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Re: the name Christof #general

David Edelman <pappapeach@...>
 

For what it is worth, my paternal Ggrandmother was a Mary
(Minnie/Merke). She was born in Latvia, about 1870. My sister Monica
is named for her.
As was explained to me when I asked about it, Joseph, Mary, Jesus and
friends were all Jewish, and these were all originally very Jewish
names.
David Edelman,
San Francisco.

On 7/15/06, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg@mcgill.ca> wrote:

At 15/07/2006 08:07 AM, Dick Plotz wrote:
... I do find it puzzling that the
parents would not have taken the plain meaning of the civil name into
account, but perhaps they wanted to provide their daughters with a way
to "pass" if necessary, and besides, traditionally the civil name is
subsidiary to the Jewish name as far as the Jewish community is
concerned. Note that such less obviously (but clearly, if you think
about it) Christian-associated names as Natalie and even Dolores are
not unknown among Jews.
Out of curiosity, I checked the JGS-Montreal's database of over
70,000 birth, marriage and death records >from 1842-1942. Other than
obvious conversions or similar reasons, there are no Christians or
Christines. There are several Dolores' and 30 Natalies, indicating to
me that people did not really consider these as Christian-derived
names (and that Dolores was not nearly as popular as Natalie!).

In stark contrast, Mary, which today is often thought of as a
non-Jewish name, shows up over 700 times - as many as Leah and almost
as many as Ruth.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: re: the name Christof #general

David Edelman <pappapeach@...>
 

For what it is worth, my paternal Ggrandmother was a Mary
(Minnie/Merke). She was born in Latvia, about 1870. My sister Monica
is named for her.
As was explained to me when I asked about it, Joseph, Mary, Jesus and
friends were all Jewish, and these were all originally very Jewish
names.
David Edelman,
San Francisco.

On 7/15/06, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg@mcgill.ca> wrote:

At 15/07/2006 08:07 AM, Dick Plotz wrote:
... I do find it puzzling that the
parents would not have taken the plain meaning of the civil name into
account, but perhaps they wanted to provide their daughters with a way
to "pass" if necessary, and besides, traditionally the civil name is
subsidiary to the Jewish name as far as the Jewish community is
concerned. Note that such less obviously (but clearly, if you think
about it) Christian-associated names as Natalie and even Dolores are
not unknown among Jews.
Out of curiosity, I checked the JGS-Montreal's database of over
70,000 birth, marriage and death records >from 1842-1942. Other than
obvious conversions or similar reasons, there are no Christians or
Christines. There are several Dolores' and 30 Natalies, indicating to
me that people did not really consider these as Christian-derived
names (and that Dolores was not nearly as popular as Natalie!).

In stark contrast, Mary, which today is often thought of as a
non-Jewish name, shows up over 700 times - as many as Leah and almost
as many as Ruth.


Minor Assistance Pinsk to Jerusalem? #general

Cindy Taylor <knife-princess@...>
 

Fellow Genners,

Many pieces of my family puzzle have come together in the past few weeks
thanks to finding and interviewing lost cousins.

It has been strongly suggested that our great grand parents emigrated to
Jerusalem before finally ending up in Maine. I need a bit of direction here
as to where to begin the research. I've had no trouble finding the ones
that came direct, but this is a whole to ball game for me.

Michael and Esther Violet Potter (Yechiel Mechel and Esther Vitel
Ploshchok) >from Pinsk. They first turn up in the USA in Bangor, Maine circa
1902. I was able to follow the trail down to Massachusetts where they both
passed away in the early 1920's.

Are there data bases which cover my sort of query?

Thanks in advance for any and all guidance;

Cindy Potter Taylor
Boynton Beach, FL

researching:

POTTER-Bangor/Lewiston/Portland, Maine POTTER-Chelsea, MA.
PLOSHCHOK-Pinsk/Minsk/Rovno GOLDMAN-Rovno/Rivne, UKRAINE
EPSTEIN-Bangor, Maine EPSTEIN-Krevo & Dokshytsy, Belarus
COHEN-Woyln, Ukraine COHEN-Mattapan/Dorchester, MASS COHEN-Ostrow
DVORIN-Pinsk/Minsk, Belarus


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Minor Assistance Pinsk to Jerusalem? #general

Cindy Taylor <knife-princess@...>
 

Fellow Genners,

Many pieces of my family puzzle have come together in the past few weeks
thanks to finding and interviewing lost cousins.

