Sunday 29 January 2017


BERL KHARITONSKI (1879-November 5, 1952)
            He was born in Braslav (Brasław), Ukraine.  He studied in religious primary school, synagogue study hall, and in a Russian public school.  He later became a carpenter.  In 1908 he moved to Argentina.  He was among the active fighters for secluding the ritually impure from Jewish life.  He was a cofounder of the first burial society and author of its statutes, from which later developed the democratic Jewish community in Argentina.  He published correspondence pieces and seasonal articles about Jewish community life in Di idishe tsaytung (The Jewish newspaper) and Di prese (The press), among others, in Buenos Aires.  He served as editor of the humorous monthly Der kantshik (The whip) in Buenos Aires (1942-1952).  He died in Buenos Aires.

Sources: Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort in argentine (The published Yiddish word in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1941), p. 116; Di prese (Buenos Aires) (November 6, 1952; November 9, 1952).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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