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KATZAV/GHASSEB #general

Dov & Varda <yknow@...>
 

I wrote: <Schelly Talalay Dardashti, who is familiar with Persian Jewish
research tells me that KATZAV was originally GHASSEB, which is Farsi for
butcher and the family surname when they lived in Yazd, Iran. KATZAV is the
Hebraicized version of the surname, adopted after Aliya to Israel.>

I'd like to make a correction. Schelly wrote me that KATZAV was Hebrew for
(and not the Hebraicized version of) GHASSEB, both of which mean: butcher.
So, Judith Romney Wegner's surmise is correct: GHASSEB is butcher, as are
KATZAV and KATZOFF.

Varda Epstein
Efrat, Israel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen KATZAV/GHASSEB #general

Dov & Varda <yknow@...>
 

I wrote: <Schelly Talalay Dardashti, who is familiar with Persian Jewish
research tells me that KATZAV was originally GHASSEB, which is Farsi for
butcher and the family surname when they lived in Yazd, Iran. KATZAV is the
Hebraicized version of the surname, adopted after Aliya to Israel.>

I'd like to make a correction. Schelly wrote me that KATZAV was Hebrew for
(and not the Hebraicized version of) GHASSEB, both of which mean: butcher.
So, Judith Romney Wegner's surmise is correct: GHASSEB is butcher, as are
KATZAV and KATZOFF.

Varda Epstein
Efrat, Israel


Pedro and Yocheved BISSINGER. Argentina/Israel #general

Jim Bennett <bennett@...>
 

I'm searching for relatives: Pedro and Yocheved BISSINGER. They were born
in the 1940's in Argentina, lived in Israel in the 1970's and then went
elsewhere. U.S., Europe, Latin America??

Can anyone help? Please reply directly to me.

Jim Bennett
Haifa


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Pedro and Yocheved BISSINGER. Argentina/Israel #general

Jim Bennett <bennett@...>
 

I'm searching for relatives: Pedro and Yocheved BISSINGER. They were born
in the 1940's in Argentina, lived in Israel in the 1970's and then went
elsewhere. U.S., Europe, Latin America??

Can anyone help? Please reply directly to me.

Jim Bennett
Haifa


Expulsion of Jews from France 22 July 1306 #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>
 

According to the BBC Religion and Ethics Newsletter the Jews were expelled
from France by King Philip IV on 22 July 1306 (the day after the fast of 9th
Av in the Hebrew calendar - which is on Thursday).

I knew, of course, that the Jews were expelled >from England in 1290. I
hadn't appreciated that a similar fate subsequently happened to French Jews.

See
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/history/expulsion_from_france.shtml

[or http://tinyurl.com/kxkbq -- Mod.]

Apparently there was a series of readmittance and reexpulsion until 1294.

This didn't encompass the full area of modern France and there was
subsequent expansion of the kingdom into areas to which they had fled
(Burgundy, Savoy, Dauphiné, Roussillon, and the papal lands at Avignon).

Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland) WEITZMAN (Cracow), WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany),
THALHEIMER (Mainbernheim, Germany), KOHN/WEISSKOPF (Wallerstein and
Kleinerdlingen,Germany), LANDAU (only adopted
on leaving Russia/Belarus or later)/FREDKIN (?)
(Gomel, Mogilev, Chernigov, Russia/Belarus)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Expulsion of Jews from France 22 July 1306 #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>
 

According to the BBC Religion and Ethics Newsletter the Jews were expelled
from France by King Philip IV on 22 July 1306 (the day after the fast of 9th
Av in the Hebrew calendar - which is on Thursday).

I knew, of course, that the Jews were expelled >from England in 1290. I
hadn't appreciated that a similar fate subsequently happened to French Jews.

See
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/history/expulsion_from_france.shtml

[or http://tinyurl.com/kxkbq -- Mod.]

Apparently there was a series of readmittance and reexpulsion until 1294.

This didn't encompass the full area of modern France and there was
subsequent expansion of the kingdom into areas to which they had fled
(Burgundy, Savoy, Dauphiné, Roussillon, and the papal lands at Avignon).

Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland) WEITZMAN (Cracow), WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany),
THALHEIMER (Mainbernheim, Germany), KOHN/WEISSKOPF (Wallerstein and
Kleinerdlingen,Germany), LANDAU (only adopted
on leaving Russia/Belarus or later)/FREDKIN (?)
(Gomel, Mogilev, Chernigov, Russia/Belarus)


Are these people the same? #general

Mark Schwartz <markschwartz3@...>
 

Help. I am caught up in a bit of a confusion. I have several
records for a woman named Sarah Borak. I am not sure all
of the records refer to the same person. In some records a
Sora Ryfka Burak has a father named Byszko Burak, in others
Sora Ryfka’s father’s name is Bysk Berkowicz. In some records
Sora Ryfka Burak’s mother is named Basia z Joelow, and in others,
she is listed as Bejla Joskowna.

She died in 1927. Her gravestone, lists Sarah Burak as daughter of
Binyamin Ha Cohen. Her death certificate listed Benjamin Burak and
Fannie Miller as her parents.

Questions:

1. Was marriage allowed between first cousins in the 1800s era in Lomza,
Poland?
2. Is Byszko Burak and Bysk Berkowicz possibly the same person?
3. Is Basia z Joelow (or Joelowna) the same person as Bejla Joskowna
4. Is Bysk a yiddish diminuitive for Binyamin?

Any thoughts. Respond privately please. Thanks.

Mark Schwartz, markschwartz3@comcast.net
Arlington, Virginia
RESEARCHING: Shvartsblat, Permut, Petluk, Borak, Fruman, Chelst,
Szklovitz, Grinfeld


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Are these people the same? #general

Mark Schwartz <markschwartz3@...>
 

Help. I am caught up in a bit of a confusion. I have several
records for a woman named Sarah Borak. I am not sure all
of the records refer to the same person. In some records a
Sora Ryfka Burak has a father named Byszko Burak, in others
Sora Ryfka’s father’s name is Bysk Berkowicz. In some records
Sora Ryfka Burak’s mother is named Basia z Joelow, and in others,
she is listed as Bejla Joskowna.

She died in 1927. Her gravestone, lists Sarah Burak as daughter of
Binyamin Ha Cohen. Her death certificate listed Benjamin Burak and
Fannie Miller as her parents.

Questions:

1. Was marriage allowed between first cousins in the 1800s era in Lomza,
Poland?
2. Is Byszko Burak and Bysk Berkowicz possibly the same person?
3. Is Basia z Joelow (or Joelowna) the same person as Bejla Joskowna
4. Is Bysk a yiddish diminuitive for Binyamin?

Any thoughts. Respond privately please. Thanks.

Mark Schwartz, markschwartz3@comcast.net
Arlington, Virginia
RESEARCHING: Shvartsblat, Permut, Petluk, Borak, Fruman, Chelst,
Szklovitz, Grinfeld


Suchostaw Region Research Group (KRRG) #general

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

The Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG) includes all towns and
villages within an aproximate 35 miles radius of Suchostaw, Tarnopol
Province, Ukraine (formerly Galicia).

Included in our group are shtetlach in the following Administrative Districts:

Borszczow - Buczacz - Czortkow - Husiatyn - Skalat - Tarnopol -
Trembowla - Zbaraz - Zaleszczyki

We include all shtetlach where a member had family links. At the
moment we have over 80 shtetlach. Here are some of them:

Budzanow, , Chorostkow, Darachow, Grzymalow, Jagielnica, Janow,
Kopyczynce, Mielnica, Mikulince, Monasterzyska, Podwoloczyska, Potok
Zloty, Skala, Skalat, Tluste, Wygnanka, Zaleszczyki

To see the complete list of shtetlach included and their webpages go to:
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Suchostaw/SRRGhome.html

Shtetlach were interwoven together like a tapestry and the Jewish
people of neighboring shtetlach linked by marriages, trade and
marketing. They shared schools, cemeteries, kosher butchers, bakers
and more. Smaller shtetlach registered their birth, marriages and
death in a nearby larger shtetl. One should research the neighboring
area as well as an individual shtetl.

