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Eliyahu Eisenstein
[photo:] Eliyahu Eisenstein

Eliyahu (Elik) Eisenstein, a son of Yisrael Baruch and Esther Eisenstein, was born on the first day of Rosh Hashanah in 1923 in Chicago. He studied at the Talmud Torah school, the Yiddish Folks School and later at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1942 he was drafted into the American Air Force, and served at the rank of lieutenant (navigator). He flew ten times with his bomber squadron over German territory to bomb the enemy's positions. On his eleventh mission, he was shot down somewhere over Italy. Eliyahu jumped out of the burning airplane, but unfortunately his parachute failed to open, and he fell into the Adriatic Sea (between Italy and Yugoslavia). Eliyahu was the only casualty of the Drohitchin community in the United States during World War II. He died on the fifth of Elul (August 24), 1944.

Yitzchak Eisenstein

Yitzchak Eisenstein, a son of Yisrael Baruch and Esther Eisenstein, was born on August 24, 1921 in Chicago. He studied at the Talmud Torah school, the Yiddish Folks School and at Roosevelt University. In 1942 he was drafted into the United States Army, returned two and a half years later, and went into business. Yitzchak was a successful home building contractor, and contributed greatly to philanthropic causes. Yitzchak died suddenly in the flower of his youth on 18 Tishrei (September 23), 1956. He left behind a wife and three children. See p. 191.

Yitzchak Eisenstein [sic]
[photo:] Yitzchak Eisenstein

        Yitzchak Eisenstein, a son of R. Hershel and Chana, was born in Drohitchin. In approximately 1904 he married Reichele, a daughter of R. David and Chaya-Gittel Eisenstein. In 1912, he arrived in Chicago, and brought over his family in 1920. R. Yitzchak, a religious and moral Jew, died on 7 Iyar [May 5], 1957. He was survived by his wife Reichel and three daughters: Pessel (Morris) Rosenberg, Chana (Yosef) Geneles, and Leah (Bontcha) Wasserman. See p. 243.

Yeshayahu Weinstein Pesha
11 Nisan [March 23], 1945   9 August 1911

Yehuda Leib Barenbaum
[photo:] Yehuda Leib Barenbaum

        Yehuda Leib (Leibel) Barenbaum, a son of R. Aharon Shmuel and Chaya, was born in Drohitchin and received a religious upbringing. In 1906 he moved to the United States, and was a co-founder of the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue and Talmud Torah school. He was involved ni the Drohitchin Relief Committee. Yehuda Leib, a Sabbath observer, died on 1 Adar [February 24], 1936 at the age of 53. He left behind his wife, Chashka, and three children, Moshe (Washington), Zvi-Hirsh and Shoshana (Chicago). Chasha [is] the daughter of R. Isaac Vladavsky of Drohitchin. (See p. 357 D. W.)

David Steinberg
[photo:] David and Gesha Steinberg

        David Steinberg, born in Brisk, settled in Drohitchin after his marriage in approximately 1902, and for a while ran a tax office. Later, he moved to the United States. He was one of the most active members of the Drohitchin synagogue in Chicago. He died on 22 Shvat [February 19], 1941 at the age of 90. Gesha Steinberg, a daughter of R. Yosef and Chaya-Ita Gratch of Drohitchin, and wife of R. David, came to Chicago with her family in 1910. She and her husband were known for their religiosity and charity. She was an active member in the Sha'arei Tikvah [Gates of Hope] Anshei Ma'arav [Men of the West] synagogue and the Drohitchin synagogue for forty years.
She also supported yeshivas and people who lost their businesses or jobs. Gesha died on September 19, 1955 at the age of 92.

        The Steinbergs had four children: Shlomo (Washington), Bobel, Harry and Zeidel (Chicago).

[box:] Moshe (Tanna) son of Pinchas Lev (Levy)
Perished in a tragic death on 14 Adar [March 8], 1955 in Chicago.
He was 56 years old, and had been a co-founder of the Progressive Club.
He was a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Drohitchin Branch, and
raised money for the Histadrut, Jewish National Fund, etc. He left behind
a wife, Beila and three sons.

Yaakov Gratch
[photo:] Yaakov and Sarah Gratch

        Yaakov Gratch was born in Drohitchin in 1874 to his parents, R. Shimon and Beila. He studied in a kheder and then in the Maltsh Yeshiva. In 1903 he arrived in the United States and then returned to Drohitchin. In 1907 he returned to the United States, to Chicago, to settle. In 1912 he brought over his family.

        R. Yaakov was an active member of the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, of the Drohitchin Aid Association, Free Loan Association, etc. He also read from the Torah at the Rodfei Zedek synagogue. R. Yaakov died on 5 Av [August 2], 1946.

        Sarah, daughter of Simcha and wife of R. Yaakov Gratch, was born in 1873. She was the housewife, and took great interest in the newly arriving immigrants from Drohitchin. The warm welcome that she gave the lonely immigrants made them feel at home back in the old country. She gave them encouragement in their struggle for a new life.

        Sarah died on 20 Cheshvan [November 12], 1949. The Gratches had five children: Zlata, Sima, Shimon, Chaim-Simcha and Leibel. All live in Chicago. R. Yaakov had four brothers and two sister: Moshe Leizer, Chaykel, Yossel, Shmerel, Chana-Itka, Hoddes and Gisha. (See pp. 55, 205, 206, 213, 214 and 299. D. W.)

[box:] In eternal memory of our dear
        Esther Yehudit Gratch
        11 Cheshvan [October 16], 1956
Avraham and Yosef Gratch

See pp. 213-214.

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Eliyahu David Warshavsky, son of R. Yaakov Hersh and Malka Warshavsky, was killed in an automobile accident on the second day of Sukkot in 5700 (October 1, 1939) at the age of 40. He left a wife and two daughters, Irene and Lucille Green. See pp. 215, 216, 246, 293, 308, 357.

An eternal memorial to our beloved mother

Malka Warshavsky

12 Tishrei 5718 – October 7, 1957

Tila Kagan, Leizer Warshavsky and Yosef Warshaw

An eternal memorial to our beloved parents

Eliezer Tenenbaum Pesha

20 Adar 5712 – March 17, 1952        20 Av 5701 – August 13, 1941

Frieda Toiva Warshavsky        Norton Avraham Tenenbaum

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Yisrael Baruch Warshavsky, son of R. Yaakov Zvi and Malka Warshavsky arrived in Chicago in 1911. He was active in the Drohitchin Relief Committee, and other similar organizations. In 1916 he was drafted into the American army, and fought against the Germans in France. He was killed there on 21 Tishrei 5679 – September 27, 1918 at the age of 24. He was the only casualty in the First World War from among Drohitchin émigrés in the United States. See p. 215.

An eternal memorial to our dear parents

Eliyahu Warshavsky Chaya-Tsirel
(son of Yeshayahu and Gittel)   (daughter of Leizer-Shlomo and Chaya)
3 Elul 1955 – August 21, 1955   16 Av, 1941 – August 8, 1941

Esther and Bernard Goodman, Chicago        See p. 243.

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