Rachel Poole has discovered that her great grandfather was
Rabbi Ayreh Leib Levin/e (also known as Lewis Levine).
She believes he wrote at least eight books, but the only copies
she knows about are privately owned in Israel.
Rachel's family was blitzed out of their home during the Second
World War and there was a fire at another home so all their papers
have been lost.
The family came to England in the late 1890s from what is now
Belarus. In the preface to his books he talks about his family.
His first wife was Sarah Rachel and they had three children -
Moshe (Moses/Morris), who was Rachel's grandfather, Nathan and Esther/Ethel.
Rabbi Leib was minister at Crown Street Synagogue in 1903. At
some point he went to London where Sarah Rachel died in 1915 and
where he was rabbi at Sidney Street and Little Alie Street synagogue.
He married Esther Levi around 1918 in Leeds. She was the daughter
of Rabbi Eliezer.
In each of his books there are tributes from other well-known
rabbis in Manchester and Edinburgh who describe him as a 'magid/preacher'.
His son Morris was a cabinet maker - his final shop being in Ferndale
Road, Wavertree, Liverpool. His son Nathan also became a rabbi in
London, Port Elizabeth and Australia.
His daughter, Esther/Ethel, emigrated to South Africa.
Morris and Nathan may have attended Liverpool Hebrew School. Rachel
believes cousins could be named Robinson, Dorfman, Levinson.
She would also like to find copies of her great grandfather's
12 Highgate Avenue Birstall Leicestershire LE4 3JJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Bennett of Israel has already enjoyed Roots Directory success
after locating details on his grandfather Stefan Dawidowicz.
Stefan lived at 23 Dow St, Salford according to the 1901 Census.
On the previous census page, just five houses up the road, lived
Adolf and Milly Moscovitch, 24 and 22.
Adolf was a "cutter of hats", born in "RussPoland, Wielun".
He was born as Abram Ber Moskowicz in Wielun, and was Jim's grandfather's
Jim is now searching for their descendants, his third cousins.
In early 1899 Adolf married Milly in Prestwich, Lancashire, recorded
in Volume 8d, page 476.
Three years later Adolf sailed to Boston, without Milly, to visit
his brother Bernard. Jim assumes he returned to Manchester.
Their children would have been born from 1901 to 1920.
The family name could be Moscovitch, Morse, Morris or Moss.
48 Vitkin St, Haifa, 34754, Israel or email Bennett@coral.co.il
David Raphael of Los Angeles is seeking personal information
about RAF pilot named Leonard Cohen, who was killed when his plane
crashed on May 20, 1948 at Urbe Airport in Rome.
According to one account, he was 24 at the time and hailed from
Liverpool. His co-pilot was George 'Buzz' Beurling, Canada's World
War II ace pilot.
Both of them were part of the Mahal contingent that was smuggling
fighter planes into Israel just a few days after it was declared
a State. Sabotage was suspected when their plane crashed immediately
University of Southern California, Medical Center, 1200 N State
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Barbara Brody of Lytham is hoping to trace family of her grandparents'
brothers and sisters.
Joseph Janofsky (son of Solomon) was born in 1882 and married
Rachel, who was born in 1881 (daughter of Samuel Gorovitch).
They emigrated to Hull around 1905 from Odessa where he was a
timber merchant. They had two sons and four daughters.
Joseph's sister, Charlotte Riva, born in 1877, married Alta Salovitch/Yosselovitch
in Elizavetgrad/Kirovgrad in 1894 and also moved to Hull. They had
no children. There was possibly a brother named Louis and other
41 Forest Drive Lytham FY8 4QF or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IVOR BROWN of Israel is trying to trace members of his mother's
family in Liverpool.
Two were sisters, Leah Gore and Isabella (Bella) Goldsmith.
Bella died on October 13, 1988, aged 101, and Leah died some time
prior to that.
Bella had three sons - Sydney, Raphael (Ray) and Emmanuel (Manny).
Their wives were Myra, Doreen and June, although Ivor doesn't know
who was married to who. Leah's husband is buried in the Jewish Cemetery
in Hanley, Staffs.
4 Schwartz Street Ra'anana Israel or Israel email@example.com
JUNE MILLER of Israel is trying to find information on her
maternal grandmother's family.
Hannah Hyams was born in 1856 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Samuel
and Hagor Hyams. Samuel is listed as a tailor in the 1871 census,
together with her siblings, Abraham, Manis, Isabella and Levi. Hannah
married Adolph Lichtenstein in 1876 in Newcastle.
In 1881 Adolph and Hannah went to Hamilton, Canada to join brother
Manus and Polly Hyams, returning before 1895 to live in Higher Broughton
Manchester. They had 10 children. Hannah's sisters are thought to
have married into the Frankenburg, Frankenstein, Harris and Wise
families of Manchester.
97 Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 7HQ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHELLE FRY's grandmother won't talk about her past - much
to Michelle's bemusement.
Michelle's great grandparents were Joseph Tennen and Minnie Wilson.
Their surnames were originally Tennenbaum and Ingelski, but they
had their last names changed when they arrived from Russia to England.
