In response to an earlier post on theblog (seehere), we have receivedrequests for information on Jewishrecords in Croatia.For your convenience, we arereproducing the article entitled “Finding Jewish Family Records inCroatia” from our “InfoFile” sectionon the JewishGen website.Finding Jewish Family Records inCroatiaBy Ed ZwiebackSearching for records in Croatia hasbeen limited by the lack of activityfor this area. There are Croatiangenealogy websites that can be foundviafeefhs.organdcgi.rootsweb.com.The Mormon Family History Library(FHL) began microfilming records inZagreb in March 1985. They haveacquired over 2,500 microfilms inCroatia, including Jewish records for15 towns. These films are listed in arecent issue of Avotaynu(Summer1999, Vol. XV, no. 2, page 5), as wellas in theFamily History LibraryCatalog(FHLC).A good article on “CroatianResearch at the Family HistoryLibrary” by Thomas K. Edlund canbe found on the Feefhs.org web site.An updated and expanded version of this article, entitled “A Beginner’sGuide to Croatian Research”, byThomas K. Edlund, can be found inthe FEEFHS Quarterly, VII:1-2(Spring/Summer 1999), pp. 7-37.Croatia has a Central State Archive,located in the capital, Zagreb. TheHrvatski Državni Arhiv(NationalArchives of Croatia) is the maindepository of old church records formany parts of the country.Any birth and death records olderthan 1860 (some up to the 1880’s)were turned over to the 12 CroatianRegional (historical) Archives(DRŽAVNI ARHIV …). The record-ending dates may vary from oneregional archive to the next. TheRegional Archives are located at:Varaždin, Zagreb, Bjelovar, Pazin,Rijeka, Karlovac, Zadar, Split,Dubrovnik, Sisak, Slavonski Brod,and Osijek.In 1945, all birth, marriage, anddeath records held by churches inCroatia were turned over to the civilauthorities and were deposited withthe City Register Offices (‘opc’ina’;MATCNI URED …). These includeJewish records. There are 400municipalities within 21 counties(županija) in Croatia. Since Zagreb islarge, there would be many suchoffices located within the city.Addresses of the City RegisterOffices for post-1900 records aredifficult to locate from the Internet.Croatian records have greaterlinguistic diversity than for mostother geographic regions. Croatian,Slovene, Serbian, German,Hungarian, Latin or Italian arepossible languages used.I obtained very good results when Isent an inquiry letter (in English) tothe Regional Archive of Varazdin,asking for vital records. The Varazdinarchivist has provided copies of several marriage, death, and censusrecords for my family (1879-1930s).The Varazdin archivist also searchedthe City Book of Inhabitants, 1930s,and a Record of Conscription of Jewssent to concentration camps, 1941. Ihave used the FHL film No. 1791974,“Zagreb Jewish Births and Deaths1858-1904, and the film is very easyto read.The Jewish Community of Zagrebmay be able to help with familyrecords. They have furnished mesome very useful information.Some Postal Mail Addresses:• Central State Archive: HRVATSKIDRŽAVNI ARHIV Marulicev trg 2110000 Zagreb• Croatian State Archives of Zagreb:DRŽAVNI ARHIV ZAGREBOpatica 29 10000 Zagreb• Croatian State Archives of Varazdin: DRŽAVNI ARHIVVARAZDIN Trstenjakova 7 42000Varazdin• A Zagreb City Register Office:MATICINI URED CENTAR Ilica 2510000 Zagreb• The Jewish Community of Zagreb:Zidovska opcina Zagreb Palmoticeva16 10000 ZagrebPUBLICATIONS:• Those Who Died in the JasenovecDeath Camp during the Holocaust:JASENOVEC, Zrtve Rata PremaPodacima Statistickog ZavodaJugoslavije, (War Victims Accordingto the Yugoslavia Statistical Institute)1998, published by the BOSNJACKIINSTITUT, Zurich & Sarajevo, ISBN3-905211-87-4.• Jews of Yugoslavia 1941-45,Victims of Genocide and FreedomFighters, Dr. sci. Jasa Romano,Jewish Historical Museum-Belgrade,1980, Published by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia,Belgrade.Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsrael•Croatian WWII camp was a showof sadismIsraeli President ShimonPeres says Croatia's World War IIconcentration camp was ademonstration of "sheer sadism" andthat Iran's president, who has deniedthe Holocaust, should visit it.Amemorial ...•I Was There In ColorPosted ByAnn Rabinowitz Monosson/ Rabinowitz Family, 1903,Novogrudok, Belarus Fred Monossonseated far right (Courtesy Museum of Family History) Cinematography is awonderful thing and Jews have alw...•People of a Thousand Towns TheOnline Catalog of Photographs of Jewish Life in Prewar Eastern EuropePosted By Ann Rabinowitz Formalportrait of a Jewish Socialist Bundgroup in Siauliai, Lithuania(l-r)David Moffs ("now in Pretoria, SouthAfrica"), Morris Vinocur (Weiner,"now in Chicago"), "Orke" K...Original post source