It has been strongly suggested that our great grand parents emigrated to
Jerusalem before finally ending up in Maine. I need a bit of direction here
as to where to begin the research. I've had no trouble finding the ones
that came direct, but this is a whole to ball game for me.

Michael and Esther Violet Potter (Yechiel Mechel and Esther Vitel
Ploshchok) >from Pinsk. They first turn up in the USA in Bangor, Maine circa
1902. I was able to follow the trail down to Massachusetts where they both
passed away in the early 1920's.

Are there data bases which cover my sort of query?

Thanks in advance for any and all guidance;

Cindy Potter Taylor
Boynton Beach, FL

researching:

POTTER-Bangor/Lewiston/Portland, Maine POTTER-Chelsea, MA.
PLOSHCHOK-Pinsk/Minsk/Rovno GOLDMAN-Rovno/Rivne, UKRAINE
EPSTEIN-Bangor, Maine EPSTEIN-Krevo & Dokshytsy, Belarus
COHEN-Woyln, Ukraine COHEN-Mattapan/Dorchester, MASS COHEN-Ostrow
DVORIN-Pinsk/Minsk, Belarus


Genetics Lecture - Melbourne, Australia #general

Lionel Sharpe
 

Australian Jewish Genealogical Society, Vic. (Melbourne)
Assoc. Professor Martin DELATYCKI, Director of the Bruce Lefroy Centre
for Genetic Health Research based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
(Melbourne) will speak on the topic:
Genetic Diseases among Jewish People - What ? Why? What can be done ?
Wednesday, 26th July 2006 at 7.30 pm, Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre ,
306 Hawthorn Rd, South Caulfield, Victoria, 3162.
Assoc. Prof. Delatycki's main clinical and research interests are
neurogenetics and community genetics.
He heads the Tay Sachs disease prevention project and has been involved
in research looking at factors that are important in offering screening.
Enquiries: ajgs@exist.com.au


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Genetics Lecture - Melbourne, Australia #general

Lionel Sharpe
 

Australian Jewish Genealogical Society, Vic. (Melbourne)
Assoc. Professor Martin DELATYCKI, Director of the Bruce Lefroy Centre
for Genetic Health Research based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
(Melbourne) will speak on the topic:
Genetic Diseases among Jewish People - What ? Why? What can be done ?
Wednesday, 26th July 2006 at 7.30 pm, Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre ,
306 Hawthorn Rd, South Caulfield, Victoria, 3162.
Assoc. Prof. Delatycki's main clinical and research interests are
neurogenetics and community genetics.
He heads the Tay Sachs disease prevention project and has been involved
in research looking at factors that are important in offering screening.
Enquiries: ajgs@exist.com.au


Family tree #lodz #poland

Sarah Strassman
 

Hello,
I am researching the family of my grandfather Icek(Ignace) NASANOWICZ, he
lived in Pabjanice but I understand that all those records are now in Lodz.
He was born 10/08/1904 and was deported to aushwitz. he married Rivka Leah
ROZENBLUM >from Czesctochowa in 1926 in Antwerp.
If you have any information about the family and the background i would be
grateful to hear >from you.
Sarah.


Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland Family tree #lodz #poland

Sarah Strassman
 

Hello,
I am researching the family of my grandfather Icek(Ignace) NASANOWICZ, he
lived in Pabjanice but I understand that all those records are now in Lodz.
He was born 10/08/1904 and was deported to aushwitz. he married Rivka Leah
ROZENBLUM >from Czesctochowa in 1926 in Antwerp.
If you have any information about the family and the background i would be
grateful to hear >from you.
Sarah.


