Re: SIG group mailings

Dick Plotz <Dick@...>

But it's a little more complicated than that. The JewishGen home page
has a new design. In order to find information about the SIGs or your
subscriptions, click on any of the headings except "Home" or "Blog",
and you will see the familiar headings of the old home page.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 4:44 PM Chuck Weinstein <Chuck1@...> wrote:

The SIGs are still where they have been all along - accessible via the JewishGen home page.

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Rose Feldman

You are all right in that you have to know what the original document is about. In this case, it is a list of residents in Safed, and it refers to Eretz Israel

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

Help us index more records at

Keep up to date on archives, databases and genealogy in general and Jewish and Israeli roots in particular with

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

martin weiss

א"י = ארץ ישראל.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Odeda Zlotnick

Adat is written with an Ayn, not an Alef.

JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County November 4 Program When Gravestones Lie with Janette Silverman, Ph.D. # JGS News

Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County's program is Monday, November 4 7:00-9:00 PM at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Light refreshments will be available.


Program:  When Gravestones Lie


As Jewish genealogists, we depend on gravestones to provide certain information which might not appear anywhere else: the Hebrew names of the decedent and his/her father. What  happens when the information on a gravestone is incorrect? What if we can't find the gravestone? This discussion will focus on two case studies and the research involved in finding the correct information in one case, and why the gravestone in the second case couldn't be found.


Speaker:  Dr. Janette  Silverman  is a Senior Genealogist Research Team Manager at Ancestry ProGenealogists, specializing in Eastern European and Jewish genealogy. Janette’s doctoral dissertation, In Living Memory, explored her family’s background in Eastern Europe and their immigration to the United States from 1885-1925. Janette serves on the IAJGS Board of Directors since 2018 and was lead chair of the 2016 IAJGS conference in Seattle Washington. She served as Ukraine SIG coordinator 5+ years.


Traveling Library:

The traveling library with our A and C books.  A list of which books are included are listed on our website   The library is available starting at 1:00 PM.


Schmoozing Corner:

The schmoozing corner will begin at 6:30 PM and will be facilitated by one of our senior members.


Security Measures:

Increased security measures are in effect at our host, Temple Adat Elohim. Be prepared to stop at the security kiosk and inform the guard that you are attending the JGSCV meeting. If you park in back of the Temple, the gate to the courtyard is now locked. You will have to walk around to the front of the building to access the courtyard and entrance to the Social Hall.



Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive. You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.


Nominations:  According to the Bylaws, anyone else who is eligible and wishing to be nominated to the Board can do so during the 4 November, 2019 meeting of the Society. An individual may nominate him/herself or another. No second is necessary. Nominees must have been members in good standing of the Society for at least one year. Any person that is nominated from the floor must be present and orally agree to serve on the Board if elected, or if not present must have signed a written statement indicating their willingness to serve if elected.


There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV.

We started our 2020 membership campaign. Renew or join now. Dues will increase by $5.00 starting January 1, 2020 but by renewing or joining now  membership is good through December 31, 2020! Checks and cash only!  Membership forms for 2020 will be available at the meeting and they are on our website


JGSCV is looking forward to seeing you on November 4!


More information about JGSCV is available on our website:


Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV



Linda Kelley

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming Program.
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Topic:  Genealogy “Mini” Boot Camp


You’ve done your DNA, gotten your results, but don’t recognize any names and don’t know what to do next? Or have you been working on building out your family tree but need help to research your family?  Where do you begin?  How to get additional information if you’ve hit that brick wall?  This will be geared to help both newbies and those who have been working to build their family tree for many years.

Laurel Smith, past president of the Genealogy Forum of Oregon will present a mini “boot camp” to get everyone started. Contact: 503-997-1685, jgsoregon@....
Cost:  The program is free to JGSO members. We request a $5 contribution from non-members. That fee can be applied to a membership, should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting.
The program begins at 10:30 AM.
Doors open at 10:00 AM. Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists.
Location: Congregation Neveh Shalom; Stampfer Chapel
2900 SW Peaceful Ln, Portland, OR 97239

Save the Date:
December 15 - Helping Hands: Work on your family research with help from our experienced genealogists.

JGSO contact info:
JGSO President: Marsha Spellman
Email: jgsoregon@...
Phone: 971-266-0005
Help Desk:  genportland972@...

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Dahn Cukier

We would have to see the document. If it was issued by the
Palestine Mandate government, then like the money of the
time, it may mean Eretz Yisroel. Many Jews saw the area as
Land of Israel, and aleph-yod was added to show that.

You can see examples of notes and coins at


On Saturday, October 26, 2019, 4:18:48 PM GMT+3, <amielm@...> wrote:

Good day. In the 1932 census in Tzfat, my great-grandmother's country of birth and nationality is described in Hebrew letters as "Aleph Yud". Could someone shed a light as to what it means? I guess it's an acronym, but I cannot find its meaning.
Thank you,
Amiel Moskona

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Moe Neuer

If it's referring to origin/nationality, the most likely answer is Eretz Yisroel, meaning land of Israel. That abbreviation has a long history, and is still used today, like U.K. for United Kingdom.
Moishe Neuer

Re: Can anyone tell me how long has the name Neta ( נֶטַע ) has been in use?

Ury Link

The famine name Neta came out from the German names Ageneta or Agnes.
In the 17 century we can find it in the book "Beit Shemuel" about jewish names, 
Alexander Beider in his book" Ashkenazic Given Names" write that this name was find in 1347 in Frankfurt 
and after this time also in 1546 in Prague and in more towns in Europe.
My conclusion is , that famine name Neta was very old and where  used from the middle ages in Jewish families.

Best regards

Ury Link

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Ury Link

We can not know why it is written,the letters Alef-YUd (א״י) is it on a document or is it perhaps on a Tombstone ? 
If it is on a stone then I can find a lot of abbrivations for this letter combination Alef-Yud.
Please let me know what it is' then i can give you a good answer.

Ury Link

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Daniel Gleek

In the UK, “AY” refers to “Adath Yisroel” – arguably the frummest ‘sect’ of Judaism.
Daniel Gleek in London


Daniel GLEEK in London
Searching for: GLEEK/GLICK (Beisagola, Lithuania), ISOWITSKY/KUPCHIK (Dotchener, Poltava & Vorontzowka),
GLIKMAN/GLUCKMAN, WEITZENSANG & LIDRAL/LEDDA (Warsaw,Poland), MARCUS (Varniai, Lithuania) etc.

Re: Immigration to Brazil

Mirta Scheffer

I wonder if I could find help with my fathers side of the family.
My father Jose Scheffer and his sister and parents lived in Pelotas, Brazil from 1921 to 1930. He was born in Argentina in 1914. His father was Leib Scheffer and his grandfather was Haim Scheffer.
Pelotas is the only information I have.
Is there any way to find information from this time period in Pelotas?

Thank you so much,

Mirta Scheffer
Elkins Park, PA. USA

Re: SIG group mailings

Chuck Weinstein

The SIGs are still where they have been all along - accessible via the JewishGen home page.  The link on the groups page is strictly for this group.  Traffic on all the SIG Discussion Group pages has been extremely light for the past few weeks, but they are still here.  Nothing has changed in the way you access all other discussion groups on JewishGen.  They are still on the old platform. 

Chuck Weinstein

I rarely receive the SIG digests anymore.

When I click on the 'View all your' or 'Edit your subscriptions here' links I see the only thing I seem subscribed to is "Main".

And on that screen i was sent to I can find no way to add or check on my SIG subscriptions. I am posting this topic on the Main list because I am sure a lot of people would like to know the answer. The last message I sent to support only got me a default form reply with a link that did not accept either my new or old jewishgen passwords. So I gave up.

Please don't send me another default response because I cannot access the reply. My passwords don't work. Please just answer my question on the Main list so I and the many others in my position can benefit.

Thank you!

Jeff Malka 

Re: the name Pipa

Louis Zetler

In English, Pipa is a common nickname for Philipa.

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Stephan Owen Parnes

It may mean “eino yadua” = “not known”

Stephan Parnes
Great Barrington, MA

Re: Can anyone tell me how long has the name Neta (נֶטַע) has been in use?


Thank you so much for all the help, everyone.

Re: Can anyone tell me how long has the name Neta (נֶטַע) has been in use?

Percy Mett

The name נטע Nuta has been in use for hundreds of years as a cognate to the male name נתן Nathan 

Perets Mett

Re: In Search for DEUTSCH Antal


Hi Amit,
found this information on Family Search: Antal Deutsch( died on 6th of May 1905) : parents : Sàndor Deutsch and Julia Gruber
Children : Jolán Deutsch  married on 25th of June 1926 to Vilmos Szegeti
                Ilona  Duetsch born around 1895 died 8th May 1945, married to Ödön Vogel,
                Aranyka/Golda Deutsch born on 25th of June 1891 Ujpest
                Margit Deutsch born around 1893 Died 15th of August 1944, married to Sàndor Reichard.

 Szegenyhaz Tér is now Rózák Tér, Budapest VII
Hope this helps,

Google Books Updated

Jan Meisels Allen




A great non-genealogy resource for genealogy is Google Books. It’s been around for 15 years and has over 40 million books in 400 languages available on the website. Google just announced its redesign which allows you to access everything you want to know about that book in one place. “We’ve redesigned Google Books so people can now quickly access details like the book’s description, author’s history and other works, reader reviews and options for where you can purchase or borrow the book. And for those using Google Books for research, each book’s bibliographies are located prominently on the page and the citation tool allows you to cite the source in your preferred format, all in one spot.”  See:


The video on the above website includes how a genealogist, Lisa Lisson, uses Google Books.  It also advises where you may purchase or borrow the book.


To go to NEW Google Books see:


On Google books you can search for a phrase or a word, ancestral names, towns etc.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


New World War ll Russian Army Database

Jan Meisels Allen



The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War ll’s Allied victory by creating a new database called Memory Road which contains photos of WWll Soviet Army veterans. Currently, there are over 302,000 veterans documented with their personal photos.  Each page on veterans has a link to the Memory of the People database which includes the millions of awards given to Soviet Army service people.


Memory Road can be searched by first name, patronymic name (honoring the father usually the middle name such as Ivanovich) or last name.  Go to

Yes, it is in Russian, but if you use Chrome as your browser it will translate it. You can also use Google Translate or another translation service such as DeepL or go to Steve Morse’s website for translating Russian to English


According to an article in Lost Russian Family blog: the best way to use the database is:

Copy the name in the box on the top right that says  найти героя

Open each result link in a new window. If you don’t, the website requires you to restart the search.

Copy and paste all text into one of the translation services mentioned above.


There is also the opportunity to upload and add a photo. Directions are included at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





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