Valea lui Mihai Religious


~ Religious Life ~

The first to serve as Rabbi of Érmihályfalva was Rabbi Zvi ROSENBERG, from 1815 until his death, on 9 Kislev 1832. His son, Moshe Yochanan ROSENBERG, died 4 Adar 1848. He had two daughters: Hendel, who married David WOLNER (their grandson, David Leib WOLNER, a respected figure in Mizhhirya/Ökörmező/Volovo --- and affectionately named the "malach-angel" due to his lengthy prayers in a holy manner --- was killed at the hands of the Nazis), and Feiga, who married Rabbi Binyamin SCHONFELD.

Around 1838, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman MINCENT was appointed to serve as Rabbi, a position he held till his passing, on 7 Teves 1869. His son-in-law, Rabbi Shmuel GINZ, served as rabbi in Abraham. After his passing, Rabbi Yeshaya Hacohen RUBIN was appointed rabbi in 1869. He was born 1842, in Saras-Patak. He was rabbi in Érmihályfalva for over 20 years until his passing, on 17 Tishrei 1891 and he is buried there. He authored "Ateres Yeshaya." His son, Rabbi Yehuda RUBIN, first served as a dayan in Érmihályfalva, but later moved on to Paris, France.

The son of Rabbi Binyamin SCHONFELD --- Rabbi Moshe Yochanan SCHONFELD --- was born in 1849 and was the author of of the book "Nachalei Mayim." Rabbi Moshe Yochanan SCHONFELD served as Rabbi, from 1891 to 1913, and married Sara, the daughter of Rabbi Mordechai MARKEL, from Mikola, in the Szatmar megye, and they were blessed with twelve children. After his passing, two of his sons served as Rabbi: Rabbi Avrohom SCHONFELD and Rabbi Binyamin SCHONFELD. Another son, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah SCHONFELD, served as a Dayan (rabinnical court judge) in Ratzfert (Újfehértó), Hungary. One of his daughters, Tushena, married Rabbi Moshe SOFER who was the dayan in Eger (Erlau), Hungary.

Sources (portions): Hadras Miryam p.98-104 and Zechor Leavraham

Valea lui Mihai had a synagogue, mikvah and cemetery. The Jews of Valea lui Mihai worshiped in the village synagogue and were usually buried in the village cemetery. Following is a general map of the cemetery location, satellite view and cemetery/tombstone images.

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General Map of Érmihályfalva c. 1910
Map: Copyright ©2009 by Marshall J. KATZ,
Permission granted for use on this KehilaLink page.


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Cemetery: 47°31'13.27"N 22°7'36.05"E

Synagogue: 47°30'59.15"N 22°07'55.71"E
If you don't have Google Earth installed on your computer, click the Google Earth image below to see a screen capture of a satellite view of Valea lui Mihai that shows the location of the cemetery and synagogue.
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~ Érmihályfalva Yeshiva Ketana ~

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Class photograph
c. 1934

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Three yeshiva students
c. 1934

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Left to right: Arthur (Usher) ROTH, unknown and unknown
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~ Talmud Torah DK"K / RK"K  Mihályfalva ~

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Class photograph
c. 1942

Photo: Copyright ©2009 Miriam (née GOLDSTEIN) YAGODA, Israel

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~ Érmihályfalva Synagogue ~

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Main façade
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva



Synagogue interior
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Mikvah
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva



Drawing of the Cheder in front of the house
Drawing: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

Cheder
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Synagogue prior to restoration I
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Synagogue prior to restoration II
Photo: Copyright ©2009 George WHITE, Canada



~ Synagogue Memorial Plaque ~


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Herman KAHAN
545 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel: +1 718-753-0060


~ Synagogue Restoration Progress ~

Synagogue I
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

Synagogue II
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Synagogue III
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

Synagogue IV
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Synagogue V
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

Ark cornerstone
Photo:Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva

For safe keeping, this stone was hidden for over fifty years by a gentile in Érmihályfalva and was recently returned to the synagogue.


Ark
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Ark curtain
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Old prayerbook I
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Old prayerbook II
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View from the mezzanine
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva





Synagogue mezzanine I
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

Pictured is Bela KISS of Érmihályfalva

Synagogue mezzanine II
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

Synagogue mezzanine III
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Mikvah
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva





~ Valea lui Mihai Cemetery ~

Jewish families who lived in Valea lui Mihai and probably the surrounding communities used the Valea lui Mihai Cemetery as the final resting place for their loved ones. Translations of the tombstones are provided for the images below.

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~ Approaching the cemetery ~
Cemetery gate I
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Cemetery gate II
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva





Cemetery view I
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Cemetery view III
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Cemetery view II
Photo: Copyright ©2009 by Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva





~ Holocaust memorial in the cemetery ~
Memorial (front)
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva

List of contributors
Photo: Copyright ©2009 Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva





~ Family Holocaust Memorials ~
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FELDMAND and GLUCK
Holocaust memorial

Copyright ©2009 by Fran MENG, USA
(deported 1944)

Other families recorded: BRAUN, DENES, EHRENFELD, FARKAS, SPITZ and STERN


LÖRINCZ
Holocaust memorial

Photo: Copyright ©2009 by Fran MENG, USA
(deported 1944)



LÖRINCZ
Holocaust memorial

Photo: Copyright ©2009 by Fran MENG, USA
(reverse)



István and Miriam WEISZ
Holocaust memorial

Photo: Copyright ©2009 George WHITE, Canada
(deported 1944)

Mr. and Mrs. Sandor WEISZ
Holocaust memorial

Photo: Copyright ©2009 George WHITE, Canada
(deported 1944)





Sándor and Régina (née PERLMAN) FISCH
Holocaust memorial

Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva

(deported 1944)


Yeshi/Yeshia ben Eliezer FISCH Z"L
Rivka bat Yehuda
Holocaust memorial

Photo: Copyright ©2009 Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva
(Sivan (May/June) 1944)





SOLOMON Family Holocaust Memorial
for Armin, his wife Regina (née KLEIN) and son Pista
Erected by Jakabné KLEIN (Regina's Mother)

Photo: Courtesy of Veronica/Vera (née SOLOMON) HECHT, USA




~ The Rabbis of Érmihályfalva ~

Yakov [Sandor] RUBIN also served as the rabbi for a period of time.