Re: SKLAR in Haifa #ukraine

Yosaif Dubovick <ymd000@...>
 

In regard to families in Haifa, the first approach would be to try
www.144.bezek.com
That is the online directory assistance in Israel. Area code 04
I tried briefly and recieved Ida Sklar - phone number xxxxxxx (country
code 972 area code 4)
There are however, variant spellings in hebrew, and when I did another
search, got:
Chaim Sklar
Svetoslavi (?) Sklar
Avraham Siklar

Best wishes

Rabbi Yosaif M. Dubovick
Betar Illir, Israel
ymd000@gmail.com

MODERATOR'S NOTE: JewishGen rules prohibit publishing private phone numbers. There
is an English interface for Bezek at http://www.stevemorse.org .


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine re: SKLAR in Haifa #ukraine

Yosaif Dubovick <ymd000@...>
 

In regard to families in Haifa, the first approach would be to try
www.144.bezek.com
That is the online directory assistance in Israel. Area code 04
I tried briefly and recieved Ida Sklar - phone number xxxxxxx (country
code 972 area code 4)
There are however, variant spellings in hebrew, and when I did another
search, got:
Chaim Sklar
Svetoslavi (?) Sklar
Avraham Siklar

Best wishes

Rabbi Yosaif M. Dubovick
Betar Illir, Israel
ymd000@gmail.com

MODERATOR'S NOTE: JewishGen rules prohibit publishing private phone numbers. There
is an English interface for Bezek at http://www.stevemorse.org .


Mikalajow #galicia

Suzan & Ron Wynne <srwynne@...>
 

Dear P.Y. Mund,

There were 3 towns of this name. One was in the main district of Zydaczow
(subdistrict Rozdol), another in the main district of Brody (subdistrict
Szczurowice) and the third in the main district of Bobrka. All are now
within Ukraine. With respect to the latter, Mikalajow, itself, was the
subdistrict and so that's where the records would have been collected and
stored.

I hope this helps you sort out which Mikaljow is the one of interest. Then
go to the AGAD records within Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and see the
status of records for the districts listed.

Suzan Wynne
Kensington, MD


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Mikalajow #galicia

Suzan & Ron Wynne <srwynne@...>
 

Dear P.Y. Mund,

There were 3 towns of this name. One was in the main district of Zydaczow
(subdistrict Rozdol), another in the main district of Brody (subdistrict
Szczurowice) and the third in the main district of Bobrka. All are now
within Ukraine. With respect to the latter, Mikalajow, itself, was the
subdistrict and so that's where the records would have been collected and
stored.

I hope this helps you sort out which Mikaljow is the one of interest. Then
go to the AGAD records within Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and see the
status of records for the districts listed.

Suzan Wynne
Kensington, MD


Latvia SIG Events at the IAJGS Conference in New York #latvia

Barry Shay
 

Latvia SIG Events at the IAJGS Conference in New York

The Latvia SIG luncheon will be held on Monday, 14 August at 12:30 PM in
the Brecht meeting room on the fourth floor and is scheduled as Session Code
3006. David Michaelson will be our guest speaker and will talk about his
efforts to restore one of the last wooden synagogues in Eastern Europe: the
Green Synagogue of Rezekne. Those of you who subscribe to our newsletter
will recall reading about the remarkable effort made by David in fulfilling
his dream.

Briefly, the Green Synagogue is the only synagogue in Rezekne that survived
WWII, and it is the synagogue where David's great-grand-parents were
married. The building now stands empty and condemned. Dave has attracted the
attention of the World Monuments Fund, the Heritage Conservation Network,
and the Latvian Tourism Development Agency in his effort to restore the
synagogue.

The annual meeting of Latvia SIG will take place on Tuesday, 15 August at
3:15 PM in the Herald meeting room on the seventh floor. It is scheduled as
Session Code 1020. I have reserved the meeting room for two consecutive
time-slots, which will give us plenty of time for our business meeting as
well as for two scheduled presentations. The business meeting will cover the
election of new officers as well as the status of various projects and
database activities. A complete agenda will be forthcoming.

