Tuesday 20 December 2016


BETSALEL YEVNIN (EWNIN) (b. ca. 1840).
            He was born in Grodno, into a rabbinical family.  He studied with his father, the brilliant Avraham Yonah of Horodno, and in Lithuanian yeshivas.  Around 1880 he moved to the United States.  He was a rabbi and orator in New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee.  He published articles in Di yidishe gazetten (The Jewish gazette) in New York, and polemical works—in Yiddish and Hebrew—against Reform Judaism and against the anarchist movement: Lemazkeret (As a remembrance) (New York, 1892), 25 pp.; Hashkem vedaber, gezamelte erfahrungen in aller frihe, der allteglikhen shprekhenden fakten betsiglikh dem yudenthum in amerika (Wake up and talk, collected experiences in much earlier, daily stunning facts regarding Judaism in America), part 1 (Chicago, 1895), 36 pp., part 2 (Milwaukee, 1903), 32 pp.

Sources: Froym Daynard, Kehilat amerika (American community) (St. Louis, Missouri, 1926), p. 70; Lea Mishkin, Pinkas shikago (Records of Chicago) (1952), p. 117.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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