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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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[Photo from right to left:]
Devorah Hoffman Leizer Avraham-Chaim Goodman Ethel
1 Adar 1955     12 Elul 1941 21 Cheshvan 1956 3 Av 1956
4 March 1955     4 Sept 1941 26 October 1956 11 Jul 1956
  Children:     Children:  
Malka, Itka (Chicago), Miriam (L.A.)   Esther Feigel (Cleve.) Binyamin Moshe (Ind.)

Dvosha Hoffman Yisrael-David
Lives in Chicago   13 Tammuz 1948
    20 July 1948
Chaya Gitel, Miriam (Chicago), Reizel (NH)

Leizer, Ethel and Yisrael David are the children of R. Binyamin-Moshe the Ritual Slaughterer and Beila Hoffman of Drohitchin. Their only brother, Chaim Hoffman, lives in Chicago. See pp. 133, 149, 150, 288, 329. W.

Hersh-Leib Miller Chaya-Esther
22 Av   12 Sivan

[photo:] Rachel Miller died on 5 Iyar (24 April), 1939 at the age of 94. She had four sons: Hersh-Leib, Zelig (died), Simcha and Yudel Miller [live] in Chicago. See p. 390


Bashka Eisenstein, the wife of R. Mendel Eisenstein, and the daughter of R. Yitzchak and Mindel Gutter of Antopolia, left Drohitchin with her children for Chicago in 1921, and died there on 7 Cheshvan (1 November), 1957 at the age of 82. She was survived by four sons and two daughters: Mordechai-Ber (Morris), Hersh-Leib (Harry), Shachna (Charlie), Nachman (Norman), Henya-Perl Wald, Ida Match, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. See p. 220.

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