G. was born in October 1864
in Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine. His father traded in
fashion. He learned in the home of a teacher (melamed),
then in a gymnasium, later he became an extern and took
up with "giving hours (gebn shtundn)". Under the
influence of Jacob Gordin's society "Geystik-biblishe
brudershaft", he became a carpenter and for seven years
worked in this profession, directing at the same time
the peasants of the village, and due to that, in 1893,
he was sent out from the village and became in
Krivoy-Rog a manager of a small business, then G. was a
representative of the insurance business "Yakor", and at
the same time with teaching and literary societal
In each time G. write a
Russian children's play "Khnukhh", which
was staged by the children of the school under G.'s
Due to persecution by the
police, he fled in October 1903 to America, where Jacob
Gordin recommended him to "peddle" tea among the actors
and theatre people, later further he took up carpentry.
In 1904, acter learning Yiddish, he published stories in
the weekly press as well as a one-acter, "Git in tseyt"
in the "Fraye arbeter shtime".
In 1901 through Jacob P.
Adler, there became staged in the Thalia Theatre G.'s
drama "In vald" or "Olia di kretshmarke" [suzhet]. A
second play by G., written in Adlers a [suzhet], remains
unperformed, in Adler's archive.