Re: Hârlău's Maps #romania

Valentin Lupu

Shannah Tova and Gmar Chatima Tova Sharon,
Both streets are in this old map, on the upper-left side. I highlighted them for you: Ghica Deleni (written Ghica) in green color,  Bogdan in brown.

Valentin Lupu

Is anyone researching the Jews of Golub? #poland #general

David Lewin

Is there anyone on the list who is researching the Jews of Golub
(Gollub) as opposed to Dobrzyn with which it has been twinned in more
recent times?

David Lewin

Re: Hârlău's Maps #romania

Theo Rafael

On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:05 AM, <copsharon@...> wrote:
Ghicha Delini 17
Street C. Ghica-Deleni is mentioned here: as the second largest street in the town of Harlau in 1941.

Theo Rafael

Holocaust- Require Holocaust Speaker on Italian Experience for New Jersey school districts and also help finding out the missing names of our family's children who perished in the Holocaust #holocaust #belarus

Sherry Meyer

Hi, As a member of Jewish Gen, I have become more aware of the losses our family sustained during the Holocaust. Below, I share a request from a friend, leader and community member concerning an upcoming Holocaust education need. I also share my search to name those perished children of the sister of my gr grandfather Jacob Edelman/Eidelman, Perla

Education around the Holocaust remains important. Gilda Rorro has so far been unable to secure an appropriate Speaker. She requested me help her identify a Holocaust survivor who could speak for 3-5 minutes on a video about the role of Italians saving Jewish lives during WWII, in Italy. The 15-minute video will be developed in conjunction with the New Jersey Office of Holocaust/Genocide Education, in the Department of Education.


The video will be disseminated to all New Jersey school districts in January, for the “Day of Remembrance.” If you know of someone who could fit this bill or an organization to help her, please do let me know.

On another note, I have made it a personal goal to try to identify the names of 6 siblings who died in the Holocaust and whose names are lost to family memory. The names of the parents and the 3 surviving siblings are known, but I have hit a dead-end in my search for these names. The parents were married in Belarus and their marriage document was found on Jewish Gen. If anyone would be willing to take another look at this to help me in this quest, please let me know. The father was named Noson-Leiba Gochman and the mother Perla Leie Eidelman from Brest Litovsk. Surviving children were Frieda, Chaim and Rose. The father might have taken the mother's surname, as the children may have, too. Some relations later went by Ochman.


Thanks for considering how to Gilda in her quest for an appropriate speaker and my quest to find these names.

Sherry Meyer

Re: Moscow vital records or revision list #records #russia


Hi, Ted! You need the fund 2372 in Moscow State Archive (metrical books of the synagogue of Moscow). These vital records are not placed to archive's site.  But I have screen copies of most of these records.
What surnames are you interested in?
You can write these surnames here or by e-mail to me.

Elena Volk

Re: meaning of index number in Jewishgen search result #general



Important to remember that the Russian Empire used the Julian Calendar. A useful site that converts is

For this birth record, the baby Yitzchak born to Yitzchak son of Yitzchak Okun was born on Thursday June 30, 1888 Julian Calendar, which equates to July 12, 1888 in our current Gregorian Calendar. This was on the 4th day of the Jewish Month of Av, 5648 years since Creation. Eight days later his Bris was on Thursday July 7, 1888 Julian Calendar = to July 12, 1888 Gregorian Calendar. This was on the 11th day of the Jewish Month of Av, 5648. For the family this was indeed a joyous occasion as the 11th day of Av was three days after the 9th Day of Av the traditional Day of Fasting and Mourning over the Destruction of the 1st & 2nd Beit Hamikdosh (Holy Temple) in Jerusalem. (586 BCE & 70 CE).

The maternal grandfather's name Wolf is a Yiddish derivative of the Hebrew Name Zev which means wolf.

I did a search for Itzchak Okun in Mogilev in the Database and found the death record of what may be the baby's father.

OKUN', Itska / Itskhak son of Itska / son of Itskhak died age 38 of Consumption on 17/2/1888 (Julian Calendar) =  (17th of Adar, 5648 Jewish date) in Mogilev Death Rec M33

Microfilm FHL1920802/2, Frame 00333, Image 218, Source NHABMinsk/3362/3/2

Sad for the baby's mother her husband died almost five months before her son was born.


Shimon Sporn

Beit Shemesh, Israel

Researching Sporn: Marosoroszfalu, Kajla, Brasov

Stuhlman & Abraham:  Kozarvar & Pecsetszeg

Schiff: Deutschkraus, Shlaining


Itzkovics & Kahan: Nagybocskó, Kabola Csarda, Korosmezo

Tomorrow (Sept. 10): U.S. Synagogue Records webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events #usa

Moriah Amit

Interested in finding your ancestors in U.S. synagogue records, like bar/bat mitzvah or membership registers? Tomorrow (9/10) at 2 pm Eastern Time (U.S.), tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. Learn how to determine which synagogue your family attended and how to locate their synagogue's historical records. We welcome you to pose your questions to our librarians during the live broadcast. There is no registration or link. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" or "Like" on the top of the Center's Facebook page to be alerted when the video starts and return to this page at 2 pm ET. Note: If the alert doesn't appear or if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still watch the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here.
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Birth records for early 20th century in Poland #poland #records


Sorry, I should have been clear. I have searched JRI-Poland with no relevant results. I am looking for guidance on where to look for official records which, presumably, have not yet been indexed by JRI-Poland.

Allan Herman
Warsaw, Ostrowiec

Israel records help #israel #warsaw


Can someone help me figure out the maiden name of someone who I know is a relative but not how she is related?

Zudel is the relative whose maiden name I am after. Zudel was married to Leibush Brachfeld and they lived in Poland -- probably Warsaw. They had one child, Bluma/Shoshana Brachfeld who moved to Israel in 1935. Shoshana married Mordechai Rosenman sometime before 1942. 

I cant find this family in Poland. Would there be any record in Israel that would have required Bluma/Shoshana to provide information on her parents?

Thank you,
Tova Jaffe

Kosfiszer and Fiszer in Poland and Kozolczyk and Olczyk in Belarus intriguing question #belarus #poland #general #education


I am now more puzzled than ever about the use of Kos as a name that became the first part of the family name. My family Kosfiszer used also Fiszer as the last family name.
I suspect that Olczyk and Kozolzyk may have also belonged to the same family.
In my family, Kahat, descendant of Levy, is the reason for the Kos in Kosfiszer. Also Kos is a black bird in Russian and a glass in Hebrew, and it was also used by itself as a family name. Has anybody seen any other family name that was changed by adding Kos in front of the family name?

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

IGRA website repairs #israel

Garri Regev

IGRA is in the process of upgrading our website and adding in new technology.
We are sorry that many of you tried logging in today and found that the website wasn't functioning. We hope that this stage of the work will be completed shortly and apologise for any inconvenience.
I will write again when the website is back up again and we look forward to having you visit us and continue your research.
Thanks for your patience.
Garri Regev
President, IGRA

Re: ADDITION: 60-Minutes The Ritchie Boys #announcements #germany #usa


My father's cousin joined up after arriving in UK from Vienna -  been part of the kinder-transport. I was able to interview him before he died but it was some time ago and I don't recall all the detail, plus he didn't like to discuss it as in not liking to toot his own horn.  Bottom line he was decorated for his efforts. He could very well have been part of the X-troop.  I'll read the book and thanks for the info. 

Tanya Roland

Vienna, Przemysł, Vrbove, Carei, Sambor, Brody

Re: ADDITION: 60-Minutes The Ritchie Boys #announcements #germany #usa

Reuven Stern

I experienced the same problem when trying to view the video with my default browser Chrome. I copied the link into Firefox, and walla! I can see the video. Good luck
Reuven Stern, Kfar Vradim Israel

Re: meaning of index number in Jewishgen search result #general

June Genis

June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Thanks, Russ. Actually I was hoping that Itska was the father's name as I was actually looking for someone named Yaacov Okun born in 1888 whose father was Itzhak/Abraham.  I am somewhat confused by the fact that all three generations had the same name.  I thought that children were not named after someone still living. Could the grandfather and father have both died  before their sons were born? 

What I am really trying to find is the common ancestor of both Itzhak/Abraham and my great grandfather identified in a single US document as just Abraham Okun.  The connection is clearly established by DNA. Unfortunately the only birth dates I currently have to work with are Yaacov (Jan 18, 1881) and my Abraham (abt 1874). I know that Itzhak/Abraham and Abraham were not the same person (as the DNA suggests) so am guessing that they were first cousins who were both named after their grandfather.  Any searching suggestions greatly appreciated.

Seeking information about the Comunisteanu and Userovici families- Dorohoi #romania


Shalom all, Shannah Tova!
I'm looking for information about my father's maternal family from Dorohoi- the Userovici family.
My Great Grandmother Yeti Comunisteanu was the daughter of PIncu and Malca Userevici. She was born around 1898 and they lived in Jajia Street, Dorohoi. She married Aharon Comunistianu from Herlau and lived there before she made Aliya to Israel after the Holocaust. We don't know much about the families, so we'll highly appreciate any information about the Userovici and the Comunisteanu families.
Thank you and Shannah Tova,
Sharon Cop
New York, USA

Re: Hârlău's Maps #romania


Shalom Valentin,
Thanks for the help with the map! 
I wasn't able to locate in the map my GGP address: Ghicha Delini 17. Do you have any idea if this street is mentioned in the map, or if not, any clue where I can get some more info about it? 
Also, others in the Family lived on Bogdan street, which isn't in the Jewish area to my best knowledge. Do you have any idea about Jewish life in that area of the village? 

Toda Rabba, and Shannah Tova!
Sharon Cop
New York, USA

This Sunday, Sept. 12, 2 pm - JGSNY: Here Comes the 1950 US Census! #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday Sept. 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT
Zoom Meeting

Here Comes the 1950 US Census! What to Expect

Speaker: Joel Weintraub

The 1950 United States Census will become public on April 1, 2022. Joel Weintraub will prepare us for its debut by covering such topics as what is a census, who uses the census, census caveats, how the 1950 census was taken, training of enumerators, census sampling, census questions, and a summary of the results. He will conclude with a discussion of his and Steve Morse’s 1950 census location tools, online right now at the website and, time permitting, will demonstrate searches on the One-Step Unified Tool.
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy over 20 years ago and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives in southern California. Joel helped produce location tools for the 1900 through 1950 federal censuses and the NY State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, 1925) for the Steve Morse “One-Step” website. He has published articles on the U.S. census and the 72-year rule, as well as on the difficulties of searching Ellis Island passenger records and NYC census records. He has a YouTube channel that has his genealogy (and biology) talks at “JDW Talks.”

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: meaning of index number in Jewishgen search result #general

Joel Novis <joel.novis@...>

Two minor additional pieces of information:

The name "Ratner" (РАТНЕРЪ) in the second column from the left is generally the surname of the mohel who performed the circumcision;
the younger Itsko Itskovich Okun's mother's name was Sora-Bliuma

Of no specific importance is the fact that Okun (ОКУНЬ) is a species of fish, a perch or rockfish.

Joel Novis
Longmeadow, MA
Researching NOVITSKIY (Vasil'kiv, Kyiv, Ukraine), OLSZTAJN (Łódź Województwo, Poland), GEYMAN/HYMAN (Ashmyany, Belarus), POTASNIK/LEVY (Unknown)

Re: meaning of index number in Jewishgen search result #general

Russ Maurer

Hi June,

I am replying to the group because some tips here may be of general interest.

I reproduced your search and found that this record came from the Mogilev Birth Index for Boys 1864-1894 Database. If you click on the name of the database in the results display, you will get a description of the database ( All databases in JewishGen have similar description pages. In this case, the description page is very helpful. It answers your question about the index number (it is the same as the number of the original birth record) and even points you to the film number where the original record can be found (in your case, film 1920801, image 44; this link should take you straight to it Here is an image of the Russian side of the birth record - the facing page has the same birth recorded in Hebrew or Yiddish

It says that the baby was a boy named Itska (family surname OKUN). His father and grandfather were also named Itska. The mother's name was Sora, daughter of Vulf. The birth was on 30 Jun (1888) / 4 Av, and the bris was 7 Jul / 11 Av.

Russ Maurer

Re: ViewMate translation request Hebrew headstone #95204 #translation



Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

Zvi Ya’akov son of

Benyamin HaCohen

Passed  22 Sivan 5687

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation , last line)

Shannah Tova, Malka Chosnek



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