Welcome to the ShtetLinks site for Bielsk Podlaski (also known in
Yiddish as Bielsk Podliask). We hope this site will help you learn
more about your ancestral shtetl, how your ancestors lived and
perhaps help you discover names of ancestors or relatives. Some
original source materials listing names of people from Bielsk
Podlaski are contained in this site. This site also contains links
to external resources pertaining to our shtetl and Jewish life in
Poland. If you have photos, documents, stories or materials that
you would like to contribute to this site, or if you find any
errors, please email
the coordinator, who will be happy to assist with the
scanning of photos or other materials you may have. Remember to bookmark this page.
is hosted at no cost by JewishGen, Inc., the Home of
Jewish Genealogy. If you have been aided in your
research by this site and wish to further our
mission of preserving our history for future
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Tour the Bielsk Podlaski Virtual
Cemetery, containing a list of legible headstones linked to
a photo of each stone, and a link to a report in the
International Cemetery Project on status of the Jewish cemetery
in Bielsk Podlaski.
The Bielsker Bruderlicher Unterstitzungs
Verein (translated as Brotherly Assistance Society) was a
mutual aid society established by people from Bielsk Podlaski.
Materials available on this site include a membership directory
and pages from souvenir journals with many names of people from
Bielsk Podlaski and surrounding areas who belonged to this
society founded in New York. The souvenir journals are a
testament to the rich social activities of the Verein. Now
includes the complete Souvenir Journal of the Loan Fund's 20th
Anniversary Banquet, the BBUV's incorporation papers from 1888
and the complete 1928 40th Anniversary Souvenir Journal.
Spielberg Jewish Film Archive'sVirtual
Cinema has a number of films that you can view for free on
the Internet. These films can provide an idea of how our
ancestors might have lived in Poland before the Holocaust. Films
include the following five taken in 1939 before the
The Wolf Lewkowicz
Collection, a set of almost 200 Yiddish letters (with
English translations) written by Wolf Lewkowicz, sent from
Poland to his nephew in the United States, Sol J. Zissman, from
1922 to 1939. They provide insight into Jewish life in pre-war
Bielsk Podlaski holdings in Eastern European archives
identified by the Miriam
Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation. Search the Archive
Database for Bielsk to see the inventory showing holdings in
five different archives. Materials include census records taken
in eleven different years, birth, death, marriage, emigration,
army and notary records.
The YIVO Institute
for Jewish Research has the Book in the Holy Memory
of the Bielsk-Podliask Jews which contains an English
section (see link at the top of this page to read this section).
The main body of the book is a few hundred pages in Hebrew or
Yiddish with photos and a necrology.
This site is hosted at no cost by
JewishGen, Inc., the Home of Jewish Genealogy. If you have been
aided in your research by this site and wish to further our
mission of preserving our history for future generations, your JewishGen-erosity
is greatly appreciated.