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Krakow 1890 Census - Beinesch Schonberg Family

Wita SchonbergAge: 74 years18801955

Name
Wita Schonberg
Given names
Wita
Surname
Schonberg
Birth June 6, 1880 (Sivan 27, 5640) 39 38
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Doc #: 3748 Beinesch Schoenberg Family
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Doc #: 3748 Husband's Surname: Schoenberg Husband's Given Name: Beinesch Husband's Birth Year: 1840 Husband's Birth Location: Kraków Profession: fabrykant maki koscianej i kleju (manufacturer of Bone Meal and Glue) Wife's Surname: Schoenberg Wife's Given Name: Taube Sara Wife's Comments: died Daughter: Wiktoria Daughter's Birth Year: 1880 Daughter's Status: married Daughter: Jadwiga Daughter's Birth Year: 1881 Daughter's Status: Married
Birth of a daughter
#1
Rochel Poker
yes

Source: Helen Muller
Birth of a daughter
#2
Faiga Poker
yes

Source: Helen Muller
Birth of a daughter
#3
Esther Leah Poker
yes

Source: Helen Muller
Birth of a daughter
#4
Toba Poker

Source: Helen Muller
Birth of a son
#5
Poker
yes

Source: Helen Muller
Census
Beinish Schonberg Family
1880 (5640)
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
Birth of a sisterNechume Schonberg
July 22, 1881 (Tamuz 25, 5641) (Age 13 months)
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Doc #: 3748 Beinesch Schoenberg Family
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Doc #: 3748 Husband's Surname: Schoenberg Husband's Given Name: Beinesch Husband's Birth Year: 1840 Husband's Birth Location: Kraków Profession: fabrykant maki koscianej i kleju (manufacturer of Bone Meal and Glue) Wife's Surname: Schoenberg Wife's Given Name: Taube Sara Wife's Comments: died Daughter: Wiktoria Daughter's Birth Year: 1880 Daughter's Status: married Daughter: Jadwiga Daughter's Birth Year: 1881 Daughter's Status: Married
Note: The name Nechume matches the birth year of Jadwiga in the Kataster records.
Death of a paternal grandmotherEstera Lea Eidiga
June 8, 1883 (Sivan 3, 5643) (Age 3 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherDovid Nosson Schonberg
May 26, 1884 (Sivan 2, 5644) (Age 3 years)
Marriage of a siblingIzak SchiffPerel SchonbergView this family
November 2, 1884 (Heshvan 14, 5645) (Age 4 years)
Publication: http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/jriplweb.htm http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/ http://www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Krakow, 1884 Marriage #91
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: #: 3599 - Izaak and Perel Schiff Family
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Doc #: 3599 Surname: Schiff Husband's Given Name: Izaak Husband's Birth date: 05-06-1863 Husband's Birth place: Kraków Marriage date: 02-11-1884 Marriage place: Krakow Husband's Occupation: real-estate owner Address: Meiselsa 40 Husband's Comments: Son of Baruch Izajasz and Rachela Schoenberg Wife's Given Name: Perel Wife's maiden Name: Schoenberg Wife's Birth date: 08-07-1864 Wife's Birth place: Kraków Wife's Comments: Daughter of Beinisch and Tauba Manne Son: Dawid Nathan, born 28-03-1886 Daughter: Rachel, born 12-07-1887 Son: Hirsch, born 16-08-1888 Daughter: Ernestyna Laura, born 11-07-1893 Son: Józef, born 09-06-1895 Daughter: Kreindel/Karolina, born 28-11-1897 Daughter: Maria, born 03-04-1899 Daughter: Gusta, born 01-06-1901 Son: Chaim, born 06-09-1903
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
Marriage of a siblingJosel Zawel GoldbergGitel SchonbergView this family
November 30, 1887 (Kislev 14, 5648) (Age 7 years)
Publication: http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/jriplweb.htm http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/ http://www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Krakow, 1887 Marriage #: 125
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Year: 1887 Akt #: 125 Date: Nov 30, 1887 Groom's Given Name: Josek Zawel Groom's surname: Goldberg Groom's Age: 29+4mo Groom's Father: Icha Hersch Groom's Mother: Ruchel Groom's Mother's Maiden name: Silberstein Bride's Given Name: Gitel Bride's Surname: Schonberg Bride's Age: 28+6mo Bride's Father: Beinisch Bride's Mother: Tauba Bride's Mother's Maiden Name: Manne
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
Marriage of a siblingRafal HerzigDoba SchonbergView this family
December 4, 1887 (Kislev 18, 5648) (Age 7 years)
Publication: http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/jriplweb.htm http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/ http://www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Krakow, 1888, Birth #617
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Year: 1888 Akt #: 617 Birth Date: Aug 16, 1888 Given Name: Naftali Father's Given Name: Rafal Father's Surname: Herzig Mother's Given Name: Doba Mother's Father: Beinisch Mother's Maiden Name: Schonberg Mother's Mother: Tauba Notes: Parents married 4-Dec-87 Podgorze #120
Census
Krakow 1890 Census - Beinesch Schonberg Family
1890 (5650) (Age 9 years)
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
Note: District, House, Name, Status, Gender, Birth Date, Place of Birth, Religion, Marital Status
Marriage of a siblingYaakov Eliyahu LeserChaya SchonbergView this family
1893 (5653) (Age 12 years)
Publication: JRI-Poland Index ( http://www.jri-poland.org ) - Krakow JHI marriages 1877,93-99,1904-,9,13,19,21,24,29
Marriage of a siblingYitzchok SchonbergChana Elka MincbergView this family
1897 (5657) (Age 16 years)
Marriage of a siblingOsias Hirsch WechslerRaizel SchonbergView this family
February 20, 1898 (Shevat 28, 5658) (Age 17 years)
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: #5194 - Osias Hirsch and Reisel Wechsler Family
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Doc #: 5194 Last Name: Wechsler Husband's Given Name: Osias Hirsch Husband's Birth date: 1871-02-20 Husband's Birth place: Tarnow Marriage date: 1898-02-20 Marriage place: Krakow Address: Mostowa 2 Husband's Comments: Son of Mojzesz and Fradla Leser, died in 1932 Wife's Given Name: Reisel Wife's maiden Name: Schoenberg Wife's Birth date: 1878-07-28 Wife's Birth place: Kraków Wife's Comments: Daughter of Beinisch and Taube Sara Mann Daughter: Estera Lea, born 1893-12-28, married to Joel Majerczyk Son: Mendel Dawid, born 1896-05-15 Daughter: Perel, born 1898-03-31, married to Bernard Wulkan; by 2nd marriage Weichman Majer Noach Daughter: Kreindel, born 26/04/1901, married to Jakob Nebenzahl Son: Mojzesz, born 20/02/1903 Son: Baruch, born 29/07/1906
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
Census
Krakow 1900 Census - Beinisch Schonberg Family
1900 (5660) (Age 19 years)
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
Note: District, Street, Oryent. / Konskr., Family Number, Surname, Given Name, Birth Date, Birth Location,…
Marriage of a siblingAbraham Abele RapaportLiebe SchonbergView this family
June 16, 1901 (Sivan 29, 5661) (Age 21 years)
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/family.html
Citation details: Schonberg Tree
MarriageYaakov PokerView this family
1902 (5662) (Age 21 years)
Marriage of a siblingMeyer GrossbartNechume SchonbergView this family
1906 (5666) (Age 25 years)
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Doc #: 3748 Beinesch Schoenberg Family
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Doc #: 3748 Husband's Surname: Schoenberg Husband's Given Name: Beinesch Husband's Birth Year: 1840 Husband's Birth Location: Kraków Profession: fabrykant maki koscianej i kleju (manufacturer of Bone Meal and Glue) Wife's Surname: Schoenberg Wife's Given Name: Taube Sara Wife's Comments: died Daughter: Wiktoria Daughter's Birth Year: 1880 Daughter's Status: married Daughter: Jadwiga Daughter's Birth Year: 1881 Daughter's Status: Married
Note: The name Nechume matches the birth year of Jadwiga in the Kataster records.
