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E-mail Discussion Group

Gesher Galicia has an online discussion group hosted by JewishGen.  You do not need to be a member of Gesher Galicia to subscribe, but subscribing to the discussion group alone does not make you a Gesher Galicia member.  The only way to receive a subscription to our quarterly journal, The Galitzianer, and our e-newsletters is to be a current dues-paying member.  (We have annual dues.)  To join Gesher Galicia go to: www.geshergalicia.org/membership.


Renée Stern Steinig

Renée Steinig began to do genealogical research in the late 1970s, inspired by a cousin in Israel who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she went on to accept client work. Her specialties include New York research, location of lost friends and family, and due diligence for probate cases. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in New York City courts. Her personal research interests include towns throughout Galicia, many of which she has visited. In 2008, she also participated in the ground-breaking genealogical research trip to the International Tracing Service archives (now Arolsen Archives) in Bad Arolsen, Germany. An original member of Gesher Galicia, Renée has been the Gesher Galicia discussion group moderator since 2006 and more recently became editor of Gesher Galicia’s Family Finder. Along with Shelley Pollero, she has spoken at several IAJGS conferences about the basics of Galician research. Renée was a session chair at the 2018 AGAD-Gesher Galicia Symposium in Warsaw and has participated in GG’s Przemysl Identification Project. She is also Mielec town leader for Jewish Records Indexing-Poland and the president of the Young Tluster Society, one of New York’s few surviving landsmanshaftn. A native New Yorker, Renée is a graduate of Barnard College. She is a past president and longtime board member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dix Hills Jewish Center. Renée Steinig Back to About Us


Shelley Kellerman Pollero

Shelley Kellerman Pollero has been researching her family’s history for over 50 years. She has been part of Gesher Galicia since before its official founding in 1993 and served as Coordinator from 1998 to 2005. Under her leadership, the GG website and Galicia Discussion Group on JewishGen were started. Currently, she is Gesher Galicia’s Membership Chair and PayPal administrator. She co-presents “Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know” at IAJGS Conferences. Outside of Gesher Galicia, Shelley is Zamosc Research Area Coordinator for JRI-Poland, having been the Zamosc Town Leader for many years. Shelley has transcribed Polish and Russian vital records and organized Translation Services at four IAJGS conferences. Shelley is a past president of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society (Maryland), presents Jewish family research talks and leads a weekly genealogy group on Zoom. She is a longtime member of the JGS of Greater Washington, New York, Maryland, Brooklyn, Central Maryland and Long Island. In 1971, she moved to the Annapolis, Maryland, area where she raised two children and has three grandchildren. Shelley taught French and Spanish and was World Languages Department Head in Howard County (Maryland) before retiring in 2007. Shelley Pollero Back to About Us


About us

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. Our research work involves the acquisition and indexing of a range of archival records, prime among which are vital records and census books. Acquiring and reproducing cadastral maps is another important focus. We also work on landowner records, Holocaust-period documents, and school, voter, and tax records. While our main aim is researching Jewish roots in Galicia, our databases of community records contain names from all ethnic and religious groups that once lived in the region. Gesher Galicia is also organized for the purpose of maintaining networking and online discussion groups and to promote and support Jewish heritage preservation work in the areas of the former Galicia. Board of Directors Steven S. Turner, D. D. S. President More Darcy Stamler Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer More Milton Koch, M.D. Secretary More Alexander Feller, M.D. Board Member More Max G. Heffler Board Member More Mark Jacobson Board Member More Shelley Kellerman Pollero Board Member More Marsha Shapiro Board Member More Renée Stern Steinig Board Member More Become a member Become a member starting at $50 per year Become a member starting at $50 per year Member benefits include a subscription to The Galitzianer, our quarterly research journal; access to Family Finder to share your family surnames and towns and network with other members; discounts on Gratz College online courses; webinars and podcasts; and more! Join Gesher Galicia Member Benefits Gesher Galicia Advisors and Associates Archival Advisors Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła Ossolineum, Wrocław Ewa Grin-Piszczek State Archive in Przemyśl Magdalena Marosz National Archives in Kraków Kateryna Mytsan State Archive of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (DAIFO), Ivano-Frankivsk Fedir Polianskyi State Archive of Ternopil Oblast (DATO), Ternopil Sławomir Postek Central Archives of Historical Records (AGAD), Warsaw Olesia Stefanyk Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv (TsDIAL), Lviv Academic Advisors Michał Galas Department of Jewish Studies, Jagellonian University, Kraków Sergey Kravtsov Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Antony Polonsky Brandeis University David Rechter Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Dariusz Stola Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Wacław Wierzbieniec Department of History and Jewish Culture, Rzeszów University Yaron Wolfsthal Ben-Gurion University, Israel Galicia Partner Associates Sofia Dyak Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv Avraham Groll JewishGen Mark Halpern JRI-Poland Joanna Król-Komła POLIN Museum, Warsaw Jacek Stawiski Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków Anna Przybyszewska-Drozd Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw Key Associates Research Advisor Tony Kahane London Gesher Galicia Secretariat in Warsaw Piotr Gumola Gesher Galicia Representative in Poland Gesher Galicia Representative in Ukraine Mykhailo Zubar Kyiv Editor, The Galitzianer Jodi Benjamin Pennsylvania IT Manager Paweł Malinowski Warsaw Digital Maps Manager Jay Osborn Lviv Jewish Galician Heritage Marla Osborn Lviv Donate Thank you for considering a contribution to help support our operations, the All Galicia Database, the Family Finder, the Galitzianer, specific research endeavors, our webinar and podcast series, and more. Donate Now Gesher Galicia is a partner of the following organizations:


