Map showing location of Kalarash
Kalarash (Călăraşi) is a town in the Republic of Moldova. It is 30.9 miles northwest of Kishenev (Chişinău), the Moldovan capital, at latitude 47 15' 14.40" North, longitude 28 18' 28.80" East.
Kalarash is located in Bessarabia, the geopolitical area between the Dniester and Prut Rivers. Bessarabia was part of the czarist empire until 1918, when it declared its independence from Russia and united with Romania. In 1944, Bessarabia was annexed by the Soviet Union and most of its territory became part of the Soviet republic of Moldavia. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Moldavia became an independent country known as the Republic of Moldova.
In Romanian and Moldovan, the town is known as Călăraşi and should not be confused with the town in Romania of the same name. In Russian, the town was called Kalarash. As that is the name by which it was known when it had a substantial Jewish community, that is what it is called on this website.
Route from Kishinev to Kalarash