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Old Russian Records #general

Michelle DeAmelio <emmydeamelio@...>
 

Would anyone know if and where there are any pre- WWII documents (
marriage/birth/death records) available for Slonim Russia?

I've done all the searching I can do on the family here and would like to
start going back in time and try to find my ancestors.

Thanks for your help,

Michelle (Emmy) Broomer DeAmelio NY

MODERATOR NOTE: If you have not done so already (a) you may find some
information on the Belarus SIG site (Slonim is at
< http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/slonim/slonim.htm >) or post on the
Belarus SIG at < http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/ >.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Old Russian Records #general

Michelle DeAmelio <emmydeamelio@...>
 

Would anyone know if and where there are any pre- WWII documents (
marriage/birth/death records) available for Slonim Russia?

I've done all the searching I can do on the family here and would like to
start going back in time and try to find my ancestors.

Thanks for your help,

Michelle (Emmy) Broomer DeAmelio NY

MODERATOR NOTE: If you have not done so already (a) you may find some
information on the Belarus SIG site (Slonim is at
< http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/slonim/slonim.htm >) or post on the
Belarus SIG at < http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/ >.


Brownsville PA Jewish Community #general

Robert Zavos <rzavos@...>
 

Dear Marlene,

The Pittsburgh JGS Website < http://www.jewishgen.org/jgs-pittsburgh > has
details on many key Pittsburgh area genealogy sources. Most details are on
the "Pittsburgh Resources" page.

However, note that Brownsville was about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh in
Fayette County while Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County. So while many of our
sources cover Jewish areas outside Allegheny county it may not be as extensive
as one would think. Additional sources may be at
< http://www.co.fayette.pa.us/fayette/cwp/view.asp?a=2262&q=516365 >. There is
a small, old Jewish cemetery in Brownsville:
< http://www.usgennet.org/usa/pa/county/fayette/cemetery/index.html >

Fortunately the Pittsburgh Jewish newspapers went out of their way to cover
small Jewish communities outside of Allegheny County. I dont know if the
Criterion reference you found was the 1919 Brownsville History but if not, it
is online >from the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project:
< http://pjn.library.cmu.edu/books/pages.cgi?layout=vol0/part0/copy0&call=CRI
_1919_051_019_07041919&file=0025 > [ http://tinyurl.com/6ocgog ].

The coding means Jewish Criterion, Vol 51, issue 19, July 4, 1919.

Some later information include a notice that Ohave Israel payed off their
mortgage in 1943. The last newspaper reference I found for the synagogue was
a Sep. 7, 1951 marriage announcement for Landman-Heisler.

I also found that Ohave Israels's synagogue furniture and memorial plaques went
to Temple Beth El of Pittsburgh in the 1980s.This is still a large and active
Pittsburgh synagogue so I suggest calling them for further information.
< http://www.bethelcong.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=48&Itemid=101 >
[ http://tinyurl.com/5peenh ]

Another possibility would be to talk to someone >from the two synagogues in
Uniontown PA (Tree of Life Synagogue or Temple Israel) which were probably
the next closest Jewish synagogues. Perhaps the cemeteries there were used by
Ohave Israel since it was a lot closer than Pittsburgh.

Best of luck
Robert Zavos
Webmaster Pittsburgh JGS site

researching:
Menzer/Mintzer >from Bucecea and Botosani, Romania
Szczupacki/Siff >from Seine, Suwalki and Pittsburgh PA
Zawoznik/Savosnick >from Raczki, Suwalki and Norway
Pervin >from Berdichev, Ukraine and USA

MODERATOR NOTE: Tinyurls have been provided for some of the longer URLs.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Brownsville PA Jewish Community #general

Robert Zavos <rzavos@...>
 

Dear Marlene,

The Pittsburgh JGS Website < http://www.jewishgen.org/jgs-pittsburgh > has
details on many key Pittsburgh area genealogy sources. Most details are on
the "Pittsburgh Resources" page.

However, note that Brownsville was about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh in
Fayette County while Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County. So while many of our
sources cover Jewish areas outside Allegheny county it may not be as extensive
as one would think. Additional sources may be at
< http://www.co.fayette.pa.us/fayette/cwp/view.asp?a=2262&q=516365 >. There is
a small, old Jewish cemetery in Brownsville:
< http://www.usgennet.org/usa/pa/county/fayette/cemetery/index.html >

Fortunately the Pittsburgh Jewish newspapers went out of their way to cover
small Jewish communities outside of Allegheny County. I dont know if the
Criterion reference you found was the 1919 Brownsville History but if not, it
is online >from the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project:
< http://pjn.library.cmu.edu/books/pages.cgi?layout=vol0/part0/copy0&call=CRI
_1919_051_019_07041919&file=0025 > [ http://tinyurl.com/6ocgog ].

The coding means Jewish Criterion, Vol 51, issue 19, July 4, 1919.

Some later information include a notice that Ohave Israel payed off their
mortgage in 1943. The last newspaper reference I found for the synagogue was
a Sep. 7, 1951 marriage announcement for Landman-Heisler.

I also found that Ohave Israels's synagogue furniture and memorial plaques went
to Temple Beth El of Pittsburgh in the 1980s.This is still a large and active
Pittsburgh synagogue so I suggest calling them for further information.
< http://www.bethelcong.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=48&Itemid=101 >
[ http://tinyurl.com/5peenh ]

Another possibility would be to talk to someone >from the two synagogues in
Uniontown PA (Tree of Life Synagogue or Temple Israel) which were probably
the next closest Jewish synagogues. Perhaps the cemeteries there were used by
Ohave Israel since it was a lot closer than Pittsburgh.

Best of luck
Robert Zavos
Webmaster Pittsburgh JGS site

researching:
Menzer/Mintzer >from Bucecea and Botosani, Romania
Szczupacki/Siff >from Seine, Suwalki and Pittsburgh PA
Zawoznik/Savosnick >from Raczki, Suwalki and Norway
Pervin >from Berdichev, Ukraine and USA

MODERATOR NOTE: Tinyurls have been provided for some of the longer URLs.


Re: Hebrew names #bessarabia

Wegner, Peter
 

Dear Susan.

You asked what might have been the Hebrew name of your aunt Sylvia,
whose parents came >from Galicia. First of all, the provenance of your
aunt's parents (presumably they were your own grandparents?) would not
be particularly relevant to their choice of "Sylvia" as her secular
name. There are quite a number of Hebrew or Yiddish female names
that could have prompted them to call the child "Sylvia" in English.
The main "clue" would be the initial letter "S." Her Hebrew or
Yiddish name may well have been Sarah or Sheina or any other Hebrew/
Yiddish name beginning with "S" or "SH." There is no direct Hebrew
or Yiddish match-up for the name Sylvia.

Perhaps she was Shulamit; this name was often abbreviated to "Shula",
which in turn could easily have led them to choose "Sylvia" as a
"soundalike." Or maybe she was Shoshanah -- which is rendered as
Susannah or Susan -- your own name -- in European languages.

So, I am wondering if your own Hebrew name happens to be Shoshana or
Shulamit. If so, and if Sylvia was your actual blood relative (i.e.
not merely your uncle's wife) perhaps you and she had a common
ancestor for whom both of you were named? For instance, her
grandmother would have been your greatgrandmother. If the common
female ancestor had any of the Hebrew or Yiddish names mentioned
above, that could well answer your question.

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@brown.edu

Susan Berkson <berkson1@msn.com> wrote:

Any guidance on finding someone's Hebrew name? My Aunt Sylvia,
b. 1918 in New York, was the daughter of two Galicianers. Her
father was >from Dukla. Her mother was >from Solotvina.
MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please share with the list general advice about
sources and strategies for determining a person's Hebrew name.
Suggestions of specific name possibilities should be sent to Susan
privately.


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia RE: Hebrew names #galicia

Wegner, Peter
 

Dear Susan.

You asked what might have been the Hebrew name of your aunt Sylvia,
whose parents came >from Galicia. First of all, the provenance of your
aunt's parents (presumably they were your own grandparents?) would not
be particularly relevant to their choice of "Sylvia" as her secular
name. There are quite a number of Hebrew or Yiddish female names
that could have prompted them to call the child "Sylvia" in English.
The main "clue" would be the initial letter "S." Her Hebrew or
Yiddish name may well have been Sarah or Sheina or any other Hebrew/
Yiddish name beginning with "S" or "SH." There is no direct Hebrew
or Yiddish match-up for the name Sylvia.

Perhaps she was Shulamit; this name was often abbreviated to "Shula",
which in turn could easily have led them to choose "Sylvia" as a
"soundalike." Or maybe she was Shoshanah -- which is rendered as
Susannah or Susan -- your own name -- in European languages.

So, I am wondering if your own Hebrew name happens to be Shoshana or
Shulamit. If so, and if Sylvia was your actual blood relative (i.e.
not merely your uncle's wife) perhaps you and she had a common
ancestor for whom both of you were named? For instance, her
grandmother would have been your greatgrandmother. If the common
female ancestor had any of the Hebrew or Yiddish names mentioned
above, that could well answer your question.

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@brown.edu

Susan Berkson <berkson1@msn.com> wrote:

Any guidance on finding someone's Hebrew name? My Aunt Sylvia,
b. 1918 in New York, was the daughter of two Galicianers. Her
father was >from Dukla. Her mother was >from Solotvina.
MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please share with the list general advice about
sources and strategies for determining a person's Hebrew name.
Suggestions of specific name possibilities should be sent to Susan
privately.


Re: My growing Tree #austria-czech

Evelyn Filippi
 

I really want to thank All the people that have helped me.
I have found living Relatives and they have found me.
I have spoken to distant cousins I never knew about.
I have information I didn't even know existed,
I have gotten wonderful advice links and help,
photos and anything that you can think of.
I really want to thank All the people that have helped me
and gone out of their way to research things and Over 200
people in my tree is because of the information you helped
me get.
Be Well
Evelyn Filippi
New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: My growing Tree #general

Evelyn Filippi
 

I really want to thank All the people that have helped me.
I have found living Relatives and they have found me.
I have spoken to distant cousins I never knew about.
I have information I didn't even know existed,
I have gotten wonderful advice links and help,
photos and anything that you can think of.
I really want to thank All the people that have helped me
and gone out of their way to research things and Over 200
people in my tree is because of the information you helped
me get.
Be Well
Evelyn Filippi
New York


Request for Photo in Enfield Cemetery #general

hymiereich
 

I am looking for someone who would take a digital photo of a gravestone in
the Enfield Jewish Cemetery in London.

I will provide the details in a subsequent email.

Thanks in Advance

Please respond privately

Hymie Reichstein
Ottawa, Ontario


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Request for Photo in Enfield Cemetery #general

hymiereich
 

I am looking for someone who would take a digital photo of a gravestone in
the Enfield Jewish Cemetery in London.

I will provide the details in a subsequent email.

Thanks in Advance

Please respond privately

Hymie Reichstein
Ottawa, Ontario


Re: Jewish shtetl women taken for prostitution #general

Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
 

Stewart Bernstein wrote:
I am searching for either the title of a publication, or the Author
of a book documenting the taking of Jewish women by unscrupulous
promoters, under the guise of marriage to these men.
There is an excellent book about this subject:
Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into
Prostitution in the Americas
Author: Isabel Vincent
Publisher: William Morrow, 2005
ISBN: 978-0060090234

Although some passages of this book are a fiction, the background story is
real and tells many details of the traffic of East European Jewish women to
South America, particularly to Argentina and Brazil.

from a genealogical point of view, many of these poor women, who were shipped
to Brazil, are interred in a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, called Inhaumas.
Since the Chevra Kadisha refused to bury them, they founded a society which
built this cemetery. It is still open for visitation and has a gatekeeper.
A Brazilian journalist - Zevi Ghivelder - is a scholar in this subject. He
investigated it in ample details.

Enjoy
Tom Venetianer
Sao Paulo - Brazil


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Jewish shtetl women taken for prostitution #general

Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
 

Stewart Bernstein wrote:
I am searching for either the title of a publication, or the Author
of a book documenting the taking of Jewish women by unscrupulous
promoters, under the guise of marriage to these men.
There is an excellent book about this subject:
Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into
Prostitution in the Americas
Author: Isabel Vincent
Publisher: William Morrow, 2005
ISBN: 978-0060090234

Although some passages of this book are a fiction, the background story is
real and tells many details of the traffic of East European Jewish women to
South America, particularly to Argentina and Brazil.

from a genealogical point of view, many of these poor women, who were shipped
to Brazil, are interred in a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, called Inhaumas.
Since the Chevra Kadisha refused to bury them, they founded a society which
built this cemetery. It is still open for visitation and has a gatekeeper.
A Brazilian journalist - Zevi Ghivelder - is a scholar in this subject. He
investigated it in ample details.