Table of Contents: Volume 7, Number 3 (Spring, 2000)

GG Matters Coordinator’s Corner Steering Committee Update: Urgent need for Newsletter Team for the Galitzianer JewishGen Update Research Grants for Member Projects Gesher Galicia Member Grant Request Form Gesher Galicia Projects Jewishgen-erosity Page Membership Mission of Inquiry Book, Galicia Chapter Available Galicia SIG Discussion Group Gesher Galicia – New Members and their Research Interests Town […]


Table of Contents: Volume 6, Number 2 (Winter, 1999)

Editor’s Note Coordinator’s Corner Town Updates Delyatin Gorlice Kolbuszowa Kozlow Przemysl Rzeszow Tarnow “Return to My Shtetl Delatyn” Video Galicia Discussion Group Online! Yizkor Book Update GG Web Site Launched Krakow During the Holocaust: A Bibliography My Krakow Family My Trip to Krakow Krakow Jewish Records — Additional Sources Krakow Records Online Krakow and Lvov […]


In Memoriam

In Memoriam We remember those members of Gesher Galicia known to have passed away since the group was founded in 1993. Their efforts and contributions to their personal family research, to their fellow researchers, and to Jewish Galician research have been invaluable and very much appreciated by all of us. Each member is listed by name, residence, date of death, and if held a leadership role in Gesher Galicia. Please inform us of any additions or corrections to the list. Nathan Abramowitz, Westmont, New Jersey – 23 Aug 2002 Eleanor Jeanne Blitzer Andelman, Beachwood, Ohio – 27 Oct 2009 Sylvia Axelrod, Ossining, New York – 31 Dec 2006 Evelyn Barenholtz, Syracuse, New York – 2 Sep 2017 Thomas Barlam, North Babylon, NY – 29 Sep 2008 Jordan B. Barth, East Brunswick, New Jersey – 27 Aug 2015 David C. Belgray, New York, New York – 25 July 2018 Jacques Berlowitz, Zurich, Switzerland – 28 Jan 2008 Nancy Kalish Biederman, Thousand Oaks, California – 1 Dec 2016 Edith Oelbaum Biener, Providence, Rhode Island – 3 Oct 2010 Matilda Helfgott Brand, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 19 Mar 2001 Sophie Shoshanah Caplan, Sydney, Australia – 20 Jan 2018 Alisa Strudler Caspi, Modiin, Israel – 3 Aug 2017 Bea Leiter Cohen, Easton, Pennsylvania – 5 Apr 2008 –1st GGFF Editor David Cohen, Delray Beach, Florida – 29 Jul 1999 Lillian R. Cohen, Tzfat, Israel – 2000 Walter L. Dean, Palo Alto, California – 2022 David Einsiedler, Reseda, California – 2 Apr 2009 Samuel N. Elpern, Thornton, Colorado – 8 Jul 1998 Linda Stoop Fine, Pleasant Hill, California – 11 Jan 2011 Dorothy Kraushar Finger, Wilmington, Delaware – 5 Nov 2018 Blanche S. Fingeroth, New York, New York – 4 Oct 2010 Alan M. Fortunoff, Westbury, New York – 4 Jul 2000 Rosalind K. Frey, New York, New York – 13 Mar 2015 Melvin Friedman, Tatamy, Pennsylvania – 28 Nov 2008 Muriel Singer Friedman, Miami, Florida – 1 Dec 2003 Rose S. Friedman, Silver Spring, Maryland – 26 Sep 2008 Jules I. Glanzberg, Boynton Beach, Florida – 2 Sep 2011 Francine Fine Goldberg, Bethesda, Maryland – 31 Mar 2018 Phyllis Goldberg, Rockville, Maryland – 15 Feb 2002 – Mielec Town Leader Myrna Goodman, Sonoma, California – 5 Jan 2023 Sylvia R. Gordon, Wantagh, New York – 12 Jun 2015 – GG Treasurer Leo W. Green, Fresh Meadows, New York – 20 Mar 1999 Howard Grindlinger, Sr., Boca Raton, Florida – 8 Nov 2004 Jerome Grumet, East Setauket, New York – 17 May 2015 Lucille Gudis, New York, New York – 23 Dec 2005 Nancy Guggenheim, Babylon, New York – 10 May 2002 Sumner J. Haber, Anchorage, Alaska – 1 Dec 1999 Bernard M. Halpern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 23 Jan 2006 Marvin Hamburg, D.D.S., Boynton Beach, Florida – 3 Feb 2013 Eli C. Hecht, Commack, New York – 20 Dec 2014 Kenneth Henick, Boca Raton, Florida – 11 Oct 2008 Leon Hirsh, Valley Village, California – 19 May 2014 Pauline Horwitz, Lake Mary, Florida – 28 Feb 1996 Herbert Huebscher, Wellesley, Massachusetts – 8 Jul 2013 Leonard Indyk, Teaneck, New Jersey – 28 Sep 2011 Aaron Jortner, Plano, Texas – 30 Jan 2002 Leon Joseph, Oro Valley, Arizona – 9 Dec 2004 Pearl Joseph, Oro Valley, Arizona – 7 July 2019 Melody Katz, Santa Clarita, Calif – 16 Apr 2004 – Ulanow Town Leader Howard Kaufman, Clifton Park, New York – 31 Jan 1999 Harold D. Kellerman, Staten Island, New York – 2 Feb 2013 Sara Edell Schafler Kelman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 5 May 2014 Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth, Hollywood, Florida – 16 Feb 2022 Norton J. Kotcher, Lawrence, New York – 15 Nov 2003 Phyllis Kramer, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – 6 Sep 2019 Julian J. Kratter, Delray Beach, Florida – 24 Jul 1998 Harvey M. Krueger, New York, New York – 23 April 2017 Mordechai E. Lando, Baltimore, Maryland – 19 Jan 2009 Janice Lipinski, Torrance, California – 6 Apr 2015 Jonathan S. Lowe, New York, New York – 8 Dec 2008 Alvin S. Luftman, Westborough, Massachusetts – 20 Mar 2011 Walter Madura, Derby, Connecticut – 14 Feb 2009 Rita Krakower Margolis, Rockville, Maryland – 11 Sep 2013 S. Carl Mark, Tulsa, Oklahoma – 4 Jul 2000 Florence Marmor, Brooklyn, New York – 28 Oct 2018 Freya Blitstein Maslov, Morton Grove, Illinois – 8 Oct 2019 Ely Maurer, Silver Spring, Maryland – 25 Jun 1997 S. Harry Meiselman, Rockville, Maryland – 26 Dec 2001 Marcia Indianer Meyers, Middletown, Connecticut – 15 Nov 2019 Sheiala Moskow, Severna Park, Maryland – 12 Nov 1998 – 1st GG Treasurer Benjamin M. Nachman, D.D.S., Omaha, Nebraska – 28 Aug 2010 Bob “Bernie” Neuman, Delray Beach, Florida – 14 Feb 2006 Stephanie Newman, Farmington, Michigan – 13 Sep 2013 Leslie Oberman, Carnegie, Victoria, Australia – Jan 2009 James Remer, San Francisco, California – 23 Sep 2015 Gayle Schlissel Riley, San Gabriel, CA – 7 Oct 2020 -Tarnobrzeg Town Leader Rita Rosenthal, Boynton Beach, Florida – 17 Mar 2017 Gladys Rosenzweig, Bayside, New York – 6 Mar 2000 Alan L. Roth, Attleboro, Massachusetts – 8 Dec 2015 Myra Rothenberg, Redmond, Washington – 3 Jul 2013 Evelyn Goldberg Rotz, Coconut Creek, FL – 6 Sep 2010 Sidney Rotz, Pompano Beach, Florida – 6 Jul 2000 Fred Sager, Dix Hills, New York – 4 Apr 2019 Joan Sanders, New Rochelle, New York – 5 Aug 1997 Ruth F. Saul, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 26 Sep 2009 Stephen Schecter, Mount Laurel, New Jersey – 30 Sep 2013 Jay (Jacob) Schleichkorn, Longwood, Florida – 3 Jun 2010 Rubin Schmer-Gartenberg, Ocean, New Jersey – 15 Jul 2007 Michael P. Schoenfeld, Dix Hills, New York – 13 jun 2015 Louis Schwalb, Silver Spring, Maryland – 3 Jul 1996 Francine Strick Segall, Seminole, Florida – 8 Sep 2014 Karl L. Seligman, M.D., Woodland Hills, California – 13 Dec 2013 Nancy Siegel, San Francisco, California – 15 Mar 2022 Irene Katz Silfin, Sands Point, New York – 2 Nov 2014 Charles L. Silverman, Las Vegas, Nevada – 22 Sep 2015 Carol W. Skydell, Camarillo, California – 4 Mar 2020 Fred H. Steiger, East Brunswick, New Jersey – 26 Dec 2002 Larry Steinhauer, Albion, Michigan – 25 Dec 2017 Howard Steinmetz, Boulder, Colorado – 27 Nov 2010 Julius Susser, Pueblo, Colorado – 23 Aug 2004 Lili Cukier Susser, Pueblo, Colorado – 23 Oct 2019 Rhoda Koenigsberg Taylor, Rochester, New York – 22 Apr 2011 Charlotte Weisstein Title, Beverly Hills, California – 8 Nov 2001 Abner Turk, Weston, Florida – 3 May 2016 William Turkel, Boca Raton, Florida – 7 Jul 2010 Herbert C. Unger, Coconut Creek, Florida – 13 Jun 1994 Sara Verschleisser, Baltimore, Maryland – 16 Dec 1997 George Vladar, Kingston, Ontario, Canada – 27 June 2005 Paul Wallach, Flushing, New York – 25 Apr 2014 Judith Kloogman Weinstein, Great Neck, New York – 22 Jun 2020 Pamela Weisberger, Santa Monica, Ca. – 25 Sep 2015 – GG President Alan Weiser, Silver Spring, Md. – 21 May 2018 – Kolomea Town Leader Frankie Welstead, Montgomery, Texas – 2 Jul 2002 We Remember Eleanor Jeanne Blitzer Andelman, #1, born in Toledo, Ohio, was the first Gesher Galicia member! An avid genealogist and musician, her Galician families were BLITZER, FLEISCHMANN, REINSTEIN, REITER, ZUKER, and her towns were Mielnica, Kudrynce, Tarnopol. Her family history, The Tailor Shop: Threads of Our Past, appears at  http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/suchostaw/TheTailorShop/ . [Jeanne’s family and Renée Stern Steinig] Sophie Shoshanah Caplan, #91, of Sydney, Australia. A child survivor of the Holocaust, Sophie was born in Germany in 1933. Her family fled to France before the outbreak of World War II, and migrated to Sydney, Australia, after the war. Sophie’s family’s losses in the Shoah led her to explore her family history. Among the many branches that she researched were her mother’s HAUSMANN, HALPERIN, REITER, and STEIN families, from Bolekhiv, Dolyna, Kalush, and other towns in Eastern Galicia. Sophie was the founding president of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society and edited its publication, the Kosher Koala, for many years. She was also Avotaynu’s long-time Contributing Editor for Australia and a past president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society. More recently, she served on the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy. In 2000, the Australian government awarded Sophie the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contributions to the study of Australian history and genealogy. [Renée Stern Steinig] Alisa “Lusha” Strudler Caspi, #1670, Holocaust survivor, was born in Zalozce, Ukraine, and raised in Lwow. Her mother Fania was taken from home by the Ukrainians in 1941 and her sister, Klara-Chaja, was caught by the Nazis in 1942. Lusha never stopped looking for her sister, hoping she had managed to escape. Lusha and her father Julius fled to Warsaw. During the Warsaw Uprising, she fought the Nazis with Armia Ludowa until she was caught and sent to the Ravensbruck and Konigsberg-Neumark labor camps. After the war, she returned to Warsaw and worked at the Polish censorship office. Lusha made Aliyah to Israel in 1949, married Josef Caspi, and had a daughter, Nurit. Full of optimism, she spread joy of life, smiling and laughing, and had a tremendous impact on others. A social activist, Alisa was a gifted artist focusing on her art.  She was excited to share her paintings with the public and exhibited her work at various galleries and museums. https://www.art.org.il/?jerusalem-artists=caspi-alisa&lang=en&c=c [Gesher Galicia member Nurit Caspi Sheps] David Einsiedler, #122, of Reseda, CA, was a member from 1992 – 2002. His research interests were: GELARD from Drogobych and Stryy; DEUTSCH from Kodorov, Stryy, and Drogobych; STEINGRUB from Lviv and Drogobych; SELINGER, BARTISZAN from Drogobych. The video, I Remember Jewish Drohobycz, David’s story of life in his shtetl between the World Wars, was screened at the IAJGS Conference in Las Vegas in 2005. [Pamela Weisberger] Linda Stoop Fine, #1572, of Pleasant Hill, CA, was a member from late 2006 until her passing in 2011. Her research interests included 42 surname/place-name entries in the GGFF. Linda’s sister is Bette Stoop Mas, member #1571, of Miami, FL. Linda served as Copy Editor and/or Assistant Editor of The Galitzianer from June 2008 – February 2010. “She did a fine job on TheG, going far beyond the usual duties of a proofreader, beginning with her offer to help me. She made a real difference in the quality of the finished product.” [Edward Goldstein, Past Editor, The Galitzianer] Sylvia Rabenstock Gordon, #1098, of Wantagh, NY, passed away on June 12, 2015 after a short illness. She was a longtime member of Gesher Galicia, having served as treasurer from 2002 to 2008. She was a life member and valuable volunteer of the JGS of Long Island. Born in New York City to immigrants from Eastern Galicia, Sylvia enthusiastically researched their families – REBENSTOCK from Sokolow (near Potok Zloty), Podhajce and Zlotniki, and EISENSTEIN from Bolszowce. We remember her warm smile and sense of humor.  [Renée Stern Steinig] Jerome Grumet, #1040, of East Setauket, NY, passed away on May 17, 2015, at the age of 77. Among the Galician families that he researched were his mother’s ZUCKERs, from Bolechow, and his father’s GRUMETs and BRANDs, from Wola Michowa, Poland. [Renée Stern Steinig] Lucille Gudis The world of Jewish genealogy has lost one of its gems with the untimely passing of Lucille Gudis on December 23, 2005.  Lucille was a former Vice President of JGS, Inc. (New York), longtime Executive Council member and Co-chair of the 19th IAJGS Conference (1999) and the 26th annual IAJGS Conference (2006). Lucille was also a terrific lady, a good friend, an inspiration, a teacher and mentor, a leader, an artist, a world traveler and a professional genealogist. It is this last item that brought her to Gesher Galicia. She became a member in order to assist her clients with family ties to Galicia. Her long-term membership in Gesher Galicia allowed many of us to get to know her, work alongside her and learn from her. [Eden Joachim] Dr. Marvin Hamburg, #747, was born in Brooklyn and practiced dentistry in Queens, N.Y., before moving to Florida. He served as president of the JGS of Palm Beach County from 2003-2005. His Galician families included ROTHBAUM from Stryj and HAMBURG from Lviv. [Renée Stern Steinig] Eli Charles Hecht, longtime GG member #218, died at the age of 93 in December 2014. An accountant, he spent much of his career as an executive with Seaboard World Airlines. Eli served for nine years on the board of the JGS of Long Island and as its representative to the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. Active in the Boy Scouts, Eli frequently taught genealogy to the troops he led. A year before his death, Eli moved to a senior residence, and lectured there as well. In his introduction to that community (tinyurl.com/EliHecht), he described his interest in genealogy, which started in boyhood and bloomed when he joined the JGSLI in 1990. [Renée Stern Steinig] Herbert Huebscher, #1475, of Wellesley, Mass., was very involved in the genealogy community and a member of Gesher Galicia and the JGS of Greater Boston. He presented lectures at genealogy conferences, wrote articles, and appeared on the show Tracing Your Family Roots. He was the founder of the WIRTH DNA Project, the focus of his research. An original member of the Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group, he provided knowledge in areas of Austrian records, German language, and DNA research. [Alex Feller] Herb was born in Vienna, Austria in 1926 although his parents were born in Galicia in the 1880s. They lived in Vienna and fled to the U.S. after the March 1938 Anschluss, Herb and his brother in Oct. 1938 and his parents in Oct. 1939. Herb served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from college with two degrees and worked in the electronics industry. He lived in New Hyde Park, NY. before moving to Wellesley, Mass. Herb passed away from pancreatic cancer in July 2013. [Herb Huebscher, and from a eulogy written by his son, Robert Huebscher] Melody Aroner Katz lost her battle with ovarian cancer on April 14, 2004. Melody, #509, was our first GG Research Coordinator and then Member-at-Large of the GG Steering Committee, until her passing. She created the Ulanow ShtetLinks webpage, the Ulanow Cemetery Project for JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry, and entered data for many JewishGen projects. Her husband wrote that these projects were “a very meaningful part of her life” and hoped that someone would take on the task. [Shelley K. Pollero] Harold Kellerman, #217, of Brooklyn, NY and Staten Island, NY, was a GG member from 1993 through 2008. His Galician research interests were KELLERMAN, BLECHNER, and related families from Brzozow, Sanok and Cergowa/Dukla, Poland. Harold and his cousin, Shelley Kellerman Pollero, collaborated for many years until his illness.  [Shelley K. Pollero] Sara Edell Schafler Kelman, a founding member (#44) of Gesher Galicia died in New York on May 5, 2014, at age 85. Sara was born in Toronto, where her maternal grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Weinreb, “the Galitzianer Rav”, settled in 1901. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Sara was a Jewish educator, a rebbetzin, and a veteran genealogist. Author of the chapter on Jewish genealogy for a 1980s update of the Encyclopedia Judaica, she was an early member of the JGS of Illinois, and she later served as president of the JGS of Greater Boston. In 2000, following the death of her first husband, Rabbi Samuel Schafler, Sara returned to Canada to marry Rabbi Joseph Kelman. Her family’s path from Eastern Galicia to Toronto was the focus of a paper she delivered at the 2002 conference on Jewish genealogy in Toronto. Sara is survived by five of her six children, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. [Renée Stern Steinig] Phyllis Kramer, #417, of New York City and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died on 6 Sept. 2019. A former IBM executive, Phyllis was JewishGen’s long-time VP of Education and a VP of the JGS of Palm Beach County, FL. In 2011, Phyllis received the IAJGS Outstanding Contribution Award for her work to create and grow the JewishGen Learning Center. She also created the online version of the 1891 Galician Business Directory and numerous KehilaLinks sites for her ancestral towns, including the birthplaces of her four grandparents — Jasienica Rosielna, Nowy Zmigród, Rohatyn, and Strzyow. In addition to delivering many lectures at Jewish genealogy conferences, JGS meetings and other venues, Phyllis developed the first-ever hands-on computer classes for the New York 2006 Jewish genealogy conference. She was a regular contributor to Gesher Galicia’s discussion group and her newest online course, Research in Galicia, was scheduled to begin the day of her death. [Renée Stern Steinig] Harvey M. Krueger, #584, of New York City, was a friend, longtime member, and benefactor of Gesher Galicia. A kindred spirit, he committed to seeking out his own Galitzianer and Litvak roots. His first visit to Israel in the 1960s spurred a life-long interest in personal genealogy culminating in a family tree spanning back to the 1500s. Some of his family surnames were KRUEGER, KURZMAN, and ROSENWASSER. Harvey supported the Jewish genealogy community by funding conferences, publications, projects, and research. Gesher Galicia benefitted from his extraordinary kindness and generosity. [Renée Stern Steinig] Jonathan Lowe, #510, of New York City was a member from late 1996 until 2009. His research interests were APRIL, STIEFEL, NUSSBAUM, and LINDENBAUM in Rzeszow, Poland and GRAF in Rava-Ruska, Ukraine. Walter Madura, #731, of Derby, CT, a GG member from 1997 to 2009, researched MADURA from Kolbuszowa, Poland, and was a member of the Polish Falcons of America, Nest 208, of Derby, CT. Rita Krakower Margolis, #36, was an original member of GG from 1994 to 2013. A longtime member of the JGS of Greater Washington, Rita was a maven and model, having served as JGSGW President from 1989-1991. For ten years, she led its Cemetery Project; she also chaired the genealogy education program at the Charles E. Smith Day School. Rita lost a 12-year battle with cancer yet strived to have her genealogical research be a legacy for her family. She was a bright light who will be missed. [Marlene Bishow, Former President, JGSGW] Ely Maurer was one of the earliest members of the pre-SIG group. He was a very early traveler to Galicia and assisted me in many ways to get the SIG going. [Suzan Wynne] Marcia Indianer Meyers, #4, was an original member of GG from 1993 to 2019. She passed away shortly after her 80th birthday. Marcia was born in Michigan to Morris and Esther Serwer Indianer — immigrants from Chodorow and Bolechow. A resident of Middletown, Connecticut, Marcia was a past president and longtime board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut. She was a frequent attendee at IAJGS Conferences and a willing volunteer at Gesher Galicia’s activities there. [Renée Stern Steinig and Shelley K. Pollero] Leslie Oberman, #1282, of Carnegie, Victoria, Australia, was a member from the end of 2001 until his passing in Jan 2009. His research interests were OBERMAN, GOLDNER and KALISKER from Galicia. Sheiala Ratner Moskow, #123, made a major contribution to Gesher Galicia as an original member of the GG Steering Committee (1995). She served three years as GG treasurer before her untimely passing in 1998. She offered wise and helpful advice to all her many friends and contacts in the worldwide Jewish genealogy community as she researched her GELERNTER and RATNER families. A subscriber to the JewishGen Discussion Group, she regularly responded to its readers. A longtime member of the JGS of Greater Washington, Sheiala attended many Summer Seminars and Conferences, including Washington, NYC, Israel, Paris, and L.A. [Shelley K. Pollero] Gayle Schlissel Riley, member #46, of San Gabriel, CA, an original member of Gesher Galicia, remained a member until her passing on October 7, 2020. Gayle was   passionate about discovering her roots through genealogy. She was GG’s Tarnobrzeg Town Leader, a frequent contributor to the Galitzianer and GG Discussion Group for over 20 years, and attendee and speaker at IAJGS conferences where she presented talks on The Magnate Landowner Records of Eastern Europe. In 2001, she traveled to Galicia where she met with local dignitaries who allowed her to photocopy the over-300 page volume of death records. Narrated video clips of her trip are featured on the Gesher Galicia 20th Anniversary DVD (2003). See http://people.stevemorse.org/gayle.riley/ for an article, databases and documents related to magnate records, as well as the texts of two of Gayle’s conference talks. [Shelley K. Pollero and Renée Stern Steinig] Rita Licht Rosenthal, #1785, of Boynton Beach, FL, a retired social worker, died on March 17, 2017, at age 87. The daughter of Galitzianers Isadore Licht of Kalush and Fanny Rappaport of Olesko, Rita was born and raised in the Bronx. Before moving to Florida, she lived on Long Island with her husband of 63 years, Walter Rosenthal, also a GG member. [Renée Stern Steinig] If you want to “meet” Rita, see https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/oral-histories/interviews/woh-fi-0000444/rita-licht-rosenthal-2013 Myra Rothenberg, #1185, of Redmond, Washington, was a GG member from 2003 through 2013. Her particular research interest was in Bobrka (Ukraine). An enthusiastic and spirited presence at many past IAJGS conferences, her passion for Jewish genealogy was contagious and inspiring. Her memory will surely be for a blessing. [Penny Herbst] She was a strong supporter of Gesher Galicia’s research and a cheerful presence at past IAJGS Conferences. [Pamela Weisberger] Myra was one of the ‘Bobrkettes’, a dedicated group of Bobrka/Bibrka researchers. [Shelley K. Pollero] Rubin Schmer-Gartenberg, member #1482, was born in Drohobycz and was his family’s sole survivor. To keep the memory of his relatives alive, he raised funds to restore the Jewish cemetery in Drohobycz as well as the memorial to the Shoah victims in Bronica Forest. Rubin also raised funds to begin restoring the beautiful Choral Synagogue of Drohobycz which had fallen into serious disrepair. One of Rubin’s sons placed a video on Google showing the cemetery prior to its restoration. [Carole Glick Feinberg] Michael Schoenfeld, #125, passed away in June 2015, at age 79 (tinyurl.com/michaelschoenfeld).  Born in the Bronx, he later lived on Long Island, where he practiced law until his retirement. He was a member of the JGS of Long Island and Gesher Galicia for over 20 years. His Galician families include FELSEN from Rozwadow, REICH from Sambir, and SCHOENFELD from Ropczyce. [Renée Stern Steinig] Francine Strick Segall, #1628, was born in Brooklyn and lived in Manassas, Virginia, before moving to Florida several years ago. Fran was an active subscriber to our mailing list. Her Galician families included STRICK from Wielopole Skrzynskie, Poland, and LICHTMAN from Ivano Frankivsk and Bilshivtsi, Ukraine. [Renée Stern Steinig] Karl Seligman, M.D. #1766, died suddenly in December 2013. He participated actively in many Galician indexing projects, especially Zbaraz and Tarnopol Holocaust-era records. He said that he had benefited from the genealogical research conducted by others, and he wanted to pay things back. Karl was also a member of the JGS of Los Angeles. [Pamela Weisberger] Nancy Siegel, #1633, of San Francisco, was a long-time member of Gesher Galicia until her passing after a brief illness. She was JewishGen’s Director of Communications and long-time volunteer. After managing world-class law firms during her professional career, Nancy applied her many years of experience to helping advance JewishGen’s important work. She helped lead organizational change, worked with dozens of volunteers to promote and more effectively manage their projects, and oversaw all of JewishGen’s communications and marketing efforts. [Avraham Groll, Executive Director, JewishGen] Irene Katz Silfin, #312, a retired schoolteacher, was born in Brooklyn and lived for many years in Plainview, N.Y. She traced her late husband’s SILFIN family to Majdan Sieniawski, a small agricultural village in southeast Poland. After visiting Majdan in the summer of 1995, Irene documented its Jewish cemetery for the IAJGS Cemetery project. [Renée Stern Steinig] Howard Steinmetz, #667, of Boulder, CO, was a member from 1997 to 2010. His research interests were primarily in Burshtyn and Rogatin, although he also listed a few names in Ivano-Frankivsk, Galich, Bukachevtsy, and Berezhany – all in modern Ukraine. “He was an active and beloved member of the JGS of Colorado and recipient of the 2010 Spirit of JGS Colorado Award.  