Romania Research volunteer coordinator announcement #romania

Barbara Hershey

Rita Lieger has accepted the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Jewishgen Romania Research.  My Co-Director, Michael Moritz, and I are very pleased to welcome this valuable member of our team.  Rita will be available to find a satisfying role for people wishing to help us get our many records onto Jewishgen.  She’ll help us reconnect with volunteers who may have worked for the RomSIG years ago, and find people with skills to help us in other needed ways.  We hope to have a Jewishgen email address for Rita in the near future.  Meanwhile, please use my address and I will forward her all of your inquiries and best wishes.


Rita has provided this brief biography as a means of introducing herself:


Rita Liegner has been immersed in and captivated by genealogical research as a hobby for the past 10 years.  Before her recent retirement, she was an executive for a non-profit behavioral health and social service organization, involved in management, program and staff development, and organizational change.  She has also worked as a university student services program director.  She holds an M.S.Ed  and B.A. from the City University of New York and is a licensed mental health counselor in New York State.   Rita was born in the Bronx and has lived in the New York City area all her life.  


Please welcome Rita and join us in accelerating work on behalf of our researchers of Romanian ancestry.


L’shanah tovah umetukah!


Barbara Hershey

(from very smoky, but safe from fire) Portland, Oregon USA


Barbara Hershey



JewishGen Romanian Research


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Viewmate translation request--Russian and/or Hebrew #translation

Carol Flesher

I have posted a marriage record on Viewmate at the following address:
It is primarily in Russian although there some parts are also in Hebrew. I am hoping someone can translate the messy handwriting, especially anything about Gitel Yanovitzky, the groom and his parents’ names. If he is from Pryluki or Varva and his father is Asher Yehuda, this may crack open a very frustrating brick wall.

Many thanks and Happy New Year,
Carol Flesher
Oxnard, California

Shanah Tovah from Gesher Galicia #announcements #galicia

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,
We at Gesher Galicia would like to wish all our friends and members a very Happy New Year. Please know that we thank you very much for your support during 5780 and we look forward to 5781 with much excitement for what we can accomplish together.
We wish you good health, happiness, peace and prosperity, today and all through the year!
Shanah Tovah Umetukah.
Dr. Steven S. Turner,
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Origin and meaning of this tea and preserve ceremony #latvia #lithuania #russia


Hello all,


I found a link to this very helpful article written by Ann Rabinowitz back in 2008:


She called it "glassele te", in which a dollop of jam is added to black tea. The practice appears to have originated in Russia. I think Prof Miller’s mother was meeting with the other woman for some reason not disclosed, and she prepared the special tea possibly as a show of respect or care.


Thank you kindly for all of the responses.


Rob Goudey.

ViewMate Translation Request - Polish #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Paul Moverman, Milford, NH, USA

Image of photograph needs to be translated VM86468 #translation

Mark Sturm

I've posted the image of the back of a photograph, probably taken in 1942 in the town of Kuty.
Please translate the Yiddish into English. Thanks.

Mark Sturm


Re: Origin and meaning of this tea and preserve ceremony #latvia #lithuania #russia

Jenny Schwartzberg

Dear JGenners,


My grandpa Richard V. Gilbert born in 1902 who lived in Philadelphia remembered his uncles and other relatives sitting around the kitchen table drinking tea from samovars and arguing radical politics.  They had glass cups in metal handled holders as you may find in Turkish restaurants today.  Sugar was sold in large loaves and small pieces were broken off.  People held the pieces between their teeth/lips and drank the tea through them.  This was during the 1910s into 1920s.



Jenny Schwartzberg

Chicago, IL


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Subject: Re: [] Origin and meaning of this tea and preserve ceremony #latvia #lithuania #russia


I have never heard of this a special ceremony , but maybe it was a special ceremony only  in Julius's family . It might have been special because making these jams was labor intensive and seasonal . As someone below has said Russians often take preserves in their tea . Another respondent referred to the custom of putting a sugar cube between the teeth and drinking the tea through the sugar cube. When I asked my Russian relatives who emigrated from the USSR in 1992  about this custom , they said they had never heard of it.
My bobe Frahdl used to make a compote of stewed peaches and whatever was available in the stores in Boston in the summer . When she added blueberries , she would call it "bluzberry compote" and would refrigerate it with the peach etc. pits intact. I always loved eating it in the summer.

