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Kopyl (Kapule) #belarus


Harold Stein <hal2202@...>
 

Dear Genners:
I am interested in hearing >from persons whose
ancestors, like mine, emigrated to the USA >from the
shtetl Kapyl (Kapule)located near Slutsk---especially
those who emigrated to Sioux City, Iowa. There was a
large Kapule community there in the early and mid
1900s and even a Kapule schule. My grandfather, Avram
SHAPIRO was a Hebrew teacher there. I have contacted
several people listed in the shtetl finder for Kapyl,
but none had information. The Slutsk Yizkor Book has
chapters on Kapule, but they don't cover the late
1800s-early 1900s. Purpose of my inquiry is to
determine if anyone has any documents, photos, etc.
pertaining to the shtetl that they would be willing to
share, or similar material re the Sioux City Kapule
immigrant community. I have an audio tape of my late
mother describing what it was like growing up in
Kapule in the early 1900s. I also have a copy of the
history of the Jewish community of Sioux City
published by the Jewish Federation there many years
ago.
Hal Stein
Sacramento, CA
Seeking: SHAPIRO and ELIN, Kapule and environs;
SMOSCOWITZ, Riga and Griva, Latvia.


Steven Usdansky
 

No shtetl documents, but my grandfather, Isaac Usdansky, and three siblings, were among the Kapuliers who ended up in Sioux City for a while. I wasn't doing any serious record keeping at the time, but about 15 years ago, I spent a morning in the Sioux City library copying down address where my grandfather had lived, then went looking for them. None of the original buildings are still in existence.


Butch Hill
 

I think the Shulkin's are from Kapyl. They immigrated to Sioux City in the 1890s and were followed by a great many of their cousins, including my own ancestors (who weren't from Kapyl). 


Bonnie Gould
 

My grandfather, David (Peker) Becker came from Kapule to Sioux City in 1910, ultimately moving to Milwaukee where there used to be a “Kapule Group” which, I believe, has since disbanded. I was told that people from Kapule primarily immigrated to Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


gnscpa@...
 

My paternal grandmother was a  Rivin (Levin) -   I was born & raised in Sioux City as we’re both my parents.   I remember the Shulkin family.  The ‘old man shulkin’ carved the the ark in the Kapulia shul.   It was closed in the mid 50s & the carvings are in the big Jewish museum In nyc.  
I’d say that 90% of Sioux City was either from Kapulia, Tinkovitz, Kletsk or Urevitz  all within 7-10 miles apart.    

Jerry Sadoff 


Butch Hill
 

Here are two items you might find of interest. First, follow the link below for info about Kapyl and associated settlement in Sioux City.

https://whydidourfamilydothat.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/they-came-from-small-towns-and-settled-in-small-towns-from-shtetl-to-sioux-city-this-is-about-you-because-you-are-what-they-were/

Second, do a Google search on "Abe Shulkin Torah arc". He was from Kapyl and settled in Sioux City where he carved a Torah arc that's now found in "The Jewish Museum" in NYC. There should be links to photos of the arc and biographical information that might be of value to you.


yoshiyahooo@...
 

My great-great-grandfather Khaim Izrailevich son of Zelig was born around 1860 in Kopyl, and lived later in Minsk. Around 1910-1920 he spent a few years in America to earn money for his family, but I couldn't find any information about his whereabouts during that period. I also couldn't find any information about relatives of his in Kopyl.
--
Omri Sareth, Israel
Looking for:

Romania
ROZENBERG - Târgu Neamț; Iași, Romania (also: LEVIN)
ZILBERMAN - Vaslui (also: IȚIC / ITZIK)
WECHSLER - Vaslui (also: LEIBA, CROITORU)
REIDLER - Huși

Belarus
IZRAILEVICH - Minsk; Kopyl

Poland
SIEMION / SIEMIEN / SZEMEN - Warsaw, or anywhere! (also: WERMES, BERLINBLAU, HOFNUNG, ADLER, KORNGOLD, SEGAL)
PALENZWEIG / PATENZWEIG / POLENZWEIG - Warsaw, or anywhere! (also: MARGULIS)
WEIDENFELD - Warsaw (also: ALTERLEIB)
BRANDWEINMAN - Warsaw (also: GRINFARB, CHAJSON, FLIGELMAN, NATURKRAJT)
WARSZAWIAK - Warsaw; Lipno (also: DAWIDOWICZ, WERTHEIM, KRONENBERG, WEINSZTOK, HENDELS)
KOHN - Warsaw (also: COHEN, LANDOBERG)

Ukraine
KUPERMAN - Odessa
VULIS - Skvira; Khodorkov
KAHANA / KAGAN - Khodorkov
LITVINOVSKI - Kiev?

