MIRIAM MELTSER-REYNES (May 30, 1893-August 12, 1971)
She was born in Minsk, Byelorussia. In 1907 she came to Montreal, where for many years she was a teacher in the Jewish public schools. In 1909 she joined the local organization of the Labor Zionist party. In 1926 she moved to New York. She was a member of the New York Pioneer Women’s organization. In 1936 she settled in Los Angeles, where she established reading circles and a Pioneer Women’s organization. Her first poems were published in Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal (1910), and she later contributed work to: Der amerikaner (The American) and Der kemfer (The fighter) in New York; Idisher zhurnal (Jewish journal) in Montreal; and Folks tsaytung (People’s newspaper) in Los Angeles; among others. She also published stories in Keneder odler under the pen name: Dr. M. Reynes. In book form she published: Tsum kval (To the source) (Tel Aviv, 1961), 146 pp., including a letter from the poet H. Royzenblat, dated 1955. She died in Montreal.