I wonder if anyone has come across this behavior : my grandmother would re-use old teabags and she laughed at me when I made tea at her home and used one used teabag per person . Also , when I had tea with a famous Yiddish actress in New York , she made tea for four of us by dipping one teabag into four cups of hot water until the water was pale yellow . My Soviet emigre cousins always served very strong tea . So , was this weak tea just a case of two individuals being thrifty or have others ever heard of this behavior ?? 
Henry H. Carrey

View Mate translations requested - two Hebrew inscriptions on headstones #translation

Ted Gostin

I like to ask anyone with good Hebrew skills out there if you can translate the full Hebrew inscriptions on two headstones on View Mate.  The links are below.  While I can read the names and dates, and make out a few of the laudatory phrases, my Hebrew skills just aren't good enough to read both of these lengthy Hebrew inscriptions.

Thanks very much.

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, California

Find Lyandres (Levinson) in Israel #belarus #israel


My maternal gmother Mera Levinson was born in Lepel, Belarus in 1881. On Yad Vashem there is a page of testimony for Nahum Levinson (born about 1876) from Lepel subbmited by Dola Lyandres (Levinson), Nahum's granddaughter. In 1999 she lived on Zahal Street in Nesher, Israel. However, now I cant find Dola or any of her relatives. Can anybody help me or advise how to find Dola Lyandres.

Thank you

Mark Maymind

Researching Maimind, Minsk, Machelson, Levinson 

VISA and Registry Files: USCIS information #records

Moishe Miller

Dear Group,

The USCIS form G-1041-A allows for requests of five items. I understand
the first three; the A-File, the C-File and the AR-File. And, I have
those numbers from the U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995 at

However, the form G-1041-A also allows for requests for VISA Files
(1924-1944) and Registry Files (1929-1944). Where do you get these
numbers from? Will an Index Search Request always provide all five index
numbers? Is there another way to find or obtain the VISA and Registry

For instance, on my grandmothers Certificate of Arrival (attached),
there are a bunch of numbers. Are any of those the VISA or Registry?
There are more numbers on the two pages of her ship manifests into
Baltimore, also attached.

Shana Tova,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Birth record of Wolf WAJSBLECH:;data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca4746bf657f64cef7db308d85a843828%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637358871205641712&amp;sdata=rxJum%2F0cr0Lnu4q2%2F9eZ1hWT4XoGMRO00VieNR7HRNM%3D&amp;reserved=0
They are file #85349, #85355 and
Your help would be much appreciated.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland



I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

This is probably a death certificate of a lost sister of my grandmother.
My family lived in Warszaw but this is from Lublin.

Thank you very much.

Dr. Ofer Cornfeld

Rozenwald -- Warta, Poland #poland

John Crust

I'm doing research on the Jewish community of Warta (pronounced: vahr-tah, in Polish; Dvort, in Yiddish), Poland, with a particular focus on the old Jewish cemetery. I'd like to learn more about the Rozenwald family. One brother, Ezre, was among the 10 Jewish men publicly hanged in 1942. Another brother, Mordecai, was killed in December, 1945. Another brother, Meir Laub, appears to have survived the war. He was a barber, and his barbershop was in the old market square, in the center of town. A number of years ago, apparently his son from the U.S. visited the barbershop, now operated by a Polish barber. The last name possibly has been anglicized -- maybe now Rosenvald?

Thank you.

John Crust

seeking birth record from Szolnok, Hungary #hungary

Margarita Lacko

Mia L. was born in Israel and wants to get married. Her parents were married in a synagogue in Budapest before making Aliah. This marriage is not recognized in Israel. So Mia needs a few papers to proof she is Jewish….


Looks like Mia’s mother was not inscribed in the Jewish congregation in Budapest. So we need to obtain Mia’s grandmother’s birth record.


Marta BALÁZS (aka BLEIER) was born in 1927 in Szolnok, Hungary. I understand that, because of the privacy rule, these records are not available to the public.


I would greatly appreciate advice on how to obtain this birth record.


Thanks in advance,


Margarita Lackó

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Vinnitsa Census #ukraine

Susan Goldsmith

Would researcher Schmiel kindly look for all GITTES/GADYE/GADIE?

Many Thanks,
Susan Goldsmith

Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Researching GOLDSHMIDT, F(P)ILVINSKY, SHLIOMOVICH, GITTES (GADIE,GADYE, GIDUSH, GITES) Seta, Jonava, Kaunas, Adustiskes, Zemaiciu Naumiestes, Keidainiai, Ukmerge, Vandziogala, Lithuania
HOROWITZ, DRASNIN (DRASNE) Dauhinava, Belarus; TOBIAS (TOUBES, TOBES, TAUBES) Novyy Swerzhen and Stowbtsy, Belarus; ROZANSKY, BILINSKY, MIRANSKY Iasevichi, Belarus
DAVIS, HAFFNER Botosani, Romania
WAXMAN (WAKSMAN), KOENIGSBERG Sandomierz, Ostrowiec Poland

Seeking a Yad Vashem testimony submitter. #ukraine


In 2004, a woman by the name Irina (nee Giterman) Taran, who gave her address in Kiev, at 42 Gogolevskaya Street, submitted eight pages of testimony for member of a Chak family, all murdered in then Chervonoarmeisk, now Pulin, in the Zhitomir region.  She would be 90-95 y.o. today. If anybody knows her or her family members, I'd appreciate hearing from them as our families might be related.


В 2004-м году женщина по имени Ира Таран (дев. Гитерман), которая тогда жила в Киеве по Гоголевской 42, оставила в Яд Вашем 8 свидетельских показаний на членов семьи Чак, которые были убиты в Красноармейске, сегодня - Пулин, Житомирской области. Ей сегодня должно быть 90-95 лет. Если кто знает эту женщину или членов ее семьи, пожалуйста дайте знать, т.к. наши семьи могут быть в родстве.


Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

Re: Looking for Aunt Tillie, born Zipporah Storch, family immigrated 1891, NYC 1905 census age 16, then in Hartford per my mother #usa

Molly Staub

I have a group of Storch members in my Ancestry Public Tree titled "ArostStaub_2019". I was told of them by my late in-laws, Anna Fichtner/Fischman Staub and Leo Staub. I'm not sure how they were related, but it might give you a jumping off point. 
Happy hunting, Molly Arost Staub

Arost, Harast, Kharest - Dumbraveni, Soroki, Bessarabia and Lvov, Poland and Philadelphia
Berenson - Krasnoye, Ukraine, Great Britain and Philadelphia
Graffman/Groffman - Ukraine, Great Britain, and Philadelphia
Gershman - Ukraine, Great Britain and Philadelphia
Staub  and Fischman- Hungary and New York

Re: St Anne's Lancashire during WW2 #unitedkingdom

Michael Sharp


I beg to disagree

You are correct that the municipality is called Lytham St Annes but the municipality is a combination of two villages, Lytham and St Annes which maintain their separate identities. Lytham was the original village, St Annes (properly St Annes-on-Sea) was a 19th century planned development next door

Michael Sharp

Israel Film Archive #announcements #israel

Jan Meisels Allen


Israel Film Archive has thousands of hours to film to watch many of which are free.  The website is currently during its trial run.

Since 1960, the Jerusalem Cinematheque’s Israeli Film Archive has been in charge of the safekeeping and preservation of original Israeli narrative and documentary film works – from the late 19th century until present-day.


Some of the films to have been restored thus far include Three Days and a Child (1967), Avanti Popolo (1986), Siege (1969), and Life According to Agfa (1992).


The Israeli Film Archive is home to hundreds of film collections which chronicle the land’s history, practically from as far back as the advent of the movie camera. These collections are comprised of feature-length fiction films, documentaries, newsreels, student films, public service ads, art films, home movies, and lots more. The total length of all rolls of film adds up to a whopping two million meters. Stored with them in the archives are also tens of thousands of professional videotapes, and roughly 1.5million gigabytes of digital media.


In 2020 alone, the archive welcomed 800 new additions of both old and new titles to its catalogue.


You do have to sign up for an account.


To read more see:


To read about the compilation go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Need photo of gravestone in old Jewish cemetery of Casale Monferrato in Italy #photographs

Chaim Luria



I would like to get a digital photo by e-mail of the gravestone for Michele Luria in the old Jewish Cemetery of Casale Monferrato in Italy.

If some one can help me please contact me directly at cluria48@...




Chaim Luria


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