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The last photo of the private school of Mr. Dubrow's school The last photo of the private school of Mr. Dubrow's school

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In the 1930s the Romanian authorities restricted Hebrew education when they implemented their obligatory education law. With the threat of punishment they forced parents to send their children to two government public schools. One was run by Gurayvsky, and the other by Likanyuk. There were now only two recognized Jewish schools in town – the Talmud Torah and the private public school of Mr. Dubrow. All the other Hebrew schools and cheders were unrecognized or illegal. The extent of Hebrew education fell precipitously. In the center of the photograph are teachers Hadassah Dubrow (in Israel), Yisrael Troporovsky (who died in Israel), Mina Dubrow (in Israel), Hillel Dubrow (died in Israel), Feldman (husband of Hadassah – died in Israel).

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The Dubrow School in the 1930s The Dubrow School in the 1930s
Teachers: 1. H. Feldman (died in Israel), 2. Hadassah Dubrow-Feldman (Israel), 3. Mina Dubrow (Israel), 4. Clara-Claudia, wife of Likonyuk (Tchubanov), 5. Teacher Gurayevsky, 6. Teacher Likonyuk, 7. Yisrael Toporovsky (died in Israel), 9. Hillel Dubrow (died in Israel).


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Hillel Dubrow - Highlights of his Life

Shimshon Nachmani

Translated by David Goldman

        First of all he was not sad! In the springtime of his life he was already known to be a genius. They called him the Genius from Starshin in the Torah study groups of Slutsk, a major scholarly center in Russia. As soon as he felt confined by the yeshiva, he went off to the large House of Study and immersed himself in his own study of the Talmud, its commentators and early and later rabbinical scholars. He was a good and intelligent person. Everyone who knew him liked him, and he was considered a rising star for the rabbinate. We, the boys in the yeshiva accorded him respect and envied him as he spent his time among the great scholars, discussing Jewish law with them.

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