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Abraham Tabash
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Years covered: 1968

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(born Mar-12-1913, died Oct-12-2001, 88 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Abraham Tabash (nee Tabachnik) was born on April 17, 1912 in Kursenai, Lithuania. He arrived to the US in 1946, and married to Aranka Drechsler (1924-1985, born in Wroclaw Poland) in 1949. They settled in Los Angeles, where the son Edward was born on December 20, 1950.

Last updated: 2020-09-15 23:16:49

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Haisfield vs A Tabash  1-031196869th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf

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  Tabanus: I find only one person with this name. Strangely enough, his son has him born April 17, five weeks later than the other sources (March 12). One source has March 13.

1952: Tabash, Abraham, Tabachnik, Abraham (formerly), residing at 3230 1/2 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, Cal. Date of birth 3/12/1913. Date certificate issued Aug 8 1952 (US Naturalization Record Index)

1953: Aranka Tabash (nee Aranka Drechsler) (aka Tabachnik) (aka Brown), residence 3230 1/2 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, born on 1 March 1922 in Breslau ... the name of my husband is Abraham Tabash (aka Tabachnik), he was born at Kurshanai, Lithunia on March 12, 1913 and entered the US at Cutbank, Montana on Jan 11, 1946 .. We were married on July 1, 1949 in Las Vegas, Nevada --- 1 children -- Edward, born Dec. 20, 1950 in Los Angeles) (his wife's petition for naturalization 13 Feb 1953)

1958: Tabash Abraham, b. March 12-13, address 1343 80 (?) Ridgely Drive Los Angeles, arrived in New York 23 Aug 1958 on board Air France 041 from Paris (passenger list)

1959: <George Koltanowsski ... drew ... against ... A. Tabash> (Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep 1959, p. 32, on a recent simul held at the City Terrace Chess Club, LA)

1960: <Weinberger ... dropped an unexpected game to Abraham Tabash> (The California Chess Reporter, Vol. IX, May-June 1960, p. 139, on the speed championship at Fresmo, 29 May 1960)

1965: Abraham Tabash elected president of the Hillel Spring ...? (The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, 1 Oct 1965, p. 2)

1966: <36 Tabash, Abraham ... 4.5> (Chess Results 1964-1967, p. 266, on the National Open in Las Vegas, 27 Feb - 4 March 1966)

2001: Abraham Tabash, born 12 March 1913, died 12 October 2001. Last residence 90265 Malibu, Los Angeles (US Social Security Death Index)

2001: Abraham Tabachnik, b. 13 March 1913, in Kursheniai (Kurshani), Soviet Union. Father John W Tabachnik, mother Masha Rosenstein. Died 12 Oct 2001. Dec. 1949: name listed as Abraham Tabachnik; Aug 1968: name listed as Abraham Tabash ( US. Social Security Applications and Claims Index)

<Super Jew: April 17, 1912--October 12, 2001

By Eddie Tabash

(Eddie Tabash is a Secular Humanist, attorney and former Congressional candidate from Los Angeles, California. He is also Chair of the Council for Secular Humanism's First Amendment Task Force and a national board member of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.)

To my brother and sister Atheists, Agnostics, and even Liberal Religionists: My father died recently, after a severe bout of colon bleeding, heart attacks and pneumonia. He was 89. An ordained orthodox rabbi from the most respected rabbinical seminary in Eastern Europe, the Slobotka Yeshiva, my dad went from belligerent orthodox Jew to grave doubter in his last years. My life with him was a seesaw of his raging against my rejection of religion to his joining me in commenting on how superstitious it all was. In his later years, he realized that my atheism was not a rejection of him and his traditions but rather an unavoidable result of the way I viewed the world. He came to see that I could not believe in god even if I wanted to, the same as I could not believe in Santa Claus. A preview of how he and I would interact on matters of religion came about in 1967, when I was 16 years old. He would say to me: "Eddie, promise me you will always be a good Jew, even though it's all @#$%*&!#." Materially, my father was the greatest and most generous provider that a father could be. As I reflect on his life and my life with him, I hope that among the many things we nonbelievers accomplish in the coming decades is, if we can't totally persuade people to give up belief in the supernatural, to at least try to imbue future generations of conventionally religious parents with a greater tolerance for religious dissent or nonbelief on the part of their offspring. Perhaps my father's life and his 50 years of interaction with me can be ultimately seen as a prototype for the transition between the otherwise tyrannical religious father and the new breed of tolerant and accepting dad who respects the decision of a son or daughter to abandon the family's religious heritage. In a single lifetime, Abraham Tabash accomplished this transformation within himself. Perhaps future generations of parents, regardless of how initially religious, can duplicate my father's personal growth and journey toward open-mindedness.> (The Seperationist, January 2002)

