JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh November 27, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: November 27, 2022


“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”



Another good week to nosh on the latest Jewish genealogy, Jewish history and Jewish culture news. Enjoy!




1.      Interesting Resources from International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Member Societies. Emily Garber, a IAJGS Director has put together a terrific list of resources from around the world that are interesting, useful, fun and educational that she is using for her upcoming RootsTech presentation. Check it out here first:


2.      The Tip of the Week. A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations. Speaking of Emily Garber…at her recent JewishGen Talks Webinar (Available on the JewishGen YouTube Channel: JewishGen Talks: Enemy, Alien, Declarant-Grief: Learning from Missteps in the Naturalization Process - YouTube this past Wednesday, I picked up a new nugget of information. (It seems that at each and every JewishGen Talk, I learn something new to use) That is… passenger lists or ship manifests arriving in the US dating after 1892, which are frequently found to have a variety of markings, codes, and annotations squeezed into the margins and small blank spaces above and behind information written in the list form's columns. JewishGen has web pages that are intended to provide a comprehensive reference guide to interpreting the markings, or annotations, found on immigration passenger lists. It is written for researchers with a U.S. passenger list in hand. To view, go to: Manifest Markings Home (


3.      Upcoming Free JewishGen Webinar: The next JewishGen Talk Webinar will take place next Wednesday, November 30th, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be Practicing Safe Computing presented by Hal Bookbinder. Along with malware infecting your computer and hackers attempting to con you, your data on the Web is also at risk from breaches beyond your control. This talk discusses the risks, the myths, ways to reduce the likelihood of being hacked and how to minimize the impact of hacks and breaches that do occur. You can register here:


4.      Findmypast Friday Announces the Release of 150,000 New Records this Week.  Unusual United Kingdom records from parish records to paupers including new newspaper titles and updated newspaper titles. Read the story from their blog: Discover everything from parish records to paupers with this release | Blog |


5.      JewishGen Ukraine Research Division adds 200k New Records. This major project update doubles the total number of Ukraine Revision Lists available on JewishGen since September. Notably, these 200k new records include links to the original images. You can easily search these records, for free, by visiting If you locate an image that you would like to fully translate, JewishGen suggests utilizing ViewMate ( where you can seek assistance from other members of the JewishGen community. 


6.      The Genealogist (U.K.) releases 1881 Census on Map Explorer. Where did my ancestors live? Were the shops, churches and pubs nearby? These questions and more are now easier than ever to answer using TheGenealogist. This online family history website has just linked all of its 1881 census records of England, Scotland and Wales to its powerful Map Explorer™ so that users can see the locations of houses plotted on georeferenced historic and modern map layers. Read the story from Dick Eastman’s EOGN: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 1881 Census on Map Explorer (


7.      Holocaust survivor left on a bench as a baby finds new family at 80. Eighty years after her parents left her on a train station bench just before they were taken by the Gestapo to their deaths at Auschwitz, Alice Grusová discovered that she was not the only family member who survived. . It was June 1942, and this was the last desperate act by Marta and Alexandr Knapp to save their daughter as their attempt to escape ended in disaster. The couple had fled Prague, but when their train drew into Pardubice, eastern Bohemia, Nazi soldiers boarded in search of fleeing Jews. Thanks to MyHeritage's Smart Matching™ technology, she traveled to Israel from the Czech Republic recently to meet her cousin for the first time. Read the story from CNN: Holocaust survivor left on a bench as a baby finds new family at 80 | CNN You can read more about MyHeritage's Smart Matching™ technology here: What Smart Matches™ Are And How To Make The Most Of Them - MyHeritage Knowledge Base


8.      Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Helping to Identify Victims in Holocaust Photos. A new facial recognition website is putting names to faces. A Google engineer has built a website that uses facial recognition to identify previously anonymous faces in Holocaust photos — and Holocaust survivors and their descendants are using it to find themselves and their relatives in historical archives. Read the story from Freethink: Facial recognition tech IDs people in archived Holocaust photos (


9.      MyHeritage Adds New Themes to AI Time Machine. Last week I wrote about MyHeritage’s new feature…the AI Time Machine. Since then, it has garnered a huge following and exploded on social media. People all over the world are having a blast as they transform themselves into different figures throughout history. They just added 17 new themes, making the time-travel options even greater than before. Read the story from their blog: New Themes Added to AI Time Machine™ - MyHeritage Blog


10.  Historical Jewish American Newspapers Online. There are a lot of Jewish-American newspapers that have been published over the last hundred or so years that may help you find some information and stories about your ancestors. The Ancestor Hunt has provided an excellent list: Historical Jewish American Newspapers Online – The Ancestor Hunt


11.  Birthright Israel to Scale Back Again, Slashing Number of Free Trips by up to a Third. Last week I wrote about how Birthright Israel participants feel closer to Israel and Judaism after an analysis from the Pew survey. This week finds that Birthright Israel is making substantial cuts in their program amid what the organization said is a mix of financial pressures: inflation, heightened travel expenses in a post-COVID world and dwindling fundraising support. It plans to make added appeals to its top donors but still expects to heavily reduce its Israel trips in 2023 to as few as 23,500 participants, down from 35,000 this year and 45,000 annually pre-pandemic. Read the story from JTA: Birthright Israel to scale back again, slashing number of free trips by up to a third - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


12.  Giving Thanks in Synagogue. In the late 19th century, when Thanksgiving was a new holiday, American Jews created religious services to mark the day. They didn’t last. Read the story from Tablet Magazine: Giving Thanks in Synagogue - Tablet Magazine


13.  10 Yiddish Words That Went Mainstream. When Ashkenazi Jews immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe, they brought with them the Yiddish language. Over time, fewer of them spoke Yiddish at home, but many Yiddish words and phrases came into use in American lexicon. Read the story and discover the 10 from My Jewish Learning: 10 Yiddish Words That Went Mainstream | My Jewish Learning


14.  Have You Ever Heard Of Sigd…An Ancient Ethiopian Jewish Holiday? This special holiday is celebrated by the Jewish community in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Sigd is celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur. This year it was on November 23, 2022, the day before Thanksgiving in America. Read the history about the Ethiopian Jews and about their holiday from Aish: Celebrate Sigd: An Ancient Ethiopian Jewish Holiday - Eats, Featured, Jewlish


15.  Our Ancestors' Dental Care. Life in the “good old days” wasn’t always so good. For instance, one has to wonder about dental care as practiced by our ancestors. Ready-made toothbrushes and toothpaste were not available until the mid-1800s. Prior to that, everyone had to make their own. Throughout the Middle Ages, most people simply rubbed salt on their teeth. Some people made up their own dentifrice and rubbed the resulting powder on their teeth with a small stick, called a "toothstick," with a rag over one end. This was the forerunner of the toothbrush. By the 1700s medical knowledge improved to the point that doctors began to understand the importance of proper dental care. Toothpaste, properly called dentifrice, was made at home. Read the story from Dick Eastman:  Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Our Ancestors' Dental Care (


16.  Holocaust-era Instruments Will be on Display in Chicago in Effort to Give Music of That Time New Life. The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago is organizing concerts and educational programs to accompany the instruments played by Jews during the Shoah. From April through September of 2023, JCC Chicago will bring a private collection of more than 70 lovingly restored violins, violas and cellos played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust to the Chicagoland area and around Illinois through cultural exhibitions, performances and community education. Read the story from JNS: Holocaust-era instruments will be on display in Chicago in effort to give music of that time new life -


17.  The Jews of Oz: A History of the Australian Jewish Community. There have been five “waves” of immigration that have planted the seeds of the Australian Jewish community. Read the full story from Aish:


18.  The Jews of Iraq. We go from Australia to Iraq this week! Explore one of the oldest and most significant diaspora Jewish communities of all time. While some identify the city of Ur, the birthplace of Abraham, in modern-day Iraq or Babylonia, the history of the ancient Jewish community is generally considered to begin in the sixth century BCE. In that early period, from 587-538 BCE the Jews were held captive as slaves in Babylonia upon the conquest of Jerusalem and destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Read the story from Aish:


19.  A Small Victory Against Erasure: The Three Minutes That Bring an Exterminated Jewish Past to Life. A new documentary extends 200 seconds of home-movie footage shot in Poland in 1938 into a forensic examination of a community obliterated by the Nazis. The man with the camera was a New Yorker visiting Poland in August 1938 and he took the film in Nasielsk, a small town about 30 miles north of Warsaw. The people he photographed were Nasielsk’s Jews, who made up nearly half the town’s population, and who, like the rest of Europe’s Jews, would soon be sentenced to death by the Nazis. Read the story and watch the trailer from The Guardian: ‘A small victory against erasure’: the three minutes that bring an exterminated Jewish past to life | Movies | The Guardian Thanks to Brian Hyland for passing this story along to me.


20.  In ‘Mapping Jewish San Francisco,’ a treasure trove of Bay Area Jewish history goes on display.  A show of documents and photos displayed in a new, online exhibit from the University of San Francisco called “Mapping Jewish San Francisco.” Much of the historical material is being seen publicly for the first time. The San Francisco project was inspired by “Mapping Jewish Los Angeles,” a UCLA endeavor that for more than a decade has been bringing multimedia stories of L.A.’s diverse Jewish neighborhoods to life. Read the story from JTA: In ‘Mapping Jewish San Francisco,’ a treasure trove of Bay Area Jewish history goes on display - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


21.  Anniversary of Anniversaries: 150 Years of the twin-towered synagogue in Krnov, Czech Republic. The twin-towered synagogue in Krnov, in northeastern Czech Republic on the border with Poland, was inaugurated on  June 5, 1872. It is one of only three remaining synagogue buildings in CZ’s Moravian-Silesian Region (the others are in Nový Jičín and Český Těšín).. The inauguration was a festive event that demonstrated the pride and prosperity of the local Jewish community and its standing within the community at large. Read the story from Jewish Heritage Europe: Anniversary of Anniversaries: 150 Years of the twin-towered synagogue in Krnov, Czech Republic - Jewish Heritage Europe (


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