My maternal greatgrandfather Joseph Fried(man) and his sister, Henie Friedman originated from Russia. It is possible from Mezeritch, Russia. Joseph came to reside first on the Lower East Side and then in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A return trip from Palestine reveraled that he was a merchant. Joseph and his wife Tressa or Tessa had 6 children. Henie was an ardent Zionist and lived in Palestine (in Jerusalem). If any family lore such as this sounds familiar and can add to this I would love to hear from you. I am sure that Joseph had other siblings but I was never told who they were.