Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant & John Stedman Memorial Fund Award - A Reminder #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Eli Rabinowitz

Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant & John Stedman Memorial Fund Award


The deadline for submitting the Stern/Stedman Grant Nomination form and any supporting documentation is Friday 3 June 2022 at 7pm EDT. (USA). 

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is pleased to announce that the call for submissions for the 2022 Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant and the John Stedman Memorial Fund Award is now open. The grant and award are expected to be $3,000 each. The purpose of these grants is to encourage institutions or organizations to pursue projects, activities and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit those researching Jewish Genealogy.    

For details about the grants, please consult the general Award Rules and Criteria and the special Stern/Stedman Award Criteria. For information regarding the current committee contacts and submission deadline, and to submit a nomination, go to the Grant Nomination Form

The grants may only be awarded to a not-for-profit institution or organisation or charity (and may not be awarded to individuals). Nominations may be submitted by any individual or organization, and self-nomination by organisations is permitted.  

The deadline for submitting the Stern/Stedman Grant Nomination form and any supporting documentation is Friday 3 June 2022 at 7pm EDT. (USA).  The grants are planned to be announced during the 2022 IAJGS Virtual Conference, which will take place 21–25 August 2022. 

If further information is required, please contact me using the email address below. 

Eli Rabinowitz (Chair, IAJGS Stern/Stedman Grant Committee)


Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Jenny Schwartzberg

Dear All,


I went to Camp Marimeta (for girls) and my brother went to Camp Menominee (for boys) in the 1970s, located outside Eagle River, Wisconsin (in the far north of Wisconsin).  Both were run by the Wasserman family of Chicago.  I had not realized until checking their websites just now that Menominee was founded in 1928 and Marimeta in 1947. They were run by a Jewish family for children of Jewish families but were secular.  I remember that Shabbat candles were lit in the dining hall with brief prayers but otherwise I really do not remember any other sign of Judaism other that we were all Jewish.  I went there for 6 summers and enjoyed it.  Afterwards I went for 3 summers to Camp Harand, a theater camp founded by two Jewish sisters, Pearl and Sulie Harand, but otherwise no sign of Judaism though there were a lot of Jewish campers.  At that point, it was located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin but is now in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


All three camps still exist and are run by descendants of the original families.


Earlier in my family history, my great-grandfather Joseph J. Cohen founded two summer camps for the children of anarchist families, many of whom were Jewish, Camp Germinal, Jamison, Pennsylvania from 1926 to 1934 and Camp Sharon, at Mohegan Lake, New York, from 1928 to 1931 or so.  My grandparents, Emma Cohen Gilbert and Richard V. Gilbert were also involved with both camps.


I don’t know if these camps fall within the rubric for the researcher, but I would be curious to exchange memories and stories with anyone familiar with them.



Jenny Schwartzberg

Chicago, IL

ROTHSTEIN, GUNZBERG, Krzeszowice, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner



Dear JewishGenners:


The May 17, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice announcing that the Regional Court for Kraków-Krowodrza, First Civil Division, at the behest of the Town of Krzeszowice, is seeking the heirs to the following individuals who are the owners of record of a property to which the municipality wishes to take title.


The property in question is a parcel designated as “dz. nr. 1710” made up of cadastral parcels “pb.l.kat. 448, 449 and 444/3” and registered as “LWH 470 Krzeszowice.”  The owners of record are:




Amalia ROTHSTEIN and




The Court calls upon the named individuals or their heirs to contact the Court within three months of the date of the notice’s publication.  Should they not do so within that timeframe, the Court will award the property to the municipality.


Anyone contacting the Court should refer to Docket No. I Ns 1403/21/K.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


ABRAHAMOWICZ & GERSTENFELD, Ruszcza, Czatkowice & Kraków, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


The May 17, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice from the Regional Court for Central Kraków [Sąd Rejonowy dla Krakowa-Śródmieścia], First Civil Division, indicating that the Court is preparing to declare the following individuals deceased, presumably in connection with clearing title to an abandoned property:


Izaak ABRAHAMOWICZ, son of Mojżesz HILFSTEIN & Chaja ABRAHAMOWICZ, born February 12, 1885 in Ruszcza, last residence most likely ul. Miodowa 3, Kraków;


Mindel ABRAHAMOWICZ, daughter of Hirsch-Herman GERSTENFELD & Marjema (née NEUGER), born September 20, 1890 in Czatkowice-by-Trzebinia, last residence most likely ul. Miodowa 3, Kraków;


Róża ABRAHAMOWICZ, daughter of Izaak ABRAHAMOWICZ & Mindel GERSTENFELD, born December 27, 1913 in Kraków, last residence most likely ul. Miodowa 3, Kraków;


Leon ABRAHAMOWICZ, son of Izaak ABRAHAMOWICZ & Mindel GERSTENFELD, born July 28, 1915 in Kraków, last residence most likely ul. Miodowa 3, Kraków.