Enjoy
Tom Venetianer
Sao Paulo - Brazil


Re: Looking for Ellen & Robert Levy, Roslyn Heights #general

ELIAS SAVADA
 

Further to my query less than 12 hours ago, one reader (thanks Barbara
Zimmer!) found the important details I overlooked and provided the
address and phone for contacting Ellen. Isn't JewishGen grand!

Eli Savada
Bethesda MD
esavada@mac.com

On Jul 7, 2008, at 1:21 AM, Elias Savada wrote:

Ellen appears to be the daughter of Louis Leight, who is on my step
grand-father's tree I am researching. This small branch apparently
settled in Roslyn Heights NY (and possibly NYC) but I don't think
are there any longer. Ellen is 74, husband Robert 78. Three
children: Larry (45), Andrew (49) and Richard (51). Anyone who
recalls this family, please contact me off list.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Looking for Ellen & Robert Levy, Roslyn Heights #general

ELIAS SAVADA
 

Further to my query less than 12 hours ago, one reader (thanks Barbara
Zimmer!) found the important details I overlooked and provided the
address and phone for contacting Ellen. Isn't JewishGen grand!

Eli Savada
Bethesda MD
esavada@mac.com

On Jul 7, 2008, at 1:21 AM, Elias Savada wrote:

Ellen appears to be the daughter of Louis Leight, who is on my step
grand-father's tree I am researching. This small branch apparently
settled in Roslyn Heights NY (and possibly NYC) but I don't think
are there any longer. Ellen is 74, husband Robert 78. Three
children: Larry (45), Andrew (49) and Richard (51). Anyone who
recalls this family, please contact me off list.


Re: Jews in Brownsville, PA #general

Susan M. Melnick <SMMelnick@...>
 

In 1999-2000, volunteers with roots in Jewish communities small towns in
western Pennsylvania attempted to locate the records of those
communities, most of which no longer exist. Unfortunately, we learned
that few of the records exist either.

In the case of Brownsville, we do have one folder with a few clippings
about the congregation, Ohave Israel (as it is referred to in the
clippings), and some photocopied records. The materials date from
c1950 to through 1983. I will be happy to make these available to
Marlene Bishow if she contacts me privately.

We have no record of a Jewish cemetery in Brownsville. Uniontown, the
county seat of Fayette County in which Brownsville is located, has two
Jewish cemeteries, for which we recently acquired the data.

Susan M. Melnick
Archivist
Rauh Jewish Archives
Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Jews in Brownsville, PA #general

Susan M. Melnick <SMMelnick@...>
 

In 1999-2000, volunteers with roots in Jewish communities small towns in
western Pennsylvania attempted to locate the records of those
communities, most of which no longer exist. Unfortunately, we learned
that few of the records exist either.

In the case of Brownsville, we do have one folder with a few clippings
about the congregation, Ohave Israel (as it is referred to in the
clippings), and some photocopied records. The materials date from
c1950 to through 1983. I will be happy to make these available to
Marlene Bishow if she contacts me privately.

We have no record of a Jewish cemetery in Brownsville. Uniontown, the
county seat of Fayette County in which Brownsville is located, has two
Jewish cemeteries, for which we recently acquired the data.

Susan M. Melnick
Archivist
Rauh Jewish Archives
Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


The name *Shmuel* among descendants of Reb' Chaim of Volozhin #general

yoni and rivka benari <yrcdi@...>
 

Researching our supposed connection to the VOLOZHIN family I am wondering
(and was asked in the past) if there was one *Shmuel* in the Volozhin family
past that several members /descendants of Reb' Chaim are name after.

One posssible candidate is Reb' Shmuel LANDAU a son-in-law of Reb' Itzaleh
, Reb' Chaim's most well-known son.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat, Israel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The name *Shmuel* among descendants of Reb' Chaim of Volozhin #general

yoni and rivka benari <yrcdi@...>
 

Researching our supposed connection to the VOLOZHIN family I am wondering
(and was asked in the past) if there was one *Shmuel* in the Volozhin family
past that several members /descendants of Reb' Chaim are name after.

