SHAPSE RAPOPORT (October 28, 1898-January 10, 1951)
He was born in Kielce, Poland. He received a traditional Jewish education before graduating from a Polish Jewish high school. In 1923 he completed the teacher’s course of study at Tsisho (Jewish School Organization) in Warsaw. He taught at Tsisho schools in Poland and from 1929 at Jewish schools in Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg. He was active in the left Labor Zionist party. He wrote on literary and pedagogical topics in: Arbeter-tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper) in Warsaw; Proletarisher gedank (Proletarian idea) in Chicago and New York; Kultur un dertsiung (Culture and education) and Undzer veg (Our way) in New York; and Dos yidishe vort (The Jewish word) and Der idisher zhurnal (The Jewish journal) in Canada; among others. He died in Toronto. In 1955 the memorial volume Shapse rapoport zamlung (Shapse Rapoport collection) was published in Toronto (223 pp.), which included many of his articles.
Sources: M. Federman, in Der idisher zhurnal (Toronto) (January 12, 1951); P. Goldman, in Undzer veg (New York) (March 1951).
Khayim Leyb Fuks