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Tauber Report - January 7, 2004 #rabbinic

Larry Tauber <ltauber@...>
 

Dear Rav Siggers:

The following is a summary of families covered by the January 2, 2004
Machberes column:

1. HESCHEL - Mention of the passing of R. Meshulem Syshe Yehoshua
HESCHEL (1930-2003) [married Rochel LUSTIG, sister of R. Yaakov
LUSTIG; their sister married R. Ben Zion SHENKER], his brother,
R. Moshe Mordechai HESCHEL (1929-1977), and three sisters, Chava
[widow of R. Zalman GURARY,], Manya [widow of R. Mordechai FINK]
and Pearl [widow of R. Yaakov Yosef TWERSKY (1928-2001)], children
of R. Avrohom Yehoshua HESCHEL (1888-1969) [son-in-law of R. Moshe
Mordechai HESCHEL (1873-1916)], son of R. Yitzchok Meir HESCHEL
(1861-1935), son of R. Avrohom Yehoshua HESCHEL (1832-1880), son of
Meshulem Syshe HESCHEL (11813-1863), son of R. Yitzchok Meir HESCHEL
(1776-1856), son of R. Avrohom Yehoshua HESCHEL (1748-1825), known
as the Apter Rav. Mentioned are two of R. Meshulem Syshe Yehoshua
HESCHEL's children: Shoshanna [married R. Nochum Dov Ber BREYER],
Esther [married R. Zvi TEITLEBAUM], Miriam [married R. Israel
HARTMAN], Sarah [married R. Shulem FRANCIS] and Dinah [married
R. Chanoch KATZENSTEIN]and two of his nephews, R. Yitzchok Meir
HESCHEL and R. Yitzchak Meir FINKELSTEIN. Further family details can
be found in The Unbroken Chain.

2. LEIFER - Mentioned, R. Chaim LEIFER,son of R. Aaron Aryeh Leib
LEIFER (d. 1963), son of R. Yechiel LEIFER (d. 1928), son of R. Yosef
LEIFER (d. 1927), son of R. Yesocher Bertcha LEIFER. They are descended
from Rabbi Meir the Great of Premishlan. Additional information can be
found in Meir Wunder's "Meorei Galitziah."

3. BIDERMAN - R. Shimon BIDERMAN, son of R. Avrohom Shlomo BIDERMAN
(1928-2000), son of R. Moshe Mordechai BIDERMAN (1904-1987), son of
R. Shimon Natan Nata BIDERMAN (1870-1929), son of R. Elazar Menachum
Mendel BIDERMAN (1827-1883), son of R. Moshe (1777-1850), son of
R. Dovid (1746-1813).

Note to those who have e-mailed directly with questions regarding the
report: I generally try to respond, although sometimes I lose track.
If I don't respond immediately, then I don't have any substantive
information on hand and must do further resreach or checking.

Larry Tauber


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Tauber Report - January 7, 2004 #rabbinic

Larry Tauber <ltauber@...>
 

Dear Rav Siggers:

The following is a summary of families covered by the January 2, 2004
Machberes column:

1. HESCHEL - Mention of the passing of R. Meshulem Syshe Yehoshua
HESCHEL (1930-2003) [married Rochel LUSTIG, sister of R. Yaakov
LUSTIG; their sister married R. Ben Zion SHENKER], his brother,
R. Moshe Mordechai HESCHEL (1929-1977), and three sisters, Chava
[widow of R. Zalman GURARY,], Manya [widow of R. Mordechai FINK]
and Pearl [widow of R. Yaakov Yosef TWERSKY (1928-2001)], children
of R. Avrohom Yehoshua HESCHEL (1888-1969) [son-in-law of R. Moshe
Mordechai HESCHEL (1873-1916)], son of R. Yitzchok Meir HESCHEL
(1861-1935), son of R. Avrohom Yehoshua HESCHEL (1832-1880), son of
Meshulem Syshe HESCHEL (11813-1863), son of R. Yitzchok Meir HESCHEL
(1776-1856), son of R. Avrohom Yehoshua HESCHEL (1748-1825), known
as the Apter Rav. Mentioned are two of R. Meshulem Syshe Yehoshua
HESCHEL's children: Shoshanna [married R. Nochum Dov Ber BREYER],
Esther [married R. Zvi TEITLEBAUM], Miriam [married R. Israel
HARTMAN], Sarah [married R. Shulem FRANCIS] and Dinah [married
R. Chanoch KATZENSTEIN]and two of his nephews, R. Yitzchok Meir
HESCHEL and R. Yitzchak Meir FINKELSTEIN. Further family details can
be found in The Unbroken Chain.

