Tuesday 9 June 2015


            He was born in Kishinev, Bessarabia.  He received a traditional education.  He was active in various Zionist parties, a member of the Bessarabian central committee of the Tseire-Tsiyon (Young Zionists) and a teacher in Jewish schools.  He graduated from the American University of Beirut, and in 1923 he graduated from the Medical Faculty of New York University.  He was a co-founder and co-editor of the medical journal Harofe haivri (The Jewish doctor) in 1927.  From 1934 he was living in Palestine.  He worked there as a doctor in the Magen David Adom (Red Star of David [emergency and disaster relief services]).  He was editor of the medical department for the daily newspaper Haarets (The land).  He was a member of the societies for people’s medicine and hygiene.  He published articles on medicine in Idishes tageblat (Jewish daily newspaper), Der tog (The day), Tsayt (Time), and Unzer tsayt (Our time) in New York, among others.  He was the author of the Hebrew books: Torat hahigyena (The rules of hygiene) (Kishinev, 1926), 142 pp.; Torat habriut (The rules of health) (Tel Aviv, 1938); with Dr. M. Shekhter, Otsar harefua vehabriut (Treasury of medicines and health) (Tel Aviv, 1955).  In Hebrew he published medical articles in Shevile haḥinukh (Educational pathways), Hadoar (The mail), Hazman (The times), Hatsfira (The siren), Eshkolot (Great scholars), Tarbut (Culture), and Moznaim (Balance), among others.  He was living in Tel Aviv until his death.

Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1947-1971), vol. 3, pp. 1311-21; Dr. Rotem, in Dapim refuim (Tel Aviv) (Kislev, 1956), also published as an offprint, 7 pp.

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