Anywhere
BRANDWEINMAN
IZRAILEVICH
LITVINOVSKI
POLENZWEIG, PATENZWEIG
REIDLER
SIEMION
VULIS
WARSZAWIAK


Tammy
 

From what I understand, there was a large population of Kapule immigrants in Omaha, NE as well.
Tammy Weingarten


Chicago Bubby
 

I too have several relatives who came from Kapyl to Sioux City, Iowa.

They were siblings: Shmerel PASSMAN and Chaya (Passman) HARLOW.

They were the children of Yekusiel and Finkel (Perlman) PASSMAN. My husband is a descendant of the Perlman family which was numerous in Kapyl.

There were a number of other siblings who remained in Kapyl, one of which had a son who assumed the surname of SHAPIRA and emigrated to Israel after WWII.

This is the first I have heard that many Kapyl former residents had gone to Kapyl. We always wondered why these relatives wound up there.

I have traced much of the rest of the PERLMAN family, but never tried to find out more of these Sioux City relatives

Cyndee Meystel
Chicago, IL


henrydneu
 

I, too, have an ancestral connection to Kopyl -- sort of.

I have very little documentation for my KIRZNER grandfather and his family.   In some U.S. documents he is listed as coming from Kletsk, a town about 20 miles (~32km) SW of Kopyl as the bird flies.  Family stories put his family on an orchard/farm outside of town.  I have slender information that this farm was in the direction of Kopyl, so I'm working on the theory that the family farm was about half-way between the two towns, and the family had connections to both towns.  Any KIRZNERs in Kopyl

A second mystery:  I'm also searching for a Jewish community in the same vicinity, based on a clue in the story of some refugees fleeing west to Kletsk in about 1924.  At that time, there was a roughly north-south running border between Kopyl and Kletsk.  They crossed secretly, at night, and struggled through the swamps along the border. They stopped at a synagogue just after crossing the border, then proceeded to Kletsk.   Was there a Jewish community in that area?  Contemporary Polish maps don't show any candidates -- but the maps often omit synagogues.

 Maybe someone descended from Kopyl knows, or can put me on the right path.   Anyone?

Thanks in advance!

Henry

Henry Neugass
Kletsk: KIRZNER
Wysokie-Litewskie: ZUBOV (or variant), GRYNFELD
Salem, Oregon USA


Steven Usdansky
 

Kopyl connection, or coincidence?  As I mentioned above, my grandfather, Isaac Usdansky, who was from Kopyl, spent several years in Sioux City. In the 1918-1919 time frame, he moved to San Antonio, TX, where his siblings and nieces had moved from Sioux City several years prior. In 1919, my grandfather went back to NYC and married my grandmother, Rebecca Schiller (changed by the family from Sinienski, not at Ellis Island!) whom he had never met, then took her back to TX in time for the 1920 census. My cousins and I believe it was an arranged marriage; my question is how was it arranged?

My grandmother and her family were from Lyubcha and Korelitz (both show up on passenger manifests; they're about 15 miles apart. My grandmother arrived in the US in 1914, and in 1915 was living with one of her sisters and the sister's family. However, my grandmother also had a married aunt, Masha,  (in NYC) who had come to the US in 1891. Masha was already married when she came over with her two sons - to Jacob from Kopyl. I'm wondering if there was a prior Kopyl connection between Jacob and Isaac.

Here's my fairy-tale version. Grandma's Uncle Jacob gets a letter from his fellow Kupilier, 50-year old Isaac, saying he needs a wife. Jacob responds, saying his wife has a 34-year old niece, Rebecca, who fits the bill. Isaac takes the train to NY, marries Rebecca, heads back to TX, and they live happily ever after. I this scenario even plausible?