Re: How to find 1903 residents of 550 High Street, Pittsburgh, PA? #usa #records


I found HIgh Street on the 1910 census;  ED 610-612; mostly 612 image 22 and later.

Stuart Lichtman
Melville, NY

Labor Battalion 105/32 #hungary

Caty Zyzek

Labor Battalion
My father was in the KMSZ 105/32. I would like to know details about their life between the enrollment, where they were, what they did, they fell in captivity in Kraszna, Ukrajna on july 25, 1944. Any testimony about them, others with him and also who came back. Thank you.
Caty Zyzek

Re: How to find 1903 residents of 550 High Street, Pittsburgh, PA? #usa #records


I found High Street on the 1900-1909 Sanborn Map;

Squares 195 and 196; look on a current map for the general location.  Hope this helps you find the ED, etc.

Stu Lichtman

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The JOWBR of JewishGen is looking for additional Russian language transcribers of cemetery photographs.
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Re: FLUSFEDER - Warsaw and New York #usa #poland

Sherri Bobish

Hi Harvey,

Was your Izio born in 1922?  His testimony is under the name  Izrael Flusfeder?  If so, he also used the name Joseph.  He naturalized in NY in 1957, and the index has him as both Izrael & Joseph.  He lived in the boro of Queens in 1957 at 194-02 67th Ave. Fresh Meadows (Fresh Meadows is a neighborhood in Queens.)

Israel Flusfeder married Gertrude Tesser in England in 1949.

This is his info from the nat index at Ancestry:
Name: Joseph Flusfeder[Izrael Flusfeder]
Age: 35
Birth Date: 7 Jan 1922
Issue Date: 5 Feb 1957
State: New York
Locality, Court: Eastern District of New York, District Court
Joseph & Dorothy also lived in New Jersey.

Gertrude Flusfeder traveled from England to NY in 1954 and in 1958.

It looks like he had a second wife named Lila Sturm.  This page mentions him as Joseph "Izio"
He passed on in 2008.  Lila passed on in 2019.  '*12bjz6w*_ga*MTgxNjA4NjY1Ni4xNjQzMjU1NTcw*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2MjQ3Njg2My4zNzMuMS4xNjYyNDg1MDY2LjAuMC4w

Attached is Lila's obit which gives names of her children.

Best regards from your fellow Ariogala descendant,

Sherri Bobish

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

Adam Turner

Adding to Marsha's hypothesis: all of the records for Gittel Kurz's children in the screenshot appear to specifically note that she was born in Jezierizany. That may be another data point in favor of the guess that there were two Alter Kerns in Czortkow: one married to Gittel Kurz from Jezierziany, and one married to Chaya Rost (presumably born in Czortkow itself, since there is no notation specifying a different town of birth).

There are at least a couple of complications here:

-one is that the original page from AGAD, the Polish State Archives, is badly torn on the page recording the death of Sosie Kern, daughter of "Chaya Rost". (Click "view image" to bring up that page.)

-another is that there are actually most likely earlier records than this for the children of Gittel Kurz of Jezierzany. If you search for just the surname Kurz and the town of Jezierzany you'll bring up birth records for Chajem Ellie and Chaje "Kurz", twins born in 1877 in Czortkow with no father's name indexed. That to me looks like another point in favor of there being two different Alters - assuming Chaya Rost's name has been correctly recorded, it strikes me as relatively unlikely that Chaya Rost would have had a daughter with the same name (Chaya).

-One big question is how to reconcile the guess that the two Alters were first cousins with the death record showing the Josef Isaac/Alter who died in 1887, age 40. The reason is that that Alter is clearly the son of a Chaim Elia. The straightforward guess would be that this is your gg-grandfather and that your great-grandfather Hyman was himself named for his father's father (who had the same name). Except...assuming "your" Hyman/Chaim Elia was definitely born around 1872, then how do we explain the Chaim Elia, likely the son of an Alter Kern, who was born to Gittel Kurz of Jezierzany in Czortkow in 1877? If there were two different Alters and they were first cousins to one another, the Chaim Elia born in 1877 would almost certainly not be named for his own grandfather: that would imply that there were two brothers who both had the same name (Chaim Elia).

