About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his BS in Chemistry and Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MPH and Doctorate of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Paull’s career as an environmental toxicologist and scientific expert in the field of occupational and environmental health spans over thirty years (1976–2008).

Since that time, Dr. Paull has devoted himself to his passion for genealogical research and writing. His first book, entitled: A Noble Heritage: The History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America, traces his family’s ancestry over a millennium of history, and discovers their lost rabbinical heritage dating back to Rashi (1040–1105). His book was recently featured on the PBS website, “Finding your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Dr. Paull is very active in the field of genetic genealogy, and has published numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA studies in which he has identified the unique Y-DNA genetic signature of some of Eastern Europe’s most renowned tzaddiks, rabbinical lineages, and dynasties. In addition to his focus on historic rabbinical lines, Dr. Paull has expanded his genetic genealogical research to include America’s Founding Fathers, such as John Hart, the 13th signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Paull’s many genealogy-related book chapters, research articles, and publications have surpassed 26,000+ views, placing him in the top one percent of all researchers on Academia.edu. Dr. Paull is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented talks on his pioneering genealogical research studies to many genealogical societies, and international genealogy conferences across the world.

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his BS in Chemistry and Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MPH and Doctorate of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Paull’s career as an environmental toxicologist and scientific expert in the field of occupational and environmental health spans over thirty years (1976–2008).

Since that time, Dr. Paull has devoted himself to his passion for genealogical research and writing. His first book, entitled: A Noble Heritage: The History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America, traces his family’s ancestry over a millennium of history, and discovers their lost rabbinical heritage dating back to Rashi (1040–1105). His book was recently featured on the PBS website, “Finding your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Dr. Paull is very active in the field of genetic genealogy, and has published numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA studies in which he has identified the unique Y-DNA genetic signature of some of Eastern Europe’s most renowned tzaddiks, rabbinical lineages, and dynasties. In addition to his focus on historic rabbinical lines, Dr. Paull has expanded his genetic genealogical research to include America’s Founding Fathers, such as John Hart, the 13th signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Paull’s many genealogy-related book chapters, research articles, and publications have surpassed 26,000+ views, placing him in the top one percent of all researchers on Academia.edu. Dr. Paull is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented talks on his pioneering genealogical research studies to many genealogical societies, and international genealogy conferences across the world.

 

A Noble Heritage

This superbly researched family history takes the reader on a fascinating journey of discovery, as Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull captures the experience of a family of ancient and noble Jewish descent, over a millennium of European, Russian, and American history. Dr. Paull crafts an enthralling narrative, as he skillfully re-creates the astonishing story of how the Polonsky family’s lost heritage, which traces back to the illustrious rabbi and biblical commentator Rashi (1040–1105) of medieval France, was rediscovered.

A Noble Heritage is not merely the retelling of Dr. Paull’s personal family history, but a fascinating historical account of the Jewish people, their centuries-long struggles to survive, and the Jewish immigrant experience in America.  With a keen sense of historical insight, and a deep admiration of those who came before, Dr. Paull traces his ancestors’ millennial journey across Europe, culminating with their immigration to America from Czarist Russia. He brings to light his ancestors’ courage and fierce determination, their love for their new country, their remarkable achievements, and their assimilation into American culture and society.  Family biographies are woven into a story of six generations of the Polonsky family in America.

Dr. Paull’s exhaustive and meticulous genealogical and historical research was driven by his search for spiritual meaning, Jewish identity, and ancestral connection.  His research and the resulting book forge ties to an entire contemporary extended Jewish family, and provides both current and future generations an educational path to a deeper understanding and appreciation of their illustrious Jewish heritage.

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Levi Yitzchak Polonsky (Louis Isadore Paull), and Mary Gelman, on or about their wedding day, Gallitzin, PA, August 7, 1906

Menachem Nachum (Nathan) Polonsky, Cherkasy, Russia, 1910

Leon Polonsky (reclining, front, left) with officers in his regiment in the Russian Army, c. 1910

Louis Isadore Paull (right), in front of his jewelry store, Cresson, PA, c. 1913

Michel (Max) and Basheva (Bessie) Cohen (née Polonsky), and children, Benjamin, Rachael, and Louis, c. 1914

Leib Polonsky, c. 1915

Louis Isadore Paull (standing) and friend, Jake Levitz, c. 1916

Joseph Polonsky, c. 1916

Fania (Fanny) Polonsky, c. 1917

Rachil (Rae) Polonsky, c. 1918

Nathan and Bessie Polonsky and family, Brooklyn, NY, c. 1919

Mary and Louis Isadore Paull, with sons Herbert, Melvin, and Harold Paull, 1923

Herby and Mel Paull, c. 1924

Bertha Elizabeth Paull, c. 1925

Philip Samuel Paull, c. 1927

Ella Margret Paull, c. 1929

Nathan & Bessie Polonsky, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY, c. 1929

Rabbi Shimshon Aharon Polonsky (holding umbrella) with Chassidic rabbis in Palestine, c. 1930

Louis Isadore and Mary Paull, Atlantic City, NJ, c. 1937

Melvin Robert Paull, c. 1939

Arnold David Polonsky and Ruth Brian’s wedding, June, 1942

Robert and Eugene Erskine, 1943

Pearl Burger Paull and Philip Paull, c. 1943

Jake and Bertha Paull Friedman, 1943

Bertha, Rachel, and Linda Friedman, c. 1944

Nora & Bella Cogan (née Polonsky), c. 1944

Mary Gelman Paull (left) and Louis Isadore Paull (right) with his siblings at a Polonsky family wedding, c. 1944

Herbert, Melvin, and Philip Paull, London, England, August, 1944

Herby, Mel, and Phil Paull, Parham Airfield, Framlingham, Suffolk, England, May 10, 1945

Ella Paull Abrams, Mary Paull, Bertha Paull Friedman, Lenore Paull, Herbert Paull, and Harold Paull, c. 1945

Martin Daniel Rabinowitz (Marty Robbins), Bar Mitzvah, January, 1946

Leon and Ida Polonsky (center) at Arnold Polonsky (Paulen) and Marcia Barishman’s wedding, Brooklyn, NY, August 20, 1946

Ruth Polonsky, c. 1946

Fanny Polonsky Chaber, c. 1946

Ruth Polonsky Saravay and Harry Saravay, c. 1946

Max and Vera Erskine with Jane Jerome, on her wedding day, September 7, 1947

Betty Cohen and Mel Paull, c. 1947

Lenore Paull, c. 1948

Paull family gathering; standing: Mildred & Herbert Paull, Ella Paull Abrams, Betty and Mel Paull. Seated: Bertha Paull Friedman and Jake Friedman, Bobbie & Harold Paull, and Lenore Paull, c. 1948

Lenore Paull Berman and Harold Berman, 1949

Bernice Adler and Leonard Blumenreich (foreground) at their wedding. Seated: Mary Paull, Ida Polonsky, Rae Adler, Ruth Polonsky, Vera Erskine, Pauline Rabinowitz, and Louis Isadore Paull. Standing: Leon Polonsky (left) and Herman Adler (right). Detroit, MI, June 12, 1949.

Beatrice and Leonard Adler (foreground) at Leonard’s sister, Beatrice Adler’s wedding. Seated: Mary Paull, Ida Polonsky, Rae Adler, Ruth Polonsky, Vera Erskine, Pauline Rabinowitz, and Louis Isadore Paull. Standing: Leon Polonsky and Herman Adler. Detroit, MI, June 12, 1949.

Polonsky and Paull families at Bernice Adler and Leonard Blumenreich’s wedding, Detroit, MI, June 12, 1949

Ella Paull Abrams, Lenore Paull, and Bertha Paull Friedman at Lenore's wedding, July 3, 1949

Susan Lee Paull, c. 1951

Harry and Pauline Rabinowitz (née Polonsky), c. 1952

Joseph and Lucy Polonsky, and Vera and Max Erskine at Joseph and Lucy’s home, Bethlehem, NH, c. 1952

Mel and Betty Paull, c. 1952

Jeffrey Mark Paull with Fred and Richard Abrams, 1953

Betty Cohen Paull, Mel Paull, Mary Gelman Paull, and Louis Isadore Paull, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, c. 1953

Gene, Harold, Barbara, and Bobbie Paull, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, 1954

Pearl, Phil, Susan, and Beth Paull, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, 1954

Paull family at Fred Abrams' Bar Mitzvah, B'nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, 1954

Paull family at Fred Abrams' Bar Mitzvah, B'nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, 1954

Paull family at Fred Abrams' Bar Mitzvah, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, 1954

Naomi Rabinowitz and Wally Reed’s wedding, New York, NY, September 24, 1955

Ella and Louis Abrams, 1956

Mel, Betty, and Jeffrey Paull, c. 1957

Harold Paull, Ella Paull Abrams, and Laura Mae (Bobbie) Dancoff Paull, Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, PA, c. 1957

Paull family, at Rachel Friedman's wedding, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, December 28, 1961