Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa


The New England Consortium, a collaboration of researchers and genealogists (including founding member JGSGB) is holding its second annual conference on June 12.  The topic will be Lakes, Lanyards, and Learning: The Story of New England Jewish Summer Camps.  It will be a lively, informative and nostalgic program. 


  While those who went to camp in New England will be primarily interested, we expect that others around the country will recognize their own experiences.  Registration is free. Please join us!

The New England Jewish History Collaborative <jhcreference@...>

Carol Isenberg Clingan
Dedham MA

DORNBAUM, Tarnopol, Poland/Ternopil, Ukraine; KUGLER, Warsaw #poland #ukraine

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


On April 7, 2022, Ludwik Stanisław Dorn (né DORNBAUM), one of Poland’s best-known politicians, passed away at age 67Dorn   was born June 5, 1954 in Warsaw.  Dorn was a member of the Solidarity movement under Communism and later among the founders of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), though he later left the party and functioned as an independent.  Dorn served at various times as Poland’s Minister of the Interior, Deputy Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament and later as a rank-and-file Member of Parliament.  Both of Dorn’s parents were Jews, but Ludwik Dorn considered himself an agnostic for many years, eventually being baptized as a Roman Catholic when he was 51 years old.


Dorn’s father, Henryk Dornbaum (son of Samuel Lejb), was an optician and watchmaker and active Communist from the now-Ukrainian city of Ternopil, later moving to Warsaw.   Ludwik’s mother, Dr. Alina Kugler, was a neurologist and a native of Warsaw.


Ludwik Dorn is survived by his third wife and four daughters.


I offer this information on the off chance that there is someone interested in these families who might not be aware of these surviving Jewish families.


Best regards,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


Re: Would people move from Kishinev to Akkerman while modifying last name? #ukraine #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Jews in Bessarabia moved to other places by many reasons:  1) Get a job or a better job;  2) Get married;  3) to get some privileges in other places.

I am working on Birth records for Town of Bendery in Bessarabia from 1909 - town  not far from Akkerman.  From 386 records,  I see 41 babies were born to a family (father) who was a Middle Class, registered in Kishinev.  Only 153 families were registered in Bendery.  Other families were from close by gubernias - Podolia, Kherson  but also a number of families registered in Volyn, Minsk, Mogilev, Kiev, Vilno, Lomzha, Sedlets, Warsaw and other gubernias.
My point is that Jews used to move a lot, and not only inside one gubernia, but from far away regions too.

As far as modifying surnames, we know that Jews had reasons for that too, like  to hide under other name from military conscription; also in smaller places (not Kishinev or Akkerman), if a Jewish family let say had 8 children, from that 5 sons...   small town may allow only 1-2 of these sons to  had families in that small place,  the others should move to other place.  That rule apply not to all places, and mostly to small shtetl.  Some decided to change their surnames because of that.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

Morris & Leba Bresky Wolk #lithuania

David Wolk

My research to date has yielded little but I remain committed to finding information on my Lithuanian great grandparents(born circa 1850) and their ancestors.  Their family may have lived in or near Petkuny, Lithuania  They had six or seven children, all save possibly one, who emigrated in the early 1900s to either South Africa or the U.S.  My great grandmother, Leba Bresky Wolk, emigrated to the U.S. in 1908 on board the vessel 'Korea'; she traveled alone but her documentation indicated that one unnamed child remained in Lithuania.  There is no information available about her husband Morris.  Leba died in 1913 and is buried next to her brother and sister in Hudson, New York. If there is anyone on this site who had relatives living in Petkuny during the period 1880-1905, and who may have found a reliable source of information on that community, I would greatly appreciate hearing about it.
David Wolk
Ontario, Canada

Reminder for IAJGS Awards nomination deadline #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Karen Franklin

The deadline for nominations for the IAGS Achievement Awards is less than a month away.

The Awards are given to individuals or organizations who have made or are making outstanding contributions to Jewish genealogy. The awards will be announced during 2022 IAJGS Virtual Conference, which will take place August 21-25, 2022. Nominations from all member societies are encouraged.

The six award categories are:

  • IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Project/Resource/Program
  • Outstanding Publication
  • IAJGS Member of the Year
  • Nolan Altman Volunteer of the Year
  • Future Leader of the Year

Please refer to the following web pages:

The deadline for submission of the Award Nomination Form and supporting documentation is 3 June 2022 at 7 pm EDT.

Members of the IAJGS Achievement Awards Committee for 2022 are:

Jane Berenbeim, President
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)

Re: Would people move from Kishinev to Akkerman while modifying last name? #ukraine #bessarabia


Re -- Languages -- Both cities were in Bessarabia, part of the Russian Empire. Jews spoke  Yiddish and the "cultured" segment  was Russophone. Romanian was the peasants language since the old Moldavian nobility also became Russophone.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Ridley Road #unitedkingdom

Martyn Woolf

What is the connection to Ridley Road please?


