We invite you to read the inspiring stories in the latest issue of JewishGen’s SUCCESS! STORIES webzine. You can access these stories from the “About Us” button on our website or by following this link: .

Judy Simon connects with previously unknown cousins through JewishGen’s Family Finder and learns that she is related to the prominent sculptor, Simon Moselsio.

Marla Raucher Osborn was curious about her grandmother’s aunt, Jüte Horn. Her research takes surprising twists and turns—and eventually leads her to Israel.

Barbara Lichtman Tayar recently learned her Latvian great-grandmother’s surname was Hummel—a name she hadn’t heard before. Through JewishGen’s Family Finder, Barbara connects with cousins from the around the world.

This issue was prepared by JewishGen volunteers -- Nancy Siegel, Editor and Anna Blanchard, Webmaster. 

We think you will be moved by these stories and we encourage you to submit your own success stories to us at .  

KehilaLinks Project, March 2014

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.

Krasnostav, Ukraine
Created by Michael Levin
Kryzhopil' (Kryzhopol), Ukraine
Created by Marla Waltman

Lyakhivtzi (Lehocz, Lehovce) (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall J. Katz <>

Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA
Created by Gary Ghertner

Rezekne (Rezhitse), Latvia
Created by Esther Rechtschafner and Dave Howard

Sataniv (Satanov) , Ukraine
Created by Rufina Tetiyevsky


Suceava (Shotz, Suczawa) (B), Romania
Created by Dean Echenberg

Velyki Heyivtsi (Nagygejocz, Ve ke Gejovce) (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall J. Katz <>


KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:



Dilove (Terebesfejerpatak, Trebusany) (S-C), Ukraine <>

Horodyshche (Gorodishche, Horodishtch)


Keidan, Lithuania

Kherson (Cherson), Ukraine


Muizenberg, South Africa

Mynai (Minaj) (S-C), Ukraine

Skaudvil (Shkudvil) , LIthuania


Verbovets (Verbovitz), Ukraine

Verkhnedneprovsk (Verchnedneprovsk), Ukraine


Zelva, Belarus


GOOD NEWS!  The following webpage was adopted:

Turov, Belarus
Adopted by Don Szumowski


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,, Romania

Kamiensk (Kaminska), Poland

Kolomea (Kolomyja) (G), Ukraine


If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage or adopt an existing "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.

Wishing you a Sweet and Joyous Pessach,

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

Emergency Project: Lipkani Cemetery, Moldova

There are approximately 2,000+ tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Lipkani, Moldova.  According to newspaper accounts, there was a recent fire, and parts of the cemetery were destroyed.

I have sent our Bessarabia SIG photographer, Serghey Daniliuk, to travel to Lipkani cemetery and photograph whatever remains there.  Serghey Daniliuk is the person who has already photographed one large Bendery cemetery (about 6,000) and another one – Chimishliya (400).

We still hope that most or some of the cemetery remains intact.

The images and inscriptions will be provided to JewishGen so that researchers can obtain the information free of charge on the JOWBR website.

Key Audiences

This project will allow Bessarabian, Moldovan, Ukrainian family history researchers to create or fill gaps in their family trees and learn something about their families' Jewish heritage.  Where vital records may no longer exist, cemetery records are often the only remaining evidence of a person's life.

Project Importance

This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 1,000-2000 tombstones for this major town of Lipkani, Khotin district, Republic of Moldova (Transnistria).

Project Description

The photographs will be taken by Serghey Daniliuk.
Our volunteers at the JewishGen Bessarabia SIG will verify each record against the photographs, and make necessary corrections and move the records into the JOWBR template.
Finally, the records with linked photographs will be integrated into the JOWBR database.

Estimated Cost

The cost is $40 per 100 images.  Cost for travel to Lipkani — $150 + cost for a hotel for 1-2 nights (probably another $80-100).

Depending on how many tombstones remain, it may cost from $700 to $1200.

Please click here if you can contribute to this project.

Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG


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Updated 3 Apr 2014 by LA, 4 Apr 2014 by WSB

Yizkor Book Project, March 2014


The Children of Israel ran out of time before their flight from Egypt and we at the Yizkor Book Project ran out of time trying to carry out all that we planned during March. Strange comparison? True, but I did want to let you know that we haven't been idle over the last month and also wanted to bring up the subject of Pesach/Passover... So,  I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families an extremely enjoyable Pesach holiday.

So what did we actually do during March? I'm pleased to let you know that three new books were published during this last month through our Yizkor Books in Print (YBIP) Project:

- Drahichyn, Belarus (Drohitchin Memorial (Yizkor) Book 500 years of Jewish
- Korczyna, Poland  (Korczyna Memorial Book)
- Horodenka, Ukraine  (Yizkor (Memorial) Book of Horodenka, Ukraine)

In addition, I have excellent news regarding the availability of new formats for existing books. Apart from a usual hard cover format, we have now added a soft cover and e-book format for one of our existing books:

- Yampol, Ukraine (Yampol Memorial Book) and details of these new formats and prices can be seen at  as well as information on the other books we now have available.

Clearly, if these formats prove popular, we will consider preparing other books these ways.

I do try, as much as possible, to regularly  thank the hundreds of volunteers who help us out in various aspects of the Yizkor Book and are behind its success. We have an online list of more than 500 volunteers at: and in this minor way we have endeavored to let the world know of the important contributions of these wonderful people.
You would like to contribute? My "door" is always open to anyone wishing to take some part in the YB Project.

Now to facts and figures for March.

During this last month we have added in 5 new projects:

- Latvia (The Jews in Latvia)

- Michow, Poland (Memorial book to the martyrs of Michow who perished in the

- Olkusz, Poland (Olkusz; memorial book to a community that was exterminated during the Holocaust)

- Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland (Ostrovtse; dedicated to the memory of Ostrovtse, Apt...)

- Wolomin, Poland (Volomin; a memorial to the Jewish community of Volomin)

Added in a new entry:

- Brok, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, volume IV)

We have continued to update 23 of our existing projects:

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

- Borsa, Romania (Memorial book of Borsha, or: The beloved village by the foot of the Carpathians)

- Cigand, Hungary (About the Jews of Cigand)

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

- Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zetel)

- Goniadz, Poland (Our hometown Goniondz)

- Grajewo, Poland (Grayewo Memorial Book)

- Indura, Belarus (Amdur, my hometown)

- Kaluszyn, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn) [French]

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

- Kremenets, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kremenets, Vyshgorodok, and Pochayiv)

- Radom, Poland (The book of Radom; the story of a Jewish community in Poland destroyed by the Nazis)

- Sosnove (Ludvipol), Ukraine (Ludvipol (Wolyn); in memory of the Jewish

- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

- Svencionys, Lithuania (Svintzian region: memorial book of 23 communities)

- Tlumach, Ukraine (Memorial book of Tlumacz)

- Valkininkai, Lithuania  (Olkeniki: a Town that Existed)

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

- Wojslawice, Poland (Yizkor book in memory of Voislavize)

- Zawiercie, Poland (Yizkor Book of the Holy Community of Zawiercie and

- Zofyuvka, Ukraine (The tree and the roots; the history of T.L (Sofyovka and Ignatovka))

- Zolochiv, Ukraine (The Destruction of Zloczow)

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.

Pesach Sameach,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

[Greece] Romaniote Jews Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Holocaust in Ioannina

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

On March 30, the Jews of Ionnina came to commemorate the 70h anniversary of the destruction of their community by the Nazis.  Ionnina is located in Northeastern Greece and was once the center of Romaniote Judaism.  Neither Ashkenazi nor Sephardic, Romaniote Jews, emerged from the first Jewish communities of Europe. Records indicate the first Jewish presence in Greece dating back to 300 BCE. They spoke their own language, Yevanic, or Judeo-Greek, a version of Greek infused with Hebrew and written with the Hebrew script.  

After the expulsion of the Jews of Spain in 1492, many Sephardic Jews found refuge in the Ottoman Empire that then ruled Greece. Soon, Sephardic communities sprang up, most notably in Thessaloniki, known as the Jerusalem of the Balkans. The preexisting Romaniote communities were absorbed into the larger, Sephardic Ladino-speaking ones that eventually became largely synonymous with Greek Jewry. In the isolated islands and mountains,  the Romaniotes remained the dominant tradition, and Ioannina was the largest of these communities.  With the break-up of the Ottoman Empire in the 20th century many Romaniotes immigrated to North America and what would become Israel.  By the beginning of World War II approximately 2,000 Romaniote Jews were in Ionnina. On March 25, 1944 the Nazis rounded up the Jews and transported them to Auschwitz.  Only 112 Ionnina Jews survived Auschwitz and another 69 escaped the roundup.The names of the town’s 1,832 Jews who were murdered are carved on marble tablets on the walls of the synagogue.
Several other small communities that identify with the Romaniote tradition continue to exist in places like Chalkida and Volos, however, most live in Athens today.

The Canadian ambassador to Greece, Robert Peck, was instrumental in helping organize the commemorations, noting the lack of available information about the Jews of Ioannina. At Ambassador Peck’s urging the (Vancouver) Simon Fraser University Media Lab designed a website detailing Ioannina’s Jewish history and an app  The app and website, "Ionnina's Jewish Legacy: Yesterday and Today"   was launched on March 25 and may be viewed at:   The website has a listing of the "extinct" Jews from Ioaninna—it is all in the Greek language but a translation service such as Google translate should help.

To read more about this commemoration and Ioannina’s Jewish History and Romaniote Jews see: Original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[Canada] Library and Archives Canada Amicus System Reported to Be Outsourced

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is reported in the Ottawa Citizen, to be outsourcing their AMICUS, their free national catalog listing the holdings of libraries across Canada. AMICUS shows the published materials held at LAC and those located in over 1,300 libraries across Canada.  According to the AMICUS website it includes over 30 million books, government documents, newspapers and more. (See:

While other suppliers have until April 9 to make a submission,  according to the Ottawa Citizen the contract will be going to US-based Online Computer Library Centre Inc. (OCLC), the world’s largest library co-operative and it was announced by LAC publishing a detailed advance contract award notice on the government’s tender website last week. There is no notice on the LAC website at the time of this email being written.  This is part of the overall move to digitize more of the LAC holdings. OCLC is also the aggregator for World Cat with over 2 billion holdings in multiple languages.

To read the Ottawa Citizen article see: Original url:

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to this LAC development.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JGSCV April 7 Program- Sephardic Jews in Los Angeles

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co-sponsored with and located at Temple Adat Elohim, on Monday, April 7, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive,
Thousand Oaks, CA.  NOTE: Different day of week and time for this meeting only

The Program:   Sephardic Jews in Los Angeles    

Arthur Benveniste grew up in a tight community of Sephardic Jews from the island of Rhodes. Most of them lived within walking distance of the Sephardic Hebrew Center on 55th and Hoover. Until he was in high school, he thought that all Jews spoke Spanish.

Benveniste interviewed many of the founders of the community and videotaped several of them giving their memoirs. As director of the archives at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, he had access to the original minutes of La Comunidad Sefardi, written in Ladino and dating back to 1920, and to many other documents including photos from the synagogue files and from private collections.

The presentation will cover:
1. The history of the Spanish speaking Jews from around the Aegean, the Balkans and North Africa;
2. Settlement in Southern California and founding their Synagogues;
3. Benveniste’s discovery of Ashkenazi Jews and the differences in our cultures;
4. The differences between Ladino and Castilian Spanish and the many misinterpretations they have had; and
5. Sephardic culture, including folklore, cuisine and music, etc.

Speaker: Arthur Benveniste. His parents were from the Island of Rhodes where his ancestors lived for four hundred years. For many years, he has been interested in tracing the roots of Sephardic culture.  Benveniste has been active in the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies since 1993, where he was president of the society from 2001 to 2003. He served as the co-editor of Halapid, the newsletter of the society.

Arthur Benveniste has graced our society several times with his excellent presentations-each one different—all on Sephardism. For those of us who come from Eastern Europe and believe we are “only” Ashkenazi—unless you have traced your family back to the late 1400’s we can’t be 100% certain—as Jews fled the Inquisition and many went east.  Whether or not you have Sephardic roots you will find Arthur’s presentation of interest.

Arrive at 6:30 pm to use the traveling library.  Starting at 6:40 pm the schmoozing corner is available to ask a senior member about your genealogy. Warren Blatt, founding member and board member of JGSCV will be facilitating the schmoozing corner.

There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.  Join now for 2014!

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

For more information, including directions to Temple Adat Elohim please see the JGSCV website:

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV