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S: My Family Lineage researched by: Shevy Vinisky

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FC: My FamilyLineage

1: tottY | My father was born in Odessa, Ukraine on October 15th, 1968. He works as Web Designer. He lived in Ukraine as a child and attended public school due to not being frum. When he was seventeen years old, him and his family moved to Detroit. A little while late they moved to California and there he became frum. He then went to Yeshivah in Eretz Yisroel and met my mother. Soon after they moved to U.S. and my brother and I were born. My father has a great sense of humor, he's so much fun and outgoing. We love him so much.

2: MOMMY | My mother was born in Chelabinx, Russia. She works as a director in IAC corporation. She attended public school because she was not frum at the time. At the age of Twenty she went to Israel. There she attended a Seminary and became frum. After about six months, my mother got married and moved to Crown Heights. My brother and I were soon born . After a few years of living in Crown Heights, we moved to Long Island. My mother is very well liked and interacts well with others. She is the most amazing mother and we love her very much.

3: Yisroel Meir | My brother was born on May 30th, 1995 in Beth Israel Hospital. He is in high school right now in Mesivta Ateres Yakov. He has a very nice and sweet personality, he is really fun and we get along very well and have lot's of fun. I love him so much he is the greatest brother ever.

4: Me | My name is Elisheva Vinisky i am named after my great grandmorther. I'm born on Match 30th 1997 on Sunday at 12:30 pm in Beth Israel Hospital, Manhattan, N.Y. I go to Beis Rivkah School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn N.y. The first most vivid memory i had was when i was three years old. I got a package in the mail on Shabbos, which contained a present from my grandparents in Florida. It was a silver box that opened in to many different compartments. There was a fake pink cell phone that came with a pink frilly case. There were all sorts of accessory's for hair, it was amazing i loved it and still have it today. We have two children in my family, Yisroel Meir who is the oldest and me the youngest. The first i had with my brother is, on one Shabbos when i was about two or three years old. We found a blue scissor on the washing machine. My brother decided i needed a haircut. So he cut my hair and didn't do a good job. My mother came and saw what we did and was flabbergasted, i than had to wear a hat till i t grew back normally. The first memory i had that my parent were proud of me, was when i was three years old. We were in the car waiting for my brother to get pizza. Suddenly my father said we had to move the car because we were blocking traffic. So, i said with a frown that my brother won't know where we are. My parents were very proud and both had big smiles on their faces. My personality is that I'm funny, cute, witty and outgoing. My traits are mostly inherited from my father. I love to paint and dance they are two of my favorite things to do. I've been going to art lessons for two years. But stopped, because school is getting tougher and I don't have time anymore.

5: I enjoy ice skating as a sport. I have been going ice skating since i was a little kid. I usually like to play on the Wii, Computer and DSI for fun. The responsibilities that i have at home are; I have to make my bed and clean up after myself. History and Writing are my favorite subjects in school. My least favorite is Chumash and Math. My favorite color is purple and orange. I love pizza, ice cream, milkshakes, sushi, spicy fries, guacamole, cholent, potato kugel, bunchochino and lot's of different sweets and cakes. I usually spend my summers in upstate N.Y. By my friend MIriam Leah Lieblich's bungalow colony. For the alternative month i go to sleep away camp. I love swimming and shopping. They are my favorite activities to do in the summer. I've traveled to Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Also a few more states on the eastern side of the U.S. I also have been to Canada and Mexico (for Pesach). I remember when i was about 7 yrs. old, i went with my grandfather OBM. To a park in California and spend all day with him. It was very nice and a memory that's going to last on me forever. I love how my maternal grandmother is very sweet and caring. My grandfather is a great man of wisdom, he is extremely talented and has shown me a lot. They both are role models for me and a big part of my life. After I'm finished with school, i want to become either a graphic or web designer and Accountant or a therapist. In 2008, I was in the country. We were on our way to pick up someone. Both Miriam Leah and her mother were in the car. Suddenly we got hit by a car and rolled on all sides and landed straight. It was so sudden so quick, in a span of about 10 seconds. It was terrifying. We were quickly rushed into an ambulance and were driven to the hospital. Boruch Hashem and i thank Hashem every year we were all fine. I only had a teeny scratch on my head, my friend had a little bruise on her cheek and her mother hada few scratches and bruises on her arms. This had a very strong and lasting impact on me and will be a memory that will l last forever.

6: Our Ancestors | MMATERNAL GRANDPARENTS

7: INTERVIEW Researched by: Shevy vinisky Date: 2/ 20/11 Interviewed: My maternal grandfather- Chaim Mednikov 1. What is your full name? Chaim Mednikov 2. Who were you named after and is there anything special about your 1st or last name? Do you know the meaning of your last name? I am named after my grandfather my last name means copperman. 3. Where were you born? Chelabinx, Russia 4. How many children were in your family and what number child were you? There are two children in my family I am the oldest and I have a sister younger than me. 5. Where did you live as a child? And describe the life and neighborhood. I lived in Chelabinx, Russia which is a industrious town. My parents ended up there during the holocaust and I have lived there until I immigrated to America. 6. What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in? how many bedrooms did it have? Bathrooms? What was your bedroom like? I grew up in a two bedroom apartment with the whole family living there. 7. Describe the basic mode of transportation in the area you grew up in? There were trolley buses, regular busse's and a tram. 8. Tell me about your parents. Where were they born? What memories do you have of them? My parents were born in Gomel, Bella Ruce 9. How did your family earn money? How did your family compare to others? My mother was a chemistry teacher. My father was an engineer and head of a large factory that produced steel. They were equal to everyone especially because of communism. 10. Did you know your grandparents? Where were they born? What do you remember about them? The were born In the former soviet union. I never saw them I only saw my grandfather my maternal grandmother passed away when I was five years old. I loved them very much.

8: 46. What things are most important to you? My family because I love them and want them to be happy and healthy. 47. What’s been your greatest accomplishment? My stock exchange company and, I was awarded man of the year in Florida. 48. What were you very proud of? When my younger daughter was valedictorian. 49. What would have you done differently in your life? I guess, I learned from everything and wouldn’t want to change it. 50. What do you hope to accomplish next? I want to continue working and help my family became very successful. 51. What would you want to do if you can do anything? I would, want to know more languages. 52. What has stayed the same through your whole life. That I’m a Jew! 53. What age would you go back to? 45-55, because I knew a lot and was full of life. 54. What advice did your family give you? To be good with other people. How you act towards others is how they will act towards you. 55. What is the best advice you can offer me? The same as above. 56. What would you say to future generations? Find your own way in your life and you’ll be great. 57. What advice would you give them on money? Money is important but, not the most important thing. 58. What about raising children? Love them, understand them. 59. Is there anything else you would like to say? I love you all very much.

9: 11. What can you tell me about your family father than your grandparents? I wasn’t frum when I was young and my grandparents were Rabbis an we were not aloud to know because my parents were afraid of communism. 12. Is there anything special in your family history? My grandparents were rabbis. 13. What is the earliest memory you have of your childhood and how old were you? When I was 4 yrs old I was waiting in line to buy bread. It was a along line and we had a babysitter who lived with us and we stayed with her in line. 14. What were you like as a child? I liked to play soldiers. I liked skiing and playing with snow a lot with my friends. 15. What do you remember about the time before you went to school? I remember we went to the country with my family we swam it was very nice. 16. What school did you go to? What were your favorite subjects? I was a very good student I liked Math best and disliked writing. I went to public school it was the only school there the only choice because, there were not any Jewish schools. 17. What are some vivid memories of your elementary school years? We went to different museums together and to nature parks. 19. Who is your hero or role model as a child? My hero was sputnik . 20. How did you spend your summers? Sometimes we went to the country for the summer in the lake. We never left our country because it was not aloud. 21. What were your favorite summer activities? Swimming and reading.

10: 22. Did your family live in the same community? We had some family living in different cities. I didn’t see them in about 15 to 10 yrs. 23. What did you want to be when you grew up? I was not sure maybe an engineer. 24. What big world events do you remember? I remember when I was 16 sputnik. 25. What inventions do you remember? I was 14 I got a bicycle it was a big deal and very expensive. 26. Describe a person that has a big effect on you? My friend whose is friends more than 50 years he influenced me a lot in my life. His name: Mr. Fine . 27. What’s different about growing up today? Children than were more respectful to parents most kids are quiet and shy when I was a child we didn’t have any electronics only books. 28. What was your first job? My first job was that I worked in a metal producing factory. I was the helper for the electrician at 15 years old. I didn’t really like this job because it was dusty, dirty air. 29. What job did you do most of your life? I was a professor in a university I liked it very much it was very enjoyable especially teaching students. And I felt younger teaching them. After that I was a president and found the stock exchange in Russia. When I cam her e I opened up an real estate and it is very successful till today. 30. When, where did you meet your spouse? When I was a student in the university in 1968 . 31. Where did you get married? In 1969 in a hall it was nice but we were not able to do any Jewish things because of communism. 32. How many children do you have? Two children.

11: 33. What was the experience when your 1st child was born? I was proud to be a parent It was so nice to see her I love her so much both . 34. What are some special memories of raising your children? When my oldest daughter was 5 she asked my do you want me to sing a song “I don’t know I said“. She said “I know all songs in the world” it was a very sweet moment. 35. What is something funny or embracing you did? I had to come home and wash the diapers because they ware made of cloth and I had to wash and iron them every day. 36. What was difficult when raising your children? I loved spending time with them. It was hard getting them to be respectful but it was worth it in the end. 37. How is my mother like me? You and mommy are different you look alike her but, different personalities. 38. What is it like to be a grandparent? I love it very much because I have more time to spend with you. With my children and I was working most of the time. 39. What do you remember about me when I was born? You were so cute and I wanted a baby girl! I loved you very much. 40. Do you enjoy traveling? Where have you gone to? I enjoy it ,I went to different countries and lots of cruses. 41. What has been your greatest adventure? When I came to America I had to learn a new language and a new life. 42. What’s your interests and hobbies? I love to read books and dance. 43. What kid of things brings you the most pleasure? To talk with my grandchildren and my children. 44. What impact did World War Two have on you? A lot, we had 20 Jews living in my home becuase they escaped from the Germans. 45. What was very difficult for you? It was hard to get a job in Russia because I was a Jew and no one wanted to hire me. So I opened my own business.

12: Maternal Grandparents... | My grandmother was born in Chelabinx Russia. She came to the U.s. in 1997 from chelabinx Russia. She came on a plane to the us. In Russia she was the head of a brockage firm. She left the country to join the rest of her family. She went to public school as a child. She attened college and received a bachelors and masters degree in engineering. She opened a school in florida for young children. When they come a jewish life has already flourished. When she came to america it was the language barrior that caused the most anguish. They would all come together before going on a long trip. Our family moto is everything is for the best. | My great grandmother Manya was born in Gomel. She was a chemistry teacher. She came from a famous chasidishe family. Her grandfather was a rav of the whole city. She attended college and got a masters degree in chemistry. She never left Russia.

13: My grandfather was born in chelabinx Russia. He came in 2000 from Russia. He came by plane and when he was going to the cab few men came and tried to mug him. After they mugged him my grandfather remembered he left the suitcase and quickly ran to get it because it contained expensive jewelry. But the suitcase was untouched and was still there. He was a president of a stock exchange market in Russia when he left. He was a commander in the Russian army in hungary for 3 years. He left Russia to reunite with his family. He went to public school and then to college and has a phd In economics. He opened a real estate in florida. | My great grandmother Dora was born in Mogilov, Poland. She was a director of a library. She went to a jewish school as a child. She went to college and got a degree in literature. She never left Russia due to being ill.

14: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Geulah Goldda | Ira Ida | Chaim | Devora | Pinchas | Manya | Yisroel | Basya | Michoel | unknown | unknown | Gesya | Chaim | Batsheva | Hershal

15: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father

16: INTERVIEW Researched by: Shevy vinisky Date: 2/ 24 /11 Interviewed: My maternal grandmother- Ira Ida Mednikov 1. What is your full name? Ira Ida Mednikov 2. Who were you named after and is there anything special about your 1st or last name? Do you know the meaning of your last name? I am named after my grandmother my name means copperman. 3. Where were you born? Chelabinx, Russia 4. How many children were in your family and what number child were you? There are two children in my family I am the youngest and I have a brother older than me. 5. Where did you live as a child? And describe the life and neighborhood. I lived in Chelabinx, Russia My parents ended up there during the holocaust and I have lived there until I immigrated to America. 6. What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in? how many bedrooms did it have? Bathrooms? What was your bedroom like? I grew up in a regular size apartment with the whole family living there. 7. Describe the basic mode of transportation in the area you grew up in? There were trolley buses, regular busses and a tram. 8. Tell me about your parents. Where were they born? What memories do you have of them? My parents were born in Mogilov, Bella Ruce 9. How did your family earn money? How did your family compare to others? Her mother was a librarian and teacher of Russian literature and language. Her father was a history teacher . They were equal to everyone especially because of communism.

17: 10. Did you know your grandparents? Where were they born? What do you remember about them? She remembers her grandmother - Basya bas Sonya, she was born in Mogilov. She was a professional seamstress. 11. What can you tell me about your family farther than your grandparents? I wasn’t frum when I was you. My mother went to a Jewish school. 12. Is there anything special in your family history? My mother survived the Holocaust. 13. What is the earliest memory you have of your childhood and how old were you? When I ran away from school at the age of three. I boarded the city bus and came home myself. 14. What were you like as a child? I was free-sprit. 15. What do you remember about the time before you went to school? I remember my caring grandmother-Basya. 16. What school did you go to? What were your favorite subjects? I went to a public school in Russia and my favorite subjects were history. 17. What are some vivid memories of your elementary school years? We went lots of museums. 19. Who is your hero or role model as a child? My hero was my Grandmother and Mother .

