Seligman Swartzman Gillis Sandman Joffe Yachad Lederman Fleishman

The Great Synagogue & Shulhoyf of Vilna
November 16, 2015 (Kislev 4, 5776) - 8:55:29 p.m.

Take this opportunity to learn about our new project to research, excavate and preserve the memory of the Great Synagogue and shulhoyf of Vilna - the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Though only a small fraction of the historic synagogues and other Jewish communal buildings of Lithuania survived the Holocaust, they are an essential and integral part of the cultural heritage of Lithuania. None was more consequential or important than the magnificent Great Synagogue of Vilna (Vilnius), the oldest and most significant monument of Litvak Jewry and the spiritual and physical home of the Gaon of Vilna. 

As part of the process to find a fitting memorial for the Synagogue and its associated buildings, we propose the creation of a joint expedition of Lithuanian, Israeli and other heritage professionals, to excavate, preserve and present in-situ the remains of the Great Synagogue as part of an overall scheme for the long-lasting safeguarding of the memory of the Jewish community of Vilna (now Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania). By working together, Lithuanians, Israelis, Americans and Litvaks from around the world, emphasis can be placed on the importance of Jewish built cultural heritage, as an inseparable part of Lithuanian heritage that needs to be celebrated by all and preserved for perpetuity.

Full information concerning this project, as well as opportunities to donate for the success of the project can be found here

Registering for the First Time - רישום לאתר
February 19, 2015 (Shevat 30, 5775) - 12:58:24 p.m.

Welcome to the family tree for the Fleishman, Gillis, Joffe, Lederman, Sandman, Seligman, Swartzman and Yachad families. To protect you and our families privacy, and to prevent abuse or misuse, you will find public access to information only for the deceased. Data relating to the living can only be accessed with a user name and password. This can be obtained by registering to the site on this page. After registration all of the site's functions will be available and you will also be able to add new data, pictures and edit any errors. To receive your user name and password click on 'LOGIN' on the banner above and follow the information in the menu. First click 'REQUEST A NEW ACCOUNT' and fill in the form. Remember to note your connection to the family. I will approve the new account usually within 24 hours.

Enjoy! Jon Seligman


ברוכים הבאים לאתר של משפחות גיליס, זליגמן, יחד, יפה, לדרמן, זנדמן, פליישמן ושוורצמן. המידע הפתוח באתר מתייחסת רק לבני המשפחה שנפטרו, וזאת בכדי להגן על מידע פרטי. גישה חופשית לאתר מצריכה הרשמה. לאחר רישום יהיה ניתן לראות מידע על כל בני המשפחה ואף להוסיף נתונים, צילומים או לתקן טעויות. הינכם מוזמנים להירשם וגם לגלוש לאתר המשפחה בו תמצאו מידע רב על המשפחה והעיירות מהם באו.


The Shtetlach & Family Website
February 19, 2015 (Shevat 30, 5775) - 12:40:52 p.m.

While this site is devoted to the family tree of the Fleishman, Gillis, Joffe, Lederman, Sandman, Seligman and Yachad families, you are also invited to view the sister site, dedicated to the Shtetlach (small towns) of origin of our families. These pages detail the history and Jewish communities of Kretinga, Shadova (Seduva), Slobodka and Kraslava, while the special communities of Sunderland in England and Oudtshoorn in South Africa, which became home to some parts of the family, are also discussed.

Other pages concentrate on the origins and story of the six families detailed here.

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The Shoah - שואה (Holocaust)
February 19, 2015 (Shevat 30, 5775) - 12:36:58 p.m.

Between 1939 and 1945 the Nazis and their willing collaborators from most of the countries of Europe destroyed the ancient Jewish communities of the continent. Our relatives were not spared and we know of close on 160 individuals who were murdered during the years of the Shoah (Holocaust). People from the six family groups detailed here were affected, wiping out their generation and future generations in the Soviet Union, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Belarus.

May their memory be blessed.

(Use the search facility to get directly to information by searching the word 'holocaust')

The Famous and the Interesting
February 19, 2015 (Shevat 30, 5775) - 12:16:00 p.m.

Like many families, our family tree includes many interesting people, some of whom are genuinely famous or significant beyond the confines of the pride of our Jewish mothers. These include: A.Z. Idelsohn - composer of Hava Nagila, Lord Joel Joffe - solicitor of Nelson Mandela and chairman of Oxfam, Chaim Herzog  - President of Israel, Rabbi Issac Herzog - Chief Rabbi of Israel, Golda Meir - Prime Minister of Israel, David & Alfred Smart - founders of Esquire magazine, Harry Davidowitz - first Jewish chaplain of the US army, Zvi Herman Shapira - visionary of the JNF and the Hebrew University, Prof. Joe Gillis - mathematician who helped crack the Enigma code, Miriam Margolyes - Actress, James Garner - Actor, Chaim Seligman - the Montreal Bagel king, and many more. Use the search option to find more details on these and many other interesting people. 

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