Listing by their cities of those
authorized* by the society for “Support of the
Israelites, Workers of the Soil and Craftsmen, in
Syria and the Holy Land” whom the committee in Odessa
appointed to collect monetary contributions from
members, to receive occasional voluntary donations,
and to give receipts by the authority of the
Gorzd (Kovno province) - Yechezkel Zusmanovitz
*We need to remark that among those authorized are many who nominally hold the position but in actuality do nothing for the benefit of the society. Since the committee does not have the authority to designate two appointees in the same city, we request of those appointees, who, for whatever reason, are unwilling or unable to make an effort in behalf of the society, that they be good enough to return their appointment papers and their receipt registers to the committee, so that the committee can appoint others in their place. We must also note here that in the provinces of the Weichsel (?) (privislyanski’i kra’i) (?) the committee has been prohibited by the government from appointing authorized representatives; the committee, however, was explicitly told that members residing in these provinces can send their contributions to the committee directly. ------------Office of the committee
Translation by Barry Marks
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Note: Two different individuals in Gorzd named Yechezkel Zusmanovitz served as correspondents to HaMelitz. The first ("Yechezkel I") was the son of Rafel Yeshayahu and the husband of Chana Rele (Traub) (his second marriage, which took place prior to 1887). The second ("Yechezkel II"), nephew of Yechezkel I, was the son of Yechezkel I's brother Shiah. Yechezkel II was the husband of Tema.
Some but not all of the HaMelitz articles provide enough information to indicate which Yechezkel was being mentioned. The evidence suggests that HaMelitz references before 1897 may all refer to Yechezkel I, and after 1897 may all refer to Yechezkel II.
Chester G. Cohen, in Shtetl Finder: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents, Los Angeles: Periday Co., 1980, page 25, indicates that Yechezkel Zusmanovitz was the local representative for the Eretz Israel farmers and workers support association.
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