Our purpose is to collect and share information about the Jewish
communities that once lived in our shtetlach and to help make family
links. There is no cost or membership fee to join the group. SRRG has
over 350 members >from all over the world. If you have family roots
in the area included in SRRG we invite you to join us.

We have had great success in making family links. Our "making a
match" messages to members researching the same surnames often
result is someone finding a relative or a branch of the family they
did not know existed.

SRRG is affiliated with Gesher Galicia.

If you are attending the IAJGS Conference in New York please join
us. Let me know what shtetl / surname you are researching and if I
have any relevant material I will bring it with me.

Wednesday, August 16
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Room: Herald - Seventh Floor

Susana Leistner Bloch, Coordinator
Suchostaw Region Research Group
bloch@mts.net


Re: 1770 Bay Ridge Pkwy, Brooklyn #general

Bruce W. Goldstein <metfan14@...>
 

Bay Ridge is a section of Brooklyn. However, Bay Ridge Pkwy lies between
74th and 76th streets. It runs >from Bay Parkway in the SE to Shore Pkwy in
the NE.
Try this web site: http://local.live.com/

Bruce W. Goldstein
Ringwood, NJ (formerly, a long time ago, Brooklyn resident)

Monica Talmor wrote on 31 jul 2006 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

I need help finding out who manages the building at 1770 75th St. in
Brooklyn, also known as Bay Ridge Parkway.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Suchostaw Region Research Group (KRRG) #general

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

The Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG) includes all towns and
villages within an aproximate 35 miles radius of Suchostaw, Tarnopol
Province, Ukraine (formerly Galicia).

Included in our group are shtetlach in the following Administrative Districts:

Borszczow - Buczacz - Czortkow - Husiatyn - Skalat - Tarnopol -
Trembowla - Zbaraz - Zaleszczyki

We include all shtetlach where a member had family links. At the
moment we have over 80 shtetlach. Here are some of them:

Budzanow, , Chorostkow, Darachow, Grzymalow, Jagielnica, Janow,
Kopyczynce, Mielnica, Mikulince, Monasterzyska, Podwoloczyska, Potok
Zloty, Skala, Skalat, Tluste, Wygnanka, Zaleszczyki

To see the complete list of shtetlach included and their webpages go to:
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Suchostaw/SRRGhome.html

Shtetlach were interwoven together like a tapestry and the Jewish
people of neighboring shtetlach linked by marriages, trade and
marketing. They shared schools, cemeteries, kosher butchers, bakers
and more. Smaller shtetlach registered their birth, marriages and
death in a nearby larger shtetl. One should research the neighboring
area as well as an individual shtetl.

Our purpose is to collect and share information about the Jewish
communities that once lived in our shtetlach and to help make family
links. There is no cost or membership fee to join the group. SRRG has
over 350 members >from all over the world. If you have family roots
in the area included in SRRG we invite you to join us.

We have had great success in making family links. Our "making a
match" messages to members researching the same surnames often
result is someone finding a relative or a branch of the family they
did not know existed.

SRRG is affiliated with Gesher Galicia.

If you are attending the IAJGS Conference in New York please join
us. Let me know what shtetl / surname you are researching and if I
have any relevant material I will bring it with me.

Wednesday, August 16
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Room: Herald - Seventh Floor

Susana Leistner Bloch, Coordinator
Suchostaw Region Research Group
bloch@mts.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: 1770 Bay Ridge Pkwy, Brooklyn #general

Bruce W. Goldstein <metfan14@...>
 

Bay Ridge is a section of Brooklyn. However, Bay Ridge Pkwy lies between
74th and 76th streets. It runs >from Bay Parkway in the SE to Shore Pkwy in
the NE.
Try this web site: http://local.live.com/

Bruce W. Goldstein
Ringwood, NJ (formerly, a long time ago, Brooklyn resident)

Monica Talmor wrote on 31 jul 2006 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

I need help finding out who manages the building at 1770 75th St. in
Brooklyn, also known as Bay Ridge Parkway.


Annual International Child Survivors Conference - August 25 –28, 2006 #general

felicia zieff
 

Remembrance and Reunion: A Celebration of Life
Annual International Child Survivors Conference
August 25 – 28, 2006
Dearborn, Michigan

A note >from C.H.A.I.M.-Children of Holocaust-Survivors
Association In Michigan
(WWW.CHAIM2G.ORG)

The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors wishes
to invite all 2nd and 3rd Generation to attend this
incredible gathering. As you can see >from the list of
activities, we have all worked very hard to bring you
important, interesting, and high quality workshops,
panels, and lectures. There will be opportunities for
networking, meeting and making new friends, learning
and sharing, as well as entertainment. We hope you
will attend the Conference and we will make every
effort to make the Conference meaningful and enjoyable
for you. Religious services will be available.

Keynote Speakers: Helen Epstein, Michael Berenbaum
Tentative Programs
Workshops:
Who Are We? Our Similarities and Our Differences
The Sandwiched Generation: Our Aging Parents, Our
Children, Ourselves
Where Do We Go >from Here?
2G and 3G Networking, Spouses programs
Lectures, Panels, and Presentations:
·Speaking Effectively About the Holocaust
·Needy Survivors -What Are We Doing to Help?
·Our Literature: Child Survivors and the Second
Generation
·How Are we Doing: An Overview >from Survivors and
Descendants
·After Liberation; Israel; Genealogy; Christians and
the Holocaust: 60 Years Later
·Memoir Writing, and Many Others

Registration Cost: $300. Day passes are available for
local participants.

Applications at: www.wfjcsh.org. For information
email: Holocaustchild@comcast.net or call
1-248-932-1834. Advanced registration required. No
registration at the door. For Hotel Reservations,
call Hyatt Regency Dearborn, 800-233-1234 or
313-593-1234 Special room rates available for
reservations made by August 10: $79 per night.

In order to facilitate those attending, the conference
organizers would like to help with transportation to
and >from the airport. Please let them know your
flight information (arrival and departure times).
Send this information to: Holocaustchild@comcast.net
Note: The important exhibition entitled The Jews of
Czestochowa: Coexistence-Holocaust-Memory will be in
Detroit, Michigan during the World Federation
Conference.

Felicia P. Zieff
Association of Descendants of the Shoah - Illinois, Inc.
http://adsillinois.org
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/zloczew/zloczew.html


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Annual International Child Survivors Conference - August 25 –28, 2006 #general

felicia zieff
 

Remembrance and Reunion: A Celebration of Life
Annual International Child Survivors Conference
August 25 – 28, 2006
Dearborn, Michigan

A note >from C.H.A.I.M.-Children of Holocaust-Survivors
Association In Michigan
(WWW.CHAIM2G.ORG)

The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors wishes
to invite all 2nd and 3rd Generation to attend this
incredible gathering. As you can see >from the list of
activities, we have all worked very hard to bring you
important, interesting, and high quality workshops,
panels, and lectures. There will be opportunities for
networking, meeting and making new friends, learning
and sharing, as well as entertainment. We hope you
will attend the Conference and we will make every
effort to make the Conference meaningful and enjoyable
for you. Religious services will be available.

Keynote Speakers: Helen Epstein, Michael Berenbaum
Tentative Programs
Workshops:
Who Are We? Our Similarities and Our Differences
The Sandwiched Generation: Our Aging Parents, Our
Children, Ourselves
Where Do We Go >from Here?
2G and 3G Networking, Spouses programs
Lectures, Panels, and Presentations:
·Speaking Effectively About the Holocaust
·Needy Survivors -What Are We Doing to Help?
·Our Literature: Child Survivors and the Second
Generation
·How Are we Doing: An Overview >from Survivors and
Descendants
·After Liberation; Israel; Genealogy; Christians and
the Holocaust: 60 Years Later
·Memoir Writing, and Many Others

Registration Cost: $300. Day passes are available for
local participants.

Applications at: www.wfjcsh.org. For information
email: Holocaustchild@comcast.net or call
1-248-932-1834. Advanced registration required. No
registration at the door. For Hotel Reservations,
call Hyatt Regency Dearborn, 800-233-1234 or
313-593-1234 Special room rates available for
reservations made by August 10: $79 per night.

