||Ossovetzki Simcha Bonim
Rabbi Simcha Bonim Ossovetzki was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He received a traditional education and also attended a Russian high school. After the riots that took place in Southern Russia in 1881, he came to Galicia as a refugee and in 1882 he immigrated to Eretz Israel.
He served as a rabbi on behalf of the Baron Rothschild in Rishon Lezion and Zichron Yaakov.
In 1884, he was brought to Rishon Lezion by his son, Joshua Ossovetzki who served at that time as the Baron's clerk in the township. Here he served as rabbi and teacher of Jewish studies in a Cheder which was located at that time in a private house. A well-arranged curriculum for "Jewish issues" did not yet exist at that time and he had to determine by himself the number of hours and the curriculum "by his own way and method".
Later, when the synagogue has been established, he was asked to rule also in matters of the prayers' arrangements; and so writes D. Yudilevitz in the book "Rishon Lezion" which he edited (p. 376): "As the time went by, the population in the township increased and those with the Ashkenazi prayer's version outnumbered the ones with Spanish version, so arose the acute question, whose prayer's version should be used in the synagogue, --- the ones with the Spanish version prosecuted their opponents for trespassing, and Rabbi Simcha Bonim Ossovetzki issued a ruling by the law of the Torah, that permitted the holders of the Spanish version to pray in the synagogue in the second 'minian' according to their version, or to establish a special place for praying. He spent his last years in Zichron Yaakov, where he died and was buried.