Martyn Woolf


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Donations in memory of Stephen (Shlomo) Groll, father of JewishGen Executive Director Avraham Groll #announcements

Karen Franklin

The entire JewishGen community sends its deepest sympathies to Avraham Groll Executive Director of JewishGen, on the recent death of his father Stephen (Shlomo) Groll. May he be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.  


A donation to the the JewishGen 2.0 project may be made in memory of Stephen (Shlomo) Groll  JewishGen 2.0 project.  The JewishGen 2.0 initiativwill completely modernize the JewishGen website and user experience. The coming upgrade will allow JewishGen to build new features and tools in a sustainable and scalable fashion.

Karen S. Franklin
New York NY

margolis in Panevezyz #lithuania

Richard Gross

9 May 2022

Good morning,

I’ve just read the query from Janet on the daily page from Janet re Margolis in Panevezyz.

My husband’s maternal grandmother was Channa Margolis (I don’t thinks the spelling matters) whose father was Tanchum Abraham Margolis. He was definitely in Ponevys (his spelling) as we have a copy of a photo he sent Channa from there to South Africa.

If you’re interested in this, please email me.

Beulah Gross (Australia

Polish Rabbi late 1800s #poland #canada

Trudy Barch

Hi genners,

1)   Is there a specific place I can look to find a Polish Rabbi in the late 1880s early 1900s?   Rabbi Joseph Reicht or Recht lived and died in Poland.

He and his wife, Hallah Snider (as I found the spelling online) had 9 children.   6 went to Canada and years later 3 came to USA.

2) I thought I would try Canadian records but not sure where I should start.   Any suggestions/guidelines would be appreciated.

Thank you,   

Trudy Barch, 


MNJGS Zoom Event May 15: Jewish Genealogy Facebook Groups Panel Discussion with Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Jennifer Mendelsohn #announcements #jgs-iajgs


Have you ever wished you could consult someone to make sense of a discovery or break down a brick wall? Facebook groups allow you the opportunity to access the knowledge of many. Join us on May 15th at 1:00 PM CT to learn how best to make use of this important resource at a virtual panel discussion on Jewish Genealogy Facebook Groups: A Valuable Resource in Family History Research. Schelly Talalay Dardashti will represent Tracing the Tribe-Jewish Genealogy on Facebook, and Jennifer Mendelsohn will represent Jewish DNA for Genetic Genealogy and Family Research.
The program will take place on-line via Zoom.
For more information and to register go to
Questions can be emailed to MNJGS at
Members are free, non-members $5. Payment can be made at
Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN
Researching: NOTKIN from Minsk, Hlusk, Gomel, Zlynka and CASSON/CHAZANSKI from Nemencine, Vilnius

Re: Would people move from Kishinev to Akkerman while modifying last name? #ukraine #bessarabia

Odeda Zlotnick

"Band" can also be related to things made of cloth.
Translated from German - it can be a ribbon.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Avi Bitron

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Avi Bitron

Avi Biton

Re: Sheindel Witztum #galicia #poland

Idan Livne



My name is Idan Livne and I'm a Witztum family descendant.

My great grandmother Sara Luks (born 1901) was Witztum from Rymanow, Poland.

I used to research this family tree in the recent five years and wrote detailed notes about it. I think I can help you and answer some of your questions.

Regarding Scheindel Witztum:

I don't know the names of her siblings, however, I do have some information about her.

According to my notes, she was born around 1848 and her maiden was Keller. Scheindel and Samuel Seinwel (Zenvel) Witztum had several children, among them I can tell about Moses, Salomon (Shlomo Zalman), and Beile Katz. Scheindel immigrated to Zurich in 1914 (and so did her children Beile and Salomon) and died there in March 1934. 

I used to be in contact with her grandson who lives in Zurich.

I would love to hear more about your Witztum ancestors.


Idan Livne

Ra'anana, Israel


Re: Ridley Road #unitedkingdom


A dear friend of mine and his mother and brothers managed to get out of Austria the same week the Germans arrived. I do not know if they were on the Kindertransport, but they ended up in Cardiff, Wales, where the three boys, my friend, the eldest, 9 years old, were in foster care for about a year while their mother got settled, got a job, etc.  Their father fought in the British Army.  My friend was so traumatized by this experience that he refused to share his story through the Shoah project, though he shared parts with me over time.  Still, he became a man of the world, living on and off in Israel, fighting in the War of Independence there and eventually moving the States with his American wife.  In other words, one did not have to be in a concentration camp or an internee to be badly traumatized for life. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Translation requested #belarus #translation #russia

Lew Kampel

Can someone please translate the return name and address (russsian?) and the content in Yiddish.  Written to either my father of his sister (depending on whether that is  an S or an I) from Brest Litovsk in 1940.   
Thank you.
Lewis J Kampel
Kampel, Pisarewicz, Rubinowitz, Gefen, Margolies from Brest Litovsk, Terespol, Pruzhany or Warsaw
Jacobs, Weiser  Munkacs, Polana

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Re: Looking for the son of Itzvan & Teca Schneer of Budapest #general #hungary

Marianna Toth

There was a news in "Új Élet" 1985, 1st June, which reports the funeral of the wife of Abraham Weinstock:

Ábrahámnét szül. Mautner Rózsát mély részvéttel kisérték utolsó útjára a koskeresztúri temetőben. A 79. évében elhunyt asszony koporsójánál Kálmán Tamás főkántor gyászéneke után Hochberger László főrabbi mondott búcsúztató beszédet, amelyben méltatta az elhunyt családszeretetét. A szertartáson megjelent a Bethlen téri körzet vezetősége és főcsoportja is. Gyászolják: leánya Schneer Istvánné, a Bethlen téri körzet tisztviselője, veje Pista, fia Gyuszi, menye Odri, unokája Laci, felesége Éva, két dédunokája. Katika és Tomika, külföldön élő testvére Lili, gora Béla, unokatestvérei..."

it seems from the list of relatives, that a son was called Gyula (nickname Gyuszi), and  a grandchild Laszlo (Laci). (For me it is not quite clear, that Gyula was the son of Abraham or the son of Istvánné Schneer...)

Marianna Toth

Re: ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Bella Tseytlin

Norm Katz, please note that all above records are from Census that covers only Male Population for Recruits Purposes. It was supposed to include newborn males as well. 


Bella Tseytlin
Melbourne, Australia

JGS Toronto. Virtual Meeting. DNA SIG Q&A Workshop. Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman. Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7:30 PM ET. # event #announcements

Jerry Scherer





Featuring our new JGS Toronto members,

Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET
Virtual meeting:  View from home 

We are pleased to welcome Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman, both recognized as experts in Jewish DNA (see bios below), as new members of JGS Toronto. These two DNA mavens will answer your questions and provide general mentoring on your DNA brick walls. 

Here’s an opportunity to submit your DNA questions so that our mavens can try to provide you with guidance by directing you to specific methods and tips to further your research. By submitting your questions for this programme, you agree, if necessary, to give permission to share your screen and the names of DNA matches and family tree members. This will allow others to benefit from observing the techniques used by our experts. We ask that you include as much information as possible with your question and indicate what research you’ve done.

We are pleased to announce that this DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) programme will be open for both members and non-members.  The DNA SIG is scheduled to meet at least 4 times per year. Future DNA SIG programmes may be open only to JGS Toronto members to allow for the interactive presentations and discussions that are the hallmark of our SIG meetings.

Gil Bardige, originally from Chicago, has been a genealogist for over 40 years and a Genetic Genealogist since 2007.  He has tested at the 4 major testing companies and is the Co-Admininsitrator of 3 projects at FTDNA including Jewish R1B and R-A11711 Subclade Projects.  He is Chair of the Columbus Ohio JGS, a volunteer at IAJGS Conferences (including the Program Committee), and Director of the Mentoring Program.  Gil is a firm believer that you can use DNA results as a tool in your genealogy research.  Over the last five years, he has regularly helped people navigate their DNA matches by speaking at dozens of Jewish Genealogical Societies. After his presentations, people say: “Thank you, Gil, I am no longer confused!"

Arthur Sissman has been engaged in family history genealogy since 1999 and genetic genealogy (DNA) since 2015. Arthur has built over 25 family history trees for his various family surname lines. In addition he has tested his autosomal DNA at all the major DNA testing companies, and his Y-DNA and MtDNA at FamilyTreeDNA.  Using his methods in DNA matching, Arthur has found relatives previously unknown to him and has built out one family history tree by 150 persons in 10 days. For information on Arthur’s Jewish Genealogy SIG monthly meetings and scheduled workshops, email genresearch13@....

To register for the 24 May DNA SIG event , please go

You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 24 May.

Note: the video recording of this event will be available to JGS Toronto members only.

If you would like to ask our speakers one or more questions for this progamme, please complete this questionnaire form and submit it by 16 May.  Our DNA mavens will try to get to as many questions as possible with priority given to JGS Toronto members.

To our guests: consider joining JGS Toronto for only $40.00 Canadian per year ($50 for couples) by Clicking Here, or consider a donation to JGS Toronto by Clicking Here to assist us in continuing our mission of providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical information. (Tax receipts are issued to Canadian donors.)




Tel 647-247-6414         twitter: jgsoftoronto

facebook: Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto



Jerry Scherer

DNA SIG Co-Ordinator





Great grandmother from Brody #galicia #records


My great grandmother possibly named Esther Holtzman née Schuck died in about 1903 in Brody. Is there a way to find a record of her death, a grave or other details about her? Thank you
Laurie Tarlowe Kimmelstiel

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