South African Shtetl Added

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Besides the Litvak Portal:

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 elirab.me/litvak-portal          facebook.com/pages/Litvak-Portal/1014205898589973

I have now added South African Shtetl pages:

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http://elirab.me/south-african-shtetl

facebook.com/pages/South-African-Shtetl/714975411941007

If you have links to the following shtetls, please contact me:

Lithuanian KehilaLinks (Jewish websites)

Alytus

Arad

Aran (Varena)

Birzai

Druskinkinkai

Kedain

Kibart (Kybartai)

Kopcheve (Kapciamiestis)

Koshedar (Kaisiadorys)

Mariampol

Memel (Klaipeda)

Meretch

Naishtot

Naumiestis

Pilvsk

Ponievez

Pen

Plungyan

Salant

Serey

Shaki

Stokishok

Sudarg

Tavrig

Telz

Utena

Vikovishk

Virbain

Vishey

 

Other kehilalinks
Latvia

Aizpute

 

Belarus

Mir

Navahrudak

Brest

Vysokaye

 

NE Poland

Orla

 

 

A Fabulous Time In Israel

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I was in Israel to lecture at the IAJGS35, the International Jewish Genealogical conference in Jerusalem.

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Besides my lecture, this video is my moment of fame at the conference: JewishGen’s Avrami Groll presenting new projects for this year

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Here are some images of people I met at the conference

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I was also able to travel around and take other photos outside of the conference. Included are unusual street signs in Ashkelon, meeting Dan Brotman and the visiting ANC Youth Leaders in the Old City, the Humus Bar in the Carmel Shuk that was once a synagogue, meeting for the first time – 30 of my cousins from one family in Sumaria, and my talk on my Litvak heritage travels at Beit Protea in Herzlia.

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Israel is full of fun, family and a fabulous place to visit!

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Scooter cam: A fun scooter ride with cousin Nachi before shabbat from Kiryat Moshe to Machane Yehuda

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Litvak Portal – A New Initiative

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Litvak Portal:

I have set up a gateway to anything Litvak on Facebook. A website will also be added.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Litvak-Portal/1014205898589973

This Facebook page and its associated website will be dedicated information gateways (portals) to aspects of Jewish life, past and present, in Lithuania and those parts of Belarus, Latvia and Poland regarded as Litvak.

Categories to be included:
  • General History and Facts
  • Jewish Cultural History
  • Holocaust
  • Family Histories & Genealogy
  • JewishGen KehilaLinks
  • Geography
  • Education
  • Touring & Travel
  • Photography
  • Museums & Cultural Centres
  • Research
  • Synagogues
  • Jewish Communities
  • Music
  • Shtetl & other Special Projects
  • Litvak Diaspora
  • Diplomacy
Lithuanian KehilaLinks (Jewish websites)

Alytus

Arad

Aran (Varena)

Birzai

Druskinkinkai

Kedain

Kibart (Kybartai)

Kopcheve (Kapciamiestis)

Koshedar (Kaisiadorys)

Mariampol

Memel (Klaipeda)

Meretch

Naishtot

Naumiestis

Pilvsk

Ponievez

Pen

Plungyan

Salant

Serey

Shaki

Stokishok

Sudarg

Tavrig

Telz

Utena

Vikovishk

Virbain

Vishey

 

Other kehilalinks
Latvia

Aizpute

 

Belarus

Mir

Navahrudak

Brest

Vysokaye

 

NE Poland

Orla

 

I look forward to your suggestions.

 

A Walk From Taksim Square To The Golden Horn

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A four hour stroll from Taksim Square to the Golden Horn

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Taksim

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Shuls

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The Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar

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Mosques

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Galata and the Golden Horn

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