FAMILY PORTRAIT: Isaac Icht with his children Jacob, Monty, Vivian and Myra

AN ISRAELI man is looking for information on his late grandfather. Isaac Icht, of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv wants memories of his grandfather, also called Isaac Icht.

Isaac believes his grandfather came from either Kishishev (now Chisnau in Moldova) or Kiev.

He moved to Manchester sometime around 1924 and was head cantor at the North Manchester Hebrew Congregation.

He was married to Ahoba and they had four children - Isaac's father Jacob, Monty, Vivian (also known as Haviva) and Myra.

Isaac lived with wife at 161A Great Clewes Street.

His grandson said: "As my grandfather was a cantor at the synagogue, he and my grandmother welcomed all members of the shul and other members of the community in to their home."

Isaac died in 1934 at the age of 47, due to complications from a kidney disorder. He is buried at Rainsough Cemetery.

Isaac junior is currently in Manchester, in a bid to find out more about his late grandfather.

A talented harmonica player, he recently performed for the Friendship Club at the Jewish Community Centre, Prestwich, in memory of his grandfather.

Write to 42 Moshe Dayan Street, Ramat Gan, Israel 57294, telephone 00972 3 676 8858 or 00972 523 295 899 or

Josephine Woolfson of Leeds wants to reunite two volumes of a Spanish and Portuguese machzor with the family of the original owner.

An elderly Christian man gave Josephine the prayer books several years ago in Hereford.

He acquired them in Manchester at the Three Choirs Festival. Sarah Levey of Woodlands Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester owned them. One is inscribed with family information. Daughter Beatrice married Herman Machanie in July 1929 at Burlington, Vermont.

Another daughter Ellen (Helen) married Israel Cohen in Manchester, April 1931, whilst son, David Baker Machanic was born in March 1932.

Josephine has found no Machanie or Machanics but there are several David Mechanics.

She hesitates to contact each or anyone called Cohen in Manchester to find out which is a grandchild of Sarah Levey.

Josephine can be contacted through the Leeds office of the Jewish Telegraph on 0113 2956000 or email

ROS Romem of Jerusalem is looking for descendants of Elias Todres and Rebecca Sherman.

Ros says she knows of some family members who moved from Manchester to Glasgow and London.

But some of the daughters were already married and after various periods of time in Manchester left for America under their married names around 1906.

Write to 7 Beit Hakerem St, Jerusalem, Israel or email

Gerald Freedman of Edinburgh is researching Isaac Freedman, who came to Hull from Riga, Lativa, before 1886.

He had a son, Abraham Freedman, and the Freedman family then moved to Edinburgh, where Abraham had sons Stanley, Gerald, Joseph, Syd, Fredia, Dora, Minnie, and Doris.

Larry Itchkovitch was a brother-in-law to Stanley Freedman.

Gerry, is the great great grandson of Isaac, and the great grandson of Abraham and grandson of Stanley.

He seeks any information on the family history from Riga and before until the present era.

Write to 41 Graver Lane, Manchester M40 1GN or email

FOLLOWING the television coverage of the Auschwitz commemoration, the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre had an enquiry from a man in Glasgow who was a pupil at Hyndland Secondary School in 1945-46, when four refugee boys arrived - survivors from the camps.

They were: Manfred Hejmann, twins Kurt and Walter Lief and Stephan Wolkowicz.

At least two of the boys lived in the hostel next to Garnethill Synagogue. Does anyone know what became of these boys?

Contact Harvey Kaplan at 0141 649 4526 or email him at .

Barbara Mannlein of Arizona is seeking a cousin, Keith Henry Wyser or his descendants.

Keith was born Kurt Heinz Weiser to Gertrude Priebe and Max Haskel Weiser in Germany.

He moved to England, probably in the early 1930s, where he changed his name. He became a solicitor in London and was active in the Cactus and Succulent Society in London.

Write to 4914 N Bonita Ridge Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85750, USA or email

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