Tuesday, 2 July 2019


AVROM RAYNHARTS (December 17, 1893-May 18, 1974)
            He was born in Warsaw.  After completing a Russian senior high school, he studied in France and Vilna.  He worked as a teacher of chemistry, physics, and mathematics in Jewish and Lithuanian high schools in Vilna and Sventsyan (Švenčionys), as well as in the Vilna Jewish teachers’ seminary.  He was active in the Bund.  In 1941 he was deported by the Soviets to Siberia.  After WWII he settled in Toronto.  He contributed work to Yiddish pedagogical journals—Di naye shul (The new school) in Vilna and Shulvegn (School ways) in Warsaw—and he wrote popular scientific articles for Tsukunft (Future), Kultur un dertsiung (Culture and education), and primarily Unzer tsayt (Our time), and he also published textbooks.  In book form: Di kluge mishpokhe (The wise family) (Vilna: Naye yidishe shul, 1938), 7 pp.; Rekhnbukh, farn 6 klas folḳshul, loyt dem nayem melukhe-program (Calculation text, for a six-class public school, according to the new state program) (Warsaw: Tsisho, 1938), 241 pp.  He translated: Wilhelm Ostwald, Di shul fun khemye, ershter araynfir in khemye, a bukh far yedn (The school of chemistry, first introduction in chemistry, a book for everyone [original: Die Schule der Chemie, erste Einführung in die Chemie für jedermann]) (Warsaw: Tsisho, 1924), 219 pp.  He died in Toronto.
            His wife MANYE RAYNHARTS (1899-January 10, 1979) was born in Byelorussia and died in Toronto.  She graduated from high school and studied economic science, before she became a teacher in Jewish schools in Poland, Lithuania, and Toronto.  She wrote on literature and community issues for: Yugnt-veker (Youth alarm) in Warsaw, Lodzer veker (Lodz alarm), Foroys (Onward) in Warsaw and Mexico City, Vokhnshrift far literatur un kunst (Weekly writing for literature and art) in Warsaw, Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris, and Unzer tsayt (Our time) in New York, among others.

Source: Emanuel Shere, in Unzer tsayt (New York) (July 1947).
Yekhezkl Lifshits

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