Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation


The very last phrase in 20. Is הי״ד an abbreviation of השם יקום דמו, which means “May God avenge their blood”. 

Shumsker family from Zhytomyr #ukraine


I am looking for links to the Shumsker family from Zhytomyr. Some of the first names are; Sima Leah, Rivka, Shulim, Shlioma & Khaia (Chaya)

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa

David Oseas

There is very little in the way of records available on so-called "Birds of passage", who returned to Europe.  The only collections that I'm aware of are located at NARA in Philadelphia -- see the article  "NARA Coast to Coast: Emigration Records at the National Archives at Philadelphia, Part 1" (I don't think they ever got around to publishing Part 2):

You may get lucky and find their outbound journey at a connecting port, such as LIverpool -- try searching for them on a site that specializes in European records, such as FindMyPast.

Regards,   David Oseas    <doseas@...>

Researching:     HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York   STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles  KRONOWITH: Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles    SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York      WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Re: Help identifying a Jewish Soldier from 1919 #latvia #lithuania

Joyaa Antares

Hi Team,

Jack Gelman wrote,
Attached is a photo of my Grandfather. His name was Iossel Gernov. I believe it was taken around 1918-1919.   
He was living in Riga, Latvia at the time, but originally was from Lithunaia.    Any information you can provide based on whether the uniform was Soviet or Latvian, the military division, rank or other relevant information would be appreciated. .. // … snip ... //

I have been in a similar situation in the past and I joined the War Relics forum, and posted to the relevant group.  The response I got exceeded my expectations.
… I would think that one of the following groups will help:

Good luck!

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, ZESMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, TSOUZMER etc, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
KEMPNER in Berlin, Lodz, Warszawa and London
MOSES (often MANSELL) in London and South Africa
LEVY, BADER in Berlin, Schwerin, Friedeberg

Re: Unusual Polish (?) surname - RUSZDIZAN #names #poland #unitedkingdom


A very similar surname,RUDZIAN, was found in Eisiskes, near your village.

Judy Baston, Coordinator,
LitvakSIG Lida District Research Group

ViewMate translation request - German (Prague birth record) #translation #austria-czech

Bob Lenk

I am requesting help reading is a page from a Prague birth register from 1883, posted to ViewMate at . I am interested in a transcription and/or translation of entry #4 - specifically the fields for place of birth, place of circumcision, and mother (name - Cacelia STEINER). Also, I would be interested in any explanation of the citation under the child's name (Rudolf) that appears to be H28941/82.

The page can viewed directly, with pan and zoom, at

[Replies via the ViewMate system only, please.]

Bob Lenk    <boblenk@...>

Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general


I have a number of photo postcards, written to my husband's grandfather, Max Rubin, an immigrant from Ostrowitz, Poland.  The postcards are written by different individuals (n both Yiddish and English) each of whom refers to himself as "your nephew."  The problem is that Max didn't have as many nephews as there are senders.  I'm trying to figure out what's going on here.

I know it's common in many families for older relatives to be referred to honorifically as "aunt" and "uncle" when they're not literally the aunt or uncle of the person addressing them.  Were there similar instances in which there were honorific "nephews" who were really younger cousins?

Erika Gottfried,  Teaneck, NJ     <erikagottfried53@...>

Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine #ukraine #usa


My grandfather, Morris (Moishe) Davidson (Davidsohn) was born in Belaya Tsekov, Ukraine on April 10, 1893 and died August 25, 1968. He came to the United States on December 1913 and was married to Rebecca (Reba) (Rivke) Mazis (Meyer) in 1916. His tombstone and death certificate indicates his father's name was David. He is buried in Mt. Sharon Cemetery. There is a David buried there who was born  in 1870 and died in July 1944. However, I can find no evidence, tying that David to Morris. At the moment, it seems as if I am at a dead end. Any suggestions?

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KANTOR descendants of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin #israel #ukraine #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I am trying to confirm a family written story which states that my
great grandmother , Bracha KANTOR/SCHECHTER was a descendant of Reb.
Chaim of Volozhin (or at least another member of his family).

