ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Avi Lichtenstein

I've posted two vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are  on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Avi Lichtenstein
North Bethesda, MD

The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh September 4, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: September 4, 2022

“A Family Without The Knowledge Of Their Past History, Origin And Culture Is Like A Tree Without Roots”



Enjoy this week’s Nosh!




  1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Announcing the 2023 IAJGS Conference. The 2023 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is being planned for London, England, United Kingdom on July 30-August 3, 2023, at the Hotel Park Plaza Westminster. It will be an in-person conference only. No virtual option is being planned. If you have never been to a Conference LIVE, it is like being a kid again in a candy store (without having to worry about your sugar intake!) due to all of the programs, events, workshops, and vendors, not to mention meeting fellow researchers from around the world! More information to follow from IAJGS.
  1. United States Census Bureau Asking for Input on 2030 Census Design. The United States Census Bureau has posted a notice and request for comment regarding early planning for the 2030 Census program Design Selection Phase in October 2021. The primary goal of the Design Selection Phase is to conduct the research, testing, and operational planning and design work to inform the selection of the 2030 Census operational design. Comments must be received by November 15, 2022. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to DCMD.2030.Research@.... You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2022–0004, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Personally, I felt that the questions on the 2020 Census were very anemic and did not seek enough information from a genealogical point of view. This is your chance to provide input. Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for this story.
  1. 1950 United States Census Update: Speaking of census records: FamilySearch has completed the Name Review portion of the 1950 U.S. Census Community Project in just 3 months as their volunteers reviewed over 151 million names. They still have to do the Family Review. As it is completed it will continue to be released state by state until it is fully searchable by name for free at  MyHeritage announced they are offering FREE Access to all U.S. census records from August 30-September 6, 2022 (otherwise a subscription is needed).  To search go to: Neither one has the complete 1950 census as yet. Ancestry: Thanks to their patented handwriting recognition technology, all 1950 U.S. Census records are now searchable. The accuracy of the transcription depends on the quality of the document being scanned. For best results, look at the census image. Ancestry is a subscription site.
  1. New York, U.S., State Employment Cards and Peddlers' Licenses, 1840-1966. In last week’s News Nosh, I mentioned an article from the Tablet on the Rise and Fall of Pushcarts. Thanks to JewishGen Discussion Group Member Sherri Bobish, she brought to my attention a database in called the New York, U.S., State Employment Cards and Peddlers' Licenses, 1840-1966 which can be found at: A search for "Peddlers' Licenses" in the keyword field of the database gets 6,796 hits. While many peddlers did not have a license, the database is large enough that researchers may find someone. The records also say whether the peddler had a horse or went by foot! 
  2. 900-year-old Ashkenazi DNA ‘shines new light on British Jewish history.’ Human remains found in a Norwich well of 17 people, mostly children, suggests they belonged to Ashkenazi Jews who fell victim to antisemitic violence during the 12th century. Researchers analyzed DNA from six of these individuals, and found strong genetic link with modern Ashkenazi Jews, making them the oldest Jewish genomes to have been sequenced. Read the story from the Jewish News Daily.  900-year-old Ashkenazi DNA ‘shines new light on British Jewish history’ | Jewish News Note: There have been quite a number of posts in the JewishGen Discussion Group this week about this story already.
  1. Israel’s National Library Gives Trove of Pre-war Jewish Documents to MyHeritage. The National Library of Israel recently gave genealogy company MyHeritage a unique collection of documents containing 200,000 emigrant applications filled out by Vienna’s Jews after Austria’s 1938 annexation into the Nazi empire to digitize and place online. The library cooperated with MyHeritage on the materials because of issues with its budget and staffing that kept it from being able to do the digitization itself. Full access to the MyHeritage records will only be available by subscription.  Read the story from Harretz: Israel’s National Library Gave Trove of Pre-war Jewish Documents to MyHeritage, Which Is Charging for Them - Israel News -
