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The Landsmanschafts and the Story of the United Brisker Relief (cont.)

Yakov Greenberg

Yakov Greenberg

Originated from Brest. Arrived in the U.S. 63 years ago. His father Shepsel Greenberg was a learned man and scholar in Brest. He met the famous benefactor, Felix Warburg, who supported him and sent him to study in Paris – returning to the U.S., he immediately established a schools directorate. A longstanding member of the Jewish Education Council, he worked tirelessly to improve the standard of Jewish education in the U.S. he cared for both his students and teachers. He was always active in the Board of Education of N.Y. State, edited pedagogic journals, wrote textbooks and conducted research about teaching methods and education. Founded a course for teachers to teach Hebrew culture. He has close links with the education ministries of France, Israel and Greece.

David Dubinski

David Dubinski

One of the most popular and beloved members of the Workman's Circle, he became one of the leaders of American Jewry. David Dubinski was born in Brest in 1892, but his father, who was a poor baker, wandered away with his family to Lodz. David began work as a baker – at 15 he was the secretary of the baker's union and an active Bundist.

He organized a strike that led to his arrest. Freed on the condition that he leave Lodz, he arrived back at his relatives in Brest. But his political activities pulled him back to Lodz where he was immediately arrested and sent to Siberia. On this arduous long journey - he was forced to walk 10 hours a day and slept in prisons at night… he managed to escape and returned to Brest under an assumed name. He arrived in the U.S. in 1911 to join his brother. He learned a new profession as a cutter - and excelled at this work. With his organizational skills he quickly rose to important positions and in 1932 he was elected as President of the International Union of Clothing Industry Workers.

Within a short period, Dubinski had achieved wonders in this position – he organized 466 branches throughout the U.S. This union had an annual income of $7,000,000 from membership fees, and a turnover of tens of millions of dollars. It conducted compulsory educational activities as well. Today David Dubinski is one of the few Jewish labor activists who hold an important position in the forefront of the general labor movement. He visited Israel in 1955.

Secretaries and Treasurers of the Brest Relief since 1915

R-L top row: M. Dreyfus, B.Rubin, Mezrich, N. Sharon, M. Berenstein.
2nd row: P. Rabinovitch, J. Finkelstein, Mrs Bender, L. Kossovski, L. Raf
3rd row: Dr H. Freiluk, Silver, N. Liberman, H. Bernard, Dr. Margolis, and A. Epstein
(Inset): S. Lederman, B. Freidman, A. Labris
Bottom row: Treasurers – D. Seidman, H. Aronov, H. Kleinberg, N. Shapiro, D. Garin

 

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