An American Family History

Mendel Lieb Levine and Riva Leah Shore

Vilna, Lithuania
Brooklyn, New York, Kings County, New York
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Between 1880 and World War I about 2,000,000 Yiddish-speaking, Ashkenazi Jews immigrated from Eastern Europe to the United States.

The Levine family was from Vilna. Riva Leah Shore (or Reva Shutafsky) and Mendel Lieb (Milton) Levine married about 1880.

Ida Levine Sukofsky was born about 1882.

Max Levine was born about 1890.

Bella Levine Tuller was born about 1893.

Bessie Levine was born about 1894.

According to the 1920 census, Riva and Manes and Bella Tuller immigrated in 1907. Mendel did not immigrate to the United States

At the time of the 1920 census they were in Brooklyn on De Kalb Avenue. At that time they were living with Bella’s family. According to the census records, the household consisted of Morris Tuller age 33, Bechie age 27, Edith age 7, Milton L. age 5, Frances age 2.4, Rive Levine age 58 and Bessie Levine age 26. They spoke Yiddish. 

Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, but was an independent city until January 1, 1898. It has the  same boundaries as Kings County

Back row:  Bella Tuller, Manes Tuller, Riva Levine
In front: Ida Levine Sukofsky, Louie Sukofsky, Rosie Sukofsky, Max Levine


Levine girls

Vilna in Lithuanian and Yiddish, Vilnius in Polish, Wilno in Russian
Vilna is the capital city of Lithuania. It was part of Poland and Poland was part of the Russian empire. In 1861 a restriction limiting Jewish residence to certain streets was repealed. In 1881 there were anti-Jewish riots. The 1897 census showed 63,831 Jewish inhabitants. Congested conditions and increasing unemployment led to large-scale emigration.



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