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(Israel) Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot Present C-U Robot For those Not Able to Personally Visit the Museum

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot has introduced C U Robot – a robot tour for those who are unable to visit the Museum in person. This is a major event for those with disabilities. The robot provides a full guided tour and is the first such service in Israel and one of the few in the rest of the world.


To read more and book your free tour go to:

https://www.bh.org.il/visit-us/c-u-robot-accessibility-device-for-people-with-special-needs/

 

The website also has a short video, the audio is in Hebrew with English subtitles.  

 

Thank you to Saul Issroff for sharing this information with us.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

The JewishGen Discussion Group

Avraham Groll
 


Thank you to everyone who helped test the new platform, and for making invaluable suggestions. As you may have noticed, we have migrated over to groups.JewishGen.org and we will begin publicizing and migrating people over this week.
Here are the group Email Addresses
Stay tuned!


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Avraham Groll

Executive Director

JewishGen.org

Edmond J. Safra Plaza | 36 Battery Place | New York, NY | 10280

646.437.4326 agroll@...

Visit us at JewishGen.org

Re: Phyllis Kramer z’l

Avraham Groll
 
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Dear JewishGen Community,
The following message was distributed via email earlier this evening. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a gift in memory of Phyllis by clicking here. When donation, please also provide any experiences or memories you have of Phyllis. We will share the comments with Phyllis' family.
Avraham
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On Friday, September 6, 2019, Phyllis Kramer, long-time volunteer and Director of Education for JewishGen.org, passed away after a brief illness.

Following her retirement from IBM, Phyllis devoted nearly three decades supporting JewishGen’s important work. She taught thousands of students, and provided personal research assistance to the many people who sought her advice and guidance. A search of our Discussion Forums will reveal many hundreds of questions to which Phyllis responded.

A compassionate and courageous woman, Phyllis chose not to publicize her health situation. Instead, she continued lecturing at conferences, and teaching classes until she could no longer do so. Her advice, big-picture thinking, and strategic planning, helped pave the way for successful fundraising campaigns, content acquisition, and volunteer engagement.

In coordination with her family, we have established the Phyllis Kramer, Z'L, Memorial Fund, which will be used to help advance JewishGen's educational efforts, and the very critical work that will continue to define Phylis' legacy for many years to come.

If you would like to make a donation in Phyllis' honor, please click here.

With great sadness,

Avraham Groll
Executive Director
JewishGen.org

JewishGen Email/Registration Update

Avraham Groll
 

Dear JewishGen Community,

We apologize for any confusion regarding our recent efforts to encourage users to update their JewishGen registrations. Please disregard the previous email. All you need to do is visit the following page: https://www.jewishgen.org/new/please-reconfirm-your-email/

Thank you for helping us to maintain the accuracy and integrity of our website and mailing list.
If you have any questions, please email info@....

Shabbat Shalom and thank you for being part of the JewishGen.org family.
Avraham
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Avraham Groll
Executive Director
JewishGen.org
Edmond J. Safra Plaza | 36 Battery Place | New York, NY | 10280
646.437.4326 | agroll@...
Visit us at JewishGen.org

New Director of Ukraine Research #Romania

Avraham Groll
 

Dear JewishGen Community,

I am pleased to announce that long-time JewishGen volunteer, Phyllis Gold Berenson, has assumed the position of Director of Ukraine Research. Phyllis has extensive experience researching Jewish family history in Ukraine, mentoring others, and has successfully acquired records from a variety of archives, overseen data transcription and translation projects, and coordinated the photography, transcription and translation of tombstones in the Mogilev-Podolsky Cemetery.

In addition to her focus on Ukraine research, she has taken an active role within the Senior Leadership Team, participating in strategic planning, and drafting legal documents.

Beyond her work for JewishGen.org, she has contributed greatly to the broader Jewish genealogical community by starting a Facebook group for those researching the town of Mogilev-Podolsky and co-managing a regional group on Family Tree DNA.

