« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »

[Page 217]

The Poalei Agudat Israel

by Y.Finkel

Translated by Miriam Leberstein

My first introduction to Poalei Agudat Israel [religious Orthodox workers party] in Nowy Dwor occurred in 1928 when I was invited to my in–laws for the Sabbath. I arrived in Nowy Dwor on Friday, a market day. The market place was full of peasants' wagons. The bustling Jews were busy buying and selling amid the wagons, and in the midst of all the tumult I arrived in a carriage [driven by] Yehoshue Droshkazh. Curious Jews came out of their shops to get a look at the guest. It was a big deal – a groom had arrived in town.

The Sabbath was spent praying in the Radziminer shtibl [small Hasidic synagogue]. I received the privilege and honor of reading the last portion of the Torah and everyone regarded me curiously. Afterwards there was a big reception at my in–laws' house. Guest streamed in bearing flasks of wine and kugels, each one larger than the other. And when I had partaken of all the drinks and kugels and the celebration had lasted until the evening meal, I went off at the invitation of Poalei Agudat Israel for a members' party. There were fine young people there, with whom I remained involved socially and organizationally for the two years I spent in Nowy Dwor.

The movement did not have a lot of members, but even in this small group one felt great strength, energy and creativity. To mention a few of the members, there were: Avraham Vildnberg, Nakhman Skulski, Hersh Dovid Royzkes, Avraham Turkeltaub, Yisroel Rotenberg – all of whom were able and dedicated men who devoted a lot of time to their movement.

They established a loan fund which aided needy members with loans of 100 zlotys at low interest rates. They also established a lovely library and of course their own place to pray. They even created their own orchestra, with 15 members, under the direction of the well known Nowy Dwor musician Shpilfidl.

Many of us were preparing to emigrate to Eretz Yisroel and we founded an agricultural hakhshore [training for prospective emigrants] at the third viorst near Nowy Dwor.

All of these dear, devoted members of Poalei Agudat Israel were imbued with and lived by the eternal ideals of religious Jewry, day in, day out living their lives in the Jewish spirit, in the way of the Torah.


Reb Itsik Meyer Rotenberg, the secretary of Agudat Israel, with his family

[Page 218]

Polei Agudat Israel at a farewell party upon the departure of Motl Lipovitsh and Yekhetskl Finkl for Eretz Yisroel
From right to left, first row: Pinye Guzshik, Yisroel Rat, Motl Lipovitsh, Yekheskl Finkl, Avrahamtshe Vildnberg
Second row: Mikhl Raykhman, Nakhman Skulski, Avraham Turekeltaub, Avraham Yisroel, Royzkes, Yenkl Dovid Grinshteyn


The hakhshore of Poalei Agudat Israel

[Page 219]

Orchestra of Poalei Agudat Israel under the direction
of Nowy Dwor music teacher Shpilfidl (in center)


The Poalei Agudat Israel hakhshore at work.


« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »

This material is made available by JewishGen, Inc. and the Yizkor Book Project for the purpose of
fulfilling our mission of disseminating information about the Holocaust and destroyed Jewish communities.
This material may not be copied, sold or bartered without JewishGen, Inc.'s permission. Rights may be reserved by the copyright holder.

JewishGen, Inc. makes no representations regarding the accuracy of the translation. The reader may wish to refer to the original material for verification.
JewishGen is not responsible for inaccuracies or omissions in the original work and cannot rewrite or edit the text to correct inaccuracies and/or omissions.
Our mission is to produce a translation of the original work and we cannot verify the accuracy of statements or alter facts cited.

  Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Poland     Yizkor Book Project     JewishGen Home Page

Yizkor Book Director, Lance Ackerfeld
This web page created by Jason Hallgarten

Copyright © 1999-2021 by JewishGen, Inc.
Updated 11 Feb 2015 by JH