The Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy

It is surprising how many people can trace their descent to Dokshitsy, a small town now in BelarusRob Benjamin

    The Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy, Inc.(FOJD), a Massachusetts non-profit organization, was created "to preserve the memory of the Jewish residents of Dokshitsy (Dokshitz in Yiddish), Parafianov, and nearby villages." The organization was founded in 2006 in response to a message from the Dokshitsy District. The District sought help to restore the Jewish cemetery forty years after it's destruction. Most of Dokshitsy's Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Before then, thousands had left, many going to America. The result is a worldwide Dokshitsy Diaspora.  
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Dokshitz memorial 2012
"Dokshitsy: holocaust site and Jewish cemetery are across the street from each other.   left and top right pictures-site of Holocaust. left new Holocaust memorial:
"Everyone has a name
given to him by G-d,

by the sea,
and given to him by his death."

On this site more than 3000 members of the  Dokshitsy Jewish community were killed. They are numbered among those who performed Kiddush Hashem." bottom left site of cemetery:  "They should know that there was once a shtetl named Dokshitz, where Jewish life flourished." Shechina Kantorovitch
all black monuments were erected by The Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy with your help. left photo by Carol Epstein 2012.
 top right photo by Frank Swartz 2008. bottom right photo by Kristian Väisänen 2009.
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  Rob Benjamin sums up the August, 2010 Dokshitsy Diaspora Reunion Eva Fogelman's keynote Why Remember Dokshitsy? was a highlight.
    If someone says, "My grandfather was from Dokshitz, and I don't know anything about the place," how would you respond? Here's one possibility.
    Learn about  the Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy, the history and geography of Dokshitsy's Jewish community,  trips to Dokshitsy,  the Jewish Cemetery in Dokshitsy, its restoration, other cemeteries where Dokshitzers are buried and  Dokshitsy families. See old pictures from Dokshitsy, recent photos and videos. See side bar for more. Submit photos and more. Planning a family reunion? Contact us. Become part of our community. Our work is not finished. help preserve our history