Does Sephardi Congregation "Escaba" = Misheberach? #usa #rabbinic #sephardic

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

In Sephardic religious practice, what is an escaba or escabas referring to? Does it mean prayer, or specifically a misheberach prayer? Is there another word for misheberach prayer in the Sephardic liturgy?

These esacaba lists appear in the early Philadelphia Congregation Mikveh Israel records that JewishGen US and Sephardic Research Divisions are reviewing for indexing.

Are there other lists or record sets with genealogical detail (or just standard Jewish names) that typically appear in Sephardic congregational records or prayer that we should be looking for?

As the new US Research Division is identifying record sets to organize into indexing projects, some terminology is surfacing and we need a primer to supply to volunteer indexers. So if anyone can direct us to a Sephardic/Ladino primer for the Ashkenazi as it relates to genealogy, we would appreciate.


Ellen Kowitt
Director, JewishGen US Research Division

Re: need help finding Morris, Sam and Jonas LISS passenger arrival records #belarus #russia

Sherri Bobish


Leib Mosche LISS (42) and Jona LISS (10 1/2) arrived in NY from Pinsk in August 1901.

They were bound for Providence, RI.  It says going to "brother."  I assume that means a brother of Leib Mosche.

Info found at:

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Belarus Meeting at the IAJGS Conference #belarus


We would like to thank the organizers of the conference for putting together a digital structure that enabled a lot more people to attend our Belarus informational meeting.  According to the numbers we received, we had 300 attend our talk.  While there were technical issues we did get positive feedback. 


Here is a link to the slides from the presentation:  On the last slide, there are links to a set of screencasts that cover most of the slides.




Belarus Research Division


Re: Searching for Tombstone/Cemetery Record for Teraizah/Alice JUROWICZ, died 1933 in Budapest #hungary #records

Moishe Miller

Thank you for responding. Would you have contact detail, including an email address for the Kozma Street cemetery?
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: in search of: MAUSKOPF family from bekescsaba hungary #hungary #canada

Lew Kampel

I knew some Mauskopfs in NJ or maybe Brooklyn in the 50s 60s.  They were either distant cousins or maybe just landsman from my  mother's town.
She came from Polyana near Munkacs which was Austro Hungarian before WW 1then Czechoslovakia and now Ukraine.  Does that sound geographically close?

Re: need help finding Morris, Sam and Jonas LISS passenger arrival records #belarus #russia


Nancy: See if you can find naturalization documents for your LISS family members.  They may have the details that you are looking for, i.e., ship, date, original name.

David Rosen
Boston, MA 

On 8/14/2020 10:17 AM, N. Summers via wrote:

I'm looking for relatives by the name of LISS, from Motal or Pinsk, Poland (now Belarus).....   I have found their census documents in New York, but I've tried and tried without any luck to find the passenger lists for father Morris Liss or his 2 oldest sons Sam and Jonas ..........I'm beginning to think that their name in Poland might have been something other than Liss. might be?  Or how else I might tackle this task?

many thanks



Re: Trying to locate graves for BERNSTEIN couple in London #names

Martyn Woolf

Re: Jewish Agricultural Colony in Woodbine, NJ #usa

Mark Halpern

There is a Museum in the Synagogue building in Woodbine. I would assume they can answer your question.

Mark Halpern 
Conshohocken , PA


On 2020-08-13 5:00 pm, diamondesllc@... wrote:

My father and his siblings were born in  Woodbine in the late 19th and early 20th century.  His parents were amongst the earliest settlers in that Colony in the early 1890s.  I am trying to find out how the early Colony members were recruited for participation and residence in the Colony. If your family members were part of this "experiment" and/or you have any knowledge of the early formation of the Colony please contact me.

Re: tombstone inscription #galicia #poland #rabbinic


I apologize for not having been more specific:  "Moreinu haRav" does not necessarily mean that someone was the rabbi of a community or had a pulpit.  Many men are ordained rabbis (have obtained "Semichah") but do not have occupations in the rabbinate.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: NYC marriage records #records #usa


Thanks! I've used but didn't realize it had marriage records.

Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

Eric M. Bloch

Everyone is suggesting a cutter worked in the garment or cloth industry; but I had a great uncle who, as a young immigrant, was a "cutter" for a shoe company, cutting leather parts to make shoes.  He said the shiny leather almost ruined his eyesight.  The 1906 Cincinnati city directory listed his occupation as "cutter."

Eric M. Bloch
Milwaukee, WI

Re: Jewish Agricultural Colony in Woodbine, NJ #usa

Shari Kantrow

There is a Jewish museum in Woodbine called Sam Azeez that is specifically dedicated to the history of Jews in this town. It is actually located in an old synagogue. Not sure they’re open now.
Here is their website:


Klimscheffskij from Suwalki #names


My gr-gr-grandfather was Yitzchak Lazar Klimscheffskij (1820-88). He was presumably born in Suwalki and died in Turku, Finland, where he had retired after his long service in the Russian army ( Finland was 1809-1917 an autonomous part of the Russian empire and from 1858 onwards all retired soldiers in Russia were allowed to stay in the place, where they last served). The -ij in the end is certainly a Swedish transliteration of the last name, normally it would be ending in -y. It is possible that the name refers to the Polish town of Klimaszewnica, less than 100km southwest from Suwalki. I have seen Klimaszewskis in Poland but they seem to be more often Christians than Jews.

As the name is complex to write and pronounce, many Klimscheffskijs ended up changing their names to Katro, Kiias (in Finland) or Feinberg (USA). Has anyone come across the name?

David Seligson
Arceau, France (originally from Finland)

Re: NYC marriage records #records #usa

Fred Kolbrener

One can't always rely on the NYC marriage OR birth records being complete in Ancestry as the NYC vital records aren't always complete.. 
The records after the marriage were supposed to be returned to the NYC records authorities, but that did not always happen. I know of very early Brooklyn marriages that are not in NYC files as the church wedding was never reported to the vital records offices.  I also have an uncle whose first marriage is not recorded and then in 1939 and 1942, he may never have actually gotten married after getting licenses. is often a good bet for finding elusive data..  I prefer to use rather than Italian.  The German and Italian groups collaborated in creating the databases they use, but they are only as good as the records that went it (discounting for spelling errors).  In the past two years, Italiangenealogygroup changed (updated) their front end user interface.  While some of the new changes are good, like searching a name in ALL their databases at once, the ability to sort the records by clicking the column headers in the returned lists was lost; so I prefer the genrmangenealogygroup site.

Marriage license questionnaires are maintained by the NYC Archives and usually are three pages of data, but require someone to search for them.  However, if they married in NJ, that will not result in finding a record, either.   

I did not find a marriage for Frank Zimmer in nor in the NJ Ancestry marraige records..  I did locate the probable marraige of a daughter of Sarah and Frank, Lillian Kaplan, in April 1928 to Murray Dravich. 

Good luck with your search. 

Re: Name of Marrero possibly Marrano from Puerto Rico. Possibly Jewish? #names #latinamerica

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Jose, please go to Click DATABASES, go to Consolidated Surname Index and search for your name. There are several ways to search, please use each one in turn to cover spelling variations.
Have you done any DNA testing? I would suggest the Ydna 37-marker test at FamilyTreeDNA to learn more information about your father's direct line. You may also wish to do the Family Finder autosomal test to find information on all lines of your family. Then, transfer the autosomal results to MyHeritage for a different perspective.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
New Mexico

Translation of Hebrew Text (written in Germany in 1735) Please #translation


Hello everybody,

The short text below forms the introduction to the "new" laws of the community of Schweinshaupten in the northeast of Lower Franconia. They were written in 1735 by the Jacob Breslau, Chief Rabbi of the Grabfeld district.

Many years ago, the late Steven Lowenstein provided the following romanisation of the test:

hisasfu kehal yoshve Schweinsthaubten la’asos lo-hem takaonos chodoshos…….. / 
takonos ha-yeshonos ulhoros lo-hem ha-derech asher yelchu bo {…} ha-ma’aseh / 
asher ta’asun a”p [al pi] ha-din ve-lifneshem {…} ve-osiso lo-hem takanos ka’asher yevo’or lemato be-ritson / 
kol kehal vecho tiyeh ve… tekayi’ey

But due to the quality of the image, some words eluded him. I would be very grateful for fresh pairs of eyes to possibly the fills the gaps and enable a full translation.

Many thanks,

Justin Levy
(Dubai, UAE)

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus

Bruce Drake

“Woronow Jews observed ancient religious traditions that had been handed down from father to son… Without this religious base and these customs our lives were meaningless… God was the foundation of the Jew's dreary, indigent life.”

So begins this account of “Jewish types, their character traits, fanatic; customs and religious mysticism; religious and folk songs” from the Yizkor book of Woronow (Voronova) in Belarus. But along with traditional Jewish worship, there were strands of “mystical belief in dreams, remedies, signs, destiny, astrology and magic.” When a woman was in labor she was led seven times around three Jews who were praying, in prayer shawls and phylacteries,” reciting psalms and the Prayer for the Sick.When a person had a toothache, he was "talked out of it," the "evil eye" was driven away. To keep the evil eye away, mothers would attach an onion with salt to the child's underwear, or tie a red cotton string around its wrist. Mitzvahs included wearing four tassels on undergarments; not mixing meat and dairy dishes; not wearing clothing made of cloth that mixed linen and wool; a mezuzah in every Jewish home.

This excerpt is filled with wonderful detail and anecdotes and personalities revolving around life in Woronow and the ways it was interwoven with religious faith.


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD

Re: Searching for Tombstone/Cemetery Record for Teraizah/Alice JUROWICZ, died 1933 in Budapest #hungary #records

sylvia vanderhoeft <sylvia.vanderhoeft@...>

Hi Moishe,
Have you tried the website "Find a grave" ? We found my husbands grandparents and family  tombstones on that website. If not you can always contact Kozma Street Cemetery.
Stay safe
Sylvia Stein ( Vanderhoeft) Boechout, Belgium

Re: viewmate help request - Russian #translation


the hyperlinks above were corrupted for some reason.
the correct hyperlinks are
Marty Meyers
Montclair, NJ
researching:  ZYLBERMAN, ROZENSZTEJN, BORDOWITZ, KRYGIER, FREJDENBERG (Przasnysz, Janowa, Zuromin, Mlawa, Chorzele, Makow)
MEYEROWITZ, ABROMOWICH, PRUSHKIN (Grodno, Brestovitsa), SIDMAN, BALIN (Slavuta, Volynia)

need help finding Morris, Sam and Jonas LISS passenger arrival records #belarus #russia

N. Summers

I am stuck and would love to have your ideas on what I should do next.

I'm looking for relatives by the name of LISS, from Motal or Pinsk, Poland (now Belarus). They came to New York between 1895 to 1910 and all but one changed their surname to Alper (for good luck, because they knew someone who did well in the U.S.).

I have found their census documents in New York, but I've tried and tried without any luck to find the passenger lists for father Morris Liss or his 2 oldest sons Sam and Jonas. I believe that the 3 travelled separately, arriving between 1895 and 1904 (based on the arrival dates in their US censuses; and on the 1904 passenger list of Morris' wife Annie with their younger children.). Morris' brother Abraham came a bit later and kept the name Liss . I even had a researcher from  try to find the record for Jonas but she was not able to do so.

I'm beginning to think that their name in Poland might have been something other than Liss. Maybe a Yiddish name? Does anyone know what a Yiddish or Polish version of the name might be?  Or how else I might tackle this task?

many thanks


Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER (Radziwillow, Russia >Radzyliv,Ukraine; Ostroh, Rivne, Poland>Ostrog, Rovno,Ukraine; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia> Volyn, Ukraine)

LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Pinsk, Russia>Belarus)

LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Minsk,  Russia> Belarus)

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