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This Week in JPL History: Rochl Eisenberg and Melech Ravitch

This Week in JPL History: Rochl Eisenberg and Melech Ravitch

Melech Ravitch was the driving force behind of the JPL’s Yiddishe folks universitet (YIFO) for many years. Upon his arrival in Montreal he invigorated the Library’s educational program which had been part of the Library earliest initiatives. Under his leadership the YIFO grew in size and scope. Melech Ravitch was the pseudonym of Zekharye-Khone Bergner, who was born in Radymno, eastern Galicia, in 1893. He was a Yiddish poet, essayist, playwright, and a cultural activist. His first Yiddish work was published in 1910. He moved [...]



This Week in JPL History: Please come in – the Library’s YIFO

This Week in JPL History: Please come in – the Library’s YIFO

From its founding the Jewish Public Library was intended to be more than merely a place where books lived. It was meant to be a place of reading and of education. In June of 1914, one month     after the founding of the library, Reuben Brainin proudly wrote “[a]fter much laborious work, and after persevering efforts and activity, I have succeeded in finally founding a Jewish Public Library and University.” The Yiddish People’s University (or YIFO) had its heyday in the 40’s and 50’s [...]