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Kossovo
Latitude: 5245' Longitude: 2509'  127.4 miles SW of Minsk
Also known as Kosow, Kossov, Kossow, Kosava and Kossuv.

Today in Belarus. 1921- 1939 in Poland pre First World War in the Russian Empire.
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pupils of the "Tarbut" network's Hebrew day school in Kossovo
(Kosov Polski) beside a display of their handicrafts.

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Pupils and teachers of the "Tarbut" network's Hebrew elementary
school in Kossovo (Kosov Polski).

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Youngsters in a "Talmud Torah" in Kossovo (Kosov Polski), on a
nature outing for the holiday of Lag B'Omer.

#koss_2a:A Few families in Kossovo, belarus in 1932. #1 Mechanin, #2 Jliwicka,#3 Kadeshvich,#4 Elovic from Karsnostav.#5 Yzchak Ratner.#.6 Hana Kaplan

#koss_2b:The Polish school in Kossovo in 1923 (between 1921- 1939 it was part of Poland)

#koss_3:Youth in Kossovo in 1917 ? (War Years)
#koss_4:A trip of "Poale-Zion" Zionist movement from Kossovo to Bitan in 1930
#koss_5:letter from the " Palestine central office "in Warsaw 1927 to Mina Illiwizka of Kossovo
#koss_6:Friends in Kossovo Belarus in 1920. First roe from left to right:Nisel Danmbrovski, Vira Rotford, Hayem Parizki, Faygel Iliwicki.
Second roe Mina Ilwicki, Mose Himelfarb
#koss_7:Mina nee Iliwicki from Kossovo, Belarus
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#koss_9:A group of friends from Kossovo Belarus who immigrate to Palestine the picture was taken in the 1930s. First roe from left to right: Abraham Rabinovich ,Yezchak Zur (Maroznik), Hayem Davidowski.
Second roee the first from left to right Shmuel Zur (Maroznik) the first from right to left Yakov Kaerliz.
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#koss_14: Karelitz, Avraham Yeshayahu
(1878-1953)
#koss_15: An 80-year-old rabbi from Poland. Manahkem Mendl Szereszewski, former Rabbi in Kosowa, Poland. May 1926.
#koss_16: Zelman and Rachel Volansky with children: Gershel Volansky, Srol
Volansky, Miriam Volansky Kraft, Leizer Kraft (Miriam's first born)
and the two eldest children of Zelman and Rachel's eldest daughter,
Sylvia Volansky Davidovsky (not in picture).Minnie and Isaac. Kossovo
circa 1900...
submitted by; Robert W. Kraft
#koss_17: Zelman ben (son of) Yankel Volansky, 1835-1915, and Yetta Rachel, c
1900. They owned a general store in Kossovo c.1875-1915.

Their daughter, Miriam Volansky Kraft, 1869-1946, was my paternal grandmother. In 1906, she and her four children, at that time which included my father, Ansel, and her niece, Minnie Dovidovsky, immigrated to Boston where my grandfather, Abraham Kraft, had settled in 1905 having deserted the Russian Army.

Their other children, Sylvia Volansky Dovidovsky, 1866-1902, Gershel,
b.1872, a Hebrew teacher in Kossovo, and Srol, b.1874, all remained in Kossovo and as far as we know passed away there before the WW2.

Sylvia Volansky Dovidovsky's eldest daughter, Minnie, b.1886, settled
in New York and was joined later by her brother Isaac,1887-1980 and sisters Sore, 1895-1977 and Frume, 1896-1977 submitted by; Robert W. Kraft

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The Szereszewski family of Slonim. Their brother was the Rabbi of
Kossovo, Manahkem Mendl Szereszewski ( 1846- 1928) picture #15)
Abraham Szereszewski was born in Slonim and travelled to Grochow
(Grojec) just outside Warsaw where he met and married my grandmother,
Esther. My father was born in Grojec and the family came to England
when he was one. I am enclosing a family photo taken in Poland. My
greatuncle, Zelig Szereszewski is second from the right (he emigrated
to Israel early in the 20th Century). His half-brother Zvi-Chaim
Bashist is the man with the grey beard. Louisa Spivack

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The Abramovitz family of Kossovo. Parents; Gershon, born in 1890 to
Avraham and Hinda and Nekhama Abramowicz nee Tzukerman was born in
Rozana in 1893 to Avraham.
Children; Yaakov Abramowicz was born in Kossow, Poland in 1930 ,
Zipora was born in Kosow Poleski, in 1914 . She married Yizhak
Grinwald and lived in Warsaw with a daughter. Hinda Golubowicz nee
Abramovitz was born in Kosow, 1919. She was married. Prior to WWII she
lived in Pruzany, Poland. They all perished in the holocaust. Standing
on the left, the only survivor of the family; Moshe ( born in 1917-
passed away in Kfar Saba in 1997)
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idaelevi@012.net.il
Moshe Abramovitz of Kossovo as a fighter in the Vilna area in 1942. He
is standing third from the left.

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The picture of the man sitting in the chair is of my great grandfather, Falk Iliwitski. I am named after him. We are Kohanim.

Thank you,
Peter Lewis
Portland, Maine

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my grandfather, George (Gershon) I.Lewis/ Iliwitski (?). The Hebrew spelling is aleph yuf lamed yud vav vav yud tzadi kof yud. My grandfather came to America before WWI. He passed away in the 1987.I have some photographs of the family in Poland, as well as a document from my great grandfather. The document was a letter from the Tarbut branch of Kosowie-pol. to my grandfather. The letter is addressed to Gershon ben Falk HaKohen. Slonim is written on the back of the pictures where the photographer was located

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Kosovo
credit: Peter Lewis

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The Zionist group to which my grandfather belonged. My grandfather George (Gershon) I. Lewis/ Iliwitski is the one with arms folded in the middle row.
Peter Lewis
Portland, Maine

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A photograph of my great grandparents Falk and Raizel Ilewicki holding
a picture of my grandfather, Gershon Ilewicki.

Peter Lewis

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Related LinksKossovo, Belarus
http://www.jewishgen.org/belarus/shtetls/shtetl_detail.php?filename=skossovo
Timeline Consequences of Border Changes
The History of the Administrative-Territorial Division of Belarus
http://www.jewishgen.org/belarus/borders_timeline.htm Families of Kossovo: Meschnin family. Jliwicka family, Kadisevich family
A family from Kresinstav, Yzchak Ratner, Hana Kapln and Rabinovich

http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Ruzhany/Families-Kossovo.html

The Rabinovich' with friends;
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Ruzhany/Families-Kossovo2.html


Kossovo' scenes;
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Ruzhany/Kosowo-pict.html

Mindel bas Tzvi Hirsh z"l

This Shabbos, 2 Elul, is the yahrzeit of my great-grandmother Mindel
bas Tzvi Hirsh. Mindel left the shtetl of Kosovo-Poleski (today
Belarus) when she was 18 years-old and made her way to Bremen, Germany
were she boarded the S.S. Stuttgart. On December 5, 1895 she arrived
at the port of New York and later settled in Philadelphia. There she
married a Jewish immigrant from Sudilkov, Ukraine in 1902 and later
had a family of five children.

A 1959 shul bulletin provided this description of my great-grandmother:

"She runs her own home, works in her beautiful garden, does her own
shopping, attends all the meetings of all her organizations and is a
regular attendant of the Late Friday Night Services, as well as all
the Holiday Services. All these things she does because she wants to
and because she enjoys them. She also has a very lively sense of humor
and an air of dignity and stylish, humility and awareness that enables
her to mingle with people of all ages and from all walks of life."

Mindel passed away in 1972, 111 days before I was born.

33 years later, my youngest daughter was born and we gave her the
"middle" name Mindel in my great-grandmother's memory.
http://asimplejew.blogspot.com/2006/08/111-days-before-i-was-born.html

I really like the site as well. They actually posted a picture of the
street where my great-grandmother lived in Kosovo-Poleski, Belarus
before she left for the United States. The picture can be seen here:

http:// www.eilatgordinlevitan.co...050804_8c_b.gif
A Simple Jew
http://asimplejew.blogspot.com/

Amy has updated the immigration of her family from Ruzhany ( and
Kossovo) to America, and if you look at the sources she sites, it
might give you some ideas of where to look for information.
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Ruzhany/MigrateAm.html
Also somewhere, I found that there was someone from Ruzhany who
published a book in 1720 -
Sefer Yeshu`ah be-Yisrael: ve-hu perush maspik ve-kalil `al hilkhot
kidush ha hodesh le-Mosheh ben Maimon ve- `al mefarshe devarav
`Ovadyah ve-Levi ben Habib/ Frankfor am Maim: J. Kellner, 5480 [1720]
It is listed on
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Ruzhany/famous%20people.html
Some where under the piles of paper on my desk, I have lists of
donators from Ruzhany as published in a Hebrew newspaper, I just have
to work on reading Rashi.
For those of you with family members that made aliyah to Eretz Israel
in the 19th century and early 20th century, you might find the
following book interesting
Princess or Prisioner? Jewish Women in Jerusalem from 1840-1914 by
Margalit Shilo and translated from Hebrew. It is very well documented
and can give you new ideas for background material. Though many of the
sources are in Hebrew.
Additional information, pictures and stories are always welcome.

Rosie Feldman
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Ruzhany/