Thursday 19 March 2015


ISRAEL BERMAN (December 24, 1877-February 2, 1959)
     He was born in Obodovka (Obodivka), Ukraine.  He studied in a religious primary school and in the synagogue study hall.  He graduated from an eight-level Russian school and from a pedagogical course of study in Kishinev.  He was the founder and teacher there of a Russian school for Jewish children, as well as an active Zionist and leader on behalf of the Hebrew language and its culture.  In 1935 he made aliya with his family to Israel, where he did business in religious texts.  In 1898 he began to publish correspondence pieces for Hamelits (The advocate).  He published current events pieces and stories in: Der morgn (The morning), Der yid (The Jew), Der funk (The spark), and Undzer tsayt (Our time)—all in Kishinev.  He also contributed to the following newspapers and magazines: Davar (Word), Haboker (This morning), Davar hashavua (Word of the week), and Yeda am (Folklore), among others, and he authored stories, novels, and monographs in Hebrew.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1947-1971), vol. 4, p. 1647; Undzer tsayt (Kishinev) (March 30, 1935); Haaretz (May 30, 1947); Haboker (April 9, 1954).

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