My name is Lea Haber
Gedalia and I was born in Israel in 1953. I
live in Jerusalem with my husband Nahum Gedalia who was born in Beograd
in 1948 and works at Hadassah hospital.
We have 3 boys. I have a PhD from the Hebrew university on "Collectives
My mother Amalia-Malcia-Malka Ellenberg-Derfler was born in Czernowitz
in 1933 [or perhaps 1930]. Her mother was Lea Scharf from Putila, born
1900 daughter of Meite Gartner Freidman and Shlomo Kalman Klonimus
Her father was David Derfler Ellenberg who was born in 1900 in
Czernowitz to Yechiel Michael Leib Derfler born in Luzan Bukovina and
Ellenberg born in Zablotow.
My grandmother Lea died in 1938 and my mother was sent to her
grandmother with whom she was in the Ghetto and together the two of
deported to Transnistria-Sharograd. When her grandmother died of
hunger she was taken by an aunt and together they returned to
Czernowitz for 2 years and than moved to Bucharest and she was put into
an orphanage. Her father was recruited by the Red army but she
never heard from him
until he arrived in Israel in 1951.
In the Orphanage she and a group of youngsters joined GORDONIA youth
movement and made aliyah in 1946 aboard the ship "Medinat Hayehudim".
This ship was sent to Cyprus and only by the end of 1947 they arrived
Atlit and from there sent to Meshek Poalot in Petach Tikva. After a
met my father, Shraga Haber, who was born in Hirlau Romania and arrived
in Israel by train in 1944.
I am interested in genealogy for many years and currently involved in
the Israeli Genealogical Society as general secretary. I am fluent in
Hebrew, English, French, I can speak Romanian and some Spanish and I
understand Yiddish. While my very few second cousins speak German, my
very much against me learning this language while my grandfather was
p.s. Families from Bukovina married into Scharf and Ellenberg-Derfler
are: Hocfelzen, Wachtel, Sterenberg, Goltz, Brenner, Hacker,
Halperin, Lubich, Rosenzweig, Teitler