Re: Chiah Haja Brucha SCHINDER #names


This is a common question that needs a bit more clarity. Do you mean what English names are likely that she used so you can find other records? Or what do the names literally translate to? Or what more current name could be equivalent, for example to name someone after her?
The first name is not something I've seen before but it seems like an alternate for the second name Chaya which has the root "chai" meaning life, Bracha means blessing. Likely English equivalent names might depend on the time when the name would have been anglicized, but things that come to mind are Hannah or Heidi or Harriet. There are no rules as to what English names were used so it could have been anything, but it is common that the Hebrew and English names would share a first sound.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Jewish man as Mayor of shtetl Teofipol Imperial Russia #russia #general

Jeremy Lichtman

As others have noted, after the revolution in 1917, there were Jewish mayors.

General David Petrovsky (aka Lipetz) was mayor of Berdichev for a period of time.


Jeremy Lichtman
Toronto, Canada

Re: Translation from Hebrew to English #translation


By zooming in you can see that her Hebrew name is in fact Chaya Esther and not Chana Esther as some posted.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Requesting Help Reading Passenger List #names #poland #ukraine


After posting I found a list for the same family showing their departure from Hamburg (lines 323-327).  This might be a bit easier to read and the town looks more like Chernigov, Russia here.

Susan Rand-Lakritz
Kfar Vradim, Israel
(originally from Philadelphia, PA)

Re: ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation #russia



In Russian:


Давид-Мордехай Гутерман

Состоялось в городе Лублин 27-го декабря 1912 года (9 января 1913 года) в 10 часов утра.  Явился еврей: Мошек Гутерман, портной, 26-и лет, житель города Люблина и в присутствии свидетелей Берки Тухмана, домовладельца, 49-и лет и Абрама-Герша Фридмана, резчика печатей,41-го года, жителей города Люблина и предъявили нам  мальчика, объявляя, что он родился в городе Люблин, в доме под номером 598 с половиной, 20-го декабря 1912 года (2 января 1913 года) от него и законной жены Суры-Либы, урожденной Вайсброт, 21-го года.  Младенцу этому при обрезании дано имя Давид-Мордехай.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан, ими и нами подписан.

Мошек Гутерман

Берка Тухман

Абрам-Герш Фридман

Чиновник гражданского состояния, штабс капитан        Подпись

Translated into English:


David-Mordechai Guterman

It took place in the city of Lublin on December 27, 1912 (January 9, 1913) at 10 am. A Jew appeared: Moshek Guterman, a tailor, 26 years old, a resident of the city of Lublin and in the presence of witnesses Berka Tukhman, a homeowner, 49 years old and Abram-Gersh Fridman, a seal carver, 41 years old, residents of the city of Lublin, and showed us the boy , announcing that he was born in the city of Lublin, at house number 598 and a half, on December 20, 1912 (January 2, 1913) from him and his legal wife Sura-Liba, nee Weisbrot, 21 years old. This baby was given the name David-Mordechai during circumcision. This act was read to those present, they and we signed.

Moshek Guterman

Berka Tukhman

Abram-Gersh Friedman

Civil Status Officer, Staff Captain Signature
Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Jewish man as Mayor of shtetl Teofipol Imperial Russia #russia #general

Doug Cohen

According to the yizkor book of the town of Sierpc (now Poland), my ggf was the parnass -- which could easily be translated as the mayor, but only of the Jewish community in the town.

Doug Cohen
Sarasota, Florida
Lexington, MA

Re: Dobrowa Tarnowską records #poland #records

Richard Cooper

Howard Fink has comprehensively answered your question - no records before 1882 seem to have survived. This is unfortunate, because my MILLET family came from Dąbrowa Tarnowska.
It might be worth your while checking to see if relatives were born, married or died in Tarnow, the nearest city.
If you want to know what happened to the Jews of 
Dąbrowa Tarnowska during the Shoah, this is an excellent and comprehensive account

Ric Cooper (NB: Not related to any COOPERs!)
Midhurst, UK
MILLET, ENGELBERG, BLUMENKEHL, SUSSWEIN, WACKS & PITERZIL from Tarnow, Dabrowa Tarnowska and Lezajsk
YAROSHEVSKY, SHAPOCHNIKOW & GRANITUR from Odessa and Zlatopol/Novomirgorod
LEWINSTEIN from Berdichev

