Thursday 11 December 2014



He was an educator and author of textbooks for Jewish schools in the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s. He was one of the most qualified and popular scholars of natural science in Soviet Ukraine. After the formation of the Jewish Autonomous Region, he contributed to the terminological commission that was charged with coming up with names for the uniform botanical terms in Yiddish. Soon, however, most lexicographers were purged, and their work on terminology was discontinued.

He was the author of a botany textbook entitled Dos geviks un zayne nutsn (The plant and its uses) (Kiev, 1929), 193 pp. with illustrations.  His other work included: Arbetbukh af naturvisnshaft (Workbook for natural science) (Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1926), 2 parts, with G. Grinberg and others; Arbetbukh af naturvisnshaft un geografye (Workbook for natural science and geography) (Kharkov: Central Publishers, 1930), 264 pp., with G. Grinberg.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 74; and Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), p. 43.]

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