BOLTONIAN Merrick Posnansky has started writing his memoirs but needs
information on his home town's synagogue.
Merrick, who lives in California, explains: ''My family were proud
members of the Bolton Hebrew Congregation which was at its peak
in the 1940s.
''After taking my doctorate I left England in 1956 and worked
for 20 years in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. In Uganda I conducted Jewish
''I took up a post at the University of California in 1976 and
am now a Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology.
''Though my father - Simon Posnansky, died 1948 - and grandfather
- David Cohen, died.1932 - lived in Bolton from around 1905 I have
no idea when the congregation was founded.
''I have no idea when they converted a three-storey house in a
rather seedy area into a synagogue and I have no idea when the congregation
Merrick adds that the shool could never afford a rabbi, so there
was a teacher, cantor, shochet and minister combined.
He would like any photographs of the synagogue and any information
on its history.
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ALLEN Katz of Israel wants to trace relatives from Manchester.
He would like to find the family of his mother-in-law's great uncle,
Philip Lazarus, who came to Manchester as a teenager.
He had a brother, Charles, and a sister, who were born in Braila,
Phillip, a successful merchant in Manchester, married Rebecca
(born 1889) had two children, Maurice and Dorothy.
Dorothy (born November 22, 1887, died 1955), married Joseph Jacob
'Jack' Abdella (born December 8, 1882, died July 1953). Their son,
Jacob (Jack) Samuel Ronald Abdella (died 1953), was a British High
court judge. Their daughter Muriel Hanna Abdella married Jeff Wooley.
Maurice Lazarus had one daughter, Kathleen (born April 12, 1917,
Charles and Philip's sister married a man called Mickler and lived
in Newcastle-on-Tyne. She had three sons - Adolph, Maurice and Samuel.
Allen thinks Maurice's son, Arthur Mickler, lives in Stockton-on-Tees.
Charles Lazarus emigrated to South Africa in 1902. He was married
to Ann and lived in Kalkbay, Cape Province, where his son Henry
Elkin (1902-1987) and daughter Seidie were born.
Henry married Dora Smith (born in London1899, died 1997) in Bulawayo,
Rhodesia, where he practiced as a lawyer. They had two children
- Ann (born 1928) and Charles (born 1931).
Ann, a psychologist, married Joseph Reiff and made aliyah in 1977.
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BARBARA Mannlein of Arizona is researching the Dodell family.
She is seeking the descendants of a son of a Herschel Lieb Dodel.
Herschel was born in 1859 in Toporow, Poland, and died in 1917.
Herschel and his wife, Marjem Sura Pfeffer, had 15 children - Berisch
(Benjamin), born 1880; David Zmarl, born 1882; Chaja, born 1887;
Rosie born 1888; Basia, born1889; Nachman, born 1891; Becky, born
1892; Jenny, born 1894; Ruchel, born1897; Szulom, born 1889; Chaim
(Hyman), born 1901; Cine (Sylvia), born 1904; Samuel, born 1907;
Goldie, born 1909; Schmeil Mutria (Harry Siegel), born 1884.
Berisch, Rosie, Basia, Becky, Jenny, Chaim and Samuel moved to
America, whilst David, Chaja, Ruchel and Szulom were murdered in
the Holocaust. Nachman and Goldie died in infancy.
Barbara does not know the fate of Cine but she believes Schmeil
Mutria moved to England and became a comedian in Leeds called Harry
She has been told he had five children, two of whom were called
Annie and Harry.
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KENNETH Phillips-Cooper of Hertfordshire recently discovered that
his grandfather was born in Manchester.
Additionally he found out that his grandfather, Abraham, had five
brothers and six sisters - Phineas, Hyman, Moses, Aaron, Samuel,
Annie, Emma, Yetta, Sophia, Sarah and Rebecca.
''It's made me wonder if I have any cousins still living in Manchester,''
The Phillips family originally came from Poland around 1860. The
last address Kenneth has for Jane Phillips, wife of tailor Abraham,
is 52 Robert Street, Cheetham in 1901.
Annie married Harris Goldman, Sarah married Myer Gollance, Rebecca
married David Woolfe, Phineas married Rebecca Cohen and Hyman married
Kenneth's grandfather moved to Edinburgh and lost touch with the
Manchester branch of his family.
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ISRAELI journalist Danny Rubinstein is looking for photographs
and letters belonging to his late uncle Arieh Rubinstein who died
in Manchester in 1969.
He was a tenant of the Levine family in Albert Avenue, Prestwich.
It is believed that the family had a daughter.
Anyone with information should contact Elliot Cohen on 0161-236
3909 or write to ZCC Offices, Mamlock House, 142 Bury Old Road,
Manchester M8 4HE.
HARRY Green of Florida would like to find records of his great-grandparents
and grandparents who left Liverpool in June1907 aboard the SS Friesland.
His grandparents, Moses and Amalia Brantz, were originally from
Braila, Romania. They left Liverpool with five of their children
and Amalia's parents, Alter and Sura-Rifca Goldstein.
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AUSTRALIAN Peter Jeans is looking for descendants of the Ludwig von der Pfordten family who lived in Malta between the 1850s and the early 1900s.
One of the girls (possibly Blanche) married into the (Huguenot Irish) de Torres clan, and moved to Ireland. A Brigadier de Torres served in the British Army during World War Two.
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A DARWEN woman, whose parents took in Jewish evacuee children in the war, would like to meet up with them again.
Nellie Kelly remembers the brother and sister were called Ruth and Bernard and came from Manchester.
During the war Nellie Thackerey lived at 22 Two Gates Terrace, Darwen. Contact 01704 226785.
ISRAELI Sharon Bitan is looking for her cousin, Michael Koby, who married Dawn. He had a sister called Elizabeth.
Their father emigrated from Germany to England, settling in Manchester where he had a tie factory.
Sharon has not spoken to Michael for 35 years.
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EDWARD Cox of Devon is trying to find relatives of his late uncle, Percival John Twiner.
Percival, who was brought up by a family in the London area, was abandoned at birth.
Edward says he always referred to two sisters, Judith and Caroline.
Percival was born on November 11, 1926 and was in the army's catering corp.
Write to 372 Torquay Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2DN or telephone 01803 390724
DANIEL Gleek of Hertfordshire is looking for Sheila Niman. She was born in Glasgow in 1921/22 to Mark and Flora Niman.
Sheila had an uncle and aunt, Morris and Mary Niman, and her grandparents were called Jacob and Rachel Niman and Max and Sarah Sachs.
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