JewishGen Adds 114,000 Burial Records!

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2013 year-end update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database can be accessed  by clicking here. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts by clicking here.

This update adds approximately 114,000 new records and 19,000 new photos! The database is adding 172 new cemeteries along with updates or additions to an additional 219 cemeteries. This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 2.14 million records from more than 4,200 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 83 countries! (We’ve even added two new countries, the Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka.)

Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers.

I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many of the records from under-represented countries.  In addition, without our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend, we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.

Of particular note in this update are the following additions:
  • Sharon, Massachusetts.  Thanks to the administrators of the Sharon Memorial Park with assistance from Jerry Wyner and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) for their submission of 37,100 records.
  • Praha, Czech Republic.  Thanks to Randy Schoenberg and the Jewish Community of Praha for 25,200 records from the New Jewish Cemetery.
  • Pennsylvania. Thanks to Susan Melnick, archivist for the Rauh Jewish Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center for 9,100 records from the Beth Shalom Cemetery connected with Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, Pa and for the Johnstown area cemeteries (including 1,050 records from 6 cemeteries in Westmont and Geistown.
  • Germany. We are adding close to 62 new German cemeteries (7,300 records).  Significant contributions came from Dieter Peters, who submitted approximately 40 cemeteries with 5,000 records from his collection. Additional cemetery records will be added in future updates. In addition, by partnering with JewishGen’s German Special Interest Group (GER-SIG), we have added 20 cemeteries with approximately 2,150 records.
  • Zhytomyr, Ukraine.  Thanks to a team of volunteers from JewishGen’s Ukrainian Special Interest Group (UKR-SIG) for 4,100 additional records and 5,300 photos to link to the entire collection.
  • Sadgora, Ukraine.  Thanks to a project funded by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Ottawa, Canada, the submission includes 3,500 records and their linked photos.
  • Hégenheim, France. Thanks to Professor Frowald Gil Huettenmeister for the submission of 3,200 records from his book on the cemetery:  Hüttenmeister, Gil und Rogg, Lea: “Der jüdische Friedhof in Hegenheim. Le Cimetière Israélite de Hégenheim (Haut-Rhin)”.
  • Ontario, Canada.  Thanks to Allen Halberstadt, coordinator of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto’s Cemetery Project, for updating 190 cemetery sections resulting in 2,800 additional records from various cemeteries.  
  • Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Thanks to David Jovegelevicius, President of the Centro Israelita, Porto Alegre, Brazil for submitting his data set of 2,600 records.
  • Waterbury, Connecticut.  Thanks to Ruben Poupko for submitting 1,800 records and photos for 3 additional Waterbury cemeteries.  Included in this update are records and photos from Hebrew Benefit Cemetery, Melchizedek Cemetery, and the Farband Cemetery.
  • Kursk, Russia.  Thanks to Mikhail Moiseevich Kaner, Chairman of the Jewish community of the city of Kursk for submitting 1,300 records along with 1,100 photos.
  • West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Thanks to Jeff Kontoff for photographing the Kodimoh Cemetery and submitting 1,250 photos and an additional 250 records.
  • Forest Park, Illinois.  Thanks to Debra Wolraich for submitting 1,200 records from the Anshe Motele Society section in the Waldheim Cemetery.
  • Eisenstadt, Austria.  From the book “Die Grabschriften aus Alten Judenfriedhoes in Einsenstadt” by Bernhard Wachstsin, a listing of the 1,200 burials in the old cemetery that took place between 1679 until 1874.
Whether your name or records are listed above, we appreciate all your submissions!  Thank you to all the donors that submitted information for this update.

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Stay tuned for more updates!

Nolan Altman
JewishGen Acting VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR – Coordinator
December 2013

Project Update: Yizkor Book Project


So what would you like to hear about first in regards the Yizkor Book
Project in November - the good news or the good news?<g>

Well, the first piece of good (excellent) news is that during November the
Yizkor Books in Print Project sold it it's one thousandth book! This is
definitely a remarkable achievement and my warmest congratulations go out to
Joel Alpert and his merry band of volunteers who have made this milestone
Apart from the encouraging sales and feedback we continue to receive
regarding this project, new titles are constantly being added and just
today, the Josef Rosin memoir "My Journey to Freedom: Kybartai to Haifa" has
now been made available for purchase. Details of this and the other books
and this project, in general, can be found at:

Next piece of good news is that the complete translation of the Molchad,
Belarus Yizkor book (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community) is now
online. This could have never come about but for the never-ending diligence
and determination of Myrna Siegel who has been and continues to be the
guiding light behind this project.