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byOtto YamamotoHow To Find A Rabbi For YourInterfaith WeddingFinding a Rabbi– Study after studyshows that at least 50% of AmericanJews are marrying non-Jews.Thankfully, this has caused the liberalwings of Judaism – the Reform andReconstructionist movements, and tosome extent the Conservativemovement – to become much moreinclusive towards interfaith couplesand families. Some rabbis nowroutinely and openly emphasize theimportance of welcoming interfaithfamilies. In fact, anecdotal evidenceshows that many Reform andReconstructionist synagogues areactually dismantling programs gearedspecifically towards interfaith couplesand families, because such familiesare so well integrated intocongregations that they no longerwant or ask for programs especiallyfor them. Most telling perhaps is thefact that members of the laysynagogue leadership frequently areintermarried themselves. There doesremain one major issue, even in themore liberal movements, regardingwhich most congregations and rabbisremain fairly traditional, and that isofficiating at an interfaith wedding.Halacha, or Jewish Law, bansinterfaith marriage, and does notrecognize such marriages as valid.Therefore, all Orthodox andConservative rabbis who recognizethe binding authority of Halacharefrain from officiating at interfaithweddings. Even though theirmovements do not always recognizethe binding authority of Halacha,most Reform and Reconstructionistrabbis tend to defer to it on this issue.Some Reform and Reconstructionistrabbis will officiate at interfaithweddings, but in agreeing to do so,they may attach various conditions totheir willingness to officiate.For example, they may agree tomarry an interfaith couple, but theywill not officiate on the Sabbath.They may refuse to co-officiate withnon-Jewish clergy, or require thecouple to agree to raise their childrenwithin the Jewish faith. The rabbismay also ask the couple to join theircongregation, participate in courseson Judaism and/or attend pre-maritalcounseling sessions. Almost all rabbiswho will officiate at interfaithweddings will not officiate in achurch, or allow any mention of Jesusin the ceremony. For some couples,these conditions present no problems,but other couples may be less readyto agree to them, and for the lattergroup, it can be very difficult to finda rabbi who will marry them.Still, there are a small number of rabbis out there who will officiate foryou. Some are bona fide rabbis. Butthere are also individuals in themarket place who call themselvesrabbis and who officiate at interfaithweddings, even though they have notundergone any type of serioustraining, and indeed have very littleknowledge. They have obtainedcredentials from unaccreditedinstitutions, and usually spend verylittle time studying much of anything.Just as you would not want yourattorney, doctor, plumber ormechanic to be someone who hasearned his or her credentials on thefly, it is probably not a good idea tohave an officiating rabbi who did! Itis not hard to distinguish between thebona fide rabbis and those who arenot. If a person’s rabbinic ordinationwas obtained after a rigorous courseof study lasting at least five years, hisor her ordination is most likelyacceptable. If a person’s “ordination”followed something less rigorous –there are actual cases of peoplebecoming “ordained” after studyingfor just a few weeks, or taking sometype of take home test – buyerbeware.Finding the Rabbi– Once you find arabbi, you want to make sure that thatrabbi is the rabbi for you. You don’t just want a rabbi who is willing toofficiate; you want the right rabbi, theone who will officiate a ceremonythat will leave you and your familieswith pleasant and wonderful lastingmemories. Compromising on qualityis just not an option. So what shouldyou look for to make sure you havefound the right person?The most important thing is to makesure that you find a rabbi who is trulyinterested in you as a couple, andmakes it clear in word and action thatthe wedding is about you and thecelebration of your love for eachother. He or she should take time toget to know you, as individuals and asa couple. After all, how can awedding ceremony be personalized towho you are, if your rabbi does nottake the time to get to know you aspersons? He or she should besomeone who is warm, friendly, trulypassionate about people; someonewith a good sense of humor who doesnot take him or herself too seriously.This will help him or her create, withyou, a ceremony that has that sought-after blend of seriousness andlightheartedness, something thatsometimes eludes officiants.The ideal rabbi is the one who willbuild the ceremony around you, nottry to fit or “shoehorn” you into apreconceived notion of a ceremonythat he or she already has. The rightrabbi is someone whom you won’thesitate to tell what you want, andwith whom you feel comfortablesharing what you don’t want. He orshe should be there for youthroughout the process of preparationand obviously the wedding itself, andshould be just an email or a phonecall away. One rabbi personallycommits to couples that he will returnemails or phone calls within 24 hours(unless he is officiating outside thecountry), since he understands thatplanning a wedding can be sometimesstressful, and that prompt replies canhelp alleviate some of the stress.Creating the Ceremony of YourDreams with Your Rabbi– The rabbishould have a plan for the preparationand creation of your ceremony, andshould be able to lay it out clearly foryou. You want to feel confident thatthe rabbi will stay on top of things. Atthe same time, he or she needs to beflexible enough to adjust that plan toyour needs and your schedule, whilekeeping the ball rolling, all the same.Ideally, this plan should consist of three or four meetings, where you andyour rabbi carefully develop yourceremony. The first meeting shouldfocus, first and foremost, on gettingto know each other. It should be atthat time that the rabbi lays out thatclear plan for the development of theceremony. That first meeting shouldinvolve many open-ended questions,general and specific, about what youwant to see in your ceremony. It is agood sign if you answer many of these questions with, “Wow, that is agood question; we need to think aboutthat,” because that means that youwill think about it! It is really helpfulif the rabbi can supply you with asummary of the meeting thathighlights those items you wanted tothink about. The rabbi should alsosuggest a book or two that can helpyou learn more about interfaithceremonies, to assist you indeveloping your ceremony togetherwith your rabbi.During the meetings that follow, asyou work together with the rabbi,with his or her guidance, thingsshould gradually gel and fall intoplace. In the final meeting you shouldbe able to together review the entireceremony, with a written copy, basedon your discussions, in front of you.(One rabbi tries to email a draft tocouples a few weeks before the finalmeeting, so they can actually beginthis discussion by email in advance of the final meeting.) You should feelcomfortable to make any changes,additions or deletions that you feelare needed. The rabbi should alsodiscuss technical details and pointers,so there are no surprises, and yourceremony goes smoothly andseamlessly.If you choose to have a co-officiant,you will of course want to meet withhim or her as well. The rabbi shouldalso make sure that the co-officiant ispart and parcel of the ceremonyplanning process. (Some co-officiantshave never co-officiated with a rabbibefore.) You may even want to haveone meeting with both co-officiantstogether.The Day of Your Dreams, and HowYour Rabbi Can Help Make ItMagical– First of all, an importanttechnical note – it should be obviousto your rabbi that he or she shouldarrive about 45-60 minutes before theceremony. This enables him or her tomake sure that everything is in order.Hopefully, there are no last minutesurprises, but if there are, this willgive the rabbi sufficient time to dealwith these.It is difficult to describe exactly whatthe day of your dreams will look like,since, especially if your rabbifollowed the above steps, your daywill look different from every otherbride and groom’s day. That said,there a number of generalcharacteristics that ideally everyceremony will include. It is importantthat no one be “in the dark,” and sothe rabbi should organicallyincorporate explanations of the ritualsand customs into the ceremony. Thatway everyone will feel comfortable.Blessings in Hebrew, especially whenchanted (and then translated intoEnglish), add a unique flavor andrhythm to the ceremony. Thereshould be, as was mentioned above, just the right mix of seriousness andlightheartedness. There should betears of joy, and also hearty laughter.Since your rabbi spent time with youand got to know you, he or she willbe able to share some personal andmeaningful remarks with you andyour family and friends. Obviously,almost every ceremony will includethe fundamental customs associatedwith a wedding ceremony – readingsof your choice, vows, rings and thebreaking of the glass.One rabbi has a number of specificcomponents that he loves to include,though he always reminds couplesthat what matters is what they like,not what he likes, as it their wedding,HOW page 3
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not his. He loves chanting thetraditional Seven Wedding Blessingsfor the bride and the groom inHebrew, interspersed with sevenEnglish blessings of the couple’schoice, that speak to who they are asa couple. The English blessings maybe recited by him, his co-officiant, if he has one, or by a family friend orfriends. One of the warmest momentsin almost every ceremony heofficiates is the Priestly Blessing,“May the Lord bless you and keepyou; may the Lord shine hiscountenance upon you and begracious unto you; may the Lord look upon you with favor and grant youpeace.” Sometimes, he will wrap thecouple in my prayer shawl, and chantthe ancient blessings in a soulful tune, just as he imagines his great ancestor,the mythical Aaron, the brother of Moses, did, as the legendary firstHigh Priest.Of course many people’s favoriteritual is the breaking of the glass. Letme elaborate on how one rabbi doeswith that ritual. He almost alwaysbegin the last part of the ceremony bymentioning that when people hearthat he does weddings, they usuallysay to him “You (or sometimes y’all)break a glass, right?” Many times it isthe only thing they know about aJewish wedding. You would think,therefore, that we would know thereason why we break a glass. As istypical of many of the rituals of theJewish people, there are about fifteenor twenty reasons for this ritual,which really means that none are true.He then says that following“extensive Talmudic research,” hehas found the real reason – the groombreaks the glass to symbolize that thisis the last time the husband will beable to put his foot down! Thisalways elicits a hearty laugh. He thenusually follows this comment with aserious explanation, one that speaksto the couple and their hopes anddreams.The most wonderful explanation forthe breaking of the glass, and one thatmost couples end up choosing, is thatat an interfaith wedding the shatteringof the glass symbolizes the breakingdown of barriers between peoples of different cultures and different faiths.We look to the bride and the groom,and hope that the day will come wheneveryone in the whole world willlearn from them, and love each other,regardless of faith and culture. It isespecially important to end this way,as couples hear from enough peoplethat there is something wrong withwhat they are doing. Therefore, it isvery fitting to end their ceremonywith a reminder to them, and toeveryone, that it is actually theopposite – we should all be learningfrom them and their example.http:/ / www.interfaithweddingrabbi.net–Rabbi David Gruber has officiatedmore than 50 weddings for interfaithcouples in the last two years, in orfrom more than 7 countries and 20states.I am a native of Evanston, Illinois,and an eighth generation rabbi. I grewup in Israel, where I served as a tank gunner in the IDF Armored Corps,attended Yeshivat Sha’alvim, one of the most prominent institutions of higher Orthodox Jewish learning inIsrael for seven years, and receivedmy Orthodox rabbinic ordinationfrom the Chief Rabbis of Israel. Ihold a B.A. in History from ThomasEdison State College, and an M.S. inEducational Leadership from WaldenUniversity. I have served ineducational and religious leadershippositions in the Jewish community onthree continents since my teens,specifically in Israel, New Zealandand the United States. A formermember of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) I am one of the onlyordained Orthodox rabbis in theworld, who has renounced Orthodoxyand sees himself as a secularhumanist. As such I deeply believesin helping interfaith couples make themost out of the most wonderful dayof their lives. Having lived, since myreturn to the United States, inOverland Park, Kansas, Toledo, Ohioand Dallas, Texas, I now live in thebeautiful city of Frisco, Texas, anorthern suburb of Dallas, and one of the fastest growing cities in theUnited States. Visit my website atwww.interfaithweddingrabbi.netPunjabi song RABBI SHERGILLBulla Ki Jaana Maen KaunTheFrozen RabbiAnd what happens when BernieKarp, the impressionable fifteen-year-old son of the couple in whose homethe rabbi lies frozen, inadvertentlythaws out the ancient man? 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Malmo synagogue attacked Anexplosion of firecrackers outside theJewish synagogue in Malmo, Swedenduring the night between lastThursday and Friday broke severalwindows in the synagogue. While theJewish community in Malmo – whichhas been harassed for some time – istreating the incident as an attack orattempted attack on the synagogue,while the Swedish police are taking itless seriously (Hat Tip: Jihad Watch).While the local police claim thatthere was no particular threat againstthe synagogue prior to the explosion,readers of this blog can easily arguethat there is a general threat to theMalmö Jewish community. This isperhaps also why the local policedecided to classify the explosionoutside Malmö Synagogue as“vandalism” while the chairman of the Jewish community in Malmöstates that the Jewish community seesthe explosion as a “attack or anattempted attack” on the synagogue.As reported by the local newspaperSkånskan, since the beginning of theyear there has been an increasedthreat against Jewish families inMalmö. The feelings of insecurityand lack of personal safety are todayso strong that some Jewish familieshave chosen to leave the city, or evento leave Sweden. Following thepublic outcry by the Jewishcommunity in Malmö and theformation of a group to fostercommunication among variousethnic groups in the city, Chairman of the Jewish Community Fred Kahnhad reported that hopes were that thesituation now looked a little brighter.Until now……The local police force feels that it isnot necessary to enforce securityaround the synagogue although it isevident that the Jewish Communityremains in a state of constant threat.How long the small Jewishcommunity can persist under threat inMalmö while being forced to bearthe cost of intensive securityprotection, and without the freedomto openly identify as Jews, isanybody’s guess. Despite MayorReepalu’s belief that this is the Jews’problem, evidence shows thatviolence is everybody’s problem inMalmö. /Sound of crickets in the background.posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 5:19PMHija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsrael•The Virtual Lesson, "Beginning tostudy Zohar" , Lesson 26Lecturer:Rav Michael LaitmanDate: 2010-06-13Video: ENG 57.12MB Audio:ENG 10.18MB ...•Now President Obama must showhe has the courage to take Israel on |Chris McGrealThe US finally seemsto be losing patience now thatNetanyahu's behaviour is endangeringits troopsTalk about Israel to all butits most severe critics in America andwhatever they say it's likely to ...•U.S. to Pakistan: “You can’tpretend any longer that this is notgoing on”U.S. to Pakistan: "Youcan't pretend any longer that this isnot going on"...Original post source