Hebrew Reformatory, Plainview NY Early 1900's #usa


Has anyone ever heard of a, "Hebrew Reformatory" in Plainview, NY?  I have notes from a relative who stated that his brother was sent to the reformatory in about 1908 because he stole something from a pushcart.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Robin August, Ph.D.

Re: Translation of gravestone in Petah Tikva - Sgula #translation



A G_d fearing woman will be praised

Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation)

A modest woman and G _d fearing


Sara Brockheimer

Daughter of reb Elchanan Z”L

Passed in good old age

10 Adar B 5752

In the 95 year of her life

May her soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation)


Malka Chosnek


Ellis Island 1906-1914 photos in color #latvia


Photographer Augustus Sherman.

Mr. Gints Neiburgs
in Riga, Latvia, EU

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

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.


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JGSLI - The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (NY) is grateful to JewishGen's volunteers #jgs-iajgs #announcements

John Paul Lowens

Grateful to JewishGen's volunteers and officers for their work on behalf of Jewish genealogy and family history,
The JGS of Long Island, NY has added to our annual donation this year.

We've made special contributions in memory of Stephen (Shlomo) Groll, the father of JewishGen Executive Director Avraham Groll (March 25, 2022) and
JewishGen Director of Communications Nancy Siegel (February 27, 2022). 

As a volunteer moderator of this email group during its early months, I became aware of the professional talent and tireless efforts of our Moderator in Chief, Nancy Siegel whose work shaped the future of JewishGen's email groups.

Like everyone in the Jewish genealogy community, JGSLI members depend on JewishGen in our research. Thanks to all the volunteers who make JewishGen possible.

John Paul Lowens, Treasurer@...
(Retired 22 year moderator of the German Jewish Special Interest Email Discussion Group (GerSIG)

Shapiro/Shapira connection to Baal Shem Tov #rabbinic

Shmuly Noe

I am looking for information on how my great great great grandmother, Bluma Averbuch nee Shapiro (born 10 September 1887 in Mezeritch), daughter of Zev/Willie/Volf and Chana Faigela Shapiro is descended from the Baal Shem Tov? She had a brother called Alexander Chaim Shapiro, died in London in around 1949, who was a Trisker Chossid. 
Anyone who has any further information or links, I would be very gratedful.

Shmuly Noe

JGS of Greater Boston June Zoom Program with Alec Ferretti #announcements #dna #events

Jessie Klein

June 12 1:30-3:30 PM EDT The JGS of Greater Boston presents Alec Ferretti speaking on “Strategies for Analyzing Endogamous DNA.”

Free for JGS of Greater Boston members, $5 for non-members.  Information at

Jessie Klein
JGS of Greater Boston

Translation of gravestone in Petah Tikva - Sgula #translation

Mike Coleman

Could someone (as far as possible) kindly translate into English the inscription on this gravestone.


I believe it to be of Selma Bruckheimer, nee Sonn, the widow of Simon Bruckheimer. indicates the location as Plot ‎יד‎ | Row י | Spot 8 and a translation of the Plot and Row numbers would also be very welcome.


Many thanks,


Mike Coleman   London  U.K.

Recording of Lida/Oshmiany Districts Birds of a Feather session now up at #belarus #lithuania


Thanks so much to all of you who participated in our LitvakSIG Birds
of a Feather session on May 22 for the Lida and Oshmiany Districts.

A recording of the session -- as well as a PDF of the slides and a downloadable
copy of the handout with all the URLs mentioned -- is now available on the
LitvakSIG homepage (, under the heading "Lida and Oshmiany
Virtual Zoom BOF (Birds of a Feather) Program Recording from May 22, 2022"

The link will be up for about 30 days.

Towns in the Lida District are Belitsa, Eisiskes, Lida, Novy Dwor, Orlya,
Ostryna, Radun, Rozhanka, Shchuchin, Vasilishki, Voronova and Zheludok.

Towns in the Oshmiany District are Derevna, Dieveniskes, Golshany, Ivye, Krevo,
Lipnishki, Naliboki, Oshmiany, Smorgon, Soly, Traby, Volozhin, Vishnevo,
Zaskevichi, Zhuprany.

Judy Baston, Coordinator,
LitvakSIG Lida District and Oshmiany District Research Groups

Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Bonnie Gould

My brother attended North Star Camp in Hayward, Wisconsin.  I attended Camp Nokomis (homesick-went home after 2 weeks) also in Wisconsin and like Jenny Schwartzburg who responded above, I spent 3 summers at Harand Camp.  While I don't think Harand was specified "Jewish" because I remember some in my cabin not being Jewish, they did sing the Lord's Prayer at Friday night assembly.  I don't remember if it was called actual "services."

Bonnie Gould
Perlin/ Peker/ Pekier from Belarus
Rabinovitz from Ruzhin, Ukraine
Siegel from Riga, Latvia and Taurage, Lithuania
Hemanow/Heiman from Riga Latvia

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

Jennifer Meltzer

I attended Camp Monroe in Monroe NY and Camp Birchwood, West Goshen, CT.  My now adult children attended Camp Sternberg for Girls, Camp Mogen Av for Boys, Camp Dora Golding and Camp Yesharim.  But my favorite camper is my mother, who attended Camp Utopia in 1926.  Ironically, Camp Sternberg is on the grounds of Camp Utopia!

My stepsister's brother-in-law owned Camp Modin in Maine.
Jennifer MELTZER
New York, NY

Researching: FELDMAN - Dvinsk, Latvia
      WEISMAN, KOPILOFF - Latvia
      PEARLMAN, RIFKIN, MELTZER  - Belarus to the Bronx
      BECK - Vilna and Manila, Philippines

JGSGM Kehilalink Workshop Wednesday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Paulette Bronstein

Greetings Fellow Researchers,
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami will be hosting a KehilaLink Workshop at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Wednesday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. for members only.
Membership details can be found at
Please join us if you are visiting or live in the Miami area.
Kindly contact me at jgsgm.president@... if you are interested in attending. You will receive a confirmation of enrollment via email.
Attendance will be limited to 10 members. Personal computers will be needed.
Additional workshops will be scheduled in the future.
With warm regards,
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Re: imigration to the UK #unitedkingdom

rv Kaplan

Many children were helped by the Central British Fund.  The records are held by World Jewish Relief, available to descendants:

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

On Tue, 24 May 2022 at 16:32, Daniella Alyagon <alyagon.genealogy@...> wrote:

Where can I find information on arrival to the UK in 1938? I am searching for a number of relatives that escaped Vienna and Prague at this time. I have them showing up in the 1939 register in the UK.

thank you,

Daniella Alyagon

11 Rav Ashi St, Tel Aviv 6939545, Israel



Researching: ALYAGON (Israel), SHOCHETMAN (Kishinev / Letychev / Derazhnya), AGINSKY (Kishinev / Minsk), FAJNZYLBER (Siennica, Poland / Warsaw, Poland), JELEN (Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland), KIEJZMAN (Garwolin, Poland),  SLIWKA (Garwolin, Poland), MANDELBAUM (Janowiec, Poland / Zwolen, Poland / Kozienice, Poland), CUKIER (Janowiec, Poland), RECHTANT (Kozienice, Poland), FALENBOGEN (Lublin, Poland), ROTENSTREICH (Galicia), SELINGER (Galicia), BITTER (Galicia / Bukowina), HISLER (Galicia / Bukowina ), EIFERMAN (Galicia / Bukowina), FROSTIG (Zolkiew, Galicia / Lviv, Galicia), GRANZBAUER (Zolkiew, Galicia), HERMAN (Zolkiew, Galicia), MESSER (Lviv, Galicia / Vienna, Austria), PROJEKT (Lviv, Galicia), STIERER (Lviv, Galicia), ALTMAN (Lviv, Galicia), FRIEDELS (Lviv, Galicia)

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


Thank you Michael and Galina for taking the time to look at the text and providing some clarity.

With the help of Alexander R., who wrote to me privately, I now have a complete transcription of the text (as well as an understanding of some of the grammar):

Позднѣе заявленiе о рожденiи послѣдовалo по нераденiи отца. Актъ сей являющимся прочитанъ и всѣми подписанъ

I hope this transcription in pre-1918 Russian (obsolete letters highlighted in yellow) will be of use to others.

Justin Levy
Ware, UK

Re: Help interpreting info from all Galicia gatabase #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

Wendy Griswold asked about two people she had found listed on the All Galicia Database from the Żurawno Jewish marriages index book of 1901-1936 (held in the Przemyśl State Archive, Fond 154, Series 66, File 2), and whether she was right in thinking that the two people were the groom and bride in a marriage.

She is indeed right about this. The entries are given as:
Gicia DRUCKER; year of marriage: 1901; page (Blatt) in original record book: 83; record number (Postzahl): 13
Szulem Salomo ELLNER; year of marriage: 1901; page (Blatt) in original record book: 83; record number (Postzahl): 13

No marriage registers have survived from Żurawno, and nor have any death registers. It is very useful, therefore, to have two index books of Jewish marriages from the town, one covering the period 1841-1876 and the other, the one we are discussing, for 1901-1936.

