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Yahrzeit Plaques - Congregation Shaare Zion - Chelsea, Massachusetts

The closing of the synagogue Shaare Zion in Chelsea, Massachusetts, known as the "Orange St. Shul", leaves a lot of unfinished business.  On the walls of this shul, built in about 1900, were 321 yahrzeit tablets.

Each plaque contains the deceased's name in English and Hebrew, and the date of death in English and Hebrew.  The Hebrew name includes the patronymic (the deceased's father's given name).  The death dates range from 1890 to 1994, with the majority being from the 1930s to 1980s.

Photographs of the plaques (and the synagogue's interior and exterior) were taken by Barry Porter in late 1998.  The English on the plaques were transcribed by Barry Porter; the Hebrew names were transcribed by Warren Blatt.  These photographs have been donated to the American Jewish Historical Society.

The following lists are arranged in their original order, just as the plaques appeared on the wall.


Plaque in Honor of
Nathan and Rose Mindess
(Nachman ben Avraham Zalman & Raizel bat Yaakov)
Dedicated 1970

Row 1:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Anna Leah Morrison Apr 19, 1935 Chena Leah Yitzchak Yaakov
Issac Morrison Dec 25, 1955 Yitzchak Arya Leib
Isaac Steinberg Aug 1, 1958 Yitzchak Ber Levi
Ida Steinberg Aug 31, 1962 Chaya Matela Efraim
Samual Blumer May 27, 1954 Shmuel Avraham
Annie Bernstein Mar 1, 1956 Chena Shloma
Jacob Bernstein Nov 7, 1950 Yaakov Yosef
Louis Hurvitz Nov 22, 1960 Yisrael Arya Boruch HaLevi
Bernard Hurvitz Jun 2, 1988 Boruch Yisrael Leib HaLevi
Vera Gold Aug 28, 1969 Dvoreh Gershon
Simon Bittel May 7, 1947 Chanan Shevach Nuteh
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Jennie Brisgalsky Jun 23, 1944 Sheindel Chanan
Samual H. Cohen Apr 2, 1956 Shmuel Chaim
Bessie Greenberg May 20, 1993 Bashe Moshe
Morris Gaman Aug 17, 1988 Yichiel Moshe HaLevi
Lena Glass Sep 29, 1946 Leah Shmuel
Myer Botsian Sep 2, 1981 Maier Yaakov
Myer Butter Apr 10, 1985 Maier Chaim
Harry Berlant Feb 24, 1958 Tzvi Zalman
Sarah Stein Jun 24, 1955 Sarah Chaim Isser
Leah Berlant Jun 27, 1947 Leah Yehudah Leib
Jean Kaufman Jagoda Feb 10, 1953 Sheina Rachel Shloma Mendel
Daniel Leibowitz Mar 6, 1972 Daniel Mordechai HaLevi

Row 2:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Lena Shultz Mar 23, 1951 Dinah Shloma Yaakov
Samuel Aronofsky Sep 6, 1937 Shmuel Aharon Avraham Tzvi haLevi
Kate Aronofsky Nov 18, 1933 Kaila Doba Noach
Harry Shapiro Nov 10, 1952 Tzvi Tzadok
Sarah Shapiro Mar 6, 1967 Sarah Yisrael
Isadore Resnick Nov 2, 1976 Yitzchak Yechezkel
Lena Resnick Jul 14, 1981 Liba Moshe
Charles Resnick Jul 14, 1945 Yechezkel Yitzchak
Louis Resnick Jul 24, 1952 Eliezer Yechezkel
Max Resnick Sep 15, 1963 Mordechai Yechezkel
Bessie Notkin Sep 15, 1983 Besa Yaakov
Charles Notkin Jan 11, 1994 Akiva Naftali
Frances Cohen Mar 26, 1980 Faigl Maier
Barney Cohen Sep 4, 1979 Dov Ber Efraim HaKohen
Nathan Kraft May 17, 1933 Nisan Avraham Yitzchak
Minne Kraft Jul 16, 1931 Menucha Moshe
Nessie Stamen Oct 23, 1939 Nesa Yaakov
Harry G. Stamen May 4, 1941 Rafal Hertz Avraham Yitzchak
Aaron Joseph Starr Mar 19, 1955 Aharon Yosef Yitzchak
Celia Schwartz Dec 13, 1964 Tzivia Hershel Leib
Oscar Resnick May 21, 1984 Asher Yaakov
Harvey Sacks Oct 19, 1967 Aviezer Zelig R' Chaim Nison
Bessie Isenberg May 22, 1960 Beila Aharon
Morris Liss Nov 17, 1946 Moshe Zelig
Goldie Liss Aug 11, 1961 Golda Leib

Row 3:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Isaac Bailen Oct 28, 1963 Yitzchak Maier
Edith Bailen Sep 17, 1964 Hodel Avraham Maier
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Major Samuel Bailen Nov 12, 1972 Shmuel Yitzchak
Tobie Swartz Jan 30, 1953 Toivah Fraida Pesach HaLevi
Rebecca Abrams Nov 22, 1943 Rivkah Chaim
Harry Sharenson Jul 23, 1948 Tzvi Shloma
Goldie Shatzman Jun 10, 1969 Golda Zalman Ber
Goldie Feldberg May 11, 1976 Golda Tzvi Hersh HaKohen
Hyman Feldberg Feb 15, 1989 Chaim Mordechai HaLevi
Esther Robinson Aug 22, 1993 Ester Avraham
Harry Sommerstein Jul 1, 1960 Naftali Zev Avraham Tzvi
Rose Beatrice Klayman Jul 26, 1977 Bashe Rochel Avraham Yitzchak
Louis Wolk Dec 26, 1973 Eliezer Avraham
Samuel Sanderson Oct 9, 1983 Shmuel Leizer
Bessie Sanderson Jul 14, 1984 Beila Rochel Avraham Aba HaLevi
Goldie Tomaspol Feb 16, 1980 Golda Henoch
Harry Tomaspol Oct 17, 1975 Tzvi Hersh Yisrael
Dora Annie Miller Sep 27, 1926 Doba Hena Yaakov
Jacob Miller Feb 23, 1948 Gedaliah Chaim
Sarah Luster May 24, 1975 Sarah Yisrael
Samuel Cloper Mar 31, 1975 Shmuel Yaakov
Jennie Tenovsky Apr 17, 1958 Cherna Yehudah Leib
Philip Greenfield Sep 5, 1949 Pinchas Dov
Etta Greenfield Nov 4, 1972 Ita Menashe

Row 4:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Nathan Mindess Nov 24, 1986 Nachman Avraham Zalman
Rose Mindess Jan 22, 1976 Raizel Yaakov
David Mindess Dec 26, 1971 David Nachman
Seymour Wolpe Aug 27, 1967 Tzemach Aharon David
Minnie Siders Nov 15, 1970 Mina Risel Mendel
Jacob Berlant Sep 23, 1971 Yaakov Tzvi Hersh
Gus Surgecoff Mar 4, 1971 Yekutiel Yehudah HaKohen
Samuel Fafel Apr 7, 1970 Shmuel Boruch
Morris Berkowski Apr 10, 1970 Moshe Yishaya Beril
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Cecil Shapiro Jan 20, 1924 Zisa Shmuel
Harris Shapiro Nov 1, 1927 Tzvi Hersh Maier
Joel Shapiro Jan 27, 1987 Yosef Hersh
Celia Leibowitz May 12, 1973 Sima Chaya Mordechai
Sarah Tolchinsky May 12, 1972 Sarah Feiga Gedalia Yona
Dr. Myer Kraft Mar 12, 1973 Maier Nisan
Temma Napoleon Sep 26, 1931 Tema Zalman HaLevi
Julius Napoleon Apr 29, 1959 Yitzchak Yehudah Yosef Ezra
Hyman Schlafman Mar 15, 1975 Chaim Eliezer Yichiel Michel
Max Greenberg Mar 18, 1975 Michel Moshe
Nachum Tenofsky May 12, 1971 Nachum Zev Yaakov
Dorothy Wasserstram Nov 13, 1960 Dina Shmeryahu
Harry Zolot Feb 23, 1987 Tzvi Zev
Lena Zolot Feb 6, 1973 Rachel Leib Yitzchak HaLevi