One posssible candidate is Reb' Shmuel LANDAU a son-in-law of Reb' Itzaleh
, Reb' Chaim's most well-known son.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat, Israel


Museum of Family History July 2008 Update #general

Steven Lasky <steve725@...>
 

Greetings,

Here is what’s new at the Museum this month:

1.. Video clip of an excellent 2006 documentary about pre-war Jewish
Vilna, “The World Was Ours.” www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/screeningroom.htm
(clip no. 14)

2.. Great Artist Series: “Maurice Schwartz and the Yiddish Art Theatre.”
For those of you interested in the history of the Yiddish theatre, this is a
must read. You can read more chapters >from a serialized version of the only
known biography of Schwartz, see photos of many of the actors of the Yiddish
Art Theatre troupe, as well as those who worked behind the scenes. You can
see photos of various scenes >from many of their productions, and view a list
of nearly two hundred Yiddish Art Theatre productions. You can also see
photos of many of the authors of the works produced by the Theatre.
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/mschwartz.htm.

3.. World Holocaust Memorials: The three exhibitions of memorials located
in the U.S., Canada and Europe have been combined into this series, with
memorials >from Israel being added. However, there are just a few memorials
so far and more are needed. www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/hmi-main.htm .

4.. More pre-war family photos >from Europe, i.e. Manchester, England;
Gruzdziai and Vilnius, Lithuania; Lodz and Pultusk, Poland, Braila, Romania
and Drohobycz, Ukraine. www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/pfh-towns.htm .

5.. Preserving Jewish Heritage: Wyman Brent has plans to house a Jewish
library in Vilnius, Lithuania, and he hopes to collect 100,000 books to make
up its collection. If after reading Wyman's story, you feel that you have
books you believe would make a good addition to this library, please contact
him directly using the email address provided.
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/pjh-vilnius-library-jewish.htm .

6.. Hear “Cantor Yoelson (Al Jolson) Sing Kol Nidre.” First turn on your
speakers. Then click on
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/mfh-syn-yoelson-kol-nidre.htm .
”Kol Nidre” should begin playing automatically once you reach the page.

Best,

Steve Lasky
New York
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com
steve@museumoffamilyhistory.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Museum of Family History July 2008 Update #general

Steven Lasky <steve725@...>
 

Greetings,

Here is what’s new at the Museum this month:

1.. Video clip of an excellent 2006 documentary about pre-war Jewish
Vilna, “The World Was Ours.” www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/screeningroom.htm
(clip no. 14)

2.. Great Artist Series: “Maurice Schwartz and the Yiddish Art Theatre.”
For those of you interested in the history of the Yiddish theatre, this is a
must read. You can read more chapters >from a serialized version of the only
known biography of Schwartz, see photos of many of the actors of the Yiddish
Art Theatre troupe, as well as those who worked behind the scenes. You can
see photos of various scenes >from many of their productions, and view a list
of nearly two hundred Yiddish Art Theatre productions. You can also see
photos of many of the authors of the works produced by the Theatre.
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/mschwartz.htm.

3.. World Holocaust Memorials: The three exhibitions of memorials located
in the U.S., Canada and Europe have been combined into this series, with
memorials >from Israel being added. However, there are just a few memorials
so far and more are needed. www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/hmi-main.htm .

4.. More pre-war family photos >from Europe, i.e. Manchester, England;
Gruzdziai and Vilnius, Lithuania; Lodz and Pultusk, Poland, Braila, Romania
and Drohobycz, Ukraine. www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/pfh-towns.htm .

5.. Preserving Jewish Heritage: Wyman Brent has plans to house a Jewish
library in Vilnius, Lithuania, and he hopes to collect 100,000 books to make
up its collection. If after reading Wyman's story, you feel that you have
books you believe would make a good addition to this library, please contact
him directly using the email address provided.
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/pjh-vilnius-library-jewish.htm .

6.. Hear “Cantor Yoelson (Al Jolson) Sing Kol Nidre.” First turn on your
speakers. Then click on
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/mfh-syn-yoelson-kol-nidre.htm .
”Kol Nidre” should begin playing automatically once you reach the page.

Best,

Steve Lasky
New York
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com
steve@museumoffamilyhistory.com