Re: Town Finder Question #holocaust

Alan Shuchat

The TownFinder only identifies towns with substantial Jewish communities. If what you are looking for isn’t there, try the JewishGen Gazetteer by going to the Communities Main Page from the TownFinder. The Gazetteer found 5 possible towns: one in Poland, two in the Czech Republic, and two in Croatia.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Requesting Help Reading Passenger List #names #poland #ukraine


I would like help in reading the handwriting on lines 315-319 at the bottom of the page for the Abramowitz family. 
I believe that line 315 is Sore (what is her designation in the 5th column?), 316 is Dwore (my gggm), 317 is Nocheme (my ggm Nechama/Annie), 318 (I can't make this out at all!), and 319 is Abraham.  The children on lines 318 & 319 are new to me and would like to research them further.
It says that they are from Poland but I can't make out the town.  My information is that they were from Chernihiv, Ukraine so I would like to know what this says.
Thanks in advance for your help.

Susan Rand-Lakritz
Kfar Vradim, Israel
(originally from Philadelphia, PA)

Re: headings in Alex Krakovsky files #translation


Different metric books might have different headers.  It would help if you post a screenshot of the header or a link the specific pdf file.

Mike Vayser

Re: Translation from Hebrew to English #translation

Alex Magocsi

Thank you to all.  This has helped me tremendously.  

Alex Magocsi

November 2020 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs #records

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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•             (Arolsen Archives) Arolsen Archives Adds One Million Documents to Their Online Archive

•             (Australia) 2021 Census Preparations are Underway

•             (Australia) Attorney General Announces review of Privacy Act

•             (Australia’s National Archives Contract to Digitize World War l Service records

•             (Austria) Facebook Loses Court Case in Online Speech Case

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•             (China) China to Hold 7th Decennial Census


•             (European Union) A Group of European Companies Complain to EU Commission About Google

•             (European Union)  European Commission Informs Amazon they Breached Anti-Trust Rules

•             (European Union)  EU Data Protection Board Issues Recommendations on Data Transfer Between EU and Other Countries

•             (European Union) EU Market Commissioner Says US Technology Could be Banned From Europe

•             (European Union)  New Proposal offers Protections for Corporate and Public Service Data

•             (European Union) None of Your Business Files Suit Against Apple Over iPhone Tracking

•             (European Union) Online Technology Giants Being Made to Open Advertising Archives to Anti-Trust Regulators

•             (European Union) Second Proposal for Cross-Border Transfer Agreement is Proposed.


•             (France )   Archives Nationale Online Catalog

•             (France) France Orders Big Tech to Pay Digital Tax

•             (France)  Google Signs With Six French Publications on Copyright Agreements

•             (India) India’s Personal Protection Act of 2019

•             (Ireland)  Irish Data Protection Commission Must Pay Activist’s Costs in Facebook Litigation

•             (Russia) Russian Parliament Draft Law Blocking US Media Giants

•             (Scotland) Scotland’s People Adds Mother’s Maiden Name to One Million Death Record Indexes

•             (Sweden) Court Rejects Google’s Privacy Case

•             (United Kingdom) Isle of Man Records of Last Native Manx Speakers and Wartime Internees to be Digitized and Put Online


•             (US) 2020 Census Heads Back to Court

•             (US) Census Officials Say They Can’t Meet President Trump’s December Deadline Regarding Population Totals

•             (US)Census Takers Told to Enter False Information-Census Bureau Denies Allegations

•             (US) Department of Homeland Security ratifies Departmental Actions Including About USCIS

•             (US) FTC Complaint on Zoom

•             (US) NARA’s Index to Naturalizations of World War l Soldiers

•             (US) Supreme Court Hears Case Involving FOIA

•             (US) USCIS N-644 Application for Posthumous Citizenship

•             (US-California) Proposition 24 Amending California Consumer Privacy Act Passes

•             (US-NYS) Privacy Bill Introduced “It’s Your Data Act” SB 9073

•             (US-WA) Washington State Department of Health Handouts on New Vital Records Law


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These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.

