Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
B. was born Shevat [nkhmu]
(2 August) 1884 in Odessa, Ukraine. His father was an
assistant to the Kazioner rabbi in Odessa and one of the
first "Hovevi Zion (Lovers of Zion)".
As a child he learned in the
Odessa Talmud Torah with Mendele Mokher Sefarim, and at
the age of eight he began to sing soprano with Cantor
Sirota, later singing as a choir boy with Pinye
Minkowski, Yankel Saraker and Wlodawski.
At the age of eighteen he
was one of the popular Yiddish folk singers in southern
Russia and Bessarabia and at the same time he began to
give himself to self-education.
In 1903-4 he began to act in
Yiddish theatre in Nikolayev under the direction of
Krause, then in Bucharest in the Zhignitsa with
Mordechai Segalesco and Itsikl Goldenberg. He also acted
In 1912 he was engaged by J.
Kessler for London, where he acted with Thomashefsky.
From 1914 until 1918 he
acted in London and across the English province with
Fannie Vaksman. In 1913 he was in partnership with N.
Blumental, director in Paris.
In 1925 he founded
the first Yiddish folks theatre in Paris, under the
name of "Teatre le Temple', where he brought as
guest stars the actors Baratov, Sniegov, Zaslavsky,
Samberg, Apelboym and Potocka.
In 1926 he founded the
first Yiddish revue theatre in Paris.
In 1927 he acted with
Blumental in Paris, and in 1928 he was with a member
troupe in South Africa.
B. also had sung many
songs for the gramophone.
B.'s daughter, Chaika,
acts on the Yiddish stage.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 157.
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