|We are the sons and
daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of Jewish Ilza.
Ilza was called Drildz in Yiddish, so we are Drildzers.
Our families left Poland in the first decades of the
last century for life in a new world. Most went to
In 1934, eleven men who had emigrated to Toronto founded the Drildzer Congregation and Society.
Fittingly, it was in
Several members of this newly-established Drildzer network had visited Ilza and found the Jewish cemetery there decimated and in disarray. In December 2002, they visited
While the cemetery restoration was in progress, we developed a relationship with the local high school in Ilza. The Feldman Family Awards were created to honor students who wrote essays, poems and stories about Jewish life in Ilza.
After four years of hard work, the cemetery restoration was completed. In 2006, nineteen of us, from
We Drildzers continue to stay connected and hope to find new members of our community. Are you a Drildzer? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .