Looking for gr-grandfather Shimshon ZERSHTEIN from Grodno #belarus

Shirley Portnoy

My great-grandfather, Shimshon ZERSHTEIN (or ZERENSHTEIN) was a wood carver. He married my great-grandmother, Sara RIFKIND, daughter of Yeshayahu Ha-Sofer RIFKIND (1839-1915) from Grodno. The children of Shimshon and Sara were Zlata Zershtein Harkavy (c.1892-1959)- my grandmother; Feigl-Tzirl Zershtein; Hillel Zershtein; Tzvi (or Gershon) Zershtein; and Aryeh Leib Zershtein.


Shimshon, a double-amputee, lived in the Jewish home for the aged in Grodno. He was still alive in the early 1930’s.


For some reason I have been unable to locate any data about Shimshon ZERSHTEIN. It’s possible the records from Grodno were destroyed for those years.


Does anyone have any recommendations?


Thank you.

Shirley Amcis Portnoy

Little Neck, NY