Following the business meeting will be two discussions and presentations.
Henry Blumberg, the SIG Vice President, will present his rare collection of
Old Latvia memorabilia including turn-of-the-century photographs and post
cards of long-gone Latvian shtetls and communities. In contrast, Bella
Zisere will talk about and answer questions concerning contemporary Jewish
life in Riga and other parts of Latvia.

In addition, I have arranged with Pamela Weisberger, film coordinator at the
conference, to show the documentary film, "My Jewish Grandfather" at a time
that is compatible with our meeting schedule. It will be shown at 5:15 PM in
the Zeigfield Room, following our meeting. This will give us close to two
hours to complete our business meeting and the two
presentations/discussions.

The film was made about 10 years ago by Danish filmmaker Casper Hoyberg. He
was born in Israel to a Danish mother and Jewish father, and the film deals
with his tracing the origins and fate of his Jewish grandfather who was born
in Riga. The film includes historical footage of Riga and current video
clips of his trip there.

On Wednesday, 16 August, >from 8:00 AM until 9:15 AM, Bella Zisere, a current
resident of Riga as well as a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Political
Studies in Paris, will present material based on her dissertation research.
Entitled, "Memory of the Holocaust in Latvia: A Contemporary Debate,"
Bella's presentation is scheduled as Session Code 332 and will be held in
the Westside Ballroom-Salon 3 on the fifth floor.

Bella's presentation focuses on questions and the debate concerning the
Holocaust in Latvia within different ethnic communities after Latvia's
democratization, including the role of the local Latvian population in the
event. The analysis of this debate is based on the study of Latvian media
and recent scholarly research, as well as on oral interviews with members of
the Latvian Jewish and non-Jewish population. It will demonstrate how a
historical conflict can influence inter-ethnic relationships within a state
more than 60 years after the conflict.

Barry Shay
President, Latvia SIG


Latvia SIG #Latvia Latvia SIG Events at the IAJGS Conference in New York #latvia

Barry Shay
 

Latvia SIG Events at the IAJGS Conference in New York

The Latvia SIG luncheon will be held on Monday, 14 August at 12:30 PM in
the Brecht meeting room on the fourth floor and is scheduled as Session Code
3006. David Michaelson will be our guest speaker and will talk about his
efforts to restore one of the last wooden synagogues in Eastern Europe: the
Green Synagogue of Rezekne. Those of you who subscribe to our newsletter
will recall reading about the remarkable effort made by David in fulfilling
his dream.

Briefly, the Green Synagogue is the only synagogue in Rezekne that survived
WWII, and it is the synagogue where David's great-grand-parents were
married. The building now stands empty and condemned. Dave has attracted the
attention of the World Monuments Fund, the Heritage Conservation Network,
and the Latvian Tourism Development Agency in his effort to restore the
synagogue.

The annual meeting of Latvia SIG will take place on Tuesday, 15 August at
3:15 PM in the Herald meeting room on the seventh floor. It is scheduled as
Session Code 1020. I have reserved the meeting room for two consecutive
time-slots, which will give us plenty of time for our business meeting as
well as for two scheduled presentations. The business meeting will cover the
election of new officers as well as the status of various projects and
database activities. A complete agenda will be forthcoming.

Following the business meeting will be two discussions and presentations.
Henry Blumberg, the SIG Vice President, will present his rare collection of
Old Latvia memorabilia including turn-of-the-century photographs and post
cards of long-gone Latvian shtetls and communities. In contrast, Bella
Zisere will talk about and answer questions concerning contemporary Jewish
life in Riga and other parts of Latvia.

In addition, I have arranged with Pamela Weisberger, film coordinator at the
conference, to show the documentary film, "My Jewish Grandfather" at a time
that is compatible with our meeting schedule. It will be shown at 5:15 PM in
the Zeigfield Room, following our meeting. This will give us close to two
hours to complete our business meeting and the two
presentations/discussions.

The film was made about 10 years ago by Danish filmmaker Casper Hoyberg. He
was born in Israel to a Danish mother and Jewish father, and the film deals
with his tracing the origins and fate of his Jewish grandfather who was born
in Riga. The film includes historical footage of Riga and current video
clips of his trip there.

