KONOTOP Jews Past and Present


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Page 3:Konotop. End of the XIX century The Jewish Cheta Ieguda-Leib and Berta Menahim- Rabkins, the main street of Konotop, Pevsner's clock, repairing workshop.


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Page 5: Building of the former synagogue on Yarmarochna Street. There is a department of the standardization and metrology nowadays. Photo, which was made in Konotop in 1920. Second from the right side is Sima Denkovska, who is living in Chicago now. She is 90 years old.


Page 6: Pupils of the Jewish school No.5 in Konotop — one of the last graduations. There was a school No. 4 in that building after 1938.


Page 7: School No. 4. There the Jewish school No. 5 had been built by 1938


Page 9: Konotop's family of Slabodkin


Page 10: This building is called “Palestine.” After the War it became a shelter for 400 Jews. There are only three of them living.


Page 12: Heads and participants of the program, “Day center”


Page 14: The director of the Community Center, Gregoriy Petrushenko, the coordinator of the social programs, the head of the board of Jewish religious community, Arkadiy Koniavskiy, and the head of the community programs, Ruvim Bomshtein, (from right to left) with Hanuksha, the present from the

friends of Konotop's community, Temple Beth Israel synagogue in Chicago.


Page 15: Our holidays:


The candles light in our center weekly and talk a blessing above the wine and challah. We meet Shabbat. In the photo: the teacher of the Jewish traditions, Emiliya Ayzenshtat, and the head of the religious programs, Yuriy Golubkov.


We celebrate the Jewish holidays Purim, Ahashverosh, and Ester Often the representatives of Lubovich's Rebe attend our community. For two years Konotop's Jewish community has supported the friendship's ties with Temple Beth Israel synagogue, (Skokie, Illinois, USA). Ravine Michael Vainberg presents to Konotop's Mayor, G. Vasilenko, the message from the Mayor of Skokie.


Page 21-22: Partisans and Under-grounders: Soldiers, who were killed during the liberation of Konotop and buried in the brotherly grave (423 people) in the Virovske cemetery. Soldiers, who were killed in the concentration camp and buried in the brotherly grave in the Uspensko-Troitskaya St. The Jews of Konotop, who were killed by fascists during the occupation. The Jews who were killed by fascists and buried in the Virovskoe cemetery. Jews who outlived the occupation. Heroes of the Soviet Union. Every year on the Victory Day the delegation of Municipal Council pays a tribute of respect to the victims of catastrophe. Kaddish to the killed read by the main [rabbi of Kiev’s synagogue] ravine of Kyiv's synagogue, Brodskly Moshe — Reuven Asman.


Page 21: Uspensko-Troicka Street. One of the sacred places in Konotop, grave and the monument to 257 Jews, who were brought from the other places and killed during the period of occupation. The monument was erected by the relatives just after the ending of the war. There is only one exact surname, Levitin, daughter of ravine [rabbi].

Page 23: Cemetery on the Virovska Street. Jewish map. The representative of “Joint” from Jerusalem, Doctor Aron Vais, (the third from the right) during the visit to the Jewish cemetery.

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