16 October 2006

Are you related to King David?

Some 100 Sephardic and Ashkenazic family names
indicate possible links to King David.

Some 1,000 people who claim this descendancy are planning to meet in Jerusalem from May 28-30, 2007, for the inauguration of the Worldwide Davidic Dynasty Genealogy Center and Museum.

The names listed in their database have been determined through oral tradition, rabbinic sources, historic data and research. Readers with questions about their lineage may ask here.

The Eshet Chayil Foundation, headed by Davidic descendant Susan Roth, is hosting the event.

In New York City, an Oct. 19 dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage will honor Davidic descendants including Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau Jr., Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis and the Grand Rabbi of the Twersky dynasty.

Other descendant notables include Hillel, Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi, Yochanan Hasandler and Yosef Karo, as well as the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and former president of Israel Chaim Herzog.

Author/researcher Chaim Freedman has written about how genealogy is presented in the Torah. For more articles on related topics, including DNA, click here.

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