Society helping out with Welsh studies

THE Manchester branch of the Jewish Genealogical Society is working on two major research projects.

The group is helping Dr Nathan Abrams of Bangor University put together a history of the Jewish communities of Wales.

He has provided a questionnaire made up of 34 key points.

"By providing answers to some of the questions, a picture can be built up of how Jewish families came to settle in Wales, how they lived and coped with their daily needs, educated their children and how they kept their religion," a spokesperson said.

In addition, the branch is to help the Imperial War Museum in London with their database of war memorials, either in streets, parks, public places, shuls, schools, libraries etc.

The group would like to hear from any shul, club or society which has a memorial board of any kind with names of men or women who served in the armed forces, either as regular servicemen or in any other capacity.

Email or telephone on 0161-792 2740.

Sons taken away

Joan Freedman of Chesterfield wants to trace her sons who were removed from her during the Second World War.

The two boys, Barry and Joseph Feldman were taken after a bombing in Bristol hospitalised Joan.

Barry was around nine months old at the time, while Joseph was aged two.

The family were rescued after being buried in the rubble of their demolished home for several days.

After her recovery Joan was unable to trace where they were placed and has had no contact since the war.

Contact with their father Joseph Freedman was also lost during the war.

Joan's maiden name was Benjamin/Benjeman and the family originated from the Midlands.

Write to Joan, C/O Vernon Hall, 34 Cutthorpe Road, Chesterfield, S42 7AE or email

Goldie's family

Scott Resnick of Arizona is looking for descendants of Goldie Resnick who moved to Glasgow from Russia (Ukraine).

She was married to Aaron Adelman and they had two children, Barnett and Rebecca (Betty).

Betty married Nathan Zemmill in 1950.

Scott's great grandfather was Simon Resnick, Goldie's brother, and he moved to America in the 1920s, first to Albany, NY, then Chicago, and settled in Los Angeles.

Contact 1023 E. University Dr. #101, Tempe, AZ, 85281, USA or email

Chadwick search

Rosalie Coburn of Ontario is searching for descendants of Millie Chadwick (Czaczkes), who was born in Manchester in December 1914.

She was the daughter of Adolf Chadwick Czaczkes, who had married Rachel Cohen at Bethnal Green Synagogue in 1911, but settled in Manchester.

He came from Brody, Poland, in 1902.

Adolf was the brother of Leah Klein, née Czaczkes (Chadwick), formerly Hildisch.

Leah was Rosalie's great-grandmother. She had two children, Annie Klein (Rich) and Clara Klein (Lustgarten/Moynihan).

Annie married Harry Rich, Rosalie's grandfather.

Email or write to 1394 Orillia Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 7N7, Canada.

Repeat performance

IN 1965 Harold Moskow used the Jewish Telegraph to trace family members in Manchester.

Now his nephew Ronald Moskow of Australia is hoping to do the same.

Harold met with family members Max Moss, Samuel Moss, Miriam and Harry Slotweiner, and Stanley Moss at a Manchester hotel in June 1965.

Stanley lived on Downham Crescent, Prestwich.

Ronald is the son of Ralph Moskow and grandson of Isaac (Ike) Moskow, who was originally from Manchester but emigrated to Johannesburg in the early 1900s.

He married Rebecca Cohen, sister of Solly Cohen, both of Manchester.

Email or write to 2/27 Woodville Avenue, Glen Huntly 3163, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Paternal side

Joyce Dempsey of Ireland is trying to locate her mother's paternal family from Liverpool.

Joyce's grandfather, Joseph Isaac, son of Nicholas and Adelaide/Adeline Isaac, was killed in the First World War on December 25, 1916 .

Joyce's mother, Eileen, was his child from his marriage to Mary Smyth from Dublin.

They married in the Isle of Man and lived in Liverpool.

Joseph had a sister Rose and brothers Norman and George.

Eileen died 20 years ago, never knowing her Isaac family as she was sent to her maternal grandparents in Dublin to be reared.

Email or telelphone 0353879856547

Mines or Eisen

Rachel Mines of Vancouver is looking for relatives of her father, Sender Mines, who survived the Holocaust and died in Vancouver Canada in 1981.

Sender had a cousin named Lewis, who wrote to him from Glasgow in 1946.

Unfortunately, the letter's envelope and signature are missing.

Lewis's last name may have been Mines, but was probably Eisen, perhaps spelled Aizen.

His father was named Meyer and his grandfather was probably Liepe (Lippe, Liebe).

The family came from Skuodas, Lithuania.

Another branch of the Eisen family, Israel Eisen and his children, emigrated from Skuodas to America in 1920.

