Litvaks On The Move #2

It is pleasing to see how many of you have responded to my previous post about your shtetl names.

Please keep sending your emails to


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The Jewish Historical and Genealogical Society of Western Australia is launching its new website this weekend. Please visit:


I always enjoy my visits to Beyachad in Johannesburg


With Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, Elona Steinfeld, Rose Norwich and Adrienne Kollenberg


More on Beyachad to follow.

Best regards




Litvaks On The Move!

Let us know your shtetls’ names

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(Map – my thanks to Dovid Katz)

We can then update you on the activities in those towns.

For example, there are numerous Jewish projects currently taking place in Seduva, Zagare, Birzai, Plunge, Kedainiai, Joniskis, Kupiskis, Kaunas and Vilnius.

We are also interested in the towns that your Litvak forefathers settled in, after leaving.

Please email your list together with your family names associated with the particular towns and shtetls to:

You can also visit our Facebook pages:

Litvak Portal on Facebook and

South African Shtetl on Facebook

If you wish, we can put you in touch with others with the same connections.

I look forward to hearing from you.

PS – If you are in Jo’burg tonight, I am giving a talk at the SA Jewish Genealogical Society at the HOD.

It would be great to see you there!

Best regards


Two Talks In Jo’burg & Cape Town

Hi all
I am giving two talks, in Johannesburg next Tuesday 25 August and in Cape Town on Thursday 3 September.
I look forward to seeing you there, if you are in town.
Here are the details:
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Plus, I will report back on the recent IAJGS35 International Jewish Genealogical Conference in Jerusalem in July.
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At the Jewish Genealogical Society South Africa
on Tuesday 25 August 2015 at 7pm for 7:30pm
at the HOD Hall
58 Oaklands Road
JohannesburgRSVP by 24 Aug
Tel: 011-486-2188
At the Jacob Gitlin Library
on Thursday 3 September 2015 5:30pm for 6pm
88 Hatfield Street
Cape TownRSVP by 27 August
Tel: 021-462-5088
Paula & Moshe
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Israel July 2015
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