Moshe Verbin's Guest Book

Sat, 19 Apr 2003 10:25:52 -0400
Penny Otte
Thanks for the beautiful website and the gorgeous models. My great great great great great great grandmother was Fanny Volpa and was born around 1809 in Wolpa, Belarus (once Poland, Russia, or Lithuania). The family made an amazing nearly globe hugging trek during the 19th century from Poland to Austria, English, Ireland, and finally, South Africa, where my grandmother Rose Mitchell was born. They finally emigrated to the United States where our family now resides. You brought a piece of the puzzle of my maternal family to life.
Penny Fischer-Otte

Tue, 01 Apr 2003 14:12:50 +0200
Michal Doron
Dear Ada, Dear Moshe,
This is an amazing exhibition. It is a cultural treasure.
Since our group: " Next Generation of Townspeople of Poland" is very interested in this subject we shall very carefully read it.
Thank You & All The Best.
Michal Doron

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 09:57:08 -0800 (PST)
Alison Greengard
Although the synagogues may have not survived, some of their interior items did. For instance, in Denver, Colorado, USA two synagogues have wooden interior items from pre-World War II synagogues. Temple Emanuel has a wooden bimah, bimah chairs and ark (along with a Torah ) from Czechoslovakia. They are painted - greyish green, white and gold, I believe. The Hebrew Educational Alliance also has a small ark, but I can't remember which country it is from. I think it is also painted greyish green, white and gold.
Alison Greengard

Mon, 10 Mar 2003 19:20:41 -0500
Hanna Z. Weissberger
I just wanted to tell you that went to lecture about the wooden synagogues in Eastern Europe at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and I was very moved and it was very educational for me. I myself belong to a Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda MD (Called Adat Shalom). it is build of wood and has many elements of the wooden synagogues, which warms my hear t and soul.
Hanna Weissberger

Mon, 10 Mar 2003 06:30:49 -0700
Dr. Bob Solomon
Congratulations on combining a love for history with an appreciation of beauty. May models of these buildings blossom on every Hannukah table nextt o the candles in years to come.
Dr. Bob Solomon

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 12:27:39 +0000
Saul W. Issroff
Dear Ada
Thanks for an excellent informative site on Wooden synagogues.

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 14:01:58 -0600
Cheri Pugh
Dear Ms. Holtzman,
Thank you for posting this link to your web page - -these are wonderful!! Beautiful and important work.
Cheri Pugh

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 17:30:12 +0200
Udi Cain
Dear Ada.
I sent a note to JewishGen:
"Dear all.
I went into the wonderful new web site by Ada Holtzman, and it left me speechless.
A beautiful piece of art.
A most important memorial.
Please make sure not to miss it: "
Best regards,
Udi Cain,

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 07:27:27 -0500
Daniel Kazez
After I learned that my great great grandmother Malka JURKIEWICZ TALMAN was married in Przedborz, Poland, I learned an important identifying fact for my town of Przedborz--that it was "the town with the famous wooden synagogue."
A wonderful new web site by Ada Holtzman will allow us to learn that there were many famous wooden synagogues in eastern Europe, before they were destroyed by the Nazis.
In case your family history makes reference to a famous wooden synagogue, Ms. Hotzman's web site will steer you in the right direction
You will be quite surprised, I think, by the photos at the web site above!

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 10:04:29 -0500
Joyce Field
Absolutely beautiful web site.

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 13:00:18 -0500
Marcia Indianer Meyers
Dear Ada,
Very beautiful web site.
I really enjoyed your web site - the wooden synagogues pictures are wonderful. I have many books where my father was from (Chodorow)
Khodorov. Please note - the first information you have is correct. The second information which shows the model synagogues is not correct. Khodorov is 49 at 24'/24 at 19' and 56 km SE of L'viv. Not near Kiev.
Best wishes,
Marcia Indianer Meyers
Middletown Connecticut

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 22:32:48 +0200
Ouziel Shimon
As always I admire your work.
Shimon Ouziel

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 23:03:38 -0800
Louis A. Fine
Dear Ada
I saw your posting on the JGEN and got all excited about the mention of shuls destroyed by the Nazis. My late mother reported to me that her first cousin and his family were present at the time of the burning of the shul in Khodorov. His father ran in to save the Torah and as he emerged from the shul he was machine gunned to death. My cousin then tried to convince his older brother's to leave Khodorov but they refused. He then joined the Polish Underground and later his group teamed up with the Soviet Army.

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 21:24:28 -0800
Jean-Pierre Stroweis
Hi Ada,
Could these models be a real exhibition at our 2004 conference on Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem? How large are they?
What do you think?

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 19:02:22 +0200
Chana Furman
Shalom Ada,
Besha'a Tova.
I would like to copy this message, as it is written, to April IGS Newsletter, and to our IGS Website that shortly will be hosted by new server as well.
Please confirm and let me know if you want to make any change in the text or the frame of the announce.
Bsorot Tovot,

Wed, 05 Mar 2003
Morris Wirth
Excellent site! I love the layout and the material.

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 13:34:32 -0600
Viktor Lewin
Dear Ada,
I find it an honour to work with you on our
Losice project. You have done so many great things to preserve and promote Jewish heritage in Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. There was at least one wooden synagogue in Losice and as all too often occurred it also burned down to the ground. Mavel tov to you, Mr. Verbin, and the others who worked so hard on this project.
With regards,
.Lewin Canada


Wed, 05 Mar 2003 19:48:18 +0200
Lovely art work. truly inspired and a treasure for future Jewish generations.
Avigdor Ben-Dov
Researching Zambrow, Tykocin, Lomza, Sokoly, and Zabludow

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 20:55:48 +0100
Petje Schrder
Great work!

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 00:39:08 +0100
Edyta Gawron
Congratulations on your web page devoted to Verbin's works!!! That's great!


Wed, 05 Mar 2003 19:33:11 -0500
Jose Gutstein
web site:

Nice job Ada, as always.
I have relatives from
Sniadowo and have an amazing actual photo of the Sniadowo one with people standing in front.

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 07:20:55 -0500
Daniel Kazez
Wow! What a beautiful site--and thought that my town of Przedborz was the only one with a wooden synagogue.


Wed, 05 Mar 2003
Claude Sanicki  
What can I say? Except to say what an amazing woman you are so dedicated,so passionate about Gombin,.the Holocaust, and everything that goes with it.
A fantastic job
Claude Sanicki
Melbourne Australia


Wed, 05 Mar 200307:59:2+0100
Tomasz Wisniewski
Moshe, Moshe... great, honest man. I have been in his apartment in Kibutz Yakum maybe 9 years ago... Great warm friendly atmoshpere, open heart of my hosts. What amazing models he built! What great memorial job he created!
Great exibition
Tomek Wisniewski (Bialystok, Poland)

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 16:45:56 +0200
Halina Birenbaum
The Synagogues are real so beautiful! It is wonderful that you put them on the Internet! I have a friend, young student from the Polish Christie Council who is from Wysokie Mazowieckie and I send to the address, also I send it to Nowy Sacz.

Sun, 2 Mar 2003 15:19:38 EST
Malka Kontogheorgis

Dear Ada,
My father was from Warka, Poland. He rarely spoke of Warka - too many memories good and bad.
I've just looked at the new page (via Jewish Gen) you put on your website of the wooden synagogues by Moshe Verbin and at Warka my father received bar mitzvah there.
Time is slipping away for survivors to record all this information. My son is only 7 years and noyet ready to learn of these things. Some time he will be ready and your website will be of great importance. I give my thanks to both you and Mr Verbin for all your time and efforts in bringing all this to the attention of the world.
Best wishes and regards,
Malka Kontogheorgis (nee Flekier) of London, England.

Mon, 03 Mar 2003 10:49:40 -0500
Mila Begun

Dear Ada,

What an amazing and wonderful accomplishment! Thank you for posting each of thereconstructions on your web site. These models really make history come alive. Each is magnificent. Mr. Verbin is to be congratulated and honored for his artistry and perseverence. The construction couldn't have been easy!
Sincerely, Mila Begun in New York City

Sun, 2 Mar 2003
Henriette Mod Roth

My father was born in Suchowola in 1886, as were his five brothers and 3 sisters. He probably prayed in the synagogue you depict. Thank you so much for your work and your beautiful, affecting web site. Yasher Koach! Congratulations!
Henriette Mo
d Roth

Sun, 2 Mar 2003
Leroy Vegotsky
My name if Leroy Vegotsky, my family came from Belarus.


Sun, 2 Mar 2003
Mervin Fahn
My mother, Sara Brecher, was born in Pechenezhin in 1901.
Thank you.
Mervin Fahn,
Sacramento, California

Ada Holtzman 's message to JewishGen Mar 2nd, 2003
I am very happy to new web page, now finally completed, which contains models of the lost wooden synagogues in East Europe; all burnt down by the Nazis during WWII.
The models were made of straw, during many years of hard work, by Moshe Verbin from Israel, commemorating the beautiful Jewish art which was destroyed and is gone for ever.
The towns in the virtual exhibition:
* Belarus: Grodno, Narowla (Narovlya),Odelsk, Uzlyany, Wolpa.
* Lithuania: Jurborg,Olkeniki, Shukyany,Wilkowishki.
* Poland: Gombin (Gabin),Janow Sokolski,Konskie, Kornik, Lutomiersk, Nasielsk, Przedborz, Sniadowo, Suchowola, Warka, Wysokie Mazowieckie,Zabludow.
* Ukraine: zhozdovtse,Gwozdziec,Jablonow,Kamionka, Strumilova,Khodorov,Pechenizhin,Pogrebishche.
The URL is
Ada Holtzman

Fri, 23 Mar 2001 08:49:36 -0800 (PST)
Diane Frankel

The wooden synagogue of Uzlany is of particular interest to all of us whose ancestors became USLANs. I can picture my grandparents and great grand parents worshipping in that beautiful primative wooden structure with the magnificent ark. Thank you for sharing.

Diane Frankel

Wed, 18 Jul 2001 00:09:18 -0700 (PDT)
My Grandma was born in Brzozdowce in 1919. She's Polish but had many Jewish friends. She stillremembers their names and I know their faces from the old photos. I'm gonna bookmark this page to show it to Her.
Best wishes

From: Ada Holtzman - 10 May 2000
Dear Moshe Verbin,
I am honored that you agreed and accepted to post your wonderful exhibition in my web page. I am very grateful to you, and hope you like he results.
The world should remember those beautiful wooden synagogues in Poland, masterpieces of Jewish art and culture, so brutally erased off the earth by the Germans.
It is my dream that one day, a real synagogue will be erected following your model, a giant real memorial to the Jewish creation in Poland. It will carry on the Jewish heritage, and will be the place of tolerance, study and peace
Ada Holtzman

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