B. was born on 14 April 1890
in Laybun, Volin, into a family of an oil manufacturer.
Until the age of ten he learned in a cheder and in a
Hebrew school, then in a [kroynisher] folkshul, became
an extern, worked in a pharmacy, became a teacher in
Kalisz, and from there went to Paris. In 1910 he came to
America, where he studied in a university in Georgia,
and in the politechnium of Brooklyn. In 1918 he
completed the University of the City of New York, while
at the same time working for three years as a dyer,
became employed as a docent in the chemistry department
of New York's college, but instead dedicated himself to
journalism, in the beginning in English, then in
Yiddish, being associated for a long time with the
B. often wrote for the "Freyheyt"
articles and critiques about the Yiddish theatre, and he
had for a certain time also edited the theatre
department in the local newspaper. According to B.'s
initiative, he founded the "Freyheyt Dramatic Studio"
(later "Artef"), which had in 1927 staged B.'s [fensters]
"Streyk", a manshpil in two parts, decorations
and costumes Fass, music Y. Shaefer, dance Sofia Bernzon.
In 1928 B.'s "Meyners", a [tablas=tablet] by the
American coal miner, decorations Y. Kotler.
In the summer of 1928
through amateur groups, directed by Jacob Mestel, there
was staged in [kemp] "Nit-gedeyget" B.'s "Der traktor",
a dramatization of Peretz Markish's poems "Nit gedaght",