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Bendery (cont.)

There existed several Grammar and High Schools in our city. Shwartzman's Hebrew High School was perhaps the most prominent among them all. Gregor Yackovich Shwartzman had devoted all his life to his students, rich and poor alike. An exacting and demanding scholar and pedagogue, he dedicated himself to Hebrew studies, and, beside his educational activities, he also edited a Hebrew Geography book. Another of our teachers, Isaak Borisovich Reznikov, devoted himself to Yiddish and became the editor of the Bundist weekly newspaper “Dos Yiddishe Folk”. Isaak Borisovich had also published a Hebrew Mathematics book. Still another of our teachers, Samuel Gorin, published a Hebrew History book, which many Hebrew Schools were making use of.


The students of the first Hebrew high school established by Dr. G.Y. Shwartzmann


Some of our students were active in the underground work, creating illegal Zionist cells, from which there later developed the groups of “Hecholutz”, “Hashomer-Hatzair” and “Gordonia”. We had also established several athletic groups, such as “Hatikva” and “Maccabi”. Yasha Fein was our star in the socker football. In our school we also had a mandolin-orchstra and a drama-group, who used to perform for our department, our students and our parents.

Welvele Rabinovich donated a building for the Talmud-Tore. The students there came from poor families and were given regular free warm lunches and some new clothing before the high holidays. A part of this came from the donations of the Benderer Society of New York.


The Maccabi group at Bendery


The mandolin orchestra


In the Chedorim (private Jewish parochial schools), we were taught the traditional Jewish subjects.

Our Jewish hospital had been built, subsidized and maintained by the philanthropist Reb Itzie Nissenbaum. Attached to the hospital was an old age home. We had other regular social services, like: Ezras Cholim, a committee to aid the sick and provide them with free drugs; Malbish Arumim, a committee to clothe the poor school children; Hachnosas Orchim, a free hostel for wayfarers; Hachnosas Caloh, a women's committee to aid the poor brides; a ladies' organization to aid women in childbirth and in distress.


The Bendery philanthropist
Reb Itzie Nissenbaum


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