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Dr. Mendel Lifshutz

I’ve written a little bit about Benjamin’s, believed by  me,  Uncle Solomon, brother to his father David, and wife Sarah Mary Kinoy; his sisters Ida, Minnie, Anna & Fanny. Now I want to tell you a little about dear Mendel, their son, who left his home at the age of 6. The families last known address according to their immigration record was in Gomel, Mogilev, Russia. The immigration record says ‘the name and complete address of the nearest relative or friend where hence alien came’  listed is Berko Lifschitz, Gomel, Migil, ? . I am leaning towards this being my Benjamin (great grandfather) The family departs on the ship Estonia from Libau, Russia.

Under ‘going to join a relative or friend, and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address’


I believe that to be an I for Isaac/Isidore. However in my continued research. I have discovered another son with named Elias. Could that possibly be an E?

Mendel is an interesting guy and was fun to research because of the many twists and turns, name changes and spellings.

The next record is the 1915c @ the 1268 Park Ave address. Again remember this is the address of Benjamin when he married Kate Rosen that started me on this search. Mendel is 10 and in school. His sisters Annie and Minnie are living at home, occupation, dressmakers; brother Isaac is still home, occupation – painter.

By 1920 Mendel has become Emanuel and is 15 with alien status, is still living with his parents @ 1268 Park Ave and is in school. By 1925c he is 20, the spelling of his name is a census error as Manral, occupation – college. Two years later in 1927 Emanuel petitions for naturalization.




This Petition is so wonderful because it gives us so much information. Its for Emanuel Lifshitz @ 1268 Park Ave. His occupation is medical student, born Nov 30 1904 at Huta, Russia. He left from Libau, Russia on Jan 23 and arrived Feb 8th 1911 to Ellis Island. Also exciting is another clue from this document that helped round out this family. Witnessing this document is Maria Lipshitz. Who is this person living at 1046 Stebbins Ave, Bronx?  I will talk about Maria later on and tie her into this family.

Spelling of last name: somewhere and somehow by someone at sometime the name Lipschitz morphed and was listed and spelled with a p with an f, a sch, a sh, and in the case of Dr. Emanuel he ended up using the spelling of Lifshutz

Emanuel practiced in New York, the Bronx and in California. Sometime along the way he married a woman named Eleanor Rosen (could this be a relation to our Kate Rosen?) They went on to have 3 children, Martha, Howard and Susan all of which appear to have been physicians as well. I have not been able to find any marriage record for Emanuel and Eleanor. What I do have is the death certificate for Emanuel Lifshutz that substantiates these facts.

I also found an obituary who I believe is our Eleanor, his wife; see below.

“Lifshutz Lifshutz, Eleanor, 87, of Boca Raton, passed away March 1st. Survived by M-loving son Dr. Howard (Esther) M-Lifshutz. Beloved mother of the late Dr. Susan M-Lifshutz and Dr. Martha M-Lifshutz. M-Adoring grandmother of Dr. M-Jason M-Lifshutz. Cherished great-grandmother of Madyson Lefshutz. M-Services were held Friday March 3rd. Levitt-Weinstein Memorial Chapel, Tamarac.”

I found a FB page for Dr. Jason Lifshutz ~ grandson and sent a message but have not heard back from him. ( went to that darn ‘other’ mail box ) I did see a FB page for the mother of Madyson and I will try writing to her. In the meantime we now have a little bit of a better understanding of my 1st cousin 3x removed.

Facts from death certificate:


Emanuel Lifshutz born November 30th 1904 Russia died January 9, 1987 Los Angeles Ca; Occupation: Physician; Place of death: U.C.L.A. Medical Center; Cause of death Cardiac Arrest, Sepsis, Diverticulitis; parents Solomon Lifshitz & Sarah Kinoy; Disposition Burial shipper Jan. 9, 1987 New Montefiore Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY

From Findagrave we learn that Emanuel died in California but his body was returned to New York and he was buried at New Montefiore Cemetery

Name: Emanuel Lifshutz

Birth Date: 30 Nov 1904
Birth Place: Russian Federation
Death Date: 9 Jan 1987
Death Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Cemetery: New Montefiore Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: West Babylon, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Has Bio?: N


I have also attached 2 articles I found on Emanuel; well we can’t be certain but most likely probable. One is a mention of him by Eleanor Roosevelt and the other for Emanuel as the director of Yeshiva University’s College of Medicine, N.Y.


DECEMBER 18, 1954
NEW YORK—Last Wednesday was a long but particularly gratifying day for me. At a very early hour I went up to the Bronx, here, to see the new city hospital, which is to be staffed by doctors of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In reciprocation the hospital will furnish Yeshiva’s medical school with some of the best facilities that any school has ever had for practice and teaching as well as research.
This new medical school is of great importance to the country as well as to the city. We have not added very substantially to our number of medical colleges in recent years and that is one of the reasons we are short of doctors at the present time. These added facilities will mean much in training and research, but even with these we will not have all we should have in this country.
We were shown through the hospital by Dr. Marcus D. Kogel and Dr. Emanuel Lifshutz, and I was very much impressed by the way the city had done its planning. The structure was costly to build but it was done in a way that will mean a minimum in upkeep in the future.
Yeshiva University’s College of Medicine Opens $20, 000, 000 HospitalJanuary 4, 1966
NEW YORK (Jan. 3)Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine opened its new, 12-story, $20, 000, 000 hospital here today. Located in the Bronx, the institution is the first completely new hospital to be built in New York City in 10 years, and the first university hospital to be established by a medical college in this metropolitan area in 77 years.

A 12-story concrete structure, the hospital, with a capacity of 375 beds, includes two eight-story pavilions, the Horace W. Goldsmith and the David and Irene Schwartz pavilions; a three-story, Charles H. Revson Diagnostic Center, the Evelyn and Joseph I. Lubin Rehabilitation Center and the Elizabeth Frankel Radiation Therapy Center. According to Dr. Emanuel Lifshutz, director of the hospital, the air-conditioned institution is fully automated and contains many new features, including highly sophisticated instrumentation developed only within the last 10 years.



16 years ago I located my birth family, both maternal and paternal side. After literally years of searching, even before the help of the internet, I just couldn't stop searching so I began digging into my new found families past. The journey has been amazing as we connect and reconnect lost and found generations.

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