Whilst I could keep going on endlessly about these pieces of good news, I
would just like to note just another two. During this last month we greatly
received a set of two very interesting memoirs presented by Renate Krakauer
and these are now available online in the "Miscellaneous" of our
Translations Index at The
other piece of good news was provided by Judy Petersen who has painstakingly
transliterated the most useful family name index for the Pinkas Hungary
(Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Hungary) volume and this, as well, is
now available online.

Now to facts and figures for November, during this last month we have added
3 new projects:

- Karczew, Poland (Memorial book of Otvotsk and Kartshev)

- Two Memoirs   (Memories From the Abyss) (But I Had a Happy Childhood)

- Wasilkow, Poland (The Wasilkower memorial book; memories of our town
Wasilkow which has been annihilated by the Nazis)

Added in 3 new entries:

- Briceni, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Dolni Kralovice, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of
Bohemia in the past and present)

- Potok Gorny, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish

We have continued to update 25 of our existing projects:

- Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy (Akkerman), Ukraine (Akkerman and the Towns of its
District; Memorial Book)

- Briceva, Moldova (Memorial Book of Brichevo)

- Chisinau, Moldova (The Jews of Kishinev)

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Czestochowa, Poland (Resurrection and Destruction in Ghetto Czestochowa)

- Dieveniskes, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)

- Dynow, Poland (The Memorial Book of Jewish Dinov)

- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)

- Hungary (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Hungary)

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community
which was destroyed)

- Lesko, Poland (Memorial book; dedicated to the Jews of Linsk, Istrik and

- Melnitsa, Ukraine (Melnitsah: in Memory of the Jewish Community)

- Molchad, Belarus (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community)

- Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland  (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an
annihilated Jewish community)

- Rudky, Ukraine (Rudki memorial book; of the Jews of Rudki and vicinity)

- Serock, Poland (The book of Serock)

- Shumskoye, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

- Sierpc, Poland (The Community of Sierpc; Memorial Book)

- Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)

- Szrensk, Poland (The Jewish community of Szrensk and the vicinity; a
memorial volume)

- Topolcany, Slovakia  (The story and source of the Jewish community of

- Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)

- Vidzy, Belarus (Widze memorial book)

- Yavoriv, Ukraine (Monument to the community of Jaworow and the surrounding

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at to make it easy to find
-  All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
-  Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go

Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

KehilaLinks Project Report for October 2013

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks We thank the owners and webmasters of these webpages for creating fitting memorials to these Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a valuable resource for future generations of their descendants.

Boskovice (Boskowitz), Czech Republic
Compiled by Daniela Torsh
Webmaster: Sam Glaser

Dresden, Germany
Created by Eli Rabinowitz

Hostice (Hoschtitz bei Wolin), Czech Republic Created by Sam Glaser
Kasejovice (Kasejowitz), Czech Republic
Compiled by Suzan Buyer
Webmaster:  Sam Glaser

Kbel, Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Kuzova (Wallisgrun), Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Humpolec (Gumpolds, Humpoltz), Czech Republic Compiled by Vera Finberg
Webmaster:  Sam Glaser

Liberec (Reichenberg), Czech Republic
Compiled by Suzan Buyer
Webmaster:  Sam Glaser

Lomnice (Lomnitz), Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Naseldowice, Czech Republic
Compiled by Gary Schiller, M.D.
Webmaster: Sam Glaser

Malinec, Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Podivín (Kostel), Czhech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Prcice (Pertschitz), Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Prestice (Pschestitz), Czech Repulic
Compiled by Eugene Singer and Sam Glaser
Webmaster: Sam Glaser

Rousínov (okres Rakovník), Czech Republic Compiled by Vera Finberg
Webmaster:  Sam Glaser

Safov (Schaffa), Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Stod (Staab), Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Unicov (Mährisch Neustadt), Czech Republic Compiled by E. Randol Schoenberg Webpage Design by Sam Glaser

Usov (Märisch Aussee), Czech Republic
Compiled by Ann Feder Lee
Webmaster:  Sam Glaser

Vlci, Czech Republic
Created by Sam Glaser

Vseruby (Neumark), Czech Republic
Compiled by Vera Finberg
Webmaster:  Sam Glaser

Vysoka Libyne (Hochlibin), Czech Republic Created by Sam Glaser

Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland
Created by Eli Rabinowitz


KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:

Dresden, Germany

Ivano Frankivsk (Stanislawow, Stanisle) (G), Ukraine

Jaslo (Yaslo) (G), Poland

Krasilov (Krasyliv), Ukraine

Muizenberg, South Africa)

Orla, Poland

Ozeryany (Jezierzany) (G), Poland

Pogrebishche (Probishta, Pohrebyszcze), , Ukraine

Sadgura (Sadgora) (Bk), Ukraine

Zmigrod (G), Poland


Some of our KehilaLinks webpages were created by people who are no longer able to maintain them.
The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for adoption.

Craiova (Belkiralymezo, Canalu), Romania

Kamiensk (Kaminska), Poland

Kolomea (Kolomyja) (G)


If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage or adopt an exiting "orphaned"
webpage please contact us at: <>.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated volunteer webpage designers who will help you create a webpage.

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

Beyond Genealogy: Preserving Jewish Memory in Rohatyn

Posted by: Marla Raucher Osborn

For most Jewish genealogists, it's all about the records: finding them, getting them, cherishing them. 

But, what happens when on a visit to your family shtetl, Jewish artifacts - physical traces of the town's pre-War  Jewish past - are found? 

For some, such unexpected confrontations are too painful to deal with. For others, a kind of paralysis sets in because the topic is too big to manage: what to do now? how to proceed? For most, the visit ends with photos and memories, but the traces - the physical reminders of the Jewish lives lived and lost - remain where they were discovered: back in the shtetl. 

Not so for the Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group (« RSRG ») founded by Dr. Alex Feller of Chicago.

Though initially formed in 2009 as an informal genealogy-based discussion group of diverse people sharing a common heritage - Rohatyn - the RSRG today embraces a new passion, a new sense of obligation: the recovery, preservation, and perpetuation of Rohatyn's pre-War Jewish heritage. 

In summer 1998, a handful of Rohatyn survivors and their decendants converged upon the town for the express purpose of unveiling several commissioned monuments at Rohatyn's two destroyed Jewish cemeteries and two mass grave sites. Over the next decade, Jewish memory receded back into the community, with only the rare, occasional visitor from outside Ukraine arriving in town to walk the streets of his or her grandmother and to emotionally gaze upon the forlorn emptiness of Rohatyn's Jewish cemeteries, largely devoid of headstones. 

But, all was not forgotten during the intervening decade, at least by the townspeople - the non-Jewish locals who today live and work in Rohatyn. 

A retired Rohatyn school teacher named Mr. Vorobets steadily and seriously continued to document Rohatyn's Jewish past by interviewing elderly residents, combing through local records, and writing articles for the local newspapers. More importantly, he collected up any Jewish headstones or headstone fragments found in town - abandoned on river banks, uncovered during City maintenance of sidewalks and roads, discovered during garden and home renovations - and arranged to have them moved - sometimes by horse and cart, sometimes by hand - to one of Rohatyn's Jewish cemeteries. 

There they waited - these artifacts, these vessels of Jewish memory - until April 2011, when I made my second visit to the town and was introduced to Mr. Vorobets. 

Over the next 2 1/2 years, working hand-in-hand with Mr. Vorobets as well as Rohatyn's Mayor and administration (the same Mayor who attended the 1998 memorial 1 commemoration along with Mr. Vorobets), the local Ukrainian Church, and Rohatyn's head librarian, a project was born - a community project - to recover Jewish memory. Mr. Vorobets became the touchstone, the contact point, if someone living in town had or heard about a Jewish headstone. He coordinated the recovery and transportation, 
he managed those he hired, he kept detailed records of when and from where each stone was found. The RSRG funded the nominal costs - sometimes paid by Mr. Vorobets in Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH), sometimes in candy if the stones were small enough for children to act as his assistants. 

By May 2013, about 150 headstones and headstone fragments had been recovered and now lay scattered at the base of the 1998 memorial at the northern Jewish cemetery. Each and every stone was photographed, then uploaded to the RSRG website for discussion, posterity, and translation where possible. 

So, now what? 

