Born in 1863 in
Kamenets-Podolsk, into an important Chasidic family. He
was raised in the town Bar, where his parents had moved
to. There B. was one of the first meskhilim, had
organized a library, and participated in an amateur
production in a play about Cantonist life.
At the age of twenty-four,
B. immigrated to America. Here at first he was a
peddler; however, he was not content with his
profession, and he then applied to the director of the
"Roumanian Opera House" Moshe Zilberman, that he may
enter as an actor, but Z. rejected him.
Among his choices, B. became
a tailor in a shop for children's clothing, where he had
after a short time organized s strike that was a
failure. B. then went away to work with cloaks. Later he
had specialized in sport jackets, and he worked in a
shop, together with Morris Hilkvit.
Thanks to his speaking
skills, B. became a work leader. He was one of the
organizers of the United Jewish Workshop Cloakmakers'
Union, Children's Jacketmakers' Union, Clothing Workers'
Union, and first member of the Actors Union, Chorus
Union et al.
B.'s main work was dedicated
to the cloakmaker, and he led the first cloakmakers'
strike in 1889-1900.
B. was a co-founder of the
"Forward", and there he had for a certain time written
light articles, then B. founded the "Baltimore Free
Press", and also had issued several other editions,
including "Frank B. Kaply -- The Jewish President David
Israels, translated and with an introduction by Joseph
Barondess. Literary Publishers, New York, 1916 [71 pp.,
B. then withdrew from the
Worker's Movement and participated almost totally in
every Israel Rule Movement.
B. had much love for Yiddish
theatre, and he often used to try to be an actor,
performing in various acting events and funeral
B. was the chairman of the
committee that used to arrange yearly benefit
productions for veterans of the Yiddish stage, e.g.
Jacob P. Adler during his illness, and also he arranged
for the Adler memorial production in the Spring of 1928,
for the purpose of a gravestone for Adler.
On 19 June 1928, B. passed
away in New York and was brought to his eternal rest at
Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Necrology in the
American Yiddish Press.
M. Dantsis --
Yosef barondess, a kharakteristik, "Der tog",
New York, 20 June 1928.
B. Ts. Goldberg
-- Der dur, vos geht avek "Der tog", New York,
21 June 1928.
Reuben Breynin --
Barondes als mensh un khll-tuer, "Der tog", New
York, 21 July 1928.
Dr. A. Koralnik
-- Yosef barondes, "Der tog", 18 July 1928.
Yakov Magidov --
"Der shpigel fun der ist seyd", New York, pp.
Sh. Y. Yantskan
-- Yosef barondes, "Haynt", Warsaw, 3 July 1928.
Leon Motskin -- A
bletel erinerungen, "Haynt", Warsaw, 3 July