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Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks JewishGen's Success! Stories #YizkorBooks

Phyllis Kramer
 

We are proud to announce that our editor and webmaster are presenting
three outstanding stories in JewishGen's newly designed Success!
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on JewishGen's website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Jerry Touger solves three questions about his family history as the
result of one posting to JewishGen's Belarus SIG.

**Eli Rabinowitz provides a sequel to his story about the tragic death
of his great-uncle by tracking down the details of the driver involved
in the fatal accident.

**Elizabeth Rynecki tells us of the search for the paintings of her
great-grandfather, who perished in the Holocaust.

JewishGen volunteers (Editor - Nancy Siegel and Webmaster - Colin
Mathias Justin) collect and post these stories. A special thank you
goes to Colin for the redesigned Success! Stories website. We hope you
will be inspired by these stories and we encourage you to submit your
own success stories to us at success@... .

Isn't JewishGen wonderful !!
Phyllis Kramer, NYC & PBG, Florida
VP, Education & Special Projects, JewishGen, Inc.

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks New York Jewish Genealogy Course begins August 4 #YizkorBooks

Phyllis Kramer
 

Did your family live in New York? There are many interesting research
possibilities in the Big Apple! JewishGen's Intermediate Course,
Breaking Brick Walls in the United States, will focus on New York
Resources. This course will be especially useful to those who visit
NY; we'll have suggestions on where to research, where to wander and
how to get there.

If, despite basic online research (census >from familysearch &
ancestry, vital records >from italiangen) you have not yet found the
Hebrew names, birth year or town for your U.S. immigrant ancestors
consider this course as it focuses on the more esoteric documents our
ancestors generated, including naturalization, military and
governmental records, death records (probate, obituaries, cemeteries),
and local archival research.

We are proud to feature a personal mentoring program; students use our
online FORUM, post an ancestral branch, set goals for research, and
work one on one with the instructor. Eight text lessons can be
downloaded to read at your own pace and an optional field trip to a
New York archive will be scheduled. This course is open for
enrollment. PLEASE read the course descriptions and requirements
(8-10 hours per week) on
www.jewishgen.org/education/description.asp?course=40088
and email any questions.

I look forward to interfacing with every student.
Phyllis Kramer, New York City
VP Education
www.jewishgen.org/education

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks KehilaLinks Project Report for May / June 2017 #YizkorBooks

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to
JewishGen KehilaLinks We thank the owners and webmasters
of these webpages for creating fitting memorials to these
Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a valuable
resource for future generations of their descendants:

Mazkeret Batya (Ekron), Israel
Created by Leah Haber Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/mazkeret_batya/index.asp
~~~

Ness Ziona, Israel
Created by Leah Haber Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Ness_Ziona
~~~

Yesud HaMa'ala, Israel
Created by Leah Haber Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/yesud_hamaala/index.asp
~~~

Zhabokrych (Zhabokrich, Zhabokritch), Ukraine
Created by Marla Waltman
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/zhabokrich/index.asp

ORPHAN WEBPAGES

Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are
no longer able to maintain them. We thank them for their past
efforts and wish them luck on their future endeavors.

Or by people who are no longer living.
May their Memory be for a Blessing

The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for
adoption.

Gura Humorului (Gura Humora) (Bk), Romania
Created by Jerome Silverbush z"l
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/guraho/gurahumo.htm
~~~

Rozdil (Rozdol) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rozdol/Rozdol.htm
~~~

Tetiev, Ukraine
Created by Irwin B. Margiloff z"l
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tetiev/tetiev.htm
~~~

Shchadryn (Shchedrin), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Scadryn/

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?:
We have a team of dedicated volunteer webpage designers
who will help you create a webpage.

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Yizkor Book Project, June 2017 #YizkorBooks

Lance Ackerfeld
 

Shalom,

You will undoubtedly notice that, compared to previous hectic months,
June was somewhat slower in the Yizkor Book Project but then again,
numbers aren't everything... We have been kept very busy expanding
quite a few of our existing projects, some of which will be completed
in the very near future and this is certainly something to look
forward to.

We did also manage to complete yet another project this last month -
this time for Didyliv, Ukraine that was kindly presented to the YB
Project by William Leibner. His name is associated with a
considerable number of projects and we do salute him for his untiring
dedication to preparing this unique material.

Apart >from that, the Yizkor Books in Print Project presented its 56th
and 57th hard cover book in June and this continues to be a very
ongoing, expanding project, undoubtedly thanks to the devoted team
behind it. The books published were:

- "Yizkor Book of Ostrow Mazowiecka (Number 2)" - which joins the
previous published book we have on this community. The project was
ably coordinated by Michael Richman and expertly translated and edited
by Gary S. Schiff.
- "Zabrze (Hindenburg) Yizkor Book" - compiled by William Leibner -
yes, that familiar name appears again and, once again, we send out our
thanks to him.

Note that these books and all the books we publish in the YBIP Project
continue to be freely available for reading in the Yizkor Book site,
an a link to our Translations Index appears at the end of this report.

And now for details of all the updates and additions that were carried
out in the Yizkor Book Project in June.

We have added in 3 new entries:

- Fagaras, Romania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_romania/rom1_00331.html

- Starobin, Belarus (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/slutsk/slu460.html

- Staryya Darohi, Belarus (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/slutsk/slu468.html

And we have continued to update 16 of our existing projects:

- Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Akkerman and the towns of its
district; memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Akkerman/Akkerman.html

- Brody, Ukraine (An Eternal Light: Brody in Memoriam)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brody/brody.html

- Chmielnik, Poland (Memorial Book of Chmielnik)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Chmielnik/Chmielnik.html

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa1/Czestochowa1.html

- Didyliv, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Jewish communities of
Dziedzilow, Winniki, Barszczowice, Pidelisek, Pidbaritz, Kukizov, Old
Jarczow, Pekalowice, Kamenopole & Nowy Jarczow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dziedzilow/Dziedzilow.html

- Dieveniskis, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dieveniskes/dieveniskes.html

- Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kolomyya/kolomyya.html

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Nowy_Dwor/Nowy_Dworp.html [Polish]

- Przemysl, Poland (Przemysl memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/przemysl/przemysl.html

- Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/sarny/sarny.html

- Slutsk, Belarus (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/slutsk/slutsk.html

- Smarhon, Belarus (Smorgonie, District Vilna; memorial book and
testimony) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/smorgon/smorgon.html

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed
Jewish community)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tarnogrod/Tarnogrod.html

- Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tykocin/Tykocin.html

- Volodymyr Volynskyy, Ukraine (Wladimir Wolynsk; in memory of the
Jewish community)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Volodymyr_Volynskyy/Volodymyr_Volynskyy.html

- Wyszkow, Poland (Wyszkow Book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wyszkow/Wyszkow.html

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to
find them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations
go online.

All the best and a Happy Independence Day to all our American readers,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks JewishGen offers popular class: Independent Study July 10-31 #YizkorBooks

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is offering Independent Study July 10-31. Application required.

If you have a research problem you would love to work on with
individualized instruction...
Set your own project. The instructor will analyze your application data
and help you set goals and objectives for solutions and success.

Independent Study is a way to get a helping hand. We offer a wide range
of problem solving solutions >from techniques to resources.

The JewishGen Forum is a private Internet site through JewishGen/Education
that offers one-on-one instruction and is open 24/7.

Course Description and application: http://www.jewishgen.org/education

Tuition: $200.
Nancy Holden
Email Nancy Holden
nholden@...

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks JewishGen News - Edition #4 #YizkorBooks

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear JewishGen Family,

A few months ago, we inaugurated the first edition of the "JewishGen
News." Since that time, I hope you have found the periodic editions
to be both inspirational and informative. In this issue, as opposed
to offering a summary of recent progress and accomplishments (of
which there are many), I would like to share some news and
information which speaks to the broader goals and objectives of our
vital organization.

Each day, JewishGen.org provides thousands of people throughout the
world with the opportunity to research their family lineage, ask
questions, exchange information, and learn >from others. I am sure
anyone who engages with JewishGen is awed by the extraordinary and
vital resource it has become. Simply put, JewishGen is now the most
important resource for Jewish genealogy in the world. The breadth,
depth and diversity of its offerings, >from both an archival and
networking perspective, is incredible, and unparalleled.

Most remarkable, all of this has been done with a small staff and a
devoted team of volunteers, who regardless of their location, join
in the pursuit of a common goal - the preservation of Jewish family
history and heritage for future generations.

Since the very beginning of JewishGen's existence, we have valued
free access to information, offering all of our resources at no
charge. These values are fundamental to everything we do. In this
regard, we are grateful that many members of the broader Jewish
community have recognized the importance of our work, and have
financially supported JewishGen's efforts, permitting us to
operate "in the black" for nine consecutive years.

But success is measured with an eye on the future, and in this
regard, I am pleased to announce that we have begun a comprehensive,
system-wide, modernization of JewishGen's technological
infrastructure. We're very excited to be entering a new phase of
JewishGen's growth. Our team has identified Solr and MySQL database
technology as the most suitable platforms to usher in a new era of
innovation, and thus maximize our ability to help Jewish family
researchers. This effort has been underway since this past February,
and we have developed a comprehensive plan with metrics and
benchmarks embedded in the workflow, enabling us to perform
continuous evaluations throughout the duration of the project. As
part of this effort, we will be hiring additional staff at JewishGen
Headquarters, which is based at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New
York City.

The first phase of this effort is scheduled to be completed by early
Spring of 2018. At that point, we will immediately begin the second
phase of the modernization effort, which will focus on efficiency and
the user experience.

In terms of leadership, we are extremely fortunate to have a new
Board of Directors (elected two weeks ago), comprised of outstanding
leaders and innovators who bring experience and expertise navigating
the various complexities which manifest themselves within any non-
profit, and particularly one as broad and diverse as JewishGen.

The JewishGen Board is led by Bruce Ratner, a successful businessman
and philanthropist, and long-time supporter of JewishGen. He is
joined by Michael Glickman, President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish
Heritage; Peter Kalikow, President of H. J. Kalikow & Company, LLC;
and E. Randol Schoenberg, a Los Angeles based attorney who was
recently portrayed in the film "Woman of Gold," and who is well
known to our JewishGen community in his role as the coordinator for
the JewishGen Austria-Czech SIG.

On May 1st, I was fortunate to celebrate nine years working for
JewishGen. I never would have imagined such a long tenure, and I
consider each and every user to be part of our valued JewishGen
family. Together, we have celebrated many success stories, and it is
my deepest wish that each of you will experience the joys which come
from connecting with relatives, and understanding our collective
Jewish history and heritage.

Thank you to everyone who has offered comments and suggestions the
past few months. Your feedback is always welcome, and I encourage
you to contact me anytime via phone (646-437-4326) or email
(agroll@...). With your continued help and support, we look
forward to taking JewishGen to the next level!

Wishing you all the best,

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org

PS. If you have not yet done so, please consider making a contribution
to our Spring Appeal by visiting:

http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=68

Your support will be greatly appreciated and help us continue
"preserving our history for future generations." Thank you!

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Portal #YizkorBooks

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear JewishGen Family,

We are pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the largest resource
for Jewish Genealogy in the world, has joined together with The Jewish
Genealogy Portal, the largest Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook. This
new venture directly enhances our ability to achieve our vision of
connecting Jews throughout the world with their relatives, and
providing them with the ability to learn about their Jewish family
history and heritage.

Having an active Facebook presence will serve as a companion platform
to JewishGen's Discussion Lists. Facebook will allow for instant
communication to researchers but our traditional Discussion Lists will
continue to allow for archiving and searching historical posts.
Depending on the post, researchers can use either The Jewish Genealogy
Portal, the JewishGen Discussion Lists or both!

JewishGen continues to engage with new technologies in order to broaden
our reach, and help as many people as possible. Our new affiliation
with The Jewish Genealogy Portal, which currently has more than 21,000
members and is the most popular Jewish Genealogy group on Facebook, will
permit us to engage with both current and potential audiences in new and
helpful ways.

The Jewish Genealogy Portal is moderated by a team of dedicated
volunteers, who are committed to the free and open discussion of all
topics related to Jewish Genealogy. In the coming weeks, JewishGen news,
updates and announcements will begin to regularly appear on The Jewish
Genealogy Portal (in addition to other areas across the JewishGen
platform).

At the same time, JewishGen resources will be integrated within The
Jewish Genealogy Portal in order to create a more complete experience
for researchers, enabling them to access information >from a JewishGen
knowledge base that has been cultivated over the past three decades.

Special thanks to Dick Plotz, Robert Fraser, Emily Garber, Dr. Janette
Silverman and all of the moderators of the various JewishGen Discussion
Lists, who continue to devote so much of their time each week on behalf
of the broader Jewish community. It is primarily because of their
efforts that the Discussion Lists continue to help thousands of people
on a daily basis, facilitating untold numbers of family connections and
educational experiences about what it means to be part of the Jewish
people. Our new reach on Facebook will complement their efforts in many
ways.

We encourage you to join the conversation on The Jewish Genealogy Portal
by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishGenealogyPortal/, and
look forward to hearing of many success stories.

Wishing you all the best,

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Old European Postcard Collection On-line #YizkorBooks

Madeleine Isenberg
 

To All Jewish Genners,

I'd like to inform you of an updated website created by Frantisek
Banyai, of Prague, Czech Republic.

from his extensive collection of Old Postcards of Europe, he offers
all the opportunity to browse this collection on line at

http://www.judaica.cz . It might be the most unique collection of old
Jewish-European postcards!

For those of you living in the New York area, there is currently an
exhibit of some of these postcards at the Eldridge Street Museum (see
http://www.eldridgestreet.org/events/list/) and a write up about the
exhibit can be read on the Forward Newspaper

<http://forward.com/culture/369398/breathtaking-postcards-bring-lost-synagogues-back-to-life/>.
[or http://tinyurl.com/ybzrldw5 --Mod.]

On a personal note, Frantisek kindly allowed me to include some of his
postcards when I created KehilaLinks pages, because this great
resource may have photos/postcards of those lost communities, of which
we either have no images or very little.

I am broadcasting this on his behalf and as a grateful user of his efforts.

Regards,

Madeleine Isenberg
madeleine.isenberg@...
Beverly Hills, CA

Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN in various parts of
Galicia, Poland, such as: Nowy Targ, Wachsmund, Lopuszna, Ochotnica,
Krakow, who migrated into towns in Slovakia.
GOLDSTEIN in Abaujszina (Sena), Szkaros, and Kosice, Slovakia;
Tolcsva, Hungary; Possibly Timosoara, Romania

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 157,000 Records. Please help us grow! #YizkorBooks

Nolan Altman
 

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2017 pre-Conference update for the
Memorial Plaques Database (MPD). The MPD database can be accessed at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Memorial/ The MPD database includes the
data >from plaques and Yizkor lists >from synagogue and other organizations.
Many of these sources include patronymic information.

This update added approximately 21,000 records and 20,000 photos >from 22
synagogues in the United States and Canada. This update brings the Memorial
Plaques holdings to 157,000 records and 115,000 photos >from approximately
250 synagogues / institutions representing 9 countries.

We believe that the MPD is a good example of how users of JewishGen's
databases can "give back". If you are a member of a synagogue or other
organization with memorial plaques or Yizkor lists, please consider helping
us to grow this database. You can find more information on submitting data
at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Memorial/Submit.htm If you have
additional questions, please contact me directly.

For a complete listing of the institutions currently in the database, please
see http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Memorial/tree/MemList.htm

Nolan Altman
NAltman@...
JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition
June, 2017

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks JOWBR Grows to Over 3.1 Million Records! #YizkorBooks

Nolan Altman
 

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2017 pre-Conference update to the
JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR
database can be accessed at www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/ If you're
a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at
www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Screencasts/ and take a look at the
first two explanatory screencasts.

This update, adds approximately 80,000 new records and 14,000 new
photos. The database is adding and/or updating 265 cemeteries. This update
brings JOWBR's holdings to 3.13 million records and 535,000 photos from
approximately 7,100 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 125
countries!

Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish
genealogical societies, historical societies and museums. We appreciate all
our donor's submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful
group of JewishGen volunteers.

Significant additions to the database include collections >from Belarus
(courtesy of our new partnership with Chesed Shel Emet), Moldova (Bessarabia
SIG), additional French and German cemetery sets, and United States new and
updated sets (Veterans Administration records, Home of Eternity Cemetery
(Oakland, CA) United Hebrew Bretheren Cemetery (Richfield, MN), various MA
cemeteries (JGSGB). for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR,
please see www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm

I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to
find and gain permission to add many non-US records >from Germany, France and
under-represented countries. Eric's group of volunteers includes Sandra
Bennett, Lineke Bos, Malka Chosnek, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman,
Maurice Kessler, Harriet Mayer, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, and
Suzanne Tarica. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer
transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend, without whom we would not be able
to add the information >from some very difficult to read photos.

We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to
make additional submissions. Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery
section individually or consider a group project for your local Society,
temple or other group, it's your submissions that help grow the JOWBR
database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find
answers they otherwise might not. Please also consider other organizations
you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that
would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.

Nolan Altman
NAltman@...
JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition
June, 2017

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Yizkor Book Project, May 2017 #YizkorBooks

Lance Ackerfeld
 

Shalom,

As is my custom, at the beginning of each month I endeavor to let you know
some of the goings-on and highlights relating to the Yizkor Book Project
over the previous month.

For a start, once again, I am pleased to inform you that two additional
translation projects were completed during this past month and the projects
I am referring to are:

- Czestochowa, Poland (Resistance and Destruction in Ghetto Czestochowa)
which Gloria Berkenstat Freund has single-handedly translated >from beginning
to end - quite a remarkable accomplishment. It should be noted here that
this is the second book which she has completely translated and kindly
presented to the Yizkor Book Project. The complete translation of yet
another Yizkor book about this community is on the horizon and Gloria does
deserve our utmost appreciation for these translations and all the work she
does for the YB Project.
- Jonava, Lithuania (Jonava On the Banks of the Vylia; In memory of the
destroyed Jewish community of Jonava) has been deftly coordinated over many
years by Susan Goldsmith and it is purely through her dedication to this
project, that the full translation of this book has become a reality. We
thank Susan sincerely for seeing this considerable project through to its
successful completion.

from time to time, we add in transliterations of the necrologies appearing
in the various the Yizkor books, as these important lists do provide us with
unique information on the people >from the particular communities who were
killed in the Holocaust. These necrologies were compiled by the survivors of
these communities and whilst these lists don't always include all those
killed, they are considerable in length and include important facts and at
the same time, do remind us the unfathomable, enormity of the Holocaust.
The necrologies added last month, for instance, were for the communities of
Kamen Kashirskiy and Kuty in the Ukraine and include several thousand names.

Over the years, we have transliterated a great deal of the necrologies and
our intention is to continue transliterating these lists till all are
available online. In parallel, Max Heffler and his team have been suiting
the lists that have been prepared so that they can be uploaded to the Yizkor
Book necrology database, providing ready access to the names and relevant
data >from the books existing in the Yizkor Book Project.

Finally, I would like to note that we recently received the first
translation into Polish of an article >from the Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki Yizkor
book and more will be added >from time to time. The YB Project is about
making the material >from the Yizkor Books as widely exposed as possible and
translating the text into Polish allows ready access to readers of this
language to material concerning the thriving communities that existed in
Poland before the Holocaust, material which is quite often unavailable
anywhere else.

And now for details of all the updates and additions that were carried out
in the Yizkor Book Project in May.

We have added in 10 new entries:

- Bernartice nad Odrou, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of
Bohemia in the past and present)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/bohemia/boh031.html

- Blatna, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the
past and present) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/bohemia/boh040.html

- Borshchovichi, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Jewish communities of
Dziedzilow, Winniki, Barszczowice, Pidelisek, Pidbaritz, Kukizov, Old
Jarczow, Pekalowice, Kamenopole & Nowy Jarczow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dziedzilow/Dzi081.html

- Galanta, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Slovakia)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_slovakia/slo128.html

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Nowy_Dwor/Nowy_Dworp.html [Polish]

- Novyy Yarychiv, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Jewish communities of
Dziedzilow, Winniki, Barszczowice, Pidelisek, Pidbaritz, Kukizov, Old
Jarczow, Pekalowice, Kamenopole & Nowy Jarczow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dziedzilow/Dzi091.html

- Odrzywol, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol1_00041.html

- Ozorkow, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol1_00042.html

- Uniejow, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol1_00046.html

- Vynnyky, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Jewish communities of Dziedzilow,
Winniki, Barszczowice, Pidelisek, Pidbaritz, Kukizov, Old Jarczow,
Pekalowice, Kamenopole & Nowy Jarczow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dziedzilow/Dzi071.html

And we have continued to update 19 of our existing projects:

- Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Akkerman and the towns of its district;
memorial book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Akkerman/Akkerman.html

- Brody, Ukraine (An Eternal Light: Brody in Memoriam)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brody/brody.html

- Chmielnik, Poland (Memorial Book of Chmielnik)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Chmielnik/Chmielnik.html

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa1/Czestochowa1.html

- Czestochowa, Poland (Resistance and Destruction in Ghetto Czestochowa)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa4/Czestochowa4.html

- Didyliv, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Jewish communities of Dziedzilow,
Winniki, Barszczowice, Pidelisek, Pidbaritz, Kukizov, Old Jarczow,
Pekalowice, Kamenopole & Nowy Jarczow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dziedzilow/Dziedzilow.html

- Dieveniskis, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dieveniskes/dieveniskes.html

- Jonava, Lithuania (Jonava On the Banks of the Vylia; In memory of the
destroyed Jewish community of Jonava)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Jonava/Jonava.html

- Kamen Kashirskiy, Ukraine (Kamen Kashirskiy Book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Kamen_Kashirskiy/Kamen_Kashirskiy.html

- Krasnik, Poland (Book of Krasnik)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/krasnik/krasnik.html

- Kuty, Ukraine (Kitever memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Kuty/Kuty.html

- Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lviv/lviv.html

- Miechow, Poland (Miechov Memorial Book, Charsznica and Ksiaz)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miechow/Miechow.html

- Ozarow, Poland (Memories of Ozarow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Ozarow/Ozarow.html

- Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Slovakia)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_slovakia/pinkas_slovakia.html

- Sokolow Podlaski, Poland (Memorial book Sokolow-Podlask)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sokolowa_podlaski/Sokolowa_podlaski.html

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish
community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/tarnogrod/tarnogrod.html

- Turiysk, Ukraine (Memorial book of Trisk)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Turiysk/Turiysk.html

- Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tykocin/Tykocin.html

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find
them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go
online.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Yizkor Book Project, April 2017 #YizkorBooks

Lance Ackerfeld
 

Shalom,

As Israel recently celebrated its 69th year, it's significant to note that
one of the articles added this past month to the Yizkor Book Project was by
David Ben Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister. The article provides his
youthful recollections of his hometown of Plonsk, Poland and events in this
community relating to the establishment of the Jewish State.

In what has almost become a regular monthly event, once again, I am pleased
to announce the completion of a further two Yizkor Book projects. The first
being the Rokiskis (Lithuania) book "Yizkor book of Rakishok and environs"
which owes its success to the untiring dedication of Tim Baker over many
years. Our grateful thanks go out to him for carrying this important project
through to its successful completion.

The other project that was completed this past month is "Bricha" (Escape)
which is yet another compilation by William Leibner who continues to provide
the Yizkor Book Project with a myriad of his works relating to the Holocaust
and the destroyed Jewish communities. His important contribution to the YB
Project is very much appreciated and I should point out that one of the new
entries added in April comes >from a new compilation of his, which includes
information on a number of communities in the Novyy Yarychiv (Ukraine)
vicinity.

Another new addition this past month comes >from Mike Jackoboice who kindly
donated a report that he prepared on the Jakobowicz name. The report
obviously has particular interest to those of you with connections to this
surname, but also has relevance to the community of Kalisz (Poland) and the
Holocaust in general, and is worth reading.

Finally, we recently set up a Wolomin Translations Fund in order to raise
money for the professional translation of the "Volomin; a memorial to the
Jewish community of Volomin" book. For those of you with roots in this
community, you are invited to support this important project listed on our
JewishGen-erosity Translation Funds page
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where you'll also find around 80 other projects calmly waiting for your
monetary support.

And now for details of all the updates and additions that were carried out
in the Yizkor Book Project in April.

We have added in 5 new entries:

- Didyliv, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Jewish communities of Dziedzilow,
Winniki, Barszczowice, Pidelisek, Pidbaritz, Kukizov, Old Jarczow,
Pekalowice, Kamenopole & Nowy Jarczow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dziedzilow/Dziedzilow.html

- Stanislavchyk, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol2_00376.html

- Stara Sil', Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol2_00377.html

- Staryy Sambor, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol2_00378.html

- Tolscva, Hungary (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Hungary)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_hungary/hun308.html


Added in 3 new books:

- Halle, Germany (300 years of Jews in Halle: Life, deeds, suffering)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Halle/Halle.html

- Jakobowicz (Jakobowicz, Jakubowicz) Surname Variants in Holocaust Records
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Jakobowicz/Jakobowicz.html

- Witten, Germany ("... One cannot forget this" Jewesses and Jews of Witten
under National Socialism) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/witten/witten.html


And we have continued to update 20 of our existing projects:

- "Brichah" http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brichah/brichah.html

- Brody, Ukraine (An Eternal Light: Brody in Memoriam)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brody/brody.html

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa1/Czestochowa1.html

- Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (Yekaterinoslav-Dnepropetrovsk Memorial Book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ekaterinoslav/Ekaterinoslav.html

- Il'ya, Belarus (The Community of Il'ya; Chapters of Life and Destruction)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ilya/ilya.html

- Kolki, Ukraine (Summoned >from the Ashes)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kolki/kolki.html

- Lithuania (Lite) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lita/lita.html

- Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lviv/lviv.html

- Ozarow, Poland (Memories of Ozarow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Ozarow/Ozarow.html

- Plonsk, Poland (Memorial book of Plonsk and vicinity)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/plonsk/plonsk.html

- Rokiskis, Lithuania (Yizkor book of Rakishok and environs)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/rokiskis/rokiskis.html

- Ryki, Poland (A Memorial to the Community of Ryki, Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ryki/rykp000.html [Polish]

- Sosnove (Ludvipol), Ukraine (Ludvipol (Wolyn); in memory of the Jewish
community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Ludvipol/Ludvipol.html

- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/stryj2/stryj2.html

- Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Suwalki1/Suwalki1.html

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish
community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/tarnogrod/tarnogrod.html

- Telsiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Telsiai/telsiai.html

- Tovste, Ukraine (Memorial book of Tluste)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tovste/Tovste.html

- Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tykocin/Tykocin.html

- Zelechow, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Zelechow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/zelechow/zelp000.html [Polish]


Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find
them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go
online.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks KehilaLinks Project Report for April 2017 #YizkorBooks

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to
JewishGen KehilaLinks We thank the owners and webmasters
of these webpages for creating fitting memorials to these
Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a valuable
resource for future generations of their descendants:

Atlit, Israel
Created by Leah Haber Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/atlit/
~~~

Nowy Targ (Neumarkt) (G), Poland
Created by Madeleine Isenberg
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/nowy_targ/
~~~

Pancevo (Pantschow), Serbia
Created by Leah Haber Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Pancevo/index.html
~~~

Podu Turcului (Podu Turc), Romania
Created by Jay Sage
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Podu_Turcului/
~~~

Serpneve (Leipzig) (B), Ukraine
Created by Yefim Kogan
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/serpneve/

KEHILALINKS WEBPAGES RECENTLY UPDATED:

Bocki (Bodki), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/bocki/Bocki.html
~~~

Kolbuszowa (G), Poland
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kolbuszowa/kolbuszowa2/kolbuszowa2.html
~~~

Zbarazh (Zbaraz) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Suchostaw/sl_zbaraz.htm
~~~

Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are
no longer able to maintain them. We thank them for their past
efforts and wish them luck on their future endeavors.

Or by people who are no longer living.
May their Memory be for a Blessing

The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for
adoption.

Rozdil (Rozdol) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rozdol/Rozdol.htm
~~~

Tetiev, Ukraine
Created by Irwin B. Margiloff z"l
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tetiev/tetiev.htm
~~~

Prahova County, Romania
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Regions.html
~~~

Shchadryn (Shchedrin), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Scadryn/
~~~

If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage please contact us
at: < bloch@... >.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?:
We have a team of dedicated volunteer webpage designers
who will help you create a webpage.

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Harvey Krueger, Z"L #YizkorBooks

Groll, Avraham
 

The JewishGen family expresses its deepest sorrow over the passing
of Harvey Krueger, Z"l.

While achieving great personal and professional accomplishment, Mr.
Krueger devoted himself to supporting the broader Jewish community,
and he was a particularly loyal and generous friend to JewishGen.

In addition to his consistent financial support, it was due to his
direction that JewishGen became affiliated with the Museum of Jewish
Heritage in the early 2000's - a move that literally saved JewishGen
at the time. He would then go on to serve as the Chairman of the
JewishGen Board of Governors and continually made himself available
to be of help in a myriad of ways.

We extend heartfelt condolences to his children, siblings, and
extended family. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and
Jerusalem.

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks IAJGS 2017 - Special Procedure for Changing Hotel Reservations #YizkorBooks

Adam Brown
 

Response to this year's conference has been incredibly positive and
our IAJGS room block in the Swan Resort is poised to sell out on
certain nights.

You can help! If you know that you will *not* be in Orlando on a
particular night, and thus intend to cancel any or all of your hotel
reservation, ***Do Not Contact the Hotel***!

*Instead*, please only notify ADAM@... so that we may
reassign your reservation to another IAJGS attendee ourselves and
arrange for your hotel deposit to be promptly returned to you.
If you do not follow this procedure, but instead cancel via the
hotel, we will lose the room >from our IAJGS conference block and it
will not be available to one of your fellow Jewish genealogists. It
might even prevent your best friend >from attending!

Notwithstanding the special procedure, it is not too late to register
for the conference and book rooms. Visit www.IAJGS2017.org to sign
up for our Facebook page and/or subscribe to our blog.

Adam Brown - Diane Jacobs - Dennis Rice
Co-Chairs IAJGS 2017 Orlando
info@...

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Answer your DNA questions at IAJGS 2017 Orlando! #YizkorBooks

Adam Brown
 

Don't miss out on a golden opportunity to make sense of your DNA
results at IAJGS 2017 Orlando with over two dozen lectures, workshops
and mentoring sessions on all aspects of DNA research!

Experienced practitioners of autosomal DNA analysis such as Israel
Pickholz, Lara Diamond, and Schelly Dardashti will discuss the
particular challenges of endogamy faced by Jewish genealogists.

Representatives of DNA test providers such as FamilyTreeDNA,
MyHeritage, and Ancestry will describe how to understand their
results in our Sunday EXPO! and again throughout the week at their
booths in the conference Exhibit Hall.

In addition, seasoned DNA project managers will lead participants
in a four-part series that lasts all week. In DNA 101: Solving
Research Problems with DNA Testing, Rachel Unkefer will discuss why
genealogists are disappointed in the outcome when they begin testing
without a concrete goal in mind. She will describe how successful
testing begins with posing questions, and then selecting the correct
DNA tests and family members to answer those questions. Attendees
will learn how to set testing goals and how to navigate the testing
and analysis processes.

In the next session in the sequence, DNA 201: The Next Steps, Family
Tree DNA project managers Rachel Unkefer, Janet Akaha, Gil Bardige,
Adam Brown, Itzhak Epstein, Zach Gordon, Michael Waas, Sidney Sachs,
Max Heffler, and others will work collaboratively with participants
to assess the current status of their own research and discuss
strategies for moving forward. This session will be followed all week
long with group and one-on-one mentoring sessions to help attendees
make the best use of their autosomal, Y-DNA and mitochondrial results.

On the Y chromosome front, DNA 301: What Y-DNA Lineages Can Tell Us
About Jewish History and Migration will focus on "Next Generation
Sequencing" (NGS) products like FTDNA's Big Y and others. The panel of
"citizen scientists" will describe how they have begun mapping out
genetic trees that are far more accurate than ever before possible.

Lastly, DNA 401: The Key to Successful DNA Projects will feature a
panel of DNA project administrators who will describe how to organize
geographic, surname, and haplogroup subclade projects; whether to
include Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA and/or autosomal DNA testing in
proposed projects; techniques for keeping participants engaged; and
best practices.

Computer workshops will focus on tools such as GEDMatch, Lazarus, and
McKee that are used by genealogists to parse autosomal and Y
chromosome results. Family genealogists such as Mark Strauss (both
Ashkenazi and Sephardi) who have undertaken DNA projects to complete
their family trees will also describe their strategies and successes.
Jeff Paull and his team will describe their rabbinic DNA research, in
particular their current work on the well-known Twersky dynasty.

On Monday evening of the conference, Jewish DNA pioneer Dr. Harry
Ostrer and linguist Alexandre Beider will deliver a lecture entitled
"Setting the Record Straight: DNA and Yiddish as Evidence for the
Origins of Ashkenazi Jews", and at Thursday evening's banquet, Harvard
Professor Henry Louis Gates, host of PBS's "Finding Your Roots" will
speak on "Genetics and Genealogy in America".

On Thursday afternoon, Karen Grinzaid >from Emory University will address
Jewish genetic diseases and options for affordable and accessible genetic
screening for Jewish families.

Adam Brown, co-chair of this year's IAJGS conference is also the Managing
Editor of AvotaynuOnline.com and the Administrator of the 5,000
participant AvotaynuDNA Project. Adam will provide an update on the
Project's Sephardi DNA initiative that is entering its second year of
testing Sephardi men all over the world in collaboration with genetic
genealogy pioneer Dr. Karl Skorecki of the Technion.

So if making use of your DNA results to illuminate your family history is
on your agenda, or you simply want to make sense of the DNA test results
you have already obtained, then Orlando 2017 is the place to be!
Register today at www.iajgs2017.org while there are still hotel rooms
available!

Adam Brown

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks KehilaLinks Project Report for March 2017 #YizkorBooks

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to
JewishGen KehilaLinks We thank the owners and webmasters
of these webpages for creating fitting memorials to these
Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a valuable
resource for future generations of their descendants:

Atlit, Israel
Created by Leah Haber Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/atlit/
~~~

Nowy Targ (Neumarkt) (G), Poland
Created by Madeleine Isenberg
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/nowy_targ/
~~~

Pancevo (Pantschow), Serbia
Created by Leah H. Gedalia
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Richard L. Baum
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Pancevo/index.html
~~~

Podu Turcului (Podu Turc), Romania
Created by Jay Sage
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Podu_Turcului/
~~~

Serpneve (Leipzig) (B), Ukraine
Created by Yefim Kogan
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/serpneve/


KEHILALINKS WEBPAGES RECENTLY UPDATED:

Bocki (Bodki), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/bocki/Bocki.html
~~~

Zbarazh (Zbaraz) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Suchostaw/sl_zbaraz.htm
~~~

Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are
no longer able to maintain them. We thank them for their past
efforts and wish them luck on their future endeavors.

Or by people who are no longer living.
May their Memory be for a Blessing

The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for
adoption.

Rozdil (Rozdol) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rozdol/Rozdol.htm
~~~

Tetiev, Ukraine
Created by Irwin B. Margiloff z"l
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tetiev/tetiev.htm
~~~

Prahova County, Romania
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Regions.html
~~~

Shchadryn (Shchedrin), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Scadryn/
~~~

GOOD NEWS! The following webpages were adopted:

If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage please contact us
at: < bloch@...>.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?:
We have a team of dedicated volunteer webpage designers
who will help you create a webpage.

Wishing you a Sweet and Joyous Pessach,

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Important Request Before Passover: Help Preserve Jewish Cemetery Records #YizkorBooks

Groll, Avraham
 

Dear Friends,

Last month, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated or sustained significant
damage throughout the world. Here in the USA, we were dismayed by the
hateful vandalism of cemeteries in Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY,
and St. Louis, MO. In addition, 5 tombstones were found toppled in a
Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, and in Paris, France, an unintentional
traffic accident resulted in the destruction of 13 Jewish graves.

***All of this happened in just the month of March.***

JewishGen.org has been fighting this battle for many years, and has a
solution to preserve cemetery records throughout the world,
particularly in places where the Jewish community is dwindling or no
longer exists. JewishGen created a global burial registry which now
contains more than 3 million Jewish burials >from cemeteries in 125
countries throughout the world.

But this is not enough, and we turn to you for assistance. Right now,
as Passover quickly approaches, there are two important ways you can
help ensure that the memory of those who preceded us will never be
forgotten or erased:

If you have a personal connection with the leadership or a member of
any Jewish organization or synagogue, we ask that you consider
immediately approaching them with the request that they view a brief
PowerPoint video created by Nolan Altman, our VP of Data Acquisition.
In this video, he describes how our community, and its friends, can
most effectively respond to the challenge of preserving the precious
information on cemetery headstones now threatened with permanent
destruction. Passover is a very appropriate time to discuss these
issues, and we hope you can help. Here is a link to the video:

https://youtu.be/fMHOLGodHP8

Join our efforts to photograph, transcribe and index cemetery
information. In many cases, a cemetery headstone may be the only
surviving record of our ancestors. Click here:

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Our goal is to receive cemetery and burial information which we can
then upload to our website, serving as a permanent memorial and
research tool for future generations wishing to discover and honor
their own Jewish family history. As with all JewishGen databases,
these records will be freely available, and will serve as a memorial
that can never be extinguished.

To demonstrate the importance of JewishGen preserving Jewish burial
information, consider the following:

In the case of the Menorah Park cemetery in Philadelphia, JewishGen
already had the tombstone information in our databases. What if the
stones had been defaced beyond recognition and repair? Due to
JewishGen's efforts, the information will always be available, since
JewishGen serves as a permanent memorial and testament to those who
came before us – despite the physical conditions on the ground.

Jewish cemeteries serve as a bridge between generations. Without
JOWBR's information, many families would lose the connection to their
ancestors within 2-3 generations. How many people know where their
great-great grandparents are buried? But JewishGen fosters a connection
across time and space. Once we have recorded burial information, it is
our goal that it will be available for all future generations.
The Hebrew patronymic names on headstones are incredibly valuable to
genealogists because patronymic names link generations by showing the
name of the deceased and their father.

The symbols and epithets on a tombstone often give guidance as to the
status of the individual during his/her lifetime.

For these reasons, as the holiday of Passover quickly approaches, we
urge you to help us preserve the memory of those who have no one else
to speak for them.

As Hillel said: If not now, when?
And we add: If not us, then who?

If you are able to introduce JewishGen to an organization or synagogue,
please click the following link to submit a brief form to let us know
which organization/synagogue you have approached and the relevant
contact information of those with whom we might follow-up.

https://tinyurl.com/HelpJewishGen

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, please click here:
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm

Thank you in advance. With your help, we will continue to preserve
our history for future generations.

