Thursday, January 28, 2016

E1b1b1 L117 - Chassidic rabbinical lineage share the L117 SNP of Y-DNA Haplogroup E

Genetic genealogy study focused on the Y-DNA pedigree of the Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty from Ukraine and Bessarabia during the nineteenth century. Genealogical and Y chromosome genetic data are presented. All patrilineal descendants of the Wertheim-Giterman rabbinical lineage share the L117 SNP of Y-DNA haplogroup E, previously described as E-M35, E-M35.1 and E1b1b1 in the literature....

The Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty was active from the late 18th century until the Holocaust. The founder of the dynasty was Rabbi Shimon Shlomo (circa 1750 – 1802), son of Rabbi Avraham ha-Rofe. He was the Maggid (preacher) of Savran and disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch, the primary disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidic Judaism.

The Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty is a particularly interesting lineage from a genealogical research standpoint, due, in part, to its many marriage connections to other iconic rabbinical lineages and dynasties throughout Europe and the Russian Empire. 


Notable among these interrelated rabbinic families is the Spira/Shapira/Shapiro rabbinical lineage, which traces its descent from Rashi (1040-1105) through the Treves rabbinical lineage, and which produced a long line of distinguished rabbis over the centuries.

The Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty connects to the Shapiro rabbinical lineage through multiple marriage connections. Aryeh Leib Wertheim’s first wife was Leah Hirsch. Her grandparents, Rabbi Menakhem Nakhum Twersky, the founder of the Twersky rabbinical dynasty, and Sarah Shapira, were both descendants of the Shapiro rabbinical lineage; Rabbi Twersky from Miriam Spira through the Katzenellenbogen rabbinical lineage, and Sarah from Miriam’s brother, Rabbi Peretz Spira, through the Shapiro rabbinical lineage.... 

The E-L117 Haplogroup
Essential to determining the unique Y-DNA “signature” of a particular rabbinical lineage is the terminal single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), which defines the haplogroup to which descendants of the lineage belong.32 In addition to having a high percentage of standard Y-DNA markers or short-tandem repeat (STR) allele values in common, another Y-DNA characteristic that all descendants of the Wertheim-Giterman rabbinical lineage share is that they all belong to the E-L117 haplogroup.
The E-L117 haplogroup was previously known as E-M35 or E-M35.1, and has also been referred to in the literature as E1b1b1. Previously, it had been assumed that haplogroup E1b1b1 (E-M35) arose in East Africa and the haplogroup was often incorrectly described as African, leaving a misimpression regarding the origin and complex history of this haplogroup. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and National Geographic’s Genographic Project, E1b1b1 may have arisen instead in the Near East or the Middle East, and then expanded into the Mediterranean with the spread of agriculture.   

15 comments:

  1. Wow . Very interesting.

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  2. I think L117 is mostly Southern Italian. At least 100 % anyway. Calabrese. Not chassidic !

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    1. It is present in Italy, but it appears in small quantities all over Europe and the Middle East. My parental line in L117 and they are from northern Campaigna not Calabrese. Consider that these dna groups predate and countries we know now.

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    2. My DNA results report it's out North Africa. I have matches in Turkey and Spain. This is consistent with my ancestry.

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    3. Calabria had very high concentrations of Crypto Jews.

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  3. Em35 is native to the Levant, Semitic or Canaanite. Also common among Sephardic Jews and related to Berbers who are actually Semitic.

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  4. Somalis carry the E-L117 at a moderate rate.

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  5. I am V12 after I took the 67 marker test. My brother took the 37marker test and he is E-CTS12019. Four of my Y matches at 1 step distance are E-L117. I only have maybe 8 Y matches, they are either Syrian Jews,Turkish Jews, a Puerto Rican Mallorcan Jew and one German Jew. A few have Rabbi antecedents. This E-L117 connection appears to have some validity.

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    1. I, however, have no known Jewish ancestors, although there could have been Italian rite Jews way back, but who really knows?

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  6. The testor (FTDNA Y-37) in my project who is E-L117 is the son of a man born in the Ukraine. The ethnicities give this guy 65% Ukraine and the rest a tiny bit British Isles 8% , Finland and Siberia. Just wondering if we should pursue more tests to see if he has Jewish connections or?

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  7. Where may I find documentation that shows verification that E-L117 designation may have arisen in the Near East or the Middle East, and then expanded into the Mediterranean with the spread of agriculture? Thanks

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  8. I am predicted E-M35 with many 0 distance 12 marker matches showing up Egypt and Middle Eastern names as well as European ones. 1 distance matches down to >BY8506 are mostly European/British names. What am I to make of all this? And what next? Thanks in advance.

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  9. My test results was also E-L 117.What is the New Step I should take?

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  10. My test results was also E-L 117.What is the New Step I should take? .

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  11. LoL

    Horn Africa Is E-M78
    Arab And Jew Is E-M84
    E1b1b1 is natufian Samitic Spread Samitic Language
    All E1b1b1 ancestor have white skin
    I am Qurashi and I know that I am the son of the prophet Ismail .

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