18: 20. How did you spend your summers? We went to the country for the summer . But usually stayed home. 21. What were your favorite summer activities? Swimming . 22. Did your family live in the same community? Most of my family lived in the same community. 23. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher. 24. What big world events do you remember? Sputnik. 25. What inventions do you remember? I remember the phone, washing machines and the televisions. 26. Describe a person that has a big effect on you? My grandmother and mother who are great examples of people they were really one of the kindest people I know. 27. What’s different about growing up today? Children how don’t play outside as much rather, they have all these electronics instead. 28. What was your first job? I used to baby-sit. 29. What job did you do most of your life? When I was first married I was homeaker. When I came to America I opened up a school in Florida for children till six years old. 30. When, where did you meet your spouse? When I was a student in the university in 1968 .

19: 31. Where did you get married? In 1969 in a hall it was nice but we were not able to do any Jewish things because of communism. 32. How many children do you have? Two children. 33. What was the experience when your 1st child was born? I was proud to be a parent It was so nice to see her I love her so much both . 34. What are some special memories of raising your children? When my oldest daughter was 5 she asked my do you want me to sing a song “I don’t know I said“. She said “I know all songs in the world” it was a very sweet moment. 35. What is something funny or embracing you did? When I was first married there were many people needing a place to stay. I nave and young thought I would fit nine people in my apartment! 36. What was difficult when raising your children? I loved spending time with them. It was hard getting them to be respectful but it was worth it in the end. 37. How is my mother like me? You and mommy are different you look alike her but, different personalities. 38. What is it like to be a grandparent? I love it very much because I have more time to spend with you. With my children and I was working most of the time. 39. What do you remember about me when I was born? You were so cute and I wanted a baby girl! I loved you very much.

20: 40. Do you enjoy traveling? Where have you gone to? I enjoy it ,I went to different countries and lots of cruses. 41. What has been your greatest adventure? When I came to America I had to learn a new language and a new life. 42. What’s your interests and hobbies? I love to cook and dance. 43. What kid of things brings you the most pleasure? To talk with my grandchildren and my children. 44. What impact did World War Two have on you? It was a very scary time for my whole family. 45. What was very difficult for you? It was very hard to be frum and keep kosher. 46. What things are most important to you? My family because I love them and want them to be happy and healthy. 47. What’s been your greatest accomplishment? My family I think is one of many accomplishments. 48. What were you very proud of? When my younger daughter was valedictorian. 49. What would have you done differently in your life? I guess, I learned from everything and wouldn’t want to change it. 50. What do you hope to accomplish next? I want to continue working and help my family became very successful.

21: 51. What would you want to do if you can do anything? I would, want to become a professional chef. 52. What has stayed the same through your whole life. That I’m a Jew! 53. What age would you go back to? When I was about 30 years old. 54. What advice did your family give you? Always be successful and strong In whatever it is that you do. 55. What is the best advice you can offer me? The same as above. 56. What would you say to future generations? Find your own way in your life and you’ll be great. 57. What advice would you give them on money? Money is important but, not the most important thing. 58. What about raising children? Love them, understand them. 59. Is there anything else you would like to say? I love you all very much.

22: Our Ancestors | Paternal Side

23: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Yosef | Rina | Yehoshua | Genya | Yosef | Fraida | Yisrooel | Aron | unknown | unknown | unknown | Yehoshua | Shaindel | Raizel | Bentzion

24: Paternal Grandparents | My Bubby Rina was born in 1932 in Odessa Ukraine she was not frum. She went to college and became an Engineer . Together with her whole family she came America in 1976. She passed away in 1997 and living in California for a long time. | My Zaidy was born in 1928 in a small town near Odessa called Zatshey. He went to university and became an Engineer and later worked at Bowing Aircrafts and Design Company with my grandmother. He came to America in 1976. He passed away in 2008 after living in California for a long time.

25: My great grand father Yisroel was born in 1902-1903 in Ukraine. He was a factory worker and than was a business man. | My great grandfather Yosef was born in Romania. He was a shop owner. | My great grandfather Yosef was born in Romania. He was a shop owner. | My great grandfather Yosef was born in Romania. He was a shop owner.

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