Plaque In Memory of
Isaac and Dina Ettinger
Dedicated Sep 1, 1941

Row 1:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Issac Ettinger Apr 30, 1934 Yitzhak Aharon Yonah HaLevi
Dina Ettinger Jan 24, 1938 Dina Avraham David
Eva Ettinger Nov 16, 1929 Eta Shmuel Zanvil
Joseph Ettinger Mar 15, 1981 Yonah Yitzchak Aharon
Louis Ettinger Mar 11, 1982 Yehudah Leib Yitzchak Aharon
Rose Ettinger Oct 10, 1960 Rivka Moshe
Linda Joyce Ettinger Nov 6, 1976 Yacha Dina Moshe HaLevi
Jacob Ettinger Mar 13, 1926 Yaakov Shm... Yitzchak Aharon
Albert Bernard Ettinger Jun 9, 1983 Avraham David Yitzchak Aharon
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Harry Kristal Aug 31, 1966 Aryeh Moshe Azriel
Fannie Kristal Dec 13, 1940 Frendel Yehudah Leib
Harry K. Bittel Oct 16, 1939 Akiva Elchanan
Rachel Jacobson Apr 20, 1939 Rachel Dvora Isser
Ida Sarah Barron Aug 23, 1940 Chaya Sarah Aharon Sholem
Samuel Barron Feb 17, 1960 Shmeryahu Pesach
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Barnet Jacobson Aug 9, 1926 David Shabtai
Esther Jacobson Dec 22, 1934 Ester Eliezer
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Levy Rabinovitz Jan 8, 1935 R' Yehudah Leib R' Yosef
Rose Rabinovitz Dec 6, 1941 Raizel Simeon Yitzchak
Joseph Louis Zalcman Apr 22, 1939 Yosef Aryeh Leib Aharon Sholem
Michael Rosenberg Aug 19, 1942 Michel David Peretz

Row 2:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
George Kaufman Apr 19, 1938 Gershon Shmuel
Bessie Kaufman Oct 25, 1962 Batya Boruch
Abraham N. Kaufman Oct 17, 1991 Avraham Nachum Gershon
Jacob Ullian Oct 8, 1938 Shneur Zalman Boruch
Abraham Malatsky Feb 27, 1947 Avraham Shmuel Menachem
Jacob Bornstein Sep 10, 1941 Chaim Yaakov Yitzchak
Rebecca Bornstein Dec 29, 1922 Rivkah Yitzchak
Max Glassman Oct 6, 1925 Mordechai Dov Ber
Sidney Glassman Feb 20, 1924 Zisa Yosef Aizik
Dora Glassman Aug 23, 1911 Dvore Dov Ber
Barney Glassman Feb 9, 1945 Dov Ber Zusa
Miriam Glassman May 23, 1948 Miriam Aharon
Sadie Weiner Dec 30, 1972 Zelda Tzvi Hersh
Ida Weiner Apr 14, 1939 Chaya Yehudah Mendel
Manuel J. Weiner May 12, 1943 Mendel Moshe HaKohen
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Morris H. Weiner Jan 30, 1955 Moshe Elia
Morris Epstein Jun 22, 1948 Yaakov Moshe Yitzchak
Rebecca Epstein May 5, 1943 Rivkah Mair
Dora Brickman Jun 20, 1935 Dvoreh Mair
Abie Brickman Oct 23, 1890 Aba Aize
Abraham Stamen Jan 13, 1944 Avraham Yitzchak Alexander Ziskid
Abraham Feldman Nov 26, 1991 Avraham Shloma
Mollie Feldman Jan 17, 1992 Malka Nachum Shmuel
Isaac Weiner Jul 7, 1943 Aizik Manis HaKohen

Row 3:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Blank
Blank
Bessie Razin Feb 7, 1959 Batya Yishaya
Isaac Razin Jun 8, 1955 Yitzchak Asher Zelig
Abraham I. Schmukler Sep 17, 1943 Avraham Yitzchak Gershon HaKohen
Max Waxman Mar 23, 1946 Mair Chaim
Abraham A. Chados Mar 31, 1893 Avraham Aba Yehudah
Sarah Chados Mar 26, 1902 Sarah Avraham Peretz
Isaac M. Tannen Dec 7, 1936 Yitzchak Mordechai Avraham Aba
Celia Chados Oct 29, 1937 Simcha Nachum
Harry Chados Feb 11, 1955 Tzvi Arya Avraham Aba
Max Chados Mar 9, 1970 Mordechai Tzvi Arya
Abraham Chados May 2, 1970 Avraham Aba Tzvi Arya
Sarah Chados Jun 5, 1972 Sarah Tzvi Arya
Jennie Zelda Yaffe Oct 14, 1945 Chenda Zelda Shloma Tzvi
Minnie Vernick Dec 17, 1990 Mina Mair
Sarah R. Vernick May 13, 1945 Sarah Elchanan
Israel Vernick Sep 10, 1986 Yisrael Shmuel
Maurice Ackerman Jan 3, 1936 Moshe Yosef
Emma Ackerman Dec 2, 1937 Nechama Yisrael Zev
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Rebecca Abramovitz Dec 18, 1919 Rivkah Yisrael Zev
Abraham L. Uzick Aug 5, 1938 Avraham Leib Yonah Aizik
Sam Janikun Nov 25, 1948 Sharya Sholem Pinchas


Plaque in memory of
Isaac Razin
(Yitzchak ben Asher Zelig)
Jun 8, 1953

Presented by Joseph Ettinger, in memory of his beloved wife, Eva Frutman Ettinger, Died Nov 16 1929.

Row 1:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Blank
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Eva Sohn May 8, 1964 Yochved Aharon
Samuel Sohn Jun 11, 1965 Yehoshe Shmuel
Gussie Bernstein Feb 17, 1966 Gitel Shloma
Sophie Luster Jan 15, 1969 Shifra Yosef
Max Swartz Jun 27, 1968 Mordechai Moshe HaKohen
Rebecca Schwartz Jan 14, 1947 Beila Rivka Avraham
Sylvia Tabachnick Dec 10, 1947 Tzipa Tzadok
Irene Belitsky Aug 24, 1958 Chesia Tzadok
Rebecca Golod Apr 29, 1951 Rivka Zev
Charles Golod Sep 25, 1958 Tzadok Zelig
Samuel Smolker Oct 28, 1965 Shmuel Zev Yona
Solomon Bitel May 31, 1957 Shloma Elchanan
Harris Watson Jul 4, 1944 Hershel Leib Berel
Rebecca Watson Dec 12, 1960 Chaya Rivka Benyamin HaKohen
Fannie Rosen Apr 19, 1961 Feiga Chaim
Yudel Levine Feb 27, 1954 Yehudah Avraham
Gertrude Stuhl Apr 29, 1956 Gitel Yehudah Leib
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Blank
Blank
Blank
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Row 2:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Murray Youngman Jan 20, 1966 Moshe Leib HaKohen
Rebecca Groll Nov 28, 1966 Breindel Nison
Abraham Joseph Sterman Mar 9, 1939 Avraham Yosef Mordechai
Celia Sterman May 28, 1934 Tziril Yaakov
Ruth Wiseman Aug 30, 1967 Rachel Nison
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Ben-Zion Rabinovich Jul 11, 1968 Ben-Tzion Yaakov
Gussie Rabinovitz Jan 8, 1980 Gisia Mordechai
Beatrice Malchman Oct 6, 1951 Riva Tzvi
Abraham Shatzman Jun 19, 1962 Avraham Zalman Ber
Annie Shatzman Jan 31, 1979 Chana Gedalia
Leona Atkins Katz Jun 20, 1968 Leah Moshe
Benjamin Zirlin Nov 22, 1957 Benyamin Iser
Anna Zirlin Aug 11, 1958 Chana Beila Aba
Anna Miller Jan 16, 1991 Chana Gedalia
Sophia Baker Kaufman Jan 18, 1959 Chaya Shifra Tzion bat Gedalyahu
Esther Miller Apr 30, 1959 Ester Gedalyahu
Tina Alpert Jul 17, 1970 Taibel Chaim HaLevi
Diana Horenstein Aug 30, 1970 Dina Haivush?
Isaac Horenstein Jan 29, 1960 Moshe Aizik Shmuel
Philip Gardner Nov 21, 1965 Feivush Eliezer HaLevi
Annie Zeramby Dec 17, 1941 Chana Benyamin Maier
Gladys Stepansky Peraner Jul 29, 1962 Gitel Tzvi HaLevi
Harry Stepansky Dec 29, 1980 Tzvi Mordechai HaLevi
Bella Stepansky May 5, 1965 Breindel Yishayahu

