Klyucharki Religious

~ Religious Life ~

Religion played an important part in the day-to-day lives of Klyucharki's Jews and all were Orthodox Jews. Most spoke Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, Russian and Yiddish, the language of the home and commerce. In fact, many non-Jews of the area also spoke Yiddish to conduct business in the area surrounding Munkács.

This was a vibrant village with farmers, craftsmen, salesmen, traders, etc. and the children of each family had their work, too, such as getting up early to hitch the horses to the wagons, feed the horses, make deliveries of milk and then be back in time to go to school.

Klyucharki was under the jurisdiction of the Munkács Rabbinate and by 1944, had a synagogue, mikvah, kosher butcher, and cheder (or cheider), a religious school for its Jewish families living in the village. While Klyucharki had only a lay leader, a Rabbi was invited to officiate for High Holiday services.

The Klyucharki synagogue measured about 7 x 15 meters, had a low ceiling with about 8 vertical windows and a mikvah, measuring 4 x 5 meters, and about 2 meters deep. When the Soviets came, they used the abandoned Klyucharki synagogue for offices.

Former site of the Klyucharki synagogue and mikvah
Photos: Copyright ©2009 by Amos Israel ZEZMER, France
(mikvah was to left of the electric pole)

~ Cemetery ~

The Jews of Klyucharki, as well as Nove Davydkovo and Stare Davydkovo, were usually buried in the Stare Davydkovo cemetery as the final resting place for their loved ones. The Stare Davydkovo (also called Ó-Dávidháza or Rakoshin) cemetery is located northwest of Stare Davydkovo, bordered by a stone wall and previously reached by crossing a bridge from Nove Davydkovo, but today it can only be reached from the Mukacheve/Uzhhorod highway via Stare Davydkovo. Following is a general map of the cemetery location, satelite view and a link to the cemetery.

In the documents section of the "Other" tab, you will find a link to a U.S. Commission Report completed in 2005 that attempted to document Jewish Cemeteries (and Synagogues and Mass Grave Sites) in the Ukraine. This cemetery, as well as many other village cemeteries, are not documented in that report.

~ General Map of Klyucharki c. 1944 ~
Map: Copyright ©2008 by Marshall J. KATZ

Click HERE to view the Stare Davydkovo cemetery (a new page opens).

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Compiled and created by:
Marshall J. KATZ
with assistance from:

Anton SEKERESH Family (residents of Klyucharki)
and the following:

JewishGen members/descendants and
contributors of Klyucharki Jewish families:

Marshall J. KATZ, USA
Amos Israel ZEZMER, France.

Updated: 10 October 2020

Copyright ©2009
Marshall J. KATZ
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