2. LEIFER - Mentioned, R. Chaim LEIFER,son of R. Aaron Aryeh Leib
LEIFER (d. 1963), son of R. Yechiel LEIFER (d. 1928), son of R. Yosef
LEIFER (d. 1927), son of R. Yesocher Bertcha LEIFER. They are descended
from Rabbi Meir the Great of Premishlan. Additional information can be
found in Meir Wunder's "Meorei Galitziah."

3. BIDERMAN - R. Shimon BIDERMAN, son of R. Avrohom Shlomo BIDERMAN
(1928-2000), son of R. Moshe Mordechai BIDERMAN (1904-1987), son of
R. Shimon Natan Nata BIDERMAN (1870-1929), son of R. Elazar Menachum
Mendel BIDERMAN (1827-1883), son of R. Moshe (1777-1850), son of
R. Dovid (1746-1813).

Note to those who have e-mailed directly with questions regarding the
report: I generally try to respond, although sometimes I lose track.
If I don't respond immediately, then I don't have any substantive
information on hand and must do further resreach or checking.

Larry Tauber


The Name "Shmelka" #general

hekenvin@...
 

Is Shmelka (as a first name, not a surname) a "kinui" of Shmuel? If not, what
is the derivative of the name?

With thanks,
Helene Kenvin
Researching: WEISMAN (Trembovla, Semanov); WIESENTHAL (Skala Podolska);
SCHWARTZ, WEISS, BALAYTY (Miskolc); COHEN (Gnesen, Prussia; 19th century NYC
and Richmond, VA); WAXMAN, EINBINDER, COHEN (Kalarash, Bessarabia);
ROTHOLZ (Hamburg; 19th century NYC; Richmond, VA; Kansas City, Kansas);
KHENVIN (Kremenchug; Kiev); WALTMAN (Chotin, Zhvanits Bessarabia); GOODMAN
(Chotin).


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The Name "Shmelka" #general

hekenvin@...
 

Is Shmelka (as a first name, not a surname) a "kinui" of Shmuel? If not, what
is the derivative of the name?

With thanks,
Helene Kenvin
Researching: WEISMAN (Trembovla, Semanov); WIESENTHAL (Skala Podolska);
SCHWARTZ, WEISS, BALAYTY (Miskolc); COHEN (Gnesen, Prussia; 19th century NYC
and Richmond, VA); WAXMAN, EINBINDER, COHEN (Kalarash, Bessarabia);
ROTHOLZ (Hamburg; 19th century NYC; Richmond, VA; Kansas City, Kansas);
KHENVIN (Kremenchug; Kiev); WALTMAN (Chotin, Zhvanits Bessarabia); GOODMAN
(Chotin).


January 15 JGS of North Jersey meeting #general

Paul & Myrna Lewis <pmlewis@...>
 

The January 15, 2004 meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of North
Jersey will be a demonstration of how scanners and digital cameras can
greatly enhance a genealogist's database and reports. Susan Kobren and Bob
Kraus will be the presenters. Both are well versed in the use of this
modern technology.

Scanning is an invaluable tool for preserving copies of old documents and
photographs. Hints will be given on how to touch up old and damaged photos.

The JGS meetings are held at the YM-YWHA of North Jersey, 1 Pike Drive,
Wayne, NJ. The Charles & Bessie Goldman Library will be open at 7 P.M. to
give those interested a chance to use our extensive resource center and
socialize. The program will begin at 8 P.M. There is no charge for the
program. All are welcome.

