JGSGM Announcement-Moscow and Chelyabinsk Archives #russia #records #jgs-iajgs

Paulette Bronstein

Dear Fellow Researchers,
You are invited to join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami and Temple Beth Am's Sunday Salon for a free presentation.
"What Our Genealogical Research Can Reveal
My great grandfather was a horse thief and brothel owner!"
Contact Yoram Millman at jgsgm.vpprogramming@... for a zoom link.
The meeting will also be live at the Temple Beth Am Chapel.
5950 SW 88th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Speaker – Paulette Bronstein – President Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami in collaboration with Temple Beth Am's Sunday Salon will present "What Our Genealogical Research Can Reveal." The program will begin with a description of basic genealogy research and include a description of court records found in the Moscow and Chelyabinsk Archives.
Attendee Bonus:
If you attend the meeting at Temple Beth Am's Chapel, you will be able to participate in a live tutorial about navigating JewishGen's site after the live presentation. The chapel is equipped with a 65-inch touch screen computer which will be used to demonstrate how to search for names, ancestral towns, graves, and record archives.
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Re: Reading manifest of Leiser Fiksler and deposit in emigrant bank by brother #records


Hi Marilyn,

As to whether this immigrant went before the board of special inquiry or was detained, I cannot say for certain looking at the manifest.

I suggest you send an inquiry to the National Archives in Philadelphia.  Their email is philadelphia.archives@... 

Ask if they can check the Registers of Detained Immigrants, 1904 - 1912, for that ship arrival (provide the ship name and date) for any reference to your immigrant (provide the name).   What you are asking them to check is identified in the NARA catalog with the NAID number 567230.  Be sure to provide that NAID number.  If he was detained at all he should be listed in the register, along with additional information as to why he was held and what happened after that.

Marian Smith

Meryl Menon

A friend who grew up in Cuba, George Alexander, sent me this message with a link that may be of interest:

People tracing Jewish roots in Cuba should approach the archives of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The following article provides what I believe  is an unbiased history, shines on an overall view and provides hints and cautions regarding sources.

Meryl Blau Menon
Researching Blau, Weinstein, Cunea, Segall, Lobell

Jaslo Photographs from 1930's #poland #photographs

Jeffrey Alexander

I am looking to help George Lerner. He is a documentary film maker from New York working on a film about his family history in Jasło. He is searching in particular for old photographs of his family’s tavern (karczma) that was located in Jaslo.  His great-grandparents, Chaim and Golda Falek, operated a karczma (tavern) in Jasło until 1939.
Jeff Alexander
Charleston, South Carolina

Re: Notary records in Poland #poland

Erika Gottfried

Re the information in the article referenced, "A Potentially Powerful Alternative to Vital Records,"  this is tremendously exciting.  While recognizing that notaries and their functions vary greatly from country to country, my question is, what is the status, location, and availability of notarial records in countries besides Poland?  These, too, might be a treasure trove of records that could be alternatives to and ancillary to vital records. 

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

Re: (Poland, Czech Republic ) Nowy Sącz Memorial Lists 12000 Jewish Names Nazis Deported to their Deaths; Returned Cobblestones in Prague #announcements #austria-czech #holocaust #poland

Ea Sh

Is there a list of the names available?

Ed Schinik

Re: ViewMate translation request - #translation


Bellow see attachment in spreadsheet format:

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Split Croatia Jewish Cemetery Inscription Question #translation


I have never encountered gravestones with צ מ ק instead of the traditional פ נ.So I decided to look into this a bit.
First I found on-line a few pictures of graves in the old Jewish cemetery of Split and indeed there are at least quite a few with this inscription.
Then I posed an appropriate question to the Hebrew Language Academy in Jerusalem.  They replied that they have no documentary evidence as to the meaning of צ מ ק , but they surmise - as Ittai does - that it means ציון מקום קבורה, that is, "a mark of a burial location".
They also have a picture of a gravestone in the Split cemetery with the abbreviation מ צ ק which, according to the documentation they found, is an abbreviation for מצבת קבר.
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Re: Translation of Jewish headstone to English #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Re: Translation of Jewish headstone to English #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

"Yehuda" and "Levi" are two different names.
However: The Hebrew Yiddish combination of "Yehuda Leyb" is very common.
Please check your source for "Levi" -- it could be a wrong transcription.

