Sunday 24 May 2015


JENNY GOLDBERG-PRENOVITS (1874-November 24, 1922)
           She was born in Lekhevitsh (Lyakhovichi), Minsk region, Byelorussia.  She received a Jewish and general education, graduating from a secular Russian high school in Minsk.  In 1890 she emigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia.  Until she married the poet Y. Sh. Prenovits in 1892, she worked as a tailor.  She was active in Jewish unions and in the Jewish wings of the Socialist Party.  She began publishing her poems under the name Jenny Goldberg in the Philadelphia weekly Di yidishe prese (The Jewish press), 1892-1896.  She later became an internal contributor to Khayim Molits’s Filadelfyer shtat-tsaytung (Philadelphia city newspaper), and there she also published a daily article entitled “Ayndruknfun a yidish arbeter meydl” (Impression of a young Jewish working woman).  She contributed articles labor issues and women’s problems to the Philadelphia section of Forverts (Forward) and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York.  She died in Philadelphia.

Sources: Di yidishe velt (Philadelphia) (November 26-27, 1922); Forverts (New York) (November 26, 1922); Morgn-zhurnal (New York) (November 2, 1922); D. B. Turkel, in Pinkes fun amopteyl (Records of the American division of YIVO) (New York, 1927-1928), p. 260.

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