Re: Surnames in Podhajce
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My great-grandfather Rabbi Sholom Baumrind and his son Rabbi Harold Baumrind were connected in one of the Podhajce synagogues in New York. It was sold and the funds transferred to create a synagogue in Israel. Could this be the synagogue you mention?
Rabbi Sholom Baumrind came to this country in the late 1880s and I assume his father Mordecai and grandfather Rabbi Moshe Baruch Besin are buried in Podhajce. I wish there were a was to find out more about them than just names on my great=grandfather's tombstone.
Thanks for your post.
Capt. Stephen Baumrind, USCGR-RET
From: Elissa Sampson
Cc: CINDY ; Meylakh Sheykhet
Sent: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: [podhajce] Surnames in Podhajce
I also highly recommend both the video footage and the book "Together and Apart in Brzezany" by Simon Redlich. These two communities histories have been intertwined for a long time and the War brought them abruptly together.
I am from the Stanton Street Shul, a.k.a., B'nai Jacob, Anshei Brzezan, which is about a five minutes walk from the remaining Podhacjer Shul here in the Lower East Side (see below). My name is Elissa Sampson, and I'm from the Kellner and Citron families in Podhacje. I, and one other immigrant from Podhacje, Abbie Roth who had left in the 1920s as a child, davened at the Brzezaner shul.
This is a photo of the Podhacjer Shul's Yinglish gate (the building is now a residence with apartments). It was built in 1926, a relatively late date for a Lower East Side Shul.