THE Quidam tour of Cirque du Soleil's publicist LAURINA KROMMENDIJK, currently in London and soon to arrive in Manchester, has happy memories as a teenage au pair in the capital between 1984-85.
She worked for Roy and Marilyn Bloom, in Ducross Drive, Stanmore, but has lost contact with them.
She particularly recalls their children Shoshanna, who would now be 26, and Dov, who would be 22 today.
If anyone can put her in touch with the Blooms, Laurina, who is Dutch, can be contacted on (00-31) 20 355 0355 or by email
SCHELLY TALALAY DARDASHTI, supplements editor of the Jerusalem Post's City Lights magazine, is looking for any members of the Talalay family of Mogilev, Belarus.
''Several family members passed through the UK in the early 1900s on their way to America,'' Schelly says.
''The story is that one or more may have stayed in the UK.
''Whilst I know the family now in the UK (Canadian branch now in London), the earlier ones are still missing.''
Schelly adds that in America the name was changed to Taylor, Tollin, Tallin, Toll, Tall and Tal.
Write to 11 Grinberg, Apt 57, Ezorei Chen, Tel Aviv 69379, Israel or email
IRENE GROLNIC of Massachusetts is looking for details on Sigmund Heller, who lived in Leeds.
Sigmund was born in Vienna in 1876 and died in 1932.
He was president of a synagogue in Leeds and his father may have been Hirsch Wolf.
Irene, whose mother is from Leeds, can be contacted at 12 Quill Circle, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368, USA or email
JULIUS REISS of Cortlandt Manor, New York, would like to find his cousins, Delia and Albert Joseph.
They lived in Manchester at Park Field House, Parkfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester 20.
They had two children, Suzanne and Jonathan. Suzanne married and had two boys named Andrew and Louis.
Write to 265 Millington Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567, USA, telephone 914-739-8396 or email his niece Sandi Selby at
STEPHEN LOWE of Macclesfield is trying to find the families of Manchester soldiers who volunteered for the Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment in the First World War.
He is researching the names Eli and Solomon Gerber, Reuben Levy, Mike Gleek, John Hall and Benjamin Rosenthal, all of whom lived in Cheetham Hill and Hightown.
Write to 130 Gawsworth Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8UQ or telephone 01625 424921.
Israeli FRAN FLAMHOLZ is searching for descendants of the Rosenbaum family of Wengorova, Poland.
Leah Rosenbaum, a redhead, married a tanner by the name of Pinchas Blumenbaum, lived in Wengorova and had one daughter in the mid-1800s.
This child married and moved to America with her husband and children before the Depression.
Sura Rosenbaum married Yosef Stanski, lived in or near Przygoda with their six children.
Two of their redheaded offspring moved to France.
Another daughter married and lived in Sokolov with her husband and children — all of whom died in the Holocaust.
One Rosenbaum son had a dairy farm not far from Wengorova.
He and his wife had five children, four of whom later settled in Pennsylvania.
Another son went to England, probably late-1880s.
Contact Hatzor Street, 16 Apt #2, Ramat Gan 52373, Israel.
DOROTHY RIVERS of New Mexico has just discovered she had a great aunt, Rachael Leah Maurer Eilberg who moved to England from Mielec, Poland in 1921.
Rachael had three children — two girls and a boy. Her sister, Ruth Helen, was Dorothy's great-grandmother.
Write to Rte 11 Box 80, Silver City, NM 88061, USA or email
RUBEN MENDZIGURSKY lost contact with the Bookbinder family when he left Manchester for Israel in 1956.
The Bookbinders were bakers by profession with various shops in North Manchester.
Write to Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi, Upper Galillee 12305, Israel.
ALAN GOLIN GASS is appealing to the Liverpool community for help.
Alan's grandfather, Joseph Gass, and his half-brothers and sisters, surnamed Pellish (Pelisch), all ended up in Liverpool.
They all came from either small towns in Bessarabia (Moldova) or southern Ukraine, named Moghilev-Podolskij and Soroca or from Odessa.
In the 1890 census for Liverpool, it states that the Pellish and Gass siblings all lived in one house.
Some then moved to America with others going to Buenos Aires.
Alan would like to hear from anyone with records of deaths and/or burials of Jewish persons named Gass and Pellish in Liverpool.
In addition, Alan is also researching the names Golin and Abow from Russia.
Write to FAIA 602 South Harrison Lane, Denver, Colorado 80209, USA, telephone 1-303-778-6661 or email
CISSIE EPPEL of Vancouver was sent a marriage certificate dated August 28, 1910 whilst researching the Goldman family of Leeds.
The certificate was for the wedding of Annie Goldman of 44 Northfield Square, Leeds, to Harry Rosenfield of 2 St Albans Place, Leeds.
Annie's father, Samuel Goldman, is listed as 'Tinner'. Cissie would like to know if the family is connected to her.
Telephone 604 321 9870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
Please include your home address.