Leżajsk, Poland

Leżajsk is included in the Kolbuszowa Region Research Group (KRRG). Shtetlach were interwoven together like a tapestry and the Jewish people of neighboring shtetlach linked by marriages, trade and marketing. They shared schools, cemeteries, kosher butchers, bakers and more. Smaller shtetlach registered their birth, marriages and death in a nearby larger shtetl. One should research the neighboring area as well as an individual shtetl. The KRRG web site has resources and information that is relevant to many shtetlach. To search for family links and learn more about neighboring shtetlach, please visit the Kolbuszowa Region Research Group (KRRG).

Variant shtetl names: Lizhensk, Lezansk, Lezhaysk, Lzhansk

KRRG Coordinator: Susana Leistner Bloch

Administrative District: Łańcut

Judicial / Tax District (Subdistrict): Leżajsk

  • Latitude-Longitude: 50°16' - 22°25'
  • Altitude: 590 ft. feet
  • 28.7 miles E of Kolbuszowa
  • 23.7 miles NE of Rzeszów
  • 16.0 miles NNE of Łańcut
Jewish Population before the Holocaust: 1.575

History and Geography:

  • In present day Poland Leżajsk is in the Podkarpackie Województwo [ Province ] (formerly Rzeszowskie Woj.).  Leżajsk is the seat of the Leźajski Powiat [ County ] which includes the following Gminas [ Rural Administrative Districts ] : Grodzisko Dolne Kuryłówka,  Nowa Sarzyna.

  •  Leżajsk is also the seat of the Gmina [ Rural Administrative District ] which includes the city and commune of : Leżajsk and the following villages / communities:   Biedaczów,  Brzóza Królewska, Chałupki Debniańskie, Dębno , Giedlarowa, Gwizdow, Hucisko, Piskorowice, Przychojec, Rzuchów, Stare Miasto, Wierzawice

  • Leżajsk Jewish Cemetery: The Lezajsk Jewish Cemetery was established in the XVII century, on the outskirts of the southern-eastern part of the town, near the Leżajsk market. It can be reached  through a small market place to Górna Street with this cemetery.

  • Lizhensk; sefer zikaron le-kedoshei Lizhensk she-nispu be-shoat ha-natsim -  Memorial Book of the Martyrs of Leżajsk who Perished in the Holocaust . Submitted to the Yizkor Book Project by KRRG member Sarah Janine Katz
  • Leżajsk Yizkor Book The entire Leżajsk Yizkor Book was scanned and all the pages can be viewed in the original format.  With Permission of The New York Public Library, Dorot Jewish Division.

From the Yizkor Book:




    Lizhensk During The Holocaust – from the Yizkor Book: 

    Lizhensk After The Holocaust – from the Yizkor Book: 

    Righteous Gentiles – from the Yizkor Book:


Gesher Galicia Resources:

Photos & Postcards:

Books and Articles:

    Articles - from the Yizkor book:

The People of Lizhensk

    The People of Leżajsk- from the Yizkor Book:

    Rabbis - from the Yizkor Book:

    Chassidim - from the Yizkor Book:

    Memorable People - from the Yizkor book:

    Memories, reminiscences, and anecdotes - from the Yizkor book:

    Institutions and Organizations - from the Yizkor book:

    After Emigration:

    Lizhenskers who made Allyah [Immigration to Israel]:

Links and Databases:

When searching the links below, please remember that many towns in Poland have the same name. Make sure that the information you find refers to the shtetl you are researching.

  • Search for Leżajsk. The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and JewishGen "All Poland Database" is a multiple database search facility, which incorporates all of the following databases:
    JRI -Poland,  Yizkor Book Necrologies, JewishGen Family Finder )JGFF), JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), 1891 Galicia Business Directory, 1929 Polish Business Directory, 1890-1891 New York Immigrants from Poland, Austria and Galicia, JG Discussion Group Archives, SIG Mailing List Archives and much much more.
  • Search for any surname and /or town.
  • the "Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation Eastern European Archival Database" to see where some vital records are.

Local Contact for Leżajsk:


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