Friday 28 October 2016


BENYOMEN TEPER (1887-August 18, 1955)
            He was born in Jerusalem.  He studied in religious primary school and yeshivas, and he received ordination into the rabbinate.  In 1920 he moved to the United States, worked for a time as a teacher in the yeshiva of Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, and later (until 1953) was a teacher in various yeshivas in New York.  He was cofounder of Agudas Bnei Eretz Yisrael (Organization of the children of Israel) in America.  He published articles, stories, humorous sketches, and translations from homiletic texts and from ancient Jewish humor in: Forverts (Forward), Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), and Amerikaner (American) in New York, in which he also published a novel about Jewish life in Galicia, entitled Tsvey brider (Two brothers).  He died in New York.  His son, Dr. Morris Tepper, organized the work of sending into space the weather satellite “Tiros 2” in November 1960.

Sources: Obituary notices in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (August 19, 1955); and in Hadoar (New York) (September 30, 1955); S. Nayten, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (November 25, 1960).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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