LEEDS-born Brenda Habshush has travelled around America and
Canada to meet family.
Brenda and Tsion Habshush with the Burson families in Memphis
holding the family book Die Gantze Mishpoche
Brenda, born in 1940, was the daughter of Myer and Annie Bernstein.
The family, which lived in St Martin's View, Leeds, changed its
name to Burns.
The family later moved to Edinburgh.
Myer was the son of Simon and Annie Bernstein who lived in Sholebroke
Simon was born in Kremenchug, Ukraine while his wife was the sister
of Victor Lightman JP, president of the Leeds Board of Guardians
in the early 20th century.
Annie (nee Viner/Vyner) was the daughter of Josef and Bashe Bershansky
whose family originated from Jonava.
The family lived in Stamford Street.
Bashe's family history is related in the book Die Gantze Mishpoche
compiled by a cousin,from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Brenda of Kibbutz Sde Boker, Israel, travelled to Memphis to meet
the Burson families whose original name was Bershansky.
The elders, born in Leeds in the late 19th century, emigrated
Relatives in Leeds are, Brenda's first cousin, daughter of Sam
Vyner, Joyce Milton.
Second cousins are Lionel and Mendie Appleson, whose brother Charles
(Chucky) was an active correspondent with the Bursons.
Brenda then travelled to London, Ontario, to meet the nephew of
Victor Lightman, Prof Mervyn Fox, a well-known pediatric specialist,
son of Victor's daughter Gwladys.
Mervyn's cousin, the eldest living family member is Muriel Ross
(Bernstein) of Sandringham Crescent.
Pamela Glynn and Brenda, together with Aunt Muriel are the only
remaining closest relatives in Leeds. Second cousins living in Leeds
are Marnie Cutler In Adel and Ann and Clive Lightman.
Marnie's grandmother and Clive's grandfather were brother and
sister to Victor.
Brenda also met for the first time, the granddaughter of yet another
sister named Bertha Lightman who married in Munich (1800s) and lived
in New York.
This was Clara Miller (Gelerman) from Hastings, Hudson, New York.
Other grandchildren, all second cousins, are Sir Gavin Lightman
QC from London and Michael Baron from Ullswater.
Brenda is still researching the Lightman families and hopes to
find information about two other sisters known to have remained
DR MARTIN Swartz of Maryland is trying to trace relatives of
his mother Lotte (nee Hofmann), grandmother Elise Hofmann (nee Kemeny),
grandfather John Hofmann and great-grandmother Helen Kemeny (nee
They were all born in Vienna and went to America as refugees in
Helen's mother Charlotte Kohn (nee Birnbaum) was born in the town
of Zdounek, Moravia (today Zdounky in the Czech Republic); most
of her Birnbaum relatives died during the war.
One Birnbaum family member reached the UK during the war or at
least his wife did.
His wife was named Mitzi or Mizzi and changed the family name
from Birnbaum to Burnham.
She had either a sister or daughter named Lola, as well as possibly
In the 1940s and maybe 50s Mitzi Burnham spent her summers in
Haines Falls, New York.
Martin is also seeking information regarding another cousin of
Helen's named Valerie Benedict (Benedikt).
Her husband Karl Benedikt disappeared in Austria during the war,
pulled from a train in which he and Valerie were travelling.
No death record for Karl was ever established. Valerie made her
way to London. She was previously married, with the married name
Furst or First.
Martin's grandfather John Hofmann was interned for much of 1939
and 1940 on the Isle of Man, and he would welcome any contact from
anyone who might have known him at the time.
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TERRY Newman of Sydney is seeking information on Lizzie Hands,
who died in relative obscurity in Australia, in October 1956 aged
76. She has no tombstone.
Lizzie was born in London in February 1880, the daughter of Joshua
and Ruth Hands, who died in London in August 1925 and March 1939
Her parents were members of the Bayswater Synagogue and were also
supporters of the 'Home for Jewish Incurables' at South Tottenham.
During the first three decades of the 20th century Lizzie was
strongly into women's Jewish communal affairs, and was the founder
and honorary secretary of the Council for the Amelioration of the
Legal Position of the Jewess, and had involvement in the Jewish
Lizzie was also an artist, and is said to have held exhibitions
of miniatures at the Royal Academy. She donated water colours to
some Jewish organisations.
But Terry has drawn a blank on the last two decades of her life
She is thought to have spent some years in New Zealand, shortly
before her death.
Lizzie is believed to have remained unmarried, whilst her sister,
Isabelle Florence, married Willie Schlesinger at the St John's Wood
Synagogue in November 1902.
Suggestions are that this family may also have emigrated from
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MAURICE Blair of Canada wants to trace relatives of his father
Alfred Jacobson, who was born in Leeds around 1908.
He also went by the name of Gerry Jackson, and married Rosetta
Hayes in Glasgow on June 17, 1941.
Maurice was born in Glasgow on January 1, 1944 and was named Maurice
His parents divorced but he believes his father had relatives
in the Glasgow/Milngavie area.
"A cousin, Maurice Taylor, and Sally are the only names relatives
here in Canada,can recall," he said.
"My father was employed as a tailor's cutter at a shop in Glasford
Street, and he was also a musician, involved with several bands
in the Glasgow area.
"Unfortunately when my mother and I emigrated to Canada with my
stepfather she destroyed all records and photos.
"At the time I was born my mother and father were living at 6
Auldhouse Terrance, Glasgow."
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NORMAN Goldberg of Edinburgh is trying to trace family members.
His paternal grandparents, Ben and Jean Goldberg, arrived in Glasgow
approximately 100 years ago from Riga in Latvia.
They thought they were in New York.
Ben had three brothers - Pepe aka Peter managed to reach Indianapolis;
Liebel arrived in Antwerp Belgium; and another brother stayed in
Ben and Jean both died in 1963, while Norman's father Aleck, who
died in 1968, had two brothers - Solly who changed his name to Manning
and has lived in Los Angeles since around 1950; and Maxi Goldberg
who has drifted around the UK.
Norman doesn't know if either are still alive.
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ANNI Fentiman was told by her father that she has Jewish blood,
but wants to discover where it came from.
Fentiman is an old English name which carries through the female
Anni thinks Jane Fentiman may have had two sons to someone who
was already married and Jewish. She also thinks the mystery started
in Bury in the 1840s.
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4AJ or email DaveandAnni.firstname.lastname@example.org
JOAN Harrison of Perthshire wants information about the Tumarkin
family of Liverpool.
The family lived in Bamber Street, Falkner Square, Hope Street
and Rodney Street, also Bala in North Wales, and Israel.
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CISSIE Eppel of Vancouver is looking for Bernard Goldman (believed
to have changed his name to Bernard Mann), who was born in Bradford,
Yorkshire in the 1940s. Bernard, who moved to Bournemouth, was the
son of Morris and Esther Goldman.
Cissie would like to send him a copy of the Goldman family history
book, which she has written.
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HELEN Manley of Warwickshire wants to know how to trace shipping
lists detailing travellers from Poland to Hull in the 1870s. Write
to Honeysuckle Cottage, Chesterton, Warwickshire CV33 9LG or email
THANKS to the Jewish Telegraph, important documents belonging
to the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation have been discovered.
Trustee David Simon used Roots Directory to try to locate a Mr
Steiner from Manchester, who is believed to have salvaged important
material. Mr Simon said: "Mr Steiner had moved to Gateshead. But
a friend phoned him to tell him about my request.
"He phoned me and was very helpful. He is coming to see me with
In 1998, soon after the synagogue's closure, Mr Steiner was passing
the building in which he saw workmen. Having always wanted to visit
the synagogue, he went in and asked the workmen what they were doing
They said they had been told to chuck everything. Realising that
there could be things of importance, Mr Steiner took a sack and
salvaged documents from a skip.
The Mancunian took the contents to the synagogue president, who
was ill at the time. He instructed him to place the Chevra Kadisha
register with Middlesbrough Museum and "did not seem interested
in the other material".
Mr Simon said: "Mr Steiner was still worried about the documents
and did not want to throw them away. He will bring them all to me
so we can deposit them in the Town Hall archives."
Jeanette Isenberg Bersh of New York is looking for descendants
of Joy and George Hennessey who lived at 135 Granville Road, Hillingdon,
They had a son, Michael, and a daughter, Colleen. They were friends
of Jeanette's aunt Regina Isenberg who lived in London from 1939-1948
with her nephew Harry Schaffer of the Jewish Brigade.
The government office has misplaced his death certificate and
Jeanette would like to know when and how he died and where he is
buried. The Hennesseys may also have been friends with Alf Grey
(Adolph Goldberg) and wife who lived at 5 Glebe Court Road, Stanmore,
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ANGELA Crawford of Buxton recently discovered that she has
Jewish roots and would like to trace relatives of Sam Brown.
He was a textile merchant in Manchester in the 1940s and 50s and
His offices were at 49 Faulkner Street Manchester M1. This building
is now occupied by the Wing Fat Chinese supermarket in the heart
of Chinatown. Mr Brown was in business with John Steele who may
have been a relative. The company may have been called Bencom.
The following businesses were also listed at the same address
-Brown & Co, artificial silk merchants; Herman Lebovitch Fent Dealer
and Hye Vancolour waterproof clothing manufacturer.
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BARBARA Brody of Lytham is searching for descendants of Joseph
and Rachel Janofsky/Yanofsky who lived in Hull and was possibly
His father was Solomon and her father was Samuel Gorovitch.
They had six children - Fay, Samuel, Solomon (Sydney) who was
Barbara's father, Lottie, Branna, and Nadia. Joseph had a sister,
Lottie Riva, who was married in 1894 in Elizavetgrad to Alta Salovitch/
Yosselovitch. They also came to Hull. There are family links in
Sheffield and Leicester.
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