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Solomon H & Sarah M Lifshitz Gravestone

Kudo’s to Mount Carmel Cemetery, Ridgewood, N.Y.  for the 14 day turn around from initial call to the receipt of this wonderful photo of Solomon and Sarah’s gravestone.


Who is this Solomon and Sarah, I can here my Aunt Rochelle asking; oy I am so confused!

Solomon and Sarah Lifshitz until proven other wise is the brother and sister-in-law to Benjamin Lipshitz’s father David. Benjamin’s Aunt and Uncle

Benjamin lived with Solomon and Sarah before he married Kate Rosen @ 1268 Park Ave NYC

A big Thank you to the internet FB site Tracing The Tribe for the help in translating their stone.

Ira Leviton replied to my inquiry as follows:

Sarah’s side
1. Here lies
2. Sarah Marra
3. daughter of the Rabbi Zalman Yitzchak May he rest in peace
4. Died 14 Av 5722 (followed by abbrev. for) May her soul be bound in the bonds of life

Solomon’s side
1. Here lies
2. Mr. Zalman Hillel son of Mr. Dov Ber
3. Died 11 Av 5695
4. May his soul be bound in the bonds of life

Robin Meltzer replied Sharon: Solomon: Here lies Mr. Zalman Hillel son of Mr. Dov Ber, died 11 Av 5695, [abbr] May his soul be bound in the bond of life.” Sarah: Here lies Sarah Mereh daughter of the rabbi Zalman Yitzchak, may he rest in peace, died 14 Av 5711, [abbr] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.

So I have been sitting here thinking about Solomon and Sarah- their children Elias, Isidore, Ida, Fannie, Minnie and Anna and their relationship to our Benjamin. I am picturing them living under one roof with Ben at the Park Ave address. Benjamin being deaf – the need to communicate – did they all sign? Was Ben’s communication a system of  ‘home’ signs or did he have a more complex and formal sign language training, if sign language at all. 1915c does not tell us anything , the 1920c & 1930c says neither Ben or Kate could read or write  and the 1920c says Ben was not able to speak English. By that time all 3 of their daughters had been born, ages 1 – 4. It was my contention from the beginning of my quest for answers, that this family had to have support and I found it in Solomon, Sarah and family…

Home sign
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Home sign (or kitchen sign) is the gestural communication system developed by a deaf child who lacks input from a language model in the family. This is a common experience for deaf children with hearing parents who are isolated from a sign language community.

While not developing into a complete language (as linguists understand the term), home sign systems show some of the same characteristics of signed and spoken languages, and are quite distinguishable from the gestures that accompany speech. Words and simple sentences are formed, often in similar patterns despite different home sign systems being developed in isolation from each other. Comparisons are often made between home sign and pidgins. There is great disparity among families with respect to the extent to which family members attempt to learn or participate in the signing of the deaf child. In many cases, no one but the deaf child attempts to sign more than minimally. When two or more children in a family are deaf, however, a more sophisticated private language develops.

Family, please post  in the reply section if you have any insight or thoughts on these questions. I would love to learn more about these two great grandparents.

Sending you all lots of





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.

3 thoughts on “Solomon H & Sarah M Lifshitz Gravestone

  1. Beautiful stones. How nice that the cemetery responded so quickly and was willing to do this in the first place. Not every cemetery is that helpful.

    1. It was a beautiful stone. Whats really interesting and why the fast turn around I am sure was that for $10 I got 3 8 x 10 photo’s , front, side and back view of stone along with a letter asking for a bit over $5,000 for endowment care, citing rising costs and the fact they had run out of money to care for the stone. Wouldn’t it be nice if the price to refurbish was reasonable and we could help….

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