Reminder: On September 14, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County will feature “No, you don’t have 7,900 4th cousins!” a presentation by Jennifer Mendelsohn. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Walter Rosenthal

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County will feature a presentation by Jennifer Mendelsohn “No, you don’t have 7,900 4th cousins!” on September 14.

Jennifer Mendelsohn’s presentation“No, you don’t have 7,900 4th cousins!” illuminates the problems identifying a person’s ethnic heritage, and uses data from Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage or 23andme.  Ancestry currently boasts some 4 million people in its DNA database.  These tests provide a list of people with whom you share DNA, ranked in order of predicted closeness to you: your genetic “cousins.”  Trying to connect with your newly found relatives requires a bit of a learning curve.  Her presentation focuses on endogamy, (the custom of marrying only within the limits of a local community, clan, or tribe), knowing your numbers, interpreting shared matches and names.

Jennifer Mendelsohn began her career as a journalist and ghostwriter. A former Washington, DC-based special correspondent for People, her work has appeared in numerous local and national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times. A native Long Islander now based in Baltimore, Mendelsohn serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and is the administrator of Facebook’s Jewish Genetic Genealogy group. A veteran of many successful unknown parent searches, Mendelsohn is also the creator of #resistancegenealogy, a project that uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past. Her work has received international media attention, including features on, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Yahoo News.

Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link after registering.


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Walter Rosenthal

Outreach Chair

Walter Rosenthal <waltrose864@...>




NEIJGS MEET YOUR MISHPOCHA #dna #jgs-iajgs #photographs #announcements


The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society will be hosting its 4th annual open house, “Meet Your Mishpocha,” on Sunday, September 11th from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus, 5200 Old Mill Road, in Fort Wayne. Designed to help people connect with their Jewish roots, this event will be held in-person with an option for guests to attend three presentations virtually.

This year’s presentations include:
  • Mike Brown, executive director of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society (IJHS), speaking on the history of IJHS in northeast Indiana
  • Sara Allen, genealogy librarian at the Genealogy Center of the ACPL, discussing DNA research
  • Suzanne Grimmer, archivist, who will speak about preservation
On-site features include
  • Advice on digitizing photographs and documents including opportunities for scanning
  • Expert advice with beginning one’s family history or forging ahead with one’s current research
  • Insights with interviewing people for oral history research and up-close accounts of the local Oral History Project
  • Virtual tours of the NEIJGS’ Fort Wayne Jewish Families Database
  • Information of the ACPL Genealogy Center and the Allen County Genealogical Society
Door prizes available to attendees include a free DNA kit!

Registration is required to attend the virtual presentations, and the link can be found on our website at Upcoming Events – Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society (
Contact Pamela Friedman at vp@... for more information

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


In reply to Graham Lewis:
Clearly, there was no understanding of the source of whatever was
afflicting the people. That throwing dead bodies into  ground waters
that may have fed their own wells was suicidal never entered their
minds.   The germ theory of disease was not proposed until the 19th

David Rosen
Boston, MA

Please Help Me identify This Synagogue #names


My great grandfather's marriage certificate lists the rabbi and synagogue where he was married.  I am hoping it will help direct me to his hometown. It's a little difficult to read, however, and I was hoping someone could help.  Thanks.

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

Thank you very much.

Greg Marrinan

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


Graham, maybe murderer's logic isn't really sound in the first place?  Just a thought (re: why foul the well)...

Tanya Roland

Vienna, Nagy Karoly, Przemysł, Vrbove

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

Next time please provide the *exact date, not just the year.  

Family Search is usually clearer than Ancestry.  Fraide Ragnisky leaves behind Chane...  and she is headed to an uncle Kaufmann (on the second page)

Barbara Zimmer in Virginia 





Re: The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh September 4, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

Let me again apologize for the numerous errors and misinformation under the story of "Ghettos Under the Nazi's" which I got from My Jewish Learning. Somehow, they got their information wrong. Please don't shoot the messenger as the story itself was somewhat interesting!

Translation from German to English #translation

Omri Arnon

Omri Arnon <arnon.omri@...>

Thu, Sep 1, 12:20 PM (4 days ago)
to main

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

I would greatly appreciate any additional details in the pages mentioned, that could bring to light my ancestor Israel Wolf.

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Thank you very much.

Omri Arnon

Search for parents Gudes Bursztyn (Ciszinsky) #warsaw

Jane Leusink

Dear members, I am looking for information about the parents of Gudes Bursztyn, grandmother of my late husband Leo Cukier. Father Cecil Leib Bursztyn, mother Ryvka Szaindle, born Ciszinska/Ciszsinki.
Gudes was born in Warsaw, house 31/10, Praga, March 13, year 1896. Registered Birth Registries for Israelite Confession of the Commissariat 12 of the State Police of the Capital Warsaw on April 8, 1896. N0. 119. 
She died in Sobibor april 1943, came from Holland. It is possible that WWII has destroyed all information about inhabitants of the district Praga. Any information (house, street, police) is very welcome.
Thank you.
Jane Y. Cukier-Leusink, The Netherlands

Re: Common anglicized names for Szmul, Szlama, Szymon - #names

Shoshana Kahan

I have in my tree Simons, Simchas and Shlomo/Solomons who all became "Samuel," usually shortened to Sam.

Shoshana Kahan

Re: Common anglicized names for Szmul, Szlama, Szymon - #names

David Ziants

The name equivalents you write are correct. To be consistent with respect to the Hebrew rendering in Latin characters, I would have written:- 
Szmul - Shmuel or Samuel
Szlama - Shlomo or Solomon 
Szymon - Shimon or Simon

You should also be aware, though, that when people came to English speaking countries, they might have not been happy with the name that they had, and so changed it, at least for civil purposes. So, it is plausible that someone in Poland used Shlomo, and in the USA he used Simon. If this is a man who continued to follow his Jewish tradition, then he would have retained his Hebrew name Shlomo for being called up to the reading of the Torah and his name written on the ketuba he gave to his wife. Even then, this is not always the case, as Jewish law gives a lot of weight to the name the person is known by now - even if it is different to the name he/she was given after he/she was born (at his brit [circumcision] if a male).

Researching: ZAYONTS/ZAJAC, ISMACH, FRIEDMAN, ALPERT, ZENETSKY/SCHLOSBERG - from Bialystok, Bielsk, Bransk, Lomza, Brisk (Brest); MICHAELS, REINA - from England, Netherlands and other Westen European countries; VIEYRA, JUDA-RODRIGUES and other Sephardi family names,

David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

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

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

I must add a correction to the list I posted yesterday: 
>>>6. Jewish Virtual Library history of the Spanish Civil War:
- <<<

I wrote that this is a thorough general history with some names, but in fact following the article are lists naming NUMEROUS Jewish volunteers from around the world in the various units of the International Brigades. These were compiled over many years from many sources by Mr. Martin Sugarman, who has told me that they comprise ALL the Jewish volunteers he was able to identify. My apologies to Mr. Sugarman for not noticing this yesterday.    

All the best,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.


Re: Fraide (Fannie) Roginsky or Raginsky Line 15 resending clear enlargement of three lines to decipher. #records


The form below is the manifest of alien passengers for the United States 1909. The ship SS HIRNEA (sp?), travelled from Libau. Thanks as always for everyone’s ongoing assistance. Irene KARPMAN  Lerner

On Sun, Sep 4, 2022 at 6:15 PM IRENE LERNER <ilernem@...> wrote:

Common anglicized names for Szmul, Szlama, Szymon - #names

Susan Zweighaft

Are these the most common anglicized names for:

Szmul - Samuel
Szlama - Shlomo or Solomon 
Szymon - Simon

Could Szlama ever be equated to Szmul/Samuel? 

My great grandfather, born in Gostynin, Poland about 1845, called himselff Simon in the U.S. His 1911 will left a bequest to his brother, Szmul Zajnwel (b. 1841), who remained in Poland.  I am researching another Zweighaft/Cwajghaft - Szlama Cwajghaft (b. 1897) and attempting to learn the relationship, if any, to my family.  Szlama had a son Szmul Cwajghaft (b.1927) - so clearly two distinct names as the son would not have been named after his living father, correct?
Susan Zweighaft
Falls Church, Virginia

Translation request - Polish #poland #ukraine #translation


Hello! Requesting translation from Polish!

I've posted vital records in Polish 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.
Eva GJ Stevenson

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish (I think) #translation

Laurie Sosna

Hi everyone,

I've posted a little note written on the back of a postcard, for which I need a translation. I think it is Yiddish.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thanks for your help.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

Re: CORRECTION The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh September 4, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

1. A correction on this week's News Nosh, The Piotrków Trybunalski Ghetto (Yiddish: פּיִעטריקאָװ) was created in Piotrków Trybunalski on October 8, 1939, shortly after the 1939 German Invasion of Poland in World War II and was the first Nazi ghetto, not the ghetto in Lodz which was from another source. Thanks to JGDG eagle eye member Fay Bussgang for spotting that.

2. I apologize for the continuing formatting problems we seem to be having with the News Nosh. When I set it up ready to send, there is always a space between stories, it is numbered correctly and looks perfect. When it is sent, there seems to be a formatting issue. I have brought this up with JewishGen support and hopefully we will get it rectified. 

Thank you again for reading

Re: The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh September 4, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Judith Tapiero

Love this weekly nosh

On Sep 4, 2022 3:33 PM, Phil Goldfarb <phil.goldfarb@...> wrote:

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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ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #translation

Alex Mendelmar


I would be deeply grateful for a translation of a very short inscription in Yiddish.

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

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