Posted in Ancestry, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Memorial, Wedding, Weiss

The Headstone for Rosie Levin nee Weiss

I haven’t given up and have been continuing to try and discover the location of the cemetery for the gravestone photo of Miriam Weiss nee Schwartz, mother of Polly, Phillip and Rosie Weiss. I go in spurts, researching, making calls, checking cemeteries and then putting the project aside before starting again.

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My connection to the Weiss family is distant; through marriage. Miriam was the mother-in-law of my 2nd great uncle Marks Hyamovitch.

While working on this project I went back to her daughter Rosie, who we believe is in the photograph above. Both Rosie and her husband William Levin are buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Flushing Queens. On ‘Find A Grave’ a photo of Williams headstone is shown but not for Rosie.


It was easy to obtain a photo of Rosie’s  headstone using Mt Hebron’s ‘request photo pay now’ button. 3 days later and the photo below was in my email.


Rosie and William Levin ~ May their memory be a blessing

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October 2, 1909, New York City

Posted in Adoption, Ancestry, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Memorial, New York

Celebrating 3 Haimowitz Woman & 1 amazing Man

Three important woman in my life, my birthmother Marlene, her sisters Rochelle and Brenda, all celebrated their birthdays within days of each other. Jan 18th ~ the 23rd  is a week of remembering and honoring each of these woman.


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Marlene Haimowitz ~ 23 January  1934 ~ 6 October 2005


Rochelle 18 January 1945

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Brenda Haimowitz ~ 22 January 1950 ~ 8 June 2017

I had never noticed the resemblance of Marlene and Brenda until isolating and pairing  these two photo’s together. They were 16 years apart in age.


Also remembered and celebrated in this week is my adopting father Howard Joseph Brown.


Howard J Brown ~ 19 February 1923 ~ 23 January 2004

Howard passed away on my birthmothers birthday. They were connected in more than one way. Not just through my adoption but the cycle of their lives.


I’ll be celebrating 1 and remembering 3 amazing humans in my life!


Posted in Ancestry, Brickman, Genealogy, Jewish History, Memorial, New York, Rosen, Sompolno, Poland

Abraham Herschel (Harry) Rosen my 2x Great Uncle

It’s been a few years since I wrote about the Rosen side of the family. I had been able to track them back to my 3x great grandparents Jakob Rozen b. abt 1830, Sompolno, Poland and Mirla Morgansztern b. abt 1830, also of Sompolno. The community of Jewish inhabitants at that time was about 320. The population had doubled by the time my great grandmother Kruse (Kate) Rosen had been born on the 10th of January 1889. Kate was one of seven children born to her parents.

Abraham Herschel (Harry) Rosen b. 1900 in Sompolno was Kates youngest brother. They were about 11 years apart and together, they had made the trip over to New York from Poland in June of 1911.

Kate Rosen married Benjamin Lipschitz in 1913 in New York City. This was an arranged marriage between 2 deaf adults, both deaf from a childhood illness, Benjamin from typhoid fever. Kate and Benjamin went on to have three daughters, Minnie, Esther, and Mary. Minnie was my grandmother.

Harry went on to marry Kate Brickman in November of 1924. They had one daughter Renee Annette Rosen.  

Abraham&Kate2 copyI cropped this photo from the family photo below. With the help of the facebook group Genealogist Photo Restoration – Alan Spearman repaired this photo for us.


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seated: Ben Brickman, wife Rose, Joseph Posner & Ann Posner, Anna Brickman wife of Joseph Brickman, matriarch Kate Brickman, Kate Rosen & Harry Rosen standing: Ben Posner & brother Murray Posner, Majorie & Alan (children of Ben & Rose Brickman), Bebe Posner, Renee Rosen, David Brickman and Jesse Brickman 

It was the immigration record for (my) Kate and Harry (written Abram) that provided my original lead on this family. Kate (22) and Abram (11) were traveling together. They left behind their brother, written ‘Usther’ in Sompolno, traveling to their father Selig R., 217 E. 102nd St, The immigration record indicated  Kate was ‘deaf and dumb’. It was with this record I learned of the brother left behind and the brother she had been traveling with.

Back when I had originally posted about Kate and her brother Harry, and learned he had married Kate Brickman, I discovered Kate was related and connected to the Brickman Family of the Hotel Brickman in the Catskills. One thing led to an other and I connected with 2 distant cousins off this branch, Patti Daboosh nee Posner and Rita Domnitz nee Brickman. And just recently I have been connected to Harry’s grandson Eric Amrine along with Jill Rotter nee Brickman, sister to Rita.

Patti shared with me that Hotel Brickman was purchased on May 10, 1912 by Abraham and Molly Brickman. The family has also graciously shared this wonderful family photo.

