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chronicles Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia דברי הימים Table of Contents Commentary 1 Reflections from Your Chronicles Team 2 JGSGP Contact Information 3 President s Message 4 Welcome to New Members Techniques, Tools & Tips 4 A Successful Community Outreach (or Genealogy 101) Ed Flax 8 Identify Photos While You Still Can Ruth Kurschner 9 Using GPS to Document Grave Locations David Brill 12 Dead or Alive: Researching Israeli Relatives James Gross 14 Two Genealogical Resources: One Older, One Newer Evan Fishman with contributions by Shalom Bronstein, Ed Flax, & Nicole Toizer Neighborhood Memories - Focus on Camden, NJ 16 Memories of East Camden, New Jersey Susan Leviton 18 Learning from My Father, Henry Schreibstein Ruth Schreibstein Bogutz Discoveries 20 The Importance of Publishing Shelda Carol Bachin Sandler 21 Aunt Zelda or What s in a Name Ruth Kurschner Book Review 22 Who She Was: My Search for My Mother s Life by Samuel G. Freedman Review by Evan Fishman Meeting Summaries 23 September Meeting Summary Linda Krocher 24 October Meeting Summary Marilyn Mazer Golden Miscellaneous 26 Old Newspaper Clipping Mystery Walter Spector 27 Brick Wall Question 28 JGSGP at PBS Philadelphia Genealogy Road Show Zyppora Goldberg 28 International Jewish Genealogy Month Notice 29 JGSGP s Photo Quiz - Walter Spector 29 A Remembrance of Leonard Markowitz 30 Request for Jewish Generosity 30 Publication & Article Submission Schedule 30 JGSGP Speakers Bureau 31 Membership & Renewal Form 32 JGSGP Calendar & Reminders Reflections from Your Chronicles Team Fall 2014 Ha-karat ha-tov הטוב) (הכרת is the Hebrew term for gratitude and literally means recognizing the good. When we are grateful, we are acknowledging the good that already exists in our world. During our Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture in October, I mentioned how Steve (z l) taught by personal example and inspired us to share his broad vision for JGSGP and emulate his dedication and passion. I believe the best tribute we can pay him is to acknowledge what a positive force he was for JGSGP and carry on his vision. That vision exists on two fronts. We can continue to strive as a society to educate about Jewish genealogy through our programming, genealogy fairs, Facebook page, website, quarterly publication, and Speakers Bureau. We can also perpetuate the vision by continuing to explore and research our respective family histories and to write and share the narrative that the research ultimately generates. We can take great pride in what JGSGP has accomplished on many levels. I want to extend a hearty vote of thanks to all Chronicles contributors, past and present, and once again extend an invitation to all our readers to continue our tradition of quality content. Your editorial team doesn t, however, rest on its laurels. Did you notice our new look? Beginning with this issue we re changing our format from a newspaper style to one that s more informal and eye catching. We examined the publications of other JGS s and opted for this new style that we hope you ll find fresh and aesthetically appealing. Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall chronicles Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia JGSGP Membership Membership dues and contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please make checks payable to JGSGP and mail to the address below. Please include your address and zip+4 / postal code address. Annual Dues (January 1 - Dec. 31) Individual... $25 Family of two, per household...$35 Membership Applications / Renewals and Payments to: JGSGP 1657 The Fairway, #145 Jenkintown, PA Questions about membership status should be directed to Editorial Contributions Submission of articles on genealogy for publication in chronicles is enthusiastically encouraged. The editorial board reserves the right to decide whether to publish an article and to edit all submissions. Please keep a copy of your material. Anything you want returned should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. While and other electronic files are highly preferred, the editors will be happy to work with you and your material in any form. If you have an idea, please contact Evan Fishman of the Editorial Board by or by phone at Subscriptions - Address Change chronicles (ISSN ) is the quarterly publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia. It is free to JGSGP members and to JGS s in the newsletter courtesy-exchange program. Printed and mailed back issues are available at $4.00 each in the US and $7.00 outside the US. Chronicles is published quarterly and distributed electronically in PDF format. Please supply the Vice President - Membership with your updated address to ensure on-time delivery. Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia. Editorial Board Editor - Evan Fishman - Graphics & Design - Ed Flax - Associate Editors: Felicia Mode Alexander - Elaine Ellison - Marge Farbman - Ann Kauffman - Cindy Meyer - Officers President: Fred Blum Interim Vice President - Programs: Mark Halpern - Vice President - Membership: Susan Neidich - Vice President: Walter Spector - Treasurer: Barry Wagner - Immediate Past President: Mark Halpern - Trustee: Joel Spector - Trustee: Harry D. Boonin - Committee Chairs Hospitality: Judy Becker - New Member Orientation Lois Sernoff - Publicity: Jack Weinstein - Russian Special Interest Group David Brill - South Jersey Affiliate: Bernard Cedar - Speakers Bureau: Shelda & Stan Sandler - Webmaster: Jim Meyer - To the left of the teacher is Joel Spector. Walter Spector is sitting (dark shirt) in the first row, the second from the end on the right. Kinsey Elementary School Philadelphia Safety Patrol 1956 Answer - Quiz # 4 2 Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall 2014 We re also introducing a new feature entitled Neighborhood Memories. Our focus in this fall issue is Camden County, New Jersey, reflecting our society s ongoing aim to include the greater Philadelphia community in our membership and to cover a broad spectrum of topics at our monthly meetings and in this publication. We invite you to share your memories of where you grew up or stories about the shtetlach in which your ancestors lived. Ironically, our two contributors to this section share a connection within less than six degrees of separation. In this issue we provide many helpful suggestions in our Techniques, Tools & Tips section and elsewhere. Walter Spector and Ruth Kurschner both highlight the importance of labeling photographs. David Brill, James Gross, and I share some tools, which you may not be familiar with, and Ed Flax describes his own version of an introduction to Jewish genealogy. In the past we ve used the fall issue to highlight the previous summer s IAJGS conference but not this time. Thanks to an outpouring of great stories, we re in the process of compiling an issue devoted to the Salt Lake City conference and summer travel. Evan Fishman, Editor President s MessagE This past July I attended the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) in Salt Lake City. It was a well-attended conference with over 800 participants. The conference focused on the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Many speakers geared their talks on research during that period. There were also many presentations on DNA. It seems as though many companies are pushing these tests to try to connect cousins. Prior to the conference I worked with the IAJGS on a committee to review and award the Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant and the John Stedman Memorial Grant. In 2012 the estate of Jon Stedman awarded IAJGS $15,000; the IAJGS board in turn established the John Stedman Memorial Grant, honoring the memory of Jon Stedman s father, for the purpose of awarding $3,000 in each of the ensuing five years to an individual project and to be administered by the Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant. The Estate of Jon Stedman has also donated significant funds to the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) for one of its digitization projects. JewishGen was the recipient of the 2014 Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Grant for the Ukraine SIG s Odessa Document Acquisition and Translation Projects. Jewish Gen s Latin America SIG's Jewish Colonies in South America project received the John Stedman Grant. With the financial assistance provided by these grants researchers will be able to gain new information. Next year s conference is scheduled for July 6 10, 2015 in Jerusalem. I am planning on attending, and I hope many of you will do the same. Fred Blum, President P.S. I arranged for our October Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture to be videotaped, and I hope we'll be able to upload it to our website soon. Stay tuned. Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall We extend a warm welcome to our newest members & highlight some of the names & towns they are researching Robert Strauss Norwood, MA ZAHN, SIGALL, HAAS all from Zalosce Galicia, (now Zalizsti Ukraine) Michael & Elyse Krug Cherry Hill, NJ ZILBERMAN, MARGULIES from Jerusalem, Palestine, KRUK from Chelm, Poland and MARKOWITZ from Lithuania by Ed Flax A successful COMMUNITY outreach (Or Genealogy 101) Knowing I have a serious interest in Jewish genealogy, Chavurat Aviv (Fellowship of Spring) at The Jewish Center (Princeton, New Jersey,) asked if I d speak on the topic at our June 2014 meeting. Since most members were unfamiliar with Jewish genealogy, I needed to tailor the presentation to their background and casual level of interest. After struggling a bit to find a suitable topic, I ultimately decided to focus on the basics in order to encourage some of them to begin to research their own families. I selected interesting examples from my own research that I hoped would illustrate how common