​​The Jewish Families of Ostropol
 Researching  Jewish Families in the territories of the Russian Empire and in the small Ukrainian town of Ostropol
Quarterly Column - Ostropoler Society Cemeteries

Dec 2018 Column 1 - Ostropoler Society Cemeteries, near  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Oldest section of Ostropoler lots at Mt Lebanon Cemetery)
By Deborah Glassman copyright 2018

Mt Lebanon Cemetery
Collingsdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Some of this material first appeared in The Jewish Families of Ostropol, eBook, by Deborah Glassman, copyright 2015

This the first of four sections at the cemetery that I have  referred to as Mt Lebanon Ostropoler lots. . Mt Lebanon is a cemetery that serves the Philadelphia  area including North Delaware and Southern New Jersey. Three officially were part of the Ostropoler Society's benefits to its members. The fourth was a lodge called the Samuel Tepper Lodge, which was largely populated by Jews from Ostropol and nearby towns in Volhynia. This section and Samuel Tepper Lodge were both filmed by my husband and myself in November 2013.

This is the oldest of the three areas designated as owned by the Ostropoler Burial Society, at Mt Lebanon. The oldest graves date to 1919. The major portion of burials were complete by the 1930s. There are some fill-in graves in the 1940s and 1950s but by that time, the majority of new burials of members of the society were in another section of the cemetery. It had  not been easy to determine the boundaries of the lots inside the area, as filming occurred.  The cemetery office does not provide this information on groups of burials, though they are happy to help you find any individual grave.  There is no fenced perimeter for this burial society. It is bounded on one side by an interior road. There is no pillar or separation from adjacent sections on the other three sides. There is a separation on each end of the lots perpendicular to the road, beyond which the parties were clearly not from Ostropol. On the side parallel to the road, I learned from trial and error. We filmed many more people than were found to be from Ostropol. The lots that immediately adjoined those of the Ostropoler society were from a society called Adat Israel as determined by the inscriptions on some of the stones and were mostly dated before 1919.

Afterwards, in compiling this list, I found that we had just five rows, each generally of twelve to fifteen stones. Since all of the burials  occurred in a period in which Pennsylvania death certificates can be searched through free public resources, l first looked for those death certificates.  Then I looked for records that might name birthplace including draft records, naturalizations, and immigration records.  So I have this information for each person buried in the lots. The list below is not organized alphabetically or by family. It is a straight-forward walking up and down of the rows so we can find whatever relationships the burial arrangements may also convey. In the earliest years, burials were chronological, not family plots. Some of the stones seem to have been consciously placed so that a woman was in the row directly across from a close male relative, usually husbands and wives. This was because, originally the burials were in the form preferred by Orthodox Jews, separate rows for men and women, and the lots were chronological rather than by family.  In later periods,  you can see that siblings or close family members often chose a fill-in spot to be close to a relative. That is the reason that two of the rows suddenly jump to fifteen and sixteen in a row. Then this burial area was full and the Ostropolers bought another section and then a third. You can see a list of names elswhere on the page, so you can also search digitally.

The  abbreviations under the heading “relationships” are those  named on the tombstone:  h= husband, w = wife, f= father, m=mother, gf = grandfather, gm= grandmother, gf= grandfather, b = brother, s = sister, a= aunt, u = uncle, d =dtr, t =teacher. If the Hebrew specified the relationship of “neked” – that can be translated as grandfather, great-grandfather, or ancestor. The note that the Hebrew name or the father’s Hebrew name is a “double” means that there are two given names for that party. The note “+status” means it says Kohen or Levite. A few women's fathers are noted with the women's maiden name, one is listed by his honored community position in Ostropol.

The column 1 numbers in the table below, will allow you to easily specify the record for which you want more details. A record from this site is available with an image taken by me in November 2013 (not professional photographs). The price for both the full translation and the image is 14.00 USD.  You can use the link in the side menu that is 14.00 USD to pay for individual records. Neither images, translations, or any  analysis provided by me,  may be   reproduced or further published without the specific written permission of the copyright holder.



Go to this page for full current list

Ostropoler Burial Societies

Coming June 2014
Dirshu Tove Congregation of Philadelphia burial plots at Har Nebo Cemetery (in Phila) and Mt Sharon Cemetery (outside of Phila)
Dirshu Tove served Jews from Ostropol and nearby Volhynian towns in Philadelphia's Northern Liberty neighborhood  1890s-1940s


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For Digital Searching of the Table on This Page

Asness, Charles; Bellak, Harry; Bellak, Shifra;  Berenson, Jacob;  Blois, Fannie;  Brawerman, Israel;  Brown, Bernard; Cantor, Aaron; Cantor, Harry; Cantor, Yetta; Cantor, Israel; Cantor, Leah; Chalfin, Yohoved; Charny, Daisy; Charny, Eva; Chorney, Rose; Fishman, Aaron J.; Genn, Rose; Gillick, Gitl; Gochberg, Pessie; Gorberg, Joseph; Gorberg, Rose; Gordon, Eva; Greenfield, William; Lapida, Pincus; Lapida, Sarah; Munder, Broche; No Surname,No English; Podjar, Esther; Polishook, Aron; Rabinowitz, David; Resnick, Louis; Resnick, Bertha; Resnick, Pauline; Richman, Harry; Rose, Rose; Rosenfeld, Fannie; Rosenfeld, Shifra; Rosenfeld, Hersh; Rosenstein, Sarah; Rosenstein, Meyer; Rotfield, Joseph; Sabaroff, Joseph; Sabaroff, Adella; Sabaroff, Rose; Sabaroff, Hannah; Schwartz, Dora; Seidelman, Rose; Silver, Morris; Speigel; Wasserman, Rose; Wasserman, Joseph; Wasserman, Ronia; Wasserman, Shaya; Weinstein, Israel; Weinstein, Morris; Wexler, Nathan; Yakers, Israel;

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