Re: Any sources/people on the Ruzhiner Rebbe? #rabbinic

Adam Cherson

Have you checked out the descendant reports for these two cousin of R' I. Friedman lineages: 1), and 2)  There may be clues in there.
Adam Cherson

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

Alan Reische

I was at camp Winaukee in Moultonboro NH for one year in the late 1940s; the next year, most camps shut down because of the polio epidemic. I then went to Camp Samoset in Gilford New Hampshire for 11 years: as a camper, a waiter, a dishwasher, a CIT and finally a counselor. After a one year interim when I worked on a dude ranch in Colorado, I returned to work a final summer - at Camp Winaukee!

Winaukee was owned by the Sobel and Spahn families. Jesse Sobel was a former Olympic water polo player, very tough minded. His chief operating officer was Joe Marino. Camp Samoset was owned by Manny Winston, a former professional fighter. Many of the Jewish camp directors who grew up in the generation of the 20s and 30s were bulvans and the camp programs reflected that mentality. Samoset in particular was an athletic camp. Boxing was a regular activity, and even tackle football for a season or two.

The athletic Director at Samoset was Chief Torgan. Torgan was the head football coach at James Madison high school in Brooklyn, and every year he would bring up any number of his present and former football players to act as staff. They could be a rough crowd, although I must say I loved my camping experience.

Samoset is now closed, at least in  it’s original iteration, although the name was perpetuated with a camp located in Maine. Camp Winaukee continues to operate in it’s original location, a gorgeous piece of property on Lake Winnipesaukee, with a mainland campus for younger campers and an island campus just offshore for the older boys.

Benny Friedman, the great Univ Michigan football player, operated a summer camp along the same stretch of road going in from Center Harbor. I don’t know what ultimately happened to that camp, but perhaps other members who have a  memory of it can fill in the information.

Alan Reische
Manchester NH

Re: Seeking correct name and location of "Rosopovitch", Belarus #belarus

Michele Lock

Out of curiosity, I entered "Rosopovichi, Belarus" into Google maps, to see what it came up with. And it suggested that the town might be the current Asipovichy, located 26 miles northwest of Bobrusk, and about 15 miles southwest of Svisloch. The name of the town in Yiddish, according to the Jewishgen gazetter, was Osipovichi; it had a Jewish population of 755 in 1910. 

Perhaps 'Rosopovich' was a slight mishearing of Osipovitch. Just a thought.

When I've run into these inconsistencies, I gather together whatever records I can find on the individual and all their siblings, especially naturalization papers, WW II draft cards, and ship passenger lists. If Morris came to the US in 1907, his ship passenger list should have where his last place of residence, who and where were his closest relative back home, and his place of birth was.

And to add - I have found that some of my forebears were not certain exactly what town they were born in, especially if they left that town as a young child, either to move to another place in Russia, or to move to the US. 
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Any sources/people on the Ruzhiner Rebbe? #rabbinic

Adam Cherson

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Howie Rotblatt


I've posted a birth record that is 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,
Howard Rotblatt
New York City

ViewMate Translation Request -- German #translation


The following are links to three images from the Vienna register of births for my great grandfather, Emanuel Pilpel.  The first two images are the left and right hand pages of the relevant lines from the register book. The third image is a zoomed image of the right hand portion of the second image which appears to be some sort of "comment." I am interested to know the content of the right hand page and, especially of the "comment" (i.e. the third image). Thank you.

Jed Brickner

Re: Seeking correct name and location of "Rosopovitch", Belarus #belarus

Janet Furba

Районы Гродненской области — Википедия (
Rosopovitch, Rosopovitchi not found
Розопович, Разоповичи not found
Janet Furba, Germany

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

david perkins

I went To Camp Willoway in the northeast corner of Pa. in 1965 and 1966. 
Regards to all 
David L. Perkins
Perkin and Segan (Belarus, Grodno and Slonim)
Paris/Poris and Seigel (Ukraine/Poland, Bilozirka, Kupil)
Schneider Shnayder Greenberg Litwack (Bessarabia/Moldova, Teleneshty) 
Peterfreund Loeffelholtz  Pippersberg Federbush Englander (Galicia Nowy Sacz Krakow) 
Podolski Lauffer Wahl (Galicia Krakow Tarnobrzeg)

viewmate translation request - Polish #translation

Raffi Jesin
akta 80 is my great grandparents marriage record. i can understand most of it, but was looking for help translating the notes in the Uwaga box and the additional notes from 1935. as well as confirming the occupations of eli majer gajer (i think confectioner?) and the witnesses (maybe bakers?)
thank you,
Raphael Jesin

Re: Seeking correct name and location of "Rosopovitch", Belarus #belarus

Janet Furba

To find Rosopovitch ask the Mogilev State Archive
I failed to find Rosopovitch in Russian:

Районы Могилёвской области — Википедия (
Могилёвская область — Википедия (
Janet Furba. Germany

Unusual style of writing dates #ukraine


Below are two unusual dates, from letters written in Kiev c. 1960-70.

July 27, 692

October 30, 712

Any idea what the years might be?

Here is a third date from the same writer, which is written in the standard style:

October 29, 1969r [r = "года" ("of the year")]

Yehuda Altein
Brooklyn NY

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

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