Izaaka, Kolonia Isaaka, Isakowa, קולוניה איזאקה)
Lat: 53° 24', Long: 23° 45'
the late Sarah Chinsky,
native of Kolonja Izaaka.
Kolonja Izaaka, located 1.5 km
southwest of the town of Odelsk in
what is now Belarus, was a Jewish farming village settled in 1849
through land grants made to poor Jews. The community existed
continuously for nearly a century until liquidated by the Nazis in
Izaaka's original settlers were a handful of Jewish families from
Odelsk, Sokolka and Krynki. These colonists retained close ties with
family and friends in those nearby towns. Welcome to this site
pioneering spirit of these Jewish farmers. Please contact Irwin Keller with your
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Founding families, as per a newly transcribed 1853 Kolonja Izaaka
This Shtetlinks site was developed by Irwin
Keller, a descendant of the Knishevitsky family of Kolonja
Many thanks to Susana
Leistner Bloch and Barbara
Ellman of JewishGen's
Kehilalinks project for their support and guidance.
Thanks to Tomek Wisniewski
for maps and materials, including a copy of
Salomon Salit's book which he dropped
Irwin's lap in Bialystok in May, 2007.
Much gratitude to Marilyn
Keller and all the neo-Knishevitskys of the Bnai
Mayshe Family Club in
the US for their ongoing enthusiasm for memorializing
re-imagining this plucky pioneer village.
Many thanks to Rachela Berger (of
the Kolonja Izaaka Shteyerman family) and Gidon Fleishman for their ongoing
interest and encouragement.
to Oren Slozberg for not
begrudging me the time. And oceans of gratitude to
Knishevitsky cousin Avra Cohn
for her keen insights, tireless detective
work and overflowing heart.
this site to the memory
of Sarah Ekshteyn Chinsky,
who passed away in May, 2010. She shared her
Kolonja Izaaka in the Sokolka Memorial Book and elsewhere. In
recalled and registered the deaths of 60 of her childhood friends and
neighbors from Kolonja
Izaaka with the Yad
Vashem archive so that others -- so that we -- could remember them. She
singlehandedly kept Kolonja Izaaka's memory alive, and lived long
enough to see this website, write its greeting
page and reunite with
Kolonja Izaaka natives through it. May her memory be a blessing and an
Above: A meeting of the generations. Sarah Chinsky and her son,
Moshe, in Tel Aviv, having a Skype chat with Irwin Keller (inset) in
California, Nov. 13, 2009.
Compiled by Irwin Keller
Updated: May, 2011
Copyright © 2011 Irwin Keller
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