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ShtetLinks: RUZHANY (and Kossowo)

 

Dedicated to Amy Levinson z"l, who was the spirit
that brought life to this project.

 

 

Other Names: Rozana, Ruzhana

· ( in Yiddish) Reginoi, Rozhinoy, Rozinoi, Ruzhanoy

Various names listed on a Belarus website  - Ружаны, Różana, Ражана, Ражаная, Rozana, Rozhinoy, Rozinoi, Ruzany, Ruzhana, Ruzhany

Where is RUZHANY ? Latitude 52°52´, Longitude 24°53´
According to a website in Belarus, it is in Brest regition, Pruzany district.

Maps

Ruzhany - Map and Information on JewishGen

Kossowo - Map and Information on JewishGen

Background Information
In every generation each person must regard himself as if he himself had come out of Egypt, as it is said: "And thou shalt relate it to thy son on that day, saying, this is done on account of that which the Lord did unto me, when I came forth out of Egypt."(Exodus 13:8, Passover Hagadah)

Time Line - The History of Ruzhany vs Jewish and European History

Immigration from Ruzhany to America, & Eretz Israel

North America

 

Eretz Israel (Palestine)

  

"Not to know what happened before we were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" --- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

Kossowo

Kossowo According to a website in Belarus, it is in Brest region, Ivacevičy  district. The driving instructions say to go through Ruzany to get there, so I think this is the one. Latitude 52°45´, Longitude 25°09´

Other spellings: Коссово, Kosów, Косаў, Kosava, Kossów, Kossovo, Kosow, Kossov, Мерачоўшчына, Меречёвщина, Kosau, Меречевщина, Мерачевщина, Марачоўшчына, Mereczowszczyzna

Documents, Stories & Photographs

A Few Families' Pictures from Kossovo from Shmuel Rabinovich

A Few More Families' Pictures from Kossovo from Shmuel Rabinovich

Bits & Pieces of Information from the Belarus Database (Jewish Religious Personnel in the Russian Empire, 1853-1854, Births Database, & Vsia Rossiia 1895,1899,1903,1911 Berdichev, Zhitomir, Tiraspol, Slonim and Volkovysk Uyezds)

Finkel-Franklin Family - founders of a Jewish farming community in Ellington, Connecticut from Irene Berman

Holocaust Memorials

Jenta Iliwicka & Others - Documents

Kossover Benevolent Association

List of People Buried in the Kossover Benevolent Association Plot at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, NY, USA (pdf file)

Picture of the gate entrance to the Kossover Benevolent Association Plot at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Queens, NY. USA

Passports

· Quni-Malka Volansky's (Sarshevsky) passport

 

Memorial Book of Kosow Poleski (Kossovo, Belarus)

Molchadsky - Letters of Recommendation for Rabbi Yossef Yoshuha Molchadsky

Pictures of Kossovo from Shmuel Rabinovich

Receipt of Money Sent to Kosowo to Rikel Kleckyn

Rikel Kleckyn - Picture from Phyllis Forman

Pictures from the Meetings of Kossovoers in Israel from Shmuel Rabinovich

Rifikoff Family in Kossovo

Volansky Family in Kossovo

Zshuk-Zukovsky Family in Jerusalem from Shoshana Stern

Ruzhany

Bits & Pieces of Information from the Belarus Database (Jewish Religious Personnel in the Russian Empire, 1853-1854, Births Database, & Vsia Rossiia 1895,1899,1903,1911 Berdichev, Zhitomir, Tiraspol, Slonim and Volkovysk Uyezds)

 

Burials & Burial Societies (Chevra Kadisha)

Chiry (Victor) Hyman (Chaim Avigdor) from Ruzhany to Chicago by Elliot Malkin

Deportation of Jews -- Operation Reinhardt

Eby-Spector Family

A son's tribute to the heritage of a lost village - Woodbine, NJ

 

Etta Yellin, Le Tsatseiey (To My Descendants: My Memories)

Halprin (Epstein) Family

A Haggadah that Survived the Holocaust * new March 2012*

Holocaust Memorials

List of Kahal Electors, 1838-1841, Ruzhany

List of Residents of Ruzhany from the research of Yehuda Klausner

Elections for Synagogue and Kahal Administration 1838

Passports

Pines Family

Photographs of Ruzhany at different times

1929 Polish Business Directory Project 1929

1929 Polish Business Directory Project - Ruzhany

Rabbis of Ruzhany  *updated Dec 2009*

Ohel Shem & Material about Rabbis from Ruzhany

 

Rubins/Podorovsky Family

Ruzhany Businesses, 1895 & 1903

Ruzhany Cemetery  

Ruznoyer Congregation (NY)

Ruzhany in pictures

Ruzhany Yizkor Book 

In Memory of our Martyrs - Ruzhinoy and Environs

"Once There was a Shtetl"

Sapieha Palace 

 

Shtetl Donor Lists from Rozinoy listed in HaMagid 1871-1872

Sielecki Family 

Synagogue

 

Vegotsky & Solomon Families * Dec 2009*
Vygodsky - My visit to Minsk and Ruzhany by Tybie Abrams * new March 2012*

Well-known Emigres and Descendants of Ruzhany

Stories about Ruzhany (published)
Some of the stories are PDF files, in order to read the stories you will need the Arcobat Reader which you can download free from the following site.

· In My Childhood: In Rozinoy written by Etta Yellin, published in To My Descendants: My Memories, "Maariv" Publishing House, Jerusalem, 1938, p. 7-12 (Hebrew)

Rozinoy written by Mordechai Guber, published in Jewish Farmers on Russian Fields, Sifrat Poalim, Ltd., 1965 (originally in Hebrew, translated to English)

Bibliography & Resources

Books (Bibliography including names of books in Hebrew)

· Jewish Farmers on Russian Fields, Sifrat Poalim, Ltd., 1965 (Hebrew)

· The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, Volume 3

· Zkor Niz'kor: Keihila Yehudit. Rozhinoy - Ruzhany de'Grodno: Be'hayah' Be'yemay Hashoah U'Be'haslachota le'dorot Mifal Haschipul Publications, Tel-Aviv, 1971. A project produced by students in the Ramat Ha'Hayal High School based on interviews of residents of Rozhinoy.

· I.T. Eisenstadt, Da'at Kedoshim

· Wayne Pines, The Sermons of Jerome Martin Pines with A Partial genealogy of the Pines Family, 1978

· Pinchs Ben-Zvi Grajewsky, Avnei Zikaron 14th pamphlet, 1931

· George Sackheim, Scattered Seeds The family connections of Rabbi Israel, including a long line of Ruzhany rabbis and chiefs of rabbinical courts (ABD's).

· Yaacov Sharat & Tamir Nachman (Eds), People of the Second Aliyah, Mifalei Culture & Education, Inc. Volume 1, 1970 (Hebrew)

· Meir Segev (Eds), Rozinoi; sefer zikaron li-kehilat Rozinoi vehasevivah, Tel-Aviv, 1957

· David Tidhar, Encyclopedia Le Haluzei HaYishuv VeBonev: Demuot veTmunot (Encyclopedia of the Pioneers of the Yishuv and its Builders: Persons and Pictures), 1971 (Hebrew)

· Etta Yellin, Le Tsatseiey (To My Descendants: My Memories), "Maariv" Publishing House, Jerusalem, 1938, p. 7-12 (Hebrew)

· xxx (Eds), Sefer Yovel PT, Book 1, 1929 (Hebrew)

Archives

Archives of Belarus

· Grodno Archives

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People Sprinzak Building, Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus, Jerusalem, Israel They have a collection of microfilms & microfische in Russian. They do not accept requests by mail. The material can be viewed at their location and copies of relevant material can be made. Their collection does not include genealogical materials but good back information. You need to bring along someone who reads polish and russian handwriting.

Additional Sites of Information

Belarus Online Newsletter

Belarus SIG Webpage

Burial Societies in the New York Metropolitan Area - Anshei Rozinoy, Chevreh Adath Kedeyshim Anshe Rozinoy (Mt. Zion), Chevreh Adath Kedeyshim Anshe Rozinoy (United Hebrew), Roznoyer Benevolent Association, Roznoyer Kranken Unt. Verein

Documentary Resources for the Study of Towns in Grodno Guberniya

Jewish Communities of the Grodno Province

JewishGen Holocaust Database

Search the JewishGen Site

We Remember Treblinka!

Yad Vashem, Israel The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives on Ruzhany

Searchable Databases
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Compiled by Rose Avigael Feldman,
& Amy Levinson z"l

 

Copyright © 2009-2012
 Rose Avigael Feldman
Updated by RAF

 

 

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