Ritavas


The Hamelitz Database


 In the second half of the nineteenth century four Hebrew daily newspapers circulated widely in Lithuania and Latvia.  One of these was Ha-Melitz (The Advocate, or Morning Star).  It was founded in 1860 in Odessa, and was initially published as a weekly.  From 1871 until 1904 it was published in St. Petersburg as a daily, and by 1893 it was regularly filling its back page or pages with lists of persons living in the various shtetlach who had made donations to funds for the building up of the Land of Israel, or for the relief of victims of famine, fires and other community tragedies.  Lists of Ritavas residents featured on four separate occasions:  in 1898 (Issues No 132 and 173);  in 1899 (Issue No. 56)  and in 1900 (Issue No 121).  The 1900 collection was for a fund to aid the hungry in Bessarabia. 

These lists have been translated by Jeffrey Maynard and incorporated into a searchable data base.  The list that follows is extracted from the data base, and is an alphabetical list of all Ritavas residents whose names appeared, with the number of the relevant issue of Hamelitz. 


 
 
 Surname  Given Name
Comments 
Hamelitz Issue




AHARONZON Elchanan . #56 1899    #121 1900 
AWERBACH Moshe  . #132 1898 
AWERBACH Nachman  . #132 1898    #56 1899    #121 1900
AWERBUCH Yeshiyahu Mishel . #121 1900 
BABUS Shmuel  . #56 1899 
BORSHTEIN Avraham Aharon Rabbi Gaon ABD #132 1898 
BRITZ Leib husband of Tzerna Friedman #173 1898
COHEN Meir  . #56 1899   #121 1900 
EITZIKOWITZ  Moshe . #132 1898    #56 1899    #121 1900 
FRIEDMAN Moshe Zev  brother of Yakov Dovid & Tzerna wed  #173 1898
FRIEDMAN Tzerna sister of Y D & M Z wife of Leib Britz wed #173 1898
FRIEDMAN  Yakov Dovid brother of Moshe Zev & Tzerna #173 1898
FRIEDMANN Moshe Zev  . #132 1898
FRISMAN Yehoshua Kalman rabbi  #121 1900
GEFEN Avraham . #56 1899
GOREN Yeshiyahu . #121 1900
GRAF Yitzchok . #132 1898
HACOHEN Avraham  . #121 1900
HACOHEN Ephraim Shmuel . #132 1898
HENDLER Nachshon  . #132 1898   #56 1899   #121 1900
KAMOWITZ Moshe  . #56 1899
KAPLAN Yakov  has brother in Africa  (probably concerned because of the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer  War) #56 1899
KLAGMAN Shalom . #132 1898
KLEIN Moshe . #56 1899
KLENITZKI G D . #132 1898
KLENITZKI  R . #132 1898
LASOWSKI  Meir . #56 1899
LEWINZOHN Dovid . #132 1898
LEWITA Dov  . #56 1899   #121 1900
LEWITA Eli . #56 1899   #121 1900
LEWITA Mordechai Dov  . #56 1899
LEWITA  Yakov . #121 1900
LOSONSKI Meir  . #121 1900
MARKOWITZ Tuvia . #121 1900
MARKUS Yisroel . #56 1899   #121 1900
MAWSHOWITZ Yosef ben Yehuda Leib . #56 1899
MEGOREL  Mordechai . #121 1900
MISHUB Yosef ben Dovid . #121 1900
MOZESZOHN Moshe Yitzchok . #56 1899   #132 1898   #121 1900
ODWIN Shraga . #121 1900  #56 1899
POLUKAST Yitzchok . #56 1899   #121 1900
RIK  Moshe Aharon . #137 1900
SEGAL Moshe . #56 1899
SEGAL  Yosef . #121 1900
SHAPIRO Boruch . #132 1898   #121 1900
SHAPIRO Dovid . #121 1900
SHAPIRO Elchanan . #132 1898
SHAPIRO Yisroel Dov . #132 1898   #121 1900
SHAPIRO Yitzchok . #132 1898
SHATIN  Ezriel . #121 1900
SHOZREROWER  Chaim  . #56 1899
TZELKE  Aharon Rabbi #56 1899   #121 1900
YAVETZ  Moshe Dovid . #132 1898
YAVETZ  Shmuel  . #56 1899
YEBATZ Feige Leah . #121 1900
YOCHELSOHN Katrial . #132 1898
YOCHELSOHN Peretz  . #132 1898
ZACHS Aharon . #121 1900
ZACHS Eli . #56 1899
ZACHS  Eli Yehoshua  . #121 1900
ZACHS Nachman  . #132 1898
ZACHS Shmuel . #121 1900
ZACHS Shmuel Dovid  . #56 1899
ZACHS Simcha  . #121 1900
ZACHS Yakov  . #56 1899   #121 1900
ZACHS Yitzchok . #56 1899
ZACHS Yitzchok Dov . #121 1900
ZINGER Micha  .  #132 1898

 
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