Y. SH. NAUMOV (July 1881-March 9, 1946)
He was born in Kapulye (Kopyl, Kapyl), Minsk district, Byelorussia. He received both Jewish and secular educations. Around 1905 he moved to New York. In 1912 he settled in Los Angeles, helped to organize the first Labor Zionist group there, and cofounded the secular Jewish schools, the “Radical Club,” and other Jewish institutions. He contributed to: Der idisher kemfer (The Jewish fighter) and Di tsayt (The times) in Los Angeles; Der forshteher (The representative) in St. Louis; and Progres (Progress), Patsifishe folks-tsaytung (Pacific people’s newspaper), Kheshn (Accounting), and Kalifornyer idishe shtime (Jewish voice of California) in Los Angeles, in which over the course of twenty-five years he published articles on writers and books, on education, Jewish tradition, and on general Jewish issues. After his death there was published a selection Gezamlte shriftn (Collection writings) (Los Angeles: Naumov Book Committee, 1948), 318 pp. Among his pen names: Ben Nokhum, Ish Nemi, Moyshe, and Itshe Kapulye. He was a Labor Zionist his entire life, and he was active for laborers in the land of Israel. He died in Los Angeles.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; B. Kahan, L. Glants, and F. Riskin, in Y. Sh. Naumov, Gezamlte shriftn (Collected writings) (Los Angeles, 1948).