Future meetings dates: Thurs February 19 and Thurs March 18

For dates, information, or directions, contact:
Paul 845-357-5567, Evan 973-595-0100 x236, or Susan 732-752-3384


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen January 15 JGS of North Jersey meeting #general

Paul & Myrna Lewis <pmlewis@...>
 

The January 15, 2004 meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of North
Jersey will be a demonstration of how scanners and digital cameras can
greatly enhance a genealogist's database and reports. Susan Kobren and Bob
Kraus will be the presenters. Both are well versed in the use of this
modern technology.

Scanning is an invaluable tool for preserving copies of old documents and
photographs. Hints will be given on how to touch up old and damaged photos.

The JGS meetings are held at the YM-YWHA of North Jersey, 1 Pike Drive,
Wayne, NJ. The Charles & Bessie Goldman Library will be open at 7 P.M. to
give those interested a chance to use our extensive resource center and
socialize. The program will begin at 8 P.M. There is no charge for the
program. All are welcome.

Future meetings dates: Thurs February 19 and Thurs March 18

For dates, information, or directions, contact:
Paul 845-357-5567, Evan 973-595-0100 x236, or Susan 732-752-3384


Rochester #ukraine

Israel P <isai8v10@...>
 

Would the woman who contacted me a few days ago with her ROCHESTER family
information, please get in touch again. I may have something for you.

Israel Pickholtz


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Rochester #ukraine

Israel P <isai8v10@...>
 

Would the woman who contacted me a few days ago with her ROCHESTER family
information, please get in touch again. I may have something for you.

Israel Pickholtz


Czestochowa, Poland: Census of 1792 #poland

Daniel Kazez <dkazez@...>
 

I have placed on the web a complete typed version of the Czestochowa
(Poland) census of 1792 (a project of the Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research
Group):

http://www.kazez.com/~dan/crarg/Czesto1792.html

Such documents are a major challenge because they lack surnames. It is
likely that many of the persons listed in this 1792 census lived long enough
that they needed to adopt surnames. Please contact me if you are able to
identify any of the persons listed at the web site above.

Daniel Kazez <dkazez@wittenberg.edu>
Professor of Music / Wittenberg University / Springfield, Ohio USA
TALMAN, ENGLANDER, JURKIEWICZ, STRAUSBERG, KIFER, CZAPNIK, BRODA, SZEWCZYK,
RAYZMAN, LEWKOWICZ, SZPALTYN, OFMAN, ZYLBERBERG, KRZEPICKI, LUKS,
MOSZKOWICZ, STROZ, SZWIMER, GUTMAN, PESACH, FEYNER/FEINER/FAYNER,
BORZYKOWSKI, SZEWCZYK, SZWARCBERG, HILLER, FEDERMAN
(Czestochowa-Przyrow-Mstow-Koniecpol-Janow-Plawno-Radomsko-Przyborow-Zgierz-
Lodz-Przedborz)
http://www.kazez.com/~dan/talman/
http://www.kazez.com/~dan/englander/


JRI Poland #Poland Czestochowa, Poland: Census of 1792 #poland

Daniel Kazez <dkazez@...>
 

I have placed on the web a complete typed version of the Czestochowa
(Poland) census of 1792 (a project of the Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research
Group):

http://www.kazez.com/~dan/crarg/Czesto1792.html

Such documents are a major challenge because they lack surnames. It is
likely that many of the persons listed in this 1792 census lived long enough
that they needed to adopt surnames. Please contact me if you are able to
identify any of the persons listed at the web site above.

Daniel Kazez <dkazez@wittenberg.edu>
Professor of Music / Wittenberg University / Springfield, Ohio USA
TALMAN, ENGLANDER, JURKIEWICZ, STRAUSBERG, KIFER, CZAPNIK, BRODA, SZEWCZYK,
RAYZMAN, LEWKOWICZ, SZPALTYN, OFMAN, ZYLBERBERG, KRZEPICKI, LUKS,
MOSZKOWICZ, STROZ, SZWIMER, GUTMAN, PESACH, FEYNER/FEINER/FAYNER,
BORZYKOWSKI, SZEWCZYK, SZWARCBERG, HILLER, FEDERMAN
(Czestochowa-Przyrow-Mstow-Koniecpol-Janow-Plawno-Radomsko-Przyborow-Zgierz-
Lodz-Przedborz)
http://www.kazez.com/~dan/talman/
http://www.kazez.com/~dan/englander/


descendatns of Olek)Alexander) Silberfeld #poland

debw@...
 

Dear All

I am looking for descendants of Olek(Alexander) Silberfeld.
He was born in Podgorze or Krakow in 1899 and died circa 1973
London. he was the son of Helene/Hudes/Helcia Ubersfeld. and
Nathan Silberfeld.

He had 2 daughters born pre war. One went to Israel and I believe
her name is Danuta Zvielli and she would be about 78 now.
There is a 2nd daughter who I believe went to the States.
Olek divorced his first wife. he was in Japan during part of the
war, having had a Sugihara visa. He ended up in London and
either married or was with Sophie., He has a half sister
Rutka/Ruth Steinberg who lives in Paris.

Olek's mother and my grandmother were first cousins.
Any help would be appreciated.

Debbie Wiener Melbourne Australia
dwiener@tpg.com.au

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately.


JRI Poland #Poland descendatns of Olek)Alexander) Silberfeld #poland

debw@...
 

Dear All

I am looking for descendants of Olek(Alexander) Silberfeld.
He was born in Podgorze or Krakow in 1899 and died circa 1973
London. he was the son of Helene/Hudes/Helcia Ubersfeld. and
Nathan Silberfeld.

He had 2 daughters born pre war. One went to Israel and I believe
her name is Danuta Zvielli and she would be about 78 now.
There is a 2nd daughter who I believe went to the States.
Olek divorced his first wife. he was in Japan during part of the
war, having had a Sugihara visa. He ended up in London and
either married or was with Sophie., He has a half sister
Rutka/Ruth Steinberg who lives in Paris.

Olek's mother and my grandmother were first cousins.
Any help would be appreciated.

Debbie Wiener Melbourne Australia
dwiener@tpg.com.au

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately.


Are you or have you relatives from Bekes district in Hungary? #hungary

Susanna Vendel <svendel@...>
 

Istvan Balogh, a young student, living in Bekes district, in Hungary is
assembling data and information about the Jewish History of the region and would like to come in touch with people who were born or had relatives born there.

The places he is researching are:

Battonya, Bekes, Bekesszentandras, Biharugra, Elek , Endrod, Fuzesgyarmat,
Gyoma, Ketegyhaza, Korostarcsa, Mezobereny, Magyarbanhegyes, Medgyesegyhaza, Mezvacshaza, Okany, Oroshaza, Sarkad, Szeghalom, Veszt. In most of the places he had researched the local archives and cemeteries
and has is planing to publish this year a book about his findings.

Susanna Vendel, Stockholm

Moderator VK: Please contact Susanna off-list for additional information. I would encourage the Bekes researcher to subscribe to H-SIG so he can post his inquiries and reports directly.


Hungary SIG #Hungary Are you or have you relatives from Bekes district in Hungary? #hungary

Susanna Vendel <svendel@...>
 

Istvan Balogh, a young student, living in Bekes district, in Hungary is
assembling data and information about the Jewish History of the region and would like to come in touch with people who were born or had relatives born there.

The places he is researching are:

Battonya, Bekes, Bekesszentandras, Biharugra, Elek , Endrod, Fuzesgyarmat,
Gyoma, Ketegyhaza, Korostarcsa, Mezobereny, Magyarbanhegyes, Medgyesegyhaza, Mezvacshaza, Okany, Oroshaza, Sarkad, Szeghalom, Veszt. In most of the places he had researched the local archives and cemeteries
and has is planing to publish this year a book about his findings.

Susanna Vendel, Stockholm

Moderator VK: Please contact Susanna off-list for additional information. I would encourage the Bekes researcher to subscribe to H-SIG so he can post his inquiries and reports directly.


