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Miriam GOLD #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I have written about Miriam GOLD before but am still searching for her
arrival record. She was the sister of my great-grandmother Rytsa Gold
Finkelstein; their father's name was Chaim.
She came to Winnipeg after World War I >from Kremenets (Poland/Ukraine),
and died there on 3 Oct 1925 reportedly at the age of 98.
She was the divorced wife of the late Itzik Eli Bernstein by whom shehad
five children, all of whom emigrated to Canada before WWI.
I have searched Canadian and American arrival records but have not found
the ship she came on.
Suggestions welcome!


Paul Silverstone
New York
please reply to paulh@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Miriam GOLD #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I have written about Miriam GOLD before but am still searching for her
arrival record. She was the sister of my great-grandmother Rytsa Gold
Finkelstein; their father's name was Chaim.
She came to Winnipeg after World War I >from Kremenets (Poland/Ukraine),
and died there on 3 Oct 1925 reportedly at the age of 98.
She was the divorced wife of the late Itzik Eli Bernstein by whom shehad
five children, all of whom emigrated to Canada before WWI.
I have searched Canadian and American arrival records but have not found
the ship she came on.
Suggestions welcome!


Paul Silverstone
New York
please reply to paulh@...


Lila Friedman #general

Shlomo Katz <SKatz@...>
 

I am searching for Lila Friedman who may have been related to Meyer and
Sarah RESS who are buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont New York.
Meyer may have been the brother of my great-grandfather Menashe REISS.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring Maryland


Cohen and Levi #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 3/26/2006 11:45:01 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
david_kravitz@... writes:

< . . . Cohens are the direct descendants of Aaron, Levites the direct
descendants of Moses and Israelites the rest.

A slight error. Moses was too busy beating rocks and smashing tablets and
writing down the Torah to have fathered all of us Levites. We're descendants
of Jacob's son Levi who was progenitor of the 13th tribe (they owned no rural
territory), the Levites.

Moses was a grandson or greatgrandson of Levi, as was his brother Aaron.
Cohanim, therefore, are also members of the tribe, and are called to the
reading of the Torah as substitutes when no Levite is present.

Michael Bernet haLevi, New York


Kohanim and Levites--and genealogy #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message David Kravitz wrote:

All this poses a thought that has crossed my mind many times. There appear
to be many Cohenim but a shortage of Levites. Suppose an itinerant Jew in
eastern Europe in the 18th or 19th century travels one >from shtetl to
another, many miles away. He finds the new community short of a Cohen or
Levy. Although an Israelite, he tells this new community that he is a Cohen
or Levy. Who would actually know in the absence of surnames?
The burdens on a Cohen probably more than outweigh the privileges. A Cohen
may not marry a convert or a divorced woman, he is limited in his ability to
attend the dead and cannot even enter a cemetery (except to be buried). The
right to be called first to the reading of the Torah, and to have his
"permission" sought when the host summons the diners to recite the grace after
meals, and to be absolved >from the expense of a pidyon haben ceremony for his
first-born son, plus the right (or obligation) to raise his hands in blessing
for the other congregants (on an average of something like seven days a year
in Eastern Europe)--after his hands were washed by Levites, is hardly worth
the bother of telling a fib that most of his fellow Jews would have seen as a
heinous sin. Furthermore, his fellow Kohanim would probably see right through
his lies the first time he joined them for the Threefold Blessing.

I have long sought statistics on the ratio of Kohanim and Levites. Can
anyone supply them. As a Levite myself, I have frequently participated at prayers
and been called to the first reading of the Torah in the absence of a Kohen,
but have never observed a Kohen substituting for an absent Levite :-)

I have been intrigued why the descendants of Aaron, who constituted in his
lifetime probably less than one tenth of he descendants of Levi, should number
so many in our days. I assume that their favored status during the first
Temple period and the second Temple, too, in which they had the best of food,
the best social support, and the least social stress contributed to longer
life and more offspring.

On return >from Babylonian exile in the sixth century BCE, there was a
shortage of Levites in Israel but not of Kohanim. My guess is that with no
Temple in Babylon, the priests had no social or financial incentive to stay
there, never mind the lack of prestige or of satisfaction with their divine
duties. The Levites, on the other hand, who were teachers, singers, prayer
leaders and scribes, had lot of incentives for staying in exile and probable
expectation of hardships in returning to the Holy Land with its reduced Jewish
population.

I woder whether there are data on the ratio of Kohanim and Levites among
Persian and Mesopotamian Jews around the 1940's, that might bear out the above
hypothesis.

Incidentally, the first jewishgen.tpl was founded during the times of the
Jerusalem Temples, occupying itself with meticulous checks on the ancestry of
each person who claimed the status of Kohen. I would assume that the
synagogual authorities in 18th and 19th century Eastern Europe were also
concerned about out-of-town strangers who claimed to be Kohanim.

Michael Bernet haLevi, New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Lila Friedman #general

Shlomo Katz <SKatz@...>
 

I am searching for Lila Friedman who may have been related to Meyer and
Sarah RESS who are buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont New York.
Meyer may have been the brother of my great-grandfather Menashe REISS.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring Maryland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Cohen and Levi #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 3/26/2006 11:45:01 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
david_kravitz@... writes:

< . . . Cohens are the direct descendants of Aaron, Levites the direct
descendants of Moses and Israelites the rest.

A slight error. Moses was too busy beating rocks and smashing tablets and
writing down the Torah to have fathered all of us Levites. We're descendants
of Jacob's son Levi who was progenitor of the 13th tribe (they owned no rural
territory), the Levites.

Moses was a grandson or greatgrandson of Levi, as was his brother Aaron.
Cohanim, therefore, are also members of the tribe, and are called to the
reading of the Torah as substitutes when no Levite is present.

Michael Bernet haLevi, New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Kohanim and Levites--and genealogy #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message David Kravitz wrote:

All this poses a thought that has crossed my mind many times. There appear
to be many Cohenim but a shortage of Levites. Suppose an itinerant Jew in
eastern Europe in the 18th or 19th century travels one >from shtetl to
another, many miles away. He finds the new community short of a Cohen or
Levy. Although an Israelite, he tells this new community that he is a Cohen
or Levy. Who would actually know in the absence of surnames?
The burdens on a Cohen probably more than outweigh the privileges. A Cohen
may not marry a convert or a divorced woman, he is limited in his ability to
attend the dead and cannot even enter a cemetery (except to be buried). The
right to be called first to the reading of the Torah, and to have his
"permission" sought when the host summons the diners to recite the grace after
meals, and to be absolved >from the expense of a pidyon haben ceremony for his
first-born son, plus the right (or obligation) to raise his hands in blessing
for the other congregants (on an average of something like seven days a year
in Eastern Europe)--after his hands were washed by Levites, is hardly worth
the bother of telling a fib that most of his fellow Jews would have seen as a
heinous sin. Furthermore, his fellow Kohanim would probably see right through
his lies the first time he joined them for the Threefold Blessing.

I have long sought statistics on the ratio of Kohanim and Levites. Can
anyone supply them. As a Levite myself, I have frequently participated at prayers
and been called to the first reading of the Torah in the absence of a Kohen,
but have never observed a Kohen substituting for an absent Levite :-)

I have been intrigued why the descendants of Aaron, who constituted in his
lifetime probably less than one tenth of he descendants of Levi, should number
so many in our days. I assume that their favored status during the first
Temple period and the second Temple, too, in which they had the best of food,
the best social support, and the least social stress contributed to longer
life and more offspring.

On return >from Babylonian exile in the sixth century BCE, there was a
shortage of Levites in Israel but not of Kohanim. My guess is that with no
Temple in Babylon, the priests had no social or financial incentive to stay
there, never mind the lack of prestige or of satisfaction with their divine
duties. The Levites, on the other hand, who were teachers, singers, prayer
leaders and scribes, had lot of incentives for staying in exile and probable
expectation of hardships in returning to the Holy Land with its reduced Jewish
population.