and lesser known sources can help us find clues and answers to questions about our ancestors. I gave my presentation at the synagogue after Friday evening Shabbat services, the traditional venue for our closing event for the year. Since using electronic devices like a computer, projector, and power point presentation wouldn t be appropriate on Shabbat, I had to resort to a more conventional presentation mode and distribute multiple copies of illustrations and other documents to share among attendees at several tables. One of the first items that generated lively discussion was my paternal grandfather, Baruch Flaks 1902 Russian passport. Two of our chavurah members from the former Soviet Union were excited to read and translate that century-old document for others. During my presentation that evening I focused on how to get started in Jewish genealogy. Work from what you know: your immediate family, parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great aunts & great uncles. Ask questions of relatives you know particularly older generations. Share information with them and reach out to more distant relatives. I then shared what inspires me to pursue my own family research: The endless puzzle solving aspect of genealogy. Building personal connections with relatives. Connecting to people everywhere via the internet - a newer aspect of Baruch Flaks 1902 London Russian Consulate issued passport. (He was in transit between Russia, South Africa and the USA) what makes genealogy so very rewarding. A sense of connecting to my father, Uriel Flax (z l) who initially laid out the family tree on paper in the 1970s and passed on his interest in our family history to me. A desire to convey my passion for genealogy to my children and grandchildren. 4 Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall 2014 I then touched on the tools and sources of information that are useful in general and also those of particular value to Jewish genealogists: Genealogical software for both PC s and Macintosh computers - an absolute must for any modern genealogist. NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) (www.archives.gov) JewishGen (www.jewishgen.org) U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (www.ushmm.org) Yad Vashem (www.yadvashem.org) Online resources such as Ancestry (www.ancestry.com) and MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com). Local Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.(https://www.lds.org/locations/temple-square-family-history-library) I strongly encouraged my audience to join either JGSGP or a society closer to them, such as the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey, and listed reasons for joining a local society: the help and mentoring available from more experienced genealogists, the interplay of questions and answers at society meetings, education and enjoyment in genealogy that result from speaker presentations and a newsletter or journal such as Chronicles. I also highlighted the excellent resources and connections to other genealogical societies worldwide that are available through the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). The documents I shared that illustrated success stories really engaged the audience because they were able to see and touch them. The first set consisted of three successive censuses for my maternal great grandfather s family (1900 and 1910 U.S. censuses and the 1915 New York State census). They exhibited changes in the size of the family, where they lived, and highlighted changes in family situations. Moses Schindelman Family - US Census Records 1900, 1910, and NY State Census Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall Benzion Brin (Benjamin Brown) ca The second document set included the naturalization papers for my great grandfather, BENZION BRIN (BENJAMIN BROWN). His declaration of intent (first papers) was filed in the local court of the small, southern New Jersey town of Salem. His petition for citizenship (second papers) and his certificate of citizenship were filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Viewing this group of documents generated a wide-ranging discussion: What brought a new immigrant from Kovno, Russia (present day Kaunus, Lithuania) to South Jersey? How did immigrants travel to this country and how did they earn a living once they were here? We speculated whether Benzion might have traveled from Salem, NJ as an itinerant peddler to the Jewish agricultural communities of South Jersey, founded in the 1880s. Declaration of Intent (above) & Citizenship Petition (right) of Benjamin Brown To complete the presentation on a high note, I featured a branch of my family that included historically interesting and notable individuals and showed the connections among them. Going back to Russia (now Lithuania) at the dawn of the 20th century, NATHAN FLAX married ROSE LEAH YOELSON, daughter of a well-known rabbi and cantor, Moshe Ruben Yoelson. Rose had two