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IMPORTANT REQUEST BEFORE PASSOVER: HELP PRESERVE JEWISH CEMETERY RECORDS #romania

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear Friends,

Last month, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated or sustained significant
damage throughout the world. Here in the USA, we were dismayed by the
hateful vandalism of cemeteries in Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY,
and St. Louis, MO. In addition, 5 tombstones were found toppled in a
Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, and in Paris, France, an unintentional
traffic accident resulted in the destruction of 13 Jewish graves.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENED IN JUST THE MONTH OF MARCH.

JewishGen.org has been fighting this battle for many years, and has a
solution to preserve cemetery records throughout the world,
particularly in places where the Jewish community is dwindling or no
longer exists. JewishGen created a global burial registry which now
contains more than 3 million Jewish burials >from cemeteries in 125
countries throughout the world.

But this is not enough, and we turn to you for assistance. Right now,
as Passover quickly approaches, there are two important ways you can
help ensure that the memory of those who preceded us will never be
forgotten or erased:

If you have a personal connection with the leadership or a member of
any Jewish organization or synagogue, we ask that you consider
immediately approaching them with the request that they view a brief
PowerPoint video created by Nolan Altman, our VP of Data Acquisition.
In this video, he describes how our community, and its friends, can
most effectively respond to the challenge of preserving the precious
information on cemetery headstones now threatened with permanent
destruction. Passover is a very appropriate time to discuss these
issues, and we hope you can help. Here is a link to the video:

https://youtu.be/fMHOLGodHP8

Join our efforts to photograph, transcribe and index cemetery
information. In many cases, a cemetery headstone may be the only
surviving record of our ancestors. Click here:

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Our goal is to receive cemetery and burial information which we can
then upload to our website, serving as a permanent memorial and
research tool for future generations wishing to discover and honor
their own Jewish family history. As with all JewishGen databases,
these records will be freely available, and will serve as a memorial
that can never be extinguished.

To demonstrate the importance of JewishGen preserving Jewish burial
information, consider the following:

In the case of the Menorah Park cemetery in Philadelphia, JewishGen
already had the tombstone information in our databases. What if the
stones had been defaced beyond recognition and repair? Due to
JewishGen's efforts, the information will always be available, since
JewishGen serves as a permanent memorial and testament to those who
came before us – despite the physical conditions on the ground.

Jewish cemeteries serve as a bridge between generations. Without
JOWBR's information, many families would lose the connection to their
ancestors within 2-3 generations. How many people know where their
great-great grandparents are buried? But JewishGen fosters a connection
across time and space. Once we have recorded burial information, it is
our goal that it will be available for all future generations.
The Hebrew patronymic names on headstones are incredibly valuable to
genealogists because patronymic names link generations by showing the
name of the deceased and their father.

The symbols and epithets on a tombstone often give guidance as to the
status of the individual during his/her lifetime.

For these reasons, as the holiday of Passover quickly approaches, we
urge you to help us preserve the memory of those who have no one else
to speak for them.

As Hillel said: If not now, when?
And we add: If not us, then who?

If you are able to introduce JewishGen to an organization or synagogue,
please click the following link to submit a brief form to let us know
which organization/synagogue you have approached and the relevant
contact information of those with whom we might follow-up.

https://tinyurl.com/HelpJewishGen

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, please click here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Thank you in advance. With your help, we will continue to preserve
our history for future generations.

Happy Passover and Chag Kosher V’Sameach.

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


Romania SIG #Romania IMPORTANT REQUEST BEFORE PASSOVER: HELP PRESERVE JEWISH CEMETERY RECORDS #romania

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear Friends,

Last month, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated or sustained significant
damage throughout the world. Here in the USA, we were dismayed by the
hateful vandalism of cemeteries in Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY,
and St. Louis, MO. In addition, 5 tombstones were found toppled in a
Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, and in Paris, France, an unintentional
traffic accident resulted in the destruction of 13 Jewish graves.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENED IN JUST THE MONTH OF MARCH.

JewishGen.org has been fighting this battle for many years, and has a
solution to preserve cemetery records throughout the world,
particularly in places where the Jewish community is dwindling or no
longer exists. JewishGen created a global burial registry which now
contains more than 3 million Jewish burials >from cemeteries in 125
countries throughout the world.

