JewishGen-erosity Project:
Mogilev-Podolskiy - Document Acquisition and Translation

Project Leaders

Phyllis Gold Berenson and Sophie Krasik – Project Coordinators

Janette Silverman – JewishGen Ukraine SIG Coordinator

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor

Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

The Mogilev-Podolskiy KehilaLinks group has, through the help of a researcher from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (“CAHJP”), identified surviving documents related to the Jewish Community of Mogilev-Podolskiy, and at parts of the surrounding area (precise area will only be determined as the records are transcribed), including:

  1. Vital Records (1844) - births, marriages, divorces, deaths
    Over 200 pages of Rabbinical records, handwritten in Russian and Hebrew. (We have already acquired this document and expect to have a translator ready to work on it).
  2. Twelve documents, 1830's to 1905,
    for which the CAHJP catalog cards have been translated.
    Containing thousands of pages, the contents include names and data for synagogues, Jewish schools, teachers, students, tax, businesses, and pogrom records (testimony of eyewitnesses). The documents are in Russian, Yiddish, or Hebrew.
    Because Mogilev-Podolskiy was the largest town in the area, many of the documents contain information for persons from neighboring towns who came to Mogilev-Podolskiy to obtain services.

Funds raised for this project will be used to acquire copies of these documents and to translate the records, to prepare the datasets for posting to the JewishGen Ukraine Database. The data will be entered into a JewishGen spreadsheet template, which will be available to contributors well before posting on the JewishGen Ukraine Database. Full translations may also be posted on the appropriate KehilaLinks websites.

Key Audience

The key audience for this project is people whose ancestors lived in or near Mogilev-Podolskiy. There are more than 100 individuals on our group email list and currently 166 individuals researching about 270 Mogilev-Podolskiy-connected surnames in the JewishGen Family Finder.

Project Importance

Acquiring, translating, and making available documents and dataset relating to Jews from this town will benefit genealogical researchers and will help provide context for the lives of our ancestors. Many of the records for this area were destroyed in a fire in the Kamenets-Podolsky Archives in 2003, so it is particularly important to document what remains.

Project Description

The project will fund acquisition and translation of the above-mentioned documents. The researcher who identified the location of the documents in the archives will provide copies of and will transcribe the documents. The new datasets will be integrated into the JewishGen Ukraine Database, and appropriate KehilaLinks websites.

Estimated Cost



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