Famous Sons & Daughters of Izyaslav
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Izyaslav, Ukraine

Изяслав, Yкраïна

Yiddish name - Zaslov

If you know of any other famous Jewish residents of Izyaslav or Volhynia please contact me - Barry Sieger

  1. Tzvi Tzur Tzur was born in the Zaslav in the Soviet Union (now Iziaslav in Ukraine) in 1923 as Czera Czertenko, and made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine at the age of two...was an Israeli officer who served as the IDF's 6th Chief of Staff.
  2. Nathan ben Moses Hannover was a Ruthenian Jewish historian, Talmudist, and kabbalist. Hannover lived for a time at Zaslav, Volhynia, and when this town was attacked by the Cossacks he fled from Poland....Hannover is chiefly known for his work entitled Yeven Mezulah (Venice, 1653), describes the course of the Khmelnytsky Uprising in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from a Jewish perspective. (Wikipedia)
  3. Nathan Nata Hanover - Jewish author, who lived in Izyaslav, wrote Yeven Mezulah. “Hannover in this work gives a brief description of the Polish government of the time and of the relations between the Poles, Jews and Cossacks, and the causes which led to the uprising. He also gives a very vivid picture of Jewish life in Poland and the yeshivot.” (Wikipedia)
  4. Leonard Nimoy - actor, director, and photographer, known best for his role as Mr. Spock, in Star Trek.
    He’s my 3rd cousin. He grew up in the West End of Boston, where many Jewish immigrants lived, not far from my home. As I did, he returned to Izayaslav, met with the Jewish community and was greeted as a celebrity. His grandfather used to bring me his used hand-me-down clothing. I wish we could continue that tradition. His autobiographies include 
    I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995). (Wikipedia). Leonard Nimoy may be seen below on the right (with the glasses) next to Barry Sieger, at a Jewish fundraiser in Orlando, Florida. We’re both flashing the Vulcan salute, which is the shin letter, used by the Rabbi for the benediction.

     5. Bill Mazer (1920-2013), pioneering Jewish radio-talk host and sportscaster, passed away on October 23, 2013 in Danbury, Connecticut, at the age of 92. “He was born Morris Mazer on Nov. 2, 1920, in what is now Izyaslav, Ukraine, and moved with his family to Brooklyn when he was an infant. His father worked in a kosher poultry market. His mother took the boy and his friends to Ebbets Field to see the Dodgers and occasionally to the Polo Grounds to see the Giants.” He was dubbed the ‘Amazin’ for his incredible knowlegde of sports. His photo and bio are published in the New York Times.


If you have any questions regarding this site, or have some information or suggestions, please contact Barry Sieger. Or if you have any original vital records from Izyaslav in Russian - birth, death or marriage certificates - please let me know or send me an example of each, so we can post some of them as examples on this web site. We would like to include family trees of Izyaslav descendants, photos and stories from visits there, or tips regarding searching for related genealogical information.

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Updated April 24, 2013

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