Scheinkin family in Israel

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Posted by Gilad on October 04, 2001 at 13:19:22:


First of all, congratulations are in order to Richard Blalock for the lovely Web site that he set up. I admire your achievement.

I would like to investigate whether there is a connection between my wife Tami's family and yours. Tami Scheinkin's grandfather Zalman Scheinkin was born in Nezhin, Ukraine circa 1892. His parents were Leiser Scheinkin and Elka (maiden name unknown). Leiser Scheinkin was born in 1861 and died in 1915.
Two of Zalman's brothers, Benjamin and Abram immigrated to the USA and are listed in the excellent Ellis Island database. So are two of Zalman's cousins Hirsch and Mendel. Benjamin used the last name Schainkin and in the Social Security Death Index database, one can find entries for him, his wife Minnie and his son Arthur.
Zalman Scheinkin was the Muchtar (chief) of the Jewish town of Atarot, that was evacuated in 1948, and re-established as Bnei Atarot near the central Israeli airport east of Tel Aviv. Family legend has it that Zalman is related to the famous Zionist Menachem Scheinkin from Ulla, Witebsk, but I haven't been able to pinpoint the exact connection yet. It is interesting to note, however, that Menachem's father was called Hirsch Scheinkin, just like Zalman's cousin, so the relation seems to be there (both are perhaps named after the same ancestor).

So, first of all I hope I haven't bored you with information that doesn't interest you. If that is not the case, I hope I have directed your attention to the fact that this family name has several spelling variants that need to be researched, such as Scheinkin (probably the original version) and Schainkin (a mutant...)
Third, I hope some of the names I mentioned are familiar to you and if any of you can spot a connnection between this Scheinkin family of Nezhin to the other Scheinkins out there, I would be most grateful to hear your thoughts.

Best regards and greetings from Israel,

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