Re: Cemeteries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area #usa

Laurence Broun

Hi Ed,

I know of only one cluster of Jewish cemeteries actually in the city ...  The Elesavetgrad Cemetery DCHBA is a 2.6 acre Jewish cemetery located in Southeast Washington, D.C. The cemetery was established in December 1911. This cemetery is adjacent to the Ohev Sholom, Adas Israel, Bet Mishpachah and Washington Hebrew cemeteries. Their number is Phone(301) 366-4419 ... perhaps they can help

(If you do connect and find the sites you're looking for, let me know and I'll be glad to take some pics for you. It's not that far from me.)
Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

Re: Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

Adam Turner

There is no definition of a "race" that is accepted by 21st-century biologists, so the question "Does DNA prove that Jews are a race?" makes no sense. It's a little like asking "does the fact that my spaghetti bolognese contains high levels of terpenes prove that it is delicious?" (The criteria that we all consciously use and understand for deciding whether something is "delicious" have nothing to do with its objectively measurable levels of this or that molecule; deliciousness isn't a concept that can be "proven" by biochemical analysis, but rather by our own messy and subjective senses of taste.)

While people of Ashkenazi descent tend to share particular markers in their DNA that suggest they are all likely descended from a single, small, distinct founder population that lived in Central Europe about a thousand years ago, race is a social construct, not a biological fact. The US government has never attempted to use DNA to establish who falls into what racial category, and given that the idea of race is incoherent from a scientific perspective*, it's hard to imagine why it would want to start applying such a principle now.

*For just one example of how various popular ideas (both current and past) about who belongs to what "race" don't map at all to the actual facts of genetics, populations from 21st-century Africa are more genetically different from one another than they are from other populations in Europe, South Asia, and East Asia. That is, the DNA of a Yoruba person from Nigeria tends to be more different from that of a Zulu person from South Africa than it is from the DNA of an Ashkenazi Jew or a Vietnamese person: 

There's an interesting discussion of the history of classification of Jews as a race in this article by Emory professor Eric Goldstein:

Adam Turner

Re: Can anyone help me figure out these names? #names #records #ukraine

Scott Rothstein

Hello, Valentin. I'm pretty certain that Simon Rothstein had a sister named Dorothea.  I stumbled upon this biography of someone named Lotte Kallenbach-Greller, maiden name Karoline Greller. The text notes that "Karoline Greller's parents were the merchant Nathan Greller (died 1947 at the earliest) and Dorothea Greller, née Rothstein (born on July 20, 1871, died 1947 at the earliest)."  (Google Translate from the German)

The text quotes Kallenbach-Greller from 1946:
“I was born on March 22nd, 1893 in Sadagòra, Bukowina - until 1918 crown land] of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy - as the daughter of Jewish parents of the Mosaic faith. Shortly before I was born, my father, Nathan Greller, emigrated to America together with my mother's brother, Simon Rothstein, because of poor economic conditions, where they both established a respected existence as merchants. Both still live in New Jersey as American citizens." 

Along with the place of birth, Simon Rothstein lived in New Jersey so this is almost certainly him, but Kallenbach-Greller does not mention other brothers of her mother. How did you access the Czernowitz vital records?
Scott Rothstein

Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general

Risa Heywood

Hi Gary:

You were essentially asking two questions.

1) Why did Lena apply for citizenship if her husband had naturalized prior to September 1922?
 Marian gave you a great answer.

2) What were the meaning of the dates at the bottom of her petition?
It looks like those were the dates from when Witness 1 and Witness 2 knew Lena.
1st wit: January 1, 1906  Rose Wanshel knew Lena from 1906.
2nd wit: January 1, 1929 Irving Aaronson knew her from 1929.
Risa Daitzman Heywood

Subj: ViewMate translation request – German #holocaust #translation


These three people applied for refugee assistance in 1948. As part of that process, they completed these cards that detail their whereabouts from 1925 to 1948. I would appreciate a verbatim translation of the details on these three cards. Thank you in advance for your help.


They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.


 Roy Gerber

Re: How long for visa/naturalization records from USCIS? #records #usa


Interesting they say they are working on Sept 25.  I've been waiting on a Visa File since July 2020.  Online tracking still shows "active"


Ukrainian nicknames for family names. #names #ukraine

Mel Comisarow

We all know about nicknames for given names. Dick/Richard, Bill/William, Valodya/Vladimir, and so on. I have a genealogical mystery that can be resolved if the family name KONYAKOV, pronounced KONyakov, not konYAKov, could be a nickname for the family name KONOVALOV. Southeastern Ukraine, early 20th century. Any ideas? Thanks. 
Mel Comisarow
Vancouver BC

Re: Exciting news from Bratislava/Pressburg, Slovakia! #austria-czech #hungary

Dan Rottenberg

That's very good news.
Is it possible to donate to this project via paper check and snail mail? I need to keep a paper trail.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA

Polish Jewish Cemetery Project are Among 26 Grants Awarded by Association of the Jewish Historical Institute #poland #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen

In the Jewish cemetery, Bedzin, Poland


The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw granted 26 Jewish heritage and cultural grants of which over half a dozen were to document, maintain, and/or restore Jewish cemeteries. The total grants awarded amount to 120,000 zloty (€26,000).


To read which Jewish cemetery grants are included see:


The other grant-winning projects included Jewish culture festivals, the publication of a Jewish guidebook to the Jelenia Gora region, the publication of an English translation of a book on the Litzmannstadt (Lodz) Ghetto by Joanna Podolska, and various commemorative and educational projects.


See the full list of 26 grants go to:

If you use Chrome as your browser the Polish will be translated into English.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Re: Can anyone help me figure out these names? #names #records #ukraine

Valentin Lupu

Based on my search of Czernowitz vital records (Sadagura was a district of it), I believe the parents are:
- Gerson or Gerschon Rothstein, died on April 20, 1893
- Brana or Breine Graf (or Greif)
The couple had other two children:
- Moses Leib, born in July 7, 1861
- Hersh born on August 4, 1859
According to the document, Simon was born around 1869. In his naturalization paper Simon declared his birth date as Dec. 10th, 1869.

Valentin Lupu

Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

Linda Lang

Ancestry DNA shows that I am 100% Ashkenazi. It does not say I am Polish or Russian, etc. The US government used to list Jews as a minority race with protections that such a classification afforded. It then changed the classification to a religion so that racial protections were removed. Would love to hear from people that better understand this.
Linda Lang
Researching Broude, Ginsburg, Frankel, Friend

Re: Help understanding 1912 Voters List for Grodno #belarus #records #russia

Marion Werle

The sentence should have read, "The transliterators were not Russian speakers and the patronymic suffixes (as with most of the JewishGen databases) weren't  transliterated." Just the names of the patronymics were included (e.g., Boruch instead of Boruchovitch). 
Marion Werle

Re: How long for visa/naturalization records from USCIS? #records #usa


I have been waiting 240 days for a naturalization document that I only wanted because it might have a photograph.  And that is after the initial 45 days I waited for them to confirm they had it.  It is still considered "Active". So frustrating.  Yet, I understand.

Prior to COVID, I received a visa application in 2 months after the initial search time.  I also received a "not found" after an initial search said it was available.  That one took another month for them to confirm it was not found.  Count yourself fortunate if you have access to this file because the information I found in mine was incredible.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general


Hello Gary,

I found the husband's granted naturalization petition at FamilySearch, examined the back side of that document, and see that the order admitting Jerome to citizenship was on February 15, 1923 (the petition was filed earlier in 1922).  Here's the link that worked for me  

Lena may have assumed she became a citizen on her husband's petition not realizing the law had changed.  She might have discovered her noncitizen status if she applied for any relief during her husband's illness and learned she must naturalize to qualify for the benefit.  Or maybe some other reason.  But it seems clear she did not derive citizenship through her husband's naturalization prior to Sept 22, 1922.

Marian Smith

Re: Can anyone help me figure out these names? #names #records #ukraine


Ok, here's my take:

NY, March 5, 1899
Simon Rothstein
49 India (?) Str. Brooklyn
30 yrs
Saca(zara, gara, yara) (Bukowina)
Gersver Rothstein
Braue (Brane) Grau/v
Regina Lewin
234 E. 7 St.
24 years
Buvzein (?) (Germany)
Salomon Lewin
Amalie Spandau
Rosenthal, Rabbi of the Congr . Sheavith 
B'nai Israel
323 E. 4 str.
Simon Rothestin
Regina Lewin
5th March 1899
Sabinve (Sabine?) Spandau
Chas. Plysey (Plysez?)

Tanya Roland

Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

In Great Britain at the start of the twentieth century and earlier although the names of children were on the papers of the wife was not.  She was part of her husband as his chattel in a married unit; if he died and she was alive, her status reverted to her previous nationality a year after his death..  An archivist at our National Archive, after a chat with colleagues, gave me that answer.  This may well have been the case elsewhere, in which case, the lady had possibly been given a warning by a friend.  AND was much happier on that account also when her beloved returned to good health.
David Harrison, Birmingham, England

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Gary Pokrassa via <>
Sent: 02 April 2021 03:49
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: [] 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general


I would appreciate insight by JG’ers…..why would a wife file for her naturalization in 1934 receiving approval in 1935 when her husband was naturalized in 1922 before the law changed?   There are several markings on the attached page 1 of the petition:


  • petition filed under Sec 2 Act of September 22 1922
  • 1st with …January 1 1906
  • 2nd with …..January 1 1929
  • then lower again 1st with …January 1 1906

I am assured her husband never lost his citizenship but did become ill about the time she filed although he recovered and lived long after that…….but even that would not answer why she filed herself…

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

seeking pre-war photos of Zakroczym #poland #general #photographs

Relly coleman

I am looking for photos of Zakroczym from the time it had a Jewish community.  Anything in the 1800s up to and including WW2.  Especially if there are photos with Jewish interest: synagogue, cemetery, market, homes, etc.
I could not find anything online anywhere. 
Relly Coleman

FELD, Zakroczym, Dobrzyn nad Wisla

Luzow? - Poland town name #poland

Steven Granek

Can anyone make sense of a town name “Luzow” or “Luzon” in (I assume) Poland? I’ve just come across a scribbled note from my father where he notes - Leah (my grandmother.. who came to the US in the early 1900s) was born in “Luzow” (hard to read) and later lived in Pabianice with an already married sister. I had always thought she was born in Pabianice. Any help is appreciated.

Steve Granek

Re: Cemeteries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area #usa

Janis and Joe Datz

King David Memorial Park in Fairfax, VA.
Beth Sholom Congregation Cemetery, Capital Heights, Maryland
B'nai Israel Cemetery, Oxon Hill, Maryland USA
Elesavetgrad Cemetery, Anacostia  District of Columbia  District Of Columbia

Janis Friedenberg Datz

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“The Forest Girl, “ a chapter from the Yizkor book of Mizoch, Ukraine is an account of Kayla Goldberg-Tzizin’s journey of survival as the town’s ghetto was about to be destroyed. It is a story of emotional ups and downs, from the comfort she experienced from non-Jews who sheltered her group to the despair of being hunted like animals.
The passage that moved me comes towards the end, when after the liberation in 1944, she found herself in Zhytomyr and was taken into the home of an “actual angel in the form of a woman.”
“I had not seen a traditional Jewish home since the day we were imprisoned in the ghetto, and here, on a Friday, we had come to a house where candles were lit in gleaming silver candlesticks, the house was shining with cleanliness, and there were beautiful Jewish dishes on the table –– and on top of all that, the house was full of Jewish survivors. “
The translation project for the Mizocz book is being accomplished by university students. This initiative was launched by Larry Broun, a retired Federal executive and the project coordinator, and Orian Zakai, who is the director of the Hebrew Program and teaches Hebrew language, literature and culture at the George Washington University. GW students Yonatan Altman-Shafer and Corey Feuer were the translators.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel