Re: Petah Tikva Cemetery - Segula #israel #general

Beth Erez

On Sun, Mar 6, 2022 at 10:17 AM, Sharon Ann Dror wrote:
Leah Manischewitz

Perhaps you could share with us the information you are hoping to find on the tombstone, or is it  the location you are interested in?  I ask in that there might be other sources of information.   It does seem that she died in childbirth and that her son was brought up by his father (and second wife) in the United States under the name of Joshua. But that is probably obvious to you.

Beth Krevitt Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Re: Collection of מר נ. לידסקי #records

Carol Hoffman

Write to the National Library of Israel and to YIVO.
Carol Hoffman, PhD
Tel Aviv

Re: Training for Shochet #belarus #ukraine


This is geographically a bit to the west, but I expect that it still applies. My great-grandfather Joshua Aaron Smolinski was a qualified shochet in Suwalki Guberniya, though he ended up making his living in the U.S. mainly as a peddler and a storekeeper. As he recounts in his autobiography, after his years of schooling in cheder and yeshiva he was apprenticed to a shochet in Sejny, and after a year of work under supervision, "I passed with high honors. I got my diploma, the right to follow the trade wherever I go." He was then 18 or 19 years old. He recounts an episode in the U.S. a few years later in which a man in whose home he had been staying refused to let him have his luggage when he wanted to move out, and the thing that seems to concern him the most is reclaiming his shochet's diploma.
Miles Rind
Seattle, Washington, USA

Re: Obtaining Naturalization from US District Court in Philadelphia, PA #records #usa


Usually you would check the NARA directory to see who has the record.  But you can also send an email to the person below and you should get a response quickly to your question, as I did recently.

Grace Schultz
Research Services (RRFP)
National Archives at Philadelphia
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 305-2055
Email: grace.schultz@...

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Re: Training for Shochet #belarus #ukraine

Seth Jacobson

There exist a few types or levels of shochatim (plural for shochet), and you have both to study and to practice receive authorization. As far as I understand, it can be done through either apprenticeship or through a religious institution, or a combination of the two, but studies of the kashrut laws are obligatory. Both my grandfather and my father worked as shochatim in Scandinavia – my grandfather served as rabbi and mohel as well, while my father worked part-time as a shochet for a few years only. Traditionally, a shochet has to be well respected and observant Jew that the community can trust in the important field of kashrut law. In smaller communities, the shochet also sold his kosher meat to the congregants (if that’s what you meant with butcher), larger Ashkenazic communities typically had at least one yatke (kosher butcher shop).


In our case, in order to become a shochet, my father had to go from his hometown at that time, Trondheim, to study shechita in Ponevezh Yeshiva in Lithuania. He graduated after a year, in 1935, returning as a “Shochet veBodek” (slaughterer and controller) to Helsingborg in southern Sweden, a town with a small Jewish community. He must have practiced shechita during his year in Ponevezh, as he was able to start working immediately on his return to Scandinavia. However, he soon left his new profession and went into business in Stockholm.


As to diplomas, I believe the typical certification was a letter of recommendation with a rabbinical authorative signature.


Seth Jacobson


JGS Great Britain: Anna Nyburg on “The Clothes on our backs: how refugees from Nazism revitalised the British fashion trade” #events #unitedkingdom

Peter Heilbrunn

JGSGB: Anna Nyburg on “The Clothes on our backs: how refugees from Nazism revitalised the British fashion trade”

Date: March 22nd, 2022

Time:  19:30 GMT (London)

Jews had long been active in the clothing trade in Europe, excelling in design and production. However, in the UK, clothes production was mostly conservative and design was not a concept. After 1933, many Jews found asylum in Britain and British companies started to recognise what the refugees could offer including Pringle of Scotland who hired an Austrian refugee designer, who thought up the twinset which became a huge commercial success and Kangol, who made berets for the British Army. The refugees brought new technology, new display methods and a different attitude to export and much more. These refugee clothiers were recognised as having made a disproportionate contribution to the economy. Many were later honoured for their contribution to the fashion industry and several became patrons to the arts and philanthropists. Anna Nyburg tells their stories.

No members can register for £5 by following this link

Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

Re: Washington cemetery in Brooklyn #usa

Michael Traynor

There's a small fee to access the images on the site, but hosts a ton of gravestone photographs from Washington Cemetery, including one for a Samuel Tapper who died in 1931.

Michael Traynor

Re: Training for Shochet #belarus #ukraine

Yale Reisner

My grandfather z”l was trained as a shochet in Lithuania, just a few miles north of the border with Belarus.  He received his training from an experienced shochet in a neighboring town.  It seems that shochet training was achieved through apprenticeship and a course of study and practice under the supervision of a more senior professional shochet.  I am in possession of a series of Hebrew letters of recommendation in which my grandfather’s teacher - the cantor and shochet of Prienai, Lithuania - presents his own qualifications and vouches for my grandfather’s acquired expertise, confirming that he was now a fully reliable shochet, acceptable to any Jewish community.  Those letters served in lieu of a diploma.

Best wishes,

Yale J. Reisner
Warsaw, Poland
JGFF #913980

Re: Training for Shochet #belarus #ukraine


I can only contribute a little, non-authoritative.
My grandfather, also from Belarus, was a shochet. I was told that he studied at a Yeshiva, becoming less than a rabbi, but having his own "degree". He was brought to this country to teach, act as a rabbi, and be a shochet in Owosso, MI. When he moved to Detroit, he was strictly a shochet. He only did poultry, and I was under the impression that this was like specializing in poultry versus four-legged animals. His "business card" identified him as Rev.A Z Farber, also suggesting some sort of formal religious certification.

Len Farber

Twins Separated at Birth :: Translation Help #records #lithuania #translation


I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I would appreciate your help with the translation and interpreting of this document to determine if these 2 brothers were twins or just brothers born a couple of years apart. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Were Yudel and Yankel Fienberg, (Father: Shimel, Yudel Mother: Yenta, Aron) from Darsuniskis, Lithuania born on the same day? The record index says their bris was on the same day (10 Nissan by Zelman Nison)...
Their documents in the US have many different birth dates for Jacob Milton Fienberg (10 Apr 1889 or 1891 - 7 Nov 1944) and Julius Fienberg (12 MAR 1888 or 1889 - 7 NOVEMBER 1961) and they don't match each other as being born on the same day.They both lived in Chicago and were very close. Any insight would be appreciated.I would like help with understanding the translation and interpreting this document to determine if these 2 brothers were twins or just brothers born a couple of years apart.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much,

Julie Sherman

Feminine "Grandfather" Name? #names

Brad Rubin

In a birth record from Kiev, the paternal grandfather given name is Fruma-Zelda, which I believe are both feminine names.  Why is this?  Does this mean that when the father was born only his mother was identified, so her name (the paternal grandmother) is used in the paternal grandfather field?

-- Brad Rubin

Polish Translation #translation

Debra Soled

I've posted a handwritten letter 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.
Debra Soled

Viewdata translation request - German #translation

Sylvia Fleck Abrams

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

 The certificate was found in papers Jacob Green brought to Cleveland when he and his wife immigrated in 1879. The black blob is a red wax seal. It appears to be some type of verification of marriage. I would like a full translation and then to learn about why such a document would have been requested. Was it needed for immigration?
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Sylvia Abrams
Beachwood, Ohio

Translation help needed #translation

Chaim Landau

I've posted a record on ViewMate at the following address
It's the marriage record of Mendel Frydman son of Jankla & Chana Frydman.
I'd greatly appreciate if anyone could help me decipher his place of birth and occupation.

Thank you very much.
Chaim Landau,
Jerusalem, Israel

Gesher Galicia News Update from Ukraine Sunday March 6th #galicia #general #ukraine #poland

Steven Turner

Didn’t get any new reports today except a report from a contact from a partner of ours who lived in Kyiv and made a perilous escape to Uzhorod which is near the Slovakia border. He courageously is working there helping refugees crossing the border. He wishes to remain anonymous but asks help for refugee aid and asks everyone to keep Ukraine in their prayers and Glory to Ukraine!

Texted with our friend Alex Denisenko in Lviv. He said in response to how he is doing, “Hi, Steve. Situation in Lviv remains relatively normal, however many refugees from Kharkiv, Kyiv, etc. Just helped some recently.” 
Asked what he would like me to say in the update he responded, “Many refugees, they need shelter, asylum wherever it is possible.

Dr. Steven S. Turner

Help finding ancestors of Faiga DUNABISKY/DROBITSKY OSLON #ukraine #usa

Felissa Lashley

I have just recently become aware of an entire branch that was
previously unknown to me. Faiga/Fannie/Feyga DUNABISKY/DROBITSKY was
married to Aaron OSLON. Both were born circa 1885. Faiga was the
daughter of a Rubin Drobitsky but I have 3 possible Rubin DROBITSKYS
on the DROBITSKY family tree that she could be the daughter of. I
would like to find the correct one.

I understand that she was a widow when she married Aron OSLON. Faiga
and Aron emigrated from the Ukraine to Montreal, later crossing into
Vermont and eventually settling in Philadelphia. They had
approximately 10 children. Any suggestions about how I might find more
information about her parents and siblings. I have not found her on a
ship's manifest nor any naturalization papers. I appreciate any
suggestions, information and so forth.

Thank you for your help.
Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas

Re: Washington cemetery in Brooklyn #usa


Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn is composed of five large sections, spread over several blocks. Burials have been taken place since the mid 1800's, and continue to today. Hopefully a location of the burial plot is available, otherwise one would be wasting their time looking.

Neilan Stern;  researching Radomysl Wielki, Vilijampole Kovno Lithuania, Nesvizh Belarus

Obtaining Naturalization from US District Court in Philadelphia, PA #records #usa

Moishe Miller

Dear Group,
Please see the attached naturalization index record from 1952 for the US District Court in Philadelphia, PA. Can someone suggest the easiest way to obtaining a copy of the actual record? Does any website have it scanned? If not, what is the correct address to request this record from? Perhaps an email address for the repository?

Thank you,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Town of LIPKI in Ukraine #ukraine

Hap Ponedel


I have used the second link provided by Gary Pokrassa to locate the marker showing the position of Lipki. Clicking the G will take you to a spot on the Google map where Lipki is positioned, near the larger town of Kornyn. This is in the Kiev gubernia of old, the county of Skvira. It also looks like Lipki is about 50 kilometers southwest of Zhitomer. Below is Lipki from a WW1 era Austrian map:

Please write to me and I will show you Lipki on other historical maps and offer you links to download the map images as you wish. I believe this is the place you are looking for.

Hap Ponedel

Collection of מר נ. לידסקי #records



The below excerpt from a book called "Le Toldot HaYehudim BeKovno Ve-Slobodka" mentions the "collection of Mr N. Lidski". 
No photo description available.

I would be vey grateful if someone could please let me know where I might find this collection. The tikei kesef in this collection are supposed to mention another ancestor of mine that we did not know (Sheftel). 

Thank you very much. 

Shavua tov, 

Yoav Aran

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