Embracing the project was the easy part; grappling with the hard questions that come with this new responsibility, another matter: 

  • How best to preserve these stones (some made of very fragile and soft materal) from further deterioration by weather and the elements, especially the harsh Ukrainian winters? 
  • If they are to be incorporated into a memorial, such as wall, how should it be designed to allow for the continued recovery of stones in future years? Who should design it? And perhaps most importantly, how to pay for it?
  • The RSRG does not have answers to all these important questions, but it has contacted a Lviv-based artist for advice. 
  • In late October, this artist will be attending a seminar in Wrocław, Poland on best practices for Jewish cemetery preservation and conservation. He is taking his new commission seriously, and because it is outside his usual artistic medium, wishes to learn as much as possible before embarking on this project for the RSRG. He is bringing questions to the seminar. He is thinking about ideas. He will walk the streets and jewish cemeteries of Rohatyn on November 5, 2013 with me. He will then submit a proposal to the RSRG. It will then be up to the group to find the means to fund the project. 

I am hopeful they will. 

Marla Raucher Osborn
Prague, Czech Republic (formerly Paris, France) 

PS. To stay abreast of the RSRG's Jewish heritage projects in Rohatyn, please visit our new Facebook page: 

To see photos of my visits to Rohatyn since 2011, including the headstones: 

To watch an interview of RSRG by Ukrainian TV in summer 2011 (with English subtitles): 

To read about the RSRG's other Jewish heritage projects and issues in Rohatyn: 

Announcement: JGS of NY

The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc.(NY), established in 1977 as the first modern Jewish genealogy group, is celebrating its Double Chai - 36th Anniversary - with a gala luncheon, presentations on its founding and history, and a featured talk by award-winning genealogist, Tammy Hepps. Ms. Hepps is the founder of, a family story-sharing website, and was the winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge.

This event will take place on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 1 PM at the Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st St., New York. The cost of $40 includes the Kosher luncheon and program. Visit the website for more information and to make your reservation.

Yizkor Book Project, September 2013


Although September was chockablock with Jewish festivals and our minds and time were generally located in other directions, we at the Yizkor Book Project  did manage to "squeeze out" quite a number of new entries and updates, as you will see.

Hopefully, you saw the announcement a few days ago sent to the various forums regarding the latest books that were recently published as part of our Yizkor Books in Print Project so I won't repeat the list. If, however, you are interested in seeing what is available and what this particular project is all about, please go to:

In recent times, we have begun the first steps in setting up Translation Fund projects for the following books:

Gorlice, Poland - "Sefer Gorlice; ha-kehila be-vinyana u-ve-hurbana"
(Gorlice book; the Building and Destruction of the community) Zolochiv, Ukraine - "Der Untergang fun Zloczow" (The Downfall of Zloczow)

Sometime soon these funds will appear amongst the other funds already running at:
Note that these funds have been set up in order to raise money to allow for the professional translation of these books and to enable all of us to read this unique material concerning  our communities and families that were decimated during the Holocaust. For those of you who are US citizens, donations to these funds are also tax deductible.

Now to facts and figures for September, during this last month we have added one new project:

- Through Forests and Pathways

Added in 8 new entries:

- Dragomiresti, Romania (The Marmaros Book; In Memory of 160 Jewish

- Janovice nad Uhlavou, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the past and present)

- Ieud, Romania (The Marmaros Book; In Memory of 160 Jewish Communities)

- Mirovice & Mirotice, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the past and present)

- Novoselytsya, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II)

- Sacel, Romania (The Marmaros Book; In Memory of 160 Jewish Communities)

- Sokyryany, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Soroca, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II)

We have continued to update 21 of our existing projects:

- Babruysk, Belarus (Memorial book of the community of Bobruisk and its

- Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)

- Chisinau, Moldova (The Jews of Kishinev)

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Czyzew, Poland  (Czyzewo Memorial Book)

- Dieveniskes, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)

- Dzyarzhynsk (Koidanov), Belarus (Koidanov; Memorial Volume of the Martyrs of Koidanov)

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob)

- Goniadz, Poland (Our hometown Goniondz)

- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)

- Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community which was destroyed)

- Michalovce, Slovakia (The Book of Michalovce)

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)

- Ostroh, Ukraine (Ostrog book; a memorial to the Ostrog holy community)

- Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna)

- Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna) [Hebrew]

- Ozeryany, Ukraine (Memorial book, Jezierzany and surroundings)

- Shumskoye, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

- Slovakia (The Tragedy of Slovak Jewry in Slovakia)

- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at to make it easy to find them. 
-  All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
-  Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go online.

At this time, I would like to wish all of you and your families that you can also look forward to a very sweet year in your personal and professional lives.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager