B. was born on 15 April 1898
in Falesti, Bessarabia. His father was a woman's tailor.
He received an religious education, and he learned from
a Russian teacher. In his early youth, he read Yiddish
literature, and for the first time he attended a Yiddish
production by shlepping himself with musicians,
who he had helped moved their drums. Later he became a
shill for the actors, and thus there often arrived the
opportunity to attend the theatre and also understudy.
In 1914 B. performed for the
first time as "Mnukh" in an amateur production of
"Shulamit" in Beltz, Bessarabia, and then in further
productions. Due to the war he moved his family over to
Odessa, where B. worked until 1917 in a ammunitions
During Pesach 1917 B.
entered into Leib Korik's troupe as a professional,
where he was in the lead as a lover for a short time,
and after the troupe fell apart, B. went over to the
troupe of Meerson-Epstein, where he acted for a season.
When he guest-starred with a second troupe in Kishinev
in 1918, Kishinev became demolished by Russia, and B.
remained in Rumania for three years acting under the
worst conditions. In 1921 B. came to Paris, where he
acted with Blumental for several seasons, then a season
in Antwerp, again in Paris, four years in London, in the
course of which he acted for six months with a Yiddish
troupe in South Africa. In 1929 B. acted in Argentina.