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Galician (Eastern European) Jews

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  • Shai Agnon, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1966 (1888 - 1970)
    Wikipedia: Shmuel Yosef Agnon Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון‎), (July 17, 1888 – February 17, 1970) was a Nobel Prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebr...
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  • Martin Buber (1878 - 1965)
    Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בובר‎; February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of religious existentialism centered on th...
  • "Baal Shem Tov'' הבעש״ט (1698 - 1760)
    Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer (רבי ישראל בן אליעזר) (August 27, 1698 (18 Elul) – May 22, 1760), also called Israel Baal Shem Tov or Besht , was a Jewish mystical rabbi considered to be the founder...
  • Grand Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam, [2nd Bobover Rebbe] הי״ד (1874 - 1941)
    Wikipedia: Ben Zion Halberstam and בן ציון הלברשטאם .Bobov originated with Rabbi Solomon Halberstam in the Galician village of Bobowa, where the bulk of his Hasidim were originally followers of his gra...

Galicia or Galizia :

  • Ukrainian: Галичина (Halychyna)
  • German: Galizien
  • Russian: Галиция (Galitsiya)
  • Yiddish: גאליציע (Galitsie)
  • Czech: Halič
  • Hungarian: Halics / Gácsország)

Is a historical region in Eastern Europe, currently divided between Poland and Ukraine, named after the medieval city of Halych, currently the village of Krylos near the modern city of Halych (Ukraine); first mentioned in Hungarian historic chronicles in the 1206, as Galiciæ et Lodomeriæ .

The nucleus of historic Galitzia is formed of three regions of western Ukraine:

List of Galitzia (Eastern Europe) Jews - Jews born in Galitzia or identifying themselves as Galitzianer ("Galician" in Yiddish and German). Those born after the of Vienna Congress of Vienna would be considered subjects of the Austrian empire and those after the foundation of the dual monarchy in 1867 and before the end of ww1 in 1918, would have been Austro-Hungarian citizens.

Religious figures


Jewish Records Indexing - Poland : see: [ROTENBERG] Chana Rachel 1261 7L Spouse: Yitzhak Menachem ; Daughter of Rab. naftali Rokeach: M1363 ( same person as Ref. # 1195? ) Bedzin-Czeladz Cemetery Piotrkow Gubernia / Katowice Province Located at 50°20’ 19°09’ Last updated June 2010

  • Naftali ROKEACH
  • Rabbi of Leżajsk ( Coordinates: 50°16′N 22°25′E ; Leżajsk [ˈlɛʐai̯sk] (full name The Free Royal Town of Leżajsk, Polish: Wolne Królewskie Miasto Leżajsk; Ukrainian: Лежайськ, Lezhais’k; Yiddish: ליזשענסק-Lizhensk)
  • Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heshel from Opatów ( Coordinates: 50°48′18″N 21°25′29″E; Opatów [ɔˈpatuf] ( listen) is a town in Poland, in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, historic province of Lesser Poland;
  • Rabbi Shalom from Belza/Belz ( 31° 47′ 49.12″ N, 35° 12′ 27.1″ E; Western Ukraine, near the Polish)
 (Rabbi Shalom died in 1855, his youngest son, Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach (1855–  1894), became the next Rebbe.


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Belz (Hasidic dynasty)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search

The synagogue in Belz, dedicated in 1843, destroyed by the Nazis in 1939.Belz is a Hasidic dynasty named for the town of Belz in Western Ukraine, near the Polish border. The town has existed since at least the 10th century, with the Jewish community being established during the 14th century. The town became home to Hasidic Judaism in the early 19th century. At the beginning of World War II, Belz had 6,100 inhabitants, of which 3,600 were Jewish. ___________________________________________________________________

A world apart: "a memoir of Jewish life in nineteenth century Galicia" By Joseph Margoshes, Ira Robinson, Rebecca Margolis ___________________________________________________________________