YISROEL FURMAN (1887-August 14, 1967)
He was born in Seret, Romania. He did research into Jewish folklore. He studied at the University of Vienna, from whence he received his law degree. Over the years 1920-1939, he lived in Czernowitz, where he practiced as a lawyer, and after WWII he practiced in Bukoi. In 1965 he settled in Jerusalem. He published a selection of Yiddish sayings in A. Shteynbarg’s Yidisher almanakh (Jewish almanac) in 1922 and Oyfgang (Arise) in Sighet (1933). In book form: Yidishe shprikhverter un rednsartn, gezamlṭ in rumenye, besarabye, bukovine, moldeve un transilvanye (Yiddish saying and proverbs, collected in Romania, Bessarabia, Bukovina, Moldova, and Transylvania) (Tel Aviv: Hamenorah, 1968), 421 pp. He also composed poetry; in Yerusholaimer almanakh (Jerusalem almanac) 16 (1985), several of his poems were published. He died in Jerusalem.
Sources: Shloyme Bikl, in Morgn-zhurnal (New York (August 25, 1968); Y. Paner, in Di goldene keyt (Tel Aviv) 65 (1969).
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 439, 549.