In order to facilitate those attending, the conference
organizers would like to help with transportation to
and >from the airport. Please let them know your
flight information (arrival and departure times).
Send this information to: Holocaustchild@comcast.net
Note: The important exhibition entitled The Jews of
Czestochowa: Coexistence-Holocaust-Memory will be in
Detroit, Michigan during the World Federation
Conference.

Felicia P. Zieff
Association of Descendants of the Shoah - Illinois, Inc.
http://adsillinois.org
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/zloczew/zloczew.html


SCHUSTER- Frankfurt am Main- "Juedische Hocharistokratie" #germany

Adam Yamey <adamandlopa@...>
 

In a family history that I am presently transcribing
from handwritten German, a distant cousin of my
mother’s, Heinrich (later, Henry) BERGMANN (1831,
Dittenheim – 1866, Aliwal North) is described. The
description contains the following : “Er muss eine
nicht nur gescheite, ja brillante Persönlichkeit
gewesen sein. So sehr, dass er eine Frau der jüdischen
Hocharistokratie heiraten konnte, eine geborene Schuster“.

The lucky bride was Charlotte Jenny SCHUSTER, born
25th Sept 1837, in Frankfurt-am-Main. Her parents were
Beer Lazarus SCHUSTER and Sara née BONN.

I would like to know:
1. More about this SCHUSTER family
2. When Charlotte died
3. Whether she re-married after Henry BERGMANN died,
and if so were there any children >from a second or
subsequent marriage.

Furthermore, I am curious to know why the writer of
the family history should have considered Henry’s
bride to have been part of the ’jüdischen
Hocharistokratie’.

Any help with these matters will greatly assist my
research, and will be gratefully accepted.

Best wishes to all from,
Adam Yamey, London, UK <adamandlopa@yahoo.co.uk.>


German SIG #Germany SCHUSTER- Frankfurt am Main- "Juedische Hocharistokratie" #germany

Adam Yamey <adamandlopa@...>
 

In a family history that I am presently transcribing
from handwritten German, a distant cousin of my
mother’s, Heinrich (later, Henry) BERGMANN (1831,
Dittenheim – 1866, Aliwal North) is described. The
description contains the following : “Er muss eine
nicht nur gescheite, ja brillante Persönlichkeit
gewesen sein. So sehr, dass er eine Frau der jüdischen
Hocharistokratie heiraten konnte, eine geborene Schuster“.

The lucky bride was Charlotte Jenny SCHUSTER, born
25th Sept 1837, in Frankfurt-am-Main. Her parents were
Beer Lazarus SCHUSTER and Sara née BONN.

I would like to know:
1. More about this SCHUSTER family
2. When Charlotte died
3. Whether she re-married after Henry BERGMANN died,
and if so were there any children >from a second or
subsequent marriage.

Furthermore, I am curious to know why the writer of
the family history should have considered Henry’s
bride to have been part of the ’jüdischen
Hocharistokratie’.

Any help with these matters will greatly assist my
research, and will be gratefully accepted.

Best wishes to all from,
Adam Yamey, London, UK <adamandlopa@yahoo.co.uk.>


Names of people killed in Starobin, Minsk in 1941 #belarus

Shoshana L. Boublil
 

Yad Vashem has just published many documents on their website, =
pertaining to what happened to jews during the years of the Holocaust. =
The documents cannot be searched by name, but there are other options.

I entered Starobin, and obtained a 14 page document of Jews killed in =
Starobin in 1941. Only one problem - it's in Russian and I don't read =
Russian. I know some of the alphabet, but not enough.

I was hoping someone could assist me: I am looking for relatives name =
RUBNICZ (or RUBNITZ or RUBNITS) on the list. Also, what are the titles =
of the various columns.

Here is the URL:

http://www.yadvashem.org/lwp/workplace/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_3N7/.cmd/acd/.a=
r/sa.myAction/.c/6_0_288/.ce/7_0_3T5/.p/5_0_2E8
[MODERATOR NOTE: If you have a firewall, you must disable it before trying to search
anything at Yad Vashem--URL not able to be checked by Moderator]
Thank you,

Shoshana L. Boublil
Ramat Gan, Israel

Researching:
KORB; SKAIST; RABIN; RUBNICH; EPSTEIN; SHERESHEVSKY; OSHEROVITZ; JOFFE; =
SEGAL; LEVINE; SHAPIRO; BOUBLIL; ARBIB(ARBIV); KISH.


