Release October 16, 2022

Yigal Writing

Yigal used to write short chapters and read them at various events in the nursing home where he lived in the last years of his life.

The large and interesting part of the chapters are part of his life history.

Few are translations or abridgments of facts related to general education.

Release Feb 23, 2020

Berek Szczekacz and Chana Szmidt

Berek Szczekacz and Chana Szmidt had 12 children. Searching for Birth, Marriage, Death records (BMD) brings us occasionally to meet living family members. I admit, getting to know new blood related family members is the most exciting part of doing genealogy. Lately I met Yoram Shachar, one of Berek and Chana’s great, greatgrandchild about whom I haven’t heard until Dec 15, 2019. The meeting has prompted me to create pages for the descendants of Berek Szczekacz, our mutual great, great grandfather. The released page will introduce you to the 12 children and to their children. Currently there are only two documented stories, about Layzer Ludwig Szczekacz and about Frajdla Szczekacz. The stories about Yoram Shachar, Samuel Szczekacz (The artist, Shmuel Tzur), the many Shakter’s descendants and others will follow soon.

Release Nov 9, 2019

Yosef Kaluzynski and Chana nee Sznajderman

Lebanon About 1909-1914


Release Jan 6, 2018

Fajgla Kaluzynski and Wolf Szperling

Wolf and Fajga Kaluzynski

The Holocaust Had no Mercy for the Szperling Family

Stories and Photos

Release June 26, 20

Ludwig Layzer Szczekacz

A Telephone call from Australia to Californiaswept Jane and me into a research in the Czech Republic. Several families appeared for a moment and then disappeared during the Holocaust. Very few suvivors, many Yad Vashem testimony pages and research in the Czech Republic declared Jane, Dov Kuflik, his sister, Idit, and the five grandchildren of Josef Arieli, my self included, are 3rd cousins. Jane, Dov and his sister, Idit, are 2nd cousins.

Dawid Borejdo Sznajderman

The following story is about Dawid Sznajderman, the son of Abram Moshe Sznajderman and Ajdla Koenigsberg, who survived the tumultuous time of WWII.

Dawid Borejdo Sznajderman



Marek Kaluzynski

Marek Kaluzynski was son of my great grandfather, Abram Kaluzynski, and his second wife, Chaja Dzialoszynska.

Marek Kaluzynski

Marek’s mother, Chaja, died around 1912 in Czestochowa, leaving his father with five young children;

the youngest, Sara, was two years old. Marek was fourteen years old.


Release History



Important Links

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Connect with Czestochowers all over the wold.

The World Society of
Czestochowa Jews
And Their Descendants

Family History


Memories, like sand stones
Slowly, a grain follows a grain,
Erode, crumble, and vanish.
Sea waves and wind
Sweep them away
Listen to the voices
Collect the words,
The names, the episodes, the moments…
Carve and seal them
In a meticulously crafted pendant
Close to your heart
Allow them to live forever.



Let Us Start With Basic Steps:

Write down everything you know about yourself and about your family:

  • Full names
  • Date of Birth, Marriage and Death
  • Where these events occured
  • Talk to your grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts
  • Write down family anecdotes
  • Scan family photos
  • Scan Family documents


My grandmother, on my mother side, Tema Lifshitz was born Tema Rothstein in the shtetl Rakow, belarus.

Her father was Bzalel Mordechai Rothstein or Rodstein
as his surname appears in the Belarus records.

Descendants of Tsalim Mordukov Rodshtein

Generation 1


Tsalim Mordukov Rodshtein and Khana Dvora Lieberman had nine children:



3. BASHA FREIDA RODSHTEIN was born about 1875.
She married ABA ITSKHOKIN.
He died in 1942 in Rakow, Belarus.

4. MICHAEL RODSHTEIN was born on 15 Dec 1877 in Rakow, Belarus.
He died on 09 Jan 1958 in U.S.A.
He married Basha Katzchen in Kovna, Belarus.
She was born about 1871 in Kovna, Lithuania.
She died on 14 Jul 1957 in USA.

5. ROKHIL RODSHTEIN was born on 20 May 1882 in Rakow, Belarus.
She married ITZHAK BERKMAN. He was born before 1905 in Vishneva, Volozhyn, Nowogrodek, Belarus.
He died in 1942 in Rakow, Belarus.

6. MOSHE LEIB RODSHTEIN was born about 1884.
He married YETTA.

7. YAKOV RODSHTEIN was born on 14 Jan 1884 in Rakow, Belarus.

8. TEMA RODSHTEIN was born on 03 Sep 1885 in Rakow Belarus.
She died on 05 Apr 1959 in Shchunat Montefiory, Tel Aviv, Israel.
He was born about 1882 in Rakow, Belarus.
He died on 25 Dec 1946 in Shchunat Montefiory, TelAviv, Israel.


9. YICHE ISIDOR RODSHTEIN was born on 15 Nov 1889 in Belarus (Poland (Rakow, Belarus ?)).
He died about 1976 in New York.
He married Neta Perlstein on 13 Dec 1913 in NY, NY.
She was born on 24 Mar 1893 in Belarus (Grodno, Russia Belarus)).
She died about 1972 in New York.

The oldest Rothstein family photo I have is from Rakow. No date was stamped on the photo.

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Sitting at the center of the photo are great grand mother Chana Dvorah Movshovna and great grandfather Tsalim Mordukov Rodshtein

Behind them are standing their three daughters.

On the right Rokhil and Tema (my grand mother). On the left stands Basha-Freida

The two young men at the top row are two of their five sons and their names are unknown.

Left to Tsalim-Mordukov Rodshtein sits Aba Itskhokin (Basha-Freida's husband) with their youngest son Tzvi.  Their daughter Chana stands behind him and their oldest daughter Faya sits in the front row with her brother Moshe.

The three sons Moshe Leib, Michel and Yiche already emigrated to the USA


product image Bzalel Mordechai Rothstein

Rakov, Belarus

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and his wife Khana Dwora Lieberman

Before 1924 - Rakov, Belarus

product image Bzalel Mordechai, his daughter, Rokhil

and her three daughters: Raizel, Chana and Rywka

Rakov, Belarus