Birth of a son
#6
Dovid Noson Poker
1908 (5668) (Age 27 years)
Publication: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel www.yadvashem.org
Citation details: David Natan Poker Entry #649246
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Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Poker First Name: David Natan Father's First Name: Yaakov Mother's First Name: Vite Gender: male Date of Birth: 1908 Place of Birth: Jasi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Marital Status: maried Spouse's First Name: Sara Permanent Place of Residence: Jasi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Profession: merchant Place during the war: Jasi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Place of Death: Romania (pogrom) Date of Death: 1941 Submitter's Last Name: Poker Submitter's First Name: Vite Relationship to victim: mother Item ID: 649246
Birth of a son
#7
Avraham Poker
September 18, 1910 (Elul 14, 5670) (Age 30 years)
Publication: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel www.yadvashem.org
Citation details: Avraham Poker Entry 3624855
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Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Poker First Name: Avraham Father's First Name: Yaakov Mother's First Name: Vita Mother's maiden Name: Schonberg Mother's Birth Location: Krakow Gender: male Date of Birth: 18 September, 1910 Place of Birth: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Marital Status: married Spouse's First Name: Ester Mania Spouse's Maiden Name: Bergman Permanent Place of Residence: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Profession: merchant Place during the war: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Place of Death: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Date of Death: June 1941 Type of material: Page of Testimony Submitter's Last Name: Berkowitz Submitter's First Name: Yonah Relationship to victim: daughter Item ID: 3624855
Publication: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel www.yadvashem.org
Citation details: Avraham Poker Entry #791526
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Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Poker First Name: Avraham Father's First Name: Yaakov Mother's First Name: Vita Gender: male Date of Birth: 1907 Place of Birth: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Marital Status: married Spouse's First Name: Ester Mania Spouse's Maiden Name: Bergman Permanent Place of Residence: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Profession: merchant Place during the war: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Place of Death: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Date of Death: 1941 Type of material: Page of Testimony Submitter's Last Name: Froimovitz Submitter's First Name: Dvora Relationship to victim: sister Item ID: 791526
Note: Note that the birth year is likely 1909 or later due to his grandfather Avraham having died in 1909. The Yad Vashem Page of testimony from Avraham's daughter Yonah provides a birth date of 18 Septermber, 1910.
Death of a motherTauba Sara Manne
before 1916 (5676) (Age 35 years)
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Doc #: 3748 Beinesch Schoenberg Family
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Doc #: 3748 Husband's Surname: Schoenberg Husband's Given Name: Beinesch Husband's Birth Date: 1840 Husband's Birth Location: Kraków Profession: fabrykant maki koscianej i kleju (manufacturer of Bone Meal and Glue) Wife's Surname: SCHOENBERG Wife's Given Name: Taube Sara Wife's Comments: died
Note: She was listed as dead while he was still alive, It is unclear when the registry took place.
Death of a fatherBinyomin Beinish Schonberg
March 7, 1916 (Adar II 2, 5676) (Age 35 years)
Publication: Second edition, published by Rabbi Yaakov Eliyahu Yoikel Lesser, great grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leser, author, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, 1935
Death of a brotherYitzchok Schonberg
March 2, 1929 (Adar I 20, 5689) (Age 48 years)
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
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Surname: Schoenberg Given Name: Izak Birth Year: 1873 Birth Place: Kraków Parents: Beinisch i Tauba Sara Manne Business address: Mostowa 12 Business type: kupno i sprzedaz maki koscianej (buyer and seller of bone meal (used in the glue industry)) Comments: zmarl 02.03.1929 (died March 2, 1929)
Death of a sisterChaya Schonberg
May 4, 1930 (Iyar 6, 5690) (Age 49 years)
Publication: Second edition, published by Rabbi Yaakov Eliyahu Yoikel Lesser, great grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leser, author, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, 1935
Death of a sonDovid Noson Poker
1941 (5701) (Age 60 years)
Publication: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel www.yadvashem.org
Citation details: David Natan Poker Entry #649246
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Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Poker First Name: David Natan Father's First Name: Yaakov Mother's First Name: Vite Gender: male Date of Birth: 1908 Place of Birth: Jasi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Marital Status: maried Spouse's First Name: Sara Permanent Place of Residence: Jasi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Profession: merchant Place during the war: Jasi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Place of Death: Romania (pogrom) Date of Death: 1941 Submitter's Last Name: Poker Submitter's First Name: Vite Relationship to victim: mother Item ID: 649246
Death of a sonAvraham Poker
June 1941 (Sivan 5701) (Age 60 years)
Publication: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel www.yadvashem.org
Citation details: Avraham Poker Entry 3624855
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Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Poker First Name: Avraham Father's First Name: Yaakov Mother's First Name: Vita Mother's maiden Name: Schonberg Mother's Birth Location: Krakow Gender: male Date of Birth: 18 September, 1910 Place of Birth: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Marital Status: married Spouse's First Name: Ester Mania Spouse's Maiden Name: Bergman Permanent Place of Residence: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Profession: merchant Place during the war: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Place of Death: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Date of Death: June 1941 Type of material: Page of Testimony Submitter's Last Name: Berkowitz Submitter's First Name: Yonah Relationship to victim: daughter Item ID: 3624855
Publication: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel www.yadvashem.org
Citation details: Avraham Poker Entry #791526
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Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Poker First Name: Avraham Father's First Name: Yaakov Mother's First Name: Vita Gender: male Date of Birth: 1907 Place of Birth: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Marital Status: married Spouse's First Name: Ester Mania Spouse's Maiden Name: Bergman Permanent Place of Residence: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Profession: merchant Place during the war: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Place of Death: Yassi,Iasi,Moldavia,Romania Date of Death: 1941 Type of material: Page of Testimony Submitter's Last Name: Froimovitz Submitter's First Name: Dvora Relationship to victim: sister Item ID: 791526
Note: Note that the birth year is likely 1909 or later due to his grandfather Avraham having died in 1909. The Yad Vashem Page of testimony from Avraham's daughter Yonah provides a birth date of 18 Septermber, 1910.
