Tuesday 2 June 2015


YISROEL GOLDMAN (October 20, 1879-August 2, 1947)
            He was born in Kamenets-Podolsk (Kamianets-Podilskyi), Russia.  He studied in religious primary school and in a house of study (or small synagogue), and general subject matter with private tutors.  After his bar mitzvah, he studied ritual slaughter with an uncle, the ritual slaughterer of Zvenits.  At age fifteen he was prepared to sit for the examinations as an external student.  He supported himself giving lessons.  Over the years 1904-1909, he was a teacher in the Kamenets Talmud-Torah; 1909-1915, he was secretary of the Podolsk area committee of YIKO (Jewish Cultural Organization).  In 1916 he settled in Kiev, where he worked in community and Zionist institutions.  He was connected with ORT (Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades), 1917-1919, as a statistician.  He was arrested, 1922-1924, by the Soviets for “counter-revolutionary” activities.  In 1925 he made aliya to Israel.  He published his literary works in Russian-Jewish, Hebrew, and Yiddish newspapers, among them: Di velt (The world) in Vienna.  In book form, there appeared a collection of his writings, entitled Ideal un lebn (Ideal and life), prose and poetry (Vilna, 1904).  He died in Tel Aviv.

Source: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel), vol. 4 (Tel Aviv, 1950).

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