Born in 1869 in Strzemilcze,
Eastern Galicia, to parents -- landowners, who
gave him a good Jewish education. At age nineteen he
arrived in New York, where he took up work with cigars
and later opened a "cigar store", where various theatre
people used to frequent. Here he made friends,
especially with theatre manager Harry Levy, who spoke to
him about associating with Yiddish theatre.
He traveled to Philadelphia
where he became ticket controller in the Arch Street
Theatre. He associated himself after that with Moishele
Luber, Abraham Bernstein and Emanuel, and together,
every two weeks, they brought in other Yiddish troupes
into the Academy of Music and the Metropolitan Opera
House. Later, for three years, he was the manager for
Mike Thomashefsky in the Arch Street Theatre and
Columbia Theatre (corner of Third and Green Streets,
Philadelphia), where Yiddish vaudeville was performed,
and in the second season legitimate theatre. After
taking over by himself for a season the National Theatre
(corner of Second and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia).
When Mike Thomashefsky left the Arch Street Theatre, G.
became the manager -- by himself, but with partners
(Anshel Schorr et al.)
G. especially worked to get
Yiddish organizations to buy benefits in Yiddish
On 2 June 1951, G. passed
away in Philadelphia.