oldest building built 1726

Image from History of Jewish Communities in Ukraine

The city's year of establishment and source of name is uncertain. It is mentioned by Hypatian Codex as earlier as 1032 which is assumed as the year of establishment. In official documents it is mentioned as earlier as 1195 when Bohuslavl was handed over by the Grand Prince of Kiev Rurik II to the Grand Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal Vsevolod III who preceded him on Kievan throne several years earlier.

In 1240 Bohuslav was destroyed by the Mongol invasion. In 1362 it was liberated by forces of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Ruthenia, and Samogitia. In 1569 Bohuslav was passed to the Polish Crown and in 1620 it received its Magdeburg rights and its city banner. Since 1591 Bohuslav belonged to Janusz Ostrogski, the voivode of Volhynia. From 1648 to 1667 it was part of the Cossack Hetmanate and after the Treaty of Andrusovo was once again returned to Poland. In 1685 it was occupied by Samiylo Samus whom Ivan Mazepa appointed the appointed Hetman of Right-bank Ukraine when Poland allowed to restore cossacks' liberties.

Since that time and until 1704 Bohuslav became a residence of the appointed Hetman. In 1704 Samus surrendered his authority to Mazepa. After withdrawal of the Russian armed forces in 1708 from Poland, Samus continued to self-govern unlawfully in the region. In 1711 he joined forces with Pylyp Orlyk, however after number of unsuccessful storms of Bila Tserkva, Orlyk withdrew to Moldova. Samus was left to defend Bohuslav on his own now against the united armies of Russia and Poland (bound by the Treaty of Narva). In 1712 Samus was arrested and exiled to Siberia. Bohuslav regiment was liquidated and the city was returned once again under the Polish administration.

After the first partition of Poland the city was passed to the Russian Empire and until 1837 it was a center of Bohuslav county. The county was restored once again after the establishment of the Soviet regime in 1919 and 1923 it was transformed into the Bohuslav Raion.

It had a large Jewish community. According to the 1897 census, on a total of 11,372 inhabitants, 7445 people were Jews whose community was destroyed in the Holocaust.[2]


Rabbinical Books of1849-1916 in the State Historical Archive of Ukraine.They contain birth, death, marriage, and divorcerecords in Hebrew and Russian from many Ukranian regions. Rabbinats of the towns listed are:

  1. Berdichev
  2. Boguslav
  3. Buk
  4. Wasilkow
  5. Gornostaypol
  6. Zvenigorodka
  7. lwankowo
  8. Kiyev
  9. Korostyshev
  10. Lipovits
  11. Malin
  12. Pereyaslav
  13. Radomyshl
  14. Skvira,Tarascha
  15. Uman
  16. Khabnoe
  17. Cherkassy
  18. Chernobyl.

In addition to the Rabbinical books, the Archive keeps the documents collected by the Jewish Historical-Archeological Commission of the Academy of Sciences, 1519 - 1917 as well as the results of censuses of Jews in towns and villages of Volynhia, Podolia and Kiev "voevodstvo" of 1765-1791 .Address of the Archive: CENTRAL STATEHISTORICAL ARCHIVE OF THE UKRAINE,Solomenskaya Street 24, Kiev, 252110, Ukraine (Tel:044-277-3002). T