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This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen FB page #yizkorbooks #belarus

Bruce Drake
 

JewishGen researchers are well familiar with the Russian “revision lists” which were used to levy poll taxes because they can be a gold mine of information about their ancestors. “The Revisor,” from the Yizkor book of Kamenets (Belarus) puts a human face on the dreaded auditors who came to town every year. What makes this chapter so much fun is its descriptions of how people in Kamenets (and probably elsewhere) figured out ruses to avoid levies that could amount to hundreds of rubles. This was no small matter since the levies could amount to 600 rubles (the equivalent of $14,500 in 2019 U.S. dollars) and a typical worker around 1900 might earn 180 rubles yearly. And 600 rubles was the assessment that potentially hung over the head of the author’s father.
“So when lovely summer came around, you could count on it—that one day the assessor, or the auditor, would suddenly come by, and would inventory all our household possessions: the bedding, the inherited copper pans, the brass candlesticks, the mortar-and-pestle, and all the other items… everyone was seized with fear.”
So, with no further adieu, I’ll make way for this wonderful account of the stratagems people of the town used to lead the revisors “down the garden path” and hold on to their hard-earned money.



--
Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Re: Hebrew Reformatory, Plainview NY Early 1900's #usa

Susan&David
 


1. If your family members were present in an orphanage in 1920 they should be in the 1920 US census.  If present in 1925 there is a NY State census.
2. Have you looked at this site?  If you search there for HNOH (Hebrew National Orphans Home) It includes a list of several such institutions in NY.
    https://ajhs.org/collections
  You can also search that site for "Orphanages."

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 5/27/2022 8:55 AM, Wendy Kalman wrote:
This intrigued me -- I've been looking for a Jewish orphanage on Long Island without any success (for my grandfather and his brother, around 1922 for a year or two), and someone had also mentioned Pleasantville to me at one point, but as a children's home, not a reformatiory.

Anyway, I googled the name of the one you provided and found a rare book dealer has a 1909 diary of a teacher from there on sale. for a lot of money. I took a quick look at the 8 pages he shows (of 26) and saw a name or two specified -- might be useful to look at for clues if Pleasantville and not Plainview is what the OP ultimately decides is what's needed. 

The link is https://www.betweenthecovers.com/pages/books/425414/author-unidentified/diary-woman-teacher-working-at-the-hawthorne-new-york-jewish-reform-school-for-boys

Wendy Kalman
wendybkalman@...
Acworth, GA

Mogilev Podolsky: BERG and TEPLITSKY
Kamenetz-Podolsky: TEPLITSKY, SIMON
Pogrebische, Ladyzhyn, and Odessa: KELMANSKY
Ladyzhyn and Odessa: MALKIS, COHEN
Berdynove: BURDA
Berdichev and Odessa: KRAPEL, GERSHBERG
Tulchin: POTTEL


Next Free JewishGen Webinar: Tips & Tricks for Navigating JewishGen #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll
 

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

Topic: Tips and Tricks for Navigating JewishGen
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now

About the Talk

Join us for this overview and update featuring tips and tricks for best access to the more than thirty million searchable records, educational and language tools, networking opportunities, and other treasures found on JewishGen.

About the Speaker:

Ellen Kowitt is JewishGen USA Research Division Director; Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Jewish Task Force Chair; University of Denver OLLI instructor; and author for Family Tree Magazine, Avotaynu, and recently published client book, David Crystal: An American Family History. She has utilized JewishGen and served in a variety of volunteer capacities since 1994.


Re: Oleszyce - Schwartz Family from this town #poland #romania

jamieromer@...
 

Hi Jacob

My great grandfather was born in this town in 1876 - Naftali Gerstler. His parents were Marcus/Mordechai Gerstler and Rifka nee Altmann. His grandparents were Naftali & Blima Gerstler and Chaim Altmann. I don't yet know whether his grandparents also lived there.

I don't know if that connects anything.

Regards

Jamie Romer


Re: Hebrew Reformatory, Plainview NY Early 1900's #usa

Wendy Kalman
 

This intrigued me -- I've been looking for a Jewish orphanage on Long Island without any success (for my grandfather and his brother, around 1922 for a year or two), and someone had also mentioned Pleasantville to me at one point, but as a children's home, not a reformatiory.

Anyway, I googled the name of the one you provided and found a rare book dealer has a 1909 diary of a teacher from there on sale. for a lot of money. I took a quick look at the 8 pages he shows (of 26) and saw a name or two specified -- might be useful to look at for clues if Pleasantville and not Plainview is what the OP ultimately decides is what's needed. 

The link is https://www.betweenthecovers.com/pages/books/425414/author-unidentified/diary-woman-teacher-working-at-the-hawthorne-new-york-jewish-reform-school-for-boys

Wendy Kalman
wendybkalman@...
Acworth, GA

Mogilev Podolsky: BERG and TEPLITSKY
Kamenetz-Podolsky: TEPLITSKY, SIMON
Pogrebische, Ladyzhyn, and Odessa: KELMANSKY
Ladyzhyn and Odessa: MALKIS, COHEN
Berdynove: BURDA
Berdichev and Odessa: KRAPEL, GERSHBERG
Tulchin: POTTEL


Gittle ABRAMOWITZ- Novarodok to New Haven, Ct. 19th cent. #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

I am trying to confirm family lore of my great great grandmother's
immigration from Novarodok (eastern Europe)-New Haven, Ct.
(USA)-Jerusalem during the second half of the 19th cent.

The unconfirmed details are: Gittle ABRAMOWITZ left Novarodok with 4
children after the death of her husband, Yitzchak. She travelled to
New Haven, Ct. via Liverpool. She apparently met a British gentleman,
a widower by the name of LAZAROFF.

Her four children seem to be: David, Sarah, Meyer and Kalman. David
left New Haven to Boston to work in a dept. store and rose to
management. May have changed his name. In the mid 1930s , not a young
man, was a senior executive and had a winter home in Florida.

Sarah, in the mid 1930s, vacationed or lived in the Coney Island (NYC)
area. She and her husband, (no family name known) were members of a
yiddish speaking Bund group . They had a grandson Tom (family name
unknown) who was in college (mid 1930) in Boston.

Meyer, my great grandfather, was sent to Jerusalem with his younger
brother Kalman. Kalman seems to have missed his mother and returned
shortly to the USA while Meyer stayed in Jerusalem. He and his wife
both died during the pandemic during WW 1 in Jerusalem.

Most of Kalman's descendants remain It seemsed in the states.

I have contact with all of Meyer's children and some of Kalman's but
none with any of Sarah's or David's. It seems that someone back in
Novarodok was related to the HUREWITZ family of which one branch
settled in Petach Tikva and another in Hartford, Ct. . Their
emmigration took place during the latter part of the 19th cent.

If any ot the details above sound familiar to anyone, specifically
regrding David and Sarah, I would be very happy to hear from you.
Shabbat Shalom

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem


Andrew Zalewski to Retire from the Board of Gesher Galicia #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

After eight years of professional, highly dedicated and very productive service on the Board of Gesher Galicia, Andrew Zalewski has announced that he will be stepping down from the Board at the end of June 2022. We wish to place on record the numerous contributions Andrew has made over the past eight years, including in the fields of research, public education, and our quarterly journal, the Galitzianer.

Starting with the Galitzianer, Andrew transformed this from an occasional newsletter (with a rather mixed content in terms of quality, indifferent proofreading, and irregular appearances) into a respected journal of a high standard. The quality of the publication has been maintained under Jodi Benjamin's editorship, whom Andrew has also done much to support.

On public education, Andrew traveled frequently until the Covid pandemic began, talking to groups around the world on a variety of Galician topics, raising public awareness of Jewish Galician history and culture, as well as the standing of Gesher Galicia. Many new members came to Gesher Galicia as a result of these talks - from London to Los Angeles, Kraków to Melbourne, and Ottawa to Tel Aviv.

Andrew's meticulously planned executed research projects included, first, the Josephine and Franciscan Cadastral Surveys Project. This project, began in late 2015, sourced and indexed over 100 Galician property record files from the late 1780s and the 1820s, in many cases from towns for which there were few, if any, vital records, at least from the early period of Galicia. This was followed by the Medical Students project, producing genealogical information from sources Gesher Galicia not previously been involved in, including from universities in Prague, Pest (Budapest), Kraków, and Lemberg/Lwów/Lviv. After that, Andrew coordinated the Petitions project, examining lists of petitions from 1848, from residents of Galician towns to the Reichstag (the pan-Austrian parliament) in Vienna, lobbying for and against the proposal to divide the province. Most recently, Andrew led the project on Galician Jewish students in Vienna's trade and business universities in the first decades of the 20th century.

