Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Barbara Ellman

I was a long term camper:

HILI at White Lake, NY in 1959
Delwood in Honesdale, PA for several summers in the 1960s
USY camp at Ramah in Glen Spey, NY in 1967

Delwood was where most of my school friends from HILI (Queens NY) went.  As an only child my parents wanted to make sure I had access to friends over the summer.
Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Norman Sohn



            FYI, Camp Machanayim, I believe was in Monticello, New York — My cousins, Pinky, Mordy, and David Sohn went there around 1943, I know they went to Camp Raleigh-Maccabi in 1944. In August 1944, I spent a Shabbat at Camp Raleigh-Maccabi with my mother, when we visited my sister, Rhoda. She was a 9-year-old camper.

            I first went to camp in 1949 — Camp Deal in Deal, New Jersey. In 1951, I was a camper in Camp Lebanon in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. In 1953, I was a camper-waiter in Camp Lebanon. In 1954 I was a camper-waiter in Camp Eton, Rhinebeck, New York. From 1955 -1958 I was a bunk counselor as well as a boating counselor in Camp Maple Lake, Livingston Manor, New York.

Norman Sohn, MD

ViewMate Translation Request - German #galicia #translation

Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot

I've posted a vital record in German 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 in advance!

Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot

ViewMate Question -- Family Relation in Yiddish Sentence #yiddish #translation

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,
This is a Yiddish sentence from a pre-WW2 postcard.

The writer refers to three names of relatives in this sentence. 
I'd like whether their family relationships with the writer is implicit or explicitly implied in the text.
A precise translation will be highly appreciated.

Thank you!
Yaron Wolfsthal, Israel.

ViewMate Translation Request -- German #translation


The following is a link to the birth record of my great grandmother, Cecilie (or Cecile) Meyer. I would appreciate a translation of it (particularly the names and other identifying information of her parents). Many thanks.

Jed Brickner

Re: Burial in Jaffa 1860s-1890s #israel

On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 08:26 AM, <davidmdubin@...> wrote:

Hello all.

Yesterday I read that an ancestor, Moshe Steiner, (אברהם משה בן ראובן?) fell  ill traveling from Hungary to the Holy Land and was buried in Jaffa. I know he was alive in Vienna in 1861 and was no longer living in 1898. Is there a register of Jewish burials in Jaffa from that period?

David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ

Try finding Avnei Zikaron Chet (אבני זכרון ח) by Pinchas Graievski.
It is a list of 805 burials in Jaffa Jewish cemetery.
Unfortunately I didn't find it online.

You can try Billiongraves:
I didn't find a record for אברהם משה

Jacob Shayzaf

Sarah Sneider (Fine) in South Africa #lithuania #southafrica


My grandmother who died in 1991 had in her address book "Sarah Sneider, Shangrila, 114 Francis St., Bellevue, Johannesburg, S. Africa" and notes she is my grandfather's niece. My grandfather was born in Panevezys Lithuania to Bentsion and Brokha FAIN/FEIN/FAYN. My father says he was told that one of the sons went to South Africa. I am unsure of this son's name but my best guess is that it was Sholom/Shlioma (born 1886) with a wife named Khava (LEVIN) and a daughter Bliuma (born in 1913).

There is a marriage record for Sarah Fine (born 1916) to Charles Sneider and an address for them in 1984 at 506 Maracynth, 19 Soper Road, Fife Ave, Berea, Johannesburg, but I have not been able to find any records connecting this Sarah Sneider to the FAINs in Lithuania.
I am interested in any information about Sarah Sneider in South Africa and more generally in descendants of Bentsion FAIN from Panevezys Lithuania.
Todd Fine
Looking for FAYN/FAIN/FEIN in Panevezys and FINE in South Africa

Any sources/people on the Ruzhiner Rebbe? #rabbinic

Ethan Parmet


I have a question if anyone knows people who are experts on genealogy of the Ruzhiner dynasty.