Row 3:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Beatrice Tarmy Feb 5, 1953 Bracha Shloma
Max Selbovitz May 27, 1967 Mordechai Elia R' Chaim Yosef
Myer Swerling Jan 20, 1969 Maier Simcha
Rose Baker Jun 25, 1945 Raizel Yisrael Aizik
Bella Taymore - Beila David Leib
Horace Taymore Jan 26, 1970 Tzvi Hersh Yaakov
Bertha Epstein Sep 9, 1949 Beila Yaakov
Louis Epstein Nov 7, 1938 Yehudah Leib Mordechai
Harry Lazovick Apr 18, 1974 Naftali Hertz Dov Ber
Rebecca Lazovick Dec 22, 1988 Rivka Pinchas Yehudah
Abraham S. Luster Aug 27, 1985 Avraham Shir Yitzchak Nuta
Sally Nager Jun 9, 1987 Sarah Bluma Chaya Yitzchak Nuta
Barney Nager Mar 5, 1986 Boruch Ruven
Nathan Luster Feb 8, 1968 Yitzchak Nuta Yehoshe Yehudah
Attie Luster Aug 19, 1962 Aite Avraham Yehoshe
Sgt. Jack Luster Jul 24, 1944 Yaakov Yitzchak Nuta
Maurice Winokar Dec 6, 1965 Manes Tzion
Etta Winokar Dec 24, 1985 Sheina Yente Yitzchak Nuta
Samual Yacker Nov 8, 1942 Simeon Maier
Frank G. Kaplan Aug 26, 1984 Efraim Eliyahu
Jacob Melamed Jul 23, 1958 Yaakov Falek Yishaya HaLevi
Mary Kaplan Oct 21, 1936 Miriam Yaakov HaLevi
Ida Schneider Sep 7, 1939 Chaika Yaakov HaLevi
Minne Melamed Mar 4, 1980 Minda Maier


Plaque in memory of
Hyman Krivitsky
(Chaim ben Dov)
Died Jun 30, 1946

Row 1:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Max Rosenstein Feb 7, 1949 Mendel Gershon
Katie Rosenstein Jun 2, 1966 Kaila Yitzchak
Noah Fineman May 21, 1948 Noach Tzvi
Mollie Fineman Feb 3, 1974 Malka Sinai
Rachel Lena Fineglass Apr 1, 1956 Rachel Leah Avraham
David L. Fineglass - David Aryah Manes
Ida Levine Feb 16, 1961 Chaya Yehudit Zelig
Isaac Sklar Oct 6, 1896 Yitzchak Avraham
Bessie Sklar Apr 16, 1914 Genesia Meilech
Sarah Miller May 30, 1968 Chaya Sarah Yoel
Louis Miller Jan 23, 1957 Leibush Mordechai Hersh
Benjamin Miller Nov 29, 1984 Beril Leibush HaLevi
Edward S. Portnoy Jan 25, 1986 Yona Yishaya Moshe HaLevi
Louis Krute Jan 19, 1957 Mordechai Eliezer Meilech
Simon Nanes Mar 9, 1944 Zecharyahu Hilel
Fannie Nanes Feb 11, 1957 Freidel Hershel
Joseph Fisher Mar 16, 1921 Yosef Mordechai
Vittal Fisher May 16, 1938 Vital Meilech
Anna Berlant Dec 3, 1956 Chana Moshe
George Rosenstein Oct 22, 1991 Gershon Mendel
Hyman Rosenstein Jun 25, 1982 Tzvi Menachem
Samuel Rosenstein Sep 19, 1955 Shmuel Mendel
Edward Rosenstein Nov 1, 1972 Arya Leib Mendel
Jeanette Rosenstein Aug 1, 1973 Sheina Rochel Chaim HaKohen
Barnet Krivitsky Aug 27, 1951 Dov Yehudah Leib

Row 2:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Rabbi Icik Benkovitz May 5, 1963 R' Yitzchak Eliezer Elyakum Getzel
Yenta Malka Benkovitz May 21, 1958 Yenta Malka Yehudah Leib
Samuel Krakofsky Sep 25, 1972 Mendel Yishaya
Jennie Krakofsky Apr 5, 1968 Zlata Menachem Mendel
Solomon Krakofsky Sep 8, 1974 Yishaya Sender
Charles Burke Jul 29, 1953 Betzalel Boruch
Bella Burke Oct 4, 1983 Beila Yaakov
Polly Taitel Apr 27, 1963 Pesel Yaakov HaLevi
Samuel Taitel Feb 3, 1954 Nisaniel Avraham Yaakov
Rose Steinberg Jun 17, 1971 Rivka Rika Yaakov
Benjamin Steinberg Nov 28, 1956 Ben-Tzion Avraham Eliahu
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Samuel Gass May 3, 1954 Shlomo Pesach
Morris Hill Nov 30, 1987 Moshe Chaim
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Max Zeramby Feb 1, 1899 Mendel Yaakov
William Tomashpol Apr 27, 1976 Zev Volf Yisrael HaLevi
Harry Stepansky - Tzvi Mordechai HaLevi
Anna B. Vigoda Feb 6, 1934 Chana Bluma Yosef
Sally Rosenthal Aug 16, 1969 Sarah Avraham
George Mazel Jul 9, 1953 Tzvi Hersh Avraham
Charles Figler Aug 5, 1957 Betzalel Avraham
Elias Figler Nov 18, 1956 Eliyahu Betzalel
Goldie Figler Apr 25, 1980 Golda Sarah Yosef
Katie Krivitsky Mar 8, 1948 Kaila Pinchas

Row 3:

Name Death Date Hebrew Name Father's Name
Solomon B. Leckar Jun 6, 1945 Shloma Dov Mordechai Zev
Bessie Leckar Nov 16, 1958 Batya Maier HaKohen
Rose A. Leckar Nov 15, 1981 Rachel Chenia Shloma Dov
Frank Cohen Oct 11, 1935 Efraim Yitzchak
Harold Cohen Oct 1, 1976 Hertzel Efraim
Max Shapiro Aug 4, 1937 Mordechai Yitzchak Maier
Jennie Shapiro Nov 5, 1947 Zlata Hertzel
Goldie Shechet Murdered Golda Yosef Tzvi
Jesaia Shechet Sep 10, 1913 Yishaya Avraham Dov
Joseph H. Shechet Oct 31, 1952 Yosef Tzvi Yishaya
Alice Goldstein Mar 25, 1948 Malka Chaim
David Halbstein May 14, 1948 David Ari Leib
Sausee Zunick Murdered Sosa Nachum
Samuel Latkowitch Apr 24, 1966 Shloma Leizer HaLevi
Blanch Latkowitch Jun 8, 1979 Bluma Yehoshe
Sidney Larkin Nov 27, 1984 Yehoshe Shmuel
Sarah Goodman Aug 24, 1943 Sarah Yishiyahu
Ida Rosenberg Aug 6, 1951 Chaya Avraham
Jacob Kahn Aug 5, 1951 Yaakov Yitzchak
Jacob Luster Dec 25, 1937 Yaakov Yisrael Chaim
Israel Luster Jan 13, 1952 Yisrael Chaim Yishiyahu Yehudah
Harry Sacks Nov 17, 1947 Tzvi Dov Ber
Max Sherman Jan 24, 1928 Mordechai Tzvi Dov
Celia Sherman Jan 27, 1975 Sarah Rachel Betzalel Simcha
Shirley Wheeler Ruvich Feb 22, 1972 Sania Hershel
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