The above-named, their heirs or others with knowledge of their fate are asked to contact the Court within three months from the publication of the notice; otherwise the above-named will be declared deceased. 


In contacting the Court, reference should be made to Docket No. I Ns 107/22/S.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa


I was a counselor at Camp IHC from 1970-1976 in Honesdale, PA. The Ezersky's owned the camp then.   It was called Indian Head Camps , they recently changed the name.  When arriving in the town of Honesdale there was a wooden sign with slats of all the camps.  They were all Jewish camps and had to be around 20 of them.  (B'nai Brith, Starlight, Ramah, to name a few).  On Wednesdays we played sports intercamp with them.  Either our girls camp would go to the other camp and their boys camp would come to ours or visa versa.  On Friday nights we would have a Shabbot service.  Sundays were bagels and lox for breakfast.  I am from Denver, Colorado.  When I was a kid, I attended the Jewish Community Center day camp and then the Jewish Community Center Ranch Camp which was a sleep-a-way camp. 

Terry Manassee
Aurora, Colorado

SCHÖN, SCHLEICHKORN, Łomna, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


The May 19, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice announcing that the Regional Court in Bochnia, First Civil Division, has authorized the town of Nowy Wiśnicz to deposit funds in a court-controlled escrow account as compensation for property being taken by the municipality for public use as per a decision of the Starosta of Bochnia on January 14, 2002 [Decision GN.6821.18.2021].  The Court has determined that the whereabouts of the owners of record for the property in question are unknown.


The properties in question consist of:


0.0325 hectares (0.0803 acres) in the town of Łomna, designated “dz.ewid. 34/6” comprised of part of the former “dz. ewid. 34/1” (0.0662 hectares/0.164 acres) or construction plot 64 as well as part of cadastral plot 576, registered as “LWH 51 Łomna” whose owners of record are:


Leisor SCHÖN








and construction plot 139, registered as “LWH 59 Łomna” whose owner of record is:




The town of Nowy Wiśnicz has deposited with the Court the sum of 7553 Polish zlotys [currently US $1747.82] to be paid to legitimate heirs who come forward at any time over the next ten years after which time the deposit will be forfeited.


Any potential claimants are asked to contact the Court, citing Docket No. I Ns 94/22.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980




Translation , GOLD, GILCHENSKI #yiddish #translation

David Buford

Can anyone help me with the translation? Thanks in advance.


Linda Gold Buford

                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN
                      Israel - PALTER

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

Ann Adenbaum

I went to Camp Dunmore for Girls in Salisbury, Vt from 1966-1969. It was owned by George and Sylvia Frey Ross from Brooklyn who were school teachers. Most campers were Jewish. The food was served kosher style with no pork or mixing “milk and meat” and we had services on Friday nights.

my mother went to the same camp 1934-1938. Then it was owned by the Jacobsons who were from Mt Vernon, NY where my mother lived. At the time Sylvia Frey was the head counselor. I have pictures from my mom’s camp experience. True treasures.

During COVID a group that went to Camp Dunmore reconnected for monthly Zoom calls! A lot of great reminiscing!

Ann Adenbaum
Tarrytown, NY

Re: The name Ruda #names


My father came from a town in Poland (probably now in Ukraine) called Ruda.
Phyllis Kurland
Port Washington, New York

Translator keeps busy; air raid sirens blast. #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Laurence Broun

The translator for the Ukrainian-language version of the Yizkor Book of Mizoch reported a rocket strike Saturday, 15 miles north of his home in Rivne, Ukraine. Ten people were injured. Despite the chaos, last week Professor Aladko submitted translations for five additional chapters of the Yizkor Book of Mizoch, . With his colleague history professor Roman Mykhalchuk, the translations are used to document local holocaust history and in programs to fight racism, xenophobia and antisemitism.
Refugees in Rivne are mostly settled and are being fed, he reports. Some refugees from Kyiv and central Ukraine are returning home. Aladko urges everyone to continue supporting the established major NGOs. 
(The English-language version of this Yizkor Book is at and is being translated by university students from across the U.S. Professors Aladko and Mykhalchuk continue to provide expertise to advise the U.S. student translators regarding local geography and institutions.)
Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

Re: Seeking descendants of a Dr. Rachkovsky or Rotzkovski or Radkovski (or similar) of Haifa #holocaust

Odeda Zlotnick

Focusing on the signature, there is a clear difference between the Dalet of Dr. and the second letter of the name, which seems to me be a Tzadi.
Always important to keep in mind that in the 1950's, people did not necessarily fill the POT forms, they only signed.

So, I searched for Ratskovsky, in Hebrew, in the general area of Haifa.
Found a Bertold Ratskovsky
And he was a Dr - you can see it on his gravestone.
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Wondered if this could lead you further.

