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Documents of Lyakhovichi History:
Nineteenth Century Civil Documents of Local Government
Located and Translated by the efforts of the Lyakhovichi Research Group

The tables, indices, and the translation of the Hebrew pages of the 1875 Synagogue petition, are ©Deborah Glassman 2007 and may not be reproduced in whole or part without her written permission, including for use in a larger database.

This is a page from the Documents section of our website. To reach any other page in this section or articles on how to use these documents, please click the "Documents" button in the left-hand column.

Second signature page of Petition to build synagogue 1875

Petition to build Synagogue in 1875
First Signature Page         Second Signature Page
Click on title for larger image. Then hover cursor in lower right corner to further enlarge.

Civil Documents potentially include a wide variety of records, including:

1) A petition to the Czar in 1875 to rebuild a synagogue lost to fire in 1874. It included the signatures of 56 taxpaying members of the Jewish community. Images of the signature pages and the extracted names appear on this page .

2) Election records for the mayor [starosta] of the city of Lyakhovichi in 1885 It included the 42 names in the table on this page

3) Military Discharge Records reported by the local administrative offices - see our lists on our page Military Records.

4) Lists of Persons Recruited in the Lyakhovichi recruitment region - so far we have only a note for a search done for one of the members of the Lyakhovichi Research Group noting that such a list exists for October 29, 1883 in the Minsk National Historic Archives in fond #308, list #2, case #1, p22. This search turned up the name of Yehiel son of Shachna Rabinovich of Lyakhovichi #173.

5) Lists of Persons required to appear for examination for military exemption or recruitment in the Lyakhovichi District. so far we only have the newspaper printed lists for those who were ordered to appear in the years of 1880, 1889, and 1890. Those are printed on our page Military Records But as this requirement originated in a government office and was printed because it was "official business" in the "newspaper of record" we can expect to find lists of both those who were required to appear and those who were actually recruited, and thirdly lists of those discharged in any given year, in still unexamined fonds in the National Historical Archives in Minsk.

6) Lists of Property in Lyakhovichi on our pages 19th Century Property Owners and 20th Century Property Owners.

7) Taxpayers We have several different kinds of Lyakhovichi tax lists on our site and we have recently learned about some others and how to better utilize all of them. Please go to our pages on the 1883-1884 Tax Lists of Lyakhovichi Jews beginning with 1883-1884 Tax Lists. It is further indexed over subsequent pages linked there. In addition to the records above, a private search for a member of the Lyakhovichi Research Group noted that there was a list of Immovable Property Tax Payers for 1877 that specified: pp21-22 #55 wooden house, Mikhel Rabinovich, "exempted from tax as he is poor"; pp22-23 #80 wooden house Yankel-Leib Rabinovich, property value - 75 rubles, tax 12.5 kop.; and pp23-24 # 95 Shimon Rabinovich, property value - 50 rubles, tax 12.5 kop. The search report shows that this info was extracted from Fond 359, list #2, case #1.

8) List of male Jews of Lyakhovichi, 1874. This is a list that the Lyakhovichi Research Group is working to acquire. To be informed of our progress and other projects please click Contact to reach Gary Palgon and ask to be included on the email list related to Lyakhovichi research. Researchers who shared their personal findings with the group allow me to post notes on 20 Rabinowitz families found in the List of Male Jews of Lyakhovichi in 1874 a landing page on which the rest of that Revision List will be posted when translated.

9) Voters Lists for State Duma - The Voters Lists in Fond 24, list #1, case #3628 lists the Lyakhovichi voters for the 1906 State Duma who qualified by paying apartment taxes or trade licenses. The Voters Lists for the second category of town voters in SLutsk uyezd in 1907 for Lyakhovichi were in Fond 295, list 1, case 7785, p 357. We have extracted lists from the Slutsk voters lists compiled for the Belarus SIG on our page Imperial Russian Records

10) Revision Lists Please see our pages Imperial Russian Revision Lists to learn some of the important info that we have uncovered about the documents known as Russian Censuses or Revision Lists. Also go to 1816 Lyakhovichi Revision List; 1819 Lyakhovichi Revision List; 1834 Lyakhovichi Revision List; 1850 Lyakhovichi Revision List; 1850-1852 Revision Supplements; and an introduction to the < ahref="1858-1884Supplements.htm"> 1858-1884 Supplementary Revision Lists and a unique document called the 1874 Lyakhovichi List of Jewish Males. This last is formatted similarly to a Revision List but appears to not have been gathered by the same Russian Ministry - its emphasis is on the legal male residents of Lyakhovichi no matter where in the Russian Empire they may be physically residing.

11) List of those Registering to Own Taverns and be Lyakhovichi Meschanin in 1805 This document is described on its own page 1805 Taverners

12) There are many other documents we have not yet explored. The Minsk archives holds Lists of Trade and Production Enterprises for Nesvizh in 1897 and may hold comparable documents for Lyakhovichi. Some of our researchers have found court records related to their family members. We hope to share an even greater number with you in the near future.

1885 Lists of Jewish Townsmen and Jewish Voters for Starosta

Sequence on orig list

Surname

First Name

Patrynomic

Age

List

5

?? illegible

None

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

10

?? illegible

None

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

2

ANILOVICH

Movsha

Yankiel

45

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

32

ANILOVICH

Berko

Yankiel

51

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

31

ANILOVICH

Berko

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

39

BEDER

Girsh

Nota

46

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

18

BEDER

Girsh

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

5

BERKOVICH

Borukh

Sholom

61

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

11

BERKOVICH

Govsey

Khaim

67

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

24

BERKOVICH

Yudel

Abram

39

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

6

BERKOVICH

Borukh

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

9

BERKOVICH

Yudel

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

4

BIRGER

Gdalia

Yudel

43

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

13

BREVDA

Abel

Beynus

49

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

28

BREVDA

Berko

Lemko

60

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

30

BREVDA

Berko

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

25

BUSEL

Gershon

Movsha

52

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

26

BUSEL

Beynus

Fayvel

52

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

13

BUSEL

Gershon

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

14

BUSEL

Beynus

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

8

ELINA

Idel

Movsha

57

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

18

ELINA

Itsko

Abram

56

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

11

ELINA

Itsko

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

40

FALIN

Govsey

Berko

44

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

20

FALIN

Govsey

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

3

FAYNSHTEIN

Movsha

Zyshko

42

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

4

FAYNSHTEYN

Movsha

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

17

GANTSEVICH

Shlioma

Dovid

50

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

27

GANTSEVICH

Shlioma

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

15

GELIN

Leyzer

Movsha

63

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

16

GELIN

Yudel

Movsha

34

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

22

GOLDBERG

Shmuylo

Ella

60

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

12

GRINBERG

Mordukh

Noson

58

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

19

GRINBERG

Peysakh

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

10

GULITSKY

Zalmon

Sina

50

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

17

GULITSKY

Zelman

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

9

KAPLAN

Vulf

Rafail

39

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

14

KAPLAN

Abram

Itsko

58

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

7

KAPLAN

Vulf

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

32

KUNTSEVICH

Yosif

Michael

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

30

LEV

Mikhel

Binyamin

54

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

42

LEV

Binyamen

Mikhel

32

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

8

LEV

Mikhel

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

37

LIFSHITS

Govsey

Zundel

45

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

15

LIFSHITS

Govsey

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

33

LIS

Fayvel

Nevakh

44

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

12

LIS

Fayvel

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

35

LITOVSKY

Nevakh

Yankiel

59

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

1

LITOVSKY

N.

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

38

LOS

Elliya

Mordukh

38

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

22

LOS

Binyamin

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

26

LOS

Ellya

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

31

MILETSKY

Osher

Rubin

52

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

24

MILETSKY

Osher

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

23

MYSHKOVSKY

Srol

Girsh

40

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

19

name cut off in our copy

-

-

-

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

21

OLEYNIK

Yankiel

Binyamin

45

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

16

OLEYNIK

Yankiel

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

41

OLKHA

Abram

Nota

32

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

29

OLKHA

Abram

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

6

ROMANOVSKY

Binyamin

Khaim

45

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

36

SHMID

Itsko

Berko

48

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

20

SKOLNIK trans prev. as Shkolnik

Menkhen

Girsh

51

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

25

SKOLNIK

M.G.

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

28

SOTINOV

Abram

Heb sig

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

43

TSEKHANOVICH

Sholom

Vulf

33

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

23

TSEKHANOVICH

Sholom

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

21

TUCKACHINSKY

Girsh

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

34

TUKACHINSKY

Girsh

Mikhel

44

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

29

VARSHEL

Girsh

Khaim

52

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

7

VINOGRAD

Fayvel

Mordukh

50

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

3

VINOGRAD

Fayvel

Heb sig.

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

2

VOLKOVISKY

Vulf

None

None

JewishVoters for Starosta 1885

1

VOLKOVSKY

Vulf

Menakhem

45

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

27

ZMUDZYAK

Khaim

Mordukh

52

JewishTownsmen Jan1885

Petition to Build New Synagogue 1875
-56 Jewish Petitioners

Se-quence

Surname

First Name

Patrynomic

Heb Sig

List

1

MAZIY* (sig says Maziya)

Echiel

Abramovich

None

Petition1875

2

VARSHEL

Movsha

None

None

Petition1875

3

EPSHTEYN

Movsha

Abramovich

Heb sig

Petition1875

4

KAPLAN

Abram

None

None

Petition1875

5

KAPLAN

Anshel

None

Anshel ben [O? ] Kaplan

Petition1875

6

MAKOVITSKIY

Girsh

None

Heb sig

Petition1875

7

GELFAND

Girsh

Leyba

Heb sig

Petition1875

8

BREVDA

Abel

Beynusovich

Heb sig

Petition1875

9

KOPLYANSKY

Icko

Beynusovich

None

Petition1875

10

EPSHTEYN

Shlioma

Movsovich

Shlomo ben [?] Moshe Epstein

Petition1875

11

MYSHKOVSKY

Srol

Girsh

Heb sig

Petition1875

12

MAKOVISTKY

Fayvel

Osherovich

Feiwel ben Asher [M..vitzky]

Petition1875

13

RATNER

Morduch

Itskovich

None

Petition1875

14

MAKOVITSKIY

Leyb-Itsko

None

Leib Yitzhak ben [M…?]

Petition1875

15

VARSHEL

Girsh

None

None

Petition1875

16

VINOGRAD

Leyb

None

Leib Winograd

Petition1875

17

TUKACHINSKY

Girsh

Mikhelovich

Heb sig

Petition1875

18

LIS* says Los in Hebrew

Abram

Zoselioich

Avraham ben Nosel Los

Petition1875

19

FALIN

Govsey

Berkovich

Yehoshua ben [Dov?] Folin

Petition1875

20

EPSHTEYN

Aron

Abramovich

Aharon ben [not Avraham?] Epstein

Petition1875

21

AGINSKY

Itsko

Zelmanovich

[?]{?]ben [?] Aginsky

Petition1875

22

LOS

Girsh

Aranovich

Zvi {?] [?] Los

Petition1875

23

BREVDA

Lemko

Dovidovich

[?][?}ben [?] Dovid Brewda

Petition1875

24

BERKOVICH

Girsh

None Given

Zvi Hirsh bar [Barsh?] Berkowitz

Petition1875

25

ANGILOVICH

Movsha

Yankielovich

Moshe Haim ben Yakov Anhelowitz

Petition1875

26

BUKHBINDER

Borukh

Girshovich

Heb sig

Petition1875

27

ELINA

Morduckh

Gershonovich

[?]ben Gershon Elina

Petition1875

28

BUSEL

Gershen

Movshovich

Gershon ben Moshe [?] Bosel

Petition1875

29

SOTIN* (sig says Sotinov, text says Sotin)

