YISROEL VIGODSKI (August 5, 1888-early May 1972)
He was born in Kosov (Kosów), Grodno district, Russian Poland, into a poor family. He studied in religious primary school and in yeshivas, and in 1906 he received ordination into the rabbinate. In 1907 he moved to the United States and became a laborer. He was active in the Jewish labor movement. He was a leader in Jewish school curricula in New Jersey. He began writing while still a student and debuted in print with a story in Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York in 1915. From that point he published poems, stories, and impressions of New York in: Forverts (Forward), Tog (Day), and Dzhoyrzi-shtime (Voice of Jersey), among other serials. He was co-editor of the literary publication Ineynem (Altogether), published by the Yehoash writers’ union in Jersey City and Bayonne in 1930. He died in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Source: Zalmen reyzen-arkhiv (Zalmen Reyzen archive) (New York, YIVO).