Torgovitsa – Hammer Family

Some of my cousins traveled here but I haven’t heard their stories yet!


Torhovytsia, Targowica, Torgovitsa, Trovits, Targowitz, Targovica, Targoviste, Targowitza, Tarovitz, Truvitz—in eastern Ukraine, west of Kiev—is the ancestral home of the Hammer (Gomehr) family.

Berel Hammer

BerelHammerBerelHammer0001This is my great-grandfather Berel Hammer. He was a Hebrew teacher and a grocer in Newark, NJ. Like all the Hammers, he was from Torgovitsa, Ukraine.