Eli starts a search for shul's records

ELI Weller, of Bnei Brak, is looking for the pinkas hakhillah (community ledger) of the Manchester Central Synagogue in Heywood Street.

His father, Enoch Weller, was born in Manchester in 1925 to Jonah (John) Weller who had a fish and vegetable shop at 321 Waterloo Road.

Jonah had arrived in England with his parents Aaron and Chana Weller from Vilkaviskis, Luthuania, around 1885.

In an article Vilkaviskis-Manchester, there are pictures of members of the synagogue - possibly including Eli's relatives.

Eli would like to see the ledgers to find out more information about his family.

Email or telephone 00973-5748980.

Shop assistance

ROCHELLE Cooke, of Wetherby, wants any information on her grandparents Isaac Zendle and his first wife Rachel Herscowitz.

They initially lived in Mancester in Bell Street, over the Warsaw Shul.

They then lived in Cheetham Hill Road and had a grocery shop which was taken over by their daughter, Betty, after Isaac's death. Rachel had predeceased him and he had married Ethel.

"I remember a very old-fashioned shop with sacks of potatoes and a barrel of herrings, a long wooden counter and a huge till," Rochelle said.

She would also like a picture of the shop.


Died in Glasgow

ABRAHAM Goldberg, of Jerusalem, wants information on Rev Simon Mirsky.

He lived in the Hackney district of London but died in Glasgow in 1945.

His wife was Rose (Rosa) nee Steinberg. They had a number of children including Moses, who became an international singer, cantor and professor in the Guildhall School of Music.

Simon's death announcement included the names of additional children and close relatives - "Mr and Mrs Reuben Mirsky, Jack, Lenny and Tevy, of Glasgow, Mr and Mrs John Loche, Pauline, Martin and Jerry, of Ireland, Mr Joe Mirsky, Mr and Mrs Harry Mirsky, Mr and Mrs Shula Konigfest, Riva and Jack of India".


anglicised name

REBECCA Watson, of Bolton, is the granddaughter of Irene Ruddock (Ruddick), who was born in Leeds in 1928.

Rebecca's family emigrated to Leeds in the early part of the 20th century from Lithuania.

Her maternal great-grandmother was Minnie (Maria) Mankovitz, who married Isaac Rudovsky. They anglicised their surname to Ruddock or Ruddick.


lost touch

ANN Freedland, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is looking for her friend Esther Weinstein.

The last time they met was five years ago when Esther lived in Prestwich, Manchester.

Contact Ann on 0191-284 9678.

Denise Stallman, of Manchester, was sent this photograph by a cousin. She recognises her grandfather, David Lazarus at the back left and thinks his father-in-law, Zelig Chernick is at the front on the right. But Denise needs help with the other two men, She thinks they may be other sons-in-law Ted Verber and Henry Goldstein. She believes the photo was taken in 1912 when her grandparents David and Annie (nee Chernick). Write to 26 Fairway, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0JH, telephone 0161-798 5903 or email

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
Please include your home address and contact telephone number.

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