I woder whether there are data on the ratio of Kohanim and Levites among
Persian and Mesopotamian Jews around the 1940's, that might bear out the above
hypothesis.

Incidentally, the first jewishgen.tpl was founded during the times of the
Jerusalem Temples, occupying itself with meticulous checks on the ancestry of
each person who claimed the status of Kohen. I would assume that the
synagogual authorities in 18th and 19th century Eastern Europe were also
concerned about out-of-town strangers who claimed to be Kohanim.

Michael Bernet haLevi, New York


Meyer and Sarah RESS / REISS #general

Shlomo Katz <SKatz@...>
 

I am searching for descendants or acquaintances of Meyer and Sarah RESS.
Meyer died in the Bronx, New York on March 16, 1943. They are buried in
Beth David Cemetery in Elmont New York. Meyer may have been the brother
of my great-grandfather Menashe REISS.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring Maryland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Meyer and Sarah RESS / REISS #general

Shlomo Katz <SKatz@...>
 

I am searching for descendants or acquaintances of Meyer and Sarah RESS.
Meyer died in the Bronx, New York on March 16, 1943. They are buried in
Beth David Cemetery in Elmont New York. Meyer may have been the brother
of my great-grandfather Menashe REISS.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring Maryland


Mathilda HERZ-ZARDO #general

Piscopo Federico <icopisky@...>
 

I'm researching about Mathilda HERZ, born in NY in 1860, she was married in
Florence 1890 with italian musicians and composer Napoleone ZARDO
81854-1913). She became vidow in London, then in 1916 emigrated with her
daughter Adelaide Bianca (b.Milan 1891), a pianist. She had also a son,
called ERIC (b.Milan 1892) who was teacher at NY Conservatory of Music. Have
you some notices about this family?


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Mathilda HERZ-ZARDO #general

Piscopo Federico <icopisky@...>
 

I'm researching about Mathilda HERZ, born in NY in 1860, she was married in
Florence 1890 with italian musicians and composer Napoleone ZARDO
81854-1913). She became vidow in London, then in 1916 emigrated with her
daughter Adelaide Bianca (b.Milan 1891), a pianist. She had also a son,
called ERIC (b.Milan 1892) who was teacher at NY Conservatory of Music. Have
you some notices about this family?


Re: City Name: Kurosvenky, Poland #general

Margaret Mikulska
 

Michael Trapunsky wrote:

Does anyone know what city Kurosvenky, Poland would be today? I am
trying to research a WAJSWOL family that came >from there.
Probably Kurozweki near Staszow, which is west of Tarnobrzeg in southern
Poland, but it's hardly a city -- more likely just a village.

On http://www.kurozweki.com/ if you click on English and then on Map,
it'll show you the approximate location.

Actually it's on JewishGen:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/town/kurozweki.htm
but the name lacks the diacritic mark below "e".

-Margaret Mikulska
silvagen@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: City Name: Kurosvenky, Poland #general

Margaret Mikulska
 

Michael Trapunsky wrote:

Does anyone know what city Kurosvenky, Poland would be today? I am
trying to research a WAJSWOL family that came >from there.
Probably Kurozweki near Staszow, which is west of Tarnobrzeg in southern
Poland, but it's hardly a city -- more likely just a village.

On http://www.kurozweki.com/ if you click on English and then on Map,
it'll show you the approximate location.

Actually it's on JewishGen:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/town/kurozweki.htm
but the name lacks the diacritic mark below "e".

-Margaret Mikulska
silvagen@...


Do you have a Napoleon 1812 story? #rabbinic

Nancy Holden
 

Do you have a Napoleon 1812 story?

Roots-Key, the journal of JGSLA, is collecting information about the
Napoleon's Russian Campaign of 1812. We hope to be able to plot the
route >from Kovno to Moscow with your stories. Napoleon's army
covered a broad front stretched north and south through Kovno,
Vilna, Svensionys, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Minsk, bordered by the
Pripet Marshes on the south...crossing the Nieman, the Dneiper, and
the Berezino Rivers...with major battles in Smolensk, Borisov and
Borodino. Every village and villager was affected. Construction,
demolition, pillage, disease and death threatened every shtetl and
town in his path.

