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Burial Society Washington Cemetery - Bnai Menasse or Menasche #usa


Alan Reische
 

I've finally penetrated my g/grandfather's burial information at Washington; he was listed under the Surname 'Lisk'.

Anyway, the very helpful man I spoke to said that both his burial plot and the plot of his son Joseph was administered by B'Nai Menasse or Menasche, which his records show subsequently was absorbed by Nachlas Zwie Linas Hasedke. Are these names familiar to any Genners? What region or shtetl does the original congregation or society relate to? I have run them through the burial society database and Google generally with no results except for the Indian Jews, which does not relate to my search, and a reference to a then- existing (1902) congregation at 89 Ridge Street. My g/grandfather and family originally lived on Ridge Street, so there is a strong tie..


Moishe Miller
 

Hi,
 
The JGS of NY maintains a webpage that has a lot of information on local societies. See: 
 
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF# 3391


Sherri Bobish
 


Alan,

You can check if AJHS  has their incorporation papers.

https://www.jewishgen.org/jgsgb/ajhs.html

"Incorporation Papers. Collection I-154 consists of selected incorporation papers, 1848-1920. Approximately 10,000 organizations are represented in 81 bound volumes or 27 reels of microfilm."

Many years ago I was able to get copies of my ggf's landsmanshaftn incorporation papers from AJHS.

Also, there was a synagogue in Phiadelphia, B'nai Menashe.
https://hiddencityphila.org/2015/01/the-last-synagogues-of-strawberry-mansion/
"The name of the synagogue was adopted from the founder of the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Collingsdale, Pennsylvania, and the synagogue’s primary benefactor, Menashe Abrams."

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa)


Alan Reische
 

Thanks Sherry.I forgot to mention that it was Ridge Street, Manhattan, not Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia  Apparently the Incorporation Papers data is not accessible remotely, and Pandemic aside, I'm a long way away. There are references to this synagogue in a number of places and locations in NYC, but unfortunately the indexed data doesn't associate it with a specific shtetl or region. The trail leads to Sinai Chapels as current administrator, which of course is still active. I'm waiting for a response from current management.

Hope all is well/Alan


Alan Reische
 

Thanks Moishe. I've used the db, do come up with linkage of Nachlas Zwei to Mt. Hebron and Mt. Judah, with no further detail. Nothing comes up there either for Menasse or Menasche. I do come up with the following from JGSNY-defunct synagogues list. It is derived from a WPA project in 1939, listing houses of worship in Manhattan. I have not yet tried to access any background data JGSNY may have, the original is somewhere in the NYC archives and I am quite a distance from NYC. Is this meaningful to any Genners?

W-34 842 1895 Chevra Nachlath Zwi Linath Hazedek Bnai Menashe Chevra Nachles Zwi Linath Hazedek Bnai Menasheh (Congregation Nachlas Zwie Anshe Ungarn) (Society, Inheritance of Zwi, Visitors of the Sick, Sons of Menashe
  842A 1897-1913 Chevra Linath Hazedek Bnai Menashe Society, Visitors of the Sick, Sons of Menashe


Sherri Bobish
 


Alan,

I am going to make a guess here.  I think Bnai Menashe may have been more of a family circle than a shtetl based society.

The fact that they merged with Nachlas Zwie Anshe Ungarn may or may not indicate a Hungarian connection.  It could be that people from each society knew each other, and both societies needed a merger to stay afloat.

Have you looked at other sources to pin down exactly where this family came from, i.e. naturalization records, passenger manifests, WW1 or WW11 draft cards, U.S. vital records?

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Alan Reische
 

Hi Sherry - you could be correct, viz. the lack of connection to a specific township in the records. Unfortunately, the current principal at Sinai Chapels doesn't have any history on the congregation, if that's what it was. The one hint I have on one of the headstones is a reference to Przesclaw, but there's nothing in the databanks that adds to that. I've never known of any Hungarian connection, all references are to Galicia or Austria. I can check the cemeteries where other branches are buried to see if there are any clues there.

On other records - I've been through everything I can identify, from census records and city directories down to draft registration cards, and nothing so far. They were pretty good at covering up their traces. Apparently, there was a lengthy questionnaire that was completed in connection with the WPA study. If/when I can get to those - not accessible on line - I may learn more.

Alan