Bracha's mother, Sarah Hinde KANTOR married to Reb. Shlomo KANTOR, a
Chazan in Karlin (Pinsk) during the second half of the 19th cent. The
above "story" includes a comment that Reb. Itzaleh, Reb. Chaim's son
took Sarah Hinde or her mother to her chupa (wedding canopy) as her
parents had died before her wedding.

Researching the published trees of Reb. Chaim, the closest similarity
that I found was that Reb. Itzaleh in fact had buried his own daughter
and her husband (LANDAU) and that in fact they had an unmarried
daughter. Unfortunately I do not find my ancestress in any of the
trees. I know that many rabbinical family trees often do not included
children who were not Rabbis or married to one. In fact a member of
the SOLOVEITCHIK family,(descendants of Reb. Chaim) wrote me that his
branch was not included since they did not go into the rabbinate.

Well known descendants of my great great grandmother are Chaim Dov
KANTOR, who was the mashgiach (kosher supervisor) of the yekev
(winery) in Zichron Yaacov (Israel) and Rabbi Yacov Meir SCHECHTER of
Chassidut Breslev. I had asked R' Yacov Meir as to the reliability of
his father's above story and unfortunately he could confirm or not
confirm it. Chaim Dov's (who died in the 1940s) descendants also
couldn't confirm the above story.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a complete listing of
Reb. Chaim's descendants if he can confirm the connection between our
families.                      TIA.       

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem    <yonibenari@...>

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa


Hi  Lisa B       <n2dzine2@...>

Do you only have the record from the Hamburg Passenger lists or also the record of the arrival in New York?
On the Passenger Manifest of the arrival in New York, there must be a second page which contains useful information.
Did you search for his entries in the United States census lists? New York has some for 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930,
the other States for 1910, 1920, 1930. You can find all this records on familysearch.
As far as I know records for the travel back to Europe can only be found on ancestry, and only if he changed ship in Great Britain.

Regards,   Corinne Iten   <itencorinne@...>

Feige GLASS-Tel-Aviv -early 20th cent. #israel

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My father-in-Law, Rabbi Moshe (Morris) YERUSHALMY had a relative Feige
GLASS who lived on Shderot Chen during the mid 20th cent.. She was
also family with Dr. Yitzchak REFAEL (VERFEL) who was a minister in
several Israeli governments, representing the Mizrachi/Mafdal party.

We would like to review the exact relationship between the JERUSHALMY
and GLASS family.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Translation of the Memorial Book of Bolekov, Ukraine at reduced price #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Joel Alpert

Memorial Book of Bolekhov

Yizkor Books in Print is happy to make this book available at severely
reduced pricing by ordering through JewishGen

List price: $47.95, available from JewishGen for $32

For more information and directions for ordering go to:
Go toward the bottom of the page below "Available at:" for the link to
start your order.

For information on the other 95 other Yizkor book we publish, go to:

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project

Re: Need for education on how to post [Find it at:] #guidelines

Peter Lebensold

With regards to posting standards, I'd like to see more emphasis being placed on all family names (and nothing else) being written in all-capitals and making sure that every post is signed with at least a last name.  Ideally, the Moderator(s) would return-to-sender any posts that do not comply with these long-standing standards.

It would also be very helpful - to those of us scanning the daily digests - if anyone asking for a translation (whether via ViewMate or other means) of a document would please include the (known or presumed) family name linked with that document, so that most of us don't need to go to ViewMate to see if the document might be of personal interest.

Peter Lebensold,  Toronto

Researching: GELBFISZ/FISH/GOLDWYN (Warsaw, Los Angeles), LEBENSOLD/LIBENSCHULD/and variants (anywhere), SZAFIR/SHAFFER/ and variants (Warsaw, Brazil, New York, Texas, elsewhere in USA), KORN (Poland, Philippines, San Francisco), BORENSTEIN (Poland, USA, Canada), WERNER (Poland, Glasgow) ...

Seeking info on ZALMAN family from Moinesti Romania #romania #usa


Hello- I am trying to get more information on my great-grandfather's family in Moinesti, Romania.
His name was JACOB ZALMAN.
He immigrated to Pittsburgh, PA sometime in the early 1900's & married my great-grandmother Sophie ABRAMOVITCH from Bucarest.
At some point he became a merchant seaman and there's a possibility he returned to Romania, but I am not certain as he left the family.

Any info on ZALMAN family specifically from Moinesti would be appreciated.   Thanks!

Alexandra  Sokol,    alexstuffbox@...

Re: Help with gravestone artwork and translation for Sarah P. Weiner #translation #usa

Leya Aronson

I enlarged the tombstone using a programme called IRFANVIEW. The initial on the stone after Sarah is P. not H. 

Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada

Seeking information on YUNOVITCH married KRAMEN Family from Volkavysk, Grodno, Russia (Belarus) #belarus #unitedkingdom


Hi All - I have been tracing my very large family originally from Volkavysk, Grodno, Belarus (then Russia).
I know my great grandfather's name was Dovid YUNOVITCH (family became Yanow) and his wife was Golde  KRAMEN.
I am especially looking for more info on the Kramen side.
Also, any information on the Yunovitch family in the UK as well, as I know a few of their older sons (my grandfather's brothers) went to England as well as a branch in Canada and then US.                    Much appreciation for any info or connections.   Thanks,

Alexandra   <alexstuffbox@...>
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Re: Need for education on how to post [Find it at:] #guidelines

Steve Stein

Well, now that all the groups have been merged into the main group, I would appreciate guidance on how to read the list, particularly on how to ignore or suppress hashtags that I am not interested in. With a single group, it wasn't so bad, but now the daily lists are considerably longer.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Re: Seeking relatives of Erna EICHMANN of Bad Salzuflen and Cape Town #southafrica

Sherri Bobish

Hi Anne,

I found a 1937 marriage record for Erna.  She married Eitel Fritz HAMLET in Cape Town.

Erna HAMLET passed on Nov. 1978, and there is a probate record in Cape Province, SA.

Hope this info helps,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

1 died in 1932 in Lods, there was burried
2 something like: Yosele when you see it green, believe your eyes and don't tell it is blew (Yiddish)
3 by eye seeing 
4 among all other sons of Israel
5 passing away, 
6 Simon the eldest boy,( he who was born thr first to his parents)
7 with the G-d's help
8 among  the first ones in the old cemetery ...
9 maceiva - tomb stone. Jizkor - memorial prayer
10 history
11 choice
12 was buried in the new cemetery in Lodz
13 ... old...
14 died in 1932 in Lods, and was burried there in the new cemetery
15 ...may their name be blotted out! Damn them!
16 to 120 (years life)
17 the little dolly (Yiddish)
18 = 14
19 I would spell it Tsvi, The Hebrew letter is Tsadik, sounds like German Zimmer, in Yiddish 2-tswej
20  this looks like "of blessed memory"   the right letter with apostroph means God, it is the first letter of His name which is forbidden to tell. The left letters MAY BE  the word Yid - a Jew, but I cannot understand the connection...

Josef ASH, Israel

Re: searching Austro-Hungary for family #austria-czech #hungary

Try the indices in the following link

The town was known to Jews as Tselim to avoid saying kreutz cross.

The records are available online on the Familysearch website.

Jacob Shayzaf Israel   <>

Norbert Steiner  <steiner71@...>  wrote:
My father grew up in a town now known as Deutschkreutz in Austria. Though the name is a German name everybody in the town speaks Hungarian. He told me that he had siblings (I know all 4), half siblings and step siblings (none of whom I know). The only thing I know about one of them is that he went to Australia and won a Bronze medal at the Olympics in California for Australia. Can anyone advise me where or how to look for those half- and step-siblings? I believe that I have exhausted all data banks that I know of but there must be others that I know nothing of. How does anyone look for documents without physically going to the towns and villages where they lived?