Death of a husbandYaakov Poker
October 16, 1949 (Tishrei 23, 5710) (Age 69 years)
Publication: Second edition published by Rabbi Dovid Nosson Lesser, great great grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel, author, Jerusalem, Israel, 1957. First published by Rabbi Yosef Leser, grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leser, Przemysl, Poland, 1878
Publication: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/
Citation details: Iacob Poker 1949 Burial
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Surname: Poker Given Name: Iacob Date of Death: 16-Oct-1949 Hebrew Date of Death: 23 Tishri 5710 Plot: Division: F1B Class: Rebetan Comments: (Source: Men's Register 1939-1966) Register page #: 240 Cemetery Name: Iasi Jewish Cemetery Location: Iasi, Romania
Birth of a grandson
#1
Yaakov Bistritz
about 1956 (5716) (Age 75 years)
Source: Yated Ne'eman
Citation details: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Rav Bistritz zt''l
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Rav Bistritz zt''l Tuesday, September 23, 2014 By C. B. Weinfeld Several days before the petirah of Rav Yaakov Bistritz zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Merkaz Hatorah of Montreal, on Shabbos Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech at the young age of 58, he called a renowned posek to ask a shailah. "If I wake up in the middle of the night and my throat is parched, can I take a drink of water without washing negel vasser?" The rosh yeshiva proceeded to explain that he was too weak to wash his hands on his own and would need to wake someone. He wanted to know what took precedence: washing one's hands before drinking or not disturbing the rest of another Yid. This story personifies the essence of Rav Yaakov, a giant in Torah and middos, who was extremely medakdeik in halachah, though never at anyone else's expense. He spent his days immersed in the sea of Torah, but he had the time and gefil to guide, advise and commiserate with others. Rav Yaakov was a giant in Torah and in kabbolas yissurim. The way he spent his final hours is a powerful testament to the way he lived his life. Walking into the Bistritz home just days before yetzias haneshamah, talmidim and friends encountered a surreal scene. Rav Yaakov was lying in bed, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, who had turned the dining room into a mini-bais medrash. "It was unbelievable to watch," recounted a neighbor. "Rav Yaakov was already very weak, just a short time before his petirah. But from the ruach in the room, and the nonstop learning, one could think this was a regular yeshiva. Despite his pain and weakness, Rav Yaakov was learning diligently with his sons. There was no regular talk going on. If anyone had anything to say unrelated to learning, he had to leave the dining room." Torah, Torah, and only Torah, even in the shadow of the Malach Hamovess. That personified Rav Yaakov. Yet, the beloved rosh yeshiva, who spent most of his life in the bais medrash, was not a somber man of few words. Those who knew and admired him recall a Yid full of life and charm, a brilliant conversationalist who knew how to make everyone feel valued. "He was a man who was constantly besimchah," recalls Rav Shneur Aisenstark. "His face glowed with happiness. Rav Yaakov was in the bais medrash from early morning until late at night, learning with and teaching his talmidim, even when he no longer had the strength." "He truly cared about every talmid like a son," added another rebbi in the yeshiva. "When my own son was hospitalized a number of years ago and refused to get out of bed, Rav Yaakov left the yeshiva and came to the hospital to visit him, and to take him for a walk down the hospital corridor. When he was discharged, the rosh yeshiva visited him every night to learn with him, until he felt better." The talmidim of Merkaz HaTorah, even those who graduated many years earlier, considered him a father figure. One talmid, who is married for over fifteen years, had a steady seder with the rosh yeshiva every Motzoei Shabbos. Another talmid made the lengthy trip from Lakewood to Montreal to visit Rav Yaakov during the final week of his life. He stayed for a few minutes, parted from his rebbi, and turned back home. He later recounted that the drive, over twelve hours, was incredibly worthwhile, even though he was able to see the rosh yeshiva for only a short while. What made Rav Yaakov so universally beloved? Was it his exemplary hasmadah, combined with his self-effacing humility and his ability to put himself into another person's shoes? Was it the care and concern he showed every bochur, and his ability to bring out the best in each talmid? Was it the way he listened, really listened, and made everyone feel important? Perhaps it was all of the above. "My rosh yeshiva radiated joy," recounted a close talmid. "He always had a warm smile and all the time in the world for everyone. You could talk to him about everything. People came to discuss shidduchim, shalom bayis issues, parnassah problems, whatever was bothering them. He somehow understood what everyone needed." Another talmid, who came from an impoverished home, recalls his early months in Yeshiva Merkaz HaTorah, when he was struggling with the lack of basic funds to purchase an occasional snack or wash his laundry. "One day the rosh yeshiva called me into his office," the talmid recounted. "He asked me, 'How are you managing with money?' I began to stammer and explained that my parents paid tuition. But he wasn't talking about tuition. The rosh yeshiva reached into his drawer and handed me an envelope. 'This is spending money for the next few weeks,' he said. 'I want you to buy yourself a Danish sometimes, and you should also buy one for a friend.' "I was moved and impressed that the rosh yeshiva thought of me, but most of all that he instructed me to buy a treat for a friend. He had the whole person in mind: my physical, spiritual, and even social growth." Born in Eretz Yisroel, where his father still resides, Rav Yaakov came to the United States as a young bochur of sixteen. He learned in Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, where he quickly achieved a reputation for his diligence and sterling middos. One of his colleagues recalled hearing from a friend who was in the yeshiva at the time, "Yaakov Bistritz, the new boy from Eretz Yisroel, creates the whole ruach in the yeshiva." Even though he was a foreigner with a pronounced accent, he quickly became one of the most popular and beloved bochurim. Eventually, he went to learn in Lakewood, where he married his aishes chayil, Yitty, née Braun, and remained learning in the yeshiva. In 1986, when Keser Torah, a branch of the Lakewood Kollel, was founded in Montreal, a core group of ten handpicked yungeleit formed the nucleus of the kollel. One of the kollel members recalls that the other nine avreichim all unanimously chose Rav Yaakov as the tenth member of their chaburah, saying, "We're not going without Bistritz." Rav Yaakov spent several years learning in the kollel with hasmadah and was then offered a position as the eleventh grade rebbi at Yeshiva Gedolah Merkaz HaTorah, a bastion of Torah in Montreal. Within a short time, he became one of the most beloved rabbeim. He had the knack of turning bochurim from being "wet behind the ears" into accomplished bnei Torah. "He instinctively knew how to bring out the best in every bochur," recalled a colleague. "He was able to teach eleventh grade bochurim, bais medrash bochurim, and even hold fifth grade boys spellbound during an assembly. He had that rare chochmah of understanding how to relate to talmidim of every single age and stage." He was a brilliant baal mechadeish who learned at an advanced level, yet was somehow able to simplify his learning to the level of his learning partners. "You could discuss any sugya in Shas with him, and he knew it as if he was in the middle of learning the same sugya," recalled one colleague. "His brilliance and grasp of the matter at hand were remarkable." After the petirah of the rosh yeshiva, Rav Mottel Weinberg zt"l, and the departure of the rosh yeshiva, Rav Shlomo Avigdor Altusky, Rav Yaakov was asked to become rosh yeshiva, a position he held until his passing. Despite the numerous burdens now resting upon his shoulders, his devotion to the bochurim remained unchanged. He would come to yeshiva at dawn, and remain there, learning and teaching, until late at night. He was easily approachable and had all the time in the world to listen. After his long and exhausting day in the yeshiva, Rav Yaakov would go home, where his own large family - eight sons and three daughters - awaited him. He would patiently spend time with each of his children, learning with his sons, shmoozing with his daughters, and making every child feel like an only one. He didn't share the inevitable stress and travails of running a yeshiva with his family. When he came home, he placed his burdens aside and focused on their needs. "I remember being in Rav Yaakov's house one Friday night some years ago," recalled a friend and neighbor. "It was already late, and the children needed to be put to bed. He had a unique method of accomplishing this. He said to his sons, 'Whoever puts on pajamas will be able to learn Mishnayos with me in the morning.' Remarkably, it worked! His sons were so excited to learn with him that they all rushed to get ready for bed." Rav Yaakov and his devoted rebbetzin raised their children with a love of Hakadosh Boruch Hu and awareness of His Hashgachah. His relationship with his Creator was real and tangible, and he spoke of it often. "What struck me most about the rosh yeshiva was his constant good mood," recalled Reb Odom Silverstein, a close talmid. "He constantly spoke of Hashem's