Name change--research tool #hungary

alex p miller <alex.miller@...>
 

Around 1908 a register was published by the Hungarian Government that
listed all the changes in last names of individuals(I don't know the
exact time frame, but certainly includes the bulk of the changes which
occurred late 19th century)

It is typed and lists the old/new names, occupation, places of
residence/birth, year of birth, religion and a certificate number. It is
sorted by the old name. It may be on LDS microfilm.

In my case there was one ambitious family member who became a pharmacist,
changed his name and moved to a very unlikely location. Without this
register it would've been impossible to race him.

Is anyone familiar with this register or has some idea how to avail it to
Hsig as a generic research tool?
Best Regards,

Alex Miller
alex.miller@ juno.com

Moderator VK: Good news! We have a database that will soon be submitted that includes names found in an 1895 book reporting name changes. The title of the book, which was found in the non-circulating book room of the Szechenyi Hungarian National Library is Szasadunk Nevvaltoztatasai 1800-1893. The author was Zoltan Szentivanyi, according to Janos Bogardi's Radix website. He has used this book to create a variety of surname databases that don't include info on the original names. I don't know if the book has been filmed by the FHL.


Searching:Yehuda RODAN, Nagyvarad to Israel #hungary

Lorna Citer <lorna_citer@...>
 

Dear H-Siggers,

According to members of my family, my father's cousin, Edit and her husband
Yehuda RODAN, migrated to Israel >from Oradea in Rumania in the 1960's. I
would like to make contact and am hoping someone may have information about
them. Please contact privately.


Lorna Citer
Canberra, Australia

lorna_citer@hotmail.com


Searching for:
CZITTER, Nagyvarad/Oradea and Berettyoujfalu
GOLDHAMMER, ROSENFELD and GRUNFELD, Nagyvarad/Oradea

Moderator VK: Please contact Lorna off-list if you can help.


Hungary SIG #Hungary Name change--research tool #hungary

alex p miller <alex.miller@...>
 

Around 1908 a register was published by the Hungarian Government that
listed all the changes in last names of individuals(I don't know the
exact time frame, but certainly includes the bulk of the changes which
occurred late 19th century)

It is typed and lists the old/new names, occupation, places of
residence/birth, year of birth, religion and a certificate number. It is
sorted by the old name. It may be on LDS microfilm.

In my case there was one ambitious family member who became a pharmacist,
changed his name and moved to a very unlikely location. Without this
register it would've been impossible to race him.

Is anyone familiar with this register or has some idea how to avail it to
Hsig as a generic research tool?
Best Regards,

Alex Miller
alex.miller@ juno.com

Moderator VK: Good news! We have a database that will soon be submitted that includes names found in an 1895 book reporting name changes. The title of the book, which was found in the non-circulating book room of the Szechenyi Hungarian National Library is Szasadunk Nevvaltoztatasai 1800-1893. The author was Zoltan Szentivanyi, according to Janos Bogardi's Radix website. He has used this book to create a variety of surname databases that don't include info on the original names. I don't know if the book has been filmed by the FHL.


Hungary SIG #Hungary Searching:Yehuda RODAN, Nagyvarad to Israel #hungary

Lorna Citer <lorna_citer@...>
 

Dear H-Siggers,

According to members of my family, my father's cousin, Edit and her husband
Yehuda RODAN, migrated to Israel >from Oradea in Rumania in the 1960's. I
would like to make contact and am hoping someone may have information about
them. Please contact privately.


Lorna Citer
Canberra, Australia

lorna_citer@hotmail.com


Searching for:
CZITTER, Nagyvarad/Oradea and Berettyoujfalu
GOLDHAMMER, ROSENFELD and GRUNFELD, Nagyvarad/Oradea

Moderator VK: Please contact Lorna off-list if you can help.


Re: Donations - GerSig & JewishGen - How donations are used #germany

Claude M Oulman <oulman@...>
 

To follow up on the questions: does gersig benefit >from contributions to
JewishGen or is it NECESSARY to designate where the donation should go. My
donations are never large but I have been participating since, long ago,
Susan King ran the whole thing as a Texas bulletin board.

