Rommy, Romen, Ромни (Ukrainian), Ромны – Romny (Russian)

Romny is a city in the northern Ukrainian Oblast of Sumy. It is located on the Romen River and is the administrative center of the Romny Raion. The villages of Lutschky (438 inhabitants), Kolisnykove (43 inhabitants) and Hrabyne belong to the Romny city administration.


The beginnings of a Jewish community date from the 18th century. In 1803 there were 127 Jews in the town, and in 1847 the Jews numbered 759. The community developed rapidly after the opening of the Romny-Libava railway line (1874), which became one of the important trade arteries of western Russia.

In the XIX century, Romny rabbi was Chaim-Yehuda Leib Dinaburg and his son Shneur-Zalman.

Реб Цви-Яаков Динабург, уроженец Нежина, умер 28 лет от роду, в 5622 (1862) году. Его дед, р. Хаим-Йехуда Лейб, был раввином в городе Ромны, Полтавской губернии, а после его смерти этот пост унаследовал его сын – Шнеур-Залман

Pre-revolution postcard from Romny