SOUTH African Jewish Orphanage, Arcadia, is celebrating its centenary.
More than 3,000 children have lived at the home with an even greater
number of children who were never in residence.
It is estimated that two-four per cent of the South African Jewish
population would have a direct connection with Arcadia and they
or their parents or grandparents would have lived in or received
help from Arcadia.
Also it is estimated that in the earlier days 50 per cent of the
South African Jewish families would have been financial members
of Arcadia. Arcadia still exists in Johannesburg.
More than 120 'children' (including a number now living in the
UK) have recorded their memories of Arcadia in the book 100 Years
of Arc Memories.
For details on the book visit www.arcadia.ca.com.au
or contact author David Sandler on 00618 93062753, write to 41 Bebich
Drive, Wanneroo, WA, Australia or email email@example.com
MARGARET Fullarton Mark of Australia wants to know if any of the
following have descendants still living in Manchester or elsewhere
The people listed were married in the late 1800s or early 1900s
in either Manchester or Telsiai (Telz), Lithuania.
Leah Mark and Solomon Levy; Annie Toff and Louis Goldblatt; Annie
Sewelson and Hyman Auerbach; Janie (Jeanie) Mark and Morris Massel;
Rachel Mark and Fred Jenkins; Joe Mark and Mary; Solomon Mark and
Anne Myers; Barnett Mark and Bessie; Hannah Sewelson Leibermann
(a chemist in Cheetham Hill Road); Ellis Mark and Katie.
Write to PO Box 123, Oaklands, NSW, Australia 2646 or email Margaret
STEVEN Morgan of North Carolina wants to know what happened to
the Shrenski family.
His paternal grandmother, Goldie Levi Morgan, was born in Leeds
on February 24, 1890 to Isaac Levi and Rebecca Shrenski.
Her parents died in 1897/98 and she lived with her aunt Fanny
and uncle Jacob Levi with whom she emigrated to New York in 1905.
She left behind three brothers, Harry Levi, born 1885, Fred Levi,
born 1888 and Louis Levi born 1895.
Steven's father remembers letters coming from Yorkshire until
the start of World War II when they apparently stopped. Rebecca
Shrenski was one of at least nine children: Emanuel, Leah, Rose,
Philip, Henry, Sarah, Israel and Joseph.
Rebecca's mother was Caroline Myers Shrenski who died in 1930
at the age of 92.
Around 1910 the surname seems to disappear.
Wrote to 5513 Chelon Avenue, Wilmington North Carolina 28409,
USA, telephone 001-910-452-7554 or email Steven at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALEXANDER Burstein of Vienna is looking for a woman who looked
after his father when he fled Nazi Germany on the kindertransport.
The last address Alexander has for Barbara Birly is 7 Brackley
Court, 40A Longley Lane, Northenden, Manchester M22 4JJ.
Alexander has not heard from Barbara for two years.
She was the bailer for his father who in 1939 came to England
from Germany on the kindertransport.
Write to Mommsengasse 33/9, A-1040 Wien, Austria or email Alexander
EDDIE Meltzer of Kansas City, Missouri, is looking for any online
searchable databases that can give ships' passenger information
for Jews travelling from England to the US by specific date or ship.
His grandmother emigrated to the US around the turn of the century
as a child.
"The database provided by ellisisland.org was most helpful in
determining her arrival date and ships information," he said. "However,
the manifest lists their last place of residence as London.
"I suspect that she was born in Russia/Poland stayed in London
for a few years before ending up in the USA."
Telephone 001816 333-6299 ext 128 or email email@example.com
ALAN Hertzberg, of the Wirral, is looking for information about
his relatives Tevel and Hannah Davies; Harris, Dinah and Ben Hertzberg;
and Maurice and Leah Quest.
All lived in Liverpool. Mortie Hertzberg was the son of Harris
and lived in Leeds in the 1930s. Telephone Alan on 0151-608 6815.
PIPPA Reid of Pinner is trying to find out information on the
Younkman Balalaika Orchestra.
They toured England around 1937 and made their home in Manchester.
Pippa had relatives in the band.
Write to 12 East Towers, Pinner, Middx HA5 1TL or email her at
AMERICAN Jim Yarin is looking for descendants of Noah Chaim Miscovsky,
who died in 1950 in Cathcart. He was the head of Glasgow Beth Din.
His wife was probably Rebecca, who died in 1958, also in Cathcart.
Noah Chaim was the son of Dina (nee Katz) and Baruch Ben Zion Mishkovsky.
Jim is also seeking descendants of Noah's brothers or sisters.
One brother, Avram Ezra, named after his grandfather, the rabbi
of Amdur (Indura) Poland, also moved to Glasgow. A sister, Rebecca,
married in 1892 in Glasgow to a Benjamin (last name unknown), also
related to Bialablotsky. The mother of Dina was Haiche (Etche) (Nee
Efron) Katz and the father was Rabbi Avram Ezra Katz of Amdur.
Write to 248 Central St, Acton, MA 01720, USA, telephone 001 978/263-6383
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANN Rabinowitz, formerly of Manchester, is researching the Jews
of the tiny dorp or village of Bot River, South Africa, where her
father's Bdil and Choritz family settled after leaving Kupiskis,
One of the small number of families that also settled there was
that of Fred Cohen from Manchester, England. He is known to have
worked in 1928 for the general dealers, Choritz and Jaffe, who were
Ann's relatives. Many of those who came to Bot River were from north
eastern Lithuania and were related to each other.
Write to PO Box 398964, Miami Beach, FL 33239-8964 or email email@example.com
CAROL Rotaru of Ashkelon is searching for his cousin Derek Moss.
The family of Carol, whose Hebrew name is Haim Azriel, is originally
from the village of Sulita, in the Botosani County. The family name
used to be Cohen.
Write to Kiryati 6, Ashkelon 78469, Israel or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MARTHA McDonald of Texas wants information about Ivor Hertz who
changed his name to Isaac Hart/s. He was born about 1908 in London.
His parents were Ruben and Hannah Hertz. He married Maisey Grant
and had children, Pauline, Adrian, and Rodney. He had sisters Becky,
Golda and Rosa.
His mother and Martha's grandmother were sisters. Write to 3009
Padre Ct, Plano, TX, 75075, USA or email email@example.com
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your home address.