Your answer could be useful to the subscribers at large. Thanks!

Claude M Oulman Butte, MT oulman@montana.com

MODERATOR NOTE: The answer to this is a bit complicated. I have received a
number of private inquiries on this and will attempt to make this clear:

1. "does GerSig benefit >from contributions to JewishGen" - Of course we do.
Neary every GerSig member uses JewishGen data bases - JGFF, FTJP, etc.
Donations to the JewishGen General Fund help support everything that you find
at the JewishGen website.

In addition, as I've written here before, JewishGen "hosts" the GerSig Forum
(which you are reading now) and the GerSig website. This means that software
created or purchased by JewishGen and hardware on which it runs are provided
for GerSig's use free of charge. It would be absolutely impossible for GerSig
to continue if we had to pay for these services on our own.

Imagine what it takes to keep track of every email message sent to GerSig
and to archive all approved GerSig postings >from October 1998 and allow them
to be searched by any GerSig member anywhere any time.

These functions have become much more expensive in the past few years because
of the need to protect JewishGen's computers and those of our members from
more and more dangerous virus attacks and growing numbers of spammers.

Thus a donation to JewishGen helps pay the cost
of keeping GerSig alive and growing.

http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/

2. "it NECESSARY to designate where the donation should go"
- As explained above, a donation to JewishGen's General Fund helps keep
GerSig operating. JewishGen does not ask us or other SIGs to pay for the
use of its computer systems. BUT ----

JewishGen DOES require all its hosted SIG groups to help
collect new data and make this data available on line through
either the SIG website or JewishGen's.

This is in keeping with JewishGen's mission to record and preserve the history
of our people. Arthur Kurzweil, one of the founders of post-Holocaust Jewish
Genealogy wrote:

"During the Holocaust, they took the names away of the people, each with
their own soul, and they put numbers on their arms. The job of a Jewish
genealogist is to replace those numbers and give them back their names."

JewishGen asks each hosted Special Interest Group to undertake research or
data collection and organization projects that will enlarge the JewishGen or SIG
website and thus help give back those lost names.

To allow us to do this JewishGen provides another free service - the ability
to exist as a "tax exempt" (in USA) non-profit organization and the tools to
receive donations FOR OUR OWN RESEARCH PROJECTS. These tools include the secure
on-line credit card donation mechanism which make it easy for anyone worldwide
to send contributions. JewishGen also records all donations TO THE GERSIG FUND
and tells the GerSig Coordinators about them in a monthly report.

These reports do NOT tell the SIG leaders about GENERAL FUND donations made by
SIG members.

We feel that it is important to know how much financial support is given by
our GerSig members- what percentage of our 940 members have contributed.

Since we are told ONLY about contributions to the GerSig fund, not to the
JewishGen GENERAL fund, I have asked each of you to either make a separate
contribution, however large or small, to GerSig IN ADDITION to contributions
to other JewishGen funds so that you will be listed in the official reports.

Alternatively, if you simply write to us at GerSig@aol.com saying that
you have made a donation to JewishGen you will be counted among those GerSiggers
who are supporting our efforts to "give [our ancestors] back their names".

Any donation large or small, whether to this SIG, another SIG or to JewishGen
is appreciated and is helpful to keep us going.

Knowing that GerSig members donate money makes those of us who also donate our
time and effort to GerSig feel that our volunteer efforts are appreciated.

I hope that this will clarify the matter of why donations to JewishGen and to
GerSig and other SIGs are both important.

You will find a link to the GERSIG donation page at the very top of this
and every other email you receive >from the GerSig Forum.

The links that provide information on donations to JewishGen can be found at
the JewishGen website home page under:

Jewish Generosity: http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/

If there are any further questions please send them to the GerSig Moderators
at GerSig@aol.com.

