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Spivak surname changed to Perlzweig

Spivak surname changed to Perlzweig

Posted: 24 Sep 2000 10:34PM GMT
Edited: 28 Feb 2002 3:42PM GMT
I have learned that my Great Great Grandfather's family were
ordered to take Germanic names when Austro-Hungary controlled part of Russia around 1800. Their original name was SPIVAK, which I was told means wandering minstral. They then assumed the name PERLZWEIG. Several generations of this family were Jewish Cantors in Russia and Poland including Raphael and his son Asher Perlzweig.

Re: Spivak surname changed to Perlzweig

Dr.Chaim Horovitz (View posts)
Posted: 12 Aug 2004 4:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am interested in biographical data about the cantor Asher Perlzweig


Dr.Chaim Horovitz, Rehovot, Israel

Re: Spivak surname changed to Perlzweig

Posted: 12 Aug 2004 5:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 May 2005 5:46AM GMT
Surnames: perlzweig, stern
I found a biographical information on my G Grandfather's brother, Asher Perlzweig by doing a "google" search. Here I discovered a 16 page article written by his son Rabbi Maurice Perlzweig titled "Asher Perlzweig - A Cantor in Anglo Jewry. It appeared in a series published by the Folklore Research Center , Jerusalem.. edited by Dov Noy and Issacha Ben-Ami. This series was called "Studies in the Cultural LIfe of the Jew in England" ( vol. 5.)
I started to copy some of the main biographical information, but realized that there is just too much. Here is part of it, but you really need to get the
article if you want more. I possibly could fax or copy it for you, or you could contact the university. Dov Noy sent it to me. PLEASE let me know if you learn more.

Janet Akaha

"Asher was born in 1870 in the Tsarist-Russian town of Kremeniz-Podolsk, the son of Raphael, himself a well known cantor. Asher was taken by his parents at a very early age to Dukla in Galicia (Austrian Poland) where his father was appointed cantor of the principal synagogue, and it was there that Asher received his early Jewish education and training in the Hazzanut".
"His father, who was himself well known as a composer of synagogue music, and whose compositions were at the time in circulation in manuscripts in Estern Europe, regarded Asher as a boy with unusual musical gifts. Accordingly, he sent him to Vienna to further his musical education, and this Viennese period in Asher Perlzweig's life left an indelible mark on his personality and creative work which a half century of subsequent residence in Engand could not wholly obliterate."
Asher returned to Jaroslaw to marry Sarah Stern, daughter of Abraham Stern. "In the meantime, he was offered the post of cantor at the Vine Court Synagogue in the East End of London. This synagogue is no longer in existance, buy in its day it was widely known as a center of Zionist activity from which the British zionist Federation drew some of its principal officers. Under my father's youthful and energetic direction it soon also became a centre of musical activity."

Re: Spivak surname changed to Perlzweig

Posted: 23 Jul 2008 3:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Spiwak, Spivak, Schochetman
Dear Janet,

I am working on the family history of the Spivak / Spiwak family that lived in Orghev, Bessarabia, Russia in the 1880s-World War II. Abram Spiwak emigrated to Canada, and then to the US, arriving in 1907. The family believes their name was changed, as well--but TO Spiwak. If you found any information about the changing of names in this period, I would be very grateful to see it--or to be guided to it. Also, I wonder if your family tree connects with this family, which was quite large, and many of them emigrated here, as well. Thank you, P Klindienst, Guilford, CT
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