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Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Sumy region | 1 comment

Rommy, Romen, Ромни (Ukrainian), Ромны – Romny (Russian) Romny is a city in the northern Ukrainian Oblast of Sumy. It is located on the Romen River and is the administrative center of the Romny Raion.    More information about Jews of Romny can be found in Facebook group Єврейський цвинтар м.Ромни, Україна or personal websites of Yacov Elkin here and here. Beginning The beginnings of a Jewish community date from the 18th century. In 1803 there were 127 Jews in the town, and in 1847 the Jews numbered 759. The community developed rapidly after the opening of the Romny-Libava railway line (1874), which became one of the important trade arteries of western Russia. In the XIX century, Romny rabbi was Chaim-Yehuda Leib Dinaburg and his son Shneur-Zalman. From 1863 to 1901, Eliezer Arlosorof served as the local rabbi. Tensions arising from economic competition between Jews and Christians resulted in pogrom...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Shtetls, Sumy region | 5 comments

Konotop is a city in northern Ukraine within the Sumy Oblast. Before Revolution, it was a center of Konotop Uezd, Chernigov gubernia. Most information for this website was taken from 3 books which were published in 2000’s and provided by Emilia Ayzenshtat. Konotop Jewish community on Facebook. Beginning At the beginning of the 19th century, only about 80 Jews lived in Konotop, but by 1847 the number had grown to 521. Jewish life in the town during the 19th century is described in memoirs by Pauline Wengerof, who lived there for some years. The numbers increased considerably during the second half of the 19th century as a result of the movement of Jews from the northwestern provinces of the *Pale of Settlement to the southeastern ones, reaching 4,426 (23.5% of the total population) in 1897. Centre of Konotop, beginning of 20 century:...

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