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d. = died

Rabbi Yeshayahu KATZ
d. 17 Tishrei 5651
(1 October 1890)

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Hinda Lea bat of Yitzchak Z"L
d. 3 Sivan 5687
(3 June 1927)

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Wife of Rabbi Yeshayahu KATZ





Rabbi Moshe Yochanan ben Rabbi Benyamin
d. 20 Sivan 5673
(25 June 1913)

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Sara bat Mordechai MERKEL of MIKALA
d. 10 Sh'vat 5684
(16 January 1924)

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wife of Rabbi Moshe Yochanan





Rabbi Benyamin ben Rabbi Moshe Yochanan
d. 6 Adar 5699
(25 February 1939)

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Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi Moshe Yochanan
d. 28 Marcheshvan 5689
(11 November 1928)

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~ Tombstones ~
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[ d. = died; Note descriptions follow the images. ]

Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-05
Mordechai Yona KATZ ben Menachem Yosef
d. 4 Tevet 5703
(12 December 1942)

Mordechai Yona KATZ ben Menachem Yosef
d. 4 Tevet 5703
(12 December 1942)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-09
Mózes LÖRINCZ and Roza (née VEINBERGER)
d. 11 Sh'vat 5678
(24 January 1918)
d. 8 Elul 5700
(11 September 1940)

Mózes LÖRINCZ and Roza (née VEINBERGER)
d. 11 Sh'vat 5678
(24 January 1918)
d. 8 Elul 5700
(11 September 1940)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-11
Andor GOTTLIEB
d. 5732
(1972)

[1]

Andor GOTTLIEB
d. 5732
(1972)

[1]
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-12
Unknown GOLDSTEIN
d. unknown
(unknown)

Unknown GOLDSTEIN
d. unknown
(unknown)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-13
Sandor SILBERCZVEIG | Lajos WEISZ
d. 1895 | d. unknown
(5655) | (unknown)

Sandor SILBERCZVEIG | Lajos WEISZ
d. 1895 | d. unknown
(5655) | (unknown)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-14
Avraham Tsvi ben Shalom Mordechai WEBERMAN
d. 25 Adar I 5681
(5 March 1921)

Avraham Tsvi ben Shalom Mordechai WEBERMAN
d. 25 Adar I 5681
(5 March 1921)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-15
Malka bat Isser
d. 18 Adar 5671
(18 March 1911)

[2]


Malka bat Isser
d. 18 Adar 5671
(18 March 1911)

[2]

Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-16
Avraham ben Yakov KAPEL
d. 13 Tishrei 5703
(24 September 1942)

Avraham ben Yakov KAPEL
d. 13 Tishrei 5703
(24 September 1942)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-19
Adolf WEISZ
d. 1929
(5689)

Adolf WEISZ
d. 1929
(5689)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-20
Shmuel ben Aba BECKMAN
26 Sh'vat 5691
(13 February 1931)

Shmuel ben Aba BECKMAN
26 Sh'vat 5691
(13 February 1931)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-21
Eliezer ben Yitzchak FISCH Z"L
5 Kislev 5679
(9 November 1918)

Eliezer ben Yitzchak FISCH Z"L
5 Kislev 5679
(9 November 1918)
Ermihalyfalva-Cemetery-stone-23
Bendit ben Eliezer FISCH
2/20 Sh'vat 5676
(7/25 January 1916)

Bendit ben Eliezer FISCH
2/20 Sh'vat 5676
(7/25 January 1916)


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[ 1 ] - Archive document: SRO, Reg 910, #57 1893 Oct.21 (Line 57) Birth record of Andor GOTTLIEB, legitimate son of Ignacz GOTTLIEB, schackter, born in Piskolt/Piscolt, and Fani GOLDNER born in Kocs, residing in Kobolkut. Andor GOTTLIEB is the father of Karoly GOTTLIEB (1937-2003) of Valea lui Mihai and grandfather of Tibor GOTTLIEB, presently living in Nagyvarad/Oradea, and Beatrix GOTTLIEB, presently living in Bucharest. Karolyne GOTTLIEB, widow of Karoly GOTTLIEB, is still living in Valea lui Mihai.

[ 2 ] - Wife of Menachem Tsvi WEISZ and Granddaughter of Isser BACHTIR and Kapel LIKEWEIR.



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Created by: Marshall J. KATZ, USA / Compiled by: Eugene KATZ, USA
with assistance from
Bela and Eszter KISS, Érmihályfalva
Istvan MAGYAR, Érmihályfalva
Amos Israel ZEZMER, France
and the following
JewishGen members/descendants and contributors of Valea lui Mihai Jewish families:

David ADMONI, Israel
Lajcsi Itzhak GROSZ, Israel
A. Tom GRUNFELD, USA
Herman KAHAN, USA
Eugene KATZ, USA
Fran MENG, USA
Ari TESLER, Belgium
George WHITE, Canada
Miriam (née GOLDSTEIN) YAGODA, Israel


Updated: 26 December 2012

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