Happy Passover and Chag Kosher V’Sameach.

Avraham Groll
Director
JewishGen.org

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Yizkor Book Project, March 2017 #YizkorBooks

Lance Ackerfeld
 

Shalom,

Each month, I like to bring you up-to-date with all the news and activities
carried out by the Yizkor Book Project over the previous month. This time,
the first piece (or pieces) of good news is that an additional three books
are now completely online:

- Bransk, Poland (Brainsk; Book of Memories) which was completely translated
and kindly donated by Rubin Roy Cobb.
- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin) which was coordinated by Jessie Klein.
I thank Jessie for her tireless dedication and support which led to the
successful completion of this translation project.
- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor) which was
coordinated by Debra Michlewitz. I thank Debra for her dedication and drive
which allowed us to see the translation of this book completely online.

The other pieces of good news come >from the Yizkor Books in Print Project in
which two new titles were added to our ever-growing list.

- Memorial Book of Brichany, Moldova: It's Jewry in the First Half of Our
Century
- Blood Stained Feathers; My Life Story

For more details of these books and all the other books now available,
please see the link at the end of this message.

I think I need to point out that when we set out upon this publishing
project - the Yizkor Books in Print Project, our thought was that the books
would be sold at the lowest possible price - just sufficient to cover our
printing outlays. Together with the publishing costs, as there are no
royalties associated with these books, this assists us in maintaining a
relatively low price for these unique, hard-cover books which provide access
to information and stories of the communities destroyed in the Holocaust.

As I regularly point out, volunteers are an integral part of our project and
from time to time, we do look for more assistance in specific parts of the
project. For instance, we are presently in search of a volunteer who is
fluent in Hebrew and English, has experience in editing and as willing to
help out in this field. If you meet this description and have some time
available, I would very glad to hear >from you.

Before, providing details of our activities in March, I would like to take
this opportunity to wish you and your families a particularly enjoyable and
memorable Pesach/Passover.

And now for details of all the updates and additions that were carried out
in the Yizkor Book Project.

We have added in three new entries:

- Gresk, Belarus (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/slutsk/slu436.html

- Grozovo, Belarus (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/slutsk/slu429.html

- Ustrzyki Dolne, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol2_00059.html

And we have continued to update 19 of our existing projects:

- Biala Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Biala_Podlaska/Biala_Podlaska.html

- "Brichah" http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brichah/brichah.html

- Bransk, Poland (Brainsk; Book of Memories)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bransk/Bransk.html

- Brody, Ukraine (An Eternal Light: Brody in Memoriam)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brody/brody.html

- Chorzele, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Chorzel)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Chorzele/Chorzele.html

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa1/Czestochowa1.html

- Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (Yekaterinoslav-Dnepropetrovsk Memorial Book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ekaterinoslav/Ekaterinoslav.html

- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Gostynin/Gostynin.html

- Kovel, Ukraine (Kowel; Testimony and Memorial Book of Our Destroyed
Community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kovel1/kovel1.html

- Krasnik, Poland (Book of Krasnik)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/krasnik/krasnik.html

- Lesko, Poland (Memorial book; dedicated to the Jews of Linsk, Istrik and
vicinity who perished in the Holocaust in the years 1939-1944)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lesko/lesko.html

- Mad, Hungary (The Jewish Community of Mad, Hungary)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/mad/mad.html

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Nowy_Dwor/Nowy_Dwor.html

- Ozarow, Poland (Memories of Ozarow)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Ozarow/Ozarow.html

- Pultusk, Poland (Pultusk memorial book)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Pultusk/Pultusk.html

- Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New
Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/rafalovka/rafalovka.html

- Ryki, Poland (A Memorial to the Community of Ryki, Poland)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ryki/rykp000.html [Polish]

- Sosnove (Ludvipol), Ukraine (Ludvipol (Wolyn); in memory of the Jewish
community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Ludvipol/Ludvipol.html

- Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tykocin/Tykocin.html

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find
them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go
online.

Pesach Sameach/Happy Passover,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Seeking volunteers to type 10 pages of a Shoah Memoir for publication #YizkorBooks

Joel Alpert <jalp@...>
 

Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project, part of Yizkor Books Project of
JewishGen has obtained a typed manuscript of significant memoir of a
Shoah Survivor that needs to be retyped for publication. We are
looking for volunteers who can retype 10 pages (or more). The pages
are double space with about 24 lines per page and is very easy to
read. We received the document as a scanned pdf of an old fashioned
typed manuscript (not computerized) If you can help out on this
project, please contact ybip@.... We will supply
volunteers with a pdf of that manuscript.

By the way, for those interested, we have tried to use OCR (Optical
Character Recognition) on the scanned pages but were very unsuccessful.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project