Rypin; a Memorial
to the Jewish Community of Rypin-Poland

(Rypin, Poland)

53°04' / 19°27'

Translation of
Sefer Rypin

Editor: Sh. Kanc

Tel Aviv 1962

Our sincere appreciation to Genia Hollander
for typing up the English text to facilitate its addition to this project.

This is a translation of: Sefer Rypin ( Rypin; a memorial to the Jewish Community of Rypin-Poland),
Editor: Sh. Kanc, Former Residents of Rypin in Israel and in the Diaspora, Tel Aviv 1962 (H,Y,E 957 pages)

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Translated by Sara Mages

Title page and drawing of the synagogue on the book cover Nehemiah Stenzel  
The editor and members of the editorial board Photo  
Title page The editorial board  
Introduction [Y] The editors  
El Male Rachamim and photo from the Forest of the Martyrs    
Yizkor and segment from “On the Slaughter” Bialik  
Shema Yisrael – drawing M. Bernstein  
The City and its History
City map – drawing Binyamin Stenzel  
Once there was a city Haim Gutfeld  
In the pathway of generations Prof. Yakov Talmon 37–46
History of the Jews of Rypin Dr. N. M. Gelber 47–62
The economic and social image of the Jewish community of Rypin Yosef Ronen 63–74
The community committee and its work Tuvia Kabiri 75–82
The community in the years 1932–1939 Aharon Dzaldowski 83–90
A hive of public activity Fishel Blum 91–98
About Rabbis and Hasidim
The years of my tenure in Rypin HaRav Yitzchak–Yedidya Frenkel 105–116
A Rypin man – student of “HaNoda Biyhudah HaRav Yitzchak–Yedidya Frenkel 117–122
A rabbi of many deeds Shlomo Shamir 123–126
My father's way of life Moshe Nutkowich 127–140
HaRav Nachum Menashe Gutentag the freedom fighter Yisrael Kabiri 141–148
The image of HaRav Asher Gershon Luria Meir Bar–On 149–150
One of the rabbis D. A. 151–154
The Hassidut Movement Tuvia Kabiri 155–162
From my Father's Sayings Tuvia Kabiri 163–164
Images of Hasidic personalities Fishel Blum 165–170
True Hasidim Nachum Grossman 171–174
Two Hasidic Houses of Ger Yisrael Kabiri 175–180
Houses of Worship and Hasidic Shtiblekh Yosef Frenkel 181–184
Jewish Education
Frank's “Heder Metukan Shmuel Cohen 189–190
The special “Heder” of the teacher Rosia Hene Shmuel Cohen 191–192
From the rabbi's stories Shmuel Cohen 193–194
In the “Heder” atmosphere Tuvia Kabiri 195–198
The youth and its education Meir Bar–On 199–210
The Hebrew Movement and “Tarbut” Shmuel Meiri 211–218
Teachers and instructors of Hebrew culture Naftali Bloch 219–228
“Tarbut” school Letters 229–230
The Zionist Movement
Of the faithful to religion and Zionism Yitzchak Greenbaum 239–240
From the initial members of the Zionist Movement Shmuel Cohen 241–246
A loyal warrior Selig Brown 247–248
A legendary character Aharon Dzaldowski 249–252
He lived up to his principles Yitzchak Eisenberg 253–254
The buds of Zionism Nachum Meir Grossman 255–256
The first Zionist branch Nachum Meir Grossman 257–258
Promoting Rypin Shmuel Cohen 259–260
The birth of “HeHalutz” Tuvia Kabiri 261–268
The first initiators for the training of halutzim Shmuel Cohen 269–276
Pioneering atmosphere Yona Yisraelit 277–278
With the foundation of “HeHalutz” Yitzchak Itkin 279–282
Pioneering way of life Avraham Mandjeck 283–286
The halutz in training and immigration Aharon Lent 287–288
The Betar Movement Moshe Prelig 289–292
An exemplary Maccabi branch Alexander Alexandroni 293–296