But this is not enough, and we turn to you for assistance. Right now,
as Passover quickly approaches, there are two important ways you can
help ensure that the memory of those who preceded us will never be
forgotten or erased:

If you have a personal connection with the leadership or a member of
any Jewish organization or synagogue, we ask that you consider
immediately approaching them with the request that they view a brief
PowerPoint video created by Nolan Altman, our VP of Data Acquisition.
In this video, he describes how our community, and its friends, can
most effectively respond to the challenge of preserving the precious
information on cemetery headstones now threatened with permanent
destruction. Passover is a very appropriate time to discuss these
issues, and we hope you can help. Here is a link to the video:

https://youtu.be/fMHOLGodHP8

Join our efforts to photograph, transcribe and index cemetery
information. In many cases, a cemetery headstone may be the only
surviving record of our ancestors. Click here:

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Our goal is to receive cemetery and burial information which we can
then upload to our website, serving as a permanent memorial and
research tool for future generations wishing to discover and honor
their own Jewish family history. As with all JewishGen databases,
these records will be freely available, and will serve as a memorial
that can never be extinguished.

To demonstrate the importance of JewishGen preserving Jewish burial
information, consider the following:

In the case of the Menorah Park cemetery in Philadelphia, JewishGen
already had the tombstone information in our databases. What if the
stones had been defaced beyond recognition and repair? Due to
JewishGen's efforts, the information will always be available, since
JewishGen serves as a permanent memorial and testament to those who
came before us – despite the physical conditions on the ground.

Jewish cemeteries serve as a bridge between generations. Without
JOWBR's information, many families would lose the connection to their
ancestors within 2-3 generations. How many people know where their
great-great grandparents are buried? But JewishGen fosters a connection
across time and space. Once we have recorded burial information, it is
our goal that it will be available for all future generations.
The Hebrew patronymic names on headstones are incredibly valuable to
genealogists because patronymic names link generations by showing the
name of the deceased and their father.

The symbols and epithets on a tombstone often give guidance as to the
status of the individual during his/her lifetime.

For these reasons, as the holiday of Passover quickly approaches, we
urge you to help us preserve the memory of those who have no one else
to speak for them.

As Hillel said: If not now, when?
And we add: If not us, then who?

If you are able to introduce JewishGen to an organization or synagogue,
please click the following link to submit a brief form to let us know
which organization/synagogue you have approached and the relevant
contact information of those with whom we might follow-up.

https://tinyurl.com/HelpJewishGen

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, please click here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Thank you in advance. With your help, we will continue to preserve
our history for future generations.

Happy Passover and Chag Kosher V’Sameach.

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


GerSIG at IAJGS Conference in Orlando - July 2017 #germany

Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE
 

Dear GerSIG members

Here is more information about GerSIG interest sessions at this
summer's IAJGS Conference in Orlando.

I am delighted to tell you that this summer our GerSIG Invited Guest
Speaker is Dr Bettina Joergens >from the Landesarchiv
Nordrhein-Westfalen in Detmold. She will be speaking to conference
twice, sharing with us information about the ways we can find out
about our families >from records in German Archives.

I'm also very happy to note that GerSIG's good friend Gerhard Buck
will also be speaking at Conference this summer. Gerhard has helped
many GerSIG members with with their research.

GerSIG Day at Conference this year is on Wednesday, and we have a full
program >from 7am to 2pm that day. There are also talks of GerSIG
interest on both Monday and Tuesday. I have included a summary of the
GerSIG interest sessions below - If I've missed something, please let
me know.

On Sunday: Visit us at the Share Fair - Come to see us at the GerSIG
Table and to collect your GerSIG ribbon!

*** On Monday:
Individual Features of German Handwriting in the 19th century by
Gerhard Buck

Learn how my German-Jewish genealogy case study can help you with your
own family history by Jeanette Rosenberg

*** On Tuesday:
"Protected Jews" A Misleading Translation of Schutzjuden by Gerhard Buck
A Headstone, a Plate, a Strange Pedigree: Researching German Jewish
Families in the 1700s by Gerhard Buck

*** On Wednesday:
$$$ Breakfast Q&A with the German Research Experts with Alex
Calzareth, Roger Lustig & Jeanette Rosenberg

How to find ancestors in German archives - and why?
By Dr Bettina Joergens

The Gatermann and RSA Films: A Tragic Treasure by Roger Lustig

GerSIG Business Meeting - come to hear what your Directors have been
doing over the last year and to hear news about our future plans

$$$ German SIG Luncheon A: Dr. Bettina Joergens, archivist at
Stadtarchiv Detmold by Dr Bettina Joergens,

Please let me know if you will be joining us at Conference this
summer. I do hope you will be able to join us,

All good wishes, Jeanette

Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE jeanette.r.rosenberg@googlemail.com
GerSIG Director for Conference Arrangements, London UK
Conference website: http://iajgs2017.org/


German SIG #Germany GerSIG at IAJGS Conference in Orlando - July 2017 #germany

Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE
 

Dear GerSIG members

Here is more information about GerSIG interest sessions at this
summer's IAJGS Conference in Orlando.

I am delighted to tell you that this summer our GerSIG Invited Guest
Speaker is Dr Bettina Joergens >from the Landesarchiv
Nordrhein-Westfalen in Detmold. She will be speaking to conference
twice, sharing with us information about the ways we can find out
about our families >from records in German Archives.

I'm also very happy to note that GerSIG's good friend Gerhard Buck
will also be speaking at Conference this summer. Gerhard has helped
many GerSIG members with with their research.

GerSIG Day at Conference this year is on Wednesday, and we have a full
program >from 7am to 2pm that day. There are also talks of GerSIG
interest on both Monday and Tuesday. I have included a summary of the
GerSIG interest sessions below - If I've missed something, please let
me know.

On Sunday: Visit us at the Share Fair - Come to see us at the GerSIG
Table and to collect your GerSIG ribbon!

*** On Monday:
Individual Features of German Handwriting in the 19th century by
Gerhard Buck

Learn how my German-Jewish genealogy case study can help you with your
own family history by Jeanette Rosenberg

*** On Tuesday:
"Protected Jews" A Misleading Translation of Schutzjuden by Gerhard Buck
A Headstone, a Plate, a Strange Pedigree: Researching German Jewish
Families in the 1700s by Gerhard Buck

*** On Wednesday:
$$$ Breakfast Q&A with the German Research Experts with Alex
Calzareth, Roger Lustig & Jeanette Rosenberg

How to find ancestors in German archives - and why?
By Dr Bettina Joergens

The Gatermann and RSA Films: A Tragic Treasure by Roger Lustig

GerSIG Business Meeting - come to hear what your Directors have been
doing over the last year and to hear news about our future plans

$$$ German SIG Luncheon A: Dr. Bettina Joergens, archivist at
Stadtarchiv Detmold by Dr Bettina Joergens,

Please let me know if you will be joining us at Conference this
summer. I do hope you will be able to join us,

All good wishes, Jeanette

Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE jeanette.r.rosenberg@googlemail.com
GerSIG Director for Conference Arrangements, London UK
Conference website: http://iajgs2017.org/


(Mexico) 1595 Autobiography of Luis de Carvajal-Jewish Life on American Continent #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Last November I posted about the New York Historical Society's exhibit, The
First Jewish Americans-Freedom and Culture in the New World. The exhibit
ran >from November 2016- March 2017. One of the key pieces in the exhibit
was the 1595 autobiography of Luis de Carvajal, the oldest document of the
New World. It showed Jewish life on the American continent. Luis de Carvajal
was burned at the stake at age 30 as he was a Converso Jew. The location
was part of what is today Mexico City and part of Texas, and is claimed as
the first Jew to write in the New World. His family fled >from Spain due to
the Inquisition. He wrote an autobiography which was in the Mexican National
Archives, until 75 years ago when it was stolen. In 2015 it was placed on
auction when a collector, Leonard Milberg, was offered the autobiography.
Investigation confirmed it was a stolen document and Mr. Milberg went
through all the legal and other channels to officially recover the document
for the Mexican government. The agreement he made with the Mexican
government was that the manuscript become a centerpiece of the now finished
exhibition before being returned. The manuscript was returned to Mexico in
March and will be exhibited at the exhibited at the Museum of Memory and
Tolerance.

There is a BBC interview with the president of the New York Historical
Society on this fascinating manuscript which can be heard at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xx5jc .

Thank you to Rose Feldman, IGRA, for sharing the interview piece with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Mexico) 1595 Autobiography of Luis de Carvajal-Jewish Life on American Continent #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Last November I posted about the New York Historical Society's exhibit, The
First Jewish Americans-Freedom and Culture in the New World. The exhibit
ran >from November 2016- March 2017. One of the key pieces in the exhibit
was the 1595 autobiography of Luis de Carvajal, the oldest document of the
New World. It showed Jewish life on the American continent. Luis de Carvajal
was burned at the stake at age 30 as he was a Converso Jew. The location
was part of what is today Mexico City and part of Texas, and is claimed as
the first Jew to write in the New World. His family fled >from Spain due to
the Inquisition. He wrote an autobiography which was in the Mexican National
Archives, until 75 years ago when it was stolen. In 2015 it was placed on
auction when a collector, Leonard Milberg, was offered the autobiography.
Investigation confirmed it was a stolen document and Mr. Milberg went
through all the legal and other channels to officially recover the document
for the Mexican government. The agreement he made with the Mexican
government was that the manuscript become a centerpiece of the now finished
exhibition before being returned. The manuscript was returned to Mexico in
March and will be exhibited at the exhibited at the Museum of Memory and
Tolerance.

There is a BBC interview with the president of the New York Historical
Society on this fascinating manuscript which can be heard at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xx5jc .

Thank you to Rose Feldman, IGRA, for sharing the interview piece with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Jewish Communal Leaders - New JewishGen database #general

Louise Messik <louisemessik@...>
 

I'm pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new JCR-UK database - Jewish
Communal Leaders in the United Kingdom. The database, which is part of the
All-UK Database hosted by JewishGen, in the first instance contains details of
all the Jewish communal leaders (and employees of Jewish communal organisations)
appearing in the Jewish Directory for 1874. This novel publication, compiled by
A. I. Myers, was intended to be the first edition of periodic publications of a
similar name, but was never repeated. It was published more than two decades
prior to the appearance of first Jewish Year Book.

The information in the Database was extracted by David Shulman and me and
includes the names and (in almost all instances) the addresses of every person
listed in the Directory, together with details of all offices held by each
person. The database comprises over 1,800 individuals holding an aggregate of
nearly 3,400 offices in approximately 230 Jewish organisations spread
throughout the United Kingdom in 1874.

The Jewish Directory is the first publication to be included in the new
database and It is the intention to materially expand this database to include
data on many more leaders of Jewish communities and Jewish communal
organisations in the United Kingdom, based upon information extracted >from
books, periodicals and other sources.

Further details of the database, including a link to the search engine, can be
found at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/UK/Jewish_Communal_Leaders.html

Louise Messik


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Communal Leaders - New JewishGen database #general

Louise Messik <louisemessik@...>
 

I'm pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new JCR-UK database - Jewish
Communal Leaders in the United Kingdom. The database, which is part of the
All-UK Database hosted by JewishGen, in the first instance contains details of
all the Jewish communal leaders (and employees of Jewish communal organisations)
appearing in the Jewish Directory for 1874. This novel publication, compiled by
A. I. Myers, was intended to be the first edition of periodic publications of a
similar name, but was never repeated. It was published more than two decades
prior to the appearance of first Jewish Year Book.

The information in the Database was extracted by David Shulman and me and
includes the names and (in almost all instances) the addresses of every person
listed in the Directory, together with details of all offices held by each
person. The database comprises over 1,800 individuals holding an aggregate of
nearly 3,400 offices in approximately 230 Jewish organisations spread
throughout the United Kingdom in 1874.

The Jewish Directory is the first publication to be included in the new
database and It is the intention to materially expand this database to include
data on many more leaders of Jewish communities and Jewish communal
organisations in the United Kingdom, based upon information extracted >from
books, periodicals and other sources.

Further details of the database, including a link to the search engine, can be
found at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/UK/Jewish_Communal_Leaders.html

Louise Messik


Residence Rules in Russian Empire #general

David Goldman
 

It has come to my attention that residence identification did not always
correspond to where a person actually lived. A person could be called a
Zhitomir bourgeois [meshchanin] but live in Odessa, or a Proskurov
meshchanin but live somewhere else. It had something to do with places of
registration versus places of residence, or residence of one's father versus
where the child lived.

This can make it confusing to try to figure out exactly where an ancestor
may have lived. Is anyone aware of what kind of rules applied in all this?

Thanks,
David Goldman
NYC


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Residence Rules in Russian Empire #general

David Goldman
 

It has come to my attention that residence identification did not always
correspond to where a person actually lived. A person could be called a
Zhitomir bourgeois [meshchanin] but live in Odessa, or a Proskurov
meshchanin but live somewhere else. It had something to do with places of
registration versus places of residence, or residence of one's father versus
where the child lived.

This can make it confusing to try to figure out exactly where an ancestor
may have lived. Is anyone aware of what kind of rules applied in all this?

Thanks,
David Goldman
NYC


POMERANC - POMERANZ #general

Dina Hill
 

Hi, my name is Dina Aptekar Hill. Some of you may remember me, and so
may have been extremely helpful in my research.

My grandmother Slawa Muszket CHAMITA married Anschel POMERANC in
Krasnik, Poland right after liberation. Anschel's brother and sister
in law were Kuna and Chaja Pomeranc "adopted" my uncle Chaim. Kuna
and Chaja immigrated to the USA (Chicago, IL) in 1951, but my uncle
went to Belgium.

I was wondering if anyone researching POMERANC/POMERANZ has them in
their family tree? Kuna and Chaja "adopted" my mom's only surviving
brother (out of 4 brothers) Chaim, and he and his 68+ descendants use
the surname POMERANZ because of the "adoption". Does any of this
sound familiar??

Best Regards,
Dina Aptekar Hill

Searching: MUSZKET, CHAMITA, KLAJNKOFMAN, KLEINKOFMAN, APTEKAR(Z),
HELFMAN, LIEBERMAN, FABRYKANT, CHILL, HILL, RUBENSTEIN, GABRIEL,
ALENSKI, ALLEN.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen POMERANC - POMERANZ #general

Dina Hill
 

Hi, my name is Dina Aptekar Hill. Some of you may remember me, and so
may have been extremely helpful in my research.

My grandmother Slawa Muszket CHAMITA married Anschel POMERANC in
Krasnik, Poland right after liberation. Anschel's brother and sister
in law were Kuna and Chaja Pomeranc "adopted" my uncle Chaim. Kuna
and Chaja immigrated to the USA (Chicago, IL) in 1951, but my uncle
went to Belgium.

I was wondering if anyone researching POMERANC/POMERANZ has them in
their family tree? Kuna and Chaja "adopted" my mom's only surviving
brother (out of 4 brothers) Chaim, and he and his 68+ descendants use
the surname POMERANZ because of the "adoption". Does any of this
sound familiar??

Best Regards,
Dina Aptekar Hill

Searching: MUSZKET, CHAMITA, KLAJNKOFMAN, KLEINKOFMAN, APTEKAR(Z),
HELFMAN, LIEBERMAN, FABRYKANT, CHILL, HILL, RUBENSTEIN, GABRIEL,
ALENSKI, ALLEN.


Re: Odd event 1925 Vienna #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

I have a similar photo of my great-grandparents and various relatives at
Kinderball der schlimmen buben in 1906 in Vienna. See
http://tinyurl.com/lk5swne

This was no doubt one of the many Viennese balls during Fasching, the
carnival season in Austria (November 11 until Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras).
There is a play by Nestroy called Der schlimmen buben in der Schule (The
Bad Boys in School) which might have been the inspiration.

Randy Schoenberg


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Odd event 1925 Vienna #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

I have a similar photo of my great-grandparents and various relatives at
Kinderball der schlimmen buben in 1906 in Vienna. See
http://tinyurl.com/lk5swne

This was no doubt one of the many Viennese balls during Fasching, the
carnival season in Austria (November 11 until Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras).
There is a play by Nestroy called Der schlimmen buben in der Schule (The
Bad Boys in School) which might have been the inspiration.

Randy Schoenberg


Odd event 1925 Vienna #austria-czech

david@...
 

Hello everyone,

I have a photo of an ancestor dressed in costume, with the following handwritten caption:
"Boeser Buben Ball Februar 1925 Wien"

Boeser Buben translates roughly as "Bad Boys." I have tried searching Google with little
success --- I have found event poster artwork, but no explanation as to the nature of the
event.

There have been identically-named events in very recent years  (the past decade in Berlin
and other German cities), but these events are rather unsavoury in nature, and I find it highly
implausible that my ancestor could have been involved with such gatherings.

Was the 1925 gathering a charity event?  Purim would explain the costume, but the event
was in February, and Purim that year did not fall until March.

I would be grateful for any info (off list) on this odd event.

Thanks,

David
Searching: FURST, MAYER, FELDBAUER,  FRANKL,  HIRSCHBERG (ER)


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Odd event 1925 Vienna #austria-czech

david@...
 

Hello everyone,

I have a photo of an ancestor dressed in costume, with the following handwritten caption:
"Boeser Buben Ball Februar 1925 Wien"

Boeser Buben translates roughly as "Bad Boys." I have tried searching Google with little
success --- I have found event poster artwork, but no explanation as to the nature of the
event.

There have been identically-named events in very recent years  (the past decade in Berlin
and other German cities), but these events are rather unsavoury in nature, and I find it highly
implausible that my ancestor could have been involved with such gatherings.

Was the 1925 gathering a charity event?  Purim would explain the costume, but the event
was in February, and Purim that year did not fall until March.

I would be grateful for any info (off list) on this odd event.

Thanks,

David
Searching: FURST, MAYER, FELDBAUER,  FRANKL,  HIRSCHBERG (ER)


Czech place names and Czechoslovak refugees in the UK #austria-czech

Marsha
 

The Viewmate link in my previous email appeared incorrectly it is
http://tinyurl.com/lqe4ng7

Many thanks for your help,
Marsha Rosenberg, UK


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Czech place names and Czechoslovak refugees in the UK #austria-czech

Marsha
 

The Viewmate link in my previous email appeared incorrectly it is
http://tinyurl.com/lqe4ng7

Many thanks for your help,
Marsha Rosenberg, UK


IMPORTANT REQUEST BEFORE PASSOVER: HELP PRESERVE JEWISH CEMETERY RECORDS #austria-czech

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear Friends,

Last month, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated or sustained significant
damage throughout the world. Here in the USA, we were dismayed by the
hateful vandalism of cemeteries in Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY,
and St. Louis, MO. In addition, 5 tombstones were found toppled in a
Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, and in Paris, France, an unintentional
traffic accident resulted in the destruction of 13 Jewish graves.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENED IN JUST THE MONTH OF MARCH.

JewishGen.org has been fighting this battle for many years, and has a
solution to preserve cemetery records throughout the world,
particularly in places where the Jewish community is dwindling or no
longer exists. JewishGen created a global burial registry which now
contains more than 3 million Jewish burials >from cemeteries in 125
countries throughout the world.

But this is not enough, and we turn to you for assistance. Right now,
as Passover quickly approaches, there are two important ways you can
help ensure that the memory of those who preceded us will never be
forgotten or erased:

If you have a personal connection with the leadership or a member of
any Jewish organization or synagogue, we ask that you consider
immediately approaching them with the request that they view a brief
PowerPoint video created by Nolan Altman, our VP of Data Acquisition.
In this video, he describes how our community, and its friends, can
most effectively respond to the challenge of preserving the precious
information on cemetery headstones now threatened with permanent
destruction. Passover is a very appropriate time to discuss these
issues, and we hope you can help. Here is a link to the video:

https://youtu.be/fMHOLGodHP8

Join our efforts to photograph, transcribe and index cemetery
information. In many cases, a cemetery headstone may be the only
surviving record of our ancestors. Click here:

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Our goal is to receive cemetery and burial information which we can
then upload to our website, serving as a permanent memorial and
research tool for future generations wishing to discover and honor
their own Jewish family history. As with all JewishGen databases,
these records will be freely available, and will serve as a memorial
that can never be extinguished.

To demonstrate the importance of JewishGen preserving Jewish burial
information, consider the following:

In the case of the Menorah Park cemetery in Philadelphia, JewishGen
already had the tombstone information in our databases. What if the
stones had been defaced beyond recognition and repair? Due to
JewishGen's efforts, the information will always be available, since
JewishGen serves as a permanent memorial and testament to those who
came before us – despite the physical conditions on the ground.

Jewish cemeteries serve as a bridge between generations. Without
JOWBR's information, many families would lose the connection to their
ancestors within 2-3 generations. How many people know where their
great-great grandparents are buried? But JewishGen fosters a connection
across time and space. Once we have recorded burial information, it is
our goal that it will be available for all future generations.
The Hebrew patronymic names on headstones are incredibly valuable to
genealogists because patronymic names link generations by showing the
name of the deceased and their father.

The symbols and epithets on a tombstone often give guidance as to the
status of the individual during his/her lifetime.

For these reasons, as the holiday of Passover quickly approaches, we
urge you to help us preserve the memory of those who have no one else
to speak for them.

As Hillel said: If not now, when?
And we add: If not us, then who?

If you are able to introduce JewishGen to an organization or synagogue,
please click the following link to submit a brief form to let us know
which organization/synagogue you have approached and the relevant
contact information of those with whom we might follow-up.

https://tinyurl.com/HelpJewishGen

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, please click here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Thank you in advance. With your help, we will continue to preserve
our history for future generations.

Happy Passover and Chag Kosher V’Sameach.

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech IMPORTANT REQUEST BEFORE PASSOVER: HELP PRESERVE JEWISH CEMETERY RECORDS #austria-czech

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear Friends,

Last month, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated or sustained significant
damage throughout the world. Here in the USA, we were dismayed by the
hateful vandalism of cemeteries in Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY,
and St. Louis, MO. In addition, 5 tombstones were found toppled in a
Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, and in Paris, France, an unintentional
traffic accident resulted in the destruction of 13 Jewish graves.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENED IN JUST THE MONTH OF MARCH.

JewishGen.org has been fighting this battle for many years, and has a
solution to preserve cemetery records throughout the world,
particularly in places where the Jewish community is dwindling or no
longer exists. JewishGen created a global burial registry which now
contains more than 3 million Jewish burials >from cemeteries in 125
countries throughout the world.

But this is not enough, and we turn to you for assistance. Right now,
as Passover quickly approaches, there are two important ways you can
help ensure that the memory of those who preceded us will never be
forgotten or erased:

If you have a personal connection with the leadership or a member of
any Jewish organization or synagogue, we ask that you consider
immediately approaching them with the request that they view a brief
PowerPoint video created by Nolan Altman, our VP of Data Acquisition.
In this video, he describes how our community, and its friends, can
most effectively respond to the challenge of preserving the precious
information on cemetery headstones now threatened with permanent
destruction. Passover is a very appropriate time to discuss these
issues, and we hope you can help. Here is a link to the video:

https://youtu.be/fMHOLGodHP8

Join our efforts to photograph, transcribe and index cemetery
information. In many cases, a cemetery headstone may be the only
surviving record of our ancestors. Click here:

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Our goal is to receive cemetery and burial information which we can
then upload to our website, serving as a permanent memorial and
research tool for future generations wishing to discover and honor
their own Jewish family history. As with all JewishGen databases,
these records will be freely available, and will serve as a memorial
that can never be extinguished.

To demonstrate the importance of JewishGen preserving Jewish burial
information, consider the following:

In the case of the Menorah Park cemetery in Philadelphia, JewishGen
already had the tombstone information in our databases. What if the
stones had been defaced beyond recognition and repair? Due to
JewishGen's efforts, the information will always be available, since
JewishGen serves as a permanent memorial and testament to those who
came before us – despite the physical conditions on the ground.

Jewish cemeteries serve as a bridge between generations. Without
JOWBR's information, many families would lose the connection to their
ancestors within 2-3 generations. How many people know where their
great-great grandparents are buried? But JewishGen fosters a connection
across time and space. Once we have recorded burial information, it is
our goal that it will be available for all future generations.
The Hebrew patronymic names on headstones are incredibly valuable to
genealogists because patronymic names link generations by showing the
name of the deceased and their father.

The symbols and epithets on a tombstone often give guidance as to the
status of the individual during his/her lifetime.

For these reasons, as the holiday of Passover quickly approaches, we
urge you to help us preserve the memory of those who have no one else
to speak for them.

As Hillel said: If not now, when?
And we add: If not us, then who?

If you are able to introduce JewishGen to an organization or synagogue,
please click the following link to submit a brief form to let us know
which organization/synagogue you have approached and the relevant
contact information of those with whom we might follow-up.

https://tinyurl.com/HelpJewishGen

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, please click here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Thank you in advance. With your help, we will continue to preserve
our history for future generations.

Happy Passover and Chag Kosher V’Sameach.

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org

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