Family Portraits & Stories ~ 2
Copyright © 2012 Amira Lapidot Hemme


I've been researching the family of Risa Anna LATAVITZ, b. 1883 Nikolayev (see below) Edna Hoover                                            Descendants of Not Known LATAVITZ                                           25 Feb 2008 ==================================================================================================================== == 1. Not Known LATAVITZ sp: Not Known   +-2. Hershel LATAVITZ     sp: Not Known      |-3. Risa Anna LATAVITZ/LATAVITCH (b.1883?-Nikolayev,near Odessa,Ukraine d.27 Aug 1932  26 Av 5692-Brooklyn,NY)      | sp: Charles-Bezalel Oizer LEVY-LORSHICK (b.1884-Dubno,Volhynia,Ukraine d.1970's-Rockaway,Queens)      |  |-4. Harry-Tzvi Hersh LEVY (b.25 May 1908-St. Louis,Missouri d.15 May 1982  22 Iyar-Brooklyn,NY)      |  | sp: Iris-Haya NELSON (b.3 Feb 1909-Bobruisk,Belarus d.5 Feb 2001-Savannah,Georgia)      |  |  |-5. Ronald LEVY (b.8 Apr 1938-Brooklyn,NY)      |  |  | sp: Vicky WOLFSON      |  |  +-5. Edward-Elisha LEVY (b.2 Jun 1944-Brooklyn,NY)      |  +-4. Samuel-Shlomoh LEVY (b.6 Jan 1910-St. Louis,Missouri d.18 Jul 1977-1311 Avenue K)      |    sp: Freda      |     +-5. Not Known LEVY      |         sp: UNKNOWN      |-3. Mordechai/ Mutkhe LATAVITZ      +-3. Blumeh LATAVITZ

Katz and Kossovsky

In a nutshell, my paternal great grandmother, Henya Katz, married into the Kossovsky family of Nikolayev. She gave birth to a number of children, whereas one of them immigrated to the then Ottoman Palestine in 1912 - this was my paternal grandfather. After the Spanish Flu plague in 1917, the murder of one of the children, and the death of the family father due to the plague, they all migrated to Alexandria, Egypt, and a few years later on made it to Palestine in the early 20s. Now, one of the daughters (my father's aunt) married a Lapidot back then in Nikolayev, and became a widow prior to her immigration, since her husband was murdered. She later on made it to Eretz Israel with her two daughters, her sister and the family mother. Shaul Sharoni, Israel


My husband's grandfather Joseph Samuel Kanevsky (Youssef Schmuel) was from Nicolaev, and came to the US in 1904.The only thing I have relating to Nicolaev or Mykolayev is letters written in Russian from family members who still lived there. The one letter I have has "Nikolaev" in Cyrillic on the letterhead. It was written to him by a former business  partner and the company name was Trunk, suitcase and Handbag Manufacturers, with the motto "Progress". Since the letter is in Pre -Revolutionary Russian, I haven't had it fully translated. The family origins are something of a mystery, except I know he came from the area because of about 20 letters I hold. Linda Kanevsky


I was born there ( Nikolayev ) in 1958, my father was very well known violinist in town, my granddad was very well known ENT Dr.  I wrote about my family in Russian  plus, there some who interested , may find my father's articles about music life in Nikolayev ( ). I remember very well the building in Nikolaev, where the synagogue was located - there is synagogue right now. At my time there was a club of medical workers. Friend of my childhood, violinist David Rabinovich, who studied with my dad and lives now in Haag ( Holland ) was a grandson of a rabbi , who was executed by Soviet regime for being a rabbi. His last name was Estrin. I was there last time in 1989. Ilya Fishov, Atlanta


