Latest news:

January 10, 2011:
Individual pages for children of David and Raytzel Bellman are now being coordinated. Samuel Issac Bellman is the first to be highlighted with a in-depth history of his life. If you have material to contribute for other offspring, such as photos or stories, please let us know!

August 12, 2010:
New documents are now online. Click the Documents button above to view.

July 23, 2009:
We note with sorrow the passing of Samuel Irving Bellman, son of Max and Bessie (Levenson) Bellman, husband of Jeanne Lisker Bellman, in Claremont, California. An obituary from the Los Angeles Times is here.

Nov 11, 2007:
Mariampol, Lithuania birth record (in Russian) for Rachel (Rae) Bellman, daughter of David Jacob Beilman and Raytzel Markson, January 1890. View record here.

July 14, 2007:
Corran Bellman's bar mitzvah is today! Photos coming soon. Check out Corran's bar mitzvah page.


If you have family stories, photos or documents that you'd like to share, we'd love to have your input. Please contact the webmaster.


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Photo gallery

These are just a few examples of family photos. We hope that there will be more to some from family collections. Click any of the photos you see on this page to enlarge, then click your browser's back button to return to this page.

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The sysnagogue at left is in Pilvishkiai (also known as Pilvishok in Lithuanian), the home town of Isaac  and Rivka Rogalsky. Isacc owned a mill in this town in the nineteenth century.

The Levenson clan

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Sam Levenson is pictured here with his wife Joheved Rogalsky Levenson and their children; this picture was taken before the family emigrated to America, in Pilvishkiai. Click photo to enlarge.

From left to right: Max Levenson, mother Joheved, sisters Anna and Bessie, father Samuel, and brother Moe. At right is a lovely portrait of Bessie when she was about sixteen years old, taken before her
arrival in the United States.

The Levenson siblings

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Pictured in El Paso the 1930s, they are (from left to right) Anna Levenson Tarlowe, Sol Levenson, mother Joheved, Max Levenson, Bessie Levenson Bellman, and Moe Levenson.

Raytzel Bellman and her sons

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The photo at left was taken not long before 1916, judging from the boys' ages. Click the photo to see it enlarged. You can also see a photo of Max only, from the same session. On the reverse of Max's photo is an inscription in Yiddish, which is partly obscured by ink marks and age.

If you'd like to try reading it and can send us a translation, we'll post it here. Click here to see an enlargement of the inscription.

Benjamin Bellman's bar mitzvah

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Benjamin Bellman, flanked by his proud parents, Jonathan Bellman and Deborah Kauffman, at his bar mitzvah, November 2005. His cousins thought he handled his Torah portion superbly.

If you'd like to contribute photos, please email the webmaster.