Isaac Swerdlow began acting in street plays as a child growing up in
Odessa and Beltsy, Russia. He was schooled in The Moscow Art Theatre
and with Maurice Schwartz troupe. He and his actress wife Adele were
pioneers in an elite group of the burgeoning Yiddish Theatre in the
He toured the world and finally took up residence in Canada where he
was an actor and director on the stage, radio and television and
formed The Little Theatre of Montreal.
Towards the end of his life in the 1950s, he dedicated his time to
the Histadrut as Education Director. He was also Education Director
for the Canadian Labour Congress. When he died in 1960 he had left
his mark on the world in the Arts and for the good of Israel.
--Nora, Isaac's granddaughter