Thanks - John Paul Lowens, GerSig Cofounder and Moderator


German SIG #Germany Re: Donations - GerSig & JewishGen - How donations are used #germany

Claude M Oulman <oulman@...>
 

To follow up on the questions: does gersig benefit >from contributions to
JewishGen or is it NECESSARY to designate where the donation should go. My
donations are never large but I have been participating since, long ago,
Susan King ran the whole thing as a Texas bulletin board.

Your answer could be useful to the subscribers at large. Thanks!

Claude M Oulman Butte, MT oulman@montana.com

MODERATOR NOTE: The answer to this is a bit complicated. I have received a
number of private inquiries on this and will attempt to make this clear:

1. "does GerSig benefit >from contributions to JewishGen" - Of course we do.
Neary every GerSig member uses JewishGen data bases - JGFF, FTJP, etc.
Donations to the JewishGen General Fund help support everything that you find
at the JewishGen website.

In addition, as I've written here before, JewishGen "hosts" the GerSig Forum
(which you are reading now) and the GerSig website. This means that software
created or purchased by JewishGen and hardware on which it runs are provided
for GerSig's use free of charge. It would be absolutely impossible for GerSig
to continue if we had to pay for these services on our own.

Imagine what it takes to keep track of every email message sent to GerSig
and to archive all approved GerSig postings >from October 1998 and allow them
to be searched by any GerSig member anywhere any time.

These functions have become much more expensive in the past few years because
of the need to protect JewishGen's computers and those of our members from
more and more dangerous virus attacks and growing numbers of spammers.

Thus a donation to JewishGen helps pay the cost
of keeping GerSig alive and growing.

http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/

2. "it NECESSARY to designate where the donation should go"
- As explained above, a donation to JewishGen's General Fund helps keep
GerSig operating. JewishGen does not ask us or other SIGs to pay for the
use of its computer systems. BUT ----

JewishGen DOES require all its hosted SIG groups to help
collect new data and make this data available on line through
either the SIG website or JewishGen's.

This is in keeping with JewishGen's mission to record and preserve the history
of our people. Arthur Kurzweil, one of the founders of post-Holocaust Jewish
Genealogy wrote:

"During the Holocaust, they took the names away of the people, each with
their own soul, and they put numbers on their arms. The job of a Jewish
genealogist is to replace those numbers and give them back their names."

JewishGen asks each hosted Special Interest Group to undertake research or
data collection and organization projects that will enlarge the JewishGen or SIG
website and thus help give back those lost names.

To allow us to do this JewishGen provides another free service - the ability
to exist as a "tax exempt" (in USA) non-profit organization and the tools to
receive donations FOR OUR OWN RESEARCH PROJECTS. These tools include the secure
on-line credit card donation mechanism which make it easy for anyone worldwide
to send contributions. JewishGen also records all donations TO THE GERSIG FUND
and tells the GerSig Coordinators about them in a monthly report.

These reports do NOT tell the SIG leaders about GENERAL FUND donations made by
SIG members.

We feel that it is important to know how much financial support is given by
our GerSig members- what percentage of our 940 members have contributed.

Since we are told ONLY about contributions to the GerSig fund, not to the
JewishGen GENERAL fund, I have asked each of you to either make a separate
contribution, however large or small, to GerSig IN ADDITION to contributions
to other JewishGen funds so that you will be listed in the official reports.

Alternatively, if you simply write to us at GerSig@aol.com saying that
you have made a donation to JewishGen you will be counted among those GerSiggers
who are supporting our efforts to "give [our ancestors] back their names".

Any donation large or small, whether to this SIG, another SIG or to JewishGen
is appreciated and is helpful to keep us going.

Knowing that GerSig members donate money makes those of us who also donate our
time and effort to GerSig feel that our volunteer efforts are appreciated.

I hope that this will clarify the matter of why donations to JewishGen and to
GerSig and other SIGs are both important.

You will find a link to the GERSIG donation page at the very top of this
and every other email you receive >from the GerSig Forum.

The links that provide information on donations to JewishGen can be found at
the JewishGen website home page under:

Jewish Generosity: http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/

If there are any further questions please send them to the GerSig Moderators
at GerSig@aol.com.

Thanks - John Paul Lowens, GerSig Cofounder and Moderator