STEPHEN Lubell of Israel would like to hear from anyone who remembers or has information about the Lubelski family from Leeds.

His great grandfather's name was Solomon, and he came from Russia in the 1870s and lived at 72 Bridge Street. Stephen's grandfather Joseph was born at 25 Tramway Street and served in the First World War.

He was a custom tailor. Most of the Lubelskis emigrated to America, but one daughter, Fanny, remained. She married Jacob Blumberg in 1891 and they had one son Sammy.

Another son, Shyke, emigrated to South Africa before World War Two and changed his name to Bell.

His grandmother, Jennie Rachel (Samuel) Lubelski (Lubell), had a very prosperous business buying and selling textile remnants during and after the war.

Stephen's father Cecil Lubell was born in Leeds in 1912 and lived at 26 Evelyn Street before they left for America in 1923. He went to the Roundhay Road School.

Write to Ma'ale Habanim 6/1, Ramat Gan 52381 Israel, telephone 972 36765007, email or

GLASWEGIAN Jack Dean, who moved to Manchester six months ago, is looking for members of his late grandmother's family - the Denkofskys.

Jack, 49, was born in Glasgow in 1954. His late mother was Renee Landman from Leeds while his late father, Leslie Israel, was born in 1922.

After suffering antisemitism in the RAF during World War Two he changed his name back to Denkofsky.

''My father was then bullied by those in the RAF who did not like foreigners,'' Jack said. ''He subsequently changed his name to Dean.''

His grandmother Ethel Dean died in Manchester in the mid-1960's.

Jack is now living in Whitefield, Manchester, with his American-born wife Margery. Contact him on 0161-959 6892.

BETTY Avital of Israel has been wondering about her mother's family, which probably still has roots in Merseyside.

Her grandparents were Henry and Yetta Matthews. Her mother was born Beatrice Matthews and was raised in Liverpool between 1910 and 1915.

Her parents died when she was young and two older brothers, Jack and Cassie raised her until she was 18 when she emigrated to live with an aunt in Perth, Australia.

She married David Moritz and bore seven children; six of whom are astill alive. There are a number of grand children and great grandchildren. Betty and London-born husband Dan have been in Israel for more than 50 years.

Dan, who was known as Dennis, lived in Glasgow for four years and is the son of Sam Perkoff. Write to 13 Elah Street, 76858 Asseret, Israel, telephone 972-8-8597060 or email

SUSIE Perry of Lincolnshire is researching her mother's family name of Wiener.

Adolf Wiener, her great-great grandfather came from Austria in the 1870s to Birkenhead, Liverpool. All Susie knows is that Adolf was given 24 hours to leave Austria after an uprising.

Write to 'Iduno', Fen Lane, Mareham Le Fen, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 7SD

LONDONER Howard Sherman recently discovered that Annie Grodzinski, who married Joseph 'Rosenberg' Rose in 1921, had an aunt and uncle called Golinsky in Cheetham, Manchester in 1918/1919.

Their son, Louie, changed his name to Glancy. He had brothers and at least one sister. Other cousins are Jack Gold, former president of a Manchester synagogue, and Dave and Alex Gold in London.

Write to 36 Crofters Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 3ED, telephone 01923 836640 or email

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