Born on 11 April 1878 in
Botosani, Romania. Learned in cheers and a lyceum in
Botosani. In his youth he was allowed into the Socialist
Movement, going on foot over the villages,
propagandizing socialism among the peasants. As a
student he began, in Romania, his journalistic activity
and published in the large daily newspaper of Bucharest
and Iasi, writing songs with Latin letters, also
sketches and articles in Yiddish for the Yiddish
periodic press in Galicia. He performed in "amateur"
theatre Romania and Bukovina. For articles against the
Romania government, he was sent out of the country, was
arrested in Rueleben, from where he fled and arrived in
July 1900 New York. At first he was connected with the
German Socialist" Folkstsaytung," but soon however he
went over to work in the Yiddish press.
Besides journalistic and
publicity articles, he most of the time used the
pseudonym "Israel der yanki (Israel the Yankee),"
writing theatre critiques, theatre history, also a
series of theoretical articles about theatre generally
in the "Yidishe togeblat" in the years 1920-22, and
feuilletons and stories, mostly about theatre life. F.
also may have written a play that was staged around 1904
by Jacob P. Adler.
F. edited "Theatre Moving
Pictures, vekhntliber zhurnal fir theater muving
piktshurs un shtifels," which was issued in New York on
17 October until 12 December 1913 (9 volumes), in seven
volumes here a report that F. no longer was connected
with the journal.