Welcome to the “Association of Siedlcers in Israel” website!
This site was designed and created with the purpose to preserve and retain the remaining memories of an entire community which was mostly extinguished by the Nazis in August 1942.
Here we bind the testimonies, pictures, documents, letters and movies which revive some of the vibrant community that florished in Siedlce before the war, and the stories of those who survived the horrors and lived to tell them.
The site targets at bringing together the children and grandchildren of those born there by getting to know the story of their ancestors, the tradition that defined them for decades in the Polish Shtetle of Siedlce, and the great yearning for Eretz-Israel which dwelt in their hearts.
The organization wishes to collect and preserve as many memories as possible and to strengthen the ties with younger generations through joint activitie, intergenerational dialogue and roots tours.
Image of the month
Avraham & Esther Szeflan
A formal picture of Avraham & Esther (Baczykowsky) Szeflan.
The photographer was taken in Siedlce by Photographie A. Gancwol on 29 of March 1909.
The picture was sent by Ms. Dana Szeflan-Bell from Quebec, Canada, the grand-daughter of Avraham and Sara.
Story of the month
David Gora: My studies in Cheder and at School
Reb Asher’s first Chedder Rav Asher
When did I start going to the Hedder? It must have been between the age of three and four. What parents did not want their child to know how to pray or at least know the blessing of Shema? So, like any Jewish boy I also began to study in the famous Hedder of Asher Melamed (the teacher).
Rabbi Asher’s Hedder was on “Cozia” street. It was a very old street located parallel to Fiinknh street and Filsodskigo street, and stretched down Aozskobiand street to Fzsizd street. It was about 100-150 meters long and probably was a commercial street in the past, as hinted by its name (maybe used for selling goats, as “cuzia” means goat in Polish).