Tsviki from Belarus

As I noted in yesterday’s posting “Das Wappen”, over the years, Zwickys have moved from Canton Glarus not only to all parts of Switzerland, and from Switzerland north and west in Europe (and then further west to the Americas), but also to the east, all the way to the Slavic lands — specifically, to what is now Ukraine and Russia. And also to what is now Belarus. Where we find the Tsviki — Цвики — family.

Two Belarusian Tsvikis, about 60 years apart in age. One, Leonid, back in Vitebsk, Belarus; the other, Julia (who came to the US a few years ago), in Hallandale Beach FL.

(I make no attempt here to piece out the family relationships involved. Though I will say that Leonid is the grandfather of Denis Zwicky, from yesterday’s posting.)

Where are we? The Republic of Belarus (capital Minsk) is bounded by (from the top, the north, going clockwise) Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. Vitebsk is a city in northwest Belarus, especially notable as the birthplace of artist Marc Chagall.

(#1) Chagall, Over Vitebsk (1913)

And in the US, Hallandale Beach FL is south of (going north from it) Hollywood, Dania Beach, and Fort Lauderdale; and north of North Miami Beach

Leonid. Age before beauty, as they say. Leonid being in his 80s. From the official Belarus travel site, in the religion subsection on Christianty:

The first Lutheran congregation in post-Soviet times was founded in the year 1993. Until 1998 the organisation of the Lutheran congregations in the various regions of Belarus was largely uncoordinated. Some joined the ELCROS community (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Central Asia). In the summer of 1999 ELCROS nominated Pastor Leonid Tsviki from Vitebsk as deputy of the Bishop in Belarus. However, many congregations wanted to remain independent and founded the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Belarus together. ELCROS rejected this completely. Therefore a schism occurred and in 2004 the independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Belarus was founded and it now has 11 member congregations.

(Note: evangelical Lutheran churches are mostly mainstream Protestant churches, not evangelist.)

Julia. From the site of the Natalie Dance Academy, 202 NE 1st Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL, about singing teacher Julia Tsviki:

(#2)”BA in Music In 2014 graduated Belorussian State University with MA in Acting and Performing. 2009-2016 Julia worked as a main drama actress in the National Theater.”

And a spread for the dance academy:


3 Responses to “Tsviki from Belarus”

  1. Sim Aberson Says:

    The Natalie Dance Academy is just a hop, skip, and a jump from our house. We pass by it frequently. Alas, I could readily find no other information about any Tsvikis in the area.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Yeah, I looked at the map and thought, whoa, Sim and Mike must be practically up the street.

      At least one Tsviki Цвики just respelled the family name to Zwicky to fit in in America: Denis in Miami, about whom more soon. Julia (Yulia) may soon wish she’d done the same; Zwicky is a weird name that people have trouble with, but there are some things to clutch to, like zweiback, while Tsviki is just off the map of English spelling.

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