Born in 1839 in Hornistopol (Gornostaypol),
Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. Spent several years in Romania,
then traveled to Berlin, where he in 1863 geshmdt,
and in 1867 graduated as a doctor in Wurtzburg's
university. Then B. traveled to England, where he was
associated with the British society for spreading
Christianity among Jews, who sent him in 1874 to
Romania, and in 1876 to Odessa, where he was active as a
missionary and doctor. In 1886 B. settled in
Constantinople, and then he went to America, where he
remained until his death.
Besides his missionary activities, which
had mainly been expressed by his literary work, B. also
wrote for Yiddish theatre.
Accordint to B. Gorin, they had still in
1881 [?] staged in New York B.'s play "Esther of Ein
Gedi, or Der falsher khasun gdul". (after a similar play
by Silvia Felika), and in 1882 [?], B.'s plays: "A
familien drame", or "Di falshe kidushin", "Der groyser
sukh", "Der tsbuek" (the name of the author is falsel
given as the actor Moshe Zilbermans), "Dos eyferzikhtike
por folk" (translated from the German), "Di umtsufridene
gliklekhe", and "Di khlutsh". In 1889 there was staged
B.'s play "er griner shuster", or "Der seylor in gefar".
Leon Blank recalls in his memoirs that in
1884 Kessler had staged B.'s dramatization [translation]
Boris Thomashefsky recalls that B. had
sold him two plays: "Di getoyfte tokhter" and "Farvorfene
kinder", which were until today not staged.
Reuben Weissman, a personal friend of B.,
recalls that B. may have not composed more than two
plays. In a book, which B. had gifted to W., he had
written an inscription, also wrote the following words
"The former Hornistopolier rabbis, the
former shemash's son. Now in New York
becoming the world [?]. Doctor
Benedict (Baruch) Benzion.
M. E. from
Boris Thomashefsky and Reuben Weissman.
Zalmen Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish
Literature", Vol. I, pp. 326-7.
B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish
Theatre", Vol. II, (List of Plays).
Jacob P. Adler -- Barihmte idishe
theater-figuren in dem rusland fun amolige yohren,
"Di varhayt", N. Y., 1 February 1919.
Jacob P. Adler -- "Mayn leben", "Di
naye varhayt", N. Y., 13 April 1925.
Leon Blank -- Dovid kesler iz zikh
nukm in a shlekhter piese, "Forward", 23 October