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28th January 2023
From Zelig Goldberg to Isaac Shapiro  

    Belopolye, 26 January 1915
    8 February1

    Dear children

    We are all in good health thank God and thank God it is quiet here. Mother is good health thank God too, also in Zeimelis the children are all in good health.
    Your letter of December we have received, thank God you are in good health. Unfortunately I have lost my job due to the closure of the brewing factory and I still 
     have no other job. Send a bow2 to your children.
    Father Goldberg.

This is one of the 11 postcards written in the Ukraine by my great grandfather Zelig Goldberg to my grandfather Isaac Shapiro in Kimberley South Africa.  I received them from my mother's cousin Sarah (Goldberg) Olkienitski. (see more here.).
Four of the postcards mention money sent from South Africa through Wissotsky. During this time the Jewish owned tea company Wissotsky was the largest tea company in the worfld. (see Wikipedia article). Apparently Isaac  gave money to Wissotsky representatives in South Africa and Wissotsky Russia paid Zelig the equivalent amount. Wissotsky is Israel's largest tea company and I told them about the postcards. They were thrilled to see this example of  the Wissotsky family's help to Jews during this difficult period, and asked whether they could have the 4 postcards for their Historic Archive Collection. Zelig's three living great grandchildren (Shula Haberman, Racheli Gilad and I) agreed and this week I met with the Curator of the Archives and donated the 4 postcards together with some background notes. 

There is a page about these postcards on this site. It includes pictures of all the 11 postcards, the translations, some notes on the backround of the postcards, and the letter of thanks from Wissotsky.

Translator notes:
1.  On many documents of the Russian Empire from the late 19th Century both the Julian and Gregorian calenders appear.
2.  send a bow:  Russian expression meaning 'send my greetings'

  • We had lunch this week with Archie Ogden, from our days in St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. We were very friendly with Archie and Ella and had many happy times with them.
  • We also had lunch with Maxine (Konigsfest) Freed, sister of good friend Maureen Fain. We have not seen Maxine for about 60 years (!) but but we see Maureen regulary (for example) and she  has kept us updated. By chance Maxine mentored daughter Vered and husband Aviv during their orientation period at Columbus University.

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  • January Birthdays:  Giorgio Tarazza, Katherine Galp (1st), Elaine Bacher, Ayala Poupko (2nd), Daniella Collins (3rd), Sarah Natan, Tanya Wood (4th), Candis Herr, Natalie Smith, Yaniv Arad, Raphael Cotton (5th), Peter Royle (6th), Julie Stern (7th), Kimberly Silverman (8th), Dayna Mynarski , Michael Haberman (9th), Mushe Kirsh, Orianna Royle (11th),  Avraham Segoli , Daniel Kirsh, Sarah Cleaver (12th),  Asaf Karlsbad, Maayan Shavit (14th),  Shaun Glogauer, Dylan Thiele (15th), Nadav Bortenstein (16th),  Itay Gur, Ryan Smith (17th),  Marion Cohen, Rachel Moskowitz , Joel Bortz, Jeremy Bacher (18th), Julien Bloede, Glenda Gordon, David Meyerov (19th), Yuval Partuk, Lucille Melamed, Jaidan Klotnick (20th),  Susan Nathan, Joanne Schwartz (21st), Shelly Friedman (22nd),  Yoav Gilad ,  Ethelene Galgut, Wendy Glasser, Daniella Melamed (23rd);  Nina Leizerowitz, Michal Glasser (25th), Merle Lewenson, Ilai Levy, Merle Lewenson (28th),  Rafael Braverman Dvir,  Mandy Gordon,  Alex Hock  (29th),  Moran Segoli , Aharon Klotnick (30th),  Eitan Haberman , Shai Geffen (31st)
  • January Anniversaries: Jacqueline and Kevin Lampert (12th), Loren and Robin Hodes (15th),  Donna and Daniel Leibowitz  (22nd) , Glenda and Ivan Gordon (24th),  Karen and Craig Cleaver (30th)
  • February Birthdays: (not sure how and if you're related? Then go to the family trees section):: 1 - Anna Korbel, Jonathan Stern, Stella Kahn, Kyle Kahn  2 - Shira Bortz, Ann Weisz, Erin Gordon, Andrea Minto 6 - Dafna Poupko, Ilan Ezra  7 - Ilana Gordon  8- Rina Ezra  9- Karen Cleaver  10 - Roslyn Hakim Ian Klotnick,  12 - Charles Levy,  13 -  Tamar Moskovich ,  Debra Hochstadter, Navah Hellerstein  14 - Devra Hock,  Sydney Lossin, Alexis Bloede, Russel Kahn  15 - Ari Lazarus, Tamar Shabtay, 16 -Itamar Leshem,  17 - Naama Yaniv  18 - Joshua Leibowitz , Philip Levin  19 - Bessie Freundlich , Jonathan Sklar,  Michele Berman  20 - Joel Klotnick , Yoav Or , Daniel Gordon, Naama Gordon  21 - Harel Gordon, Dikla Crutchi   22 - David Hock, Yali Or, Yehoram Leshem, Daniel Silverman  23-  Seymour Levy  24-  Alexandra Cleaver, Simon Shapiro, Ian Minto, Maia Samuel  25 -  David Engleberg , Brian Hock   27 - Itai Nickel  28 - Ziva Bortenstein, Naomi Gordon, Talia Klotnick
  • February Anniversaries 9 - Sharlene and Steven Klotnick  11 - Rhona and Abraham Neimann  14 - Lori and David Hock, Neta and Lior Bortenstein  16 - Nici and Hilliard Ezra  17 - Sheenagh and Charles Levy  18 - Ann and Darryl Weisz  19 - Alice and Joseph Gullotta

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