OUR  JEWISH  HERITAGE

 MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER ORIGINALLY FLED KIEV, UKRAINE IN 1903 AND TRAVELED TO SCOTLAND.

 

 MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER ESTHER NOVAK WED BEN COHEN AND THEN THEY  TRAVELED ON A 6 WEEK BOAT JOURNEY TO NEW ZEALAND, WHERE MY  GRANDMOTHER ESTHER COHEN BECAME A FAMOUS DRESS DESIGNER, SPECIFICALLY WEDDING DRESSES. IN ORDER TO HIDE THEIR JEWISH IDENTITY THEY CHANGED THEIR LAST NAME FROM COHEN TO COWAN.

 

Although throughout history our family has suffered for being Jewish, we are grateful that YAHWEH designated for us to be part of this lineage and be his 'KEEPERS OF THE BOOK'.  

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Teach me, O YAHWEH, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your Torah and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. (Psalms 119:33-35)

 

Novak Family

Soloman and Peal Novak, Esther and Eva and their husbands

Solomon Novak

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PEARL NOVAK

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Solomon  and Pearl Novak

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Esther on left Eva on right

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First dress making shop

Cohen's first dress making shop in scotland

Ben Cohen in military uniform

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Ben Cohen's Family

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ben and esther 1910 wedding day

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Marriage Certificate of Ben and Esther

mr benjamin cohen

Esther at 29

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Ben and Esther's 2 daughters Eva and Ger

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gerta left and eva on right

Cowan's First Dress Shop

Esther Cohen's first dress boutique in Wellington New Zealand

Esther Cowan Department Store

Many people changed their name from Cohen to Cowan to avoid antisemitism

ESTHER WITH HER 2 DAUGHTERS IN NEW ZEALA

EVA AS A YOUNG WOMAN

Gerta wearing a cohen collection dresspg

gerta in a esther cohen design

Esther Novak in her 50's

JEWISH COMMUNITY

pearl and soloman novak

gerta on her wedding day

GERTA AND HOWARDS WEDDING

Gerta as a young woman

GERTA'S 4 CHILDREN AND SHELLI

COUSINS RACHELLE AND SHELLI

MY GRANDFATHER HOWARD WITH HIS PEERS IN

THE WHOLE COHEN AND NOVAK CLAN

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howard ans family

Rachelle, Rochelle and Mums

Left to right Eva, Rachelle, Esther, Rochelle (daughter of Eva, Gerta

Grandmother Esther

Rachelle Cohen and Geoff Hill

4 GENERATIONS OF WOMEN, MICHELLE AS A CH

PEARL NOVAK GRAVE STONE

Gravestones of Solomon and Pearl Novak

BEN COHEN GRAVE STONE

pearl and soloman novak