Monday 9 January 2017


GEONA KOHEN (August 17, 1914-November 5, 1991[?])
            She was born in Vilna, into the family of the Hebrew poet Yehuda-Leyb Gordon.  She studied in the Vilna Tarbut high school and received her community education in Hashomer Hatsair (Young guard).  In 1935 she left for Israel, where she initially worked in Meshek Hapoalot in Hadera, and later she was a Hebrew teacher in the kibbutzim.  She began writing articles for Davar (Word) in Tel Aviv in 1938, and went on to published in such Tel Aviv Hebrew newspapers as Hege (Steering wheel), Igeret (Dispatch), Haole (The immigrant), Prozdor (Vestibule), and Maslul (Pathway); and in Yiddish, Nay-velt (New world) and Letste nayes (Latest news).  She published essays about Hebrew writers and aphorisms in: Der amerikaner (The American) in New York; Keneder odler (Canadian eagle), Keneder nayes (Canadian news), and Idisher zhurnal (Jewish journal) in Canada; Der shpigl (The mirror), Argentiner magazin (Argentinian magazine) in Buenos Aires; Afrikaner yidishe tsaytung (African Jewish newspaper) in Johannesburg; and Literarishe heftn (Literary notebooks) in California.  In book form she published in Hebrew: Amarim vehagigim (Words and thoughts) (Tel Aviv, 1948), 32 pp.; and other works on Hebrew grammar.  She was last living in Tel Aviv

Source: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 5 (Tel Aviv, 1952), p. 2358.

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