love for us, even when we can't see it. One of his favorite expressions was 'nistorim darkei Hashem.' He taught us to see the beauty in every situation." His ahavas Hashem and acceptance of his situation were strengthened when he was diagnosed with a serious form of liver cancer r"l. The doctors did not give him much hope, yet Rav Yaakov never lost his bitachon and faith. Despite undergoing painful and exhausting treatments, his exemplary hasmadah and simchas hachaim did not abate. Recently, he told Rav Shmuel Kaufman, the father-in-law of another rebbi, that he hoped to dance with him at his grandson's wedding. When the chasunah took place, Rav Yaakov was hospitalized. Somehow, he convinced the doctors to give him furlough for an hour or two. With tremendous willpower, he found a ride to the wedding hall and danced with the baalei simchah for twenty minutes. What a dance it was! He then headed back to the hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. Those who saw him dancing with ruach and his trademark smile had a hard time believing just how weak and sick he was. When people wanted to come to visit him, Rav Yaakov had only one condition: "They could come for five minutes to fulfill the mitzvah of bikur cholim. If anyone wants to stay longer, then they have to agree to learn with me." He continued learning with his longtime chavrusah, Dr. Sidney Konigsburg, by phone and in person. Shortly before his petirah, Dr. Konigsburg asked about his boys (three of the Bistritz sons are bochurim living at home). The doctor saw that the answer did not fit the question, until he realized that the rosh yeshiva was referring to his talmidim, whom he considered his own sons. Despite his tremendous pain and suffering, Rav Yaakov constantly spoke of the chassodim of the Ribono Shel Olam, and of his belief that everything that occurs in a person's life is for his benefit. We may not always see the full picture, but we feel Hashem's constant and enduring love of His children. In his final parting words to his beloved talmid, Rav Yitzy Silber, who traveled from Lakewood to bid farewell to his rosh yeshiva, Rav Yaakov described the derech halimud that his talmidim should undertake after his petirah. He also insisted that he not be unduly praised at his levayah. His final, unforgettable words were, "You should know that Hashem loves us with an intense love, even more than a doting father loves his only child. Everything He does is for our benefit. This, too, is for the best." On the day before his petirah, the rosh yeshiva was very weak and slept for most of the day, waking only before shkiah. When he realized how late it was, Rav Yaakov had only one concern: Was it too late to put on tefillin? He yearned to fulfill this mitzvah one last time. He spent the Shabbos of his passing in his home, surrounded by his devoted family. Davening on Friday night was conducted with an exceptional d'veikus and spirited singing; Boei beshalom of Lecha Dodi took twenty minutes. The Shabbos seudos were conducted in an exalted atmosphere of Torah and zemiros. It didn't seem as if this was a sickroom with a seriously ill patient experiencing his last hours of life. Instead, the home was filled with serenity and simchah, with an other-worldly glow. Towards Minchah time, the time of Dovid Hamelech's petirah, his children sang Adon Olam as Rav Yaakov closed his eyes for the last time and his neshamah ascended heavenward. He was only 58 years old, yet he accomplished so, so much. The sorrowful news spread quickly, casting a pall over the Montreal community. A massive levayah was held at Yeshiva Merkaz HaTorah on Motzoei Shabbos. Despite the late hour, thousands were in attendance. Tehillim was said by Rav Menachem M. Karmel, menahel of the Yeshiva Gedolah. The maspidim included Rav Moshe Mendel Glustein, rosh yeshiva of the Yeshiva Gedolah; Rav Shimon Zeffren, rosh yeshiva of the Yeshiva Gedolah; Rav Yaakov Elya Unsdorfer, R"M, Mesivta Reishis Chochmah; Rav Usher Mintz, rosh kollel, Kollel Kesser Torah; Rav Arye Posen, dayan, Kollel Kesser Torah; Rav Yeshaya Yankel Portugal?, Skulener Rov; Rav Yoel Chonon Wenger, rov of Eitz Chaim; chaveirim and chavrusos of the niftar, including Dr. Sidney Konigsberg and Mr. Shuey Goldstein; and Rav Yaakov's sons. The aron was then taken to Monsey, where another levayah took place for the New York-based talmidim. The aron was then taken to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah on Har Hamenuchos. The rosh yeshiva leaves behind his devoted aishes chayil, Rebbetzin Yitty Bistritz; his children, Reb Yitzchok Bistritz, Reb Refoel Bistritz, Reb Eliezer Bistritz, Reb Dovid Bistritz, Reb Shmiel Bistritz, Reb Hillel Bistritz, Reb Baruch Bistritz, Reb Avrohom Bistritz, Mrs. Faigy Lipson, Mrs. Chantsie Heller and Mrs. Esty Lurie; numerous grandchildren, and hundreds of grieving talmidim who have lost a second father. Yehi zichro boruch.