A letter from the cousin of my 2x great grandfather mentions that his grandmother was a cousin of Rabbi Israel Friedman, and I have been struggling to find the direct connection, and was hoping someone could help me figure it out.


Ethan Parmet
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Surnames: Friedman, Tonkonogy
Towns: Grayding, Granov, Gaisyn

What to do on Ancestry when the names change but the places don't? #general

Emily Rosenberg

How do I search for place names on Ancestry when they are listed by my ancestors variously as Russe Poland, Russia or Poland?  I know I can cross check on Jewish Gen Gazetteer if I have information but how does that translate to a search on Ancestry?   And is there a way in Ancestry to have my most frequently used place names or person name appear at the top of the drop down list?  It certainly would be a useful feature for all the genealogy sites to have frequently used information easily available in drop downs.
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa



Attended Summer Camp in two different places!
Camp Stoney Clove in Hunter, New York in the late to early 60's and afterwards at Camp Windom in Conn in the early mid-60's

Ilan(Alan Joel Leibowitz) Leibowitz
Kibbutz Afikim

Re: Looking for possible Jewish Ancestry name Koch in Germany #germany


On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 04:37 PM, TommyN wrote:
Hanß David Koch is surely an old German way of writing Hans David Koch, nothing to do with the Hebrew which would be Han ben David. I don't believe there was such a name as Han.
Alan Cohen

JGASGP Meeting All are welcome to attend Rich Venezia discusses C Files #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Marilyn Golden

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Time: 1:30 PM check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 2:00 *


Speaker: Rich Venezia, an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors

Topic: USCIS Genealogy Program: Certificate Files (C-Files)

Location:  Congregation Rodeph Shalom 615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Philadelphia home. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). He is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially underutilized record sources and federal records. He also specializes in Italian and Irish research. Additionally, he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy, and is a proud Italian dual citizen. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. He lectures nationwide, and spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.

Rich Roots Genealogy

Check out my TEDxPittsburgh talk: Search Youtube for "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots"


Topic:  USCIS Genealogy Program: Certificate Files (C-Files)

SHORT: This lecture will examine the ten different sub-series of C-Files, which document naturalizations or repatriations of individuals from 1906 – 1956, currently available through the USCIS Genealogy Program. It will also introduce A-Files, and specifically discuss when naturalization records would be found in A-Files instead of C-Files, and how to order records from the USCIS Genealogy Program.


FURTHER DETAIL: The C-Files held by the USCIS Genealogy Program include C-Files, OL C-Files, OM C-Files, OS C-Files for naturalized citizens, Derivative A C-Files and Derivative AA C-Files for derivative citizens, and B Certificates, D Certificates, 3904/Series Records, and 129/Series Records for repatriated citizens. Each sub-series is quite unique and the circumstances that would lead to a search for each type of file will be discussed. A brief overview of A-Files will discuss when both a C-File and an A-File might exist, and when naturalization paperwork is found in A-Files as opposed to C-Files.


Below is the link for our event.

It will not go live until  approximately 15 minutes prior to the event.  


Double click or copy and paste the link below.



*Note that there is SECURED FREE PARKING.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom of Philadelphia, founded in 1795, is the oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. There is a virtual tour on their website. 


We are meeting in person for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.  We will also livestream this meeting for members only. We are not using Zoom. The link is called Boxcast. 


We will follow all covid protocols for the city of Philadelphia. Currently, mask wearing is mandatory in the building. Bring a mask.  Please join us at this beautiful, historic building for our first hybrid meeting.

Guests are invited to our first in person meeting. Bring a friend!
This meeting will be recorded for members only.  It will be available for one month only.   
Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: Gravestone translation for Chaia Sarah Jablow #translation


H(ere) L(ies)
our dear mother
Chaya Sarah daughter of the rabbi “Reb” Moshe
15 Elul (5)680
May her soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life 

Reb is an honorific like “mister” but he was a rabbi
the last line is a very common boilerplate abbreviation on tombstones. 