Wendy asked whether knowledge of the record number and page number in the original marriage register could be useful. If the original register had survived, these number would certainly be helpful. In such a case, you could go to the original book and check on page 83, record 13 to find out more about Gicia DRUCKER and Szulem ELLNER, such as their dates and places of birth and the names of their parents. Unfortunately, that is not the case here.

Incidentally, the volume number (Tom) of the original marriages book is given as [Roman] number III. That would have been the number used at the time of the book (and not a modern archival number).

As it happens, Gesher Galicia has already planned for later this year to update the two Żurawno marriages index books on the All Galicia Database. The main purpose of this update, apart from some small corrections, is to present results of searches from these marriage index books so that the groom and bride are shown in a single result. In that way, Gicia DRUCKER and Szulem Salomo ELLNER will appear together in a search result, rather than separately as is the case now. Of course, even without this update, the scans of the index book are available on the All Galicia Database, for Gesher Galicia members who are logged into the site to view. Using these scans, it is possible - as Wendy has shown - to find matching pairs of grooms and brides, by comparing page and record numbers from the original marriages register.

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Re: ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation


It seems to be in German.
A couple of thoughts:
a. There are two weddings on this page, both on December 24th. My grandparents married in Lwow on December 27, 1911. Were Jews taking advantage of the Christmas season to get married?
b. In both weddings the bride is 46 years old, and the groom about 50.....

Dan Geisler
Galicia: Geisler, Niker, Gerner, Roth, Keller, Wolf, Infeld, Kwadratsein

Latvia WW2 #latvia

Hazel Dakers

Fascinating extract about an author’s search for her grandfather and his activities in Latvia during and after WW2. Come to this Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends by Linda Kinstler.


Hazel Dakers, London UK researching:

BIRNBAUM (Zgierz, Poland), GOLD (Zgierz, Poland),  HEIMANN (South Africa and Luegde, Germany), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London and South Africa)




There is still time to register: Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies #germany #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

The entire community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies
Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now! 

About the Talk

The Germany where our ancestors lived is not the Germany of today. Its boundaries have changed several times. Before its unification in 1871 it was more a concept than a state, composed of dozens of kingdoms, duchies and principalities large and small. Each of these states had its own laws and attitudes toward Jews. 

To do research in “Germany” one must know which places belonged to which state at a given time, the legal status of Jews there, and the records that they kept. Germany has an enormous wealth of records pertaining to Jews, especially after 1800, but there are no simple, global rules for using them.  

This talk will work backwards from today’s Germany to the early 19th century. It will focus on key historical events, their impact on Jewish life and the way records were kept.

About the Speaker:

Roger Lustig is a genealogical researcher based in Princeton, NJ. Since 2002 he has specialized in the Jewish families of Prussian Poland, especially Upper Silesia and West Prussia. He has done research in archives in the US, Germany and Poland. 

As research coordinator for the JewishGen GerSIG (German Special Interest Group) he is developing databases, including NALDEX (Name-Adoption List index), Württemberg Family Registers and the Hessen-Gatermann database. He has also contributed over 25,000 Prussian records to the JRI-Poland database.

He has given presentations at 13 IAJGS conferences, scholarly conferences in Germany and Poland, and various genealogical societies in the US and Canada.

He moderates the GerSIG group on Facebook, and is one of 4 admins of the Tracing the Tribe group—one of the largest Jewish genealogy groups on Facebook.

agencies Aiding WW2 Survivors #records


Below are extracts from the manifests of several ships arriving in New York in the immediate post WW2 years with displaced persons and other survivors of the war in Europe.  Many passengers were assisted at some point by social service agencies identified in the manifest only by their initials.  Sherri Bobish, in her recent contributions to this mailing list, correctly identified "OSE", and added : "Rescue groups include, but not limited to, OSE"
Many of these agencies are still in existence and can be found  by searching the net.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

  Christian World Service
  Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
    Lutheran World Federation
    National Council of Jewish Women
  National Catholic Welfare Conference
  Œuvre de secours aux enfants  (Childrens Aid Society)
  Travelers Aid Society
    United Service for New Americans
  United Ukrainian American Relief Committee

Tordobis #ukraine

Paul Mayerowitz

I have determined that my family roots were in Krisover, modern day Krivoye Ozero. I reached this conclusion after reviewing numerous immigration papers and a document listing the Jews of Krivoye Ozero from 1920-1921. A cousin, who was brought to this country by my grandfather, was in a book about Philadelphia. The author stated he was from Tordobis. I contacted the author, who would not cite his source. Another individual’s website also cited Tordobis as his birthplace but could not provide a reference source. 
Tordobis is allegedly in the Ukraine but I cannot locate any references to it. Has anyone heard of this location?
Paul Mayerowitz
14 Magnolia Court
Ocean, New Jersey 07712

Phone: 732. 508-9165
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