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The Families of Motele

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This project aims at listing all the Jewish families of Motele. Motele was (and still is) a town in Belarus. In the end of the 19th century it had a very strong Jewish presence, and the Jews there were culturally assertive and active.

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List of people from Motele


1) Abraham Yitzhak Ha-Cohen (the Black) and his wife Beile Gutenski

2) Chaim, son of Abraham Yitzhak Ha-Cohen (when moved to Odessa, he changed his name to Motolansky)

3) Grisha Tzvi, son of Abraham Yitzhak Ha-Cohen (when moved to Odessa, he changed his name to Motolansky)


1) Yaacov Gutenski and his wife Keile

2) Beile Gutenski (married Abraham Yizhak ha-Cohen (the Black)

3) Eliezer Gutenski, born c. 1750

4) Shmaryahu Gutenski, son of Eliezer Gutenski, born c. 1790

5) Eliezer Gutenski,son of Eliezer Gutenski (3), born c. 1830


1) Arieh Leib Chemerinski Goldstein and wife Yetta Sporofski from Yanova

2) Chaim Chemerinski (author of "My Shtetle Motele")

3) Shmuel-Yitzhak Chemerinski (father of Chaim Chemerinski)

4) Ida Chemerinsky, the daughter of Yehiel and Frouma Chemerinsky


1) William Friedman and his wife Ida (nee Chemerinsky)

2) Louis Friedman (b. 1891), son of Williamand Ida, married Sarah Shelupsky, moved to US in 1909

3) Herman Friedman (b. 1899) and

4) Nehamka Friedman


Eliezer Czemerinsky, Motale Sheli, Netanya 1986 (the book includes a translation of the book Hurban Motele (the Destruction of Motele) by Ahron Leib Polik, translated by Rabbi Shimon Yuzhuk, first published in Jerusalem by the association of Descendants of Motele in Israel, 1947

Related links

Motol on JewishGen