Mir Family Names
AARONSON Howard Cooper
ABRAMOVITZ Manfred Schwartz
AMDUR(SKY) Nyna Polumbaum
ALTMAN Wendy Almeleh
ALTSHULER Wendy Almeleh, Malli Schreiber Holoshitz
BARNAK Mitchell Cutler
BEANE Bob Chazonoff
BECKER Reeva Kimble
BELSKI Danny Dancig
BENUN Danny Dancig
BERMAN Frank Proschan
BILINSKY Susan Goldsmith
BIRMAN Rick Saffran
BLOOM Judith Wilen Krongold
BONDURA Howard Cooper
BRUCK Ted Brooks
BRUKHANSKY Ted Brooks
BUNIEWICKA Frank Proschan
BUNIEWICKIEY Bob Chazonoff
CHAIMOVITZ Joel Kent, Paula Revenson Howard
CHAIMOWITZ Helene Gossy
CHANKIN Wendy Almeleh
CHAPMAN Reeva Kimble
CHERTOK David Jacobson
COOPER Howard Cooper
CYNKIN Julian Sinai, Julius Shapiro, Marsha Cohen
CZARNY Hadassah Lipsius
DANCIG Danny Dancig
DJUKE Carole Montello
DUKE Carole Montello
DVORKIN Marsha Cohen
DWORKIN Marsha Cohen
EPSTEIN Ted Hyman, Martin Delikat
ESKOLESKY Reeva Kimble
FABER Howard Cooper
FARBER Howard Cooper
FOGEL Susan Goldsmith
FOTTERMAN Jack Kolpen
GABRIELOW Carole Montello
GARBER Reeva Kimble
GARKAVY Danny Dancig
GERSHOWITZ/GELMAN Frank Porschan
GERSZOWICZ Peter Levin
GILMOFSKY Frank Proschan
GRYNBERG Eran Greenberg
HAIMOWITZ Joel Kent, Paula Revenson Howard
HENDEL Carole Montello
HARKAVY Bob Chazonoff, David Jacobson, Frank Proschan
HELFANT Joe Toubes. Leo Hoenig
HERSHOWITZ Franck Proschan
HORWITZ Danny Dancig
IOSSELEVITCH Irene Silver Topolcic
ITZKOVITZ Chaim (Hyman) Itzkovitz
ITZKOWITZ Zodek Itzkowitz, Simcha (Sidney) Itzkowitz
JACOBSON Reeva Kimble, David Jacobson
JOSSELEVITCH Irene Silver Topolcic
JOSSELEWITZ Irene Silver Topolcic
KAGAN Wendy Almeleh
KAHAN Irene Silver Topolcic
KAPLAN Carole Montello, Henry Soloway
KARPELOWSKY Gary Salmo
KEIMONETSKY Danny Dancig
KOCH Danny Dancig
KONIK Danny Dancig
KOLPENITSKY Jack Kolpen
KOPELOWICZ Eileen (Chaya) Fridman
LAMPERT Bill Shaphren
LEWIS Joe Toubes
LEWIN Wendy Almeleh
LIEBOWITZ Bernie Hirsch
LIFSHITZ Ellen Gotfried
LIICHUWIITSKY Malli Schreiber- Holoshitz
LIKOVITSKY Malli Schreiber- Holoshitz
LIPSZYC Danny Dancig
MANIUK Thea Levey
MIRANKA Jack Kolpen
MIRANKAR Hilik Mirankar
MARKEWIECZ Brian Marcus
MARKIEL Brian Marcus
MAZUREWITZ Julie Henner
MIRANSKY Carole Montello, Bob Finkelstein, Susan Goldsmith
MIRSKY Bill Shaphren, Ted Brooks, Wendy Almeleh, Julian Sinai
MUCHNIK Phyllis Saitz
NOVOGRODSKY Ted Hyman, Allison Vrolijk
OKIN Leo Hoenig
ORLANSKY Bernie Hirsch
PASS Wendy Almeleh
PAVLES Brian Marcus
PERLMAN Julie Henner
PISETZNER Carole Montello
POGORELSKY Ted Hyman
POLENSTSKY Rhoda Krafchin
POSTOWSKY Gail Pastor Sara
POLLACK Howard Cooper
POPOK Sheldon Kneller, Ted Hyman
POZNYAK Mike Posnick
PROTAS Susan Goldsmith
PROSCHANSKY Frank Proschan
RABINOVICH Joanne Wolffson Lafler
REZNICK Henry Soloway
ROZANSKY Ellen Gotfried, Susan Goldsmith
RUBINOWITZ Frank Proschan
RUSEK Susan Goldsmith
SALMANSKY Rick Saffran
SCHARJA Allen B. Saxe
SCHREIBER Malli Schreiber- Holoshitz
SCHWARTZ Wendy Almeleh
SELIKOFF Steven Pilchik
SHAFFER Bob Finkelstein
SHAPHREN Bill Shaphren
SHAPIRA Hilik Mirankar
SHEPSHEVITZ Howard Cooper
SHEPSOVITZ Howard Cooper
SHIFRANSKY Bill Shaphren
SHMUKLER Steven Pilchik, Joanne Wolffson Lafler
SHMULOVITCH Rick Saffran
SHMULOVITZ Rick Saffran
SHULMAN Wendy Almeleh
SIMAKOWSKY Allison Vrolijk, Martin Delikat
SINAISKY Julius Shapiro
SINDER Yolande Sinder
SINGER Rhoda Krafchin
SKLAR Henry Soloway, Ted Brooks
SKLOVSKY Joanne Wolffson Lafler
SKOLNICK Wendy Almeleh, Helene Gossy
SLOAN Nyna Polumbaum
SOLOVACHIK Henry Soloway
SOLOVEITCHIK Henry Soloway
STOLLER Danny Dancig
SREBNIK Bernie Hirsch
TAUBE Bernie Hirsch, Susan Goldsmith
TERETSKY Karin Schultz
TCHERNEY Manfred Schwartz
TOBIAS Susan Goldsmith
TOUBES Joe Toubes, Julian Sinai, Susan Goldsmith
TOYBES Susan Goldsmith
TREMBITSKY Judith Wilen Krongold
TRIBUKH Susan Goldsmith
TSINKIN Marsha Cohen
TURETSKY Karin Schultz
TZINKIN Marsha Cohen
WILENSKY Judith Wilen Krongold
WILLITOFSKY Howard Cooper
WINGROFSKY Paula Revenson Howard
YACHES Annette Jacobs Katz
YAKUBOVICH Reeva Kimble
YAKUBSON Reeva Kimble
ZAICHIK Phyllis Saitz
ZINGER Rhoda Krafchin
ZINKIN Julian Sinai, Julius Shapiro, Marsha Cohen
R. ELIAHU Arthur Golnick
and their families from Mir
Almeleh searched for ALTSHULER, ALTMAN, CHANKIN,
KAGAN, LEWIN, MIRSKY, PASS, SCHWARTZ, SKOLNICK/SHULMAN
Dancig and his sister Bea Joffin of Johannesburg,
South Africa have relatives from Mir named DANCIG,
KEIMONETSKY, KONIK, HORWITZ, BELSKI, KOCH, STOLLER,
GARKAVY, BENUN, LIPSZYC
Saffran is looking for SHMULOVITCH (SHMULOVITZ),
Kent is searching CHAIMOVITZ (HAIMOWITZ)
Montello and her cousin Caren
Jaeger have ancestors named PISETZNER, MIRANSKY,
KAPLAN, GABRIEL (GABRIELOW), HENDEL, and DUKE
(DJUKE). Another cousin, Paula
Revenson Howard is researching: WINGROFSKY
and CHAIMOVITZ (HAIMOWITZ) in addition to all
of the above.
