Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna


It is not clear to whom you may be responding, but your comments may be directed at my last post.  In the case of the "Levine" who I know, he had a copy of the ship's manifest.  Most of the name was smudged out or blurred, except for the first several letters.  Hence, his inference that the name was shortened at immigration.  

Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

Cohanim and adoption #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I was told by my assistant many years ago that when Cohanim adopt
children they (if they are religious) adopt daughters so that there
won't be embarrassment when it comes to the holidays and the Cohanim
go up and bless the congregation.


JGS of Georgia meeting - June 28, 2020 - Meet with Libby Copeland, author of The Lost Family #announcements #dna #jgs-iajgs #events


Join the JGS of Georgia as we zoom with Libby Copeland online to discuss her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are.

Ms. Copeland tells the story of Alice Collins Plebuch, whose parents are Irish American Catholics. When Alice takes a DNA test, the results indicate a high percentage of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. The Lost Family follows Alice's journey to find what this means and discusses the ethical questions and the identity issues involved in DNA testing.

When: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Where: Online Zoom event.  The discussion is free, but you must preregister at:

For more information, contact Peggy Mosinger Freedman at peggyfreedman@...

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Sally Bruckheimer

Since LDS Microfilms no longer exist, except maybe in SLC, the film numbers need to be deleted or changed to something else by Jewishgen. They were indeed the source of the information, but they aren't usable now. You might search by the subject for the digital version on It may be available at your home, but more likely at a LDS library.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ 

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

I was there last November but on a Shoah related tour.  
There was no time to do personal research.

Kind regards
Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Max Heffler

Anyone who grew up with Star Trek practiced this due to Leonard Nemoy's incorporating what he experienced in his shul(s). I am not a Cohain. I am a Levite and can easily due this. "Live long and proper!" 

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Subject: Re: [] Cohanim and Levites #names
Actually my boss (a biology PhD) made a good point that if it were true that the gene was linked to the cohnanic y chromosome then no female should be able to split their fingers which doesn't seem to be true.


Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

June 23: Genealogy Coffee Break from Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Tomorrow at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. Our genealogy librarians will discuss how to locate your ancestors' burial places and decipher their gravestones, and answer your questions live. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" on the top of the Center's Facebook page and a notification will pop up on your screen when the webinar goes live Note: If the notification doesn't appear, you can also find the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

Hi Nolan,

Thank you for your reply and clarification.  

I had tried to navigate round the links through the JRI Poland database but was unclear as to what the database was recording.  

What I'm also unclear on, is if one has the grave location for an individual from the JRI Poland database, shouldn't that correspond with the database maintained by  When I clinked on the section for the person JRI Poland is saying is buried in the cemetery, they do not appear listed in the relevant section of the Lodz Cemetery database.  They don't even come up on a person search.  Is there a reason for that?



Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna


Actually my boss (a biology PhD) made a good point that if it were true that the gene was linked to the cohnanic y chromosome then no female should be able to split their fingers which doesn't seem to be true.

Re: Lithuania erects sculpture in honor of JD Salinger #lithuania

Joel Alpert

Seeking researcher for Galati, and possibly Braila, Romania #romania


I'm looking for more information on my Kronberg (possibly Kronenberger) relatives who came to the US in 1905.  My grandfather was born in 1897 in Galati, although his half brother was born in Braila in 1884(different father, possible his original surname was Goldenberg).  I believe my grandfather's father died either 1897 or late 1896 because they both have the same first and middle names.  I would like to contact a reputable researcher to help me get past the brick wall.  Thanks.

Lisa Bracco

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna


Do you know of any documentation of a genetic link for kohanim and the ability split their fingers? I'm a kind of skeptical about it.
While genetics might be involved in the ability to split your fingers this is definitely not exclusive to cohanim. I am a yisrael and can split my fingers but remember a teacher of mine who was a Cohen saying that as a child he had to practice spreading his fingers by wedging a plastic cup between his fingers, so it didn't seem to come easy to him despite his cohanic genes.

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Jeff Miller

When I was in Poland Taube had a tour of the cemetery which I participated in. I took a few photographs of some headstones for Brzezinski’s.

Best regards,
Jeff Miller

Re: Application of Familiant Laws in early 19th century Moravia - #austria-czech

I have been researching family in Moravia and am unfamiliar with two websites you mentioned.  Could you please
give us the links for these websites?  I have been using, in addition to Familysearch, jewishgen, etc.

Thanks so much for this information!  

Avivah Pinski
near Philadelphia, USA

Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Re: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Re: Fairy Tales my Father Told Me #romania #general

But this isn't a fairy tale ...--  And you may be able to check the HIAS records
Avivah R. Z. Pinski

Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Harlan Weller

I located the attached index to a record on jewishgen and I wanted to look at the original document if possible.  The number 2205099 is hotlinked to an LDS microfilm, but I could not make sense of the other numbers.  Can these numbers be used to locate the image on the microfilm?  Or do I have to page through all the images on the microfilm?
Harlan Weller

Re: Marga LEVY - Unna and Berlin # Germany #general


Dear Mike,
See for information regarding Julius LEVY (Niedermarsberg January 16, 1892-), his wife Käte BRANDT (LandsbergSeptember 8, 1891-), his son Werner LEVY (Kamen July 6, 1926-)  and his daughter Marga FORESTER-LEVY (Unna July 30, 1923-Philadelphia February 14, 2014).

Julius, Käte und Werner were deported from Berlin to Auschwitz on February 26, 1943.

Best regards,

Henny Houweling-Zwart, Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands.

Re: Lithuania erects sculpture in honor of JD Salinger #lithuania


Unfortunately I am unable to access this article on JFSalinger. Error 454 legal reasons. Anyone know why? Thank you. Jacinta Monks

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #translation #yiddish #lithuania

Michael Herzlich

I've posted two short handwritten notes for which I need translations.
Particularly interested in any names on the card.

One on ViewMate at the following address -

A second in Yiddish on ViewMate at the following address -

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

The notes on the card are from the album of a cousin from Merkine in Lithuania are from the early 1930's
The family was Sapotsky/Sapokaite and related families I have researched were Blokh and Merikansy

Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: Descendants of Dutch Jews. Any interest? #general


Anne, My great grandmother's PEZARO family travelled in the opposite direction to yours. Livorno in the 17th century to Portugal, then the Netherlands and finally ended up in London.

Henry Best,
London, UK.

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