A lawyer by profession, Phyllis resides in San Francisco and Sonoma, California. She can be reached at pberenson@....

I thank Phyllis for all her devotion and dedication to JewishGen over the years, her vision for increasing the quantity and quality of Ukraine records on JewishGen, and for her role in helping JewishGen modernize and improve our systems.

Mazal Tov and Congratulations, Phyllis!

Wishing everyone success with their research

Avraham Groll

Executive Director

JewishGen.org

Yehuda Klausner z"l

Rose Feldman
 

Yehuda Klausner was a Civil Engineer with a doctorate from Princeton University. He was an erudite, modest and friendly man who studied rabbinical lineages with the same scientific approach, rigour and passion which characterized his academic career. We will miss his warm voice and accent, which had an indefinite touch of Eastern Europe.


Yehuda willingly responded to queries of people seeking answers to their genealogical questions.


Yehuda and his wife Yocheved were true partners in life and in genealogy. Together they volunteered for many JewishGen projects, where they especially contributed to RAV-SIG.


Yocheved, our thoughts are with you in these moments of sorrow.
May his memory be for a blessing.
Baruch dayan haemet


Your friends at the Israel Genealogy Research Association



Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year  
http://genealogy.org.il
http:/facebook.com/israelgenealogy

Help us index more records at http://igra.csindexing.com

Keep up to date on archives, databases and genealogy in general and Jewish and Israeli roots in particular with http://twitter.com/JewDataGenGirl


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Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year  
http://genealogy.org.il
http:/facebook.com/israelgenealogy

Completion of the Utyan (Utena) Yizkor Book

Jack Berger
 
Edited

I am pleased to advise that I have completed the translation of The Utyan (Utena) Yizkor Book from (mostly) Yiddish and (some) Hebrew into English. The book has been published and distributed globally, and can be found in approximately 50 libraries and institutions that collect Judaica of this kind. These institutions are in the United States. Canada, The United Kingdom and Israel.

 

Utyan is a shtetl in Lithuania. This is the first time I have found (at the end of the book), an accounting of the arrest and trial of Lithuanian accomplices to the Nazis. This took place in a Lithuanian court of law. The record shows that they were all tried and found guilty, sentenced to death, and summarily executed.

 

A limited number of copies are still available. If you are interested please contact me at: jsberger@....

 

Jack Berger

 

(European Union) Google Wins! Right to be Forgotten Not Extraterritorial Per EU Court of Justice

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 After two years of waiting, the European Union’s Court of Justice ruled in favor of Google that the right to be forgotten is not extraterritorial—it applies only within the European Union. The Court said Europe could not impose the right to be forgotten on countries that do not recognize the law. “The balance between right to privacy and protection of personal data, on the one hand, and the freedom of information of internet users, on the other, is likely to vary significantly around the world,” the Court said in its decision. Google and other search engines will have to take measures to “effectively prevent or at the very least, seriously discourage” users in the European Union from using other versions of its site to access removed content. The Court further said, “Currently, there is no obligation under EU law, for a search engine operator who grants a request for de-referencing made by a data subject... to carry out such a de-referencing on all the versions of its search engine.” It further ruled, EU law requires a search engine operator to carry out such a de-referencing on the versions of its search engine corresponding to all the member states.

 There were many friends of the court documents in support of Google’s case, including Microsoft, Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press and more.

Google stated upon learning of the Court’s ruling, “Since 2014, we’ve worked hard to implement the right to be forgotten in Europe, and to strike a sensible balance between people’s rights of access to information and privacy. It’s good to see that the court agreed with our arguments.”

 In 2014, the Court of Justice ruled against Google in a case about a Spanish man after he failed to get the deletion of an auction notice of his repossessed home dating from 1998 from a Catalan website. That case established the right to be forgotten. Since then Google says it has received 845,501 requests for “right to be forgotten” leading to 45 percent of the 3.3 million links being removed. Right to be forgotten only applied to search engine links, not the actual content.  Actual content may be difficult to find if one is not familiar with the sites, which is why search engines are so effective in helping the researcher find the appropriate links.

 The Court’s decision however, leaves open the possibility for France and other national governments within the EU to force Google to take down links globally in special cases judged necessary to protect an individual’s privacy.

 To read the EU Court of Justice press release see:

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2019-09/cp190112en.pdf

The EU Court of Justice website crashed as a result of all the attempts to access the actual decision. There is a link to the case in aforementioned press release that I suggest you try tomorrow or later today as currently the site is still not working intermittently. This is the direct link for the judgement: https://tinyurl.com/y6rmbg3g

Original url:

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?docid=218105&mode=req&pageIndex=1&dir=&occ=first&part=1&text=&doclang=EN&cid=175

To read more see:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/technology/europe-google-right-to-be-forgotten.html

and

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/24/victory-for-google-in-landmark-right-to-be-forgotten-case  

The decision is available in all EU supported languages. The above link is for English. Click the drop down box where it says language of the document for accessing all the supported languages.

 History

The case was brought after the French Data Privacy Regulator, CNIL  required Google to globally remove links to pages containing information about a person that they felt was damaging or false. Google introduced geo-blocking as a result, which stopped European users from being able to see delisted links but not for the other parts of the world.  CNIL argued that a regional application of the rule was worthless because people could still find the information if they were outside Europe. CNIL tried to impose a fine of 100,000 Euros, saying the geo-location did not go far enough and wanted the links removed globally. Google argued that if the rule were applied outside of Europe, the obligation could be abused by authoritarian governments trying to cover up human rights abuses.

 To read the previous postings about Google and right to be forgotten,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at:  http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. You must be registered to access the archives. 

To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


(US) US Department of Justice Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The United States Department of Justice has announced their interim policy on Forensic Genealogy DNA Analysis. They announced it a the International Symposium on Human Identification and becomes effective on November 1, 2019. While they say stakeholders may comment before the policy becomes final, as the DOJ did not contact the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC )for background or were contacted about the release of the draft rule.  We do not know if we –the genealogical community-- are considered stakeholders. The policy announcement  appeared on the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) website.

 

The  policy applies to “…Department of Justice forensic science components and to investigations in which Department employees or contractors conduct genealogical research. It also applies to state, local, and tribal agencies or units of government that receive federal funding or grant funding for purposes of genetic genealogical DNA analysis or searching.” The policy does not address genealogical standards or genetic genealogy standards or forensic genealogy.

 

To read the interim policy go to: https://tinyurl.com/y3o69ozh

Original url:

https://news.aafs.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FINAL-DOJ-Interim-Policy-on-FGG_Approved-09.02.2019.pdf

 

To read their announcement go to: https://tinyurl.com/y5jtj2ha

Original url:

https://news.aafs.org/aafs-news/united-states-department-of-justice-interim-policy-on-forensic-genetic-genealogical-dna-analysis-and-searching-announced/

 

Thank you to Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, FASG participant on the Records Preservation and Access Committee and Massachusetts Genealogical Council for sharing this information  and to Melinde Lutz Byrne CG, FASG who first learned the information and shared with Barbara .

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 

(UK) British Library Makes Ancient Religious Texts Available Online

Jan Meisels Allen
 

THE BRITISH LIBRARY

First Complete Mishnah

Credit: British Library

 

The British Library, has placed some its most religious ancient text online—250-- for general public free access. The collection is “Discovering Sacred Texts” includes texts for Jews, including copies of the Talmud that escaped the burnings from the Middle Ages, the first complete Mishnah and the Gastner Bible thought to have been created in Egypt around 10 Century C.E.

 

To view the collection, Discovering  Sacred Texts go to:

https://www.bl.uk/projects/discovering-sacred-texts


To read more about this see: https://tinyurl.com/y2qc2d2c

Original url:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/worlds-most-ancient-religious-texts-made-available-online-to-public-at-the-british-library/2019/09/25/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

(Netherlands) Dutch Railroad Reckons with Holocaust Shame 75 Years Later

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

Jews entering Westerbork, a transit camp in the northeastern Netherlands, in 1942. The Dutch national railroad deported about 107,000 Jews to Nazi camps. Only 5,100 survived.  Credit Herinneringscentrum Kamp WesterborkJews entering Westerbork, a transit camp in the northeastern Netherlands, in 1942. The Dutch national railroad deported about 107,000 Jews to Nazi camps. Only 5,100 survived.

 

 

German railroads were an instrumental part in the Nazi machine of transporting Jews and others to the death and work camps of World War ll.  The Dutch railway , Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or N.S. participated in the Nazi scheme, regardless that the Dutch government in exile in London ordered the railway workers to strike—which they did for 8 months. The strike occurred after 107,000 Jewish residents of the Netherlands were already deported, of the 140,who identified themselves as Jews to the extermination camps. Others deported included the Sinti, Roma, gay men and lesbians, disabled and resistance fighters.

 

As reported in the New York Times, a new book, The Dutch Railroad in Wartime, 1939-1945 clarifies the role of the Dutch railways.  The research found 112 Dutch trains went from the Netherlands to nine Nazi camps from June 1942 to August 1944 covering Germany, Austria and Poland.


To read the article and learn more about Dutch railroad complicit actions with the Nazis, see:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/28/world/europe/ns-dutch-railway-holocaust.html

 

I have no affiliation with the book on the Dutch Railroad and am sharing this information solely for the information of the reader.

 

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

(France) France Rejects Bill to Legalize Consumer DNA Tests #DNA

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

Do it yourself DNA testing has been banned in France since 1994 under the law of bioethics (loi de bioetiques). The only way you can take a DNA test legally is by getting medical approval or a court order allowing you to undergo one.  

Anyone who breaks the law faces a fine of up to €3,750. A poll taken in August 2018 revealed that 78 percent of respondents wanted France to lift the ban on DNA tests.  (https://www.thelocal.fr/20181220/french-ban-on-dna-testing-cant-stop-the-craze).

 

On October 4, 2019 the Assemblée  Nationale rejected amendments in favor of legalizing genealogical DNA tests as part of Section 10 of the bioethics law. They went further than rejecting the amendment by adopting a formal prohibition on advertising for “recreational” genetic testing. The government said the existing law already allowed for the ban on television commercials or online, but the members of the Assemblé Nationale rejected the proposal.  According to an article in La revue francaise de Généalogie, it was the TV spots broadcast by MyHeritage that were the “line of fire”.

 

To read the article see: https://tinyurl.com/y2drmwt8

Original url:

 https://www.rfgenealogie.com/s-informer/infos/nouveautes/l-assemblee-nationale-rejette-les-tests-adn-genealogiques-et-durcit-la-loi

It is in French. If you use Chrome as your browser it will ask if you want it translated, or you can use a translation service such as https://www.deepl.com/translator

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 

 

 

 

23andMe Blog Gives Information on BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene and Lack of Family History of Cancer #DNA

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

23andMe has a blog and its current issue for breast cancer awareness month has an article which states more than half of individuals with a cancer-related variant in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene lack a family history of cancer. That means they would not would qualify them for clinical genetic testing.  Many people don’t learn of their BRCA risk variant status until after they’ve been tested.   Their blog also comments on the US Preventive Services task Force highlighting Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry as a factor for consideration in testing decisions. That means the people need to know their ancestry.

 

I recognize 23andMe is trying to promote its BRCA1& BRCA2 Genetic Health Risks reports and testing with them, but I thought the information in the report would be of interest.

 

Their Do You Speak BRCA post may be found at: https://www.23andme.com/brca/

 

To read their blog post see:

https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/learn-something-new-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/

 

I have no affiliation with 23andMe and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

USCIS Updates its Genealogy Request Forms #United States #USA

Jan Meisels Allen
 

U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seal, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its two Genealogy forms on September 17, 2019 :

 

Form G-1041  Genealogy Index Search Request: New Edition dated 9/17/2019

https://www.uscis.gov/g-1041

Click on the Form G-1041 and the second one for the instructions.

The filing fee of $65.00 did not change.

USCIS will also accept the December 23, 2016 form but that is no longer on their website.

 

Form G-1041A Genealogy Records Request: New Edition Dated 9/17/2019

https://www.uscis.gov/g-1041a

Click on the Form G-1041A and the second link beneath it for the instructions.

The filing fee of $65.00 did not change.

USCIS will also accept the December 23, 2016 form but that is no longer on their website.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

Research

Olivier Neuman
 

Hi
I have two questions.
My Maternal grandparents were married both a First Time with other People before the war. They had both kids. Two sons for my grandfather and two girls for My grandmother. I have the Name of My grandmother’s first husband but Nothing for My grandfather’s first family except a photo of his first wedding (the bride and him on thé photo).
Is it possible to find something about all those first families who died during the Shoah (husband, wife, Kids) knowing that the different acts of wedding are certainly less than 100 years.
If someone could help me to find all those persons, please
Thank you

The names I know:
- my grandmother Sack (König) Esther Chuve (Elsa) born in Schodnica, Poland (Ukraine) in 1905 married First Time with apparently Kleinberg Oskar

- my grandfather Ernst Jozef Friedman born in Horodichsche, Poland (Ukraine) sept 15, 1904. Don’t know his first wife’s Name.

Envoyé de mon iPhone. Olivier

(Ukraine) Chernivtsi City of Architectural gems #Ukraine

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

This June 23, 2019 photo shows tourists visiting the Chernivtsi Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews, in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Descendants of the region of Bukovina's Jews are trying to make their history known and appreciated. One crowning effort was the opening, a few years ago, of a tiny museum of Jewish culture that is filled with artifacts, photos, and other documentation. (AP Photo/Frances D'Emilio)

 

The Associated Press has an article on Chernivtsi, in the heart of Bukovina. Bukovina spans both the Ukraine and Romania. Its Jewish population was exterminated for all intents and purposes during World War ll, but there are remnants.

 

The article talks of the story’s author visit to Cernivitsi. The article includes several photos including several from the Jewish cemetery.

 

To read the article and see the photos go to: https://tinyurl.com/yy8hy4dp

Original url:

https://www.apnews.com/bf3dcfa6ddf14b6caebcf45d58710df6

 

Thank you to randy Herschaft, Associate Press for sharing the article with us.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

Juan Fernández Delgado
 

Hi Mi name is Juan Fernández ,my family ALbán, is from Sephardic Jews, who left Galicia for Ecuador, 400 years ago, does anyone know the origin of the surname Albán and its Genealogy in SPAIN?
Thank you
Juan Fernández
jugafer@...

Re: 23andMe Blog Gives Information on BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene and Lack of Family History of Cancer #DNA

Odeda Zlotnick
 

The first link - " Do You Speak BRCA" doesn't work.  If you copy the text from Jan's letter, (or from the blog) you get switched to a promo page for buying a kit.
You can to get to the "do youi speak" page  by clicking  on the link at the end of the blog post:



An altenative is to make sure you type (or copy paste) the following: 
23andme.com/brca/
Just that.
No https or www before it this text.

Odeda Zotnick

travel papers #USA #Israel

Roberta Lipitz
 

In July 1903, according to copy of Ellis Island ship manifest, my 18 year old Grandmother (Fanny Shore) along with her father and younger sister, left Jaffa, Palestine via ship our of La Havre,  France.  What I am researching is to find any travel papers they might have needed for this journey.  Some information I have is that she was born in either Jaffa or Libau, Latvia.  According to research done with Israel, these documents, if available, might be in Ottoman Turkish.


Any help along these lines would be most appreciated.


Sincerely,

Roberta 

Margins #Help

Ellen Lukas Kahn
 

How can the margins be adjusted on items posted to this website?

I tried to copy one article posted and it was too wide for both the Portrait and the Landscape orientations.

Ellen Lukas Kahn
Jewish Gen researcher #1604