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Lublin/Zamosc Area Meeting and Share Fair at Boston 2013 Conference #poland

Shelley K. Pollero
 

The 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held
from Aug 4 to 9 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.
You are cordially invited to attend the Lublin/Zamosc Area
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meeting on Wed. Aug. 7 at 11:15 AM of those
interested in the many area towns near and including Lublin and Zamosc,
all in the former Lublin Gubernia, now in Poland, formerly in the
Russian Empire.

We will also have a Lublin/Zamosc Area table at the Share Fair, Sun.,
Aug. 4, >from 1:30 - 5 PM for information and networking.

Let me know if you plan to attend the Lublin/Zamosc BOF and/or Share
Fair.

Robinn Magid, Lublin Archive Project Coordinator, and I will facilitate
these events. We hope to see you there!

Regards,

Shelley and Robinn

Shelley K. Pollero
Zamosc Archive Project Coordinator, Jewish Records Indexing-Poland
Zamosc Town Leader
Severna Park, Maryland
rkpollero@comcast.net


JRI Poland #Poland Lublin/Zamosc Area Meeting and Share Fair at Boston 2013 Conference #poland

Shelley K. Pollero
 

The 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held
from Aug 4 to 9 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.
You are cordially invited to attend the Lublin/Zamosc Area
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meeting on Wed. Aug. 7 at 11:15 AM of those
interested in the many area towns near and including Lublin and Zamosc,
all in the former Lublin Gubernia, now in Poland, formerly in the
Russian Empire.

We will also have a Lublin/Zamosc Area table at the Share Fair, Sun.,
Aug. 4, >from 1:30 - 5 PM for information and networking.

Let me know if you plan to attend the Lublin/Zamosc BOF and/or Share
Fair.

Robinn Magid, Lublin Archive Project Coordinator, and I will facilitate
these events. We hope to see you there!

Regards,

Shelley and Robinn

Shelley K. Pollero
Zamosc Archive Project Coordinator, Jewish Records Indexing-Poland
Zamosc Town Leader
Severna Park, Maryland
rkpollero@comcast.net


Ukraine SIG Continues to Grow! #ukraine

Chuck Weinstein <cmw521@...>
 

If you are reading this on the Ukraine SIG list - Congratulations! You are
one of 3100 subscribers to this list, as of today. That is up >from 2,650,
just two years ago. If you are only reading this on the JewishGen list and
you have interests in that portion of Ukraine that was part of the Russian
Empire gubernias now in the Ukraine: Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava,
Chernigov, Kharkov, Kherson, Taurida and Ekaterinoslav, subscribe to our
list, as well. We have added a number of projects we are working on over
the past two years, and we continue to look for sources of new information
for Ukraine researchers. Many more posts by researchers that apply to
Ukraine are posted on our list only than appear on the more general
JewishGen list.

Our Town listings now show over 900 individual towns, shtetlach, and
settlements where Jews lived in Ukraine. For each town listed, there is a
map showing the location, a list of names the place has been known by, a
list of ongoing projects, a Town Leader (if there is one), and a link to a
JewishGen KehilaLinks Project page (if there is one). Town Leaders help
coordinate any projects we can identify and are the point of contact for any
information on a place or its inhabitants. Since there are few vital
records available, we are also involved in researching business directories,
revision (census) lists, and other sources for names in Ukraine. For those
towns that have no current Town Leader or KehilaLinks page, we are actively
looking to fill those voids. Let me know if you are interested.

As of now, we have 114 KehilaLinks pages, either in progress or on line. We
have 194 Town Leaders, and they have been identifying projects that just
need volunteers (and in some cases, monetary donations) to complete and be
entered into the All-Ukraine database, which currently has 1.4 million
records >from a variety of sources. There is so much to do, and it all
begins with you. If you have an hour or two a week (or more) to donate to
finding our roots in Ukraine, we have much more to do. Your help is
gratefully appreciated, not just by me, but by generations of Ukraine
researchers to come who can benefit >from records you may help to uncover,
translate, enter into spreadsheets, or put on a KehilaLinks page. We are
here to help you every step of the way.

For a list and description of projects already identified that require money
to acquire or translate records, see
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=22
. As always, your JewishGen-erosity is greatly appreciated.

