French Senate Approves Return of 15 Artwork Looted From Jews During WWll #france #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


France’s Senate approved the return of 15 artworks looted from Jews during World War ll.  The vote authorized public museums holding the works, including the world-famous Musee d’Orsay in Paris, to hand over the property to the heirs of the original owners. The bill cleared the lower house in Parliament in January. It requires the signature of French President Emmanuel Macron.


It was the first time in 70 years that the French government made serious steps to return artworks “that were acquired in troubling circumstances during the occupation because of anti-Semitic persecution,” per French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Private investigator in Israel #israel

Walla Walla

Milena Hello
You can say who you are looking for in Israel
I live in Israel in the central area and have already found for some who searched and were satisfied with the results


JGSGB General Meeting – “Hobart Synagogue Digital Archive” by Jeff Schneider – Sun Feb 27th 2022 10am #events

Peter Heilbrunn

Our next meeting in the JGSGB Virtual Meeting Programme is a General Meeting on a Tasmanian/Australasian theme by Zoom.

•             Date: Sunday Feb 27th 2022

•             Time: 10:00 London; 05:00 New York; 12:00 Jerusalem; 21:00 Hobart

•             Title: “Hobart Synagogue Digital Archive”

•             Speaker: Jeff Schneider

•             Description: The history of Hobart's tiny Jewish community is long and remarkable.  It is a curious story of survival that is reflected in the Hobart Synagogue, Australia’s oldest synagogue still in use (1845).   We will explore the stories found in the synagogue's online collection, which feature a variety of digitised documents that date back to 1838.  There will be a special emphasis on the British roots of the congregation and how these connections were still a significant part of Tasmania's Jewish community identity well into the 20th century.

There is a fee of £5 for non JGSGB members. Please use this link to apply


If you have problems joining please email chairman@... , preferably in the 15 minutes before the meeting proper starts.

About Jeff Schneider

Jeff Schneider is a Collections Analyst that works with cultural institutions to build and share digital collections.  He is president of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation.

Jeff has been a member of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation since moving to Tasmania in 2014. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of two young children and love living and raising a family in Hobart.

Jeff Schneider

Originally from Baltimore in the United States, Jeff grew up in a large Jewish community. He was raised in a Masorti synagogue and had a particular connection with traditional Jewish food, as his mother was a professional pastry chef who provided many goods to the local Jewish delicatessen. Jeff spent many nights with his family rolling rugelach and teiglach, and taste-testing mandelbrot. As a teenager Jeff’s connection with Judaism was strengthened by participating in the Maccabi Youth Games, where he enjoyed meeting Jews from all over the world.

While living in Washington D.C. Jeff met Sydneysider Lisa when she was studying in the States. On their first trip to Australia in 2011, they spent a week on holiday in Tasmania during which they attended a Yom Kippur service at the Hobart Synagogue. Jeff and Lisa made their return to Tasmania in 2014.

Jeff thoroughly enjoys the Tasmanian lifestyle, with local food and outdoors activities being a main attraction. He is happy to be a member of such a historic and diverse congregation and to be in a position to make a positive impact on it.

Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

Re: Can someone show how our name MESCHMAR is written in Cyrillic? #ukraine #names

Denise Suttle

Thanks to the referral to the LIPES database, and the tradition of patronymics, I've learned the possible name of a 3-ggrandfather. Much appreciation to the group for continuing to send options on spelling and resources of our family name. Now I need to decide whether to spend 400 euros to get the documents. Has anyone used this service, and were you satisfied with the result?
Many thanks!

Denise Meschmar Suttle

Denise Meschmar Suttle
New Mexico, USA
MESCHMAR/MYSHMAR/MESHMAR, Odessa, Berlin, Frankfurt; LEKHTTSER/LECHZIER, KORN/KORIN, Kishinev, Medzhibizh, Kremenets, Berlin, Frankfurt

Re: Help Obtaining Israeli Death and Burial Details #israel

Walla Walla

From which country did he come to Israel, Poland, Romania or another country
What's his wife's name?
Maybe some more information will be possible to try to look for relatives even those who did not know him


Free Access to Through 21 February 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen, a member of the Ancestry family of databases, is offering free access to their collection of over 720  million plus pages of publisher extra papers through  21 February 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Registration with name, email and password are required. Newspapers are a way to find birth, marriage, death notices and more about those you are researching. After the promotion access will only be through a paid subscription.  Accessing the database after the promotion time period will result in a request for a paid subscription.

Go to:

Put the name you are searching in the “search keywords, names dates box” and click on search.  The results will return those articles with the name/phrase you entered. Click on the photo of the article and it will open. You can clip or save to your computer by clicking on the icon on the upper right  clip or print and save. It will appear in yellow highlights.  There is also a magnifying glass to help you find the name on the page.


I have no affiliation with nor Ancestry and am sharing this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Radautz vs. Raduatz-Prut? #romania

Sally Horn

I am researching my grandmother Sarah Abramowitz Knepler's roots.  Her gravestone has the following inscription:  Sura Lea bat Avraham HaLevi.  What I know is that she was born in "Radautz."  On his Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. citizen,  her brother or brother-in-law Harry Josephson listed Raduatz as his last residence in Romania, and his birthplace as Lipcan, Russia.  Harry's second wife also came from Radautz.  Her maiden name was Esther Abramowitz (Esther bat Avraham HaLevi on her gravestone.)  An aunt has said that our family also had relatives in Cluj.  

My challenge is trying to figure out whether the "Radautz" mentioned above is the larger city of Radautz or Radautz-Prut.  So far, I've not been successful in identifying records that would confirm the link to Radautz-Prut, even with Sorin Goldenberg's excellent assistance.  How do I research whether the family came from the larger city of Radautz?  Is there a Jewish Gen Research group that I could contact for assistance?  And, any hints on how to further pursue possible links in Radautz-Prut?

Sally K. Horn
McLean, Virginia

Photo on ViewMATE NEEDING IDENTIFICATION #photographs #romania #hungary


I've posted a photo of my grandfather for whom I have no name. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
If you can identify him, please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Margie Adkins
Springfield, IL
researching BOROS family of Arad, Romania

Re: Death Certificates from Palestine #israel

Israel P

Try this, Carol.

Israel Pickholtz

My genealogy research is electric.
It follows the path of least resistance.

Re: Ruble value value in 1900? #lithuania

Judith Singer

A couple of different sources, based on historical exchange rates for currency and for gold, indicate that a US dollar was worth approximately 2 rubles circa 1898. So, 100 rubles was the equivalent of about US $50 at the time. 

$50 in 1898 is equivalent to about $1700 today, based on the rate of U.S. inflation as calculated by the inflation calculator at

Inflation Calculator

Looking at it from another point of view, I have read that a few kopeks (each worth 1/100th of a ruble) was enough to get a decnt meal before the Russian Revolution.  

To show that bookbinding was considered a highly skilled occupation, the average annual pay of bookbinders in the U.S. at the time was $890, nearly three times the average for common laborers ($300), according to "Workers of the nation; an encyclopedia of the occupations of the American people and a record of business, professional and industrial achievement at the beginning of the twentieth century" by Gilson Willets. It is a lengthy document; this particular datum can be seen online at 

Judith Singer

Re: Death Certificates from Palestine #israel

Steve Low

Carol (we're neighbors, I see)--

Is it your understanding that death certificates -- and by that I assume you mean civil records--existed in Palestine in the late 1920s?

I ask because I believe that I have located the grave of my great-grandfather (also on the Mt. of Olives). If so, his date of death would be November 6, 1929.

There is a burial record for David Landau and that date is consistent with information in a letter written by his grandson many years later. The grave is unmarked, but recorded.

The existence of a death certificate might help to determine whether this David Landau is "my" David Landau. If there's a source for civil records like this, can you direct me to it?


Steve Low
Lincoln, MA  USA

LOW from Satu Mare/Seini, Romania  (i.e., Szatmar/Szinervaraljá, Hungary) to New York

SCHWARTZ from Halmeu, Romania (I.e., Halmi, Hungary) to New York

WITTNER from Iasi, Romania to New York; Manchester, England; Australia

LANDO/LANDA/LANDAU from Kiliya, Ukraine (i.e., Chilia Nouă Bessarabia) and Kishinev, Moldova to New York and Palestine



Rav Yosef Yuzpe Hann or Gen #germany


Hi everyone 

Does anyone know about geneology of this rabbi and his descendants?

It is possible that my family is related to him and want to be able to find a link. Any suggestions are welcomed.

Val Ginzburg 

Rabbi Yisrael Salanter's Y-DNA and Patnernal Yichus #dna #rabbinic


Shalom friends, 

I descend from the direct paternal ancestor of Rav Yisrael Salanter, Rabbi Dov Ber of Plunge. 

I am wondering if we know what Rav Yisrael Salanter's (and thereby Dov Ber's) Y-DNA was. Additionally, it would be interesting to know whether this provides us with any suggestions as to whether Rabbi Yisrael Salanter's direct paternal line links further to another Gadol. Do we know further back than Dov Ber of Plunge?

Shabbat shalom, 

Yoav Aran

ViewMate translation Requests - Polish & Russian (?) #translation

Ozzy Bernstein

I've posted 2 vital records in Polish and possibly Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Ozzy Bernstein

Re: Ruble value value in 1900? #lithuania

Krzysztof Witaszek

Here are some examples of the prices in the Congress Poland around 1895 I've 
laborer daily in Warsaw approx. 55 kop
carpenter " " 160 kop
bricklayer " Lublin 128 - 153 kop.
root (128 litres) of wheat flour Lublin 2 - 5 rubles
" peas " 9 - 10 rubles
" potatoes " 1 - 2 rubles
4 heads of cabbage " about 1 kop
a pot of vodka " about 6 rubles
ell (57 cm) of linen cloth " about 30 - 50 kop
bread pound Kingdom of Poland 4 kop.
" of wholemeal " " 3 - 4 kop
lamb meat " " about 12 kop.
" of veal " " 11 - 15 kop
" pork " " 10 - 16 kop
Pound lard " 14 - 17 kop
Butter " " 35 - 45 kop
a pot of milk " about 30 kop
100 eggs  Radom 140 - 240 kop
Sugar pound " approx. 55 kop
salt pound Warsaw approx. 6 kop
wheat root Lublin 8 - 9 rubles
rye root " Warsaw 6 - 8 rubles

Krzysztof Witaszek

Re: visa file:Uscis I ordered this record 3 years ago and still have not seen it. #records


I also agree that their issues were way before the pandemic. I had ordered record's from them before and it took month's. Now it's  going  into 2 years if not longer.  I  also  believe that they  should  give all those clients  their  money back.  It's  not right. They could have a huge  lawsuit on their hands. Get mad at me all you want but this is definitely  a problem they obviously had way before the pandemic. I understand that the employees have to be safe, but the majority of Americans have all been back to their jobs so why are these storage facility sites not safe. I think the public has a right to know.

Sarah Greenberg (USA)

New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #israel #records

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now over 2,000,000 records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the databases is available at

New Databases

List of Workers in Petah Tikva   1915-1918      
475 listings
Israel State Archives

Residents (Immigrants) registered at German Consulate in Palestine
1,781 listing
Israel State Archives

Petah Tikva Directory      1947
276 listings
Petah Tikva History Archives

Voters List for the Sephardic Committee in Jerusalem     1947
7,004 listings
Jerusalem Municipal Archives

Updated Databases

Voters Constituent Assembly 1949
Towns & Settlements  
28,870 listings
Israel State Archives

Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:

To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Re: Somewhat crazy questions for this place #dna


Everyone, thanks for this information.

So these (trace "DNA") estimates are basically junk. 
Relying on self-reported ancestry is, well, not particularly a good idea.
As far as I am concerned it is laughable and "malpractice." 

Luckily, I only tested my DNA for fun.

I had a good chuckle with a very smart friend (who is gone too soon.)  He asked me if I had ever tested my DNA, I told him yes and asked if he did his.  His family was from Sicily.  He nodded, we both grinned, and I said "OK, how much was Jewish?"  The answer 20%. 

And before you ask, I don't intend to try unless I am asked to try a match by someone who looks probable from other angles.

Jessica Schein

contacting posible relative #general

Trudy Barch

What are your thoughts?   I wrote a possible cousin asking if he was related to me giving a few names.   I have not heard from him in several months.  Does snail mail or email or Facebook messenger make a difference?   How long should I wait before assuming he is not related or not interested?   Should I contact him a second time?   Possibly using a different way the second time?    Would appreciate your feedback.  Thank you,

Trudy Barch,  NFM, Florida

Sunday Meeting: The Sephardic Archives of Amsterdam #events #sephardic


This Sunday on Sephardic World, Ton Tielen will provide an introduction to
the Portuguese-Jewish archives of Amsterdam. Subject to the Internet
working, this will be a live demonstration.

The Amsterdam archives are probably the most important resource for
Sephardic genealogists, and Ton is an acknowledged expert on the subject.
Through the archives, he will discuss the history of the three original
Sephardic communities, their merger and what records remains of the early
period. Ton will show and discuss records of the community's many
charities, rabbis, parnasim, the relationships with Ashkenazim, and the
community's international reach.

Ton Tielen is a well-known personality in the world of Sephardic genealogy.
He co-founded this series of meetings, the Sephardic Genealogical Society
and The Sephardic Diaspora group on Facebook. He formerly served as
archivist of the Netherlands Red Cross.

The meeting is on Sunday 20 February 2022, at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm
London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom.
The link is shared at our Patreon page at:

Everyone is invited to join us for free
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Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen
Sephardic World
Sephardic Genealogical Society

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