Pilchik is looking for SHMUKLER and SELIKOFF
Posnick's great grandfather POZNYAK was registered
to the Jewish community of Mir according to the
1895 Minsk City birth records.
Kneller's grandfather Meier POPOK, son
of Aron Noah and Zelda left Mir around 1900,
along with his brothers Isser and Moshe and
his sister Alta.
Hyman has POGORELSKY, POPOK, EPSTEIN, and
NOVOGRODSKY ancestors from Mir on his mother's
side. Her father was Isser Popok and her mother
was Chosha Meirka Epstein. Her paternal grand-parents
were Aron Noach Popok and Zelda Basha Pogorelsky.
Her maternal grand-parents were Shmuel Zelig
Epstein and Tieba Novogrodsky.
Cooper is looking for FARBER/FABER, SHEPSHEVITZ/SHEPSOVITZ,
KUPER, BONDURA, AARONSON, WILLITOFSKY AND POLLACK
from Mir and nearby Touretz.
Shaphren is looking for SHAPHREN (SHIFRANSKY),
MIRSKY, LAMPERT. His ancestors and mine went
from Mir to Des Moines, Iowa.
Krafchin is searching for SINGER/ZINGER and
POLENETSKY, who were in Mir before 1907.
Gottfried has maternal ancestors from Mir
with the names LIFSHITZ and ROZANSKY.
Golnick is researching a magid by the name
of Rabbi Eliahu (ca 1757-1828) son of Rabbi Eliezer,
Av bet Din of Berestovista.
Lipsius has a great-great-grandmother Chava
CZARNY who was born in 1818. Her Warsaw marriage
record states that she was from Mir and her father
was Moshe Czarny.
Soloway has a number of relatives from Mir
with last names of SOLOVEITCHIK (SOLOVACHIK),
REZNICK, SKLAR, KAPLAN. See his family history for details.
Wilen Krongold is searching for ancestors
named TREMBITSKY (who became BLOOM) and WILENSKY.
Chait searching Ida GRABEVETSKY, his grandmother
and great grandparents Isaac and Dovora. Ida
was youngest of 7, left Mir in 1913 for the US.
Other family settled in London.
Itzkowitz, the son of David ITZKOWITZ, a
kosher butcher in Mir whose shop was located
on Cerkovna Street, lived in Mir until 1942.
His family housed many Mir Yeshiva students in
the 1920s and 1930s. Zodek and his remaining
(Sidney) Itzkowitz and Chaim (Hyman) Itzkovitz
now live in Montreal and Florida. See Simcha Itzkowitz memoir.
Saitz (no e-mail address at present). Her grandfather,
Philip ZAICHIK, (changed to Saitz) and his
future wife, Annie MUCHNIK came from Mir circa
1909, along with the rest of their families.
Levin is the son of Dvora GERSZOWICZ, one
of eight children of a farming family who lived
near Mir. Members of the family went to England
and Palestine. A relative, Abram GERSZOWICZ is
mentioned in the Mir
grandmother's family were named TURETSKY/TERETSKY.
They had 3 daughters. The father was said to
be mayor of Mir. One daughter married a rabbi
and immigrated to Israel. One married a businessman
and immigrated to South Africa. Anna, Karin's
great-grandmother, married Max Tobias, a student
who wrote prayers on talit, and immigrated to
Hirsch is looking for families named SREBNIK,
LIEBOWITZ, TAUBE or ORLANSKY from Mir. (Note:
he has an excellent web site:http://here.at/berniehirsch/famtree for
Alsace and Lomza Genealogy)
Chazonoff is the son of Sarah Reisha BUNIEWICKIEY,
who is the daughter of Fivel BUNIEWICKIEY and
Fruma Ethel HARKAVY who came to North America
in1926 from Mir. Sarah's older brother Max Beane
had left Mir earlier and settled in New York.
Polumbaum had grandparents Shlomo-Chayim
and Nihama AMDUR(SKY) who had an "iron
store on the square in Mir. They died in
1905 and their children were scattered. Nyna's
mother Rachil was cared for by an aunt in
Mir whose last name became SLOAN in the US,
but was something longer in Mir.
Levey is the granddaughter of Louis Moskow
/Lippe MANIUK of Mir. Lippe's grandfather
owned the hotel in Mir and as of the 1929 business
registry the family was still in ownership
under the name S. Maniuk. The MANIUK family
Sinder's grandfather Nahum SINDER (born 1904)
and his brother Baruch left Mir in 1922 for South
Africa. They settled in Johannesburg and worked
in the meat business.
Brooks has BRUKHANSKY, SKLAR, and MIRSKY
ancestors from Mir. Moshe Brukhansky son, Nathan
Brooks married Sara Resha Mirsky. Sara was
the daughter of Elyakim Yitschok Mirsky and
Pastor's father, and Gail
Pastor Sara and Jeffrey Pastor's grandfather,
is Harry PASTOR, AKA Aaron Postowski/Postovsky
from Mir. In Feb 1907 he came via Liverpool to
Boston then to Nashua , NH. He was related to the
HARKAWAY/HARKAVY family. There is a R. POSTOWSKA
listed as being in the iron business in Mir in
Silver Topolcic's grandfather, Zev JOSSELEVITCH/IOSSELEVITCH
was a Hebrew school teacher in Mir. He married
Chaya Rivka KAHAN/KAHN. They had seven children:
Samuel, Leib, Aron, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and
David. Her grandfather went to the US in 1907
as Wolf JOSSELEWITZ. Chaya Rivka died in Mir.
Sarah went to Chicago, Joseph, Sam and David
to New York. Aron went to Buenos Aires, Leib
to Berlin and Abraham to Warsaw.
is the grandson of Mordchai SIMAKOWSKY (see certificate
of birth). Mordchai with his mother Esther-Malka
(daughter of Samuel Zelikow EPSTEIN of Mir) immigrated
to New York in 1912 , a year after his father Isaac
Simakowsky immigrated. Their names became Isidore,
Mollie and Emanuel Simon. Five more children were
born in the US.
Vrolijk, a great granddaughter of Isidore
and Mollie SIMON/SIMAKOWSKY, is
also researching this family and NOVOGRODSKY.
Salmo's great-grandfather was Pinchas Dovid
KARPELOWSKY. He and his wife Liba had a butcher's
shop in the market square area, and also took
in yeshiva students as boarders. They had 10
children. His grandfather Shmuel emigrated
to Johannesburg, South Africa, circa 1922.
Uncles Harry, Morris and Shmerel also went
to South Africa. An aunt and her family were
transported to Tashkent, where they survived
the war. Descendents are now in Israel.
Marcus is the grandson of Avram Isel MARCUS
(MARKEWIECZ or MARKIEL) and Sonjez PAVLES. The
family, including seven children, left Mir for
Cape Town, South Afica, in 1934. Brian's father
was Sam Marcus. His uncle Rabbi Nachum Leib Marcus
attended Mir Yeshiva. Another uncle Solly Marcus,
lived in Toronto.
Katz' father Morris Jacobs came from Mir.
He was a member of the Mirer Young Men's BES
(see 1953 Journal).
His name was Moshe Yaches before he came to the
Greenberg's grandfather Moshe GRYNBERG was
born in 1906 in Mir and left around 1936 for
Israel. Moshe was the youngest of 7-8 children
of Gershon and Chaja. The family had a grocery
store in Mir.
Escott is the great grandson of HaRav
R. Yaakov Eskolsky (1875-1931). The Eskolsky
family lived in Mir for many generations. The name
may have come from the shtetl of Ishkol'd which is
9.4 miles SSW of Mir.
(Hilik) Mirankar and his sister Ahoova
Salit's family include their father's father
Yehuda MIRANKAR, a book binder, and his wife Bluma
SHAPIRA Mirankar, who was a cheese maker.
Their children included Herzel (1917-1996, a carpenter,
father of Hilik and Ahoova), Motel,
Alter, Nehama (Naha), Miriam (Mirel) and Isaac (Itze).
Herzel fought in the Spanish Civil War
as a teenager, in the Polish army, in the Partisans
and in the Russian army. He married Esther Broide
who was from a small village near Baranovich. Later
served in the Israeli army during the War of Independence
Sinai War. Herzel Mirankar belonged to the Mir Society
Proschan's grandfather, Israel
PROSCHANSKY, was born in Mir in 1877 and married Rose
GELMAN (born, GILMOFSKY) of Mir, after immigrating
York. Other family connections known to be from Mir
(GERSHOWITZ etc.), BERMAN, HARKAVY, BUNIEWICKA. His
last name was RUBINOWITZ and grandmother's mother's
last name was LANDAU,
both of whom may be from Mir. Family members settled
in the U.S., France,
South Africa, and Israel.
Holoshitz is looking for
information about grandparents David SCHREIBER (SHZRAJBER
Polish spelling) and Shifra LIKOVITSKY/LIICHUWIITSKY
Schreiber. Their sons Yehoshua and Yaakov and daughter
Haya Schreiber survived and went to Israel on the Exodus.
Shifra's mother was Lea Yentl ALTSHULER. Shifra's brother
was Shiya Zelig Likovitsky/Liichuwiitsky.
(Chaya) Fridman's grandfather was Israel
Chanan KOPELOWICZ. Some of his children
Kopelowitz (married name Zakheim), Mendel and Michael.
See photos and Tzila Kopelowitz Zakheim biography
Sinai's grandfather, Shlomo SINAISKI, was born
in Mir and trained as a scribe at the Mir Yeshiva.
His cousins were part
of the MIRSKY family from Mir. He married Hannah
CINKIN/ZINKIN before 1907. They had 6 children.
The family went to South Africa in the 1920s. His
sister married Kalman TOUBES of Mir. The Toubes
family went to New York.
Shapiro, of South Africa, is
the great grandson of Bluma and Yossel ZINKIN (also
spelled CYNKIN), who were both born around 1840 in
Mir. Yossel, a miller and Hebrew teacher, was also
known as Yossel Paramel. Their children were Yankel,
Chiena (married baker Kalmen TOUBES/TAUBES), Michle
and Menashe (married Shlomo SINAISKY).
|Leo Hoenig would like information on his wife's OKIN and HELFANT families from Mir. See details.
|Manfred Schwartz is the son of Alexander TCHERNEY, who was born in Mir in 1897 to Abram-Leib, son of Moshe CHERNY and Dveira daughter of Zalman ABRAMOVITZ. Members of this family went to South Africa.
|Helene Gossy's mother's parents, Shlomo CHAIMOWITZ and Sarah SKOLNICK and many of their relatives were murdered in Mir, according to reports in the Mir Yizkor Book. Helene is trying to contact CHAIMOWITZ relatives in the United States.
|Bob Finkelstein ancestors were Monas and Hinde MIRANSKY. Their daughter Razel/Rose married Torah scribe Sholom/Samuel SHAFFER/SCHAFFER around 1890. Sholom and Razel's children were Minnie-Fagle, Chaya/Ida and Chaim/Hyman. The family came to the US between 1904-1907. The Schaffers represented at least three generations of Torah scribes. Sholom Schaffer's father and grandfather were also Torah scribes in Mir.
|Jack Kolpen's grandfather Jacob KOLPENITSKY lived in Mir. He left for the US in 1912. Jacobs' brother Harry's sons Louis, Abe, and Julius became KOLPON after they immigrated to New York. They were members of the Mirer Young Mens Benevolent and Education Society. There were FOTTERMAN and MIRANKA cousins in Mir.
|Susan Goldsmith is researching TOBIAS (Toubes, Taubes, Toybes), ROZHANSKY, MIRANSKY, BILINSKY, FOGEL, PROTAS, RUSEK and TRIBUKH in Mir, and nearby Novyy Sverzhen and Stolpcy.
