The forest and the Rose: the unique Jewish heritage of the Naliboki Forest area

In the history of Jewish people of 19-20 centuries the former Jewish community of the vast primeval Naliboki Forest is famous with several excellent representatives such as the present President of Israel Shimon Peres (born in Vishneva), the founder and the leader of the World Jewish Congress Nahum Goldmann, and many others. Also vivid and famous examples of resistance to Holocaust and, generally, to Nazism as a phenomenon, both with a word and with weapons, in Naliboki Forest in 1940s, were given by so much different people as famous Jewish partisan leaders Tuvia Bielski (1906-1987, a hero of many books and films, including the Hollywood blockbuster “Defiance” with Daniel Craig) and Shalom (Simcha) Zorin (1902-1974) or Carmelite monk, a founder of the first Hebrew Catholic community in Israel, Daniel Stein (properly, Oswald Rufeisen). Among those famous people who survived Holocaust in the Naliboki Forest partisan troops there are real estate magnate Joseph Kushner , grandfather of the chief advisor for President Trump, Jared Kushner, and perfumer Sophia Grojsman.
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Litvak cuisine of our farmstead

Bulba latkes (also known as Draniki)

The owner of the farmstead, Alexander Bely, is the famous historian of Belarusian, Lithuanian and Litvak cuisine, an author of several books on these topics, notably Belarusian Cookbook published in New York in 2008.






He is also an amateur cook, but mostly our village inn owes its gastronomic reputation to Ludmila, Alexander’s wife. They especially love dishes of the traditional Litvak cuisine which were common both for Jews and Belarusians / Lithuanians. Here are several of them:
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Contacts & prices

Alexander Biely
“St. Martin’s Goose” farmstead
Naliboki Forest, Belarus
  St. Martin’s Goose farmstead


B&B stay in the farmstead (groups up to 12-15 people) – 40 BYN per person per day (about $20), discounts for groups of 10 and more, and longer stays.

Animation programs, kayaking, cycling etc. – negotiable.

One-day excursion to the “Jewish Naliboki Forest” and area – 180 BYN.

About our farmstead

Martin’s Goose is an agrotourist farmstead on the brink of vast Naliboki Forest, 20 km from Volozhin, 48 km from Minsk, capital of Belarus.

We provide B&B service (up to 12-15 people), host various events (up to 40-50 people) and run various excursions in the area, notably on the Jewish heritage.

We are located at the bank of big fishing pond, amid broad meadows and fields from one side, and the forest from another. Continue reading “About our farmstead”