Citation details: Relative, Helen Muller
Death after 1955 (5715) (Age 74 years)
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Marriage: August 5, 1860 (Av 17, 5620)Kraków, Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland
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Birth: November 15, 1875 (Heshvan 17, 5636) 35 33Kraków
Death: May 1, 1880 (Iyar 20, 5640)Kraków
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BirthKraków, Malopolskie, Poland - 1880 - Witta Schonberg Birth Registration
BirthKrakow Kataster Records
Publication: www.shoreshim.org
Citation details: Doc #: 3748 Beinesch Schoenberg Family
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Doc #: 3748 Husband's Surname: Schoenberg Husband's Given Name: Beinesch Husband's Birth Year: 1840 Husband's Birth Location: Kraków Profession: fabrykant maki koscianej i kleju (manufacturer of Bone Meal and Glue) Wife's Surname: Schoenberg Wife's Given Name: Taube Sara Wife's Comments: died Daughter: Wiktoria Daughter's Birth Year: 1880 Daughter's Status: married Daughter: Jadwiga Daughter's Birth Year: 1881 Daughter's Status: Married
CensusKraków, Malopolskie, Poland, 1880 Census - Beinish Schonberg Family
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
CensusKraków, Malopolskie, Poland, 1890 Census - Beinesch Schonberg Family
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
CensusKraków, Malopolskie, Poland, 1900 Census - Beinesch Schonberg, Josef Goldberg and Osias Hirsch Wechsler Families
Publication: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/
MarriageKraków, Malopolskie, Poland - 1902 - Jakob Poker and Witta Schonberg Marriage Bann Registration
DeathHelen Muller
Census
District, House, Name, Status, Gender, Birth Date, Place of Birth, Religion, Marital Status 8, 354, Beinesch Schonberg, head, male, May 6 1841, Krakow, Jewish, married 8, 354, Taube Schonberg, wife, female, May 12 1842, Krakow, Jewish, married 8, 354, Reisel Schonberg, daughter, female, July 19 1872, Jewish, single 8, 354, Isac Schonberg, son, male, December 25 1872, Jewish, single 8, 354, Liebe Schonberg, daughter, female, January 5 1878, Krakow, Jewish, single 8, 354, Wite Schonberg, daughter, female, May 10 1880, Krakow, Jewish, single 8, 354, Chume Schonberg, daughter, female, August 29 1881, Krakow, Jewish, single
Census
District, Street, Oryent. / Konskr., Family Number, Surname, Given Name, Birth Date, Birth Location, Relation 8, Mostowa, 6/354, 1547, Schonberg, Beinisch, 1840, Krakow, head 8, Mostowa, 6/354, 1547, Schonberg, Taube Sara, 1838, Krakow, wife 8, Mostowa, 6/354, 1547, Schonberg, Wiktorya, 1880, Krakow, daughter 8, Mostowa, 6/354, 1547, Schonberg, Hedwig, 1881, Krakow, daughter
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CensusKrakow 1900 Census - Beinesch Schonberg, Josef Goldberg and Osias Hirsch Wechsler FamiliesKrakow 1900 Census - Beinesch Schonberg, Josef Goldberg and Osias Hirsch Wechsler Families
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