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Photo Gallery - The People

Other than the two top photos below and one on the "Place" page, all from the Salomon Salit book, there are no known extant photos of Kolonja Izaaka. If you have photos to share, please contact Irwin Keller. To see photos of the Kolonja Izaaka site and environs, click here.

Salit 2

Colonists at Kolonja Izaaka, from Salomon Salit.


Colonists Transporting a Beehive at Kolonja Izaaka, from Salomon Salit.

Bujnowski Book Photo

From Walerian Bujnowski, Monografia powiatu sokólskiego, (c) 2009.
Caption: "A group of Jewish people in Izaakowa near Odelsk, August 1934."
Do you know who these colonists were? Email Irwin Keller.

Avram-Meir Knishevitsky  Rayzl Lipshitz

Left: Avram-Meir Knishevitsky (later Meyer Jacobs), youngest son of Mayshe Knishevitsky (Farm 11). Perhaps an engagement photo. 1901.
Right: Rayzl Lipshitz (later Rose Jacobs), then fiance of Avram-Meir Knishevitsky. 1901.
These are the great-grandparents of website editor Irwin Keller.

Knishevitsky Siblings

Children of Mosze and Chayeh-Sorke Knyszewicki, householders of Farm 11. Photo taken in Chicago, ca. 1911.
These are the siblings who emigrated to the US, referenced in Salomon Salit.

L-R: Meyer Jacobs (born Avram-Meir Knishevitsky), great-grandfather of webmaster Irwin Keller;  Nathan Jacobs (born Chaim Menachem Nochum Knishevitsky); Bertha Jacobs (born Berte Knishevitsky; later Bertha Fisher); Sam Goldsmith (born Nechemya Goldszmyt, mentioned in Salit as having been born on Farm 15; married to Nechama [Chomme] Knishevitsky, not in the photo presumably because pregnant); Max Jacobs (born Yankel Mordechai Knishevitsky; originated the family's use of the surname "Jacobs"); Joe Solovy (born Yehoshua Zelig Knishevitsky; adopted his wife's surname). These siblings formed a family club called B'nai Mayshe, named after their father Mosze Knyszewicki, who had died by 1900. The descendants of these siblings are still largely in touch with each other, 100 years later. The remaining brother, Itzik (not pictured), also mentioned in Salit as Icko, emigrated briefly to Chicago in 1906, but changed his mind and returned to Kolonja Izaaka. His son, Meyshl Knishevitsky, was Chairman of the Kolonja at the time of the Salit study, and perished in the Shoah along with his family. In Chicago, Meyer and Max Jacobs remained active throughout their lives in the Krinker Verein - the landsmanshaft of emigrés from Krynki and environs. Photo courtesy of Eddie (z"l) and Anita Goldsmith of Chicago.


The family of Entel [Anshel] Sztejerman emigrated alongside the Eksztejn family to Palestine in June of 1935 in what is known as the "Sidkov Aliyah" - a project of Jewish leader Yissaschar Sidkov to resettle Jewish agriculturalists from Poland to Palestine. This passport was for the entire family. Entel Sztejerman, who was a dressmaker, and Zusman Jasienowski, his father-in-law, who was a blacksmith, are mentioned in Salit's description of the two additional land parcels doled out during the First World War. Photos courtesy of Rachel Berger, daughter of Zahava Shteyerman Berger.


The Sztejerman passport with point of origin "Kol. Izaaka" written on it.

Szterjerman Family

The members of the Sztejerman family in 1935: Henya, Tziporah ( known as Tzipkah; née Jasienowski), Menachem, Zahavah, Shoshana (front), Chanah, Chayim, Meir, Asher (known also as Anshel or Entel). In 2009, Zahavah celebrated her 80th birthday in Tel Aviv, b"H.

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