Gesher Galicia owes a huge debt of gratitude to Andrew. We encourage others to join us on the Board in thanking Andrew and wishing him much success in his future endeavours, including his plans for writing.


Board of Directors
Gesher Galicia
 
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Re: Eva and Hannah - equivalent? #names #poland

gbm1022@...
 

Thanks for your response.  The transcribed records are a mix of Hana and Hawa.  I think I probably have the right person.

Greg Marrinan


Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland

tony allan
 

Thank you for all the help. My father was born in Warsaw but his family moved to Danzig hence why I assumed when he was sent to the UK in 1936 (with his 14 year old sister) it would have been from Danzig, The rest of the family like many thousands were taken to the Warsaw Ghetto from Danzig.
Tony Allan


Mail Order Brides, Sephardic Style - Sunday Meeting #sephardic #events

contact@...
 

For over 400 years the Amsterdam-based Portuguese-Jewish bridal society
Santa Companhia de Dotar Orphas e Donzellas [the Holy Society for Dowries
for Orphan Girls and Young Ladies], known as Dotar, has provided dowries.
Historically it played an important role in binding the Portuguese-Jewish
diaspora together. Indeed, this was one of its goals. Dotar's membership was
international, and it is a valuable - if complex - tool in understanding
Western Sephardic history and genealogy. Dotar is a rare archival source
whose main focus is the women of the community. Ton Tielen will offer an
introduction to Dotar, and advice on how to search this valuable resource,
which has been digitised by the Amsterdam City Archives.

Ton Tielen needs no introduction to Sephardic genealogists. He has studied
the Portuguese-Jewish archives of Amsterdam for over twenty years, is
co-host of Sephardic World, admin of The Sephardic Diaspora group on
Facebook, and everyone's go-to expert on Western Sephardim.

The meeting is on Sunday 29 May 2022 at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm London, 8pm
Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom. The link is
shared at our Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/sephardi Everyone is
welcome to join us on YouTube
at: https://www.youtube.com/SephardicGenealogyAndHistory PLEASE subscribe to
the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and costs you nothing.

You can now watch last week's talk on Finding Jews in Jamaican Archives at:
https://youtu.be/F7gBaKH4JX0

Over the last two years Sephardic World has become the leading forum for
learning about Sephardic history and genealogy. We have no commercial
sponsorship or public funding. There is no charge to attend our meetings or
to view our content. If you are not a patron and can afford it, please
consider supporting our work: https://www.patreon.com/sephardi

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen
Sephardic World
Sephardic Genealogical Society
https://www.sephardic.world/


Family Moscow in Amsterdam #general

Dexter Moscow
 

Your help would be much appreciated.

 

I have traced my fathers family to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

Their records go back 3 generations but I cant find out where they were before that.

 

Haim Moscow

BIRTH Amsterdam Holland

 

Haim is my 3rd Great Grandfather.

 

As the name is Moscow, I assume Russia and would appreciate confirmation

 

Keep well and safe,

Dexter Moscow

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Buenos Aires donor plaque information requested #latinamerica

Ittai Hershman
 

With the recent links to AMIA and CEMLA databases for Argentina, I am trying again to solve a mystery I last posted about a dozen years ago.  On 3 May 1939, my cousins Schmul Hersch and Sara Horenstein arrived in Buenos Aires from Berlin via Southampton on the ship called Asturias.  Schmul Hersch, known as Henio, had a brother who lived in London whom I knew.  Their father Mendel survived the war in the Jewish Hospital in Berlin, and after he was found, joined Henio in Buenos Aires where he later died and is buried in Tablada.  I have a photograph of Mendel’s grave that, as I recall, a kind JewishGenner photographed me.
 
Henio’s wife was his cousin with the same surname before marriage.  She was known as Sala in the family, and as you can see in the attached, she also seems to have gone by Mara.
 
Some years ago now, I visited the daughter of the brother in London who knew that her aunt and uncle in Buenos Aires had by then passed away, but had no details.  She provided me with this photograph of a plaque at some presumably Jewish institution in Buenos Aires, possibly in the Merlo area, but I have never discovered anything further about their deaths or burial.

Can anyone identify the location of this plaque or anything further about the donors?
 
Many thanks for any solid leads,
 
Ittai Hershman
New York City


JGS Long Island Meeting: Ask The Experts Panel Wed. June 15 at 7pm via Zoom. #announcements #education #jgs-iajgs

Jeff A.
 

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our next meeting.

 

When: Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM, via Zoom

Topic: Ask the Experts Panel

Meet our panelist:

·         Marilyn Gotkin is a Mishpocha Maven for JGLSI ad has helped many members with their genealogical research.

·         Caitlin Hollander is a professional genealogist, specializing in Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy in both the United States and Europe. 

·         Rhoda Miller, Ed.D; CG has been a Certified Genealogist since 1998, board member of LitvakSIG and was on the Eastern European team for Ancestry ProGenealogists.

·         Gary Pokrassa is the Data Acquisition Director of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division and a Director of JRI-Poland.

·         Renee Steinig -- member of Association of Professional Genealogists, a director of Gesher Galicia and a Town Leader for JRI-Poland.

·         Chuck Weinstein is the Town Director for Ukraine Research Division of JewishGen.


Are you stuck in your genealogy research?

 

Want to get more information on an ancestor

 

Looking for a “pesky” document—such as a birth, death, or marriage record

Trying to trace the relationship between two unrelated people on your family tree

Having a hard time finding immigration information

 

Our panel of experts were given 10 questions from members similar to above items.  They will attempt to knock down the brick walls to uncover new information. The panel will review the research steps undertaken and provide suggestions on how to take your research further.

 

To join our meeting:
Register for our Zoom meeting: this will allow you to join in so you can chat with others during the meeting

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvd-yvrD8rGty02Ye2jsgsEGB4xxcuBhgz


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Looking ahead, our next meeting will be on Sunday, June 26 at 2pm featuring Alex Denisenko.  Alex is a tour guide and genealogist from Lviv, Ukraine.  He will be telling us stories about South-Eastern Ukraine, past, present, and future.   

 

I look forward to seeing you all!

 

Jeff Austin

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Vilnius, Lithuania Municipality Signs MOU for Development Site of Vilnius Great Synagogue #lithuania #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

From: Jan Meisels Allen <>
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2022 3:37 PM
To: JewishGen Discussion Group (main@...) <main@...>
Subject: Vilnius, Lithuania Municipality Signs MOU for Development Site of Vilnius Great Synagogue #announcements #lithuania

 

Archival photo of the Great Synagogue, Vilnius around 1934

 

Jewish Heritage Europe has posted an article regarding the MOU between the Vilnius Jewish community and Goodwill Foundation  and the city of Vilnius on development of site destroyed Vilnius Great Synagogue.

 

A statement by the city said that by the middle of 2026, a memorial square will be developed on the site of the synagogue and its complex, where a new Jewish community center will also be built.

 

To read the statement go to:

https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

It is in Lithuanian.  If you use Chrome as your browser they provide an English translation.

 

“Archaeological excavations at the site of the Vilnius Great Synagogue began in 2011. During the excavations, archaeologists discovered the most important parts of the pulpit (bima) - the foundations of 2 columns, the location of two mikvas (ritual pools), the huge outer rear wall of the Great Synagogue, and part of the Synagogue floor. Also found on the walls next to the bima are engraved inscriptions with references to the Old Testament - one mentions people and quotes the Book of Genesis, the other - verses from religious hymns.”

 

To read more go to: https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

 

To read the Jewish Heritage Europe article go to: https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2022/05/26/lithuania-memorandum-signed/

 

During World War II, the Great Synagogue and other buildings in the complex were badly destroyed. 1955–1957 the remains of the buildings are aligned with the ground. 1964 A kindergarten was built on the site of the great synagogue.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 

 


Vilnius, Lithuania Municipality Signs MOU for Development Site of Vilnius Great Synagogue #lithuania #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Archival photo of the Great Synagogue, Vilnius around 1934

 

Jewish Heritage Europe has posted an article regarding the MOU between the Vilnius Jewish community and Goodwill Foundation  and the city of Vilnius on development of site destroyed Vilnius Great Synagogue.

 

A statement by the city said that by the middle of 2026, a memorial square will be developed on the site of the synagogue and its complex, where a new Jewish community center will also be built.

 

To read the statement go to:

https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

It is in Lithuanian.  If you use Chrome as your browser they provide an English translation.

 

“Archaeological excavations at the site of the Vilnius Great Synagogue began in 2011. During the excavations, archaeologists discovered the most important parts of the pulpit (bima) - the foundations of 2 columns, the location of two mikvas (ritual pools), the huge outer rear wall of the Great Synagogue, and part of the Synagogue floor. Also found on the walls next to the bima are engraved inscriptions with references to the Old Testament - one mentions people and quotes the Book of Genesis, the other - verses from religious hymns.”

 

To read more go to: https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

 

To read the Jewish Heritage Europe article go to: https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2022/05/26/lithuania-memorandum-signed/

 

During World War II, the Great Synagogue and other buildings in the complex were badly destroyed. 1955–1957 the remains of the buildings are aligned with the ground. 1964 A kindergarten was built on the site of the great synagogue.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 

 


Re: Eva and Hannah - equivalent? #names #poland

davidmdubin@...
 

Are you sure it’s Hana and not Hawa (in Polish pronounced “Hava”)? That’s more likely to be Eva. That said, secular names could be very fluid, as could Jewish names, especially in secular records. 
--
David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ


Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Leah Cook
 

The Joseph Eisner Camp for Living Judaism in Great Barrington , Massachusetts changed my life.  It's where I learned how to play guitar (and later became a Jewish song leader), it's where I learned leadership skills (which led to becoming a teacher), and it is where my Jewish identity was solidified.  The camp had been the prior estate of William Walker, VP of Eastman Kodak.   The camp was founded in 1959.My nephew recently moved to Great Barrington, so there must be some connection there. 

I also went to the Schenectady Jewish Community Day Camp throughout most of my childhood.  I learned how to swim and dive and make crafts and learn Jewish music.

After high school graduation I was a counselor at Camp Schodack in Nassau, NY -- the best summer of my life (and I made enough money in tips to purchase a Martin D-28 guitar).

Another noteworthy Jewish camp is Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Springs, NY attended by Eddie Cantor, Larry King, and Jerry Stiller.  My cousin, a camper 40 years ago, still works at the camp during his summer vacation.  His brother went to Surprise Lake as well, as did his two sons, one of whom met his future wife at camp. This camp is part of our family.  The camp was founded in 1902.

Jewish summer camps were an integral part of my life -- they were especially important because there was considerable antisemitism in my community at the time.  My strongest childhood memories are of Passover seders and summer camp.  Camp is where most of my secular and Jewish learning took place.  If you have children, please send them to a Jewish summer camp.

Links:
https://eisnercamp.org
https://surpriselake.org
https://www.schodack.com
http://www.schenectadyjcc.org

--
Leah R Cook
Florida, USA
Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida


: ViewMate translation request - German #translation

DanG
 

This is the 1885 birth record for my Great uncle in German for which I need a translation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM98611

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

--
Dan Geisler
Galicia: Geisler, Niker, Gerner, Roth, Keller, Wolf, Infeld, Kwadratstein


ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

DanG
 

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM98625

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

--
Dan Geisler
Galicia: Geisler, Niker, Gerner, Roth, Keller, Wolf, Infeld, Kwadratstein


Re: Search of Kamenetsky's from Bessarabia #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Shalom Katerina,

Thanks for sending this information to Discussion group.  I hope that someone in the group from the same region may find information familiar.
Also for many members of our Bessarabia group, please send similar postings to the Discussion group with #bessarabia.

Here are few additional comments:
1. About Names.  Mark Pavlovich was not names given at birth.  Mark is usually Mordko (Mordekhai), Pavel  is most likely Peisakh of Fayvel.

2. If you do searches at JewishGen.org for WEISMAN in town of Zguritsa  you find many hits, and would need to check all of them:



There are even WEISMANs who were buried in Zguritsa Jewish Cemetery.  

Good luck, and please informed our group when you get some information.

Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

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