younger brothers, Hirsch and Asa, who worked together briefly as a vaudeville team, [Harry] Jolson and [Al] Jolson. Al later became one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century. But that s just the tip of the iceberg to this story: Rose Leah Yoelson and Nathan Flax had three children. The youngest, Theresa, was born in Theresa you say? What kind of name is that for a nice Jewish girl? Well, after doing some research, I found that it was quite a popular Hungarian name, for both Jews and non-jews. 1 THERESA FLAX grew up in the Baltimore / Washington, DC area and married Rabbi ALEXANDER DAVID GOODE, who served as a Jewish chaplain during World War II. Rabbi Goode and three Christian chaplains were aboard the troop ship, SS Dorchester, carrying over 900 servicemen, when it was torpedoed off the coast of 6 Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall 2014 Greenland in the North Atlantic on February 3, Rabbi Alexander David Goode Many passengers and crew had no life jackets. The four chaplains gave theirs up, so that others might live. Some 230 servicemen ultimately survived the sinking. The four chaplains who were lost at sea were posthumously honored for their sacrifice, first by receiving the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest military honor in the US). They were then, honored again, in the most public way, by a beautiful 1948 U.S. stamp that evokes the emotion of that loss. As a young boy who collected stamps I was always moved by the extraordinary artwork and design of the Four Chaplains stamp. I wondered about the stamp designer but never thought there would be another family connection there. Purple Heart & Distinguished Service Cross awarded to Rabbi Goode In 2002, while researching Rabbi Goode I came across a website dedicated to Louis Schwimmer, a career artist who headed the art department of the New York City branch of the U.S. Post Office and designed the Four Chaplains stamp. The website is maintained by his daughter Suzanne Schwimmer. After some s, we also realized that Suzanne is a first cousin of my first cousin s wife. While Louis Schwimmer had designed other U.S. stamps, this one was a career highlight for him because it was the first U.S. stamp designed by a Jew that also honored a Jew. Suzanne was kind enough to share her father s original design for the stamp (above left) with me. Note the subtle design differences between the original design and the final stamp (above right) that was issued. Another discovery stemming from my research on Rabbi Goode consisted of images of three index cards located in the archives of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History. They were prepared during World War II by the National Jewish Welfare Board s Bureau of War Records, which collected and organized information about Jewish Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the war. 2 These documents again presented a significant opportunity to engage my audience in discussion during my presentation as they sequentially documented Rabbi Goode s Missing status, his death (in action) and the medals posthumously presented to his widow, Theresa. Chronicles - Volume 31-3, Fall I closed the presentation by mentioning the Jewish Chaplains Memorial, dedicated in 2011 at Arlington National Cemetery, where it joined similar memorials there to Catholic and Protestant clergy on Chaplains Hill. Rabbi Alexander David Goode is honored as the first of fourteen Jewish chaplains who have died in the service of our country, beginning with World War II. 3 By illustrating the presentation with concrete examples of notable people, unusual stories and connections among family members from my tree I was able to create an entertaining and informative hour that engaged the audience and encouraged many to ask about how they could get started with their own family research. I ed each attendee a follow-up outline with references and links to some of the sites I discussed to ease their entry into the world of genealogy that we love so much. References: 1. Avotaynu Summer 1998 Volume XIV No. 2 Pg American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY (Guide to the Records of National Jewish Welfare Board, Bureau of War Records, ; I-52). Learn more about the CJS and AJHS in our September meeting summary, pg Photo courtesy JGS Greater Washington website (http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsgw/) Jewish Chaplains Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery Ed Flax, a longtime JGSGP member and Chronicles graphics editor has been studying his family for over twenty years. Surnames he is researching include: FLAKS, Ukmerge, Lithuania; BRIN, Kaunus, Lithuania; SNITKOWSKY, Thomaspol, Ukraine; BASHERGLICK, Kamanyets-Podolsk, Ukraine and FRIMERMAN, Soroca, Moldova. His family tree can be found online at: Contact Ed at Identify Photos While You Still Can by Ruth Kurschner My aunt,
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