When they left the House of Study, the whole town was already deep in slumber. [...] Buczacz lies on a mountain, and it seemed as though the stars were bound to her rooftops. Suddenly the moon came out and lit up all the town. The river Stripa, which had previously been covered by darkness, suddenly gleamed silver...
My first home was in Izbica; this is where I was born. This was my inheritance – yerushe, as you say in Yiddish – my great-grandfather had built the house and passed it on to the following generations.
First mentions of the Jewish community of Navahrudak date back to 1529. In the 16th century, the Jewish community became an integral part of the town and an active participant in its social, economic, and spiritual life.
Zhaludok had three schools with instruction in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Polish, and two synagogues – the old and the new one. I remember Rabbi Sorochkin; there were branches of the Hechalutz and Beitar organisations.