Sunday 25 November 2018


            She was born in Bershad, Podolia, Ukraine, into a prominent family.  She graduated from university in Russia.  In the years of the Russian civil war, she served as a doctor in the Red Army.  In 1922 she and her husband emigrated to Canada.  She was active in Jewish cultural work and reading circles in Montreal.  She began writing in Yiddish in the 1930s.  In book form she published: Rokhl, a novele (Rachel, a novella), ed. Y. Y. Sigal (Montreal, 1936), 187 pp.; Erev oktober, roman in tsvey teyln (The eve of October, a novel in two part), part 1 Odes (Odsessa) and part 2 Kleynshtot (Provincial city) (Montreal, 1947), 302 pp.; Aliloteha shel tova (Tova’s exploits) (Tel Aviv: Niv, 1957), 153 pp., translated from the Yiddish manuscript by M. Rabinovits.  She died in Montreal.

Sources: M. Sh. Shlarski, in Yorbukh (New York) (1942/1943); Y. Y. Sigal, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (March 6, 1942; January 26, 1948); Meylekh Ravitsh, in Keneder odler (October 2, 1952); obituary notice in Kultur un dertsiung (New York) (December 1957); Y. Rabonovitsh, in Keneder odler (November 6, 1959).
Benyomen Elis

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 450.]

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