Happy 85th Birthday
All of the Steinschneiders and related families would like to congratulate
Dina Mandelbaum on her 85th birthday (on October 22nd). She is the eldest
member of the Russian Steinschneiders, who make up the Ukraine “dynasty” in
Dina was born in Cherson--a major city in southern Ukraine. She continues to
be the keeper of the family history. It was her ancestors, according to
official documents, who made up part of the large Jewish migration that left
Byelorussia and Poland in the middle of the 19th century. It was probably
men like her great-grandfather Moisey Steinschneider and his father Abraham
who were some of the immigrants who colonized southern Ukraine and helped
make it the culturally rich area we know today.
Moisey’s children were already well-to-do merchants who insisted on providing
their children with advanced education. Dina’s mother Elisaveta
Steinschneider studied in Switzerland and became a doctor; something quite
unusual for a woman of her day.
Dina was born on the 22nd of October 1917, well into the early days of the
Bolshevik Revolution that changed the lives of everyone in Russia. She spent
her youth and childhood in Cherson. Later, she graduated from Char’kov
University with a chemistry degree. She then went on to receive a doctorate
in Moscow and specialized in inorganic artificial fibers.
The rest of her family relocated to Moscow shortly before World War II and
stayed there until their repatriation to Israel in 1991.
Although already quite advanced in years, Dina went through the repatriation
process with courage and dignity. Today she lives in Beit-Shemesh, a small
town near Jerusalem with her sister’s family. Dina is still very lively and
regularly participates in many activities.
We all take this opportunity to wish Dina a very happy birthday and continued
health. May her charm and kindness serve as an inspiration to us all.