Maybe looking at more of the original pages, as well as those for other Kerns from Czortkow, will help clarify whether there were indeed two Alters and whether they had some more complicated relationship than first cousins (i.e., second cousins, uncle and nephew, etc.)?

Adam Turner

Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Adam Cherson


I'm also trying to unravel this pedigree. I have seen a tree that names Rashi's mother Leah as the daughter of Yosef ben Shimon haGadol. Under this scenario, her brother would have been Shimon ben Yosef ben Shimon HaGadol, making Rashi the ggs of Shimon HaGadol and the student of Shimon ben Yosef, grandson of Shimon HaGadol. This is what the Loeb tree is suggesting: , however I believe the Loeb tree mistakenly calls Leah's brother 'Simeon the Great of Mainz'. Instead it appears that the earlier Simeon, the one born circa 970, is the person known as Shimeon ben Yitzach ben Abun, aka the Great of Mainz. It could be that Leah's brother Shimon, who according to the Jewish Encyclopedia article about Shimon HaGadol, was a pupil of R' Gershon, was known as the Elder to Rashi due to there being another, third, Simon somewhere in Rashi's circle. This scenario makes more sense to me chronologically than the Leah bat Yitzach ben Abun ben Shimon HaGadol option, if Leah was born in 1005 and Shimon HaGadol in 970 (the latter would mean three generation in 35 years: each of Leah's three ancestors in the line would have had to produced the next ancestor at 13 years of age versus the Leah bat Yosef bat Shimon Ha Gadol where the generational distance would be about 17 years apart over two generations).

Best Wishes,

Adam Cherson,NY, NY
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Re: How to find 1903 residents of 550 High Street, Pittsburgh, PA? #usa #records

Sherri Bobish


A search in Pittsburgh city directories for 530 High in the keyword field, and no surname in the search, gets two hits.

1897 - J.W. HOLTZHEIMER, waiter

The only other hit is in 1934.

530 High gets no hits in the timeframe 1900 to 1910.

A search for 530 High Street in the USPS zip code search finds no such address.

The fact that the address gets only 2 hits in the Pittsburgh directories at Ancestry makes me think that the address written on the manifest is a mistake.  If it was a valid address it would show up in the many Pittsburgh directories from that timeframe.

I agree with Alan's idea to call the local Pittsburgh public library research librarian for info on the address.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.); LEFFENFELD / FINK / KALTER (Daliowa & Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BLEIWEISS (Tarnow & Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); SOLON / SOLAN / SOKOLSKY (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / BLUMENKRANZ / APPEL / WEINER / ROSENBERG (Vysoko-Litovsk, Brest, Biala Podlaska)

Re: driver in Krakow /Lizensk area for few hours #poland

Hank Levine

I would recommend Grigorz Gembala. I reached him at  info@....

Hank Levine
Henry S. Levine, MD
Bellingham, WA, USA
Originally from Passaic, NJ
Researching ISRAEL and SCHIFFMAN in Ropczyce (Ropshitz) and Lopuchova (Lupakhev), Galicia
LEVINE and LONDON in Pakuonis, (Pakon) Lithuania
LOWENSTEIN in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania

Kohen Hands on Woman's grave stone #usa


How unusual is it for a woman's headstone to have the Kohen Hand symbol?  I stumbled across this marker on Find-a-grave. It is located in Waldheim Cemetery, Chicago, Free Sons of Israel section. The deceased is Carrie Kahn Dawson, age 29, a widow. She died 31 Jan 1903.  She was married to Corban M. Dawson 5 Aug 1896 in Chicago, who died in Dec 1900 and is buried at Graceland Cemetery, also in chicago (no photo available)   in the 1900 Census, she resides with her husband (a bartender) and also in the home were 3 of her 5 brothers and a nephew. Her brothers appear to be the ones who erected her stone.   Her parents were shown as Nathan Kahn and Anna Hertz, however, in the 1880 Federal US Census for chicago, he appears as Martin Kahn and she appears as Line.  I just always thought that symbol was only on the headstones of men.  Please disregard the surname Davison in the attachment.  I misread the stonecutters work when I named my file.
Sandra Parker