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Re: Jewish man as Mayor of shtetl Teofipol Imperial Russia #russia #general


Dear Marilyn,
"Mayor" may be a very loose translation of the position the uncle held.  My great uncle Simon Schaeffler was the President or Chairman of the Jewish Kultesgemeinde (community organization) in Storozynetz, Bukovina (Austria before WWI, Romania between the wars, now in Ukraine).  His nephews, who I knew well here in the USA, called him "The Mayor of Storozynetz," for lack of a better term or translation.  When the Nazis arrived in Storozynetz, they shot and killed Simon Schaeffler on the first day.  His wife, my GM's older half-sister Clara Kantorczy Schaeffler died in the Czernowitz transit camp, according to Romanian government records.
Hope this helps,

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

Farhi family- Rhodes to Tangier #general

שניר יחזקאל

I would like to ask you some several questions about my grandma’s past -  
The Farhi family lived in Rhodes until 1939. With the beginning of World War II, Italy ruled an aggressive antisemitic attitude on the Jewish people in Rhodes [which formerly belonged to the Italian nation at that time]. The family included 9 souls which w then considered one of the most multi-child families all over Rhodes. 
As the war progressed, enormous efforts have been made by the International Community to save the lives of as many Jews as possible. So, it was determined that some of the most multi-children Jews families [including the Farhi family] will sail to a destination that will keep them safe. After a long “journey” from place to place, they arrived nearly 24 days after they left Rhodes to Tangier - where they stayed for 6 years
SoI would like to ask if you have some knowledge about the organization that has helped them to exit Rhodes and enter Tangier, and maybe the names of the places they have been before entering Tangier?
I’m trying to look for some documents and information about that and will bless any Information or document that will help me to understand more about my grandmother’s past. 
I appreciate your help and work, 
Thank you very much
Snir Ahiad Yehezkel,
[Email to contact me - Snir.yehezkel@...]

Re: Dobrowa Tarnowską records #poland #records

Howard Fink


The Jewish vital records from Dąbrowa Tarnowska are not held at AGAD. They are mostly in the Tarnów branch of the Polish State Archives. The Town Page for this town at JRI-Poland shows that Birth records 1882-1913 are held in Archive 33 (Tarnów), Fond 374, and Marriage records 1919 are held in Archive 29 (Kraków), Fond 526. In fact the same Fond at the Tarnów Archive now also holds the Birth records up through 1917, Death records 1916-1936 and Marriage records 1915-1937 (except 1919).

If you need to contact them for records which have not yet been scanned the contact information will depend on which branch of the PSA has the records you need. Information about how to do this can be found here:
You can find the contact information here:

Scanned images of some of these records are also on the website where you can view and download them if you know the year and record number(s). At this time they have only scanned the Birth records 1882-1903. This is where I found the 1894 birth record for Reizel KANNER which I sent you in 2016.

Howard Fink
Dąbrowa Tarnowska Town Coordinator
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

Re: Seeking Professor Krystyna Cedro-Ceremuzynska #warsaw #poland

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

Professor Krystyna Cedro-Ceremuzynska lives still in Konstancin-Jeziorno. I didn't found any actual telephone or mail address. I propose to send a message to Mrs. Hanna Kaniasta. (hkaniasta@...). She is the coordinator of the Virtual Museum Konstancin and had recently contact with her. 
Ruth Leiserowitz 

Re: Translation from Hebrew to English #translation


Here lies a woman, Chana Ester daughter of Moshe Yechiel, died 2 Kislev, 5678.   May her soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life.
Here lies a dear man, Feivel son of Yosef, died 21 Tevet 5683.  May his soul be bound up.....

David Rosen
Boston, Mass, USA

On 11/30/2020 12:09 PM, Alex Magocsi wrote:
Can someone assist with translations of the Hebrew on this gravestone for Philip and Hannah Greif?

Thank you
Alex Magocsi
Hamburg Germany

Researching Greif and Grosz

Re: Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation First Beth Tphilah (224-228 Hopkins St. Brooklyn) #usa

Steve Herberman

Google books did turn up an entry in the YIVO holdings I’ll post below. I’m personally interested in post 1916 records. YIVO seems to have the following records:
1901-1907 1/2 in (RG1216) Founded in 1894 in Brooklyn NY. Minutes, 1901

Steve Herberman
Chevy Chase MD USA

Jewish man as Mayor of shtetl Teofipol Imperial Russia #russia #general


By 1920, Russia had become the Soviet Union, where the Jewish Leon Trotsky, born Lev Bronstein, became foreign minister and head of the army.  Mayor of a town/city would have been no great shakes.
Yale Zussman

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