There are many stories about Napoleon and the Jews...and the
attitudes and influences of the rabbis. If you have a rabbinic story
or a source, no matter how insignificant or obscure it sounds, we
would like to hear it. If you would like to participate in this
JGSLA project, please contact us at <nholden@...>.

Nancy Holden
Editor, Roots-Key

[Moderator's Note: Please respond directly to the poster]


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Do you have a Napoleon 1812 story? #rabbinic

Nancy Holden
 

Do you have a Napoleon 1812 story?

Roots-Key, the journal of JGSLA, is collecting information about the
Napoleon's Russian Campaign of 1812. We hope to be able to plot the
route >from Kovno to Moscow with your stories. Napoleon's army
covered a broad front stretched north and south through Kovno,
Vilna, Svensionys, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Minsk, bordered by the
Pripet Marshes on the south...crossing the Nieman, the Dneiper, and
the Berezino Rivers...with major battles in Smolensk, Borisov and
Borodino. Every village and villager was affected. Construction,
demolition, pillage, disease and death threatened every shtetl and
town in his path.

There are many stories about Napoleon and the Jews...and the
attitudes and influences of the rabbis. If you have a rabbinic story
or a source, no matter how insignificant or obscure it sounds, we
would like to hear it. If you would like to participate in this
JGSLA project, please contact us at <nholden@...>.

Nancy Holden
Editor, Roots-Key

[Moderator's Note: Please respond directly to the poster]


Yeshiva Esch Tora Riskeve (Ruscova) #rabbinic

Renate Bielefeld <renate.bielefeld@...>
 

Hello,

Can anybody tell me more about the Esch Tora (photo on p.14 Yizkor
Book Ruscova as well) and about HaRav KATZ? Any hint will be
welcome, you may also write to my private email-address.

Thanks,
Renate

Dr. Renate Bielefeld

Researching: GOLDSTEIN; HECHT (HEGYETI); FOGEL; KATZ; FISCHER; SOFER
Ruskova (Visooroszi), Budapest; Sighet; (specially Hungarian time
until 1921) and Hamburg.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Yeshiva Esch Tora Riskeve (Ruscova) #rabbinic

Renate Bielefeld <renate.bielefeld@...>
 

Hello,

Can anybody tell me more about the Esch Tora (photo on p.14 Yizkor
Book Ruscova as well) and about HaRav KATZ? Any hint will be
welcome, you may also write to my private email-address.

Thanks,
Renate

Dr. Renate Bielefeld

Researching: GOLDSTEIN; HECHT (HEGYETI); FOGEL; KATZ; FISCHER; SOFER
Ruskova (Visooroszi), Budapest; Sighet; (specially Hungarian time
until 1921) and Hamburg.


Re: Searching for information on Mauryc SOKOLOWER #gdansk #germany #poland #danzig

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

Additional clarification about "Hausbes." appearing in the 1937/1938
Danziger Einhwohnerbuch. In section II, listings by street, for each
address there is a name followed by a bold "E." According to the
legend in the beginning of section II, this "E" stands for "Eigentuemer"
and designates the owner of the home. If the owner does not reside there,
his residence is listed in parentheses following the "E." So, in the case
of Holzgasse 7, where Abraham SOKOLOWER lived, the owner was Mark. Lindner,
who resided in Warsaw. The fact that "Hausbes," apparantly meaning
"landlord," which appears next to SOKOLOWER's name, appears infrequently
thus might be because most homeowners lived in the homes they owned or
nearby enough to not need a landlord. However, my quick examination
still uncovers few other examples of "Hausbes," even when the homeowner
lived far away, so I wonder whether the circumstances under which this
word could be applied were restricted.

Best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@...
near Washington, D.C.


Re: Searching for information on Mauryc SOKOLOWER #gdansk #germany #poland #danzig

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

Consensus >from a German Danzig group is also that "Hausbes" refers
to a landlord. So, my comment about "squatters" seems to be way
off. I wonder why this does not appear more commonly.

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@...
near Washington, D.C.