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Dr. Feldstein around 1937 r.
In Tra"g -1913 Kalisz he was invited to serve as the first director of the Jewish Gymnasium was founded in the city. During the first World War he was in the city of Minsk, where he founded and managed a private high school. His wife taught in mathematics and Russian literature.
After the war and the establishment of the first Lithuanian Republic he returned to Lithuania and from -1921 he served as Bwilkovisk Hebrew Gymnasium (founded in 1919),  which ordered all the subjects in Hebrew, Spanish accent (as received earlier settlement in Eretz Israel). In 1922 called the de facto capital, Kaunas, to replace Dr. Shalom Yona Tsrna Hebrew Real Gymnasium manager founded by Rabbi Dr. Yosef Tzvi Carlebach. Feldstein served as his role as high school until its closure with the Soviet invasion in 1940 (for most of its activities). Gymnasium, which was a private institution, was the largest Jewish educational institutions in Lithuania. Gymnasium lectured on topics from the world literature (in Hebrew translation) and general history. Jacob Ioselit student, who later became the Hebrew educator in the United States, wrote later:
He is gifted with great flair, beautifully cut speech - nice and clear. Could give students broad knowledge and clear easy method, and PR comfortable. As he read his lectures the Divine Presence rested on the department. He could draw and describe the time and place where the spirit of life that you think you are living and working in spoken and soaked atmosphere. Feeling that he enjoyed making and students enjoy hearing. He was a man. He could bring the students to the Torah and in fact, Lhlhibm and buy their hearts. He was a friend, father and mentor to his students. 
Cemach Feldstein, Nathan Goren Tchernikhowsky Kaunas, probably in 1927
The Gymnasium was purely Hebrew: All classes were conducted in Hebrew, except for Lithuanian studies (language, literature, history), but the students among themselves would speak Yiddish - the language spoken by the Jews in Eastern Europe. According to his student Ioselit, Feldstein asked students to speak Hebrew well outside the school, and they tried to follow his request. 
The rented buildings of the school (boys and girls) were not comfortable, small classrooms and crowded. Against this background, Feldstein visited at the end of 1928 the United States, with the approval of the Lithuanian Ministry of Education, to raise funds for Hebrew schools in Lithuania (including schools 'tarbut/ culture'), and thus responsible for financing for a new home for his Gymnasium. He enlisted to his aid the poet Tchernikhowsky, for a fair price and they traveled to the United States for several months.  with donations, including Jewish philanthropist - an American born in Lithuania, and a loan from the Treasury Lithuanian, built in the early 30s a new building and equipped for Gymnasium.
Alongside his work as director, Feldstein was active in the Zionist movement and the Hebrew culture and education activist. Was a member of the Zionist Center (General Zionists) and a member of the Central Committee of the Zionist Hebrew education network "culture" in Lithuania. He was active in the historical society - in Kaunas ethnographic, devoted his energy and his own money folk Kaunas University. He was a polyglot who spoke regularly Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Russian, English and Lithuanian, and could speak both French and Polish. Was a brilliant speaker and participated in the Jewish press. Published articles pedagogical Hed Lithuania "and the Hebrew Teachers Association journal Lithuania" Trails of education. " In 1935 he visited the land of Israel, and the daily published an official visit to Lithuania Zionist Jews "Di Yiddishe Stimme" ("Jewish vote).
In the summer of 1940, with the establishment of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic as one of the republics of the Soviet Union following the Soviet occupation, moved to the gymnasium, at the request of the authorities, to teach Yiddish.  A short time later,Aorgniztzih of Jewish educational institutions in Kaunas, suspended him from his job at the high school.
During the Holocaust, the Nazi occupation in the summer of 1941 and the establishment of the Vilna ghetto, Feldstein was deported there with other Jews. He served as deputy director in the Department of Culture of the Judenrat under director Dr. Leo Bernstein. Was postmaster in. Though given in desperation even there to be a lecturer and active cultural life - he gave lectures in philosophy and history and encouraged community members hoping for better days.  He wrote memoirs, edited the official organ of the Vilna Ghetto, "reports the Ghetto", translated into Hebrew the "Aida" and wrote literary essays in Hebrew and Yiddish Bialik, YL Peretz, one people and others. 
His youngest son, Joshua Feldstein, wrote later that "he was an excellent teacher, role model, teacher, mentor and consultant, he has inspired me, as many students over the years., He and my mother instilled in their children morals and high values, respect for every person, tolerance , the importance of knowledge and education, like social, communication skills, love of nature, music, literature, poetry, the commitment to help those in need, and above all pride in being a Jew, eternal hope for a better future and a belief in God ". 
Feldstein and his wife fania
Daughter Esther (Tosia) studied civil engineering in London. In the 30s she went with her husband to build roads Sumatra. Survived the World War II in Japanese concentration camp. After the war, she divorced and married a Belgian diplomat. Died in October 1959.
His youngest son, Joshua Feldstein (later Professor Joshua Fldstin, Joshua Feldstein), graduated in 1938, real Gymnasium. A year later he began his studies at the School of Engineering at the University of Lithuania, and a year later went to the United States to study agricultural science Bdoilston (N '), Pennsylvania, where he began an academic career and reached as president of Delaware Valley College (N').
Bat - Esther's daughter, wife's sister, was a Jewish writer - American Esther Haotzig (N '). Widow, Walter Haotzig (N '), is a concert pianist.
Perez Jacob Ioselit, Dr. Plant Fdlstein fourteenth, past Hon (Tsl"z), 280-282.
Esther Hautzig, 'Ada and Eddy,' in: Remember Who You Are: Stories About Being Jewish, 1st paperback ed., Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 2000, pp. 47-55.
'Feldstein, Plant Ben Zvi, in: Dov Lipetz (System Center), Nathan Goren [and others] (a), Lithuanian Jewry, Volume III, Book I: "People", New York: school, following the Six, p 210 Column 2 (Book of Remembrance Lithuanian community, New York City directory, photo 1408)
^ Birth and death dates exact: Birth by Perez Jacob Ioselit, Dr. Plant Fdlstein fourteenth, past Hon (Tsl"z), 280 (list of teachers in Kaunas, 1921-1941 (on job applications), site Eilat Gordin Levitan: 31 December) Death from entry from the list of synonyms perished in Berg - Dautmergen, Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, Yad Vashem.