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Jun-04-18  zanzibar: However earnest and well-meaning Mr. Eddie Tabash may be, the voice recording on his wiki page poses a challenge to wiki, at least in my mind.

It's a bit of an end-around play.

Anyways, we need more Tabash games given this level of research into him.

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  hemy: <Strangely enough, his son has him born April 17, five weeks later than the other sources (March 12)> As an orthodox rabbi, Abraham Tabash used Jewish calendar. It could confuse his son with father's date of birth.
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  hemy: Tabash, A. - McLeod, D.
North-South Match; Fresno, CA, 1960
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  hemy: I'm contacted Eddie Tabash, son of Abraham Tabash.
<Edward Tabash is an American lawyer and political and social activist. He is an atheist, a proponent of the Establishment Clause. He chairs the Board of Directors for the Center for Inquiry.>

He sent me his family biography details:
<I need to make some clarifications. My father was actually born on April 17, 1912. There were problems with local records after World War I, so he was given a March, 1913, date of birth. My mother's actual date of birth was March 1, 1924.

I was born in Los Angeles on December 20, 1950. Very soon after my father left Lithuania to serve as a rabbi in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, his remaining family, his mother, his brothers and their families were killed during the Nazi invasion.

Around the time I was born, my father gave up being a rabbi and relinquished his pulpit at a synagogue in the San Fernando Valley and opened a carpet store. He was in the carpet business until June of 1983.>

I also received from Eddie Tabash many of the family pictures. The bio of Abraham Tabash and his family will be included in chapter 2 of Lithuanian chess history project.

I submitted to CG database the game Abraham Tabash played in the match South California - North California, 1960 and also sent 2 pictures of him to choose from for his player page.

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  andrewjsacks: Abe Tabash was a semi-regular at the Herman Steiner Chess Club in L.A. through the early 1960s.
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  hemy: <andrewjsacks>
"The Los Angeles Times", January 24, 1965, p.83:
Steiner club elects.
Abraham Tabash has been elected president of the Herman Steiner Chess Club for 1965.

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  hemy: I received from Eddie Tabash scanned pages from his father's Abraham Tabash Lithuanian passport and also Canadian Immigrant ID. The passport was issued on his Lithuanian name Abromas Tabačnikas on May 9, 1939.

On June 17, 1939 he still was in Lithuania. (Stamp of foreign currency commission, Kaunas - page 6)

June 18, 1939 - border crossing from Lithuania to Germany on Eydtkuhnen, the small town on the German side of the border. (Stamp on page 8.)
The passenger train Königsberg - Danzig (Gdansk) - Berlin was passing through Kybartai, on Lithuanian site of the border.

June 20, 1939 port Antwerp (page 3 and page 11 - Stamps of Canadian immigration; Stamp of Government of Canada Civil inspection on page 11.)

June 21, 1939 port Harwich, England (Stamp - "Landed as Trans immigrant under Bond. 21 June 1939. Immigration officer. Harwich")

June 29, 1939 - Quebec, P.Q., Canada. (Stamp of Canadian Immigration - page 10)
June 29, 1939 - Immigration Identification card, Quebec, P.Q.

August 23, 1944, Canada. (page 5 - Stamp of Lithuanian consulate in Toronto, passport extension for 2 years.)

October 4, 1945, visa for 1 month to visit USA issued by American consul in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - page 15.

October 9, 1945, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada airport stamp. - page 15.

October 9, 1945, Cut Bank, Montana immigration inspector stamp "Admitted at Cut Bank on Oct 9, 1945 to Dec 9, 1945" - page 16.

January 8, 1946, Immigration visa - issued by American consul at Winnipeg, Manitova, Canada.

January 10, 1946, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada airport stamp. - page 15.

January 10, 1946, port Cut Bank, Montana immigration inspector stamp - page 17.

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