Bernstein/Aderman Family

Ruchel and Menachem Mendel Eiderman arrived at Ellis Island on July 31, 1905.  They had sailed from Glasgow, Scotland, but their journey began in Pereyaslav.
Rachel Bernstein
Rachel Aderman circa 1935

He had been born in Berezan, 16 miles from Pereyaslav, in 1878.  She had been born Ruchel Bernshteyn in Boryspil, 23 miles from Berezan, in 1881.  But they had lived in Pereyaslav for many years, and, like several of their siblings and cousins, left Pereyaslav shortly after the turn of the 20th century and came to America.

Ruchel, age 24, was hospitalized on Ellis Island for five days before she was released, their documents were stamped, and they were admitted to America.  Menachem Mendel, age 27, had $3.00 in his pocket.

Shortly thereafter they arrived at the train station in Milwaukee where Ruchel’s older brother Avram Mordechai Bernshteyn greeted them.  By then he was Max A. Bernstein, having immigrated from Pereyaslav a year earlier.  Max Bernstein took his sister and her husband to an apartment to drop their bags and catch their breath.

“This is YOUR apartment?” Ruchel asked, amazed her brother lived amidst such luxury.

“No,” he said.  “This is YOUR apartment.”

Menachem Mendel and Ruchel Eiderman became Max and Rachel Aderman and began a life in America.  They had three children, two girls, then a son, bought a house in one of Milwaukee's Jewish neighborhoods near North Avenue, and raised their American family.

Max AdermanThey helped Rachel’s sister, Feige, when she arrived from Pereyaslav in 1911 with her five children, reuniting with her husband (yet another Max) who’d come to Milwaukee  in 1910.

Today 73 descendants of Rachel and Max Aderman are alive and well and living in America, spread from coast to coast and in Milwaukee, too.

All of them childen of Pereyaslav.

SEE RACHEL'S FAMILY TREE extending back to Pereyaslav.

SEE MAX'S FAMILY TREE extending back to Pereyaslav.

Max Aderman circa 1935

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