Bider's A Dictionary of Jewish
Surnames from the Russian Empire, the name STAROBINSKII
was used in Gomel in the Chernigov region of
Belorussia. (See Chernigov archive
list.) It indicates an origin from the townlet of
near Slutsk in Belorussia (80 miles south of Pinsk).
The name Starobin itself means One Hundred Rabbis.
and Vicinity Memorial Book which includes Starobin.
Nevertheless, there are still a few Jews living in Starobin.
Selig Bodyas STAROBINSKY
Selig means "comfort". Selig owned Hotel Zelig. His first wife
Esther's son-in-law Yaacov
KORBUTCHKY had two sons including Zelig STARR who
survived the Holocaust a shattered man.
Selig's second wife Shayna Etel and her two sons
(Moshe Bodya STAROBINSKY and Benjamin STAROBINSKY)
inherited the hotel.
Moshe Bodya STAROBINSKY was a Mohel.
Selig learned Russian from postmaster.
Selig's father disapproved of him learning Russian, but
afterwards as the only one in the ghetto (300 jews) who knew Russian
he was able to make a living from that, translating
official documents. (Everyone knew Ukrainian and Yiddish.)
Selig owned a hardware store and a hotel.
Benjamin STAROBINKSY (seated in the photo taken
to the right taken around 1901 with his daughter and grandchildren)
Merchan (Miriam) was daughter of Rabbi David of
- David STAROBINKSY
- Sarah STAROBINSKY ?
Benjamin's son David STAROBINSKY
(died 1899 Poland) learned Russian from
father. David married Gute Tova FELDMAN.
1863, died 5 July 1949, buried Yanover Cemetery, Waldheim, Illinois, Gate
125, Lot 317, Row 3, Grave 5, Id no. 42521.) Gute Tova immigrated to the
United States with her son Rabbi Zelig Starr. Her son's name was Anglicized to
Selig, and Gute Tova's name may have been Anglicized to Gertrude.
David STAROBINSKY and Gute Tova FELDMAN had nine children:
- Isaac Labe STAROBINSKY
- Reuben STAROBINSKY, married Tseereel. Owned 2 stores. Pretended to be
Polish but was recognized and killed by Germans.
- Miriam STAROBINSKY went to Tel Aviv (d. 1981)
- Yael MULCHADSKI
- Tzilla (Gilla) MULCHADSKI married Haïm RAZ.
(Raney 1960, Limor 1963, Tal 1979)
- Fagel STAROBINSKY (Fanny) d. 14 March 1948. Married DAVIS d. 14 November 1948.
- David DAVIS
- Joseph ("Chick") DAVIS (Nov 195?)
- Mary DAVIS, married Izzy HOROWITZ. Adopted Putchy and ??.
- Rifka STAROBINSKY born before 1899. Married Itzhak Napcha who died in Russian army during World War I fighting Germans.
(Rifka is standing to the right of her grandfather in the photo above
taken around 1901.)
remarried GOLDMAN 1913 and later had a son??
and a daughter??. (They are listed in the Yiskor book for Yanow.)
- David NAPCHA (b. 1914) went to Israel. Married Miriam.
- Nitza NAPCHA b. 1940 married Avram
SCHITZ banker, Tel Aviv.
- Tzor SCHITZ, b. 1969, lawyer working for Israel tax
office. Married (2000) to American. Lives in Modayin, Israel.
- Ohad SCHITZ, b. 1980, accountant
- Rifka NAPCHA married Mordicai (Motty)
PELED judge, Tel Aviv.
- Asaf PELED (b. 1981)
- Anon PELED (b. 1979)
- daughter (b. 1991?)
- Naava NAPCHA married Ariel GOTTESMAN
chemical trader, Tel Aviv.
- Maya GOTTESMAN (b. 1981)
- Yaer GOTTESMAN (b. 1984)
- Badra STAROBINSKY died young in Europe of natural causes.
Rabbi Selig STARR (b. 15 June 1893
d. 2 Nov 1989 = 4 cheshvan 5750 Chicago).
(In the photo above
taken around 1901, Selig is eight years old and is standing
on the right next to his sister Rifka, grandfather Benjamin, and aunt Sarah.)
Rabbi Selig STARR married
Pearl (Penina) COHEN
(Born 15 December 1915. Died 1970).
Selig was a graduate of the
University of Chicago.
Rabbi at Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, Illinois).
Rosh Yeshiva Darchai Noam (Jerusalem).
- Leah STAROBINSKY. (??)
- Rachel STAROBINSKY. Married KALMAN. Philadelphia (??).
- Sarah STAROBINSKY (d. 1930). Married Moshe Baruch.
No children. Purchased a shul in Philadelphia.
Daniel E. LOEB,