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