  1. A reminder: PBS documentary premiering September 18, titled: The U.S and the Holocaust. This three-part, six-hour documentary is directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. It explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history. While Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. The series will air September 18, 19 and 20 (check local listings). Note: Again, several comments about this Documentary already in the JewishGen Discussion Group.
  1. Hollywood is turning the story of Rudolf Vrba, one of the few prisoners to escape Auschwitz, into a movie that will begin filming next year. Vrba’s story was also told in a 2021 Slovakian film and is the subject of a highly anticipated book set to come out in October called “The Escape Artist.” Read the story from Deadline: Next Prods boards Holocaust drama Untold, Aaron Schneider to direct – Deadline
  2. Ghettos Under the Nazis. During World War II The Nazis established more than 400 ghettos for the purpose of isolating and controlling the Jews. The first Nazi ghetto was established in Lodz, Poland, on February 8, 1940. Approximately 155,000 Jews, almost one-third of the city’s total population, were forced to live in the Lodz ghetto. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Ghettos Under the Nazis | My Jewish Learning 
  1. Practicing Safe Computing articles by Hal Bookbinder. Who doesn’t want a safe computer when researching genealogy? Who wants to be hacked or get a virus on your computer with all of your stored genealogy work at risk? Not me! Hal Bookbinder, a past president of IAJGS and recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award to date has written 82 articles of interest monthly since January 2018 in his local JGSCV California newsletter. This resource is freely accessible at Some of Hal’s articles might just save you some tsuris!
  2. Food was a comfort for Auschwitz survivors. A new cookbook showcases their recipes — and resilience. “Honey Cake & Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors,” a new cookbook that showcases recipes that connected survivors to the worlds they lost and gave them comfort as they built new lives after the Holocaust. Read the story from JTA: Food was a comfort for Auschwitz survivors. A new cookbook showcases their recipes — and resilience. - Jewish Telegraphic Agency ( 
  3. A Guide to Jewish Clothing. Beyond the yarmulke (kippah), there are several distinctive garments that many Jews wear daily, at synagogue or on special occasions. Clothing has long played a significant role in Judaism, reflecting religious identification, social status, emotional state and even the Jews’ relation with the outside world. The ancient rabbis taught that maintaining their distinctive dress in Egypt was one of the reasons the Jews were worthy of being rescued from servitude. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Jewish Clothing | My Jewish Learning \\
  4. This Missouri (U.S.) bagel shop went viral for its Talmud-inspired effort to feed the needy. “Whoever needs, come and eat.” That’s the quote from the Talmud that welcomes customers to Goldie’s Bagels in Columbia, Missouri, telling them that people who cannot afford to pay can get a coffee and a bagel, with cream cheese, free of charge. “My whole thing in opening Goldie’s is we’re going to be so outwardly proud to be Jewish,” said founder Amanda Rainey. Read the story from JTA: This Missouri bagel shop went viral for its Talmud-inspired effort to feed the needy - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (
  5. I’m a Gamblin’ Man: The 17th Century Rabbi who Battled Addiction. The remarkably honest autobiography of Rabbi Leon Modena, a great Italian rabbinic scholar, describes his heroic struggles to overcome his gambling addiction. Rabbi Leon (Judah) Modena (1571-1648), one of Italy’s greatest rabbinic scholars, began writing his autobiography in 1617. It is one of the earliest and most important autobiographies in Jewish history and offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a struggling Jewish family in 17th century Italy. Read the story from Aish: I’m a Gamblin’ Man: The 17th Century Rabbi who Battled Addiction -
  6. Charles Berlin celebrates 60 years heading Harvard Library’s Judaica Division. He has headed the Division since September 1962, when he was a 26-year-old graduate student.  The Judaica Division holds the largest collection of its kind outside of the National Library of Israel, which includes books, periodicals, maps, musical scores, posters, photographs, audio and visual recordings, and all kinds of ephemera. Read the story from Harvard Magazine: “A Moral Obligation” | Harvard Magazine 

