Born on 1 August 1887 in
Bobruisk, Minsk Gubernia, White Russia. His father was
an artisan/craftsman. He learned in a cheder and
yeshivas in Bobruisk and Shidrik, other topics he
Coming, through the
Socialist Movement, in contact with workers, G. took it
upon himself to learn carpentry, then he became a
hairdresser, and with that profession he went away in
1901 to southern Russia.
Here G. was very active in
the Socialist Movement, and he came back to Bobruisk as
a Bundist. In 1903 G. became a member of the fighting
department of the "Bund", and participated in the
self-defense organizations at Bobruisk and Homel.
Because of that, he was
sought by the police as a strike leader, and he wandered
around in 1904, arriving in America. here he became a
member of the "Central Association" of the 'Bund' in
America", and later he became through the Bobruisk
landsmanshaft split into the general executive
of the "Bund".
In America G. took up this
calling, and in the span of eight years was a
representative of the Barber's Union. Through that
office he became active in the general Jewish Workers
Movement, and when the Jewish actors needed an
organizational hand, he in
1919 entered into the
Actors' Union as a manager and developed there an
energetic and ibergeben activity.
Under G.'s management, the uniting of Local 5 (variety actors) and Local 1
(legitimate actors) took place. That opened the doors
for new members and the Yiddish Actors Union to
generally stand on a better economic basis (for details
about this, see the history of the Yiddish Actors
In November 1929 N. during
his visit to Europe to resolve the conflict between the
Yiddish Actors Union in Poland, and the Yiddish Actors
Union in America.
G. is a member for thirteen
years in the management council of the "Forward". For
nine years he was a member on the Executive (Board) of
the "Arbeter Ring". For eight years G. was chairman of a
united Yiddish workshop, a member of the People's Relief
Committee, and a delegate for the Jewish workers at the
American Jewish Congress.
G. was a publishing- and
editorial member for the "Lexicon of the Yiddish
R. Guskin -- Etlikhe
vikhtige teater-fragen, "Forward", 9 July 1923.
A "Forward" reporter
-- Der neyer sizan in idishen teater -- vos reuben
guskin der menedzsher fun der aktioren-yunion zogt
vegn dem, "Forward", 19 August, 1926.
Jacob Kirschenbaum --
Reuben guskin ale reformator fun idishen teater, "Teater
A. Frumkin -- Guskin
shildert di troyerige lage fun idishen teater,
"Morning Journal", 27 April 1928.
A "Forward" reporter
-- Vet di idishe aktioren yunion kegen epshafen di
shedlikhe konkurents tsvishen di teater-menedzshers?,
"Forward", 14 August 1928.
Reuben Guskin -- Vi
halt es in der amt'n mit'n idishen teater in amerika?,
"Forward", 11 May 1928.
A. Frumkin -- Vi halt
es mit'n idishen teater oyf der provints. "Morning
Journal", 5 October 1928.
B. Weinstein --
Idishe yunions in amerika, N. Y., 1929, pp. 32, 136,
Zalmen Zylbercweig --
An alveltlekhe teater-organizatsye, "Literarishe
bleter", Warsaw, 47, 1929.
[--] -- Teater
yunions danken r. guskin menedzher fun aktioren
yunion, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 2 August 1929.
Nachman Mayzel -- Vi
es iz geshlosn gevorn der shalom tseishn der
amerikaner idisher acioren-yunion mit der idishn
artisten fareyn in poyln, "Forward", 6 December
L---r -- Dos yidishe
teater in amerike, "Literarishe bleter", 48, 1929.
R. Guskin -- An ofene
erklerung tsum filadelfier idishen teater oylem,
"Forward", Philadelphia, 20 October 1929.
tsu reuben guskins 10 yoriger tetikeyt idishe
aktioren yunion, New York, 1930.