Meaning of ha Levi and significance to Rabbinic research #rabbinic

Jeff Miller
 

I have come across cemetery information about the following individual
who I believe to be related who passed away in January 1946.

Meyer FINKELSTEIN
Meir Leib b. Shmuel Yitzhak Ha Levi and Fruma Chaikel. He died at age
77 and is buried in what I believe is a family plot in Mt. Zion.

Meyer (Mayer) FINKELSTEIN and wife Jennie had daughters Bess GOLDMAN,
Esther GARDNER, Anna ELIAS, Martha KODISH, Charles and Harry
FINKELSTEIN. I believe Meyr (Mayer) arrived in New York in 1893.

My question is, What is the meaning of "ha Levi" and what if any is
its significance to Rabbinic research?

Thank you for responding to what may well be a very naive question.

Researching: FINKELSTEIN, LAN (LANE), IUDELOVICH (YUDELOWITZ), VAINER
(WIENER), VAISMAN (WEISSMAN/WHITEMAN), BLANKFORT/BLANKFURT,
SPEKTOR/SPECTOR, RABINOVICH/RABINOWITZ, ABARBANEL/BARBANEL, and others
from Panevezys, Kaunas, Sirvintos, Seta, Vilijampole/Slobodka,
Lithuania, and around the world.

Jeff Miller
Washington DC/Maryland subrurbs


Belarus SIG #Belarus Names of people killed in Starobin, Minsk in 1941 #belarus

Shoshana L. Boublil
 

Yad Vashem has just published many documents on their website, =
pertaining to what happened to jews during the years of the Holocaust. =
The documents cannot be searched by name, but there are other options.

I entered Starobin, and obtained a 14 page document of Jews killed in =
Starobin in 1941. Only one problem - it's in Russian and I don't read =
Russian. I know some of the alphabet, but not enough.

I was hoping someone could assist me: I am looking for relatives name =
RUBNICZ (or RUBNITZ or RUBNITS) on the list. Also, what are the titles =
of the various columns.

Here is the URL:

http://www.yadvashem.org/lwp/workplace/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_3N7/.cmd/acd/.a=
r/sa.myAction/.c/6_0_288/.ce/7_0_3T5/.p/5_0_2E8
[MODERATOR NOTE: If you have a firewall, you must disable it before trying to search
anything at Yad Vashem--URL not able to be checked by Moderator]
Thank you,

Shoshana L. Boublil
Ramat Gan, Israel

Researching:
KORB; SKAIST; RABIN; RUBNICH; EPSTEIN; SHERESHEVSKY; OSHEROVITZ; JOFFE; =
SEGAL; LEVINE; SHAPIRO; BOUBLIL; ARBIB(ARBIV); KISH.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Meaning of ha Levi and significance to Rabbinic research #rabbinic

Jeff Miller
 

I have come across cemetery information about the following individual
who I believe to be related who passed away in January 1946.

Meyer FINKELSTEIN
Meir Leib b. Shmuel Yitzhak Ha Levi and Fruma Chaikel. He died at age
77 and is buried in what I believe is a family plot in Mt. Zion.

Meyer (Mayer) FINKELSTEIN and wife Jennie had daughters Bess GOLDMAN,
Esther GARDNER, Anna ELIAS, Martha KODISH, Charles and Harry
FINKELSTEIN. I believe Meyr (Mayer) arrived in New York in 1893.

My question is, What is the meaning of "ha Levi" and what if any is
its significance to Rabbinic research?

Thank you for responding to what may well be a very naive question.

Researching: FINKELSTEIN, LAN (LANE), IUDELOVICH (YUDELOWITZ), VAINER
(WIENER), VAISMAN (WEISSMAN/WHITEMAN), BLANKFORT/BLANKFURT,
SPEKTOR/SPECTOR, RABINOVICH/RABINOWITZ, ABARBANEL/BARBANEL, and others
from Panevezys, Kaunas, Sirvintos, Seta, Vilijampole/Slobodka,
Lithuania, and around the world.

Jeff Miller
Washington DC/Maryland subrurbs