in his Bronx
theatre in Peretz's "Vos iz fidele shtekt
(Joel the Fiddler)." In
1927 he acted in the Yiddish Art Theatre and
also participated in the Irving Place Theatre in
Moishe Nadir's "Di tragedye fun gornisht
(The Tragedy of Nothing)" (role
of "Apteyker"); acting through the "Kunst-ring," with Nachum Zemach
and part of the Habimah Theatre
acted in Philadelphia in Hebrew in one act from
Anski's "Dybbuk," and in the Yiddish production
of "Princess Turandot" (Direction -- Boris
Glogolin), and in Fishl Bimko's one-acter "Der
kuntsnmakher" (Direction: Benno Schneider), and
with Miriam Elias in Hebrew in the Guild Theatre
the role of "Henekh" in Anski's "Dybbuk," and in
the "Tsu-lakh-es" productions.
In 1931 he
participated in Egon Brecher's production of
Leivick's "Golem" in the "Ensemble Art Theatre," and
in 1932-34 acted in Maurice Schwartz's Art
Theatre as "Krokever Rav" in Schwartz's
production of I. J. Singer's "Yoshe Kalb," and
traveled with the troupe across America. Later
he acted in the Jewish Federal State Project in
the role of "Smirle" in Dymow's "Eybiker
vanderer (The Eternal Wanderer)" (Direction: Boris Thomashefsky), and
in Upton Sinclair's "Do kon es nit pasirn"
(Direction: Yehuda Bleich), acting in Gordin's
plays "God, Man and Devil" and "Kreutzer Sonata"
with the "Cooperative Troupe" (Ben-Ami, Mestel,
Menachem Rubin, Bozyk, Misha German, Berta
Gerstin, Celia and Francis Adler and Leon Haras),
which the Hebrew Actors' Union had put together
for New York, and later across the province and
In 1944 he was at
the "Folks Theatre," where he participated in
Leivick's "The Miracle of the Warsaw Ghetto,"
and David Bergelson's "Mir veln lebn (We Will
Live)" (Direction -- Ben-Ami), and then he
traveled across the province, staging "Yosele"
(dramatized through Khaver-Paver, role of "Yosele"
-- Sidney Lumet) for three-thousand people in
New York's Carnegie Hall for the Dinenson
ordn-school, and again staged the
production in Philadelphia at the Workmen's
For seven years R.
was the drama director in the Workmen's Circle
camp "Kinder-ring," where he had every Sunday
staged Yiddish productions and pageants with
the children and Sholem Secunda's orchestra, and
every Tuesday literary evenings, and he also
participated in the programs for adults. For six
years R. was the drama director in the "Unzer
Camp Kinder-Velt" of the Jewish National
Worker's Union, where he staged spectacles and
productions, such as "Kibbutz Gloyut(sp)" with
the participation of three hundred children,
oyfpaser and professional actors, and
every Friday evening they used to read a
chapter of Tenach under the accompanying
authority of Joseph Rumshinsky. R. also
collaborated in "Camp Bobruisk" with
the Sholem Aleichem Folks Institute, in "Kinderland" with
ordn, with the middle school of the
Workmen's Circle, National Worker's Union, Sholem Aleichem schools,
the Peterson "Frayhayt Dramatic Studio," and
"Goldfaden Circle" with ordn.
On 20 July 1947, at
the seventy-year jubilee of Avraham Reizen, R
staged in the Workmen's Circle Camp
"Kinder-ring," with 150 children, oyfpaser and
the actor Leon Liebgold "A krantz fun avraham
reizens shafungen" (put together by Kh. Bez and
R. also produced on
the WEVD radio station in New York, with the
youthful of the Workmen's Circle middle school,
performing for Kh. Bez and adapted by him.
In 1949 R. settled
in Los Angeles, California, and he has since
then until 1955 staged every year, on "Third
Street," a Haggadah (for the Education
Department of the Workmen's Circle) with
children, youths from the Workmen's Circle
School, together with a group of singers and
Zahava with her dance group.
On 2 April 1949 R.
staged at the Embassy Auditorium, under the
supervision of a fraternal order et al, a
pageant about the Warsaw ghetto, and on 23 April
1949, in the same place, under the supervision
of the American Federation for Polish Jews and
the Katzetler Association a pageant "Der
oyfshtand in der gheto un der oyfboy fun medina
yisrael (The Uprising in the Ghetto and the
Building of the Land of Israel)," built on
creations from Yiddish literature.
On 9 May 1953 R.
staged at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L. A.
Yiddish Children's Theatre, for the middle
school, Chaver-Paver's "Zog nit keynmol."
In 1954-55 R.
implemented for the Institute for Jewish
Education in Los Angeles, a third Seder, based
on the creation of the Tenach, traditional
Haggadah, modern Yiddish literature, singing and
dancing by Zahava with her dance group. The
dramatic group, the actors Jacob Ben-Ami,
Feigele Panitz and the Cantors Blekman and
1954-56 -- was
Cultural Director for the Institute for Jewish
Education for the Zionist Workers' Movement.
R. is a member of
the Hebrew Actors' Union and has participated in
the film "Uncle Moses" (with Maurice Schwartz),
and "Di kliatsche (The Light Ahead)" (with
Izidor Casher, David Opatoshu, Helen Beverly et
R. performs from
time to time with word concerts of the modern
Israel, was a Yiddish actor and was murdered by
R.'s wife, Zahava,
is a dance artist and dance teacher. Their son
Moshe-Yosl has participated in the Seders and in
the productions of the Yiddish Art Theatre.
Auerbach] -- Vort un shpil, "Yiddish," N.
Y., N' 1, 1932.
A. H. Bialin
-- "Moris shvartz un der idisher
kunst-teater," N. Y., 1934, pp. 82, `1`.
Y. Tilles --
Der idisher kinder-teater in los angeles hot
hayor ibergeshtigen ale dervartungen,
"Forward," Los Angeles, 21 May 1953.
Berkowitz -- Fun idishen gezelshaftlekhen
leben in los angeles, "Day Morning Journal,"
N. Y., 4 June 1953.
H. Lang --
Fun atlantik biz pasifik, "Forward," N. Y.,
18 April 1954.
Y. Tilles --
Sheyn un eyndruksful iz durkhgefirt gevorn
der 3rd seder fun di arb. ring shuln in los
angeles, "Forward," N. Y., 17 April 1955.