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Adolph Gottesman

Also Known As: "Avraham ben Ephraim Fishel", "Abraham"
Birthplace: Lemburg, Austria
Death: November 02, 1933 (70)
Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederick Gottesman and Marianne Gottesman
Husband of Rose Gottesman
Father of Fred Gottesman; Joseph James Gottesman; Louis Gottesman and Benjamin Gottesman
Brother of Carna Gottesman and Isidore Gottesman

Occupation: Store Furniture Buyer, store owner, grocer
Managed by: Ondi Gottesman
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About Adolph Gottesman

Adolf Gottesman was born in Feb 1862 in Vienna, Austria, and died in 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts.

His parents were Frederick Gottesman and Marianne Grob.

His Hebrew name, translated from the tombstone by Malka Mysels, was

Avraham ben Ephraim Fishel ie. Avraham, the son of Ephraim Fishel


  1. in 1888 to Rose Eisenberg.


  1. Fred born 1893 in Massachusetts and died 1896 in Massachusetts.
  2. Joseph James born April 1895 in Massachusetts and died 1990 in Massachusetts. Married Elizabeth Goldblatt.
  3. Louis born 28 Sept 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts and died Jul 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Married Clara Hyman.
  4. Benjamin born January 1900 in Boston, Massachusetts and died 1967 in Haverill Massachusetts. Married Eva


  1. U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project) Name: Adolph Gottesman Birth Date: 25 Dec 1862 Birth Place: Austria Age at event: 40 Court District: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont Date of Action: 19 Oct 1903 Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, (M1299); Microfilm Serial: M1299; Microfilm Roll: 71.
  2. The Boston Jewish Advocate Index to Obituary Notices, 1905-2007 Name: Adolph Gottesman Age: 72 . Birth Year: abt 1861 Birth Place: Austria Publication Date: 10 Nov 1933 Source Information: David Rosen, comp. The Boston Jewish Advocate Index to Obituary Notices, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Jewish Advocate. Boston, MA:



  1. 1862: Birth in Austria.
  2. 1884: Emigrated from Austria to Boston, MA.
  3. 1888: Marriage to Rose Eisenberg.
  4. 1900: United States Federal Census, Boston Ward 9, Suffolk, Massachusetts (occupation: installment collector)
  5. 1903: Naturalized as US Citizen
  6. 1903: Residence: 3 Calvert Place, Boston, MA.
  7. 1910: United States Federal Census, Boston Ward 18, District 1535, Suffolk, Massachusetts (occupation: furniture collector)
  8. 1920: United States Federal Census, Boston Ward 13, Suffolk, Massachusetts (occupation: store owner)
  9. 1933: The Boston Jewish Advocate Index to Obituary Notices

Note from naturalization papers:

  • Residence: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  • Jacob Eisenberg U.S. Naturalization Records Immigration: 1890 - Massachusetts, USA Naturalization: 1922 Document type: Petition for Naturalization. "Witness: Joseph J. Gottesman. Witness: Adolph Gottesman"

About Galizianers

The word is Galitzianer, and it refers to a Jew from the south-eastern region of the Eastern-European Yiddish speaking world. It implies that a person speaks Yiddish with a certain dialect, and there are cultural differences as well. The "opposite" is a Litvak, a Jew from the north-eastern areas such as Lithuania.

The name originated as the Yiddish term referring to someone from Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in modern-day Poland and Ukraine. As opposed to the Litvaks of Belarus, north-eastern Poland and Lithuania, Galitsyaners spoke a separate dialect of Yiddish. Eventually, the term referred to anyone who spoke a similar dialect, broadening the term to mean, basically, "anyone who isn't a Litvak".

- courtesy of Carol Gottesman


A possible ???? descendant of --

Yom-Tov Lipmann ben Nathan ha-Levi Heller, (b. Wallerstein, Bavaria - Kraków, August 19, 1654), was a Bohemian rabbi and Talmudist, best-known for writing a commentary on the Mishnah called the Tosafot Yom-Tov (1614-7). Heller was one of the major Talmudic scholars in Prague and in Poland during the "Golden Age" before 1648.

Probably his most famous descendant was Aryeh Leib Heller (b.1745), known as the K'tzos (after his greatest work, K'tzos Hachoshen)

Among Heller's lesser known descendants are Yisroel Ya'akov Yoikel Halevi Gottesman (d.1992) and his children and grandchildren. They are all currently residing in the United States.

In 1984 on the 330th anniversary "Yahrzeit" of Rabbi Heller death the story of rabbi Heller Megillat Eivah and a detailed family tree was published in English by Rabbi C.U.Lipschitz and Dr. Neil Rosenstein under the title, "The Feast and The Fast" by Maznaim Publishing Corporation New York and Jerusalem. The book contains 40 pages of charts detailing the family tree and the 100's of families descended from Rabbi Heller.


My family was from Sniatyn,Ukraine (previously Galicia) and its environs.

My grandmother was Razel (Baba) Gottesman born in Sniatyn in 1889. Her brother was Max (Menachem Nachum) Gottesman born in 1892.Both came to the US and married. Razel to Solomowitz and Max to Schartzer/Saifer.

Their father was Meshulam Yankov Gottesman born circa 1860s, not in Sniatyn, but he married Rachel Fleischer there and settled in Sniatyn.

Meshulem Yankov's father was Yitzchak(?).

In the town of Sniatyn there was a Rabbi Meshulam Feibush Gottesman who was followed by his son Rabbi Shimshon Gottesman (killed WWII). They were called the Lashkovitz Rebbe, originally from the town of Lashkovitz(Ulashkovtsy), Ukraine. These Rabbis were descedants of the Rabbi Yom Tov Lippman Heller. One line of the Heller's changed their names to Gottesman.They were/are a very prominant rabbinical family.

All Levite Gottesman's are descended from one man: Shimshon Gottesman (c.1781-1847) He was from Ouziran, now in the Ukraine. He was a Levite.

Shimshon, my 4th great-grandfather, was born with the last name Heller and changed his name to Gottesman. Shimshon was descended son after son (6 generations) from Tosfos Yom Tov Heller(1578-1658).

The Tosfos Yom Tov, and consequently, all his descendants, including the Gottesmans descended from Shimshon of Ouziran, are Levites.

Jewish tradition, a Levite (Hebrew: לֵוִי, Modern Levi Tiberian Lēwî ; "Attached") is a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi. When Joshua led the Israelites into the land of Canaan, the Levites were the only Israelite tribe that received cities but no tribal land "because the Lord the God of Israel himself is their inheritance".[1][2] The Tribe of Levi served particular religious duties for the Israelites and had political responsibilities as well. In return, the landed tribes were expected to give tithe to the Levites, particularly the tithe known as the Maaser Rishon or Levite Tithe. In current Jewish practise, dating from the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the communal privileges and responsibilities of Levites are mainly limited to the synagogue Torah reading and the ritual of pidyon haben.

Moses and his brother, Aaron, were both Levites. The descendants of Aaron, who was the first kohen gadol, high priest, of Judaism, were designated as the priestly class, the kohanim. As such, kohanim comprise a family dynasty within the tribe of Levi. All kohanim are therefore Levites, but not all Levites are kohanim.

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Adolph Gottesman's Timeline

December 25, 1862
Lemburg, Austria
Massachusetts, United States
April 28, 1895
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
September 28, 1897
Boston, Suffolk , Massachusetts, United States
January 14, 1900
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States