Abraham and Molly Brickman children Jehiel, Anna and Joseph

Abraham&MollyBrickmanrepaired copyPhoto’s courtesy of the Brickman/Posner Family 

Abraham&MollyBrickmanrepaired2 copyAgain with the help of the facebook group Genealogist Photo Restoration – Candice Shaver Penna did a beautiful job restoring this photo for us.

Patti is the granddaughter of Anna (above), Rita and Jill granddaughters of Jehiel (above), Eric the great grandson of Jehiel (above)

The details of my grandmother’s life with Benjamin has been easily traceable with connections through our family line but Harry had been unknown and remained somewhat of mystery until a few years ago. Now with my connection to Eric, along with  Patti, Rita and Jill the veil is lifting.

Abraham Herschel (Harry) Rosen traveled over aboard the Blucher from the port of Hamburg and arrived in New York Harbor on June 20th, 1911. At that time his parents, Selig and Rose were living at 219 E. 102nd St.. Selig was working as a Hebrew teacher, a profession he would keep his entire life. Living at home with them was son Jacob (16) working as an operator in a waist factory.

His oldest sister, Jenny b. 1886 was the first in the family to make the voyage over, arriving prior to Oct. 1903 when she married Alexander Reiner in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Father Selig arrived in 1904 followed by his daughter Rejle Rose (Rae) b. 1890 in 1906. Rose married David Smith sometime that or the following year of 1907.

Selig’s wife Rose came over arriving on the SS Pretoria on March 1, 1909. I found Rose on the list of detained aliens, going to her husband, name not mentioned, but released to her daughter Mrs. Reiner. (It was with this notation I was able to distinguish her from the almost hundred other Rose Rosen’s 🙂

Son Jacob b. Apr 1894 arrived July 17, 1909 At the age of 17 Jacob married in  Dec. 1911  a woman named Sadie Schoenwetter.

There are two other children who it appears remained in Sompolno. The oldest child, a daughter named Mirla and son Usther. I have been able to confirm that Usther did remain and was murdered in the Holocaust.

Harry’s WW1 draft registration, 1918,  gives up a more detail into his life. He listed his permanent residence as his parent’s E. 102nd St. address and at 18yrs old he was working as a waiter. Not quite sure of the restaurant’s name but it appears to be Hildreth’s, Nassau County? Hildreth’s is an extremely well know established family in Suffolk county (South Hampton) with many businesses associated with their name During this time frame perhaps Hildreth began or had some business in Nassau county as written on the document.

Harry’s (Abraham) WWI Draft Registration


On  November 11th, 1924, Harry, using his proper name married Kate Brickman.


Notice the address of where they were married. Built in 1888 – 1889 ~ 80 West 126 St. was originally the dance studio of George W. Wallace with an adjoining home for his family. It also doubled as a rentable entertainment venue.  Known as the Ellsmere by 1906 this venue was a very popular spot for large events. It was here that Kate and Harry married. By 1929 this became the popular Plantation Club in direct competition with the Cotton Club. Today it houses The Baptist Church of Prayer.

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But what was Harry up to those 6 years prior?

In an email between Eric and myself he shared “We did know when he was older he attended Emma Goldman’s salons in her house. Knew her well, at least as an admirer. Rode the rails as well. Then met Kate at the hotel, hearing the Moonlight Sonata coming through an open window and following the sound to the house piano.” The hotel was The Brickman Hotel ~ Catskills ~ South Fallsburg.


I mentioned that Patti had shared with me that the hotel was bought in 1912 , she also shared a copy of the original deed. The seller was Matilda A Rickard. It is amazing that the family actually has the whole document in tac and I was delighted to get to see the entire document. The Hotel Brickman deserves its own posting which I may attempt at a later date.


I was unable to find the family of Harry, Kate and Renee in the 1930, or Harry in the old man’s listing for WWII. I have found no evidence of him naturalizing. I am absolutely delighted we now know what Harry looked like.

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I am fascinated by the fact that he attended the salons of Emma Goldman which really does give us a glimpse into his mindset for the times.

“Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War.”

Abraham Harry Rosen was my 2x great Uncle and I am so thankful for the connection I have made with his branch of our family.

Harry past away in Feb. 1986 and is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington D.C.


May his and Kates memory be a blessing 


Posted in Beberofsky, Bibrowski, Genealogy, Holocaust, Jewish History, Memorial, Rosen, Shoah, Sompolno, Poland

Rosen Family Revisited: A Shoah Death Discovered

I have been working on a posting for a number of days now that I was quite excited about. It always seems to be the case that as I work on one thing another pops up, catches my breath and leads me in a different direction. And so this is a different direction but within the same family.

My 2x great grandfather was a man named Selig Rozen (Rosen) b. 1862 Sompolno, Poland. He married Rojza Ruchel (Rosa) Bibrowski //Beberofski b. 1873 also of Sompolno, Poland. They had 7 children, all born in Sompolno.

Mirla b. 1880; Jennie b. 1886; Kruse/Kate b. 1889 (my great grandmother); Rejle/Rose b. 1890; Jacob Wolf b. 1894; Uscher/Auszer b. 1896, and Abraham Herschel/Harry b. 1900.

With the exception of Mirla and Uscher/Auszer  the other 5 siblings and parents immigrated to New York between the years of 1901 – 1911. I have been able to trace and research their stories as well as connect with cousins and grandchildren of their families.

But today I pause and want to write about


In June of 1911 my great grandmother Kate Rosen (22), deaf from a childhood illness, traveled with her youngest brother Abraham Herschel/ Harry to their parents Selig and Rosa already living in the New York. On the passenger list under the heading of  “the name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence Alien came” was written  “brother Usther R. – Sompolno” 

Up until today I had never been able to find anything to confirm that he or the oldest Mirla, had immigrated over. I still have nothing for Mirla. Working on the other post and looking at Uscher – (I already had a birth date for Uscher of 29 Aug. 1896. I had been in touch with a distant family member over in Sweden who had some basic research and documents for our family and this was the date she had given me) I did a general search, one of those just for the hec of it and sadly I learned the fate of Uscher Auszer who did not make the trip over to his family but lost his life in The Shoah.

Thank you to

The Arolsen Archives – International Center On Nazi Persecution

for their incredible work and documentation of those lost, to preserve their memory.

The first document found was a reference to him living in Germany in 1935. A Kaufmann was a merchant. Notice the under Title – the word Eschwege seems to be a location and it will be noted on other documents

Uscher Bibrowski
Residence Date: 1935
Address: Obermarkt 20
Residence Place: Eschwege, Deutschland (Germany)
Occupation: Kaufmann
Title: Adreßbuch von Eschwege


*** This post has been updated and many of the documents first posted can be found on additional post for Uscher.



I have contacted the Arolsen Archives site and have updated with a post on 11/25/2019


Name: Uscher Bibrowski
Birth Date: 28 Aug 1896
Cemetery: Jews of Germany Murdered in the Holocaust
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Sometimes you just have to stop and breath and that is how I am feeling.
Uscher Auszer, brother of my great grandmother Kate, brother of Mirla, Jennie, Rose, Jacob and Harry, son of Selig and Rosa
May Your Memory Be A Blessing 
Posted in Aaronson, Genealogy, Lifshitz, Lipschitz, Lipshitz, Memorial, Paley

Rachel (Rae) Aaronson nee Lifshitz and her brother Moe

Switching gears slightly, I want to get back to my Lipschitz family and update with a newly received record. * My Lipschitz family/families have taken on many of the different creative spelling variants with this branch using Lifshitz.

The birth certificate of Rachel Rae Lifshitz


Notice on the certificate the spelling of her mothers maiden name was written Dinowsky with most records record with an ‘f” instead.

Rachel was my 1st cousin 2x removed. She was the daughter of Solomon aka Simon Lifshitz b. Dec. 1873 Russia d. 27 Jan 1941 New York and Annie Dinofsky b. abt 1875 Russia d. date unknown.  Solomon/Simon was the brother of my great grandfather, Benjamin. They were joined by 2 other brothers, Isaac and Samuel along with 2 sisters, Fanny and Molly. Their parents were David Lipschitz and Ida/Edith Paley. The Paley connection has remained a mystery yet to be discovered. There has been a number of DNA connections of which has led to nothing concrete at this time.  

Rachel, 19 yrs old married Samuel C. Aaronson on 16 August 1916, New York City. Samuel was the son of Lazar Aaronson and Sarah Leah LNU. Samuel and Rachel had 4 children of which 3 survived, Morton b. 1917, Edith b. 1922 and Lawrence b. 1931.

While doing some searching of for any marriage mention for Samuel and Rae, I stumbled upon an obituary for Rachel’s brother Moses aka Moe Lifshitz. I have written about him before, however, I had not spotted his obituary. Always interesting, they provide a wealth of information to help move forward with research and this obit did not fail me.

MoeLifshitzObit – Hartford Currant, Saturday, July 30, 1955 – Page 4 

I have seen his mother’s last name spelled Dinufsky as opposed in Dinofsky before, as well as Rachel’s birth certificates spelling of Dinowsky which I mentioned above. I had only known his sister Dorothy as Dora and learned her married name, Friend, her home in Easton, Ga., along with his brother Charles using Lipton instead of Lifshitz.

What I do find interesting in the obit was his death in Texas and the mention of his long illness. It was the omission of where he passed away that got my attention.


In a prior post, I had written about his wife, Fay Parver, who sued him for a divorce on the grounds of Bigamy. At the time Moe was serving a five-year sentence for forgery in Sing Sing Prison, 1935. This was after being sentenced in Dannemora Prison in May 1932.  She had charged that he had married a second time under the name Joe Schiffman to a woman named Betty Wexalman. I must make note that the forgery charge was for forging a check in the amount of $20.

While this was 64 years ago, in many ways it seems close in time to me and I am sure to his immediate family and those who may remember him and might find this, too. His family loved him despite his transgressions and brought him home with love and affection. This I am sure of.  Finding the obituary for Moe was a blessing for me as it closed the book on him with love and that is truly the greatest blessing of all.

Moe Lifshitz was laid to rest at

John Hay Memorial Park

May His Memory Be a Blessing






Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Jewish History, Memorial

In Memory Of Sheldon David Haimowitz

In Memory of 

Sheldon David Haimowitz 

8 March 1939 Bronx, New York ~ 8 February 2003 Boca Raton, Florida 

Son of Irving Isidore Haimowitz and Minnie Myra Lipschitz

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This wonderful photo of my Uncle Sheldon was recently shared with me by his sister, my Aunt Rochelle. This next picture is also from Rochelle of her son David on his special day  On each side of David is Brenda (1950 – 2017) and Sheldon. Brenda is Sheldon and Rochelle’s younger sister.

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February 8th fall’s on my birthday,  not only mine but my cousin-in-law Aaron. (if that is truly a designation) Aaron is married to Lisa, Rochelle’s daughter. In the two photo’s that follow, shared with permission of Aaron and Lisa, I would like to celebrate Sheldon by honoring our two most recent Bat/Bar Mitvah’s, their son Gabe (2015) and daughter Molly (2019). I am sure Sheldon was present with them, along with Brenda  – quietly urging them on, spiriting a veil of calm and excitement, showering them with love and light on their special days…

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The Glassman Family 


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In finding my birth family I had the honor of meeting Sheldon one time before he passed away 6 weeks later. It was a shock to everyone as it was not expected. But overriding all the feelings of sadness in not getting to know Sheldon better I am blessed to know him through the eyes of my found family.


May His Memory Be A Blessing 

Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Memorial, Petchers, Srulowitz, Strulowitz, Weiss

In Memory of Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz & Benjamin Hyamovitch

In Memory of

Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz 

22 August 1911 New York, New York ~ 4 February 1994 Miami, Florida

Daughter of Samuel Haimowitz and Rebecca Strulowitz

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Molly is my great aunt, sister to my grandfather Isidore Haimowitz. She was the youngest of 5 siblings, Hyman, Pincus, Fay, and Isidore.  Born in 1911 she married Louis Petchers on 9 December 1933 in the Bronx. They had one adopted daughter named Roberta ~ Roberta had no descendants.


May Her Memory Be A Blessing 

I would also like to make mention of Molly’s 1st cousins Benjamin Hyamovitch –


Benjamin Hyamovitch 

20 March 1916 London, England ~ 5 February 1920 London, England 

Son of Marks Hyamovitch and Polly Weiss 

A very short but sweet life ~




Posted in Ancestry, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lifshitz, Lipschitz, Lipshitz, Memorial, New York

In Memory Of Esther Estelle Joffe nee Lifshitz and her father Solomon Simon Lifshitz

In Memory of 

Esther Estelle Tonis nee Lifshitz 

8 November 1898, New York, New York ~ 26 Jan 1943, Bronx, New York 

Daughter of Solomon/Simon Lifschitz and Annie Dinofsky

Esther was my 1st cousin 2x removed. Daughter of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz brother Solomon Simon. She was one of five children born to Simon and Annie. She was first married to Samuel Joffe on 28 Dec 1920 but by the 1925 census, she was back home with her parents with her son Charles born in 1901, most likely named after her brother Charles. Sometime between 1925 and 1930, Esther married Daniel Tonis. She was listed with him on the 1930 census while her son remained with her parent’s and continued to up until the 1940 census then 19. Esther died in 1943 at the age of 43. She is buried at Beth David Cemetery, in Elmont, New York.


May Her Memory Be A Blessing


In Memory of

Solomon Simon Lifshitz  

Dec 1873, Russia ~ 27 January 1941, New York

Son of David Lipshitz and Ida Paley

I have written quite extensively on the Lipshitz/Lifshitz and all variants of spelling used by this family. From Russia, he arrived on the 5 October 1888 at about 15 years old. Simon married Anne Dinofsky on 24 November 1895, New York, New York. They were the parents of five children, Esther Estelle, who he is sharing this post with, Moses, Rachel, Doris, and Charles.

When I think about the fact that Esther Estelle died in 1943 at the age of 43, so young, I am comforted to know that Simon preceded his daughter in death and was spared this sorrow.

Simon was the brother of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz. So much of their story was lost of so long. It is an honor to be able to know this family through the records that have been discovered, and remember them on the anniversary of their passing.


Solomon Simon was laid to rest at Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York


May His Memory Be a Blessing  




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