The branch of Hashomer Hatzair Efraim Sharansky 297–304
In those days Bruria Dubno–Gutman 305–308
Tit–bits from the branch of Hashomer Hatzair Bilha Galili– Dubno– 309–312
Excerpts from the press Ha–Tsfira 313–316
Rypin Halutzim in the Building of the Country
Benzion Burenstein The deliberations and achievements of Kvutzat Barzilai 319–338
And the kibbutz became Kfar Barzilai David Kalay z”l 339–342
Documents tell Correspondence 343–348
The history of Kvutzat Barzilai Shmuel Cohen 349–358
Laying the foundations for Kvutzat Barzilai Avraham Mandjeck 359–362
Our first days in Israel Haim Gutfeld 363–364
The Kvutza hut – a spiritual center A. Yerusahlmi 365–368
The members of the kvutza Shimon Saburi 369–370
Those who fell on their guard for the sake of the people and the country
The first to fall – Nathan Neigork Shmuel Cohen 373–378
Reuven Meiri From a Memorial Book 379
Mendel Lichtenstein Yakov Katzir 380
Yisrael Buchman K. P. 381
Yeshaya Hirsh Bern S. K. 382
Avraham Dubno From Haaretz 383
Berman Rehavia From a Memorial Book 384–385
Nathan Pentifil From a Memorial Book 386
Haim Leib Pokatch Marc Jarblum  
To the image of H. L. Pokatch Nir Refleks 395–396
Shimon Hasid Shmuel Cohen 397–400
Nachman Shabtai–Zonabend Shmuel Cohen 401–404
Asher Dobrzynski Pinchas Kaholi 405–406
The warriors and the dreamers Selig Brown 407–408
People of faith and honesty Selig Brown 409–412
Yehiel Plutzer HaRav Yona Baruch Katz 413–414
The Jewish landowner Baruch Tal 415–418
The Jewish estate owner Tuvia Kabiri 419–422
The city and its personalities Yakov Even David 423–424
Three characters in three generations Yisrael Kabiri 425–430
The Davidovich family Mina Gibton 431–436
Shmuel shamash (Lichtenstein) Moshe Lichtenstein 437–438
Avraham Kalman Moshe Lichtenstein 439
Bezalel Stenzel Selig Brown 440
R' Yakov Stenzel Nehemiah Stenzel 441
My grandfather R' Oved Yakov Yishai 442–444
Chapters of the Way of Life
The hub of the universe Yosef Ronen 449–450
My town Benzion Burenstein 451–456
My visit in Rypin in 1935 Benzion Burenstein 457–464
The city in its serenity and struggle Tuvia Kabiri 465–470
Sabbath Kodesh– Rypin style Yisrael Kabiri 471–476
Told by my grandfather Pinchas Kaholi 477–492
In the common sukkah Yona Yisraelit 493–494
In 1818 – on the verge of childhood Rachel Inontage 495–496
Lifestyle and dreams Bilha Dubno–Galili 497–500
In the sunset light Chaim Gutfeld 501–506
He knew how to convince the opponent Selig Brown 507
Doctor and writer From Ha–Tsfira 508
My first visit in Rypin Malka Globes 509–510
In the face of storms Yosef Ben–Haim 511–514
And my heart will ache, will ache Leah Globes 515–516
Title page drawing Nehemiah Stenzel  
On the ruins I will walk D. B. Boim  
Hell on earth Yosef Ben–Haim 521–532
The beginning of the Holocaust Yakov Even David 533–536
Meetings on the roads Yakov Even David 537–538
The destruction of the synagogue and Beit HaMidrash Shmuel Cohen 539–544
A pile of letters from home Bilha Dubno 545–554
On the paths of terror and destruction Chana Sapir 555–560
In the way of torture Mordechai Foreman 561–564
I am one of the survivors Mordechai Foreman 565–566
In the underground group in Auschwitz Yisrael Gutman 567–570
We founded the first underground cell Mordechai Haleli 570–574
From Rypin to Warsaw Ghetto Moshe Gutentag 575–580

