Litvak Portal – A New Initiative

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.

 

Talk in Israel & New KehilaLinks

If you are in the Herzlia, Israel area on Sunday night, 5 July, don’t miss this presentation at Beth Protea at 7:30pm:

Exploring our Roots: Back to the Shtetl

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A virtual heritage tour and contemporary photographic journey to unlock the mysteries of Jewish life in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.

Discover how to share your family stories and cultural yiddishkeit.

For more details, visit:

http://www.telfed.org.il/elirab_bethProtea_2015

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From JewishGen

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We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks

We thank the owners and webmasters of these webpages for creating fitting
memorials to these Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a
valuable resource for future generations of their descendants:

Druskininkai (Drosknik, Druskiniki), Lithuania
Created by Eli Rabinowitz
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/druskininkai
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GOOD NEWS!  The following webpages were adopted:

Created by Joseph Rosin z”l (webmaster: Joel Alpert)
Adopted by Eli Rabinowitz

I have updated Birzh

Birzai (Birzh)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/birzai/Home.html

The others will follow:

Alytus (Olita)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Alytus/alite.html

Kaisiadorys (Koshedar)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Koshedar/Koshedar.html

Kapciamiestis (Kopcheve)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kopcheve/kopcheve.html

Klaipeda (Memel)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/memel/Home.html

Kybartai (Kibart)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kibart/Kibart.html

Marijampole (Mariampol)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/mariampol/mariampol.html

Kudirkos Naumiestis (Naishtot)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Naishtot/naishtot.html

Panevezys (Ponavesh)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Panevezys/ponievez.html

Varena (Aran)
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/aran/aran.html

This is the full list of the 25 sites adopted:

Alytus
Arad
Aran
Birzh
Kibart
Kopcheve
Koshedar
Mariampol
Memel
Meretch
Naishtot
Naumiestis
Pilvsk
Ponievez
Pen
Salant
Serey
Shaki
Stokishok
Sudarg
Tavrig
Telz
Utena
Vikovishk
Virbain
Vishey

The New Birzh Kehilalink

The Birzh ShtetLink has been upgraded to a KehilaLink

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Visit: http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/birzai

Read:

  • the tribute to Joseph Rosin z”l by Joel Alpert
  • the report by Abel and Glenda Levitt on their recent visit
  • my photos from last month’s visit

I have four talks coming up:

Perth, Australia

Exploring our Roots

Beth Protea, Herzlia, Israel

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IAJGS International Jewish Genealogical Conference, Jerusalem, Israel

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Gitlin Library, Cape Town, South Africa

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Limmud Oz Sydney has finished.

A most successful Festival of Jewish Ideas with 200 presenters over 2 ½ days.

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Presentation at CHABAD of Markham, Toronto

Hi All

I am pleased to advise that I will be giving a presentation at CHABAD of Markham in Toronto, Canada this Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 8:30pm

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This will be of special interest to those of Litvak and Polish heritage, to ex pat South Africans, to anyone who would like to connect to their roots, and about travelling in the Baltics and Poland.

It is also relevant to those who are keen to leave a legacy for their children and grandchildren.

A special thanks to Denise Hummel and Rabbi Plotkin for organising this event.

I will also be previewing the highly successful Memories of Muizenberg Exhibition which is coming to Toronto this fall.

I look forward to catching up with old friends in Toronto.

Should you wish to contact me,  please use this contact form (not the one at the bottom of this page)

Shavua Tov & regards

Eli

Jewish Heritage Trip 2015

In just under 12 hours, Jill & I will be jetting across Australia, the Pacific & the USA.
30 hours after leaving Perth, we should be in Long Island City with its magnificent views of Manhattan.
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Click on this interactive Google map below showing my planned stops.
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Here is a more detailed map of my Lithuanian leg, where I will be driving around as I did last year.
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These are my planned stops:

New York

Toronto

London

Warsaw

Vilnius

Utena

Daugavpils (Dvinsk)

Rokiskis

Kupiskis

Birzai

Bauska

Rundale

Salaspils

Riga

Siauliai

Plunge

Rietavas

Kelme

Kedainiai

Seduva

Kaunas

Marijampole

Kalvarija

Alytus

Vilnius

Warsaw

If you have any questions about these places, please fill out this contact form.

