G. was a saddle maker, then
became a folk singer and traveled around with Israel
Grodner. In Sukkot 1876 they performed together in
Shimeon Mark's Garden in Iasi with the songs of Tsunzer,
Zbarhsher, Linetsky and Goldfaden.
Goldfaden, who then was
called to Iasi by Itzhak Liberesko, saw the two singers,
and he wrote for them a "shtik" in two acts, about which
Goldfaden [drikht zikh] by himself: "What can I say
about that piece! A -- I don't know myself -- a kind of
[duel=duelnish], a nonsense, a [kalature]".
In that piece Grodner had
acted as a young Chasid and Goldstein was his young
Goldfaden had just signed
off on the lines of the scene and Goldstein as well as
Grodner spoke their own "prose".
G. also participated in the
first vaudeville "Dos bintl holts (The Bundle of Wood)",
which Goldfaden had written.
When Goldfaden founded the
first troupe of the province, Goldstein was in the
troupe, but when the troupes of Grodner, Mogulesko and
Spivakovski, were later formed G. went from one troupe
over to the other.