T. was born on 15 July 1886
in Lodz, Poland. His father was Mordechai the Badkhan.
He learned in a cheder and then he completed Poznanski's
school. At the age of fifteen he went from his father to
Bunes Badkhan (Tshizshik), with whom he learned to be a
badkhan, and he traveled with him for three years across
Poland and Galicia. At the age of eighteen T. entered as
a chorus singer into the German Thalia Theatre, where he
also performed from time to time in small roles.
In 1905 he joined the
Yiddish itinerant troupe of Serotsky and Weissman and
debuted as "Kunts fun rozen" in Goldfaden's "Dr.
Yozelman", remaining a year in the troupe. Later he
traveled around with other Yiddish itinerant troupes
across the Polish and Russian province.
He lost two years of his
stage activity due to military service, and he traveled
in 1910 to Paris, where he joined in the Vaksman-Spivakovski
troupe. In 1911 he acted in London's Yiddish Pavilion
Theatre. In 1912he was in Feinman's Kunst-temple (Arts
Temple). In 1914 he immigrated to Copenhagen (Denmark)
and here organized a Yiddish dramatic society, which put
on productions across the Yiddish settlements of
In 1915 he came to America
and acted for three seasons in Canada (Toronto and
Montreal), then with various troupes across the province
of the United States, traveling often in the summer
seasons to Europe, where he performed in various Yiddish
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