E. was born in Zyrardow,
His father was the owner of
a steam mill.
H learned in cheders and in
a Makow yeshiva, from where he was sent out together
with his friend, the late writer Avraham Vyevorkefor,
for reading books [khtsunym], and was a zingermakher in
He later became a party
(at first a Zionist, afterwards a Poalei Zionist) and
was arrested, and through his father was sent away to a
sister in Berlin.
Vavynendik bshkhnut for
Yiddish theatre, having a "high voice", he went around
with the troupe (Bernardi, Feinman et al) as a
chorus singer, and later in episodic roles and attended Tsugleyn Stern's dramatic school and also two years at
In 1906 he was sent away to
Germany and [then] went to see a brother in America, where
he became known to Nathan Rosenthal and also worked with
him in Passaic as "Moshe khasid" in Gordin's "The
Jewish King Lear".
For three years then
he traveled across province with Rosenthal, then spent two years with
Silbert and a half season with Charles Nathanson. He had
the opportunity to act with Adler, Kessler and Mogulesko.
He spent several weeks as
the director of a small theatre in New York, acted afterwards for two years with Levitan in
Boston, two years with Abraham Littman in Toronto
vu di direktsyetsyt zikh tsurik un di trupe
geyt iber oyf markn, two single seasons with Krim in Detroit, with Joseph Kessler in Chicago,
again with Krim in Detroit and with Sidney Hart
in Newark, afterwards with Shrage in Montreal,
where he was director and he stayed on (the first
time in Montreal), for the forty-one week season.
Later he acted with Weisman in Toronto and a
season with Jennie Valier at the Lipzin Theatre
in New York.
In 1921 he was the
director in Newark, where he acted the entire
time at the Metropolitan Theatre, which was his
property, and he guest-starred from time to time
in Canada. In 1932 he guest-starred in Europe.
E. also wrote
several plays under his own name and as David
Bernard: "Der yid in poyln,a melodrama in 4
acts"; he put on in January 1918 in Monument
National Theatre in Montreal "Der idisher
zinger, offered in 3 acts", music by F.
Laskowsky"; an offering in April 1928 at the
Standard Theatre in Toronto, "Zayn tsveyte yungt,
amelodrama in 3 acts"; an offering on 15 September
1929 in Newark, and "Di tsvey tantes, melodrama
in 4 acts"; offering on 1 October 1930 in
Israel, is manager of Newark's Metropolitan
-- Newark and their Yiddish Theatre, "Forward",
N. Y., 5 March 1925.
Shimas -- Bernard
Elving in "Der poylisher yid", "Der idisher
zhurnal", Toronto, 29 March 1929.
M. Ginzburg -- "Moderne
froyen", "Keneder odler", Montreal, 24 December