Dombroven, Bessarabia Yizkor Book
Project Name Translation of Hayoh, hayetah, 'ayarah monagraf iyah tsiyurit al ayarati Dumbrovan (There Once was a Town ; A descriptive Monograph of the Town of Dombroven)
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Dombroven (Dumbrăveni) is located in the district of Soroca, about 8 miles southwest of Soroca. Today Dumbrăveni is a part of Vadeni community, in the Soroca district of Moldova. Dombroven were founded in 1836 by 24 Jewish families who moved there from Podolia, Ukraine. From 1836 until the full destruction on July 12 of 1941 Dombroven was the site of the first successful Jewish agricultural colony in Bessarabia. There used to live 1874 Jews in 1887. By 1930, the Jewish population had decreased to 1,198.
Published in 1973 in Jerusalem, the book was written and edited by Khaim Toren. The original book is online at the NY Public Library at the following link: Dumbraveny (1973). The second Yizkor book about Dombroven edited by Khaim Toren and published in Jerusalem in 1974 Sefer Dombroven; ner-zikaron la-moshava ha-haklait ha yehudit ha-rishonah be-Bessarabia is now in the process of translation at site http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dumbraveny/Dumbraveny.html
Usually written in Yiddish, Hebrew, or both, these are not accessible to a wider audience. Thus, the translation of these books into English unlocks this information to many more researchers all over the world. The JewishGen Yizkor Book Project received the award in 2002 for outstanding contribution to Jewish genealogy by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
Currently, there is little information available to the English-speaking world regarding Dombroven or its Jewish community. With the destruction of the Jewish community, the information in this yizkor book constitutes nearly all of its documented history. This project will result in the creation of the primary English language source of information for anyone doing research on the town and its Jewish community.
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