Yehuda is the name of one of the tribes, and in Jacob's last blessing to his sons Yehuda was described as a lion and thus a lion became the symbol attached to Yehuda.
Lion in Yiddish is Leyb, and many were named Yehuda Leyb.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Please translate the Hebrew into English. #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Deceased on 25 Kheshvan 5722
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

ViewMate Translation Request-Polish #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
David Spivack

ViewMate Translation Request #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
David Spivack

Translation - Hebrew #translation



  1. By tennis courts
  2. ?
  3. To my friend Yosef Hershberg a souvenir (memento) forever from your friend Yosef

                   Taken in Tel Aviv on Alenbi St.

  1. Souvenir from Yosef Manok  (?)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek

ViewMate translation request - #translation


I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It contains the birth record of my great grandfather, Morduchai/Morduchov as male entry 46. It is on ViewMate at the following address: Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.

Nat Chang-Deutsch

Re: Please translate the Hebrew into English. #translation

Diane Jacobs

Her Hebrew name is Chaya Beila daughter of 
Mr. Yehuda Leon

Hope this helps.
Diane Jacobs

On Sep 11, 2022, at 1:50 PM, SS <sanks1129@...> wrote:

Kindly note the gravestone photo below. Fingers crossed that Ida was my grand uncle's wife. Thanks in advance for everyone's help!

Sandy Kaplan Schepis

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Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: Could two brothers both be nicknamed Alter? #galicia


Linda, thanks so much for weighing in.  Adam Turner and I have hashed this thing to death, but the clincher was the fact that the deaths of both Israel Kern and  Josef/Isaac/Alter Kern were recorded in Czortkow two years apart (1887 and 1889) while their given ages implied births a year or less apart.  So they were probably brothers or twins, each of them  naming offspring for their parents: Chaim and Sossie.  Since my great grandfather Chaim stated that Israel was his father's name on his Social Security app (and Kate Ross, close enough was his mother's);    and since he named his second child Israel, I have to assume that that Israel and Kate are my great great grandparents, while Gittel Kurz may be a great great greataunt. 

I suspect the preponderance of twins may well be -- as one respondent noted -- that parents just didn't always get the kids registered promptly.  The other reality is that Chaim Kern's wife was named Gittel Knecht, (another Gittel) Knecht actually being her mother's  name (her father was Usher Frankel) and Gittel's first two children, who were born and died either in Czortkow or enroute to the US were both named Knecht because none of these Jewish marriages were recognized by the authorities.

Ronni Kern, Santa Monica, CA

Old Montefiore cemetery headstone photo? #photographs


Is anyone planning a trip to Old Montefiore cemetery in Springfield Gardens NY any time soon?   

I would be grateful for a photograph of a particular headstone if so.   

Thank you in advance and please reply privately to me via email and I can send specifics.

Terry Desser

Re: HUREWITZ-ABRAMOWITZ connection Novarodok, 19th cent. #belarus

Maralou Higgins

I have Abramovitz ancestors who lived in New Haven, CT in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, I don't know all their cities in Europe, Just the area around Riga, Latvia. So, I don't know if this is any help.

Maralou Higgins

Re: Translation of Jewish headstone to English #translation


Not sure if this reply is going to all that responded to my request but thank you everyone.
Unfortunately I do not read Hebrew but was wondering if any of your responses would match up with the information I already had from a Dutch death record for
Levi Mendels
died 21 April 1885 
his father according to the death record was Mozes Mendels

To Steve Goldberg, Levi passed in Lochem, Netherlands and according to the headstone on Find A Grave the cemetery is
Joodse Begraafplaats
Lochem Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands

Thank you again and in advance.
Tracy Carruthers
New Bern, NC