The Jewish population of Piatohor, primarily Hasidim, was never very large, reaching a maximum of 1,385 souls (31.6% of the shtetl's total population) in 1897.1

P'yatyhory had ten Jewish merchants in the late eighteenth century. As the Jewish population grew over the decades, its economic contribution to the town grew in tandem. In the years prior to World War I, P'yatyhory's two pharmacies were owned by Jews as were both of the towns mills and several bakeries. The P'yatyhory Jews were greengrocers and manufacturers.

Along with the Jewish population came Jewish culture and religion. In 1873 the Jewish population had a synagogue, under the guidance of Rabbi Moyshe Lerman and his son Tzvi Itzhak. By the start of World War I, the Jewish population had grown sufficiently to require a second shul and a cemetery.

Be sure to view the photos of P'yatyhorians on the Photos page.

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1Spector, S. (Ed.). (2001). Encyclopedia of Jewish life before and during the Holocaust: Vol. 2. New York: New York University Press.