Michelle's grandmother's name is Hilda Tennen Wilson. She had
one brother and three sisters. Their names were Ruth, Anne, Dorothy
and Irving. Hilda was born in Manchester on November 1914.
Mexicali 15-701 Colonia Hipodromo Condesa, Delegacion Cuahutemoc
C.P. 06100, Mexico D.F., Mexico or email email@example.com
Tessa Kendall of London wants to find out more about the Saul
Rodrigues family who were butchers in East London.
Margaret Saul Rodrigues (1848-1891) was the daughter of Charles
Saul Rodrigues (1815-1880) and Margaret Brooks. Charles' father
was Jonathon Saul Rodrigues (1778-1845) who married Mary Hicks.
His father was David Saul Rodrigues (1753-1800?) who married Reyna
Andrade. When Margaret got married, Charles was a butcher in High
Street Stratford. David was a butcher in the parish of St George.
THE wedding certificate of Rita Hockley and Jack Ackerman has
been found near a cemetery in Preston. The couple were married in
December 1949 at Hackney Synagogue. The owner should contact John
Cowell, who is working on the history of the Preston Jewish community.
15 Harperley, Chorley, Lancs PR7 1XB, telephone 01257 460208 or
NAOMI BARNETT has lost contact with relatives of Ada and Janey
and the Grocer (Glass family descendants) who she found through
Roots Directory in 2001.
2/1 Judd Street Carnegie Victoria Australia 3163 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TOM and Sandra Cragg are looking for relatives of Simon Fisher
of Liverpool, who died on April 12, 1958.
01745 888 675.
DAVID Teacher of Manchester AJEX is looking for relatives of
Hyman Isaac Rosenfield (Rosenfeld), Royal Air Force number 1904778
ACI who died and is buried in Kandy, Sri Lanka in, April 1944.
98 Kersal Road, Salford, M7 3QL or telephone 0161 792 0377
ACTRESS Miriam Margolyes - currently starring on Broadway in
New York - is appealing for help.
The Wicked star is looking for the Winter family from Leeds. Louis
(Lipman) Winter married Eva Friend in September 1883. Their son,
Leon married Lily Cohen and had four children - Herman, Amelia,
David and Isaac born in 1920. In 1917, they lived at 43 Grant St,
RALPH DAVIS of California is looking for a photograph of the
grave stone of his grandparents who are probably buried in Crumpsall
Cemetery Manchester. Their names were Morris Davis and Betsy (Markus)
Davis. Morris died on February 8, 1937 and Betsy on July 15, 1918.
752 Dubanski Dr, San Jose, California, USA or email email@example.com
Georgina Phillips of Brighton is looking for the descendants
of Abraham and Phoebe Marks.
Abraham was born in London around 1807, while Phoebe, nee Simmons,
was born in London around 1821. Their children were Henry, born
1838; Sarah, born 1840, Jane, born 1846; Samuel, born 1847; Isaac,
born 1848; Rachel, born 1849; Jacob (Jack), born 1852; Hannah, born
1850; Mary, born 1854; Aaron, born 1856; Simon, born 1856; and Louis,
born 1861. All were born in Whitechapel London.
LIVERPUDLIAN David Tickle had his photograph taken with entertainer
Frankie Vaughan at Hebrew School, Hope Place around 1955.
He is trying to find a copy of the photograph. He recalls some
of his classmates were Philip Nagley, David Gee, Rodney Wiseman,
Barry Newman and Michael Golberg.
0151 448 1676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CHERIE ALLEN of California has discovered her late grandmother,
Annie Anenberg, had relatives in Manchester, called the Gilberts.
82 Begonia Place Ventura, California 93004, USA or email@example.com
Jacob Strom is looking for information on the life of Rabbi
Zvi Hirsh Farber of Slabodka, Manchester and London. Rabbi Faber
was the author of Kerem Hatzvi.
53 Leadale Road London, N16 6DG or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PHIL HARRIS of Australia wants to meet relatives she has not
seen since her wedding in 1960 in Manchester. She is looking for
Malcolm and Steven Berger, Brian (and Esme) and David Gouldman,
Judith Colin and her brother. When she lived in Manchester, Phil
was known as Phillis Davis.
PO Box 266 Elsternwick Victoria Australia 3185 or email email@example.com
THE Scottish Jewish Archives Centre would like information
about Harry Simeon, a fireman killed in an enemy raid on Glasgow
on March 13, 1941. The centre also wants to know of any Jewish firemen
and women who served during the war
0141 649 4526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JUDY LESTER found this photograph in her family album.
She believes it was taken outside a Leeds synagogue in the early
Can anyone identify the occasion or any of the individuals. Judy's
grandfather, Norman Nathan, is in the back row.
or contact Simon Yaffe at the Jewish Telegraph on 0161-740 9321
Aubrey Jacobus of London has many photographs of brothers Joseph
(Solomon) and Eli Gerber who were killed in the First World War. Their
father was Samuel Gerber and the mother Sarah.
In 1901 the family lived at 37 Caroline St Broughton. The photographs
were sent to family relations in America always addressed to their
"I deduce that they are linked to my American family by their
mother Sarah," Aubrey said.
The siblings of Joseph and Eli were Hyam, Ada, Jacob, Gertie,
Jennie, Esther and Dora.
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