Abram

Movshovich

Avraham ben Moshe Sotinov

Petition1875

30

MEDRES

Girsh

None Given

Hirsh [Leib?] Medres

Petition1875

31

LOS

Zosel

Leybovich

Zusel Haim bar Yehuda Los

Petition1875

32

ABRAMOVICH

Abram

Zosielovich

Avraham bar Zusel Abramovich

Petition1875

33

KAPLAN* text cut, visible sig

Shmerko

None

Shemua Kaplan

Petition1875

34

MUKASEY

Girsh

None

person cut off on webmaster copy

Petition1875

35

KAPLAN

Leyb

None

person cut off on webmaster copy

Petition1875

36

?Name cut off

Shimshen

Leyzerovich

person cut off on webmaster copy

Petition1875

37

?Name cut off

Mikhel

Yudeliovich

person cut off on webmaster copy

Petition1875

38, P2#1

GELFAND

Khonon

None

Khonon Helfand

Petition1875

39,P2#2

SHUSTER

Abram

None

Avram Shuster

Petition1875

40,P2#3

GULITSKY

Berko

None

[?]Dov [Vosoa?] Holitzka

Petition1875

41,P2#3

SCHUSTER

Itsko

None

Tzak Shuster

Petition1875

42,P2#4

SCHUSTER

Vulf

None

Zev Shuster

Petition1875

43,P2#5

LIS

Fayvel

None

Feiwel Los

Petition1875

44,P2#6

ZMUDZIAK

Fayvel

None

Feiwel Zmutzak

Petition1875

45,P2#7

OLKHA

Yankel

Yudeliovich

Yakov ben Yudel Olkha

Petition1875

46,P2#8

LOS (from Heb sig)

Fayvel

Nevakhovich

Feiwel ben Nevakh Los

Petition1875

47,P2#9

MALOVITSKY

Nevakh

None

Noach ben R.[Matel?] [?] Malowitsky

Petition1875

48,P2#10

KHAYET

Vulf

None

Zev Khait

Petition1875

49,P2#11

EPSHTEYN

Abram

Shliomiovitsh

Avraham ben Shloma EPSTEIN

Petition1875

50, P2#12

ZAYETS

Gershon

Leybovich

Gershon ben Lob ZAIOTZ

Petition1875

51, P2#13

FELDBERG

Borukh

Son of Itsko

Borukh ben Yitzhak Veldberg

Petition1875

52,P2#14

BEDER

Shmul

Notkovich

Shmuel ben Nata Beder

Petition1875

53, P2#15

GRINBERG

Mordukh

Son of Noson

[?]Grunberg

Petition1875

54, P2#16

ZAYETS

Mordukh

Leybovich

[?] ben Lob Zaiotz

Petition1875

55, P2#

OLKHA

Movsha

Shmulovich

Moshe ben Shmuel Olkha

Petition1875

56,P2#

MYSELBOSZKY

Meyer

Son of Beynus

Meir ben Benu Mooselbovsky

Petition1875

None

AGINSKY

Morduch

Yankeliovich

none

Petition1875

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Jewish Voters for Starosta of Lyakhovichi 1885 Contributed by the Lyachovichi Special Interest Group

[Partially cut off …] of election of the starosta according to the Lyakhovcihi Municipal Administration Slutsk County. Note extracted from report to the Lyakhovichi Research Group [–a starosta was a sort of village administrator. Here we are dealing with votes cast by Jewish voters for or against two Christian candidates, apparently by means of balls signifying votes for and against each candidate.] The Report continues under this first table of election results

Election Results for 1885 Starosta of Lyakhovichi

First Name, Patrynomic, Surname of those receiving Votes Number of Balls

Number of Balls For Election

Number of Balls Against Election

Comments in Original Document

Vikenty Karkevich son of Ignaty

4

29

Not under trial or investigation, Roman Catholic by religion

Yosif Kuntsevich son of Mikhail

30 (thirty)

3 (three)

age 46, Not under trial or investigation, Roman Catholic by religion

Report finishes with: These our elections, were conducted by the delegates whose signatures appear below and Kuntsevich was elected and no complaint was made.

Webmaster Notes
The original document was a page with signatures and the table format was provided for a more comprehensive understanding. Originally the table constructed had a single column for First Name, Patronymic, and Surname of registrant. The sequence number in the Starosta list is by its appearance in the document and is not an official number. There are no patrynomics given with the voters' names but a notation of "Heb Sig" appears if a name appears in Hebrew characters for that person (the name might be in Yiddish rather than Hebrew). The name of Yosif Kuntsevich is the name of one of the candidates in the election but despite his appearance on this list of Jewish Voters, it states on this document that Yosif Kuntesvich son of Mikhail is Roman Catholic as his opponent Vikenty Karkevich son of Ignaty. The second candidate did not sign with the Jewish voters.Question marks and illegibility were notes made by the original translator.The list of Jewish voters for starosta, is combined in the center of this page with another list of Jewish townsmen created that same year of 1885.

Documents of Petition to Build New Synagogue 1875


Cover Page -English
Main Page -English

Petition to Build New Synagogue 1875

On August 27 1875, 56 Jewish householders in Lyakhovichi petitioned to be allowed to build a new synagogue in the Shul plaza of Lyakhovichi. Three prayer houses still stood following [the event is missing from the text] which happened August 3, 1874. The petition asserted that the three remaining houses of prayer were insufficient to accommodate the sizable number of congregation members, but there was space on the plaza to accommodate another synagogue in the courtyard without being too close to Christian houses of prayer. The Jews were willing to build this at their own expense, to have a plan of the interior and façade made and had put their signatures on this document to be presented in petition to the authorities.

The petition, officially addressed to Czar Alexander Nikolaivich, began its path by approaching the city administration. It was formally submitted to the next jurisdictional level upward, the Minsk Gubernia Administration, in December 1875, offered on the community’s behalf by assistant rabbi Mordukh Yankelovich Aginsky. There is a note on the cover page that it was begun Dec 29, 1875 and “completed” May 4, 1876. The price to submit the petition was a declared 40 silver kopeks. The entire document is 8 pages long, including the cover page created by the Minsk Gubernia administration record keeper; the petition page; the statement that these 56 Jewish householders listed in the petition select Mordukh Aginsky, assistant rabbi to represent them, and two pages of signatures provided by those same 56 householders.

Click on the titles of these pages above to see the English language translation, the petition itself and the signature pages.

Questions the webmaster has after editing this information. If you think of others, or know the answers, please write.
1. There were five synagogues on the Shul plaza at the beginning of WW I – the Bet Yakov, the Tailor’s shul, the Shoemaker’s shul, and two Hasidic shuls. One of the Hasidic Shuls belonged to the Lechovitzer Hasidim, and one reportedly to the Koidanovers. Slonimers had no shul in the town, and the Stoliners had theirs on the Market Place. Lubavichers had a presence in the community, but their numbers had dwindled since the Mittler Rebbe had moved from our town, and no report of a Lubavicher shteibel has been heard. Was the Kalte shul still standing at that time? Had it been on the Shul Plaza?
2. What do we know of the synagogue that burned?
3. Were there any incident reports filed with any authority when there was a fire in the town in August 1874? Where might we find relevant info today?
4. Was the petition granted or denied?
5. Lord Rejtan was credited with offering to finance the rebuilding of the synagogue, and in that report (from Avrom Lev) it was specifically stated that the Kalte shul that had been burned and that Lord Rejtan had offered to rebuild it. Any confirmation or other source, that independently offers that fact?
6. The first signature on the petition, in a very large hand, was that of Yechiel Maziya, who was one of only a few that did not also sign in Hebrew. Why did he sign first?
7. If a synagogue was built at this time, which one?
8. We know that philanthropist Abraham Yankel Kaplan had the Bais Yakov Shul built, is there a petition comparable to this one in support of his application to build?
9. Do you have photos of a family event taken at any Lyakhovichi synagogue?

The List of those 56 petitioners is in the center column of this page. The surnames, names, and patrynomics, were provided by the Russian translator and he combined those that he found on two locations in the document. The first grouping of the names was in the body of the petition, where each of the 56 men were listed as a permanent part of the document. The second group of names were Russian "signatures" for each man, though they seem to have been largely in the handwriting of a single scribe. The translator noted with an asterik where there was a discrepancy between the Cyrillic name in the petition and the Cyrillic name in the signature list.

There was a third listing of names in Hebrew characters which was not assessed by that researcher and which has not yet been formally translated. That column was roughly approximated by the webmaster, who would welcome your input upon your viewing of the originals that are attached. In the Hebrew signature field, the webmaster used the letter w to indicate when a double–vov was used and a tz to represent the letter tsade. In a couple of cases there was a discrepancy or clarification provided by the Hebrew name. In one case, that of Feivel Nevakhovich Los, no surname appears in the Cyrillic, and Nevakhovich could have been either a surname or a patrynomic. In the Hebrew signatures, he signs himself Feivel ben Noach Los. Number 18, Abram Zosielovich Lis, signs himself Abraham ben Nosel Los, indicating that both his surname and patrynomic were written inaccurately by the Russian-speaking scribe. Zosel does appear as a patrynomic properly for men on this list who give their father's name as Zusiel in Hebrew, Nosel is a variation for Nota [Nathan]and is also on this list. Each set of brackets with a question mark indicates a separate name unable to be read by me. If it says "Heb. Sig" there is a name that I have not translated and it is available to be read on the facsimile pages adjacent to this article.

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