If your surname is Geffen and
you have roots in Lithuania, you are surely part of this wonderful
In the four years of our research we have attached over 2700
Geffens worldwide to our main tree. Even though there are
still several hundred unattached names in our database, we
feel that in time they will all be connected. Research seems
to lead to all Geffens, with the exception of those who took
the name upon entering Israel, back to our earliest ancestor,
David Geffen circa 1758 from the town of Vilkomir, Lithuania.
here to see the first three generations.
There are many more years of research to come and on our Research
Page, you will see the projects we are pursuing now. This
has been a collaborative project with many people.
This site is far from complete. In the essence of time, I
made the decision to go online with the site as it is, so
that I could share the beginnings of the research with family
members. I welcome any new information or additions that anyone
I will be continually working on the site, and will be happy
to notify you when new information is put up. Please be sure
to E-mail me above if you would like to be notified when the
updates are added to the site.
There is information on all of the pages shown on the navigation
panel to the left. Also, many of the main pages lead to others
via links. The main Family Tree is a complete list of descendants
from the first David Geffen down. Through the Family Tree
Surname Index, you can find
your name and then click on up through the tree to your earliest
If you do not find your name in the index, it may mean that
you are in our files, but not yet connected to the main tree.
Hopefully, information from you will enable us to tie in your
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you find it informative
December 2004...We are very pleased that with the help of Peter Geffen, we have made contact with our Geffen relatives presently living in Vilnius. They are descendants of the late Shalom Lieb Gefen (born 1868) who was the brother of the late Rabbi Tobias Geffen. We welcome Shalom's grandsons and great grandchildren to the family. Click here to read Peter's description of his recent meeting with his new 2nd cousin and a wonderful photograph.
Research Update December 2006...We have made wonderful strides in connecting the Geffen and Gafanovich families. At present, we are having research done in both Lithuania and Latvia which we hope will document our findings. We believe the original name of the family was Gafanovich and that the family first settled in Kupiskis, Lithuania, which was a hub for Portuguese Jews.
We believe that the patriarch David, of our Geffen family, had at least four brothers. These four brothers all eventually settled in different towns including one in Ukraine. Also their father was Itsko Gafanovich, born c. 1710, and his father was David Bentzion, born c. 1690.
We are looking forward to receiving our research during the coming year and thusly adding several hundred names to our tree.
|New On The Geffen Site
Dov Levin Passed away on December 3rd, 2016 in Jerusalem. Dov was related to the Geffen family via his grandmother being a sister to Sara Hene Geffen .He was a belovid friend, teacher and great human being.
Besides his own role as a partisan in the Holocaust, his research and publications on the armed Jewish resistance to the Nazis were groundbreaking and a major contribution to Jewish historiography and the history of human struggles in general. May he be remembered by all. Click here to read tributes to Dov.
An important new book, by Dov Levin, The Story of an Underground has been published in English during August 2014. Please click here to read the bio of Dov Levin and click here to read the preface by Robert Geffen. Click here to read a letter from the President of Israel honoring Dov.
"With a Rifle in My Hand and Eretz Yisrael in My Heart" by Prof. Dov Levin, Jerusalem Click here
Rabbi David Geffen honored in Jerusalem by the Jewish Theological Seminary with the Louis Finkelstein Award. Click here to go to Milestones Page and scroll down
Deaths..Dr. Jeremy Geffen, Terrance Geffen, Anne Emple Kaplan..Click here to go to Milestones Page and scroll down
Rabbi Wendi Geffen...Click Here
Abraham Geffen, son of Rabbi Tobias and Sara Hene Geffen passed away on April 20, 2015. He is survived by his three children, David, Robert and Sara.
Robert Geffen has made contact with another branch of the Geffen Family. The Family of Shlomo Geffen. Please click here to read his fascinating story and to meet hhis daughter who lives in Israel..
The family of Gitel Geffen and Malka Geffen, sisters of Rabbi Tobias, previously thought to have perished in the Holocaust, has been found in Moscow and Jerusalem. We welcome them back to the Geffen Family. Click here for a photo of the first reunion of the families in 110 years.
Memorial Film on the one year aniversary of the death of Idan Geffen Click here
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Memorial for Idan Geffen Click here
Rabbi Tobias Geffen Autobiography...Click here