Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Janow Sokolski, Poland - Original Linocut, Sepia Janow Sokolski, Poland - Original Linocut, Black & White

YANOV [Yiddish]

Janow Sokolski was a small town in the Bialystok region. Jews began to settle in Janow as early as the 17th century, and by 1719 the bishop of Vilno, Konstanty Brzostowski, had granted them permission to build a synagogue. The synagogue was constructed in 1740. The town's census in 1775 counted 214 Christian residents and 221 Jews. In 1897, 1797 of the town's 2,296 residents were Jewish. Just prior to World War II, nearly 1,100 Jews lived in this small, poor town known for its hotel, which 0was owned by the Jewish resident Chmiel Rudawski. The wooden synagogue was built in 1740, and was one of the most impressive in the region with a monumental three-story roof. The synagogue was renovated and maintained by the Polish State Office for Historical Buildings. The Jewish community and its wooden synagogue perished at the hands of the Nazis.

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