Alternate names: Soroca [Rom,Сорока-Mold], Soroki [Сороки-Rus, Yid, Pol], Soroka. 48°09' N, 28°18' E, In N Moldova, on the Dniester (Ukraine border), 32 miles NNE of Bălţi (Beltsy) and 31 miles SE of Mohyliv-Podilskyy (Mogilev-Podolsk).
Jewish settlement was first recorded in 1657, but an organized community dates from the 18th century when Soroki had 157 Jewish families led by Rabbi David Solomon Eibenschutz. By 1897, the 8,763 Jews were over half of the population. 19th century Soroki Jews engaged in agriculture, primarily tobacco and grapes. The economic crisis of the 1880s caused many Jews to immigrate elsewhere. Prior to World War II, the thriving Jewish community had several Jewish schools, a hospital, and old-age home. Almost entire community died in the Shoah, but the small Jewish community Soroky Jewish community includes 157 persons, down in the last ten years by 90%. In nearby Baticheny village, welfare assistance is provided to one person. [March 2009]
REFERENCE: First Soroker Bessarabian Mutual Aid Society (New York, N.Y.) Records, 1910-[ca. 1959] Description: 1.1 linear ft. Notes: Landsmanshaft founded in 1897 by Jewish immigrants from Soroki, Moldavian S.S.R. (Bessarabia). YIVO collections are in Yiddish, Russian, Polish, English, Hebrew, and other European and non-European languages. Location: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, NY. Soroker Young Friends Benevolent and Educational League (New York, N.Y.) Records, 1921-1975. Description: 1.7 linear ft. Notes: Landsmanshaft founded in 1910 by Jewish immigrants from Soroki, Moldavia (Bessarabia). It briefly joined with the Uriver Branch of the Workmen's Circle, but left before World War I. ... YIVO collections are in Yiddish, Russian, Polish, English, Hebrew, and other European and non-European languages. Location: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, NY. Control No.: NXYH89-A712
Cemetery: photo of cemetery. [March 2009]
Ancestors of liquor magnate Samuel Bronfman are buried here. [December 2010]
Photos courtesy Brock Bierman.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 22:00|