|• Total||4,28 km2 (165 sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+375 1513|
Svislach (Belarusian: Свiслач, pronounced [ˈɕvislatʃ] ( ); Russian: Свислочь, Svisloch, Polish: Świsłocz, Yiddish: סיסלעוויטש) is a town in the South-West of Hrodna voblast, Belarus, an administrative center of the Svislach district.
In 1927, Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Mishkinsky, whose wife, Chaya, was the granddaughter of Rabbi Naftali Hertz Halperin of Bialystock (son of the Oneg Yom Tov) was appointed the rabbi of Svislach. He led the community until the Nazis entered in November 1942 murdering the entire Jewish community. Prior to the war, Rabbi Mishkinsky sent his sons Yitzchak he:יצחק עברי and Moshe he:משה מישקינסקי to Israel (Palestine). Rabbi Mishkinsky's great-granddaughter, Batya Friedman, serves as rebbetzin of Beth Israel Synagogue (Edmonton), Canada. His great-grandson is Rabbi Yochanan Ivry of Congregation Toras Emes of Staten Island, NY.
Notable residents include:
- Rabbi Aharon Kotler
- Rabbi Samuel Belkin
- David Lewis (Losz), Canadian Rhodes Scholar and federal New Democratic Party leader.
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