American comedian; born in Kaloraush, Bessarabia, Dec. 16, 1858; now residing in New York. He possessed a fine voice from early youth, and was the favorite "meshorer" or choir-singer with several well-known ḥazzanim. He went to Bucharest, Rumania, while very young, and for some years studied there at the Conservatory of Music. He joined Goldfaden soon after the organization of the Yiddish theater, and since that time has been recognized as the best comedian on the Yiddish stage. He traveled with various companies over Russia, Austria, Rumania, and England. He went to the UnitedStates about the year 1886, since when, except for an interruption of three years through illness, he has followed his profession to the present time (1904). He is known also as a leading composer of music for the Yiddish stage.

  • Hapgood, Spirit of the Ghetto, pp. 138,150 et seq., New York, 1902;
  • Seifert, Die Yiddische Bühne, vol. ii. (Geschichte von Yiddischen Theater), New York, 1897.
S. P. Wi.
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