US Marriage Authorisation #usa

Richard Gilbert


In this instance US is not referring to the United States but the United Synagogue.

The United Synagogue is the largest group of synagogues in the United Kingdom. It was 150 years old last year. It is headed by the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and has 66 modern orthodox synagogues under its umbrella, which for the U.K. makes it the largest Jewish synagogue body.

Marriage Authorisations were introduced and are still used today to confirm that a person is halachically Jewish thereby enabling them to marry in one of the United Synagogue’s synagogues.

Until 1966 these authorisations were issued for virtually all orthodox marriages within the United Kingdom irrespective of which body of orthodox synagogues was marrying the couple. In 1966 the Federation of Synagogues took over responsibility for marriages under its auspices.

It is testament to the system that it has been robust enough to serve Anglo Jewry for well over 140 years.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire

Need help translating Hebrew on gravestones & memorial plaques #translation #names

Chloe Kogan

Hello! I recently posted a few gravestones and a couple of memorial plaques, and the community was immediately and completely helpful with translating the Hebrew into English. Those translations really jump started my research and helped me discover additional gravestones and memorial plaques. I'm posting a total of 14 items below that I would greatly appreciate help with translating to English. I'm sorry for the large number of images and I don't mean to ask too much of the community or abuse your generosity. Thank you in advance for all your time and help!

  • Abraham Fisher memorial plaque
  • Arline Fisher memorial plaque
  • Leo Fisher memorial plaque
  • Pauline Fisher gravestone
  • Pauline Fisher memorial plaque
  • Sarah Fisher memorial plaque
  • David Fisher gravestone
  • Dora Fisher gravestone
  • Dora Fisher memorial plaque
  • Gussie Fisher memorial plaque
  • Harry Fisher gravestone
  • Harry Fisher memorial plaque
  • Jacob Fisher memorial plaque
  • Lawrence Fisher memorial plaque
Chloë Kogan
Email: 802ben@...
Researching surnames:
Kogan, Fisher, Margolis, Bercovici

Re: UK Marriage Authorisation Interpretation Questions and Translation Request #unitedkingdom

Martyn Woolf



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It seems that somewhere there has been a mix-up between US  (United States) and US (United Synagogue). The latter does issue Authorisations for Marriage in United Kingdom.



Martyn Woolf

London NW3

Emigration from the UK to the US #records

Alan Reische

I have identified what may be my family group outbound from Hamburg on
the Argo in June 1879. A very helpful JewGen participant advised that
Argo was only a local boat that likely disembarked passengers at Hull
for train travel to Liverpool or other ports for the longer journey to
New York. The Hamburg records indicate the family had New York as a
destination, but that may only indicate that they had booked through
passage, not necessarily all on the Argo. . I cannot find any record of
them disembarking at Hull or emigrating from another port to the US, but
I am unfamiliar with UK records. Would disembarkation for through
travelers and subsequent departure from the UK have required recording
in UK immigration records? I'd appreciate any suggestions about what
records exist and where I should be looking for them.

An additional oddity: The family left Hamburg under the surname of
'Rinschek', but that name never appears again in any of the UK or US
immigration or post-immigration records I've looked at, ranging from
city directories to census reports.

Alan Reische

Manchester NH USA


Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "Why Did Our Jewish Ancestors Leave a Great Place Like the Pale?" with Hal Bookbinder #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, March 21: “Why Did Our Jewish Ancestors Leave a Great Place Like the Pale?” with Hal Bookbinder.


To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: Zoom Link Request


Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page or pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (see below).  Take a look at the lineup on our Meetings page. To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page.


Session Description:


Jews had lived in Western Russia (the Pale) for centuries. At the turn of the last, two million left. This talk discusses how the Pale came to be, life in it and why the mass migration occurred. It breaks its 120-year history into periods of creation, confinement, repression, enlightenment, pogroms and chaos. There is more to the story than the horrific violence at the turn of the 20th century.


About Hal Bookbinder:


Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship and practicing safe computing. He has identified over 4,000 relatives, tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. He has served as president of the IAJGS and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Hal is a retired information technology director who continues to teach at the university level. He also directs a transition-to-work training program for individuals in addiction recovery. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe computing at


JGSSN 2021 Lecture Series:


Become a member for $20 by clicking here and attend any or all of the upcoming lectures:

Ben Kempner 
Vice President, JGSSN

Re: Translation Help with Signature #translation #russia


Had a typo in the last name - "Мария Паращак/Maria Parashchak"

Mike Vayser

US Marriage Authorisation #usa

Herbert Lazerow

   In the U.S., each state regulates its marriages and the forms required. I only know of one situation where authorisation would be required. Where a party to a marriage is younger than the age required to consent to it (these are contracts after all), a parent or guardian must consent. The age of consent has varied from state to state and, within each state, from time to time. Around 1900 in Pennsylvania, the age of consent seems to have been 21.
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998SAlcala Park, San Diego CA 92110 U.S.A.
(619)260-4597 office, (858)453-2388 cell, lazer@...
Author: Mastering Art Law (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2020)

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

Seeking Witnesses #holocaust #germany

abbee corb

Seeking Witnesses:URGENT REQUEST in connection to an upcoming trial in Germany:
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is currently searching for survivors of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany, who were in the main camp during the period from January 20, 1942 until August 31, 1944 // December 6 1944- February 18, 1945 and/or first-degree relatives of victims who died or were murdered in the camp during that period.
Please email swcjerus@... or call our office: 972-2-563-1274/5
Dr. Abbee S. Corb, CAS, CMAS
Consultant, Researcher, Writer
Ont. Licensed Private Investigator
Email:          abbeecorb@...
Tel:            +1(416) 876-3958

Re: Translation Help with Signature #translation #russia


It's "Мария Шаращак/Maria Parashchak"

Mike Vayser

Re: How to make a payment to a Ukrainian Archive? #records #ukraine #translation

Linda Higgins

Google translates from Ukrainian to English. Just copy and paste the words that need translation and it will do the rest.

Linda Gordon Higgins

Re: Kra family in Paris #france #general

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Joyce,
Apart from our typical genealogy researches, you can find a lot on "your" Simon Kra and his family.

Unknown from me five minutes ago, I entered "Simon Kra " to search French Google : never forget Google at a search's start !

I found he had been an important book editor in Paris before 1939.
As his children are named in these articles, we can be sure it's "your" Simon.

A full article had even  been written on him in French Wikipedia :éditions_du_Sagittaire
and you can access some others.
He wrote 2 or 3 books.
You can use direct translation to English if your French isn't ... nobody is perfect.

On another point, I checked French white pages : more than 150 persons are named "Kra"...
I search some others clues.

Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)

Move from Lodz to Falkenstein? #germany #lodz

Peter Roussak

I am curious if it is known if many Jews from Lodz moved to Germany, specifically Falkenstein, in the years after World War 1, and if so why.  I know of one relative of mine, named Ezra Russek, who moved there with his family.  There is another Russek who made the same move with her husband at around the same time, and I'm trying to establish if they were related, or if it was a common move and this is just a coincidence (it was a common name also, I recognize, but there are other facts that suggest a connection). 

Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you
Peter Roussak

RUSSEK, MITLER, JACOBOVITCH in Poland (Zloczew and Lodz); 
FREEDMAN, LEVY in Belarus, Lithuania (Grodno, Kovno); 

Shtetl Malaszewiec, Poland #poland #belarus


I am looking for information on the shtetl called as Malaszewiec, Poland. It is near the towns of Terespol and Brest Litovsk. The map coordinates are 52*02' N, 23*32' E. When I search for Terespol, Poland on Jewishgen town locator, it appears on the map but it is not listed as a searchable town. My grandfather was born in Malaszewiec in 1902.  Where can I find information on the town or records of births and marriages?

Thank you,
Lynda Schnier
West Palm Beach, FL

Translation Help with Signature #translation #russia


Hi All,

I'm having trouble fully deciphering a signature on the back of a post card.  I believe it is in Russian, and the handwriting makes it difficult for me to discern the lettering.  Any thoughts or translation is greatly appreciated.  Pic is attached.

Thanks in advance!
Amy Mitchell

Re: Kra family in Paris #france #general


Hi Joyce 

Did you look at the Archives de Paris online?
They have the birth, marriage and death records online.

and also the census lists of 1926, 1931, 1936 are online.

Did you look at the Mémorial de la Shoah database about the deportation-lists from Paris-Drancy to Auschwitz?

Corinne Iten
Lucerne, Switzerland

ViewMate translation request - Polish - New York #translation

Liza Giller

For several years I have been studying the history of the Frenkel family from Rovno.
From childhood I knew that my dad, Frenkel Tsal (Betsalel) Bentsionovich was born in 1910 and lived in the city of Rivne before the war.  At the beginning of the war, he was drafted into the army. His parents died during the war. Dad told me many times that my grandmother's name was Leia, grandfather was Bentsion, and that my brother and I were named after them.
In New York, at the Beth David Elmont Cemetery, Section E, Block 4, there is a memorial to the Jews killed in Rovno. It was built in 1954
The monument bears the name and surname of my grandmother Lea Frenkel.
Recently I found out my grandmother's maiden name - Saginur.
I think one of her relatives, brother or sister of my grandmother, lived in New York and brought her name to the monument.
I've posted aphoto of monument anf photo of my grandmother on ViewMate at the following address ...
  1. I am asking for help in finding the Saginur family from Rovno, who lived in New York in 1954.


 Liza Giller, Lod, Israel

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Re: Name of BERNSTEIN Kohanim #names

Ozzy Bernstein

20 years late on this one... my surname is Bernstein and I'm a kohen. Most of the family originated in Verkhnia Hrabyvnytzia, Czechoslovakia but over time spread out around Europe.

All the best,

Ozzy Bernstein

Request for Suggestions on Researcher for Grodzisko Dolne, Poland #galicia

Sheldon Rabin

Recently I determined that five of my Rebensaft/Ribenzaft ancestors were among the 241 Jews murdered and buried in mass graves when the Grodzisko Dolne ghetto was cleared during July 1942-March 1943.  Other than their names, I have no other personal information, and so I would greatly appreciate recommendations on local researchers who might be able to develop at least some basic bio info, such as date of birth, etc.
I recall that the rules require all replies to this kind of inquiry be sent privately.  My email address is:sheldonrabin@...
Thank you for any referrals.
Sheldon Rabin
Seneca Falls, NY

Re: UK Marriage Authorisation Interpretation Questions and Translation Request #unitedkingdom

Sally Bruckheimer

"Thanks for raising the subject of US Marriage Authorisations". I don't think you are talking about US Marriage Authorizations - there is no such thing. In the US, each state has its own rules, and we have Marriages Licenses, not Authorizations.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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