BENYOMEN TABATSHINSKI (BENJAMIN TABACHINSKY) (March 31, 1896-August 6, 1967)
He was born in Bialystok, Russian Poland. He joined the Bund in his youth. He was one of the most active community leaders in Bialystok. Over the years 1918-1938, he the Bund representative in the Bialystok Jewish community administration, and he was a member (1926-1938) of the Bialystok city council. He was the founder of the publishing house “Dos bukh” (The book), which published school books and children’s literature in Yiddish. He was also a member of the chief administration of Tsisho (Central Jewish School Organization), ORT (Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades), and TOZ (Towarzystwo Ochrony Zdrowia [Society for the protection of health]) in Poland. He was chairman of the Bialystok division of the Central Jewish School Organization. From 1938 he was living in the United States; he was one of the leaders of the “Jewish Labor Committee” in America. He was also active in the management of the World Jewish Culture Congress in New York. He was a member as well of the World Coordinating Committee of the Bund, and he was well-known speaker. He made a number of major trips: in 1932 to Europe and South American countries—on assignment for Tsisho; and in 1947 to Europe and the “displaced persons” camps” in Germany—on assignment for the Jewish Labor Committee. He published articles in Byalistoker veker (Bialystok alarm), 1927-1938. He was a regular contributor to Unzer lebn (Our life) in Bialystok. He later published in: Forverts (Forward), Der veker (The alarm), Unzer tsayt (Our time), Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor), and Lerer-yizker-bukh (Remembrance volume for teachers)—in New York; Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris; Lebns-fragn (Life issues) in Tel Aviv; and Foroys (Onward) in Mexico City; among others. He also wrote under such pen names as: Besht and Breynin. He died in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks