Hometown of the Shalita branch

The Shalita family branch lived in Berdichev, Ukraine for generations. (See Miriam Weiner Archives for more photographs). This postcard image dates from around 1917.

Rabbi Yehuda-Leib Shalita, probably born in Berdichev circa 1795, came from a long paternal line of religious leaders linked back to Rashi, the prominent medieval philosopher. A Berdichev synagogue survives to this day.

Moshe Shalita, born circa 1845, immigrated to the U.S. at the turn of the century, along with his immediate family.