|Marsha Cohen is researching the CYNKIN/TZINKIN/TSINKIN/ZINKIN and DWORKIN/DVORKIN families of Mir. Her maternal grandfather, Yisroel Nachum TZINKIN, born in 1883, was youngest son of Elye and Mirka TZINKIN of Mir. He came to the US from Mir in 1909/1910, where his name was changed to Isidore Shankin. His wife, Elka Sora (1885-1925), the daughter of Avraham and Esther DWORKIN/DVORKIN of Mir, arrived at Ellis Island in 1921 with their children Shayna Etel (Jeanette Shankin Axelrod), Zalman Ber (Sol Shankin) and Itsche (Irving Shankin).
|Bill Myers is looking for information relating to his grandparents
Isaac MIRSKY and Matilda/Tilda TOBIS MIRSKY from Mir. Isaac came to
Des Moines, Iowa about 1888 joining his sister Mary MIRSKY MARCUS who
had come to Des Moines some time earlier. Tillie and daughter Libbie
left Mir to reunite with Isaac in 1892.
|Joanne Wolffson Lafler is looking for SKLOVSKY and SHMUKLER families from Mir. Her father's mother traced her ancestry to Eleazer Shmukler (sometimes spelled SCHMUCKLER), who changed his name to Sklovsky when he married Belle Bessie Sklovsky. Their son, Israel Solomon Sklovsky (b. 1843) married Sarah RABINOVICH (b. 1844). There also are MOLCHATSKY/MOLOCHOVSKY families might have come from Mir.
|Julie Henner has MAZUREWITZ relatives from Mir. Her ancestors are Leib Ber MAZUREWITZ (1852-abt1930) and his wife Rivka (1865-1941). She is also related to the PERLMAN family.
Mitchell Cutler's ancestors came from Mir. GG grandfather Aaron BARNAK was born 1834 in Mir. Aaron's son Zundel was born 1867 in Mir and married Faigle Rabinowitz who was born 1868 in Lechovitz. Their son Moshe BARNAK was born in Mir around 1909. His family later moved to Lechovitz/Lyakovhici. Moshe eventually settled in Montreal.
Toubes has HELFANT and TOUBES ancestors
from Mir, who are related to JACOBSON cousins
from Des Moines, Iowa. Two TOUBES sisters married
men with the last name of LEWIS and came to
the US in 1909.
Jacobson is the son of Jacob Zavel CHERTOK,
who left Mir at age 5 around 1905. The family
went to Iowa. His ancestors from Mir include
Pesha HARKAVY and Minnie JACOBSON.
Jacobson Kimble is searching for JACOBSON (YAKUBSON, YAKUBOVICH) and BECKER ancestors.
Also for GARBER and CHAPMAN and ESKOLESKY who
married into the JACOBSON family. Some members
of these families left Mir before 1900 (some
1884) and settled in Des Moines, Iowa. (GARBER
from Warsaw, was a rabbi in Mir. He married Elise JACOBSON whose mother returned with her American born children to Mir from Des Moines, Iowa in 1896.)
with family connections to Mir Yeshiva
B. Saxe is researching students, teachers, and
Rabbis during the period 1910-1925. His father Moshe
SCHARJA attended Mir Yeshiva. His family web site includes photos and information about the Yeshiva.
Freedman is researching foreign students who
attended Mir Yeshiva during the period 1935-1939.
His father-in-law Pinkhas (Phillip) BERLINER attended
Mir Yeshiva during this period, then attended Teltz
Yeshiva until Mir Yeshiva was relocated in Keidan.
In 1940 he joined the group of foreign Mir students
which found refuge in Australia. See photos
on this site and a list
of foreign students who
attended the Mir Yeshiva between the wars.
other connections to Mir
Januszewski's great grandparents Michal and Maria Januszewski
lived in Mir for a few years. Michal worked for Prince
Sviatopolk-Mirski. Both Michal and Maria died in 1818
and were buried in Mir. A year later, their six children
were sent to an orphanage in Baranovichy and the four
who survived later went to Liskowo, Poland. (Marek
can be contacted at: spec(at)webtech.pl but
you have to change the (at) to @)
updated August 2013