Howard attended IAJGS conferences and was one of the coordinators of the Rohatyn, Ukraine SIG”. [Ellen Shindelman Kowitt] Julius Susser, #761, age 81, died Aug. 23, 2004, at home. Born in Krakow, Poland, on Feb. 13, 1923, Julius was a survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen death camps and was liberated in April of 1945. Julius proudly displayed his tattooed inmate number, B4516, as a sign of what he had overcome. To a great extent, his survival was due to his unique talent in soccer. The Nazis felt he was needed on the opposing team in their quest for recreation. He often said he was beaten when he lost, and he was beaten when he won. Following liberation, he played professionally for both Jewish and German teams. A German documentary reported “even to this day, die-hard fans of the old soccer team get starry-eyed at the skillful play of the goal-striker, center forward, Julius, equally skilled with both feet.” Julius and family arrived in the United States aboard the USS General Taylor on Dec. 10, 1949. He became a naturalized citizen in 1955 and retired from the CF&I Steel Corp. after 34 years of service.  [From the obituary sent to us by Julius’ widow, Lili Cukier Susser, also a GG member]. Lili Cukier Susser, #761, born in Lodz, Poland in 1927, survived the Litzmannstat Ghetto and the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. Following her liberation from Bergen-Belsen, she married survivor Julius (Judek) Susser. and moved to Pueblo, Colorado. In 1995, she wrote her memoir, Lili’s Story – My Memory of the Holocaust, which was published by the city of Lodz as their official book for the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. After Julius’ death in 2004, Lili remained a member of Gesher Galicia until her passing in 2019. [Shelley K. Pollero] Abner Isaac Turk, #19, of Weston, FL, was born in Newark, NJ, in 1926.  He passed away on May 3, 2016, in Florida, where he had lived for over 40 years. A veteran genealogist and a founding member of Gesher Galicia, he served as treasurer of the JGS of Broward County for more than a decade. His research interests included his father’s TURK family from Pilzno — a town that he visited in 2001 — and his mother’s ROSENSTRAUCH and VORTREFFLICH families, also from western Galicia. [Renée Stern Steinig] Herb Unger, #12, died a year after the SIG was founded, but he was the one who found the little volume of the 1877 Austrian regulations for collecting and maintaining Jewish vital records in Galicia. He loved to wander through the stacks at the Library of Congress, including the law library and he came up with the most incredible stuff. He was a founding member of JGSGW, moved to Florida about 1985, and helped to found the JGS of Miami. [Suzan Wynne] Paul Wallach, #1260, was born in Vienna in 1936 and came to America with his parents at age 3. Supportive of his wife Kathy’s genealogical research, Paul accompanied her to conferences and to ancestral shtetlach, including Belz, Skalat, and Ternopil, Ukraine. Paul considered their personal additions to the WALLACH-DONNER-ORNSTEIN tree – two sons and 14 grandchildren – a victory over the Nazi oppression that his family fled. [Renée Stern Steinig] Judith Kloogman Weinstein, #1305, of Great Neck, NY, passed away on June 22, 2020, after a long illness. Judy was a veteran researcher whose interests included her father’s Galician ancestors – Klugmann and Kimmel from Monastyryska and vicinity. She was also a long-time member of Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island. [Renée Stern Steinig] Pamela Weisberger, #1286, passed away on 25 Sep 2015 after a very brief illness. She became Gesher Galicia Research Coordinator in 2003 and Gesher Galicia President in 2006, continuing in these roles until her passing. Pamela was a professional genealogist and filmmaker, a dynamic international presenter and a tireless researcher. Her own Galitzianer interests included her GINSBERG and GRUNHAUT families from Grzymalow, Skalat, Kamionki and Podwoloczyska. Pamela was Vice-President of Programs for the JGS of Los Angeles (JGSLA) and co-chaired its IAJGS Conference in 2010. Messages of condolence and remembrance are always welcomed and will be shared with her family. Details are at https://www.geshergalicia.org/about-gesher-galicia/pamela-weisberger-in-memoriam/ The Gesher Galicia Pamela Weisberger Memorial Fund is a partnership between Pamela’s family and Gesher Galicia. Contributions are used to support incentive awards, programs and projects in her memory. Donations to the Fund may be made at https://www.geshergalicia.org/donate [Shelley K. Pollero and Renée Stern Steinig]


