Deep ancestry of the Maharal

E. Randol Schoenberg

On Geni, I am proposing to sever the deep ancestry of the Maharal, which appears to be invented and without any reasonable source. I am sure people will be upset, but if you disagree, please follow the discussion at and add some sources to the profiles.

To be clear, I am proposing to sever the Maharal's maternal grandfather Chaim from his father.

Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

Rodger Cooper

Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel Maharal of Prague Loew

Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel Maharal of Prague Loew


Birth 10 APR 1512 Pösen, Saale-Holzland-Kreis, Thueringen, Germany

Death 22 AUG 1609 Praha, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic

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Relationship to me

Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel Maharal of Prague Loew 1512-1609
6th great-grandfather of wife of 3rd great-uncle
Gitele Loew 1550-1635
Daughter of Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel Maharal of Prague Loew
Shimon HaLevi Brandeis 1635-1665
Son of Shmuel HaLevi Brandeis
Rauchama Nechama Brandeis(Perels) -1745
Daughter of Shimon HaLevi Brandeis
Merjam Perels
Daughter of Rauchama Nechama Brandeis(Perels)
Beer Aron Pereles (Porges)
Son of Merjam Perels
Maria Pereles (Porges)
Daughter of Beer Aron Pereles (Porges)
Ester Porges 1804-1859
Daughter of Maria Pereles (Porges)
Simon Juda Austerlitz 1797-1864
Husband of Ester Porges
Juda Jakob Austerlitz 1759-1829
Father of Simon Juda Austerlitz
Herschmann Austerlitz 1791-1859
Son of Juda Jakob Austerlitz
Emanuel Harry Austerlitz 1839-1927
Son of Herschmann Austerlitz
Harry Emanuel Austerlitz 1870-1918
Son of Emanuel Harry Austerlitz
Carolyn Miller Cooper 1908-1990
Daughter of Harry Emanuel Austerlitz
Rodger Wallis Cooper
You are the son of Carolyn Miller Cooper

Moishe Miller

Could you outline your goals in GENI? Are you going to be locking/curating profiles so others can't go back and re-create the same issue? 

Moishe Miller

E. Randol Schoenberg

Yes. That is exactly what we are doing. Curators can now lock the profiles to prevent the addition of erroneous profiles. I am trying to clean up at least the top of the Maharal tree, based on recent scholarship, especially A. Putik and D. Polakovic (2009) 'Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Called Maharal. A study on his genealogy and biography', in P. Demetz (ed) Path of Life. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel ca. 1525*1609, Academia, Prague, pp29-83. You can follow the discussions at and

Apparently there are about 250,000 people descended from the Maharal on Geni. (I am just one of them.) Geni works like a giant jigsaw puzzle where we all collaborate and work together on the same tree. There are about 200 volunteer curators, like me, who can help resolve disputes and lock down profiles. The system works very well.

Randy Schoenberg