DOV-BER SUFRIN (HADAS) (April 28, 1855-August 16, 1897)
He was born in Piatra, Moldovia [Moldova]. He received a traditional education. At age twenty, when he was a father of children, he began to study secular subject matter. Due to the persecution of him by devout Jews, he had to leave his home and in 1880 settle in Bucharest; there he published a weekly newspaper entitled Yidishe presse (Jewish press), “for Jewish interests and education.” He later made a trip through Europe. In 1883 he returned to Piatra, took up teaching, and gave lectures on Jewish history for Jewish high school students. At that time he also founded a school for poor children, in which the teachers taught for free. He was invited in 1884 to Craiova to be the manager of the school for the Ashkenazi community. There he forged a unification of the Sefardic and Ashkenazi communities and of their two schools as well. In 1892 he published and edited in Bucharest a weekly known as Dos naye folkblat (The new people’s newspaper), “organ for politics, literature, business, and general interests of Jews” (four issues came out). He also published numerous essays and poems in Hebrew-language periodicals. He was the Romania correspondent for Hatsfira (The siren) and also wrote in the Romanian language. He died in Bucharest.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, in Leksikon, vol. 2; Y. Kara, in Yidishe kultur (New York) (October 1964).