Happy Passover

Dear Friends - - 

It’s hard to believe that…Passover begins next week!!

The JewishGen offices will be closed beginning Monday afternoon, March 25th, and will re-open on Wednesday morning, April 3rd. For your convenience, we have compiled some Passover related links from various JewishGen pages that might be of interest to you:
And, in case you missed it earlier, don’t forget to read JewishGen’s 2012 Review, which can be accessed by clicking here.

No matter where you plan to spend the Holiday, we wish you and your families a Chag Kosher V’Sameach, a Happy and Healthy Passover, and thank you for being part of the JewishGen family.


Warren Blatt                    
Managing Director    

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Director of Business Operations 

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VP of Programming

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Finding Irish Jews

By Ann Rabinowitz
There are many places to find information about Irish Jews and in the past I have written about some of them on the JewishGen Digest and the JewishGen Blog.  Today, however, I provide another means of looking up Irish ancestors. It is checking them out on Ancestry.com which not only has records from America, but those from Ireland and other places as well.

This is not a comprehensive listing, but a snapshot of what you can find if you have a mind to.  I started by looking up my favorite search name of COHEN and plugged in Dublin in the Ancestry.com search engine on its front page.

There I found some of the following:

Records – There are immigration records, particularly of individuals who crossed over Canadian and Mexican borders.  For instance, Leah and Alfred Cohen arrived through Niagara Falls, NY, on September 23, 1929, and Anna Cohen Shiller arrived through Laredo, Texas on July 26, 1941.  A number of the Irish immigrants are listed as leaving from the port of Queenstown, Ireland, and others from various ports in England such as Liverpool and Southampton.

In addition, there are naturalization records.  One is Jacob Cohen who was born in Dublin in 1899 and who lived in Baltimore, Maryland.

Another group of records are those from Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864. There, I found Abraham Cohen, Esq., who had a residence in 1853 in Ranelegh, North, at 13 Ranelegh Road (west side) which was comprised of a house, office and small garden.

Also, there is the England and Wales Probate Calendar, 1858-1966, which lists Jane Cohen who died October 2, 1877, late of 67 Grafton-street, Dublin.

The great record sets are the Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1602-1911, where I found Caroline Cohen, born April 16, 1880, the daughter of Abraham Cohen and Henrietta Hamburgher; the Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958, where I found David Isaac Cohen and Annie Leventon who married in 1882; and the Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958, where I found Hyman Cohen (1876-1951).

Photographs - Not only did records pop up, but also photos of individuals as well as tombstones in Dublin’s Dolphin Barn Cemetery.  For example, there is a photo of Miriam Leah Cohen who married David Rosenberg and had twelve children. 

Also found is her tombstone with her dates of 1840-1913.

This gives you some idea of what is available and there is so much more to wade through.  Good luck in your searches!!!

Jankel's Shtetl Station

By Ann Rabinowitz

Recently, a friend told me about a nostalgic replica of the shtetl of Miasteczko, Poland.  The recreation of the shtetl is called Yankel’s Shtetl Station and it provides an experience of what life in the shtetl was like.  The contact at the Yankel’s Shtetl Station is Gadi Jakob, jakob.shtetl@gmail.com.

More about the replica can be seen on their site:  http://shtetl.co.il/pws/.  It is located in Kfar Hassidim, Israel, and you can learn more about it on this link:  http://shtetl.co.il/pws/page!5247.  Although partly in Hebrew, there is an English link too.

In addition, a further interesting virtual shtetl portal was developed in 2008 and is now part of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/cms/the-project/.  This Museum is being constructed in in Warsaw, Poland.  It is there that you can also learn more about the 2,913 Polish shtetls represented on the site, especially in the filmography and media.

By the way, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “shtetl”, you can go look it up on Wikipedia!!!  It is the essential building block to find your ancestral records as they are organized by shtetl and not by family name. 

To learn more, you can go to the Kehilalinks site on JewishGen and click on the Poland link: http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Poland.html.  The JRI-Poland site, http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/, is also a tremendously helpful resource for your research into specific shtetls and families who lived there.

Have fun in your Polish research! 

Volunteer Spotlight – Marshall Katz

Marshall and his family
at his daughter's College Graduation
This month’s volunteer spotlight focuses on KehilaLinks contributor Marshall Katz, a retired GS-13 of the U.S. Government, a retired USAF Reserve Chief Master Sergeant (E-9), and recipient of both the U.S. Civilian and the USAF Meritorious Service medals. He is married to Helen E. Fields of Pittsburgh, and has a daughter, Lena.
His involvement in JewishGen started when he decided to research his family history in Sub-Carpathia. Through JewishGen, he was able to make a connection with a man in Michigan whose family was from the same shtetl in Ukraine---Klyucharki (Várkulcsa)---and, coincidentally, also from the same hometown in Pennsylvania. This man has a relative who still lives in Klyucharki and with whom Marshall visits.
Since his retirement, Marshall, who is self-taught creating web sites, has applied his talents to creating KehilaLinks pages for the villages and towns in which our ancestors once lived. Working 12-15 hours a day, he has created 120 KehilaLinks web sites, focusing on Sub-Carpathia, Ukraine, Hungary, USA, Slovakia and Romania.
He also spearheaded the effort to establish JewishGen’s newest Special Interest Group – Sub-Carpathia SIG – in 2011, by creating a web site "portal" for the JewishGen Sub-Carpathia SIG which routinely receives visitors from around the world, currently from 84 countries and all 50 U.S. states.
As an active member of the Sub-Carpathia expat community, Marshall attends picnics and events both in the USA and in Israel, helping to promote JewishGen and the JewishGen Sub-Carpathia SIG.
Marshall makes himself available to help people in their Jewish genealogy research. This past spring, he was able to help a Holocaust survivor determine the birth-date of her recently deceased husband. A different time, he received an email from a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, who, for various reasons, never saw her grandparents' tombstones in Berehove (Beregszász). Marshall was able to locate the grave, and send a photo to the survivor.
It is not surprising that Marshall routinely receives emails from researchers who had success as a direct result of Marshall’s efforts.
He has visited the Sub-Carpathia, Ukraine region frequently and has been instrumental in collecting information about its numerous villages and towns, in order to create KehilaLink web sites to benefit all researchers with an ancestral connection to Sub-Carpathia. He documents his trips and, once back home, sends out a trip report to subscribers to the Sub-Carpathia SIG (and other) mail lists. Links to his most recent trip reports (2011 & 2012) can be found here.  SEE "Travel Planning," then "Trip Reports."
Marshall is also a board member of "The Shalom Foundation," is active in the Zembo Shrine Antique Car unit, and has spearheaded The Packard Automobile Club (PAC) web site presence on the Internet. His 1940 Packard Limousine took "Best of Show" in 1997.  Marshall commented, "In retirement, despite the amount of time and work involved, I derive great pleasure in creating Kehilalinks for researchers today and for future generations to come."
Susana Leistner Bloch, JewishGen VP for KehilaLinks said it best: "It is a pleasure to work with Marshall and I wish there were more people like him dedicated to memorializing and commemorating Jewish Communities."
We agree.

Update: KehilaLinks

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.

Janovice nad Uhlavou (Janowitz), Czech Republic: Created by Joan Pollak
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Sam Glaser http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/janovice_nad_uhlavou/Janovice.html

Kal'nyk (Beregsarret, Kalnik), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kalnyk/

Kam'yans'ke (Beregkovesd, Kivjasd), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kamyanske/

Keidainiai (Keidan), Lithuania Created by Eli Rabinowitz

Khmil'nyk (Komlos, Komlus), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Khmilnyk/

Klenovets' (Frigyesfalva, Fridesovo), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Klenovets/

Kolochava (Alsokalocsa, Kolocava), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kolochava/

Luh (Kislonka), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz

Malyy Bereznyy (Kisberezna, Mala Berezna), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Malyy_Bereznyy/

Medvedivtsi (Fagyalos, Medveduvce), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Medvedivtsi/

Mochola (Macsola, Macsola), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Mochola/

Mynai (Minaj), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz

Nehrovo (Maszarfalva, Negrovo), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Nehrovo/

Neresnytsya (Nyereshaza, Neresnice), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Neresnytsya/

Nevetlenfolu (Nevetlenfalu), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Nevetlenfolu/

Nyzhnya Apsha (Alsoapsa, Nizna Apsa), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Nyzhnya_Apsha/

Patskan'ovo (Patakos, Packanovo), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Patskanovo/

Pavlovo (Kispalos, Pavlova), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Pavlovo/

Perechyn (Perecseny, Perecin), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Perechyn/

Pyiterfolvo (Tiszapeterfalva, Petrovo), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Pyiterfolvo/

Pylypets' (Fulopfalva, Filipec), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Pylypets/

Rakoshyno (Beregrakos, Rakosin), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rakoshyno/

Shyroke (Felsosarad, Vizni Sard), Ukraine (S-C) Created by Marshall J. Katz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Shyroke/


KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:

Bocki (Bodki), Poland

Cherkasy (Cherkoss), UKraine

Cigand (Kisczigand, Nagycigand), Hungary http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/cigand/

Domachevo (Domatcheva, Damacava), Belarus http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Domachevo/

Dukla, Poland (G)

Huncovce (Hunsdorf, Unsdorf), Slovakia

Kalush (Kalusz, Kalish) (G), Ukraine

Kamyanets-P'odils'k'yy (Kamenets-Podolsk), Ukraine http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kamyanets-Podilskyy/

Koden (Kodni), Poland

Korzcyna, Poland (G)

Krasnoye (Krasne, Krasnoya), Ukraine
Lubny (Luben), Ukraine

Narewka, Poland

Orla, Poland

Pila (Schneidemuhl), Poland

Shpikov (Shpykiv), Ukraine

Skala-Podol'skaya (Skala), UKraine (G)


Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are no longer able to maintain them.
We thank them for their past efforts and wish them luck on their future endeavors.
The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for adoption.

Barysaw (Borisov), Belarus

Briceni (Brichany, Britshan) (B)

Kolomea (Komomyja) (G)
GOOD NEWS!  The following webpage was adopted:

Horodyshche (Gorodishche, Horodishtch), Ukraine Created by Ron Doctor and Richard Baum Adopted by Joseph Bekinschtein http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Horodyshche/


If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage or adopt an exiting "orphaned"
webpage please contact us at: < bloch@mts.net>.
NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated volunteers who will help you create a webpage.

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

Announcement: JGS of Cleveland

Monthly Meeting of the JGS of Cleveland will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

In Miller Board Room at Menorah Park
This meeting's Speaker will be Kenneth Bravo.
He will present Finding Frida

Ken Bravo is the immediate past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland who has been researching his family roots since the mid 1970's. His presentation will be about using the Yad Vashem database, the Internet and lots of good luck to find his mother's first cousin, Frida, who survived the Holocaust.
1.  a.  Yad Vashem is Sunday, April 7, 2013.  In the morning at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Blvd, Pepper Pike, 44124, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, chief rabbi of Poland will be discussing the Jews of Poland today- Fact or Fiction.  There is a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by the lecture at 9:30 a.m.
      b.  In the afternoon, at Park Synagogue (main), 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, 44118, Rabbi Schudrich, will be the guest speaker at the community-wide Yom HaShoah Program at 2:00 p.m.

2.  On Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Suburban Temple-Kol Ami at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation by Dartmouth College Hillel Rabbi Edward S Boraz on "Project Preservation", a service project involving the restoration of cemeteries of the once vibrant Eastern European Jewish community.  the program is free and open to the public but reservations are required.  Contact Mark Heller at
mheller@fodorco.com to make the reservation.

3.  In April, the film "No Place on Earth" is coming to the theaters.  This was originally a production on the History Channel.  It is the story of thirty-eight Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in caves for 18 months, the longest recorded sustained underground survival. 

4.  The 9th Annual Lineage Groups luncheon and Induction will be Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Independence Civic Center at 12:30 p.m. with lunch beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Dr. Sean Martin, associate curator of Jewish History and Eastern European Geography at Western Reserve Historical Society will be speaking about the Geography of Eastern Europe.  Cost of the luncheon is $20.00.  Families who have been in Cuyahoga County a minimum of 100 years or more and have submitted the necessary documentation will be honored at this event. 
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland is a participating organization in the Lineage Groups.  Flyers will be available at the next meeting.