Translated by Gloria Berkenstat Freund

History, Memories, Personalities
un azoy zolstu reydn tsum yosim [And thus should you speak to an orphan] (Song) Avraham Sutzkever 583–584
Remember What Amalek Did to You The Editorial Board 585–588
Introduction Shimeon Kanc 589–590
“The History of the Jews in Rypin” Dr. Gelbar 597–602
Hasidim, Men of Action, Simple and Hearty Jews The Rabbi Yitzhak Yedidye Frankel 603–630
The Vaad haKehilus [Council of Organized Religious Communities] Tuvya Chabiri 631–634
Our Children in Israel Naytan Warsze 635–636
The Competition for the Election to the City Council Shmuel Kohn 637–642
The Representation of All Jews in Rypin Shmuel Kohn 643–644
Avoiding a Pogrom Ahron Dzialdowski 645–648
The Role of the Jews in the Life of the City Tzwi Bar–Un 649–656
People, Streets and Highways Ruwin Tzwi Brajtsztan 657–662
My Cultural–Communal Activities Yehiel (Charles) Kohn 663–666
Youth and Education Meir Ben–Un 667–674
The Wings of the Pioneers Ben Sura 675–680
The Hahultz, Barzili Group Shmuel Kohn 681–686
C. L. Pukacz as I Remember Him Yakov Zrubavel 687–690
Chaim–Leib Pukacz – the Dynamic Force Chaim Nisencwajg 691–694
The Young and their Leader Meir Lipke 695–698
A Scout Group at HaShomer HaTzair Yehuda Lajter 699–700
Yiddish Theater in Rypin Janas Turkow 701–712
My Appearance in Rypin Yakov Wajslic 713–714
The Jewish Landowner Tuvya Chabiri 715–718
Shtetl Types Tuvya Chabiri 719–720
Reb Yehezkiel Shoykhet, the Shomer Shabbos, the Dreamer Shmuel Kohn 721–724
Once There Was Gershon Skurka 725–728
Quiet Street, Quiet Jews/Peaceful Street, Peaceful Jews Ber Dratwa 729–734
From Rypin to the Island of Mauritius Mordekhai Rypinski 735–738
Doctor and Writer Yosef Milner 739–740
The Last Shabbos Chanukah Eliezer Dombrowner 741–752
Our Teachers Tovya Chabiri 753–760
The Mischievous Child Shmuel Kohn 761–762
Shabbos and Holidays Hena Gutentag 763–764
The Tragic Friday Hena Gutentag 765–766
The Enthusiasm of Simple Jews for Eretz–Yisroel Hena Gutentag 767–768
Times of Longing and Great Deeds Leib Kulski 769–772
The First Rypin Halutz from the Middle Class Ben–Tzion Bornsztyn 773–774
Nakhum Yisroel Warsawski Zelig Braun 775–776
“Holocaust” – Sketches Nekhemia Sztencel 777–778
In the City of Slaughter – a poem C.N. Bialik 779–780
In the Days of Destruction Yehuda and Shmuel Lajter 781–788
The Arrival of the Nazis Ber Dratwa 789–792
The Expulsion Ruwin Tzwi Brajtsztan 793–798
In the Ghetto and Camps Mordekahi Furman 799–808
Josef Kalaszinski of the Righteous Gentiles Mordekahi Furman 809–810
The Destruction of the Synagogues, Houses of Prayer and Cemeteries The Rabbi Shimeon Huberband 811–812
Years of Suffering and Savage Death Yitzhak Linder 813–826
In the Death Camps A. Tszarka 827–828
About a Young Girl and a Doll (poem) Meir Lipke 829–830
The Rypin Rabbi in the Warsaw Ghetto Emanuel Ringelblum 831–832
The Holy Ashes: We Will Never Forget Miriam Bas Tzvi Chtoszewski 833–834
The Court Sentence A. Tszarka 835–838
The Activity of the Union Ben–Tzion Bornsztyn 839–848
The Committee for Eulogies in Haifa Ben–Tzion Bornsztyn 849–850
In the Pathway of Generations Prof. Y. Talmon 3
History of the Jews of Rypin Dr. M.N. Gelber 13
Remembering Rypin Szymon Laks 30
Rypin in Bygone Days Fred E. Goldstein 40
In Memoriam to Ch. & Sh. Posner Malka Sperling-Posner 42
Nathan Warsaw, in Appreciation Zelig Brown 44
Isidore Feld, In Appreciation Yosef Ronen 47
Charles Cohn: The Man & His Activities Shmuel Cohen 49
Rypiner Relief Activities   51


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