YISROEL MORTKHE PEYPERT (b. January 18, 1851)
He was born in Vilkomir (Ukmergė), Kovno district, Lithuania, into a family that drew it lineage back to the Vilna Gaon. He received a fervently religious education, and he later became a follower of the Jewish Enlightenment. Although a businessman, he played an important role on behalf of modern Jewish education and for “Ḥibat Tsiyon” (Love of Zion) in Lithuania. He was a popular speaker. In 1880 he immigrated to England and in 1896 to South Africa, and there he became one of the most prominent community leaders and Zionist activists. He published articles, poems, and parts of his book Yalkut hapeninim, oder geklibene perl (Bag of pearls, or selected pearls), a series on human habits, in: Der afrikaner (The African), Der telegraf (The telegraph), and Haor (The light), among others, in Johannesburg. He contributed to Hamelits (The advocate), to Hatsfira (The siren), and to other Hebrew and Yiddish publications in Poland and England.
Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2.
Khayim Leyb Fuks