Seeking SLONIMSKYSlM / Aronovsky #names

Rochelle Gershenow

Family back story: The surname wasn't always Slonimsky.  We were told it was changed to avoid conscription.  No one living knew when it was changed or what the original name was.

Jacob Slonimsky was my great grandfather.  My research led me to determine he had a sister, Rose, whose married name was Weinstein (husband was Hyman).  Rose and her family lived in New York.  I determined the sibling relationship based on a number of family connections and the name of their father on their respective tombstones.  Mordekhai Zundl on Jacob's and Zundl Mordekhai on Rose's.  Jacob's oldest son was named Sundel Marks Slonimsky (Slonim).

I just found birth indexes from New York on Ancestry and Family Search for four of Rose's children.  The maiden name given for Rose on these documents are: Rinovsky, Arorosky, Aranovsky, and Aronovsky.  The name probably was Aronovsky.  This information was transcribed so I won't be able to assess the accuracy until I can view the original documents in a Family History Center, now closed because of coronavirus.

I also found on Ancestry information from a Kovno Cemetery list produced by the burial society of Vilijampole for a Reuven Aronovsky born around the same time as Jacob and Rose, i.e., abt. 1861.  He died on 8/2/1942.  His father's name is given as Moshe.  But the most interesting information is they list "Other Surnames: as Slonimsky.

Now I have to figure out where I go from here.  I have emailed DNA matches who have large trees with Aronovsky somewhere in the tree.  I will contact Aronovsky researchers listed in Jewish Gen.  I haven't yet found a ship manifest for Rose and her family (she was married with one child when she came to the US).  Any suggestions would be welcome.
Rochelle Gershenow
Connecticut, USA
Searching: AGINSKY (Stowbtsy, Belarus); CHAIKIN (Homyel, Belarus; Priluki, Ukraine); GERISH/GOROSH/GOROSCH (Vitebsk Guberynia Belarus/Latvia); GERSHONOWITZ (Lithuania; USA); LANGDORF (Galicia);  MERRIN (Belarus); PURINSON/PURINZON (Priluki,Ukraine; Argentina; Brazil; Israel; USA; Anywhere); SLONIMSKY/SLONIM (Minsk, Belarus; USA); SONDAK/SUNDOCK/SUNDACK (Janavole, Borkhovo, Rezekne, and Ludza, Latvia; USA); SOKOLOVSKY (Priluki, Ukraine)

Marilyn Weinman

-- Hi Rochelle,

 I saw your post,and I'm looking for my maternal grandfather who was Max Aronovsky on his Declaration of Intention,but Max Aronowitz on his draft card. He was born in Konigsberg,Germany,which is now Kaliningrad,Russia supposedly on October 1,1876, but I also have several other dates which he claimed as his birthday ! He changed his last name to Arnold when he entered the U.S. emigrating from Montreal into Niagara Falls on June 12,1907.
I have very little information about him, other than a few documents that I've found,and I don't know if he had siblings or not !

Not sure I'm of any help,but maybe there's a connection somewhere :) Looking forward to hearing from you.

Be well and Stay Healthy 

Marilyn Weinman