David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ

Re: Unidentified Ashkenazi Jewish Man #usa

Oren Kaplan

For those interested in the Unidentified Ashkenazi Man, it may be worthwhile to know of the information found
on discussion groups that have been dealing with the case over the years:
1. Websleuths:
2. CrimeWatchers:
3. Reddit:

In addition, further details apparently provided by state officials about the man can be found on entries for him on these sites:
1. The DoeNetwork
2. The DNADoe Project:

All the best and with hopes someone can connect the dots to identify him.
Oren Kaplan

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa


I went to Camp Machanayim for the whole summer of 1940. I have no idea of where it was. What I do remember is that I didn't like (understatement) the food and that I, who liked to read, couldn't find books to enjoy. I refused to go to camp again.

Seek the peace of Jerusalem
Abe Lebowitz

Re: Gravestone translation for Chaia Sarah Jablow #translation


"Here lies our dear mother Chaya Sarah, daughter of Rabbi Moshe, died 15th of Elul 5620" (August 29, 1920)
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Shimona Kushner

I went to Habonim Camp Kvutza in California in the 50's and 60's, was also a madricha (counsellor),so if you are interested I would be happy to participate.

Shimona Yaroslavsky Kushner
Haifa, Israel (formerly from Los Angeles)

Re: Looking for possible Jewish Ancestry name Koch in Germany #germany


I am much less knowledgeable about DNA tests than many of the other people on this group but I think less than 1% could likely just be a statistical artifact and might not be real. I assume the record that you found for Hans Koch was in a Jewish database or you have some other reason to think he was Jewish, in general the Ashkenazi custom is not to name a child after a living person so for the father and son to both be named Hans (if they also shared whatever Hebrew/Yiddish name it corresponded to) would be unusual but not impossible. Without seeing the record it would be pretty hard to figure out what exactly it meant. Also as a side note if the marriage was in 1674 it's unlikely that he was born around 1600 because he would be quite old especially given the life expectancy of the time, but anything is possible. Being able to see any of the records would help to try to clarify more.
It's really amazing that you have family trees going back that far, I wish my family had such an extensive tree
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

SPIELER Lodz, Zloczew, Belchatow

Two Jewish Communities in Bessaabia /Romania/ (today Moldova): Rezina, Bălți (3,471 km), by Edgar Hauster #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan


You might be interested to read and see photos from Edgar Hauster trip in Republic of Moldova.
Here is a link to his blog:

Be aware that there are a number of very interesting links in that article:
Vanished World: 
Jewish Heritage: 
Rezina during the Holocaust: 
The Story of Bălți: 

Edgar Hauster usually writes about Bukovina, and sometime Moldova.  I suggest to read these great stories, travel diaries, etc.

All the best, 
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. Comparing the Genealogy Giants Sunny Morton. Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 7:00 PM ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jerry Scherer




Comparing the Genealogy Giants,,, and

Speaker: Sunny Morton

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 7:00 PM. ET.

(please note an earlier start)

Virtual meeting:  Join from home


Virtual doors open at 6:50 PM ET.



The “genealogy giants”, all provide tools and records for researching family trees online. But which should you use? Learn why you should be familiar with all four sites; subscription and free access options; and how they compare for historical record content, family trees, and DNA tools. Get insider tips on each site's best features, and cautions or challenges while working with each. This has been an extremely popular lecture with audiences at RootsTech, RootsTech London, Legacy Tree Genealogists, and elsewhere.


Sunny Morton is an award-winning writer and a globally popular lecturer. She is a long-time Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, Contributing Editor and Content Manager for Your DNA Guide, frequent contributor to the blog at FamilySearch (the world's biggest free genealogy website), and past Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. Known internationally for her astute comparisons of the giant genealogy websites, she is author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, with Harold Henderson, CG, and Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacynow in its 2nd edition.


To register for the 1 June event , please go

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The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


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