J. was born on 17 December
1905 in Novoradomsk, Poland, to Chasidic parents. In
1914, together with them she immigrated to Canada. She
learned in Toronto in a general school, Yiddish courses
with a private teacher. At the age of fifteen she came
to New York and installed herself in the "Kunst ring"
(the dramatic group of the Yiddish Art Theatre), where
she had the opportunity to perform in small roles. Soon
thereafter she went over to an itinerant Yiddish
troupes, with whom she traveled for seven years across
America, having the opportunity to act with several
famous actors, such as Regina Prager, Boris Thomashefsky
et al. In the 1930 season she had in the troupe of folk
poet David Meyerowitz act in the main woman's roles in
Winnipeg, Canada. Her experience made on her such an
impression, that she began to put out a day-book, and
there developed in her an inclination to write. She
composed the one-act "Hintern forhang (Behind the
Curtain)" that was published in the journal "Chicago"
(under the direction of Meir Zolotarev, later included
within her book), that would soon be staged by amateurs.
In 1934 there was published in "Tog" her first long
story "A shap meydl", which brought attention to her.
Soon thereafter her stories began to be published
frequently at the same time in "Tog", and in the
"Forward", and the greater part of her stories were
published in New York in 1946 in a book entitled "Lebns
un geshtaltn". The book was very well received by the
J. is now more
often the guest in the Yiddish periodicals, such
as "Tsukunft", "Idisher kemfer", "Kinder zhurnal",
"New-yorker vokhnblat", "Der shpigl", "Keneder
odler", "Der veg", "Idishe tsaytung" (Buenos
Aires), "Idisher zhurnal" and "Di goldene kayt",
as well as in "Tog" and the "Forward", where,
besides stories, she also published under the
pseudonym of Clara Gold, articles about women's
In 1954 (sic; should
probably be 1934-- ed.) there was
published in New York her second book, "Shtamen
un tsveygn", that was warmly received by the
J. also visited
Argentina and the land of Israel, where she
performed with lectures on literary themes.
(a satire in 1 act)
[published in the book "Lebns un geshtaltn", N.