My Upcoming Cape Town Talk

The SAJM invites you to a captivating talk by Eli Rabinowitz.
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The SA Jewish Museum invites you to a talk by Eli Rabinowitz
Exploring Our Litvak Roots

A contemporary journey back to the shtetl and a guide to accessing and sharing our heritage.

Join us on this photographic journey taken over four years.Unlock the mysteries of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, both past and present.

Eli Rabinowitz, born in Cape Town and now living in Perth, is proactive in a wide range of community activities, including filming events, genealogical research, writing KehilaLinks websites for JewishGen, and his blog, lectures and presentations on his extensive worldwide Jewish heritage travel and photography.

Date: Monday, 9 February 2015

Time: 18h00

Venue: 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens

RSVP: info@sajewishmuseum.co.za

Refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The SA Jewish Museum Team

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Women In Judaism Project

I would like to draw your attention to this project by Laima Ardaviciene, an English High School teacher in Kedainiai, Lithuania.

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The website: https://www.smore.com/p9rmp

The Yiddish lullaby that appears on the site:

Kedainiai is the town in Central Lithuania of my 3rd great grandfather, Avraham Shlomo Zalman Zoref:

http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kedainiai/Zalman_Tzoref.html

Laima has asked those with connections to Kedainiai to write something about our mothers:

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My mother Raele (Rachel) Zeldin, who liked to be called Ray, was not born in Keidan, but “up the road” in Daugavpils in Latvia, then known as Dvinsk or at another time as Dinaburg.

Here is some info on Dvinsk:

Daugavpils

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Location of Daugavpils within Latvia
Location of Daugavpils within Latvia
Coordinates: 55°52′30″N 26°32′8″E
Country  Latvia
Established 1275
Town rights 1582
Daugavpils (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈdaʊɡaʊpils] ( )LatgalianDaugpiļs [ˈdaʊkʲpʲɪlʲsʲ]RussianДаугавпилс [ˈdaʊɡəfpʲɪls]; see other names) is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Daugavpils literally means “Daugava Castle”. With a population of over 100,000, it is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230 kilometres (143 miles) to its north-west. Daugavpils has a favorable geographical position as it borders Belarus and Lithuania (distances of 33 km (21 mi) and 25 km (16 mi) respectively). It is located some 120 km (75 mi) from the Latvian border with Russia. Daugavpils is a major railway junction and industrial centre.

From 1784 onwards the city had a large and active Jewish population[5] among them a number of prominent figures. According to the Russian census of 1897, out of a total population of 69,700, Jews numbered 32,400 (so around 44% percent).[6]

As part of the Russian Empire the city was called Dvinsk from 1893 to 1920. The newly independent Latvian state renamed it Daugavpils in 1920. Latvians, Poles and Soviet troops fought the Battle of Daugavpils in the area from 1919 to 1920. Daugavpils and the whole of Latvia was under the Soviet Union rule between 1940–41 and 1944–1991, while Germany occupied it between 1941 and 1944. The Nazis established the Daugavpils Ghetto where the town’s Jews were forced to live.

Images and documents of Ray from her early life in Latvia, after research in the Latvian Archives in Riga by Rita Bogdanova.

Listen to this Yiddish song sung my my dad, Cantor Harry Rabinowitz:

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Ray left Riga in 1937 to rejoin her family in Cape Town, South Africa

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Ray described Riga as the “Paris of the East” and my first opportunity to visit was 3 years ago in 2011.

My 4 trips to Latvia: https://elirab.me/?s=riga&submit=Search

This is the lullaby my mum often sang to me:

Here are the last photos of Ray taken in 2001 in Perth, Australia. As always, Ray was fun, youthful and glamorous!