have found no phone numbers linked to any Luminski in the London area, ever. I found no London area synagogue record for a Luminski. I also searched the Jewish Chronicle Archives and found no references to Luminski, Leminski, or Shrybman 

In the Jewish Gen UK database, I found only one Luminski, then in Scotland, and her descendant and I could find no connection between our families. Searching UK BMD, I found a few births of Lyminski and Leminski children – almost certainly Jewish - in the first decade of the 20th century, but who knows whether Fannie was in her 30s then, like Samuel, or a young teen, like Charles, or something in between. Also, as far as I know, those on-line British birth data do not identify the parents. Some of them may have been Fannie’s children, but I don’t know. 


My genealogical skills are limited. (That’s probably obvious from what I’ve written.) If any of you have suggestions on how I might get more information on the elusive Fannie or her progeny, I would be so grateful. 


Marty Thomas 

Schreibmann, Schreibman, Shrybman (UKR, CAN, USA); Luminski, Leminski, Lyminski (UKR, CAN, USA, UK) 

Tomashevitsky, Domaszewicki, Tomashevski (BELARUS, RUS, POL) 

Marty Thomas
Toronto, Canada

Help for newbie Contracted Marriage #poland #general


I am beginning research of family roots in Zolkiewka, Poland. My g-father's (Louis Bernstein, Wigdor Lejba Bursxtyn) marriage certificate says he "contracted marriage" with . . .

Can you help me understand the use of "contracted" in this context, please? Is it simply used in a legal sense or is there more to it?
Thank you.
Diana Bernstein


Re: Looking for KALLEN from Kovno gubernia in Chicago in 1880s #russia #lithuania #usa


For the possible enlightenment of anyone who might look up this thread in the future, I want to record here that I found the person whom I was looking for, and, along the way, learned some interesting things about the surname "Kallen."

To take the second point first, I learned from an obituary article on Rabbi Jacob David Kallen (The Boston Jewish Advocate, 13 Dec. 1917), which a correspondent kindly sent to me, that the name is derived from the Greek "Kalonymos," a Greek translation of "Shem Tov" and the name of a rabbinic family that flourished in the middle ages. I also learned that it was written as "Kalon" by many of its bearers in Lithuania.

Once I entered the name "Kalon" into the database of LitvakSIG, I got a great many useful new results. Among them was the record of the marriage of a certain Borukh Kalion (I believe that this spelling of the surname is the result of a transliteration of the Cyrillic spelling Калён). The surname, the given name of his father (Bentsel), the date (1858), and the place of the wedding (Telz) all agree with his being an older brother of my great-grandmother.

I expected that Borukh would have traded his Hebraic given name in for something like "Bernard" in the U.S., or perhaps even, to the detriment of the researcher, for some common American given name with no similarity at all to "Borukh." But entering his name into turned up a Cook County death record for "Borach Kallon" in Chicago in 1901, which is pretty close (I have no idea why it never turned up in any of my previous searches). This was clearly the man that I was looking for, and I had records of his presence in both the old country and the new.
Miles Rind
Seattle, Washington, USA

Re: Help identifying the person on a postcard #austria-czech #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Hi Dana,
If you go to JewishGen's viewmate gallery, you can upload the images and ask for the help you need.
The advantages of using viemate:
  1. Replies are always public
  2. The first public translation helps the next one become better and more precise
  3. The site has the excellent features of letting translators 
    • See the images in good resolution
    • Rotate the images to the correct orientation if you happen to have made a mistake.
Here's the link:
ViewMate - To Upload (
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Polish Government Establishes Department for the Restitution of Cultural Assets within the Ministry of Culture & National Heritage #general #poland #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



The Polish government has established a department for the restitution of cultural assets within the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


The losses of Polish culture during the war are estimated at 514,000. objects, of which only approximately 64,000 are  described in the catalog of lost works. The Department for Restitution of Cultural Goods conducts over 80 restitution proceedings in 13 countries around the world.


The recovery costs sometimes exceed the value of the artwork. For example, the cost of returning the painting by Aleksander Gierymski, "A Jewess with Oranges", worth PLN 579,000, amounted to PLN 636,000. In general, however, according to the Supreme Audit Office's report, until 2016 the costs were at the level of 15% of the value of the recovered relics.  *PLN stands for Polish Zloty which 1 PLN is worth approximately $0.25.


For example, Poland wants to recover the so-called the collection of Łukaszowców, which consists of seven paintings depicting the most important events in the history of Poland. The paintings painted for the 1939 New York World Exhibition are kept in the library of the Jesuit Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY (USA). According to Rzeczpospolita, (Polish nationwide daily economic and legal newspaper per Wikipedia)  the ministry is ready to reimburse the costs of their conservation and storage, which in 2016 the offer amounted to USD $70,000.


“Since 2016, they have been applying for the return of the painting by Ferdinand Bol "Portrait of a Young Man" from the private collection in the USA, which was stolen from Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw during the war. The painting came from the gallery of King Stanisław August, for the return of the "Portrait of the Artist's Wife" by Lovis Corinth, which in 2008 was sold at the Grisebach auction house for PLN 232,000 euro.”


Other examples are included in the article which may be read at:


It is in Polish. I suggest using Chrome as your browser as it will translate it or use another online translation service such as google translate



Thank you to Yale Reisner for informing us about this.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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