We are a world-wide group of researchers tracing our family roots from Jewish Brisk, now the city of Brest, Belarus, and the surrounding region. Our members live in the United States,
Canada, United Kingdom, France, Israel, Australia, Argentina,
Brazil, and Russia.
Our goal is to share information and resources through this web
site, e-mails, forums, newsgroups, visits to Brest, and face-to-face
conversations. Inhabitants of the shtetlekh in this area shared many
common experiences of schooling, commerce, and marriages. We know that travel among these towns was common for at least a portion of the inhabitants, and that there were strong social connections in some groups of towns. We hope
that by studying multiple shtetlekh in the region, we will learn more about specific towns and families.
This site is dedicated to our ancestors, who
continued to struggle despite the tragedies of anti-Semitism,
economic hardship and many unexpected and uncontrollable political
events. We are preserving their memories
by remembering the times in which they lived. Many of us would not
be alive today had not one of our ancestors emigrated from
Brisk. View individual dedications by group members, here.
Please take a look at this page about a new book on the Jews of Kamenets, the first we know of written by a modern Belarusian citizen-historian.
Haim Sidor has contributed new material about Kobryn, list of donors to a shul, 100 years ago.