Towns of Vidzeme (Livland)

The towns listed on this page are currently located in Vidzeme, formerly Livland gubernia. If the notation "N/A" appears after Kehilalinks or Yizkor Book, there is an opportunity to create a Kehilalinks page and/or sponsor (or volunteer to do) a yizkor book translation. If a town has a cemetery indexed in the JewishGen Online Burial Registry (JOWBR), it is linked to the description, and can be searched via a JOWBR database search. External cemetery websites for the town are also linked, if applicable.

Cēsis/Wenden

Alternate names: Cēsis [Latv], Wenden [Ger], Venden [Rus, Yid], Cėsys [Lith], Tsesis [Rus], Kieś [Pol], Võnnu [Est]

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Dubulti/Dubbeln (see Sloka)

Limbaži/Lemsal

Alternate names: Limbaži [Latv], Lemsal [Ger, Pol], Lemzal' [Rus], Lemsalu [Est], Limbažiai [Lith], Limbazhi

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Riga

Alternate names: Rīga [Latv], Ryga [Pol, Lith], Rige [Yid], Riga [Ger, Rus], Riia [Est], Rija

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Cemeteries - 2 cemeteries: Brāļu Kapi and Jewish Cemetery

Yizkor Book - translation of the chapter Mendel Bobe, "Riga," from Mendel Bobe, ed., The Jews in Latvia (Tel Aviv: Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel, 1971), 243-261.

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Riga neighborhood - Bolderāja/Bolderaa

Riga neighborhood - Daugavgrīva/Dünamünde

Rūjiena/Rujen

Alternate names: Rūjiena [Latv], Rujen [Ger], Ruen [Rus], Ruhja [Est], Ruyyena, Ruyena, Ruyen, Rujina, Rūjienas, Rujene, Ruiyena, Aujiena

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Sloka/Schlock

Alternate names: Sloka [Latv], Shlok [Yid, Rus], Schlock [Ger], Sluoka [Lith], Schlok

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Note: Sloka was ultimately merged into Jūrmala in 1959. Dubulti/Dubbeln was the only part of Jūrmala where Jews were allowed to settle, and it had been a favorite vacation spot for Jews since the late 19th century.

Smiltene/Smilten

Alternate names: Smiltene [Latv], Smilten [Ger]

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Valka/Walk

Note that there is a town named Valga right across the border in Estonia. See the Other Resources for an article on the subject.

Alternate names: Valka [Latv], Walk [Ger], Valk [Rus], Valga [Est], Läti-Valga, Valkas

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Valmiera/Wolmar

Alternate names: Valmiera [Latv], Wolmar [Ger, Pol], Vol'mar [Rus], Volmar [Yid], Volmari [Est], Valmiyera, Valmieras, Valmera, Valmeera

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