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bircza online images and photos

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The images below have been collected from various individuals and researchers who have obtained (or taken) photographs of the Bircza area, or images relating to the community. At the right of the page, you will find an index for the photographs, separating them by category. Large pictures have been reduced in size to fit below; to view the full size, click on the photo. Information about the origin of the pictures (such as the photographer) is included below each one; these individuals own the rights to these images and must be contacted if you intend to distribute or reproduce them. If you have any images of this region, please contribute them to the website by contacting me. By pooling our resources, we can keep the spirit of qehīllat Bircza alive.

community documents and stamps

The following documents and lists can also be found, with detail and explanation on the Bircza area lists page. Click here to view the various lists.

community signatures, 1904

List of signatures appended to a Bircza document (1904). More information and detail on this document can be found here.
Credit: Jacek Proszyk, 1904

community stamp #1

Bircza community stamp (undated).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk

community stamp #2

Bircza community stamp (undated).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk

community stamp #3

Bircza community stamp (undated).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk

community stamp #4

Bircza community stamp (undated).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk

community stamp #5

Bircza community stamp (undated).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk

community stamp #6

Bircza community stamp (undated).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk

natan beisem’s signature, mid-19th century

Signature of Bircza Jewish community head Natan Beisem (mid-19th Century).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk, mid-19th Century

rabbinical legal ruling, 1884

Intervention letter issued by Rabbi Yitsḥaq Yehuda Shmeʿlqis (Isak Jehuda Schmelkes) of Przemyśl in 5644/1884, and seconded by Rabbi Yosef Mosheh (Jozef Mosze [Teichner]) of Żołynia (and Przemyśl [1860–1887]) and by Rabbi Ari Libish (Leibish) ha-Levi of Mościska [?], regarding the work of a new butcher (‘Mosheh’) in Bircza, operating without local rabbinical permission, which prohibits the purchase of meat from this unlicensed butcher. Other rabbis are signatories.
Credit: Jacek Proszyk, 1884

marriage announcement, 04 march 1904

Public announcement regarding the marriage of Frida, the daughter of Bircza Rabbi Mordechai Shapira (Markus Spira), to Yaʿaqov Yitsḥaq (Jakób Isak), the son of ‘the righteous famous’ Rabbi Dov Beʾer Blandwayn (Blandwein) of Lwow, in Bircza on 17 Adar 5664/04 March 1904. The poem at the top of the document is an acrostic, spelling the names of both the bride (right column) and the groom (left column).
Credit: Jacek Proszyk, 04 March 1904

shulḥan ʿarukh, 1863

Title page of a Shulḥan ʿarukh, published in Sztetyn in 1863 (5624). This holy book was the property of the Bircza religious seminary (beyt ha-midrash), whose stamp is evident on the inside cover, along with signatures of various community members.
Credit: Efraim Hibner, 1863

shulḥan ʿarukh, 1895

Title page of a Shulḥan ʿarukh (first volume), published in Warszawa (Warsaw) in 1895 (5655). This holy book was the property of the Bircza religious seminary (beyt ha-midrash), whose stamp is evident on the inside cover, along with the signature of a community member.
Credit: Efraim Hibner, 1895

polish business directory: bircza and stara bircza, 1929

Polish business directory entry for the town of Bircza and the village of Stara Bircza, 1929. More information and detail on this document can be found here.
Credit: Paul Rubinfeld, 1929

nowe horyzonty article, 1940s

An article (in Polish) about Bircza from Nowe Horyzonty, written in the 1940s, which mentions the teacher and painter Antoni Rudawski. For more information about this remarkable Bircza teacher and painter, click here.
Credit: Joanna Zientek, 1940s

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interactive map

Select a village from the list to visit an interactive map of the entire Bircza area.

image index

main roads and city sites

  1. countryside photo #1
  2. countryside photo #2
  3. city centre photo #1
  4. city centre photo #2
  5. city centre photo #3
  6. delicatessen
  7. market square photo #1
  8. market square photo #2
  9. market square photo #3
  10. administrative building
  11. main road photo #1
  12. main road photo #2
  13. main road photo #3
  14. main road photo #4
  15. street photo #1
  16. street photo #2
  17. street photo #3
  18. street photo #4
  19. street photo #5
  20. street photo #6
  21. street photo #7
  22. street photo #8
  23. street photo #9
  24. szkolna st (painting)
  25. bircza in winter (painting)
  26. old oak photo #1
  27. old oak photo #2
  28. old oak photo #3
  29. nearby forest
  30. bircza postcard #1
  31. bircza postcard #2
  32. bircza postcard #3

other places near bircza

  1. brzezawa
  2. kreców

jewish cemetery

  1. cemetery gate
  2. cemetery sign #1
  3. cemetery sign #2
  4. cemetery sign #3
  5. cemetery photo #1
  6. cemetery photo #2
  7. cemetery photo #3
  8. cemetery photo #4
  9. cemetery photo #5
  10. cemetery photo #6
  11. cemetery photo #7
  12. cemetery photo #8
  13. cemetery photo #9
  14. cemetery photo #10
  15. cemetery photo #11
  16. gravestone #1
  17. 1836 gravestone #1
  18. 1836 gravestone #2
  19. 1836 gravestone #3
  20. 1920 gravestone #1
  21. 1920 gravestone #2
  22. 1922 gravestone #1
  23. 1922 gravestone #2
  24. gravestone #5
  25. gravestone #6
  26. gravestone #7
  27. gravestone #8
  28. gravestone #9
  29. gravestone #10
  30. gravestone #11
  31. gravestone #12

other religious places

  1. synagogue #1
  2. synagogue #2
  3. synagogue #3
  4. rabbi’s house
  5. miqvah
  6. view of church
  7. priest’s house photo #1
  8. priest’s house photo #2
  9. priest’s house photo #3
  10. priest’s house photo #4
  11. presbytery (painting)

other noted buildings

  1. bircza manor
  2. bircza manor entrance
  3. school
  4. bircza castle postcard
  5. bircza castle (painting)
  6. krasiczyn castle (painting)


  1. 19th-c. bircza townsfolk (painting)
  2. löwenthal family, late 1920s
  3. pre-war schoolboard
  4. school play, c. 1934
  5. school faculty, late 1940s
  6. teachers in the market place
  7. antoni rudawski, 1960s

signs and monuments

  1. war memorial
  2. war memorial plaque
  3. town crest
  4. town crest at town entrance photo #1
  5. town crest at town entrance photo #2
  6. road distance sign
  7. road at town entrance
  8. yad vashem memorial photo #1
  9. yad vashem memorial photo #2
  10. mt zion memorial

mt hebron cemetery markers

  1. birczer young men’s #1
  2. birczer young men’s #2
  3. birczer young men’s #3
  4. birczer young men’s #4
  5. birczer young men’s #5
  6. birczer young men’s #6
  7. birczer sick & benevolent #1
  8. birczer sick & benevolent #2
  9. birczer sick & benevolent #3
  10. birczer sick & benevolent #4
  11. birczer sick & benevolent #5
  12. birczer sick & benevolent #6
  13. birczer sick aid
  14. birczer sick aid officers
  15. birczer sick aid members

community documents and stamps

  1. community signatures, 1904
  2. community stamp #1
  3. community stamp #2
  4. community stamp #3
  5. community stamp #4
  6. community stamp #5
  7. community stamp #6
  8. natan beisen’s signature, mid-19th c.
  9. rabbinical legal ruling, 1884
  10. marriage announcement, 04 march 1904
  11. shulḥan ʿarukh, 1863
  12. shulḥan ʿarukh, 1895
  13. polish business directory: bircza and stara bircza, 1929
  14. nowe horyzonty article, 1940s

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D Gershon Lewental, PhD
23 Aug 1998–19 Oct 2011