URI KEYSH (ca. 1867-late winter 1937)
He was an editor, thought to have come from Bessarabia. He was popular speaker on Zionism. Dr. Theodor Herzl gave him a subsidy to purchase Yiddish writings, which Keysh used to publicize his Zionist newspaper Di rikhtige yudishe tsukunft (The proper Jewish future) (Jassy [Iași]) (from October 25, 1907 with breaks until around 1916 and for a short time in Bucharest). In the late 1920s, he revived the serial in Galats (Galați) with the title Di yudishe tsukunft (The Jewish future). In 1925 he published the booklet Der goles (The diaspora) (Bucharest), 16 pp. Y. Shternberg noted: “In old Romania [he] was a pioneer of Yiddish.” As a public speaker, wrote Shloyme Bikl, he “for many years truly mastered the realm of his adherents with his sermons.” He died in Bucharest.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; Y. Shternberg, in Shoybn (Bucharest) (March-April 1937); Shloyme Bikl, in Tsukunft (New York) 2 (1956); Tog (New York) (January 8, 1966); Natan Mark, Sifrut-yidish beromanya (Yiddish literature in Romania) (Haifa, 1973), pp. 50, 53, 75; Volf Tambur, Yidish-prese in rumenye (The Yiddish press in Romania) (Bucharest: Kriteryon, 1977), pp. 142-49.
[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 483.]
 Another newspaper noted by Zalmen Reyzen, Di yudishe tsukunft (Iași, 1899), had no connection to Keysh; the editor of that newspaper was Gershon Cohen.
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