Are you aware that you can ask Yad VaShem to correct information that was transcribed incorrectly?
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Dorohi cemetery (Romania)


I came across this note and wondered if such a list exists? Where can I find it? 
I'm related to the Userovici family and David Family. Both from Dorohoi, and such a list will be very helpful in my attempts to learn about our ancestors. 

Thank you,

Sharon Cop,
New York, NY

Help interpreting info from all Galicia gatabase #galicia

Wendy Griswold

Hi, I apologize for asking an unsophisticated question. Trying to get the hang of this.

I'm looking at the Przensyl State Archive Fond 154 scan for Zurawno, Jewish Marriages. 1901.
I find on scan 6 Drucker Gicie 1901 Blatt 83 Postzahl 13. And above her name something that looks like Tom III

I find on scan 7 Ellner Szulem Shlomo, Blatt 83 Postzahl 13, also 1901.
So have I found  the marriage of my putative great uncle Schulem Ellner and his wife Gittel/Gussie Drucker? 
Is that a logical assumption?

I have the names confirmed and to the best of my knowledge their first child was born in Zurawno in 1902.
If not, can the blatt and postzahl information be helpful in any way?

Thank you!

Wendy Griswold

Pittsfield MA

Searching BLITZ/ PFEIFFER/FEIFER / ELLNER - Zurawno, Stryy, Bolechow, Stanislawow

WENZELBERG (any spelling), EINHORN, SHIFULDREM - Nowy Sacz area

DWASS (changed to DAVIS), GARFINKEL - area of Ekaterinoslaw (now Dniepro) and possibly Vitebsk


Seeking descendants of a Dr. Rachkovsky or Rotzkovski or Radkovski (or similar) of Haifa #holocaust


I am hoping to make contact with the descendants of someone who submitted Pages of Testimony to Yad Vashem.

These pages were submitted, in Hebrew, in the year 1956, by a person living at Rechov Yosef 1 in Haifa.

On the Yad Vashem website, the name of the submitter is transcribed from the Hebrew as "Dr. B. Rachkovsky".  To me, the second letter of the name looks like it could be a Tzadi, so it might have been something like Rotzkvosky.  Or, the second letter might be a Daled, thus Radkovsky?

Any leads to descendants of this Dr. B. R____sky of Haifa would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Two lines of Russian from 1891 birth registration #translation


I would like to add. The unclear words are, I think;

Позднее заявление о рождении последовало по нерадению отца
The late birth announcement is due to the father's omission / neglect.

Galina Spivak,
Los Angeles, CA

Re: POZNIAK and KRUL families from Benitsa, Belarus / Lithuania #belarus #lithuania

xan madera

Dear Amit,
i´m researching all KRULL;KRUL;KROLL;KROL Family connection too.
especially Julie Kroll from near Wronki / Poznan Region.
Julie Kroll was born 9.6.1865   ,  Father Michael Kroll  ; Mother Juliane Grundmann 
She married Bernhard Braunholz 1864 in Stajkowo (near Wronki).
I also have also KROL; KROLL; KRÓL   list datas from KZ Kulmhof/Chelmno and Paris Shoa Memorial Archives.

best wishes
Jan Braunholz

Re: ViewMate translation request - Cyrillic (Russian?) #translation


On Mon, May 23, 2022 at 08:02 AM, <ryabinkym@...> wrote:
Amendment: Cherz the city of Lyubava should be read - Through the city of Lyubava
Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Jewish children aboard the ship Athos II #usa

Shelley Mitchell

Is there any central listing of children and orphans rescued by this collective of groups?  It would be wonderful if their Descendants DNA tested and found family. 

Well. I can always dream….

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 
eternal optimist

Re: St. Louis, MO cemetery help #usa

Michael Hoffman

Hello Trudy,

Access the St Louis Genealogical Society Jewish SIG at the following website address 
where they have a cemetery listing and everything about the local Jewish Community.

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman

Stolepersteine in Magdeburg, Germany #germany #holocaust

Myra Fournier

Pre WWII, my father's family (both maternal - SCHLEIN - and paternal - KLAPPHOLZ) was prominent in Magdeburg, Germany. During the Holocaust, the synagogue in Magdeburg was destroyed and many of my family members died in Auschwitz. I have become an active supporter of the rebuilding of the synagogue (kontakt@...) and the laying of Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) to commemorate Magdeburg Holocaust victims.
A new ceremony for the laying of Stolpersteine will take place on September 26th. Organizers are looking for family members of those to be commemorated so that they can invite them to the ceremony and also learn more about their family members who perished.
You may contact me for the list of names to be commemorated, or, if you prefer, reach out to the organizer in Magdeburg, Frau Waltraut Zachhuber at g@....

Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA

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