In 1925 he settled
in New York, where he edited (in Yiddish and
English) for the organ of the left fur
(furriers) workers' union. In the beginning of
1926 he joined as a constant contributor to the
"Frayhayt" (later "Morgn frayhayt"), where he
remained until the present day. Here he writes
mostly political and societal articles, was for
a certain time a news editor, and since the
co-founding of "Artef," where he was elected as
secretary of the executive committee. He also
often wrote articles in "Morgn frayhayt" about
theatre problems, mostly about the Yiddish
theatre, later also about American theatre and
film. After the death of the newspaper, the
official theatre critic N. Buchwald took
At the same time Y.
edited "The Tribune" which used t be published
in the "Morgn frayhayt," a page two days a week,
with the activity of ardn/ordn. Laer Y.
also edited the ordn-khodesh journal, "Unzer
Y. also was a member
of the "Proletpen" since its founding, was
active in "Ikor," "Ikuf," and was an editorial
member of the journal "Signal."
Between 1937 and
1953 Y. was associated with the Jewish Fraternal
People’s Order, where he had for the first five
years functioned as the cultural director
throughout the ordn-tsveygn in New York.
Y from 1943 was the manager of the people’s
order’s issue, lecturer and editor of the book
collection, and had created a Yiddish theatre
studio et al.
Y. also had
supervised throughout the Yiddish Song
Association at the Order in New York, and since
1946, the chairman of the “Yiddish Music Union,”
in which there was angeshlosn around two
decades Yiddish People’s Home in mandolin
orchestras in the United States of America and
Y. published in
recent times in a fictional form, his life
history in “Zamlungen.”
In June 1955, for
his seventieth birthday, there was issued in New
York in his honor a jubilee journal with
articles by P. Novick, Y.A. Rantsh, the author,
Kalman Marmor, Sam Pevzner, and a series of
greetings in Yiddish and English.
Ber Green writes:
“R. Youkelson, a
person with a good memory, with a sense of
history and historical periods, also a superb
memoirist. ... the chapters, written with a
juicy, popular, iconic Yiddish, with a sense of
needed details, throws a bright light on the
formerly historical Jewish life. They have both
a cultural-historic, as a literary significance.
..a significant place in Youkelson's production
as a writer, making his much informative
articles about the condition, nature and
problems of the Yiddish theatre; his papers,
assessments and reviews about special drama
offerings on the Yiddish and non-Yiddish stage;
his calls and reviews about new films, generally
his cultural problems nearest to his eyes.
Youkelson also is the author of tens of articles
and evaluations of new books. In all of the
articles he showed the serious types, respect
for cultural matters, willing to encourage young
talent, a desire to immerse himself in the
content, substance and ideas of treated works."
-- In gerangl far'n lebn, "Morgn frayhayt,"
N.Y., 15 Dec. 1964.
Ber Green --
Reuben yukelson -- a yugntlekher akhtsiker,
"Morgn frayhayt," N.Y., 20 Oct. 1965.