An Old Sketch of the Synagogue of Gombin from 1893
On Sunday, 21 September 97, I traveled 300 km in one direction, to a small city in the south part of Poland.
There waited for me a Judaica Polish collector, whom I found already a month ago, who sold me a most unique item for Gombin memory. The deal was a dream for me, which than became true...
I bought an authentic, original sketch made by feather, colored, of the Gombin synagogue. It was made in 1893, before its expected restoration, probably taken before, to preserve the original structure of the famous synagogue.
For me, this synagogue symbolize the culture, life and the world of my ancestors, and I shall treasure it and keep with utmost care. It is really something special. It is a very small (10,5 x 8 cm) drawing (colored) dated on 23 VI 1893 year.
It shows the wooden synagogue in Gombin!
It sticks on huge cardboard 29 x 21 cm. The title is: "Gombin - Boznica Drewniana" (wooden synagogue). It is hand-done by feather. Author is Grzegorz Worobjew (famous in preserve of History Architecture in Poland 100 years ago). He worked for Commission of Science to History and Art in Poland. On the other side are stamps of Univerity Collection in Krakow (pre war)(Jagiellonian). May be the item was transferred to Lvov during WW2.
Anyway it is absolutely unique and has a special value for me, both parents from Gombin. I consulted with the curator of the Diaspora Museum, a friend, and she agrees with me that it is most special miniature sketch.
My thoughts wander to my grand uncle, rabbi Yehuda Laib Zlotnik... One son, out of a dynasty of rabbis, all over Poland. Brother of my wise and beloved grandmother Rasza. He was the one who inaugurated the restored synagogue in 1911. His first rabbanic post was in Gombin. This sketch was taken 18 years before.
From the Yizkor Book of Gombin, the article of Henrey Greenbaum: "My shtetl Gombin"
..." The other person who inspired great reverence in me was Rav Zlotnik, head of the congregation. He was a distinguished-looking man with a beautiful pale face and a long beard, tall and thin in stature. By his appearance and comportment he conveyed a sense of holiness and dignity. I remember him as a fascinating orator, and during his "droshes" from the pulpit I had the distinct impression of Moses talking from the mountain to his people."
The image of the synagogue where my father's uncle preached so deeply into the souls of the Jews of Gombin, is now in my hands... to remember the symbol, to remember where I came from, to remember and cherish my ancestors culture.
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