This Dvorets website is dedicated to Berel Butensky/Betensky/Bytensky also known as Benjamin Velinsky of blessed memory, who was born in Dvorets in 1891 and died in 1968 in Chicago. Bennie emigrated from Dvorets in 1908 when his brother Chaim (Hyman Velen) sent him a ticket. Their parents were Esther and Yehuda Butensky who was a Sofer (a ritual scribe who wrote Torah scrolls and mezuzos). They later moved to Baranovici.
Bennie is buried in Chicago's Waldheim Cemetery in the Ostrer-Rayoner Aid Society section along with
his devoted wife Beile MESONSNIK a.k.a. Bella FISCHER, his brothers, Hyman (Eva), Harry (Becky), and sister Feigel (Lantz/Waltzer). (see picture below)
...in almost every Jewish home in eastern Europe, even in the humblest and the poorest, stood a bookcase full of volumns, proud and stately folio tomes together with shy small-sized books...Almost every Jew gave of his time to learning either in private study or by joining one of the societies established for the purpose of studying the Talmud or some other branch of rabbinic literature. To some people it was impossible to pray without first having been refreshed by spending some time in the sublime atmosphere of Torah. Others, after the morning prayer, would spend an hour with their books before starting work. At nightfall, almost everyone would leave the tumult and bustle of everyday life to study in the beth-hamidrash. (P. Heschel-"The Earth is the Lord's")
Russ Maurer (November, 2013) has graciously shared with us his research of the
Revision Lists of Dvorets for the years 1806, 1811, and 1816.
A Jewish story by Ethel Vineberg (with sketches by Rita Briansky) (1969)
available at the New York Public Library
call # *PXV 72-73.
COH--Chamber of the Holocaust (Museum), Rabbi Naphtali Gal, Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel
EDRD--Every Day Remembrance Day: A Chronicle of Jewish Martyrdom, Simon Wiesenthal, New York, Henry Holt, 1986
GUM3, 4, 5, & 6--Yad Vashem Archival Material, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981
HSL, HSL2--Hebrew Subscription Lists-lists of people who subcribed to Yiddish and Hebrew books published during the 19th century.
Be sure to include as much information as possible: e.g. names, dates, places.
"They will reply to letters written in Russian as long as there is a reply coupon enclosed. Belarus is a frighteningly poor country: they simply can't afford to reply to unless return postage is provided. They are anxious to help: you have to send $80 through a bank in order to start actual genealogical inquiries." - Miriam Margolyes -
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