Alexander Feller, M.D.

Alexander Feller has been seriously researching his family history since 1998 which started as preparation for a trip with his family to visit Rohatyn, Ukraine, the town of his mother’s birth, where a memorial service and dedication was being held at the site of two mass graves. In 2008, he attended his first IAJGS meeting where he met in person with other genealogists researching their ancestry from the town of Rohatyn. In hopes of connecting with these and other Rohatyn researchers from around the globe, he subsequently created the Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group. The group now includes roughly 400 members and has been recently expanded and renamed the Rohatyn District Research Group. In addition to administering the website for the RDRG and moderating the group’s discussion forum, he also serves on the board for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Alexander had previously served on the board of Gesher Galicia from 2011 to 2016. With one child currently enrolled at Oberlin College and the other college bound, he has found the time to rejoin the board and assist where needed. Alexander obtained his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Southern California. Then for fun, he obtained a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Chicago. Alexander has provided the anesthesia service for a surgery center in the south suburbs of Chicago for the past 17 years and currently holds the position as their medical director. Back to About Us


The Story of Shlomo Adler

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Abstracts of Some Papers Presented at the Toronto Conference

The 22nd IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held in Toronto from August 4 to August 9, presented dozens of interesting papers and discussions. The following article presents a somewhat arbitrary selection of abstracts of some of these papers: Gravestones and Death Certificates: Can You Believe What You Read?; Jewish Surnames in Galicia; Millennium of Polish Jewry, Part I—Wandering Jew: Migrations of Polish Jews, c. 1000 – c. 2000; Millennium of Polish Jewry, Part II—How Did the Jews in Poland and Eastern Europe Live and Why Did They Emigrate?; Millennium of Polish Jewry, Part III—Poles and Jews: A Shared History, A Divided Memory (Panel discussion); DNA, the Ultimate Genealogical Record: Using Saliva As An Easy Source of DNA; Polish Pronunciation and Grammar Workshop; A Journey to Our Ancestral Shtetlach (Ukraine); The Deadly Triangle: Ukrainians, Jews, and Poles in the Summer of 1941; Genetic Genealogy: Another Tool in the Arsenal; Jewish Cemeteries in Western Galicia; Sources for Jewish Genealogical Research in Western Galicia; 19th Century Jewish Life in Eastern Galicia


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