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Re: Meaning of Bz in obituary? #usa

Renee Steinig

In response to Sara's message, some have suggested that "Bz" was a typo or an acronym. Rather, it's a nickname -- for Marvin Fein's wife Beatrice. Meet Beatrice "BZ" Schneller Fennimore:


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

On Sat, Sep 3, 2022 at 3:05 PM Sara Spiegel <> wrote:

I have an obituary that reads in part:

Fein, Dorothy (Abrams). Age 92, on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Loving mother of Marvin (Bz Fennimore) Fein.

I don't understand what the "Bz Fennimore" refers to. Any guidance would be appreciated!

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Alex Mendelmar


I've posted a request for help with transcribing a Polish inscription which appears on the back of a photograph my great-grandmother gave to my great-grandfather when he left Poland for Russia.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

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

Thank you very much,

Alex Mendelmar

Re: Looking for info on Hyman (Chaim) Siegel [c1870 Lithuania - 1935, Baltimore] #lithuania #usa

The Becker's Email

The 1893 original naturalization certificate says that he has been in the US for 5 years. This was the required minimum number of years for a person to be in the US before being granted citizenship.  That places his arrival c. 1888.  He had to be in Maryland at least one year which means he was there by 1892, if not earlier. The earliest I could find him in Baltimore was in the 1896 city directory where he is listed as Herman Siegel, grocer at 912 e. Pratt.  (Source Ancestry). He is also listed in the 1897 directory as Herman.  Since the form is preprinted; I am not sure whether the reference to "his minority" really applies to him or was just standard language.  

Not sure if you found him on the 1900 census for Baltimore.  He is listed as Himan Sigel.  He has been married 10 years which places the year of marriage c. 1889-1890..  The census has that "Annie" has borne 6 children, 4 of whom are living.  The census also gives mo/yr of birth of all family members.  The 1910 census has that "Fannie" has borne 8 children, all of whom are living.   

You do not say which ports you researched for a manifest.  Consider Philadelphia and Baltimore in addition to NY.

Sorry I couldn't find anything regarding his mother or his town of birth.  Good lLuck.

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

ViewMate translation request - Probably Russian #translation

Cathy Miller

I've posted two documents that I think are in Russian for which I need a partial translation - sufficient to give me the vital details of the individual (including patronymic), relevant dates and what the document is
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Cathy Miller

Cathy Miller, New Zealand

CORRECTED Announcement: Jewish Genealogy SIG (JGSIG) Sept meeting - Tues Sept 13 2022 1-2:30 pm EDT on Zoom RSVP #jgs-iajgs #announcements #education #events

Arthur Sissman

CORRECTION: Jewish Genealogy SIG (JGSIG) Sept meeting - Tues Sept 13 2022 1-2:30 pm EDT on Zoom RSVP 
  • If you can’t come pass this email on to someone who might be interested and have them contact me for the Zoom link! Thanks!
  • October - NO Meeting!!
Hi JGenDigester,
We have a guest presenter this month! I Michael Snyder.  Michael will speak on 2 topics - and you will get to ask questions.
Topic 1 - Smart Copy
Tool for copying genealogical data into Geni.
SmartCopy is a web browser extension that helps Geni users copy and update information and profiles from various sources into Geni.
Topic 2 - Face Compare Tool at JGSGW developed by I Michael Snyder.  Try it ahead of the meeting so you can ask questions! 
I will be sending out a Resource Guide for Geni and Face Compare to all who sign up for the meeting.
Please request a Zoom link by sending an email to Arthur Sissman, genresearch13@... 
If you are new to the Jewish Genealogy SIG, I need the following info to send you a Zoom link and the handout(s):
  1. Your name
  2. Your email address
  3. Your location
  4. Your phone # 
You will receive an acknowledgement and the link will arrive 2-3 days before Tues 9/13/22!


Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL


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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




JGSLI program September 18, 2022 2::00 PM on Zoom Advanced Tools on MyHeritage posted Barry Goldberg #announcements and #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Barry Goldberg

When: Sunday, September 18, 2022, 2:00 PM


Location: Zoom– see registration info below


Advanced Tools on MyHeritage

Daniel Horowitz

Check out the latest MyHeritage innovations to expand your research! Explore advanced MyHeritage features that will enhance your family tree and make the most of your DNA results. Learn more about Pedigree View, PedigreeMap™, the Consistency Checker, the Theory of Family Relativity™, AutoClusters, and much more

Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, Daniel was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. He was a board member of The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) for 10 years, now is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects, and holds a board-level position at The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). Since 2006 Daniel has been working at MyHeritage liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world.



We look forward to seeing you all!


Please note: Most JGSLI meetings are open to all, but meeting recordings are available only to members, in the Members Only area of our website.  For information on membership, see .

Occasionally, some speakers do not allow recordings of their lectures.



Book: Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine's Pogroms #ukraine


I have received several private messages from members of this group asking about the different spellings of the towns that are included in my book, Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogroms. For those who are researching, here they are:


Stavishche/Stavisht/Stavyshche/Stavishcha/Stavische/Stawiszcze (the main town in the book). This was a part of the Russian Empire when my grandmother was born in 1912, but became Ukraine.


Some other towns of mention: Tetiev/Tetiyev/Tetiyiv, Belaya Tserkov/Bila Tserkva, Kiev/Kyiv, Tarashcha/Tarascha, Zhaskov/Zhashkiv/Zashkov, Sokolovka Justingrad/Sokolivka Yustingrad/Sokolievka, Skibin. They fled to Kishinev.


The main time period of the pogroms covered is 1917-1921, although there are chapters covering time spans before and after these years. The surnames of the two main families in the book are Cutler/Kotlyar and Caprove/Kaprove. In addition: There is quite a bit of information on the Polish Count Branicki and his family, who owned an estate and most of the land in the entire region.


For those of you specifically researching Stavishche, there are death lists with many of the names of the pogrom victims from the town (1917-1921) in several appendices in the book.


Thank you,
Lisa Brahin

Re: Anyone know of any database of foreign volunteers who fought in Spanish Civil War? #general

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Thank you to the many people who replied both publicly and privately in response to my question. I think I have replied to each of you individually as well, but if I skipped someone, please accept my apologies and take this as a personal thank you.

Please know that before I posted my query, of course I Googled "International Brigades" and "volunteers in Spanish Civil War" and similar words, not only in English but also in Spanish, French and Polish, to see what was available online. I am a fairly experienced researcher when it comes to Poland, France and the Holocaust in particular, but Spain and the Spanish Civil War are a whole new field for me. Through Googling I did find a great deal of historical and general information about that war, in multiple languages, sometimes including some names, but I did not find a central, easily searchable depository of names. (I had been hoping to find something like the excellent French website Memoire des Hommes -- -- which lists people who served in the French military and resistance in multiple conflicts in the 20th century, although NOT the Spanish Civil War. Alas, I could not.)

Anyway, some of the resources people mentioned to me may well be of interest to others too. Plus I found a couple of sources myself. So I am listing them here, in the hope that they will be of use to future researchers: 

1. Partial list of International Brigades personnel:

2. International Brigades and other anti-fascist military units in the Spanish Civil War online ("the Moscow Archives," Fond 545):
These documents were initially held by the Spanish Communist Party and were later deposited with the Executive Committee of the Comintern. The website is in Russian, although the documents themselves are primarily in Spanish, with some other European languages. I was not successful in using the search box to search for my great-great-uncle's name (which I wrote in Russian using a translation tool) but there are masses and masses of documents and name lists online here and it would take time to scroll through them. If anyone has any information that would make that task easier, please step forward! :)

3. ALBA (the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives):
American volunteers in the International Brigades. (A nice website but not relevant for me as my great-great-uncle was never in the U.S.).

4. International Brigades Memorial Trust:
British and Irish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. (Again, a nice website but not relevant for me.)

5. Jewish volunteers in the International Brigades:
This database from IGRA (the Israel Genealogical Research Society) contains 4,694 names of Jewish volunteers originally from around the world who lived in Palestine/Israel. It can be searched through the general IGRA search function.

6. Jewish Virtual Library history of the Spanish Civil War:
A general but quite thorough history of the conflict, with some names.

7. Spanish Military and Civil Archives:
This website may have what I'm looking for, but it's a bit confusing to navigate and is all in Spanish (of course) and I haven't figured it out yet. There is a search box but it didn't turn up anything for me. If anyone has any information that would make searching easier, I'd be happy to hear from you!

8. AABI (Asociacion de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales -- Friends of the International Brigades):
Spanish website, with a search form that I filled in, but I haven't had a response yet.

9. "Shalom Libertad!" by Arno Lustiger.
This is a physical book that is not online as far as I can see; it is published in several languages. Someone kindly searched for my great-great-uncle's name there but did not find anything.

That's all for now! 

If anyone wants to add to this list, please do not hesitate.

All the best,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,

Raanana, Israel.

Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.

Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).

Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.

Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

Yizkor Book Report for July 2022 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates



The fact that I am able, each month, to present you with an impressive list of achievements lies mainly with the many, many dedicated volunteers involved in the Yizkor Book Project. Whether it be those involved in coordinating translation projects, translating or editing, htmling, preparing graphics or any of the other aspects that we deal with, all of these play an integral part of what makes up the YB Project. I am eternally grateful to these good people whose dedication and hard work make it all happen.


Regarding achievements, once again, I can share with you the wonderful news that we have completed three translation projects over this past month and they are:


  • Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh) - The translation of this book was actively coordinated by Roberta Paula Books who managed to bring the whole project together in a relatively short time.

    Together with this, Roberta is also arranging for the Polish translation of this same book and our grateful thanks go out to her for both of these important projects.

  • Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny) This was a long term project that was graciously coordinated by Lady Esther Gilbert, the widow of historian Sir Martin Gilbert z”l. The translation was carried out by Jacob Solomon Berger and edited by an impressive number of volunteers which brought about this long sought after achievement.

    I have grown to learn that Yizkor books are unique in the material they cover but this book has something that we haven’t seen in any other book. It includes over 1,500 passport type photos of the victims of this community. Many have names, many have not but having faces staring out at us from the book pages of so many victims brings the terrible message home to us.

  • Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City) This Yizkor book is comprised of two sizeable volumes and last month coordinator, Jill Leibman, was able to arrange the completion of the second volume which includes a considerable section memorializing the Tarnow martyrs. We thank Jill for her never ending efforts to coordinate the translation of this volume and wish her every success in completing the translation of the first volume, as well. 


As the High Holidays are not so far away, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and sweet New Year.


And now for the details for August 2022:

Yizkor Book updates

This past month, 27 existing projects were updated:

·  Augustów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Region)

·  Belitsa, Belarus (The Belica Memorial Book)

·  Derechin, Belarus (The Dereczin Memorial Book)

·  Drogobych, Ukraine (Memorial to the Jews of Drohobycz, Boryslaw, and surroundings)

·  Eišiškes, Lithuania (Ejszyszki, its History and Destruction)

·  Hrubieszów, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Kraśnik, Poland (Book of Krasnik)

·  Krasnobród, Poland (Krasnobrod; a Memorial to the Jewish community)

·  Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora, Booklet 6)

·  Kurów, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)

·  Kuty, Ukraine (Kitov my hometown: survivors of Kuty tell the story of their town)

·  Lida, Belarus (Book of Lida)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz) 

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz) [Ukrainian]

·  Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Satu Mare, Romania (Remember Satmar; the memorial book of the Jews of Satmar)

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Suceava, Romania (The Book of the Jews from Suceava (Shotz) and the Surrounding Communities)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Ternopil, Ukraine (Tarnopol Volume)

·  Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland (The Tomaszow-Lubelski Memorial Book)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Volkovysk, Belarus (Wolkovisker Yizkor Book)

·  Zamość, Poland (The Zamosc Memorial Book)

·  Żychlin, Poland (The memorial book of Zychlin)

New book

In the past month, a short, unique book about the small, Galician village of Maheriv (Magierów) was kindly donated to us by Matt Brown who was involved in its preparation.


JewishGen Press Publications

This past month a memoir was published by the team: 


I am aware that this remarkable team is busy with numerous other books, details of which I will happily announce in coming months.

If you are interested in purchasing the book above or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the
JewishGen Press Publications  main page where you may view the list of 150 books already published by them.

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

Shana Tova/Happy New Year,
Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Research : JULIETTE FAVEZ #germany

xan madera

Hello, we are looking for informations and personal datas about
JULIETTE FAVEZ from the beginning 1930 from Goethe-University of Frankfurt/M , Institut für Sozialforschung ,secretary of Prof. Dr. MAX HORKHEIMER ,
member of the Frankfurt School of social research.
She moved also to Geneva to the branch office of the Institute during the Exile.
thank you
shavua tov
OLIVIER VOIROL -Biel/Bienne CH ,Uni Lausanne

Re: Meaning of Bz in obituary? #usa

Adam Cherson

I looked at a list of bz acronyms and the one that seems most likely is 'business'. Maybe Fennimore is the nane used for business purposes? None of the others make any sense to me.
Adam Cherson,NY, NY
Benyakonski, Kherszon, Rubinovich, Solts, Grodsinski, Levine, Cohen, Kaplan, Lubetski, Karchmer, Horwitz, Rabinovich, Zussman (Lida, Voronova, Dieveniskes, Konvaliski, Smarhon, Vilna)
Genomics Publications and Presentations:

Re: The Jews in the Well, Norwich, England #dna

Judith Singer

By the late 12th century, Jew had dispersed across much of Europe, but not all of it. Just a few had reached Poland and none were in Lithuania or Muscovite Russia, for example. Dispersal to central and eastern Europe continued for the next few centuries as England (1290 - a century after the bodies in the well), France, and various central European cities and states expelled their Jews. 

The assumption that "most Ashkenazi Jews...may descend from this medieval Jewish family" is dubious. It seems more likely that "most Ashkenazi Jews" share a common ancestor with the Jews from the well. After all, once they had been tossed down the well, they could no longer procreate.

Judith Singer

Re: Gayle Schlissel Riley z"l #general

Steven Turner

Very nicely done tribute. I'm sorry I did not know her. 
Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet

Steven Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Book: Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine's Pogroms #ukraine

Susan J. Gordon

As Shelley says here,  "when you asked my grandmother about pogroms, her face turned red and she spoke with fear and anger." I didn't find my elderly second cousin, Eva, until she was 81 years old, fifty-four years after she and her sister survived the Holocaust in Budapest.  But when Eva realized I was seriously interested in her stories, they came pouring out. "Come to Tel Aviv," she said, warning me that her story would be long - "and big, like a book." Even before I realized I would write Because of Eva, about my family's history, she seemed to know.

Susan J Gordon
New York
BIALAZURKER - Zbarazh, Budapest
LEMBERG - Skalat, Lvov

Re: Follow up on Roginsky surname: can anyone read the three lines to the far right of entry number 15 for a Friade (Fannie)Roginsky. #records

Barbara Zimmer

Photo is unreadable. 

Please provide a link.  OR tell us exactly when and where this person arrived --- date, port, ship. 

Barbara Zimmer in Virginia 





Re: Anyone know of any database of foreign volunteers who fought in Spanish Civil War? #general

Rose Feldman


The list was built by Martin Sugarman and is only of Jewish volunteers but from around the world. He collected the names from many sources.  I believe he worked at the


Rose Feldman
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

Israel Genealogy Research Association 
Help us index more records at



Re: Meaning of Bz in obituary? #usa

Professor Ryesky

The "B" key on the typewriter is directly next to the "N" key.  Could easily be a slip of the finger.

Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL


IZRAILSON and ARSHENOV in the Crimea
GERTZIG, in Yelizavetgrad and Kharkov
BRODSKY and LUDVIG in Odessa

Re: Request for signatures translation-Hebrew #translation


Dear Bruno, 

I have a few comments. 

In the four letter acronym, I do not read a Bet as the kadt letter, as Irvin writes. Please compare with the Bet of the precexing word "ben". 
We have hefe a standard four letter acro ym kaf-he-resh-resh, which can be read as Kvod Harav Rabeinou Rabi. It is indicating a rabbinical title. 
The non Jewish authorities, before 1808 in France, when Jews were asked to adopt fixed fami'y names, would call this person Aron SIMON. The name of the father will be used as if it were a regular family name. 
Do you know what name was chosen in 1808?

Best regards, 

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

n Fri, Sep 2, 2022 at 12:24 PM, @Tubalcain wrote:

Dear JG members - I would very much appreciate a translation of the signatures below from a helpful Hebrew speaker.  
Thank you.

1/ Signature from an ancestor living in Hellering-les-Fenétranges, Moselle, France in the XVIIIth century (Simon Aron or Aron Simon ?). I was told that special characters after the signature could mean that this person was a rabbi, is it true ?


2/ Signatures at the bottom of this ketubah signed in Carpentras, France, in 1789

       Bruno Gourevitch
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