Re: Kahana, 1904,Romania
Dear cousin. My name is Ariel Kahane-Goldberg. I was excited to see your message. When I read it I knew right away that we are related. I checked a family tree that my grandfather made to be 100% sure, and saw all the names from your family on it.
Although we are from the same family, those of us in Canada spell it differently - Kahane not Kahana.
My grandfather's father's (my great-grandfather)was Avrum Kahane (1890-1968). He was Itzhak Kahana's younger brother. There were nine children in the Kahana family. Some of them came to Canada. There are also many cousins in Israel.
My grandfather Maurice Kahane (1916-1989) did a lot of work and made a large Kahana family tree in the 1980s. When he and my grandmother went to Israel they visited with all the cousins they could find. But Maurice did not know about your part of the family. (He knew about Itzhak, his uncle, but did not know that his children and grandchildren were living in Israel).
Avrum Kahane left Vaslui in 1910 and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In 1925 he came back to Vaslui for a visit together with his wife Elizabeth (1897-1970)and his sons Jack and Maurice. While he was there,Avrum took many photographs of his brothers and sisters, parents and grandmother. My family still has these photographs.
There are a few pictures of Itzik and his wife and there are pictures of their sons Pinku and Avraham. There are other photos where not allof the people have been identified. Perhaps your father is in some of these photographs?
Also, there are some photos of the Kahane family that Itzik sent to Avraham in the 1920s and 1930s. On the back are messages that Itzik wrote in Romanian.
If you would like to see the photos that we have of your grandfather and grandmother, I would be happy to have copies made and send them to you. Unfortunately, it will be a few months before I can make the copies.The photos are in Winnipeg, at the home of Avrum's son Dr. Leonard Kahane. I live in Ottawa, Canada which is far away from Winnipeg. I will not be in Winnipeg again until the summer.
With me in Ottawa I have a copy of one photo that shows all of the 9 Kahana brothers and sisters and also their mother, Sura. I will try to scan it into my computer and send it to you.
It is interesting that you said that most of the Kahana family was in Canada. In fact, much of the family lives in Israel.
Itzhak Kahana came from a family of 9 brothers and sisters. He was the oldest
2) Sheindel. She moved to France. She came to Israel in the 1960s and died there at the age of 100. Two of her children are in Israel. The others are in France.
3) Moshe - died in world war one. Had five children, at least two of them moved to Israel.
4) Berel - died in world war 1
5) Avrum - my great-grandfather - had four sons - 2 are still alive and they live in Winnipeg and Montreal, Canada.
6) Devorah - moved to Canada - five children in Toronto.
7) Wolf - died in world war two.Wolf's five children moved to Israel. Netti and Leibel have both died. Sonia and Sylvia live in Haifa and have children and grandchildren. Paul, the youngest, moved from Haifa to Toronto, Canada in 2002.
8) Jack - moved to Toronto, Canada - had two sons.
9) Lazar - moved to Israel. Died in 1980 in Tel-Aviv. He had two children. One daughter, Tonia, lived in Tel-Aviv (I am not sure if she is still alive).
My family speaks to Paul from time to time.I can ask him for the addresses of his sisters and send them to you if you'd like to meet that part of the Kahana family.
I am going to be in Israel next year to study. I would enjoy meeting you!
I speak Hebrew fairly well and know things about the family history which I would be happy to tell you about.
Where in Israel do you live? Would you like the addresses of the Kahana cousins in Haifa and Tel-Aviv?
Kol Tuv V'L'hitraot
Ariel Kahane Goldberg