Rachel Dornhelm

Looking to Forebears for Continuity?

Menachem Butler was in the fifth grade when his interest in genealogical research was born. A family-tree project for school had put him on the trail of an ancestor whom his father had always mentioned as a point of pride: Rabbi Shmuel Salant.Butler, now 19, found out that Salant for nearly 70 years was the chief rabbi of Jerusalem — and his