From Evreskaya Entseklopedia (c. 1900)

Translated by a Russian immigrant

[Howard typed this from manuscript supplied by Ed;
English needs to be improved and we have located a more uptodate version of the book].
[English "improved" by Jeff Malka]



Regional center (from 1795) of Minsk's Province. Role of Jewish class at the end of the 19th century can be seen from the following numbers:
1797 Christians 181, Jews 632,
1805 Christians 186, Jews 999.

On revision of 1847, there existed in the region the following Jewish communities: Igumenskoye 1,215 souls;
Smilovickoye - 1,063,;
Beredinskoye 1,289;
Puchovickoye 764;
Uzdenskoye 1,618 (total 5,949).

In 1864 in the region there was 5,131 (8 synagogues and 22 congregations), and in Igumen aside from above 1,531 Jews (1 synagogue and 3 congregations).

On the count of 1897, in the region, inhabitants were nearly 235?? Of which 28,920 of Jewish nationality; amongst these, in Igumen there were inhabitants 4,573, of which 2,817 were Jews. From places in the Region, with no less than 500 cities, Jews presented the biggest percentage relative to other nationalities:

P Berezino cit 4,871, from which 3,377 Jews;
p Bogushevichi 524 and 61;
p Dukova 1,358 and 604;
p Lapichi 750 and 736;
v Lapichi 654 and 74;
p Mogilno 1,076 and 305;
p Pesochno 1,938 and 461,
p Pogost 1,525 and 704;
p Puchovichi 1,910 and 1,761;
Jewish vill Seliba 932 and 839;
Sloboda Ravinichskaya 529 and 89;
p Shilovichi 3,133 and 2,094; okol Sutin 700 and 111;
p Turin 636 and 63;
p Uzda 2,756 and 2,086;
p Uzlyani 690 and 658;
v Childra 557 and 53;
p Chilui 532 and 461;
Sehatzk 967 and 810.

Most common occupation among Jews is sales and manufacturing of clothes.

Jewish schools in 1904 in Igumen: 2 men's and 2 women's.

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