I believe my Grandfather was a Jewish orphan in London in the early 1900's He was Askenazi jewish from Russia or the Ukraine . I am trying to trace his history. Do you have any idea where to start ?, thanks in advance Stephen
Thank you for your question. We would recommend you looking on the Jewish Genealogical Society’s Website: https://www.jgsgb.org.uk
They have many resources which may aid your quest. Once you have more solid information, we do offer slots to view our museum collection and look into specific objects (post-quarantine, that is).
We hope this helps!
Is it true that Jewish parents aren't supposed to name their children after their own parents?
Some Jewish people do name their babies after a relative who is still alive, but many Jewish people follow the tradition of not naming a child after a living relative, particularly those relatives who are young. This means that you rarely find Jewish children named after their own parents.
Traditions and customs form an important part of Jewish life and this depends on your family beliefs and practices. When it comes to baby naming, Ashkenazi tradition is almost entirely to name the baby only after a relative who has already died, while some Sephardic traditions allow for naming the baby after an elder relative. Generally speaking however, no Jewish tradition supports naming the baby after their own living parents.