Thanks Roger/John for replying to my message! I really appreciate it and perhaps we might be related. That would be great as I don't know anybody from my father's side of the family. I am half filipino ( mother) and half russian/austrian jew (father). I am just trying to find out how my ancestors on my father's side got the last name haft if it is of german origin because they are jewish and well basically just trace back where I came from. I like that your grandmother owned an opera house, my father loves the opera as do I. They did come from New York. I really am lost and wish I had more info to share and such. If you do know any more, please email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org as I am very very interested. Thank you very much!!! Take care and please keep in touch.