The Jewish Community of Roman

(Roman, Romania)

Translation of
Obstea evreiascaă din Roman

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by Pincu Pascal
Published by Editura Hasefer, Bucuress¸ti, Romania, 2001
Translations by Sorin Goldenberg, Avishalom (Avi) Klammer,
Emil Lax, Rony Shaham & Monica Talmor
Editing and additional translations by Yocheved Klausner
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 180 pages

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The Romanian city of Roman is situated in the northeastern part of the country, at the confluence of the Moldova and Siret rivers, on the great road of the Siret, which long ago connected the north of Moldova with the Danube ports. The Jewish population in the city is believed to date from as early as the beginning of 15th century. It is believed that a wooden synagogue existed in Roman at that time, on the same lot where the Main Synagogue was standing later (in the 20th century). It was but the first of what would become 18 synagogues serving a population of more than 6,000 Jews by the beginning of the 1940s, which along with a wide range of social, educational, and cultural institutions was a measure of the vitality of the community.

In this scholarly volume, the rich portrait of the Jewish community in Roman that was about to be annihilated is painted in meticulous detail, covering every aspect of life over the centuries of its existence.


Located at: 46°55' North Latitude and 26°55' East Longitude

Alternate names for the town are Roman [Rom], Romesmarkt [Ger], Románvásár [Hun], Romanvarasch


Nearby Jewish Communities:

    Budeşti 11 miles W
    Bozienii de Sus 12 miles WNW
    Dămieneşti 13 miles SSE
    Băceşti 16 miles ESE
    Buhuşi 17 miles SW
    Roznov 20 miles WSW
    Târgu Frumos 20 miles N
    Plopana 21 miles SE
    Bacău 24 miles S

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