My Grandfather - Louis Lubovsky - came here from Mykolayiv around 1900.  He did not leave any pictures of the old country but he did leave a few stories.  He came from a large family. He was the youngest of 13 brothers and sisters; some of his nieces and nephews were older than he was. The Lubovsky family owned a large department store (probably larger in the telling than in reality). It had a dormitory for the workers.  They stayed there 6 days a week and went home to their shtetls on Shabat and on holidays.  Management of the store was rotated among family members - each of whom had their own outside businesses.  Whenever someone needed money or financing for something, or had lost what they had and needed a fresh start, they got to run the store for a while. I tried researching the store and could not find it in Mykolayiv but I did find references to Lubovskys being jewelers and dry goods retailers in Odessa. He changed his name to Lubov on Ellis Island when someone told him that "skys" weren't used in America. When I was young, I remember him taking me to meetings of "The Zlotioplia" - a self-help organization and burial society made up of his fellow immigrants from the same area of Ukraine that he referred to as Zlotopol.  All I remember about the meetings are old men & cigars. He came here so he could marry my Grandmother - Hannah Koshar.  There was some sort of class difference between them and that was a problem.  Hannah came over with her sisters and parents (after Louis was already here).  He used to say that the shtetl she lived in was so small that when he went to see her the lead horse on his droshky was at one end of town and his sled was at the other.  She claimed he was exaggerating.  I don't know that I ever knew the name of her town. The Koshars, the Lubovs and a third branch of the family, the Selikovs used to get together 3 or 4 times a year.  The group was known as the KLS Family Circle.  I believe that the Selikovs intermarried with the Koshars and thereby became part of the family.  There were fewer Lubovs than Koshars or Selikovs because my Grandfather was the only Lubov here and only had 3 children.  In any event, the assemblages were large and boisterous. I have, from time to time, tried to find other mishpacha but to no avail.  I do know of one cousin, the son of one of my Grandfathers nephew's, who lives in Montreal.  There is also a Michael T. Lubov (my name) in Florida. Michael Lubov


My Grandmother, my father's mother, came from Nikolayev. I think she was around 4. She died in the United States at the age of 100. Her mother Lina (Kiegel) died in the Ukraine. Lina was in her 20s when she died. Their name in the Ukraine was Boltainsky. It was changed to Boltin. Her father's name was Wolf. In the Ukraine he was a tailor, in the States I believe he owned a factory. My Grandmother, Rose Celia Katler (Boltin), had one sister, 2 step sisters and 1 step brother. There are a couple of stories I remember. The first: My grandmother's  father was in the military. My grandmother lost her sight very early, maybe from cataracts. My great grandfather's commander somehow was able to arrange the needed operation for my grandmother so that she could see. After the operation, my grandmother was able to see out of one eye. The other story was about the pogroms. My grandmother's story is that no one got hurt, but they scared them by throwing the pillows and ripping them up. She was so young, I don't know how much she knew. She was most upset her entire life about her mother's death. It is unclear how her mother died, although one story is that she had a heart attack. We do have pictures on my sister-in-laws website Marilyn K.


I'm sending to you 2 pictures. The 1st was made in Shtetele near Nikolayev at the turn of the 20th Century. Top right row the third from the right is my Grandma Lyuba, the 4th (next to her) my Granddad Akiva , who was killed almost at the end of WWII, he was in the army. 1st on the top right is my step Grandfather and Akiva's brother. He returned after WWII and found out that his entire family:  his wife -next to him in the picture, and 6 daughters, were killed by the Nazis. Later he and my Grandmother got married and they had a daughter Dina, who lives now in Atlanta. In the other picture is family of my mom. It was taken in Nikolayev. Grandma Lyuba, my mom Asya (lives in Atlanta, 81 now), my aunt Raya (passed away 5 years ago in Israel - she was two years older then my mom) and Akiva. Everyone else died during the WWII. Perhaps some of kids survived. This is the Vinnik family. My Grandma's last name was Tverdovsky. My mom is Asya Vinnik. Ilya Fishov.


'This photograph, part of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre collection, shows members of the Odessa Lodge around 1918. The only members who have been identified are Sam Krantz and Jack Foreman--but the Archives Centre believe Solomon Picovsky may also be pictured. [my paternal grandfather, Abraham Sklair, is in the middle of the second row from the top, the man circled with the beard].   A number of Friendly Societies existed in the Glasgow community during the first half of the last century ... [several, like this one, were Jewish Masonic Lodges]   The Glasgow Jewish Year Book of 1938 lists 16 different friendly societies ... Members would pay a small weekly subscription and would receive financial help in times of unemployment, illness or bereavement.   The Odessa Lodge of the Grand Order of Israel and Shield of David was unusual in that it acted as a kind of landsmanschaft, with its members coming mainly from the Ukraine and Odessa area. Leslie Sklair
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