Write to 401 - 189 Ontario Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5W 4C6, telephone +604-683-6864 or email

Helping out

Gareth Booker of Warrington is helping a friend research her Jewish family history.

The Usden family lived in Manchester in the Cheetham Hill area. Abraham Usden and his wife Charlotte (nee Sapiro/a) were the first of this family to come to England.

The other family members were Eli Engelberg and his wife Lily (nee Franks).

Eli was born in Manchester while his wife was born in Scotland. On Eli and Lily's marriage certificate the witnesses were Tobias Kletz and Louis Pavion, so Gareth would like to hear from their descendants too.

They have found that the surname Usden may also be Husdan and the surname Engleberg and its variants will also be known as Ingleby which is what the family is probably known as now.

They also discovered the surname Langfier in the family and believe they may be related to the court photographers of the same surname.

Write to 320 Park Road, Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 3RE or email

Wexler mystery

Helen and Glenn Wexler of Derby are trying to compile a family history, but the Wexlers are proving to be a bit of a mystery.

Helen's paternal great-grandfather, Abraham, was born on August 9, 1902 to Paulina Wexler (nee Baum) and Morris Wexler at 14 Adeline Street in Cheetham, Manchester.

Morris is registered as a joiner journeyman. He left for New York and Paulina followed shortly after, but she travelled under her maiden name.

They left Abraham behind to be brought up in the Jewish community by the Mendel or Mendelssohn family.

He was sent a monthly allowance well into his late adulthood.

Write to 182 St Albans Rd, Derby DE22 3JQ or email

Died in Chorlton

Les Kausman's father, Henry Kaufman, moved to Australia as a seven-year old in 1913 with his mother Lily (nee Sadle). Henry was born in Chorlton.

Mark's father was Julius Kaufman, who died in Chorlton in 1921, aged 66.

Les believes Julius's headstone may yield information about his family.

When Henry married in 1932, his name had changed to Kausman.

Write to 3 Benbow Court, East Hawthorn,Victoria, Australia 3123 or email

Lost friend

Dr Jeffrey Freilich of London would like to re-establish contact with Benjamin Bartle who was born in Manchester around 1945.

Ben formerly lived at 15 Okeover Road, Broughton Park, Salford. Ben, a Manchester Grammar School pupil, was Jeffrey's learning partner in yeshivah in 1962.

He graduated in mathematics in 1966 from Manchester University and then became a computer consultant until he retired.

Write to 41 Rowsley Avenue, London NW4 1AP, email or telephone 020 8203 3761.

Freud's brothers

LILIANE WEISSBERG is working on a book about Sigmund Freud, whose two older brothers emigrated to Manchester.

Liliane, who will travel to Manchester in November, will be using correspondence between Freud and his nephew Sam at the Rylands Library.

She wants as much information as possible about the brothers.

Write to University of Pennsylvania, 745 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305, USA or email

Leeds Cantor

Avraham Ofek of Israel is looking for information and the family of Solomon Zalman Stern, who was a cantor in Leeds in the 1950s.

Write to 1/73 Baruch Ram St, 42276 Netanya, Israel or email

Distant cousins

Paul Harris of Tel Aviv wants information on the Rodrigues Rogers family which settled in Britain in the 18th century.

He is also trying to contact his mother's distant cousins named Lask, who resided in Leeds.

Her uncle, Motke, was headmaster of the Leeds Talmud Torah.

All four sons were medical doctors.

Telephone 0097237306353, write to Sheshet Hamayamim 30, Tel Aviv 67535, Israel or email

Isaac's children

Ian Johnson of Bury is trying to find relatives of his grandparents Isaac Goldman (born about 1880) and Leah Segal (born about 1886).

Leah Segal came from Kovno Gabernia.

Telephone 0161-766 4604 or email

Married Eva

Terry Donn of Southport is trying to find relatives of David Donn (Donnas), born in Lithuania about 1880s.

He came to England in the 1890s, married and settled in Hull, marrying Eva Knispel in 1905.

Write to 40 Bath Street, Southport PR90DB, telephone 01704 540363 or email

Lesley's aid

STEVEN Landau of Todmorden is seeking information on his family history, helped by Lesley Brennan.

Steven's great-grandfather, Abraham Landau, was born around 1840 and is listed in the 1901 census as living in Leeds. His wife was Zipporah.

"They lived in Trafalgar Street, in The Leylands," Lesley said. "Steven's grandfather was Samuel Landau."

Telephone Lesley on 01706 812570.

Hunt for photos

Dr David Conway of Glasgow is looking to trace any information, photographs or documents relating to his late parents Jack and Gita (Nee Feingold) Conway of Roston Road, Salford, Manchester.

Email him at or write to 53 Kirkintilloch Road, Lenzie, Glasgow, G66 4LB.

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