Wednesday 8 October 2014


SHLOYME (SALOMO) BOGIN (b. March 13, 1895)

Born in Gluboke, Vilna region.  He was the grandson of the Gluboke rabbi, R. Moyshe-Gershon Bogin (the prodigy of Krupke).  He studied in religious schools and received permission to officiate as a rabbi.  He later became acquainted with enlightenment (haskole) literature and set out to acquire a secular education, while remaining religious.  After WWI, he took an active role in auxiliary work for Yekopo (Yevreyskiy komitet pomoshchi zhertvam voyny—“Jewish Relief Committee for War Victims”) in the Vilna area.  He was also secretary of the first Jewish community management committee in Gluboke (1920-1922), as well as being an active leader in all cultural institutions in his town: the Jewish public school, professional school, library.  He began writing after studying at the Bobryusk yeshiva.  In the years 1921-1922, he contributed to Undzer hilf (Our assistance), organ of Yekopo (Vilna).  Among his books and pamphlets: Tsu di progromen in ukraine (On the pogroms in Ukraine) (Minsk, 1920); Nokhn pogrom, a drame in dray aktn (After the pogrom, a drama in three acts) (Vilna, 1922), 32 pp.; Der ferter internatsyonal afn shtern mars, fantastishe dertseylung (The fourth international on the star Mars, fantastic tale) (Bialystok, 1927), 106 pp., second printing (New York, 1929); Fun yeshu biz lenin: religye, familye, kapitalizm un marksizm in likht fun obyektiver sotsyologye (From Jesus to Lenin: religion, family, capitalism, and Marxism in the light of objective sociology) (Bialystok, 1930), 82 pp.; Geshikhte fun der evolutsye fun religyezn gedank (History of evolution of religious thought), with a foreword by A. Almi (New York, 1937), 140 pp.  Bogin was editor of Gluboker lebn (Gluboke life), and from 1934 of Gluboker vokh (Gluboke week).  He later moved to the United States and became a rabbi in Chicago.

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