Re: Gravestone Translation Requests #translation


H(ere) L(ies)

My ( dear) husband and our dear father

Avraham Chaim s(on of) M(r) Yeshayahu (not Yehoshua = Joshua, but Yeshayahu = Isaiah)

Died 5 Iyar (5)697

May his soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life (abbreviation – last line)


H(ere) L (ies)

Our dear mother

Henke daughter of Mr Binyamin (=Benjamin)

Died 13 (not 3) Kislev 5711 (correlates to 1950)

Same boilerplate abbreviation in last line

David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ

JewishGen Press is looking for a volunteer to help with publicity #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is in need of a volunteer to help with publicity.


JewishGen Press published 142 books so far and the number is growing every month.  Most are Yizkor Books, written by survivors of the Holocaust and emigrees from the destroyed Jewish communities of Europe. The books were translated into English (mostly from Hebrew and Yiddish) and contain a wealth of information and lasting memories about the environment where our ancestors lived, worked, worshiped and dreamed.


Duties involve reaching out to our faithful purchasers and institutions such as Holocaust Memorials, museums, Universities and local libraries to inform them of new titles.


Researching to find other potential such customers and reaching out to them.  Researching potential social media outlets to increase exposure to this wealth of information for Genealogists and institutions.


If you are willing to devote a couple of hours a week to help with this important project, please contact:
Joel Alpert, Director of JewishGen Press at: jalp@...
Susan Rosin, JewishGen Press Publications Manager at: msrosin@... 

Jewish children aboard the ship Athos II #usa

Anne-Marie Engel

On August 25, 1946, the ship Athos II left Marseilles (France) and arrived in NY on September 8, 1946. On board was a group of about 50 Jewish children, all Holocaust orphans.Their trip had been organized by OSE.

Were you one of these children?

Anne- Marie Engel

Announcing the publication of Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies (Kamyanyets, Belarus) #belarus #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is proud to announce the publication of our 143rd title:  Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies (Kamyanyets, Belarus).
This is the translation of: Sefer Yizkor le-Kehilot Kamenets de-Lita.
Editors of Original Yizkor Book:  Prof. Shmuel Eisendstadt and Mordechai Gelbart
Project Coordinator and Translator: Allen Flusberg
Emerita Coordinator: Jenni Buch
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger
Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 450 pages with original photographs

Kamenetz-Litowsk (now in Belarus) is situated on the banks of the Leshna River, in the shadow of a 14th-century fortress tower, the “Sloop”. Various essays in this Yizkor Book describe the thriving pre-1940 Jewish community: the vigorous religious life, various Zionist organizations, the hard-working communal volunteers, an amateur theatre, a self-trained orchestra, and nearby Jewish agricultural colonies. The Jews took great pride in the Kamenetz Yeshiva, a center of advanced Talmud study headed by the renowned Boruch-Ber Leibowitz…The Jewish presence was tragically obliterated by the Nazis during World War II. A necrology lists all the Kamenetz Jews—numbering more than 1700—who perished at their hand. Nothing remains of the centuries-old Jewish community—no living Jew, no trace of the Jewish cemetery. The Jews who had emigrated and the handful who survived the war joined together in the 1960s to memorialize their town and to write this Yizkor Book.

 For more information and how to order, please visit: https: //

Susan Rosin

JG Press Publications Manager



Re: Summer Camp #usa


My sister and I attended Camp Well-met in Narrowsburg, NY for several years.

Montclair, NJ

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

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 formOur 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

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Jerry Scherer

DNA SIG Co-Ordinator







Could I ask for a translation from Czech of this last letter? #translation


I found this letter among my late father's effects. He fled with his mother and brother from Czechoslovakia to the UK at the age of 15 years in 1939 - his uncle committed suicide and they lost everything.  This letter was kept carefully in a plastic folder with several copies and was clearly very precious.
I have no idea who Karel Bleier was or what the relationship was to my father. He was a few years older (born 1916, my father 1923). I have had it for a few years but, somehow I have always been, until now, reluctant to proceed further. I see the name "Hubert" in the post-script ... that was my grandmother's preferred name for him although he was actually Christened "Robert"
Jim Newmark

Re: BOMBLAT (Losice, Siedlce, Mordy) #poland

Barry Clarke

My great-grandmother MOLLY SZKLARKIEWICZ (from Jedwabne or Warsaw) was married to a STIGLITZ or similar (uncertain where he was from) who was in the military and died or was killed shortly after their son, SAMUEL, was born. Molly emigrated at that time around 1881 to the UK and on the ship met a man who she married. The only information we have about him is from his 1897 UK Naturalisation Certificate where it is written that he was born in "LESSITZ, SEDLIZ in Poland", which does not exist as written and I must presume to be LOSICE, SIEDLCE, as per in above message. His parents, according to the Certificate were HYMAN and BERTHA and his name JACOB CLARKE, obviously anglicised and possibly even taking his wife's maiden name of Clarke which we know was anglicised from Szklarkiewicz as her own brother was known as MAX CLARKE. Anyhow, if you or any reader has any information about them or life in Losice, Siedlce in the mid to late 1800s I'd be very grateful to hear more. Thank you,

Barry Clarke

Re: Gravestone Translation Requests #translation


Good morning,

On the right-

Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

My dear husband and our dear father

Avraham Chaim son of reb Yehoshu’ah

Passed 5 Iyar 5697

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation – last line)

On the left-

Our dear mother

Henke daughter of reb Binyamin

Passed 3 Kislev 5711 ( date not entirely clear)

** Same abbreviations on top and in last line


Malka Chosnek



Re: Summer Camp #usa


I attended Camp Bauercrest, somewhere in Massachusetts i think in 1962 and 1963  and Stony Hollow in Bushkill Pa., 1965 - 1967.
Ed Rosenblatt
Plainfield, NY

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


My friend is collating a body of research on the Little Indian Day Camp run by Dr. Ron Cohen in Galloway NJ in the 1960s and 70s. He is putting together the history with photos, film clips and memorabilia from this beloved camp. If anyone on the thread has memories to share, please reach out.

Elizabeth Kaminsky
Ocean City, NJ

BOMBLAT (Losice, Siedlce, Mordy) #poland

Rony Golan

Dear all,

If you have any BOMBLATs on your tree that come the Siedlce area (Siedlce, Mordy, Losice), please contact me.

Kind regards,
Rony Golan
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

                        EISDORFER, Hungary
                        SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania

Re: The name Ruda #names

Peter Cohen

What country are we talking about?  In some parts of Eastern Europe, Rode is a woman's name. Sometimes, when Jews had to take names in the early 1800s, families selected the wife's name if she was known the the marketplace while the husband stayed indoors all day studying torah. 
Peter Cohen

Russian Reader For Online Directory Look-up #translation

Sherri Bobish

Hi 'Genners,
I'm hoping that someone who can read Russian would kindly look up something in old city directories at this website:
I assume that city directories of The Russian Empire would list business people in each town grouped under their occupation heading.  The Galician directories did, as did U.S. directories.
I am looking for people who were in the business of dyeing, or cleaning and dyeing.
Everyone in this family wrote a different place of birth on every single piece of paper, hence the unusual mix of possible towns.
Time frame:  1880 to 1892
Occupation:  dyer, or cleaner and dyer
Surnames:  WEINER
                    BLUMENKRANZ / BLUMENKRANTZ
                    APPEL / EPPEL
                    BOBISH / BOBISCH
Towns:         Vilna
                    Brest / Brisk
                    Biala Podlaska
Also looking for Pesach Ber (surname may or may not be BOBISH / BOBISCH.)
Pesach Ber was a cleaner and dyer, and lived in Kiev when he emigrated in 1914.
Pesach Ber was supposedly born in Vilna circa 1875.  I do not know how long he lived in Kiev prior to 1914.
Thank you,

Re: Israel search techniques needed #general



I have one of my relatives name David Sheinis. He emigrated to NYC from Kiev. I do not have any other details. My other relatives are from Ukraine as well with last names Shutiy and Meer.

I would like to learn more about these last names and find relatives if possible.



now online: new episode of Genealogy Coffee Break from the Center for Jewish History #education

Moriah Amit

Starting this month, the Center for Jewish History is changing the format of our Genealogy Coffee Break series. While we will continue to produce and share a new episode each month, we will no longer air the episode live. In our May episode, we reveal our favorite tips for using You may now view this episode and all of our previous episodes anytime on the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page or YouTube channel (closed captions are available on both). To receive updates on future episodes, please "Like" or "Follow" our Facebook page or subscribe to our YouTube channel. 
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Menachem Kaiser's "Plunder" wins prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature #poland

Stanley Diamond

Menachem Kaiser's "Plunder" has won the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, 
an annual award that comes with a $100,000 prize.  
Plunder is a fascinating read for genealogists with an interest in research of records in Poland.  
As Kaiser wrote on the JRI-Poland blog "(How) data helped me solve a decades-old family puzzle | JRI-Poland"

The award follows on Plunder receiving A New York Times Critics’ Best Nonfiction Book of 2021, 
and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Biography. 

Although a memoir about his efforts to reclaim his family's home in Poland, it dramatically 
illustrates the importance of every record (source) and how each document can play a key
part of unraveling a family's story.  JRI-Poland is honored by Kaiser's declaration on the 
blog..."The records JRI-Poland provided were the foundation on which the narrative rests. 
And I am forever grateful."
The announcement of the award has appeared on multiple websites including the Jerusalem Post
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M. 
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Re: Headstone translation request #translation


The Hebrew year is 5720.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Name Adoption Lists #names

Jonathan Rose

I am interested in the Name Adoption Lists. What is the status of Phase II? When will any of them be accessible on line? How do I search & access the ones listed for Phase I? I have found some on line in other sources & on the Archiv de Bas-Rhin. Thank you.


Jonathan Rose



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Gravestone Translation Requests #translation


Hello All:

Please translate the Hebrew on the gravestones of my ggm and ggf. Thank you for your help.

Sandy Schepis

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