E. was born in 1879 in
Berdichev, Ukraine, to poor parents. He learned in the
local Talmud Torah. At age eleven he was for a short
time a choir boy with Nisan Belzer. For several years he
learned in a yeshiva, but due to the death of his father
he had to become a tradesman. During military service in
Warsaw he had the opportunity to [visit] the Yiddish theatre,
and he had been so excited from this, that he returned
home from military service and organized a dramatic
circle that put on several productions with E. as
manager and prompter.
Due to revolutionary
activity he had to in 1911 immigrate to Canada
(Toronto), where he entered into work in a factory. Soon
however he became known to the Yiddish troupe (with Mr.
and Mrs. Kroner at the top), and there he became a
prompter and role rewriter, later a prompter in the
Franklin Theatre in Philadelphia, then again in Toronto,
Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and New York.
Working in Yiddish theatre
in Detroit and Chicago, E. wrote several tseyt-bilder
("time pictures"), which were staged there. In 1928 in Philadelphia
there was produced E.'s pla "Dos harts fun a gengster",
which in June 1928 was produced by Joseph Kessler in
London, and on 20 October 1931 by Sam Gertler in New
York's National Theatre, under the name "Korbones fun
E.'s daughter, Sara, acts on
the Yiddish stage.