Update from Chaya Mindel Vershook Line

My family falls under the Chaya Mindle Vershook branch. Her children includes Dora Brachman Ginsberg, Sol Brachman, Abe Brachman, Eli Brachman, and Lillian Brachman Raimey. Lillian Raimey was my grandmother and the youngest of nine children. Four died before she was born. The whole Brachman family settled in Marietta, Ohio after coming to the U.S. from Latvia, Russia.

They eventually migrated to Fort Worth, Texas where many of their descendants still live including my mother, Karen Raimey Kaplan. Al Kaplan, my father, passed away on Christmas 2007. Karen is doing fine. Mom is an only child.

My husband and I live in Plano, Texas (about 20 miles north of Dallas) with our daughter (14), two sons (9 and almost 5) and a dog. Paul works as an IT manager for Retalix while I’m the freelance writer behind meryl.net. We just had our first Bat Mitzvah last year and you can see plenty of pictures of the family.

My sister, Elisa, lives in Dallas with her husband and dogs. Elisa works as an information architect and usability expert for a contract company. My brother, Michael, lives a few miles from me in Plano with his wife and daughter who is in 4th grade, and a dog. Michael has his own business as a computer consultant who installs and repairs computers.

You can see us in two photos (below) in the Photo Galleries, “Photos from 50’s, 60’s & 70’s”


This picture shows from left, Miriam Lurie, Sidney and Lillian Raimey, and Goldie Lurie.


And below is my mom (Karen Kaplan), me, and my dad (Al Kaplan) from when we visited Baltimore and Washington, DC around 1979-80.

Feel free to drop us a line through my contact form (don’t want spambots getting my email address).

The Cousins Check it Out and Check In

Everyone (from California to Israel to Boston) is enjoying the new RLFG website and many have provided good ideas.

    1.  We are working on the identification of everyone in the pictures.  If you send in any new pictures, be sure to identify them.
    2.  Yes, anyone can read what is on the site but the only way to comment is to register.
3.  We are happy to post articles from you .
4.  Coming soon is a page for minutes old and new.  If you like the pictures you will love reading the minutes from 1952.
5.  We are thinking about the My Space or Facebook links several people mentioned.  In fact, working on this site can be a full time job which neither John nor I can devote to it.  So, it will come in good time.   We hope you will comment on the site and send us the pictures and comings and goings of your family.

From Bernice Luskey

I enjoyed, especially, all the pictures. I am going to look through them again–and again. Then I will figure out if I can print some–I’m sure there is a way. I am doing fine here in Savannah and hope you are all well also.

From: Yomi Rosenblum

Margalit is in Canada now, they went to make an American citizen ship for there children in North America ( In Vermont. It was easier to land first in Toronto). They should be back this week so I’ll ask her then (I only know the Hebrew dates).

I looked at the web site and found my grandmother in the “pictures from the 50’s”. It is done very well, and I enjoyed it! It’s a very good idea (and I bet also a lot of work). It would be nice if names were written underneath so that I would know who they are. Is the site accessible to who ever wants to or only to family members?

What a good idea! This is the only practical way for me keeping in touch! I liked the pictures!

From Roz (Greenspon) Cohen

The site is terrific! I enjoyed those nice pictures of my Bubby and Zaidy Looban! What a lot of work you put into it! As we say here in Israel, Kol Hakavod!

From Carol Luskey

I’m in South Dakota!!! I’ll try to write up something to update everyone on our whereabouts…I can also fill in some of the holes on the family tree – does that go to you as well??? I LOVE this site…oh my gosh!!! It is so much fun to look at the pictures and to have the entire geneology…wow!! Thanks. It will definitely be bookmarked by me and many others I’m sure. I just love the pictures. So much fun. Sandy, your mom and dad visited us when we lived in Wagner, SD!!!! Not too many people came to visit us there but we were so delighted to have them. Even remember that we had deli when they came! (It was an event!!)

From Lenny Taube

What do you think about incorporating that somewhere on the front page of the website near the logo/name so as to pay homage to the woman who the group is named after? Greetings! My grandmother is looking for a photo of Rachel Looban & will provide details on what she was like soon.

From Sandy Deiner

Thanks Sandy! Once again I got lost in some of those old photos. Happy Purim!

From Lisa Pivar

Thank you so much for including me in this announcement! I am anxious to check out the site and get involved! I look forward to checking it out this evening when I get home and have the time to explore it all!

And again from Lisa Pivar

I know I said I was going to wait until tonight to take a look at the site, but I was so excited I just couldn’t wait! So, I took just a peek for now. I absolutely love the photos from the 50’s and later! Unbelievable, just a flood of memories! I believe I may have some photos to send you to add if you like?

From Estelle Cohen

Thank you so much for all your work, it is greatly appreciated.

From Bob Diener

Have a Hamentashen for me, and thanks for keeping in touch. Happy Purim to you and yours. Life is good here in the Bay Area. I thank Sandy for sending this email and respecting our privacy. However, I would be happy to hear from all/any of you, so now you have my email and other contact information.

From Diane Yankelevitz

I didn’t get the email you sent everyone – Adele fwd it to me. I checked and you have my email address spelled incorrectly. You put an ‘n’ instead of an ‘m’ in the middle. Please change it in your address book. So far I could only see the photos on the website. That alone is neat. I’ll try the rest again another time. Thank you and John for putting it up. It’s essential for us to keep in touch since we’re so spread out.

From Zachary Diener

I got a link to this website from my dad, Bob Diener, and wanted to make sure that you had my email. Just, you know, to keep in touch.

Currently in my life: I Am a performing acrobat in Portland, Oregon and I will be moving soon to Cambridge, MA to attend classes in Human Computer Interaction at Tufts.

Yonah Singer Engaged

Josh and Sonia Greenspon are happy to announce the engagement of their grandson Yonah Singer, son of Ellen and Saul Singer to Michelle Pomerantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pomerantz of Philadelphia. Yonah is a special education teacher in Bronx, NY and is working toward his Master’s Degree in Special Education. Michelle is an assistant principal in a day school in NY.

First Night of Passover at the Walter’s – 2008

First Seder - Passover 2008

Near table from top left: Kim Maronski, Joan Meiselman, Dean Osgood, Terry Meiselman, Ben Meiselman, Kendra Campbell, Sandy Walter.

Round table at top left: Neal Meiselman, Brian Kolstad, Micah Walter, Susannah Kolstad.

Far table from left: Alyson Meiselman, Gail Osgood, Bill Lawrence, John Walter, Lauren Kolstad, Yonah Meiselman, Pat Lawrence, & Sharon Kolstad.

Don’t you love the tables of friends and family members we collect for Passover? I do! And all year long I am looking for new recipes (like my favorite flourless chocolate cake), new serving dishes (like my brightly colored Fiesta ware), new readings or stories to expand the Hagadah (like the passage about the Passover celebration during the Civil War that we read this year).

I dust off the cranberry glasses I have collected just for Passover. I consider which flowers and trees will be blooming (this year I brought flowering crab apple into the house) and how they will decorate the room. I think about the place settings, who will sit near whom, and completing the elements on the Seder Plate, adding items every year to improve the celebration. (This year we added an actual shank bone instead of the chicken neck of prior years. I roasted it just short of embers but all three tables had a shank bone on the Seder plate.) Alyson supplied the Charoseth in a tub so we could eat it with the hard boiled eggs. There is usually never enough Charoseth but this year there was!

It gives me great pleasure to have all of my siblings gather with which ever younger generation is available to go through the story again. Changing the dishes and moving all of the living room furniture to the basement does make me feel like I am moving from Egypt, with out the camels or sand, of course.

Each year we struggle over the choice of which Hagadah to use. Everyone has their least favorite. This year, Neal got Hagadot from ORT, illustrated with colorful children’s art. Beautiful, but not easy to read.

This year we had our newest bride and groom (Susannah and Brian Kolstad) with us. Susannah has promised she will be asking the 4 questions next year. Gail sang them this year. And this year Micah and Kendra were just back from 18 months on the island of Dominica and joined in for the Seder before moving to Baltimore. Neal, Terry and both Ben and Yonah took part in our Seder on the first night and were going to have their first Seder in their new home on the second night. So our first night of Passover Seder had many firsts within it.

From our house to yours, we hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Happy Purim from Israel

(Ed. Note: This was in response to the receipt of the Family Group’s mailing list)

Thank you very much for the list! It’s so clear and simple!

I have a few little corrections:

We have four children now: Shneor Zalman is before Shalom Dober
If the names are too long it’s enough to write: Rachely, Mendy, Shneor, Dober.
That’s how we call them on day to day basis.

I go today by the name Yocheved ( Yomi is a nick name used only by the family, It’s short for Yocheved Miriam). So maybe it’s better to write:

Yocheved (Yomi) & Eli Rosenblum

The children dressed up for school Yesterday (Wednesday). They had a wonderful time. I’m sending a few small pictures. Enjoy!

Have a Happy Purim!

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