NAME: Ben-Yehuda (Yehudyoff) Yona, Yebi

DATE OF BIRTH: 1934

DATE OF DEATH: December 7, 2002

Yona Ben Yehuda, Yebi, was born in Bukhara to Esther and Gabriel Yehudyoff. When he was 1 years old, his family made aliya to Israel and settled in Jerusalem. In his youth he attended high school in Tel Aviv and worked at Hoberman’s bookbinding shop.  He was a poet and a member of the Printing Workers’ Trade Union in Tel Aviv. Yona joined the youth department of Lehi. After Sheshem Hayamim War and for decades later, he published his poems in Haaretz. Once a year, he would publish booklets with collections of his poems and sell them at left wing gatherings, National book week and to bystanders. On Monday, December 7th  2002, Yebi died after a long battle with cancer. He was laid to rest in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv. In 2009, Zvi Shissel, together with Yebi’s brother, Petka Ben Yehuda, produced a documentary about his life, in which Haim Topol was narrator.

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