Our Ukraine SIG home page is at http://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/.

Chuck Weinstein
Towns and Districts Director, Ukraine SIG
Cmw521@earthlink.net


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Ukraine SIG Continues to Grow! #ukraine

Chuck Weinstein <cmw521@...>
 

If you are reading this on the Ukraine SIG list - Congratulations! You are
one of 3100 subscribers to this list, as of today. That is up >from 2,650,
just two years ago. If you are only reading this on the JewishGen list and
you have interests in that portion of Ukraine that was part of the Russian
Empire gubernias now in the Ukraine: Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava,
Chernigov, Kharkov, Kherson, Taurida and Ekaterinoslav, subscribe to our
list, as well. We have added a number of projects we are working on over
the past two years, and we continue to look for sources of new information
for Ukraine researchers. Many more posts by researchers that apply to
Ukraine are posted on our list only than appear on the more general
JewishGen list.

Our Town listings now show over 900 individual towns, shtetlach, and
settlements where Jews lived in Ukraine. For each town listed, there is a
map showing the location, a list of names the place has been known by, a
list of ongoing projects, a Town Leader (if there is one), and a link to a
JewishGen KehilaLinks Project page (if there is one). Town Leaders help
coordinate any projects we can identify and are the point of contact for any
information on a place or its inhabitants. Since there are few vital
records available, we are also involved in researching business directories,
revision (census) lists, and other sources for names in Ukraine. For those
towns that have no current Town Leader or KehilaLinks page, we are actively
looking to fill those voids. Let me know if you are interested.

As of now, we have 114 KehilaLinks pages, either in progress or on line. We
have 194 Town Leaders, and they have been identifying projects that just
need volunteers (and in some cases, monetary donations) to complete and be
entered into the All-Ukraine database, which currently has 1.4 million
records >from a variety of sources. There is so much to do, and it all
begins with you. If you have an hour or two a week (or more) to donate to
finding our roots in Ukraine, we have much more to do. Your help is
gratefully appreciated, not just by me, but by generations of Ukraine
researchers to come who can benefit >from records you may help to uncover,
translate, enter into spreadsheets, or put on a KehilaLinks page. We are
here to help you every step of the way.

For a list and description of projects already identified that require money
to acquire or translate records, see
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=22
. As always, your JewishGen-erosity is greatly appreciated.

Our Ukraine SIG home page is at http://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/.

Chuck Weinstein
Towns and Districts Director, Ukraine SIG
Cmw521@earthlink.net


Bonn, Germany marriage records #germany

Eva Lawrence
 

Last week I ordered the film of marriage records for Bonn, Germany
covering the years 1827-1834 >from the LDS, and they're now available at
their Family History Centre at Kew until August 12th. As far as I know,
anyone interested can view them there for free, without further formality.

The film is No. 1052892, Heiraten 1827-1834.

The basic information was already available on the Familysearch website,
but apart >from the sentimental value of the original document, I found
quite a few useful extra family details which took quite a long time to
extract >from my print-up of the old manuscript.

I've now ordered the film for Bonn births, 1830-1832. When it arrives,
I'll travel there again, and would probably have time to do a look-up for
anone who needs it if they contact me privately.

Eva Lawrence St Albans, UK. eva.lawrence@idnet.com


German SIG #Germany Bonn, Germany marriage records #germany

Eva Lawrence
 

Last week I ordered the film of marriage records for Bonn, Germany
covering the years 1827-1834 >from the LDS, and they're now available at
their Family History Centre at Kew until August 12th. As far as I know,
anyone interested can view them there for free, without further formality.

The film is No. 1052892, Heiraten 1827-1834.

The basic information was already available on the Familysearch website,
but apart >from the sentimental value of the original document, I found
quite a few useful extra family details which took quite a long time to
extract >from my print-up of the old manuscript.

I've now ordered the film for Bonn births, 1830-1832. When it arrives,
I'll travel there again, and would probably have time to do a look-up for
anone who needs it if they contact me privately.

Eva Lawrence St Albans, UK. eva.lawrence@idnet.com


Re: Lawyers in Berlin - BOOK CITE #germany

Roderick Miller <rpm@...>
 

The topic of lawyers in Berlin 1933-1945 has already been pretty
thoroughly researched in the book "Anwalt ohne Recht. Das Schicksal
juedischer Rechtsanwaelte in Berlin nach 1933" >from Simone Ladwig-Winters.

The book is in German, of course, its title translates to "Lawyers
without Rights: The Fates of Jewish Attorneys in Berlin after 1933".

[URL to Amazon.com (Germany) listing of this book deleted by Moderator]

Regards, Roderick Miller www.stolperstadt.org


German SIG #Germany Re: Lawyers in Berlin - BOOK CITE #germany

Roderick Miller <rpm@...>
 

The topic of lawyers in Berlin 1933-1945 has already been pretty
thoroughly researched in the book "Anwalt ohne Recht. Das Schicksal
juedischer Rechtsanwaelte in Berlin nach 1933" >from Simone Ladwig-Winters.

The book is in German, of course, its title translates to "Lawyers
without Rights: The Fates of Jewish Attorneys in Berlin after 1933".

[URL to Amazon.com (Germany) listing of this book deleted by Moderator]

Regards, Roderick Miller www.stolperstadt.org


Rojanka #belarus

nigel wilson <wilsonettess@...>
 

Dear genners,

A friend is seeking to find information regarding b/m/d/ in Rojanka - are such
records available?

If anyone has knowledge of Rojanka and its long lost Jewish community please
contact me privately.

Thank you.

Patricia Wilson (Israel)
MODERATOR: Please reply privately


Belarus SIG #Belarus Rojanka #belarus

nigel wilson <wilsonettess@...>
 

Dear genners,

A friend is seeking to find information regarding b/m/d/ in Rojanka - are such
records available?

If anyone has knowledge of Rojanka and its long lost Jewish community please
contact me privately.

Thank you.

Patricia Wilson (Israel)
MODERATOR: Please reply privately


Sign Up Now for International Conference Activities #belarus

Florence Schumacher, Boston 2013 Publicity Chair
 

You can now sign up for the special events at the 33rd IAJGS International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Boston August 4-9th. These
are events that require additional fees, such as computer workshops,
Breakfasts with the Experts, Special Interest Group (SIG) Luncheons, the
Gala Banquet, and sightseeing tours. Look under the PROGRAM tab on the
conference website (www.iajgs2013.org) for detailed information about
these events.

If you have already registered for the conference, go to the conference
website and update your registration form (mouse over the REGISTRATION tab
and click on "Update Your Registration Info"). If you haven't registered
yet for the conference, you will need to do so to be eligible to sign-up
for these activities (follow the same procedure as above but click on
"Registration Form" instead). In both cases, you will be put into the
registration form, which now has a new sections covering the optional
fee-based items. The number of participants for these activities is
limited, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Computer workshops are available for PCs and Macs. They include "Creating
One Step Search Tools" with its creator, Stephen Morse; "Getting Started
with Family Tree Maker" and "Beginners' Reunion" and "Getting the Most Out
of Reunion10" (Mac); workshops for Hungarian and Bessarabian (Moldova)
research, JewishGen, social media, and Jewish community history, to name a
few.

Breakfasts with the Experts include "Researching Your Roots" in Galicia,
Germany, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine with the leading
experts in these fields. Another breakfast features "Understanding DNA
Testing and Results" with Bennett Greenspan. Genzyme will be offering a
special breakfast session on genetic diseases.

The Gala Banquet will feature entertainment by the internationally known
Zamir Chorale.

Throughout the week guided tours will be offered to local sites of Jewish
interest. On Sunday there will be a bus tour to the Touro Synagogue,
celebrating its 250th anniversary and a walking tour of old Jewish Newport
in Rhode Island. On Friday there will be a bus tour to the Yiddish Book
Center in Amherst where you'll find a million Yiddish books, permanent and
traveling exhibits, and art galleries.

On Monday there will be a walking tour of Boston's Old South End, home to
an early Jewish community between the 1840s and the 1920s. Also on Monday
will be a free tour for people who attend the showing of the film "Samuel
Bak: Painter of Questions" at the conference to the nearby Pucker Gallery
to see Bak's work. On Tuesday there will be a walking tour of Boston's
North End, where Boston's Eastern European Jewish immigrants lived over a
century ago. Here, too, are icons of American history, such as the Paul
Revere house. Wednesday will feature a walking tour of the West End, where
Jewish immigrants also lived. This also was the site of Boston's pre-Civil
War Underground Railroad and the free black community. The tour ends at
the Vilna Shul, one of the few surviving immigrant-era Jewish synagogues
in the country.

These optional activities complement the nearly 250 programs as well as
the outstanding evening entertainment included in the conference
registration fee.

For more details on the optional activities or to register, go to
www.iajgs2013.org.

Jay Sage
Florence Schumacher


Belarus SIG #Belarus Sign Up Now for International Conference Activities #belarus

Florence Schumacher, Boston 2013 Publicity Chair
 

You can now sign up for the special events at the 33rd IAJGS International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Boston August 4-9th. These
are events that require additional fees, such as computer workshops,
Breakfasts with the Experts, Special Interest Group (SIG) Luncheons, the
Gala Banquet, and sightseeing tours. Look under the PROGRAM tab on the
conference website (www.iajgs2013.org) for detailed information about
these events.

If you have already registered for the conference, go to the conference
website and update your registration form (mouse over the REGISTRATION tab
and click on "Update Your Registration Info"). If you haven't registered
yet for the conference, you will need to do so to be eligible to sign-up
for these activities (follow the same procedure as above but click on
"Registration Form" instead). In both cases, you will be put into the
registration form, which now has a new sections covering the optional
fee-based items. The number of participants for these activities is
limited, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Computer workshops are available for PCs and Macs. They include "Creating
One Step Search Tools" with its creator, Stephen Morse; "Getting Started
with Family Tree Maker" and "Beginners' Reunion" and "Getting the Most Out
of Reunion10" (Mac); workshops for Hungarian and Bessarabian (Moldova)
research, JewishGen, social media, and Jewish community history, to name a
few.

Breakfasts with the Experts include "Researching Your Roots" in Galicia,
Germany, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine with the leading
experts in these fields. Another breakfast features "Understanding DNA
Testing and Results" with Bennett Greenspan. Genzyme will be offering a
special breakfast session on genetic diseases.

The Gala Banquet will feature entertainment by the internationally known
Zamir Chorale.

Throughout the week guided tours will be offered to local sites of Jewish
interest. On Sunday there will be a bus tour to the Touro Synagogue,
celebrating its 250th anniversary and a walking tour of old Jewish Newport
in Rhode Island. On Friday there will be a bus tour to the Yiddish Book
Center in Amherst where you'll find a million Yiddish books, permanent and
traveling exhibits, and art galleries.

On Monday there will be a walking tour of Boston's Old South End, home to
an early Jewish community between the 1840s and the 1920s. Also on Monday
will be a free tour for people who attend the showing of the film "Samuel
Bak: Painter of Questions" at the conference to the nearby Pucker Gallery
to see Bak's work. On Tuesday there will be a walking tour of Boston's
North End, where Boston's Eastern European Jewish immigrants lived over a
century ago. Here, too, are icons of American history, such as the Paul
Revere house. Wednesday will feature a walking tour of the West End, where
Jewish immigrants also lived. This also was the site of Boston's pre-Civil
War Underground Railroad and the free black community. The tour ends at
the Vilna Shul, one of the few surviving immigrant-era Jewish synagogues
in the country.

These optional activities complement the nearly 250 programs as well as
the outstanding evening entertainment included in the conference
registration fee.

For more details on the optional activities or to register, go to
www.iajgs2013.org.

Jay Sage
Florence Schumacher


Carl Laemmle and the Rescue of European Jews - BOOK CITE / SITE CITE From: Irene and Fred <irenefred123@gmail.com> #germany

Irene and Fred <irenefred123@...>
 

There is a new biography on the life of Carl Laemmle. He was born in
Laupheim, immigrated to the US and eventually founded Universal
Studios that produced, among other pictures, the academy award winning
"All Quiet on the Western Front." The book is titled "Carl Laemmle
and the Universal: Eine transatlantische Biografie." The author is
Udo Bayer and the ISBN is 978-3-8260-5120-3.

Moreover, there is also an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
in New York City dealing with the Rescue of European Refugees. It can
also be found at their web site:
http://www.mjhnyc.org/exhibitions_f.html

Go to the link for "Against the Odds- American Jews & the Rescue of
Europe's Refugees".

http://www.mjhnyc.org/againsttheodds/
from there, click the grey-blue tab "Artifact Explorations".
When clicking on the individual frames you can find more details.
Laemmle is shown with his two children. What makes Laemmle more
important than his Hollywood career is that he was a great humanitarian.
He provided affidavits of support for several hundred people, allowing
them to get US visas and saving their lives.

Eventually the State Department accepted no more affidavits >from him.
He also wrote to Secretary of State Cordell Hull asking for his help,
which regrettably fell on deaf ears.

Does anyone have any suggestion on how to find an American publisher
who would be interested in having the book translated into English and
publishing an English edition?

I have no financial interest in the book, only the greatest admiration
for Laemmle and hope that his humanitarian work is recognized by a
wider audience.

Fred Einstein suburban New York irenefred123@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany Carl Laemmle and the Rescue of European Jews - BOOK CITE / SITE CITE From: Irene and Fred <irenefred123@gmail.com> #germany

Irene and Fred <irenefred123@...>
 

There is a new biography on the life of Carl Laemmle. He was born in
Laupheim, immigrated to the US and eventually founded Universal
Studios that produced, among other pictures, the academy award winning
"All Quiet on the Western Front." The book is titled "Carl Laemmle
and the Universal: Eine transatlantische Biografie." The author is
Udo Bayer and the ISBN is 978-3-8260-5120-3.

Moreover, there is also an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
in New York City dealing with the Rescue of European Refugees. It can
also be found at their web site:
http://www.mjhnyc.org/exhibitions_f.html

Go to the link for "Against the Odds- American Jews & the Rescue of
Europe's Refugees".

http://www.mjhnyc.org/againsttheodds/
from there, click the grey-blue tab "Artifact Explorations".
When clicking on the individual frames you can find more details.
Laemmle is shown with his two children. What makes Laemmle more
important than his Hollywood career is that he was a great humanitarian.
He provided affidavits of support for several hundred people, allowing
them to get US visas and saving their lives.

Eventually the State Department accepted no more affidavits >from him.
He also wrote to Secretary of State Cordell Hull asking for his help,
which regrettably fell on deaf ears.

Does anyone have any suggestion on how to find an American publisher
who would be interested in having the book translated into English and
publishing an English edition?

I have no financial interest in the book, only the greatest admiration
for Laemmle and hope that his humanitarian work is recognized by a
wider audience.

Fred Einstein suburban New York irenefred123@gmail.com


Re: Leopold HEYMANN Inquiry #germany

Lande
 

Fortunately, the Bundesarchiv's Residentenliste lists a Leopold HEYMANN born
3/6/1853. This is almost certainly the Leopold being sought, given the two
sources for the listing:
Einwohnerbuecher des fruehere Verbandsgemeinde Buechenbeuren
and
Dezennaltabellen des Standesamtes Publikation aus Kirchberg und den
Huensruck.

By chance, GerSig volunteers are already indexing the town database, the
first source, currently mostly completed through towns beginning with the
letter K. Buechenbeuren did not get a separate listing--presumably because
it is too small--but it will turn up under some other heading. At that
point it should be possible to obtain all the family names. So, keep on
looking at the Steve Morse website as it gradually grows and thank Steve and
the several dozen volunteers who make this database possible.

The second source may be of interest but I have no idea where to locate it.

Peter Lande, Washington, D.C. pdlande@starpower.net


German SIG #Germany Re: Leopold HEYMANN Inquiry #germany

Lande
 

Fortunately, the Bundesarchiv's Residentenliste lists a Leopold HEYMANN born
3/6/1853. This is almost certainly the Leopold being sought, given the two
sources for the listing:
Einwohnerbuecher des fruehere Verbandsgemeinde Buechenbeuren
and
Dezennaltabellen des Standesamtes Publikation aus Kirchberg und den
Huensruck.

By chance, GerSig volunteers are already indexing the town database, the
first source, currently mostly completed through towns beginning with the
letter K. Buechenbeuren did not get a separate listing--presumably because
it is too small--but it will turn up under some other heading. At that
point it should be possible to obtain all the family names. So, keep on
looking at the Steve Morse website as it gradually grows and thank Steve and
the several dozen volunteers who make this database possible.

The second source may be of interest but I have no idea where to locate it.

Peter Lande, Washington, D.C. pdlande@starpower.net


Looking for descendants of Selig Bortman or any other info about him #ukraine

bortman@...
 

Hi, All -

My GF, Peisech Bortmann, came to the U.S. on the Volturno, landing in N.Y. in 1912. Traveling with him, next name on the manifest, was -on the Ellis Island card -- "Hlig Bortmann." I took a close look at the handwritten manifest and I would guess his name was "Selig." Age then was 24. Previous residence was Minrokse, Russia. Closest relative left behind was his mother, name looks like "Chaya."

I'm wondering whether Peisech and Selig were brothers. If they were, I might have a bunch of cousins...


Eli Bortman
Winchester MA
bortman@babson.edu

Moderator's Note: Please respond to Eli privately if you have any information for him.


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Looking for descendants of Selig Bortman or any other info about him #ukraine

bortman@...
 

Hi, All -

My GF, Peisech Bortmann, came to the U.S. on the Volturno, landing in N.Y. in 1912. Traveling with him, next name on the manifest, was -on the Ellis Island card -- "Hlig Bortmann." I took a close look at the handwritten manifest and I would guess his name was "Selig." Age then was 24. Previous residence was Minrokse, Russia. Closest relative left behind was his mother, name looks like "Chaya."

I'm wondering whether Peisech and Selig were brothers. If they were, I might have a bunch of cousins...


Eli Bortman
Winchester MA
bortman@babson.edu

Moderator's Note: Please respond to Eli privately if you have any information for him.


New Book Announcement: A Noble Heritage #ukraine

Jeffrey Mark Paull
 

New Book Announcement for A Noble Heritage

In May of 1914, Nathan Polonsky, together with his wife and four of their
children left Cherkasy (in the former Russian Empire, now Ukraine) and
settled in Brooklyn, NY. Nathan passed away in 1929, and Bessie in 1938.
Little was known regarding their life before immigrating to America. Other
than whisperings of the family being somehow descended >from one of the
disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, there was no family tree or paper trail to
document who their ancestors were.

In the spring of 2008, while researching his family history in preparation
for his son Joshua's Bar Mitzvah, Nathan Polonsky's great-grandson, Dr.
Jeffrey Mark Paull, found a photograph of Nathan's tombstone. The Hebrew
inscription on the tombstone revealed that Nathan was the descendant of two
of the most influential early leaders of the Chassidic movement -- the
Shpoler Zeida (the grandfather of Shpola), and Rabbi Pinchas Shapira of
Koretz.

This finding led Dr. Paull on a four-year quest to rediscover his Polonsky
family's lost heritage. Based upon surviving Shpola vital records,
Zvenigorodka censuses, and many other historical documents, he succeeded in
connecting his branch of the Polonsky family to five generations of Polonsky
rabbis who served as Av Beit Din of Ekaterinopol. The first of these
rabbis, Shmuel Polonsky, married Sarah Rachel Sheindel Shapira, the daughter
of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz.

As Dr. Paull began digging deeper into his family history, the pieces of his
ancient lineage began falling into place, until ultimately he succeeded in
tracing his noble rabbinical heritage over 1,000 years to Rashi and his
forebears. The Polonsky lineage descends >from many of Europe's most eminent
and illustrious rabbinical families, including Kalonymos, Treves, Shapiro,
Luria, Katzenellenbogen, Yaffe, Wahl, Twerski, Wertheim, Gelles, and Zeida.

Dr. Paull's astonishing level of perseverance and meticulous research was
driven by his search for spiritual meaning, Jewish identity, and ancestral
connection. His research and the resulting book, "A Noble Heritage: The
History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America," have forged
ties to an entire estranged contemporary extended Jewish family, and
provided an educational path to understanding Judaism more deeply for his
family and for future generations.

A Noble Heritage is not merely the retelling of Dr. Paull's personal family
history, but a fascinating historical account of the Jewish people, their
centuries-long struggle to survive in Europe and Russia, and the Jewish
immigrant experience in America. It is also a guide for others to learn how
to trace their own family history, and an expression of how the process of
genealogical and historical discovery reconnects 21st century American Jews
to their Jewish cultural heritage in profound ways. His work has inspired
his readers and audiences to begin the process of researching their own
family histories and ancestries.

A Noble Heritage has received highly favorable reviews >from such notable
authorities on Jewish genealogy and history as Dr. Antony Polonsky and Dr.
Edward Gelles. A Noble Heritage may be purchased directly >from the author,
the publisher, Infinity Publishing, or >from the major online book retailers,
including Amazon.com. Several chapters of the book can be previewed on
Amazon.com at:
http://www.amazon.com/Noble-Heritage-Deluxe-Color-Edition/dp/0741470470.
You may direct inquiries about the book to the author at
nobleheritage@msn.com.

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull

Moderator's Note: JewishGen permits a one-time commercial mention of any new book of interest
to Jewish genealogists on the main JewishGen Discussion Group and on any
relevant SIG list.


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine New Book Announcement: A Noble Heritage #ukraine

Jeffrey Mark Paull
 

New Book Announcement for A Noble Heritage

In May of 1914, Nathan Polonsky, together with his wife and four of their
children left Cherkasy (in the former Russian Empire, now Ukraine) and
settled in Brooklyn, NY. Nathan passed away in 1929, and Bessie in 1938.
Little was known regarding their life before immigrating to America. Other
than whisperings of the family being somehow descended >from one of the
disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, there was no family tree or paper trail to
document who their ancestors were.

In the spring of 2008, while researching his family history in preparation
for his son Joshua's Bar Mitzvah, Nathan Polonsky's great-grandson, Dr.
Jeffrey Mark Paull, found a photograph of Nathan's tombstone. The Hebrew
inscription on the tombstone revealed that Nathan was the descendant of two
of the most influential early leaders of the Chassidic movement -- the
Shpoler Zeida (the grandfather of Shpola), and Rabbi Pinchas Shapira of
Koretz.

This finding led Dr. Paull on a four-year quest to rediscover his Polonsky
family's lost heritage. Based upon surviving Shpola vital records,
Zvenigorodka censuses, and many other historical documents, he succeeded in
connecting his branch of the Polonsky family to five generations of Polonsky
rabbis who served as Av Beit Din of Ekaterinopol. The first of these
rabbis, Shmuel Polonsky, married Sarah Rachel Sheindel Shapira, the daughter
of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz.

As Dr. Paull began digging deeper into his family history, the pieces of his
ancient lineage began falling into place, until ultimately he succeeded in
tracing his noble rabbinical heritage over 1,000 years to Rashi and his
forebears. The Polonsky lineage descends >from many of Europe's most eminent
and illustrious rabbinical families, including Kalonymos, Treves, Shapiro,
Luria, Katzenellenbogen, Yaffe, Wahl, Twerski, Wertheim, Gelles, and Zeida.

Dr. Paull's astonishing level of perseverance and meticulous research was
driven by his search for spiritual meaning, Jewish identity, and ancestral
connection. His research and the resulting book, "A Noble Heritage: The
History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America," have forged
ties to an entire estranged contemporary extended Jewish family, and
provided an educational path to understanding Judaism more deeply for his
family and for future generations.

A Noble Heritage is not merely the retelling of Dr. Paull's personal family
history, but a fascinating historical account of the Jewish people, their
centuries-long struggle to survive in Europe and Russia, and the Jewish
immigrant experience in America. It is also a guide for others to learn how
to trace their own family history, and an expression of how the process of
genealogical and historical discovery reconnects 21st century American Jews
to their Jewish cultural heritage in profound ways. His work has inspired
his readers and audiences to begin the process of researching their own
family histories and ancestries.

A Noble Heritage has received highly favorable reviews >from such notable
authorities on Jewish genealogy and history as Dr. Antony Polonsky and Dr.
Edward Gelles. A Noble Heritage may be purchased directly >from the author,
the publisher, Infinity Publishing, or >from the major online book retailers,
including Amazon.com. Several chapters of the book can be previewed on
Amazon.com at:
http://www.amazon.com/Noble-Heritage-Deluxe-Color-Edition/dp/0741470470.
You may direct inquiries about the book to the author at
nobleheritage@msn.com.

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull

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