on 17 December 1872 in Nikhumts, Romania, to pious
parents who gave him a very religious education. Very
early he sang in a chorus in the guest-starring troupe
of Mordechai Segalesko. Not wanting to become a teacher,
he gave himself over to become a craftsman: he was a
locksmith, a furrier/hatter, and he traveled around a
little across Romania, returning home, he again went
away to Bucharest, were he began to act professionally
in 1890 with Aaron and Berta Rosenblum, and their
daughter Liza (later -- Silbert). Aneta Akselrad, David
Davidovitsh, across the small towns of Romania until the
troupe united a year later with Oscar and Esther
Solomonesku, Itsik and Esther Ferkoyf, and acted still
in Iasi. Then Avraham Goldfaden came back from America
into Bucharest and staged his operetta "Dos tsente gebot"
(with the participation of the late, famous Berta
Kalich). S. entered into that troupe, which performed
under the direction of Lieblich during the summer in the
"Zhignita", and during the winter they traveled around,
across Romania, then S. traveled around across
Bucharest, Austria, Krakow and Romania.
After his marriage to Adela
Finkelstein, both traveled in 1905 to America, where he
acted in various troupes. In the last years S. was found
in an old-age home in New York, where he passed away on
20 November 1959.
S. has sent to the editors
of the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" an autobiography
with very many details about his itinerant ways, and his
assemblage of the first Yiddish troupes in Europe.
M. E. and M. E.
from Charlie Cohen.