30 September 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Pesi bat Ze-eiv, Labun Cemetery

In June of 2013 I had the pleasure of visiting Ukraine and Labun (now Yurovshchina; once called Lubin in Yiddish), my paternal grandparents' community. We were able to visit the old Jewish cemetery, which I discussed in an earlier post. Over the next several Tuesdays I will post photos and translations (as I am able to decipher) of tombstones from that cemetery. Most do not feature surnames.


Here lies
an old innocent woman[1]
Pesi daughter of
Ze-eiv died
25 Adar
5675
May her soul be bound in eternal life

With the Jewish Calendar Conversion application from the Steve Morse One-Step website, the 25th day of the month Adar in the year 5675 would correlate with 11 March 1915 in our (Gregorian calendar) and 26 February 1915 in the Julian calendar, which was in effect at the time of Pesi's death.

Note:
1. Special thanks to an assortment of knowledgeable linguists and genealogists who rose to the occasion and answered my query on Tracing the Tribe FaceBook page. While I could tell that the first line on the main area of the epitaph showed אשה (isha), which means woman, I was unsure of the line immediately after that. Yakov Pytkowicz explained that the first letter, ת, is an abbreviated form of the word
תמה (tama), meaning innocent. And the next word is וּזקנה (uzkena), which means old. So, the translation is "an old innocent woman." Zev Siberiano then pointed out that the word tama also connotes perfection and completeness, as well as innocence. Pesi must have been a lovely woman.

29 September 2014

From Eastern Europe to the United States: Our Wandering Jewish Ancestors

Starting Tuesday afternoon, October 14, 2014, join me for “From Eastern Europe to the United States: Our Wandering Jewish Ancestors,” an Adult Jewish Learning opportunity sponsored by Arizona State University’s Center for Jewish Studies. The course will be held at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. The six-week course will meet from 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon from October 14 through November 18.
 
I consider this course Jewish genealogy back-story. The classes provide context to understand our ancestors lives in the Old World: how they survived, why they may have emigrated, and their experiences during immigration to the United States. We’ll also delve into some records that may serve to document one’s ancestors’ lives: why those records were created and whether they may be deemed reliable sources of information about one’s family.

Course enrollment is now open. The course fee is $180, which includes the cost of course materials (i.e., Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy by Dan Rottenberg). Register online. For further information, see http://jewishstudies.clas.asu.edu/adult-ed .


25 September 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage of Abraham Zimmerman and Jean Morris

Jean Morris (sometimes known as Jeanette) was my paternal grandmother Dora's younger sister. She was the second child of Isidore and Sarah Myers Morris and was born in Labun, Russian Empire.

Bronx County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage no. 3441 (18 May 1927), Abraham Zimmerman and Jean Morris, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.



Items shown in red text are items I will be discuss further, below.

[1st page]
Groom: Abraham Zimmerman
Residence: 70 Hooper St.
Age: 27
Color: White
Single, Widowed or Divorced: Single
Occupation: Salesman
Birthplace: NYC
Father's Name: Morris
Mother's Maiden Name: Anna Fine
Number of Groom's Marriage: 1st

Bride: Jean Morris
Residence:
1311 Hoe Ave.
Age: 23
Color: White
Single, Widowed or Divorced: Single
Maiden Name, if a Widow: [blank]
Birthplace: Russia
Father's Name: Isadore
Mother's Maiden Name: Sarah Myers
Number of Bride's Marriage: 1st
 

I hearby certify that the above-named groom and bride were joined in marriage by me, in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, at 14388 Prospect Ave Tefereth Israel Synagogue, in the borough of Bronx, City of New York, this 18th of May, 1927.

                                                        Signature of person performing the ceremony:
                                                                                   /s/ Rabbi Carl Stave
Witnesses         } Jacob L. Fingert     Official Station: 926 Simpson St.
to the Marriage } David Schlager         Residence: 955 Whitlow Ave

[2nd page]
WE hereby certify that we are the Groom and Bride named in this Certificate, and that the information given therein is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.
                              /s/Abraham Zimmerman  Groom
                              /s/Jean Morris  Bride  

Signed in the presence of  /s/ Jacob L. Fingert
and /s/ David Schlager


While Abraham Zimmerman used the name Abraham on all official documents, he was known to the family as Al Zimmerman. 

Jean probably made herself a bit younger than she actually was. The following table compares Morris sibling ages on their 1910 manifest, the 1915 New York State census and the 1920 U.S. census. 

                    
Manifest [1]
1915 Census [2]
1920 Census [3]
Dora
13
19
[separate household]
Jean
10
16
20
Max
9
14
18
Murray
6
11
16
Esther
4
9
13
Saul
---
---
2
 
According to these records, she was born in 1899-1900. Yet, her age on the marriage certificate would indicate birth in 1903-1904. That would have made her younger than - or the same age as - her younger brother Murray.

Notes:
1."New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 11 January 2012), manifest, Vaderland, Antwerp to New York, arriving 7 June 1910, p. 1, Sure Morris family; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715.
2. 1915 New York State Census, New York County, New York, Enumeration of inhabitants, Block 3, ED 2, AD 28, Page 125, Line 38, Isidor and Sarah Morris family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 June 2012); New York State Archives, Albany, New York.
3. 1920 U.S. Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Enumeration District 1262, sheet 6B (lines 97-100) and sheet 7A (lines 1-3), dwelling 14, family 134, Isadore and Sarah Morris family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 February 2008); NARA Microfilm Series T625, roll 1219.

23 September 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah Malkah bat Yosef, Labun Cemetery

In June of 2013 I had the pleasure of visiting Ukraine and Labun (now Yurovshchina; once called Lubin in Yiddish), my paternal grandparents' community. We were able to visit the old Jewish cemetery, which I discussed in an earlier post. Over the next several Tuesdays I will post photos and translations (as I am able to decipher) of tombstones from that cemetery. Most do not feature surnames.


Here lies
An old and modest woman
Sarah Malkah daughter of
Yosef died 13
Iyar 5672
May her soul be bound in eternal life 

With the Jewish Calendar Conversion application from the Steve Morse One-Step website, the 13th day of the month Iyar in the year 5672 would correlate with 30 April 1912 in our (Gregorian calendar) and 17 April 1912 in the Julian calendar, which was in effect at the time of Sarah Malkah's death.