Re: Please Help Me identify This Synagogue #names


Looks like Agudas Achim something
Ruth Chernia
Toronto, Canada
searching for
TSCHERNIA of Copenhagen, Denmark, & Genichesk, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine
SHLAMOWITZ/SZLAMOWICZ/BIRENCWEIG of London, England; Lodz & Jezow, Poland
SEIDLER/ZAJDLER/LANDAU of Lodz & Sulejow, Poland
ROSENFELD of Raków, Kielce, Poland
SHKOLNIK/TICK[ER] of Ladyzhyn & Bershad, Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Re: driver in Krakow /Lizensk area for few hours #poland


It would be best to contact the Jewish community in Krakow. - JCC Krakow. I’m sure they will help you.

best regards,
Olga Sokolik

Re: How to find 1903 residents of 550 High Street, Pittsburgh, PA? #usa #records

Alan-Itsyk Harvey Silver


Call the local library - I do this all the time for info just like this. 


Garb/Freidin - Plunge
Silverstein - Poland?
Gorson - Seredzius
Ginsberg - Odessa

Re: How to find 1903 residents of 550 High Street, Pittsburgh, PA? #usa #records



Is there a possibility that the address was not in Pittsburgh itself, but rather in a community nearby?    

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Dan Rottenberg

Rashi (1040-1105) is generally understood to have descended from a long line of illustrious scholars on his mother's side. His mother was the daughter of Isaac ben Abun Kalonymos, whose Kalonymos rabbinic line has been traced back to 7th Century Lucca, Italy.
Rashi wrote, "I found support on the foundation of Rabbi Simon the Elder, my mother's brother.” This seems to suggest (as some scholars have assumed) that Simon the Elder was one of Rashi's teachers. And since this Simon the Elder would also (like his sister) be a child of Isaac ben Abun, this would seem to conflate Simon the Elder with Simeon ben Isaac ben Abun ("Ha-Gadol," c 950-1020), one of the most important liturgical writers of the 10th and 11th centuries. But if Simon ha-Gadol's dates are correct, he would have been almost 60 years older than his sister (Rashi's mother, born about 1009), and he would have died 20 years before Rashi was born. And Simon ha-Gadol's dates are probably roughly correct, since he was described as a contemporary of Gershom ben Judah (960-1040). For this reason, the Jewish Encyclopedia biography of Simon ha-Gadol (Vol. 11, p. 350, 1906) specifically distinguishes him from R. Simon, Rashi's maternal uncle. 
My question: Am I correct in concluding there were two separate unrelated scholars, both named Simon b. Isaac b. Abun, both flourishing in northern France, one in the 10th Century and one in the 11th, both sons of different unrelated men named Isaac ben Abun?
Next question: If Rashi's maternal uncle was known as Simon the Elder, who was Simon the Younger?
Thanks for any insight you can provide.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA USA

Translation from German to English #translation

Omri Arnon

Sorry, I made a mistake. Below is the right link

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

The original document is here : on pages 201-212

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

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

Thank you very much.

Omri Arnon

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


A possible explanation is that there are two Alters, that they are first cousins and that they are both named for the same relative who died not long before they were born.  In my researches, I have come across two such cases where cousins born in the same place, a year or two apart, were given the same name.

Marsha Rosenberg (London, UK)

Re: Tombstone Translation Request-Hebrew #translation

Feige Stern

My sister Dina Leah daughter of Moshe.
Died 19 Tamuz 5694

The 5 letters below that mean something like"  her soul should be bound up in eternal life".

Feige Stern

tombstone translation - Hebre #translation



Here lies or here is buried (two letter abbreviation on either side of the picture on top)

My sister Dina Leah daughter of reb Moshe

Passed 19 Tamuz 5694

May her soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation – last line)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek