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Please help me identify the people in this family Ferein photo in Cleveland, OH #usa


Elise Cundiff
 

My great-grandmother's family established a family ferein (cousin's club) sometime around 1920.  They continued with annual events and parties until at least 1940, when this photo was taken at their picnic.  Of the 270 or so people pictured, we have identified about 47 so far (a few more identifications are not positive.)  The founding group all came to Cleveland from Lithuanian Russia in the 1880s-1900; the group expanded to include in-laws, and in-laws of in-laws (as my 98 year old distant cousin described it).  She said that "everyone" from "every branch" of the founding families were at this 1940 gathering (except herself!)
The ferein was called the "Abraham Raphael Family Ferein".  I have no idea of the source of that name as yet.
 
Surnames associated with just the first and some of the second generations of this group are Zieve, Giffen, Hantman, Gordon, Fineman,  Galvin, Glickman, Bernon, Mechanic, Loveman, Wasserman, Schwartz;  Glickman, Murstein, Marcus, Gross, Baradofsky;  Galvin, Leponsky, Silberger, Sogolovitz, Bernstein, Weinstain, Pearsol.    Of course by the 1940s  there were many more.
 
I will appreciate any and all possible or positive identifications, or tips of people to contact who may be able to help.   
Thanks for looking!
Elise Norman Cundiff
Columbus, Ohio
 

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Sherri Bobish
 


Hi Elise,

Have you tried searching The Digital Archive of the Cleveland Jewish News?

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/APA/ClevelandJewishNewsFree/default.aspx?action=tab&tab=search#panel=search

I did a quick search of "Abraham Raphael Family" and got one hit.  You may find more by searching names of individuals.  Perhaps you will get some clues there.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Elise Cundiff
 

Thank you, Sherri.   It is a wonderful resource!  I had actually searched there,  found that article, and that is where I initially found the name of the ferein, years before I located the photo.   My grandmother had told me of the photo and the ferein, but did not know what had become of it, or the minutes of the meetings that her mother had recorded.  She said that the group held a large "ball" at Purim - not sure if that was yearly, or a one time occasion - I had always assumed the missing photo was from one of those.

In that one mention you cited,  Alex Zieve was my great-grandmother's brother; Saul Fineman his son in law; Louis Galvin was the brother of his aunt (by marriage), and Mrs. H. Glickman I am not sure of - either that aunt, widow of his maternal uncle (correctly would be Mrs. J(ulius)  or A(nna)Glickman). or an unknown close relative of that uncle/ Alex's mother.


Sherri Bobish
 


Hi Elise,

Have you checked to see if the society's records were donated?
https://www.cjh.org/pdfs/Landsmanshaftn07.pdf

From above site:
"Landsmanshaft Records at the Center for Jewish History 
You may search CJH’s online catalog at http://catalog.cjh.org
by either the organization name or the town name"

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Sylvia Fleck Abrams
 

Have you consulted the Jewish Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society? Dr. Sean Martin is their Director. Website is WRHS.org. The archives have an extensive collection of various organizations and personal papers from the Jewish community. Their library has just reopened for limited patronage. Staff is very helpful, even from a distance. 

Sylvia F. Abrams
Past President 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland 
Past Chair Hewish Archives Advisory Committee, WRHS


Elise Cundiff
 

Thank you Sherri and Sylvia.  
I will check the CJH catalog, and check the catalog again at the WRHS. (I have met Dr. Martin, he is indeed very helpful!)