YITSKHOK SHEHN (December 3, 1899-1970)
He was born in Banovtse (Bánovce nad Bebravou), Slovakia. He attended religious elementary school and yeshivas. In 1919 he emigrated to the United States. For roughly thirty years, he worked as a cantor in Cleveland. He wrote humorous stories and jokes about American schools, cantors, synagogue sextons, and “community” centers in: Amerikaner (American), Forverts (Forward), and Nyu-yorker vokhnblat (New York weekly newspaper) in New York, and he collaborated (1940-1953) with Di idishe velt (The Jewish world) in Cleveland. He published Yontef blat (Holiday newspaper) in Cleveland (2 issues, 1954). His pen names: Y. Yofe, Y. Sh-n, Yitskhok Yafe, and Y. Neshes. Dov Sadan translated his eight stories in his Kearat egozim o elef bediha ubediha, asufat humor beyisrael (A bowl of nuts or one thousand and one jokes, an anthology of humor in Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1953). He died in Cleveland.