Wednesday 29 May 2019


ITSHE-YITSKHOK RAFAEL (b. April 4, 1895)
            He was a poet, born in Slonim, Byelorussia.  He studied in Vilna to be a dentist.  In 1925 he emigrated to Montreal, Canada, and from there to the United States.  From 1965 he was living in Rehovot, Israel.  He published poetry and drawings in: efa (Haifa) and Undzer shrift (Our writing) in Haifa.  His work in the plastic arts were shown at various exhibitions.  In book form: Fun friling tsu friling (From spring to spring), poetry (Tel Aviv: Perets Publ., 1963), 210 pp.; Tseykhenungen (Drawings), “limited edition” (Israel, 1982), 12 pp.; a prospectus of Tseykhenungen appeared in Tel Aviv (1983).  He was last writing and painting under the name Rafael.

Ruvn Goldberg

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 503-4.]

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