On Wednesday, 16 August, >from 8:00 AM until 9:15 AM, Bella Zisere, a current
resident of Riga as well as a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Political
Studies in Paris, will present material based on her dissertation research.
Entitled, "Memory of the Holocaust in Latvia: A Contemporary Debate,"
Bella's presentation is scheduled as Session Code 332 and will be held in
the Westside Ballroom-Salon 3 on the fifth floor.

Bella's presentation focuses on questions and the debate concerning the
Holocaust in Latvia within different ethnic communities after Latvia's
democratization, including the role of the local Latvian population in the
event. The analysis of this debate is based on the study of Latvian media
and recent scholarly research, as well as on oral interviews with members of
the Latvian Jewish and non-Jewish population. It will demonstrate how a
historical conflict can influence inter-ethnic relationships within a state
more than 60 years after the conflict.

Barry Shay
President, Latvia SIG


V2268@...
 

If your Gordon surname did not come as a result of name changing, perhaps you
might want to see the following site, which details the unusual odyssey of
Lord George Gordon to orthodox Judaism.

The first part is about his life before the conversion; the second part is
about his life as an observant Jew.

http://www.answers.com/topic/lord-george-gordon

Vicki Bennett
v2268@cs.com


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom Gordon #unitedkingdom

V2268@...
 

If your Gordon surname did not come as a result of name changing, perhaps you
might want to see the following site, which details the unusual odyssey of
Lord George Gordon to orthodox Judaism.

The first part is about his life before the conversion; the second part is
about his life as an observant Jew.

http://www.answers.com/topic/lord-george-gordon

Vicki Bennett
v2268@cs.com


Thanks #belarus

Adar Belinkoff <adar@...>
 

Thanks to all who offered translations of the items I recently posted on
ViewMate. I have received quite satisfactory translations.

Adar Belinkoff
Claremont, CA


Belarus SIG #Belarus Thanks #belarus

Adar Belinkoff <adar@...>
 

Thanks to all who offered translations of the items I recently posted on
ViewMate. I have received quite satisfactory translations.

Adar Belinkoff
Claremont, CA


More Website Updates #austria-czech

Austria Czech Sig <austriaczechsig@...>
 

Dear Austria-Czech SIG members,

I just wanted to let everyone know about some recent
updates to the Austria-Czech SIG web site. Links to
these updated pages can be found at
http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/new.html .

- The Maps page has been expanded to include links to
a few sites that should help people in finding the
current Czech names or historical German names of
localities in Bohemia and Moravia.

- The Austria-Czech SIG's Page of Links has been
updated to include new sites and fix old and broken
links.

- Several new family history web sites of
Austria-Czech SIG members have been added to the
"Austria-Czech SIG's Page of Family Links." To make
this page grow, please let me know if you have your
own site that you would like added.

If you have any web sites that you've found useful in
your Austrian or Czech research please send them to me
so I can include them on our SIG's Page of Links.
Thank you.

Alex Calzareth
Austria-Czech SIG Webmaster
austriaczechsig@yahoo.com


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech More Website Updates #austria-czech

Austria Czech Sig <austriaczechsig@...>
 

Dear Austria-Czech SIG members,

I just wanted to let everyone know about some recent
updates to the Austria-Czech SIG web site. Links to
these updated pages can be found at
http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/new.html .

- The Maps page has been expanded to include links to
a few sites that should help people in finding the
current Czech names or historical German names of
localities in Bohemia and Moravia.

- The Austria-Czech SIG's Page of Links has been
updated to include new sites and fix old and broken
links.

- Several new family history web sites of
Austria-Czech SIG members have been added to the
"Austria-Czech SIG's Page of Family Links." To make
this page grow, please let me know if you have your
own site that you would like added.

If you have any web sites that you've found useful in
your Austrian or Czech research please send them to me
so I can include them on our SIG's Page of Links.
Thank you.

Alex Calzareth
Austria-Czech SIG Webmaster
austriaczechsig@yahoo.com